Guest post by Barbara Ellen Ries spirithorsebr.tripod.com
(Barbara left this urgent comment and I have decided to post it as today’s blog because she has written everything you need to know to help save Cloud and his family of wild horses. You will remember Cloud from PBS specials. Please be the voice Cloud does not have! There is very little time left. ~Belladaze )
Submitted on 2009/08/27 at 9:00pm
11th Hour for Cloud’s Wild Horse Herd
URGENT MESSAGE about the MONTANA PYROR MOUNTAIN WILD HORSE ROUNDUP
Please act now to stop this unnecessary and cruel round up— the BLM still plans to move forward on September 1st.
The Bureau of Land Management is rounding up and eliminating 12 herds (650 horses) off 1.4 million acres in Nevada right now– next they plan to destroy Cloud’s herd with a massive removal of 70 horses that would include OLDER HORSES and YOUNG FOALS. Many of the horses you have come to love in the Cloud shows and will meet in the new Cloud show on October 25th will lose their families and their freedom next week. By zeroing out whole herds and reducing others to below genetic viability, the BLM is circumventing the will of Congress.
The House just passed the Restoring of American Mustangs (ROAM) act and the Senate will review this bill (now S.1579) when they return from recess in September. Is BLM just trying to do as much irrevocable damage to America’s wild horses as they can before Congress can act?
This round up will start on September 1st unless we can stop it. Removing 70 horses will destroy this unique little Spanish herd, leaving them well below the bare minimum for genetic viability. The range is in great condition and the horses are healthy. This removal should be stopped. Please do all you can to help!
Listen to Ginger Kathrens on Endangered Stream Live– a special edition show “Angels for Cloud” National Call in Day for Cloud is Friday, August 28th — SPREAD THE WORD! Have your kids call in and write too– These horses need to be preserved for future generations and we must act NOW
1. Call/write/fax President Obama as often as you can—this herd is a national treasure and should not be wiped out by a government agency. Please flood the phone lines with calls! Phone: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000 Fax: 202-456-2461 E-mail Obama
2. Ask Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to stop this round up
3. BLM Director Bob Abbey, tell him to halt this round up– he must reconsider his agency’s actions.
Call and write your own Senators and Congress people- tell them that Montana is allowing the destruction of Cloud’s unique and historical wild horse herd. Politely express your outrage and ask them to help stop this round up.
Listen to Ginger Kathrens NOW on “WFL Endangered Stream Live” REMEMBER: National Cloud Call-In Day is FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th!
Thank you to everyone for signing the petition- we only need about 400 more signatures!