Hi, my name is Leigh and I want to welcome everyone and especially new members to the group. Thank you for the interest you have shown in joining this group, and using every resources available to us, Yes, together we can make our voices heard in saving these magnificent animals from slaughter. Have a great week, Leigh
Some good news: HR 1018 the “Restore our American Mustang” or ROAM Act passed through Congress on July 17 with a vote of 239-185! Now we need to keep up this bill’s momentum and get it out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and up for a vote. The Senate will likely be a much tougher vote for this bill so please start asking your senators now to vote yes on the ROAM act (click here to contact your senators).
The Cloud Foundation had meetings with the BLM, the Forest Service, and Montana Representatives earlier this month and we have legally appealed the BLM’s recent Herd Management Area Plan on the grounds that it does not allow for a self-sustaining, genetically viable herd. We have also appealed the Forest Service’s decision to rebuild the fence across the top of the Pryors to keep horses from accessing their historical and currently used rangelands in the Custer National Forest.
The BLM just released their Preliminary Environmental Assessment for a roundup in the Pryors and you can read it here. The BLM proposes rounding up and removing 70 HORSES plus some foals. Comments should be mailed by August 17th to: Billings BLM Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101
The Cloud Foundation could support a limited removal of up to 20 one and two-year old horses but we must not allow BLM to bring this herd down the such low numbers and destroy their unique Spanish genetics. Nearly all mares returned to the range would be given a 22-month contraceptive drug, which is still being tested in the wild. This would gut the herd, leaving fewer than ten reproducing mares in the coming year.
I have recorded a new Youtube piece- click here to view. We are asking that everyone contact Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar email@example.com or 202-208-7351. We need to go to the top to save this unique herd of wild horses should the BLM move forward with their disastrous plan!
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."
H.R.1018 Title: To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to improve the management and long-term health of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Rahall, Nick J., II [WV-3] (introduced 2/12/2009) Mr. RAHALL (for himself and Mr. GRIJALVA) introduced the Bill, which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [GU] - 3/17/2009 Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 2/12/2009 Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 3/17/2009
On December 5, 2008 BLM Conducted Wild Horse Gathering in Tooele County. The Utah Bureau of Land Management gathered and removed 70% of the wild Mustangs from the Cedar Mountain Herd Management Area (HMA) in early December. The Cedar Mountain HMA is located on approximately 212,000 acres, north of Dugway, Utah. The fact that the BLM rushed to do this before the new Administration took office leaves no doubt that, the Bureau of Land Management plans for our wild Mustangs and Burros herds is the road to extinction. As do the studies of Dr. Gus Cothran, a leader in the field of equine population genetics. A number of Mustangs were injured doing this round-up, 2 were killed, while being chased by helicoptors.
The Bureau of Land Management, Adoption Program is flawed, reaps with corruption, In short its from holding lots to slaughter lots. There are no the checks and balances. BLM employee adopted wild Mustangs and Burros 20 or more at a time. The first cost $125.00 and $25.00 for remainder. Where are our Wild Mustangs and Burros now? Its estimated that 90% of Wild Mustangs and Burro that are adopted go to the slaughter lots.
When the US Congress unanimously passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act in 1971, America’s wild horses roamed on 53,518,146 acres of Western rangeland. Today, the Bureau of Land Management, the primary agency charged with managing and protecting our wild horses and burros, on 34,340,678 acres – a decrease of more than 35%. This stunning land loss is the direct result of erroneous management and decision making by the BLM. Despite the BLM’s claim regarding the number of wild horses, there is no accurate count of wild horses on public lands. In 2008, the BLM’s best guess put the number at 29,644 wild horses and 3,461 wild burros, totaling 33,105 wild horses and burros. The BLM presently hold over 30,000 Wild Mustangs in holding Lots.
The BLM complains that wild horses are competing with commercial grazing of cows and sheep. Simplot Corporation a privately own Corporation with sales over 4 billion dollars a year, grazes over 500,000 cattle on our public lands. The BLM complains that wild horses are competing with Simplop's livestock and damaging the environment, there are an estimated 8 million livestock grazing on approximately 235 million acres of federal public lands in 11 western states. The vast majority of all BLM administered lands (92%) is leased for commercial livestock grazing.
This Bill Needs Is going to be decided in the court of public opinion your support is need. Call or e-mail your Representative, ask him or her to co-sponsor, HR1018. The House of Representatives link is below. You have to take action now and you have to follow it up, even if it means e-mailing your House Representative once a week you have to stay on top of it. Ask you Representative to response.. Or the wild Mustangs will be gone. If not for yourself them for your grandchildren.
Contact Your Representative ask then to co-sponsored HR1018. Ask for a reply.
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This is a report about The BLM It is 65 pages and can be found on the Web It makes for some interesting reading.. Americas Mustangs & Burros What’s Left,The High Costs of Miscalculating And Will They Survive? By C.R. MacDonald PART II - Can be found on Web (65 pages) upload to read"there is at least one well-known offer to ranchers to purchase the now captured wild animals for merely $10.00 each with stories of BLM selling them for as little as $1.00"