see the book trailer… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpRvrliv3yc
Here is a link to more round-ups at the taxpayer’s expense.
The Bureau of Land Management, has proposed the removal of 1,000 more Wyoming Mustangs claiming that 1.7 million acres of public, wild horse designated lands can support no more than 1165 mustangs spread over the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Herd Management Areas. Please take time to write BLM and Obama today. In Defense of Animals has set up an easy-action form here – write today, comments due by Friday, April 2nd.
In all my years of photographing the Wyoming Wild Horses, I have never seen starving horses – except for one old & sick mare that I once observed at winter. Please taks action if you enjoy Wild Horses and want to preserve this historic icon for our future generations.
Did you know that Texas alone use to have over 1 million wild horses?
Independent analysis of BLM’s own numbers reveal there may be only 15,000 wild horses currently remaining on public lands…. thousands fewer than when the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Law was passed.
· Very few herds left in the wild are genetically viable (meaning over 150 adults, allowing for herd to sustain itself)
· It costs the American taxpayers over $110,000 a day to feed the 36,0000 wild horses the government has moved from the range to short and long-term holding (that is $44 million cost annually to American taxpayers).
· BLM proposes to roundup an nearly 12,000 more wild horses and burros this fiscal year alone, likely only 3000 will be adopted
The BLM is always asking for more money, a larger budget, to store wild horses in holding pens…. ‘for the good of the horse’.
Please take a stand for Wild Horses!
So sad, literally depressing!
I just LOVE photographing and watching the wild horses, and I visit the wild herd areas as often as I can. To see that magical ‘wild spark’ in their eyes, with their ears perked toward you… their full attention aimed at you as they determine if you are friendly.
Horses have amazing senses, and unlike cattle, are indeed a true companion. (I’ve raised both)
Not only is the recent death tolls unacceptable, but the costs of the roundups are outragous!
RENO, Nev. — Activists in Nevada are questioning the rising death toll from a government roundup of wild horses from the range north of Reno.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman JoLynn Worley says 77 mustangs involved in the Calico Mountains Complex gather have died so far – 70 at a Fallon facility where they were taken and the rest at the roundup site. That’s nearly double the 39 horses that had died when the roundup of 1,922 horses concluded on Feb. 5.
Calico Roundup- Death Toll Continues to rise 13 March 2010 BLM is “Processing” Calico Horses Now that the Roundup is Over 1922 mustangs captured, 610 estimated left on the range.
At least 77 horses have died and 40 some mares have had late term spontaneous abortions. Foals are being born in the pens now. The death toll continues to rise in the Fallon feedlot-style facility where the Calico mustangs are held. Two foals have died after their hooves began falling off.
Nearly 12,000 wild horses and burros are to be rounded up and removed from their homes this year at a cost of over $32 million in taxpayer dollars.
Be sure to check the Cloud Foundation Blog for frequent updates. Wild horses are outnumbered on our public lands at least 100:1 by privately-owned livestock on our public lands and although federally-protected by the 1971 Wild Horse & Burro Act, are not being treated as such on their designated western public lands, 24+ MILLION acres of which have been taken away since the Act’s passage.
Please take a stand for the Wild Horses!
Singer Sheryl Crow is taking up the cause of wild horses, joining with The Cloud Foundation to petition President Barack Obama and members of Congress to enact a moratorium on wild horse and burro roundups on public lands.
The call is sparked by a plan of the Bureau of Land Management to remove wild mustangs in Nevada. In October, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar proposed a “cost-efficient, sustainable management program,” which included the establishment of horse preserves.
“We ask that President Obama or Secretary Salazar cease all BLM roundups as of this date to prevent further suffering,” Crow said in a release sent out Friday through The Cloud Foundation. “We request that the government and BLM begin to work in good faith with wild horse advocates for a sustainable solution. The Calico Roundup, scheduled to begin in December and continue through the dead of winter, is inhumane and must be stopped!”
Crow was a passionate supporter of Obama’s during last year’s presidential campaign and performed at the inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.
Here is the press release from The Cloud Foundation announcing the unified petition.
IDA Lawsuit Postpones Huge Wild Horse Roundup
Washington, DC (November 24, 2009) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced tonight that the massive roundup and removal of thousands of horses from public land in northwestern Nevada will be delayed until December 28 as a direct result of the filing of a lawsuit by In Defense of Animals and renowned ecologist Craig Downer on November 23.
Tomorrow, IDA and Mr. Downer plan to file a motion for a permanent injunction, with supporting affidavits from horse experts and eyewitnesses to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups. The motion will ask Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the roundup altogether.
The roundup and removal of 80-90 percent of the estimated 3,055 wild horses living in the BLM’s Calico Mountain Complex was originally scheduled to begin December 1. The BLM has received over 10,000 public comments in opposition to the roundup.
“We are confident that the court will agree that America’s wild horses are protected by law from BLM’s plan to indiscriminately chase and stampede them into corrals for indeterminate warehousing away from their established habitat,” he said. “The magnificent wild horses and burros of the American West are an important part of our national heritage and must be preserved.”
The Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act, passed unanimously by Congress in 1971, designated America’s wild horses and burros as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West,” specifying they “shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death … [and that] to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of public lands.”
Since 1971, the BLM has removed over 270,000 horses from their Western home ranges and taken away nearly 20 million acres of wild horse habitat. Only 37,000 wild horses and burros remain on public lands in the West. By contrast, millions of cattle graze our public lands. Thirty-two thousand wild horses who have been removed from the range are already held in government holding facilities, and the BLM intends to round up 12,000 more horses in FY 2010.