Stop the Massive Removal of Cloud's Wild Horse Herd

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Originally Posted: 21 August 2009

Stop the Massive Removal of Cloud's Wild Horse Herd

From Care2.com

Stop the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) wild horse roundup scheduled for early September 2009. This action is only to pacify ranchers who want public property to be available only for their livestock. These horses have been here for hundreds of years.

CONTACT

Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
email

BLM Director
Bob Abbey
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3801
fax (202) 208-5242
email

INFORMATION

Cloud and the wild horses of Montana's Pryor Mountains are world famous but fame it appears is not going to protect the herd from a drastic government round up planned to begin September 1st in their spectacular wilderness home.

There are currently only 190 wild horses (one year and older) living in the Pryor Mountains. The BLM plans to remove 70 of them, plus foals. According to the foremost equine geneticist, Dr. Gus Cothran, 150-200 adult horses are needed in the herd to ensure their genetic diversity, which is vital to their long term survival.

These 70 horses would be placed in jeopardy. Any horses over 10 years of age can be bought directly by killer buyers and transported over the Northern border to Canadian slaughterhouses or south into Mexico. Younger horses not adopted would be put into government holding with 33,000 others that the BLM has removed from the wild and has proposed killing because they can no longer afford to feed them.

BLM cites poor range condition as the reason to remove the horses but abundant snow and rain for the past two and a half years has produced wonderful range conditions according to all who have visited Cloud and his herd. The unique Pryor Mountain wild horses are descendents of the Lewis and Clark horses who were stolen by the Crow Indians in the early 1800's. They can be traced further back to the horses brought over with the Spanish Conquistadors in 1500.

For more, read Cloud's Herd is in Danger of BLM Roundup and visit Cloud Foundation.


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