The Cloud Foundation files lawsuit against BLM
Dear Friends of our Wild Horses and Burros;
I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July! In the spirit of freedom for our wild horses, the Cloud Foundation filed a lawsuit against the BLM in Nevada to prevent the removal and warehousing of over 1,700 wild horses from their vast 1.7 million acre home in northeastern Nevada (Maverick-Medicine, Triple B, Cherry Creek and Antelope Valley West Herd Management Areas).
Your taxpayer dollars paid to the infamous Sun J helicopter roundup crew alone will total approximately $600,000 and that’s just the beginning of the expenditures. The costs to warehouse the wild horses in short-term holding, where all the horses will go at least temporarily, will be $240,000 per month based on the target number of horses to be removed. Incarceration for life will add millions more to the price tag—all funded by American taxpayers.
The cost to the horses is the permanent loss of family and freedom… what wild horses live for. Some horses will pay the ultimate price—losing their lives either during or as a result of this planned operation.
The Cloud Foundation is represented by attorneys Rachel Fazio and Julie Cavanaugh-Bill. We are the primary Plaintiffs in the case and are joined by plaintiffs Craig Downer and Lorna Moffat. In order for the judge to rule on our plea, the BLM has delayed the start of the roundup (originally scheduled to begin on July 7th) until the 16th of July, The hearing will be held at the Nevada District Court, 400 South Virginia Street in downtown Reno at 10 am on July 14th. Please come to the courthouse to show your support of Nevada’s wild horses!
Ironically, the first roundup I ever filmed was in Antelope Valley in 1994. Back then only young animals were removed. Not so with this proposed operation which I refer to as the “scorched earth” policy adopted by the BLM in past few years—remove all wild horse you can catch regardless of age… everything from tiny foals to horses in their 20′s. We need your help to stop the BLM cruelty.
On a happy note, stay tuned for updates on the release of Conquistador and his family, and our recent visit to see Cloud and the Pryor wild horse herd. It was a spectacular trip!
Thanks so much for your continued support and your kind words regarding our efforts to protect wild horses and burros in their legally designated wild homes on the range.