Take Action… and an update

We have returned from home from Lovell, Wyoming and the Pryors. But 57 horses, three of them mares with foals at their sides, remain incarcarated at the Britton Springs corrals. We have been unable to view the horses as the corrals were closed to the public until today. We did get word that the independent humane observer who had permission to act in that role through Sept. 12, and had to fly back to California in the afternoon, was denied access to see the horses in the corrals the morning of September 11. This is unfortunate as we cannot report to you how the horses are doing, the condition of Rain, Cloud’s daughter who colicked the day she was rounded up, and of special concern to many of you who watched our recent youtube video, the lame colt of Baja’s who is so footsore.

The BLM Billings Field Office’s decision to deny the humane observer viewing access only increases the perception of the public that they are hiding something. This is the most watched roundup in the country; at most there is no one to watch what is going on. What is the BLM trying to hide? Viewing of the horses is allowed starting today and details were released here.  This roundup has been a disaster for so many horses, those who are in the corrals, those who are sore and back up on the mountain missing their family members.

Please take time to call and write your local media as well as national media— we have made an incredible impact but we cannot let up now. Tell them that this is an issue that matters to YOU, ask them to involve you or another local advocate in the story. 

Phone calls to make:

ask for the release of the older horses and reform of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, fax your comments as well:

  • White House Switchboard – 202-456-1414 (fax: 202-456-2461) E-mail here  Ask for Senior Advisors:  Valerie Jarrett  and David Axelrod. Ask for Michelle Obama too, her office is recieving a tremendous number of calls and they need to continue.
  • Call your Senators – switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask that they support S1579, The Restore our American Mustang (ROAM) Act
  • Call the Senate Committee of Natural Resources – 202-224-4971 (fax 202-224-6163) Email here. ask that they push the ROAM Act through immediately– it must go up for a vote soon in the Senate

Demand reform for our wild horses, it is too late for thousands but it is not yet too late for Cloud’s herd and many others.  The roundup crews are headed next to the Steens Mountains of Oregon.We have been told that there will be no observers or photographers allowed. This  is illegal- these are the public’s wild horses.

Right now 12 herds are being zeroed out in Nevada, 650 horses off 1.4 million acres because the land is not suitable… but the horses have been living there for over a hundred years. 

Please take time to call now, we are losing our wild horses in the West and the world is watching: Read a recent London Times article here.

Please join us and many others at the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA on September 28th. Make your voice heard – and then join us on the hill for meetings the following day. Their hoofbeats need to be heard in Washington DC. 

Bo's band- Pryors Roundup 9-2009

Bo's band- Pryors Roundup 9-2009

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12 Responses to “Take Action… and an update”

  1. jan eaker Says:

    have just emailed the senate committee will fax and call all others on monday, the link to email the white house goes directly to the BLM update, will call and fax them as well on Monday, have donated to the Freedom Fund, am encouraging friends and family to do the same; have placed the website and appeal on my Facebook account, cannot come to Washington or go to Britton Springs at 11 am SHARP daily to view the horses; so I need to know, what else do you need, can we adopt horses without being there, can we buy the older horses without being there? please let me know, what other legal things can we do, as how DARE they close PUBLIC land to AMericans, that is beyond unbelievable,

  2. Janet Ferguson Says:

    Don’t forget Matt at the Pryor Mustang Center may be around, attending, and perhaps blogging. . . I don’t know.

  3. jan eaker Says:

    and how com there’s an article in a LONDON newspaper, but very little coverage in America, by American media,

  4. Laura Evans Says:

    Matt at the Pryor Mustang Center says there are only 54 horses, Ginger says there are 57 up for adoption. Where are the other 3? I know it’s only 3 and maybe some one just miscalculated but what is the BLM hiding?

  5. Susan NY Says:

    Thank you all for the updates. The BLM site says it has a $1 billion budget. They are managing the horses and the lands as if they belong to them personally, except that they cannot be arrested for animal cruelty like a private individual, which was what this roundup amounted to. Or can they?

    I really think we need divest the BLM of the wild horse and burro program. No agency that also manages mineral rights and cattle grazing should also be managing a species that’s so vulnerable to the money interests that have been influencing the BLM all along.

    Even if the horses with numbers all go to good homes, it would be too bad for them to disperse here and there. Breaking up these family groups shows no mercy for the children of America who really need to see adults modeling good character values, starting with respect, good citizenship, compassiong, caring, sharing and empathy. These horses are a national treasure. I will keep working towards a family reunion. Peace to all –

  6. Marilyn Wargo Says:

    BLM has had a long run with wild horse and burro management that has resulted in hostility towards the public and unimproved methods of handling and rounding up of horses and burros. Anytime they block observers it creates more mistrust and anger among advocates for improving and restoring law and lands to the horses. This has come to a breaking point. The public wants change and transparency from BLM. We are going to get it because we will not give up. Mar

  7. jan eaker Says:

    no we are NOT going to go away, and I agree that the BLM has a definite conflict of interest here and the horses need to have their own agency w/ someone who is a horse advocate,
    please email me @ cheyenneww@comcast.net w/any ideas, how we can adopt, or buy, do you have enough people in place if the BLM won’t budge on releasing the older horses,

  8. Christine Says:

    I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before – if we want to get kids involved, lets contact Jack Hanna. His email at his website is info@jackhanna.com but maybe someone can get the phone number to the Columbus Zoo, too? At least see if he’ll speak on behalf of the ROAM act on his ‘Into the Wild’ show.

    I will be, after Ginger’s latest video finishes buffering (I’m on dialup, so YouTube videos take a while for me to see).

  9. carol poole Says:

    Link for Senate Committee on Natural resources contact form.
    Roam (H.R.1018) is listed on their legislative agenda. (no date)
    You can email/call and ask them to act NOW

    http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

    US Senate Committee on
    Energy and Natural Resources
    364 Dirksen Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-4971
    Fax: (202) 224-6163

    FYI-Senator Mary Landrieu-LA serves on this committee and she IS VERY HORSE FRIENDLY. I have seen her pleas against horse slaughter in the past and emailed her before.

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