2011 Action Alert:
Americans Against Horse Slaughter Applauds Congressman Dan Burton R-IN and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, D-IL for reintroducing The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, Bill H.R.2966 in the House of Representatives on Sept 19th, 2011.
Please call your U.S. Representative and ask them to cosponsor this most important legislation.
With the introduction of S.1176, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act 2011, we must call our (2) U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor this most important legislation.
Help Us Pass the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
H.R.2966 and S1176.
Log on here to see if your two U.S. Senators and your
U.S. Representative are co-sponsors of this very important
legislation. If they are not, please urge them to cosponsor H.R.503 and S727.
You can reach the Capitol swithboard at 202-224-3121.
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What You Can Do to Help Save Cloud's Herd and America's Wild Horses
Over 40% of America’s wild horses have been removed from the wild from
2000-2008 alone and if the agency responsible for managing our wild horses,
the Bureau of Land Management, does not change we are in danger of losing
the last of our wild horses. Over 100 herds have been zeroed out from the
over 19 million acres legally designated for their use. The BLM needs to
return wild horses to these areas—over 30,000 are currently in government
As few as 13,600 wild horses remain in designated public land herd areas
in ten western states in America, among them is Cloud’s herd in the Pryor
Mountain area of Montana and Wyoming. Only 25% of our wild herds are
currently at genetically viable population levels! Cloud’s herd is one of these
although a massive round-up planned for August 2009 would change this.
The round-up would result in 60 horses losing their families and their
freedom, including some horses who have lived their entire 20+ years
in the wild. We must stop the destruction of Cloud’s herd and work for
the sustainable future of all our wild horse herds across the west.
Congressmen Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
have stepped forward to make real and positive changes to the
Wild Horse and Burro program with their recently introduced
bill HR 1018. Please write to them to thank them for their hard work.
You can read Ginger Kathrens’ comments and suggestions to the
Here is a short list of government contacts --
please write, e-mail and/or call on behalf of Cloud and all our wild mustangs.
Contact the following agencies and representatives
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comment line: 202-456-1111
1. Stop the BLM from managing our wild horses to extinction.
2. Halt all round-ups of wild horses until range conditions and herd
numbers can be verified.
3. Return wild horses in holding to the 100+ herd areas
(19+ million acres) that have been zeroed out.
4. Expand the Pryor Mountain. Wild Horse Range for Cloud’s
Herd & protect herd at viable population level of at least
150 adult horses until range is expanded.
Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV)
2307 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
1440 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph (202) 225-2435
fax (202) 225-1541
Email to: Laurel.Angell@mail.house.gov
Your US Senators and Congress people
Montana Senator Max Baucus (D)—specific to Cloud’s herd
511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510, phone: 202-224-2651
e-mail from: http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Montana Senator Jon Tester (D)—specific to Cloud’s herd
204 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510,
phone: 202-224-2644, e-mail from: http://tester.senate.gov/Contact/
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee:
304 Dirksen Senate Building, Washington, DC 20510
phone: (202) 224-4971, Fax: (202) 224-6163, e-mail all 23 members at http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Reinstate wild horse protections removed in 2004 by the Burns Rider and include language in the bill that would prevent BLM from destroying healthy wild horses.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR-BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
1. Work to expand the legal boundaries of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range to include the historic and current use areas in the Custer National Forest. This will allow for a truly viable herd of 200-300 mustangs.
2. Keep the population at a viable number of at least 150 adults until range expansion is achieved. This will allow for the preservation of the rare Spanish genetics of the herd. Bringing in horses from other herds is ill advised, unnecessary and costly.
3. Do not remove older horses
4. Work to protect the mountain lions that have kept the herd at zero population growth in years past. Natural management should be the goal.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar \
DOI, 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240
Phone: 202-208-7351, email@example.com
BLM Acting Director Ron Wenker & Acting Deputy Director Mike Nedd
1849 C Street NW, Washington DC, 20040, phone: 202-208-3801 Ron_Wenker@blm.gov, Mike_Nedd@blm.gov
Don Glenn BLM Division Chief of Wild Horse and Burro Program
BLM Washington Office, 1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665 Washington DC 20240
Phone: 1-800-710-7597 or 202-208-3801, Fax: 202-208-5242, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Sparks, Field Manager BLM -Billings Field Office
5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101
phone (406) 896-5223, fax (406) 896-5281
United States Department of Agriculture
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
Ask the following people to please work with the BLM to expand the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range to include the historic and current use areas in the Custer National Forest. This will allow for a truly viable herd of 200-300 mustangs.
• Abigail Kimbell, Chief USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW?Washington, D.C.?20250-0003??
phone: (202) 205-1661, e-mail: email@example.com
• Mary Erickson, Acting Forest Supervisor- Custer National Forest
PO Box 130, Bozeman, MT 59771,
p. 406-587-6701, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Chris Worth, Acting Deputy Supervisor
1310 Main Street, Billings, MT 59105
phone: 406-657-6200, email@example.com
Please write letters to the editor, ask that your favorite radio and TV hosts cover this story and last but not least, please tell your friends and family about wild horses and ask them to join the Cloud Foundation in helping to protect and preserve wild horses on our public lands.
List compiled by The Cloud Foundation, March, 2009 ~ www.thecloudfoundation.org
|Dear Wild Horse Supporters,
In this defining moment for America, with what we hope will be an administration favorable to wild horses, we still need to keep up the momentum to save them.
On November 17th the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet in Reno and we urge you to attend this meeting if possible! We expect the board to discuss a BLM proposal to kill some or all of the 33,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities and it would be great to have a large contingent of wild horse supporters there. The BLM board is accepting comments now through November 12th and I ask you to write on behalf of our horses. You can submit your comments to the Advisory board c/o Ramona DeLorme.
We need to make it clear to the BLM that we will not allow them to kill our wild horses. They have continued to round up horses this fall, only increasing the number of horses in holding. There are 19.4 million acres that have been cleared of all wild horses and it is time that they are returned to their legal homes.
Please join me in sending your comments to the BLM Advisory Board and, if you can, please come to the meeting in Reno. I will not be there as I will still be in Massachusetts, but will have a letter read at the meeting by my good friend and friend of wild horses, Kate Riordan.
Wild Horse advocate, author and photographer Carol Walker recently witnessed the Sand Wash herd round-up in Western Colorado and returned with thesedisturbing photos. One gray mare became stuck under a trailer for over fifteen minutes and horses being loaded had to climb over her. As you can see, the horses are in beautiful condition. Regardless, they lost what they most cherish… their freedom and their families. This is yet another unnecessary and poorly conducted round-up. Please continue to contact your senators and representatives and ask them to help protect our wild horses. Click here to see Carol’s photos.
The Government Accounting Office will soon be releasing their investigative report on the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program. What comes out in that report may have direct implications for the horses.
One of our international wild horse supporters, Nadine, recently wrote from Germany: “I can’t imagine America without wild Mustangs, for us they are a symbol of America, they are living legends and wonderful horses. They just belong there.” We'll continue working to convince BLM to protect rather than destroy an American treasure beloved worldwide.
Volunteer Exective Director
The Cloud Foundation
REACH OUT TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN YOUR OWN DISTRICTS
(Pictured above is Shelley Abrams reaching out to her Congressman Patrick Murphy ( Patrick Murphy did sign on as a cosponsor of HR6598)
Although Congress has now recessed until September 8, Legislative Aides are still there to take your calls. Until further notice, the strategy will be to continue to gain co-sponsors for HR6598 and the plan is to start with those co-sponsors of HR503. A list is attached with their names and we are asking that they are only called by constituents. Please do not call the names in red because they are already on board. If your Representative is already a co-sponsor of HR6598, the best way to help is to reach out and find constituents in other districts.
As well as calling DC, this is a perfect time to call your Representative's local office for an August appointment. You can also check to see if your Rep is scheduled to be at an event near you. It is a perfect opportunity to get their attention and have a few words. Below is a Fact Sheet for you to hand out if you do get the chance to see them.
Remember, this list will be friends of the anti slaughter legislation and there is no reason to go into detail. We've been asked to make sure they know that HR6598, the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equity Cruelty Act of 2008 is taking the Title 18 approach to end horse slaughter and has been introduced by Representative John Conyers, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Although the paperwork cannot be done to co-sponsor while they are not in session, we will update this list periodically as commitments are received by the proper people in DC. When their name goes red, there is no reason to call again.
You have really set the groundwork and it seems that we're off to the right start. We have been advised that our grassroots efforts have made a tremendous impact and YOU ALL are the reason. It is important that we now follow directions and stay focused on what has been requested of us.
Our mission is to GO RED!!!!
AMERICANS AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER