Friday, February 5, 2010

BLM Pulls Plug On Calico Roundup

The Cloud Foundation

The Calico Roundup is over.

1922 mustangs captured, 610 estimated left. At least 39 horses have died and 25-30 foals have been aborted to date as a result of this massive and inhumane winter roundup that began on December 28th despite incredible public outcry and nationwide protests. The death toll is expected to rise in the Fallon feedlot-style facility where the Calico mustangs are held. Two foals have died after their hooves began falling off. Read the humane observer's blog here. Nearly 12,000 wild horses and burros are to be rounded up and removed from their homes this year (schedule) at a cost of over $32 million in taxpayer dollars. Please call for hearings on the BLM and a moratorium on ALL roundups before we lose our wild horses and burros in the west, click here to take action now -- the hoofbeats of our last wild horses need to be heard in Washington. 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, 20 acres of which have been taken away since the Act's passage. And the public was not being permitted to watch the current roundup but three half-days per week ... report and article continued here.

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