Thursday, August 5, 2010

Responding to the End of the Tuscarora Roundup

The Cloud Foundation

Media Contacts

Anne Novak
Tel: 415-531-8454                 

Makendra Silverman 
Tel: 719-351-8187

For Immediate Release

Statement from The Cloud Foundation and Katie Fite with Western Watershed Project Responding to the End of the Tuscarora Roundup

Reno, NV (Aug 4, 2010) —"The Tuscarora roundup accurately characterizes a government agency who treads heavily on the First Amendment Rights of American citizens while they destroy a beloved icon of the West," explains Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation and Emmy Award-winning producer.

"Originally the BLM locked down the area—to dissuade press and observers from covering the roundup for the first two weeks. We can only imagine the dirty work the BLM did not want us to see," says Laura Leigh, Herd Watch Director for The Cloud Foundation. "Even as an accredited member of the press and member of the public I was not allowed to observe any horses during the deadly Owyhee roundup. It is absolutely unacceptable that our government can operate in such a cloak and dagger manner with a resource so important to the American people. This kind of secretive action cannot be allowed to happen again. It is a clear violation of the checks and balances afforded in our Constitution."
"It is horrific to see dead horses off rocky cliffs as a result of the Tuscarora roundup," says Anne Novak spokesperson for The Cloud Foundation. "When the press and public are barred from bearing witness, we can only wonder what the contractor and the BLM are trying to hide." 

Despite the BLM's spin doctors at work on the Tuscarora death toll, Katie Fite Biodiversity Director for Western Watersheds Project states, "The desert doesn't lie," reminding us the truth will be revealed. 

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Links of interest:

AP Reports: 34 Dead in roundup in northeast Nevada

Washington Post reports on NV Roundup Resuming
BLM Roundup Contractor, Sue Cattoor, Interviewed on Tuscarora Roundup

Plenty of Water in Tuscarora

BLM Team Conspires to Clear Out Wild Horses

‘Herd-Watch: Public Eyes for Public Horses’

Legal Defense for Laura Leigh

Tuscarora/Owyhee Complex Roundup Information from BLM

Disappointment Valley... A Modern Day Western Trailer- excellent sample of interviews regarding the issues
PR Firm Hired for the Destruction of America’s Wild Horse and Burro Herds
Fact Sheet on Wild Herds & The Salazar Plan
Past Cloud Foundation press releases

Photos, video and interviews available from:
The Cloud Foundation
The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud's herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.
107 S. 7th St. - Colorado Springs, CO 80905 - 719-633-3842

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