A sign at the Rock Springs Wild Horse Facility.
The Cloud Foundation estimates nearly 40,000 wild horses and burros are held in pens and pastures at a cost to taxpayers while the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contractors move to round up more than 3200 more wild horses and burros before the end of the year.
The foundation has been calling for a moratorium on wild-horse gathers pending the development of a more sustainable long-term strategy for their management.
"There is no excuse for BLM's inability to manage America's wild horses and burros," says foundation director Ginger Kathrens.
"If the BLM wants to work with the interested public on solutions then our wild horses and burro herds require a ceasefire. Ground the helicopters and let's talk about fixing things.
"Continuing the costly, poor management practices of BLM that is leading to the total annihilation of the last of our wild mustang and burro herds is inexcusable."
The foundation is encouraging members of the public to start protests in their home towns and join those already planned.
Protests Planned to Date:
BOSTON Freedom Friday Protest
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, behind the Boston Common in front of the State House
WHEN: Friday, October 8, 2010 at 10:00am-2pm.
Come for an hour or spend the afternoon....bring a sign!
Contact: Carol Poole at email@example.com for more info.
WHERE: Downtown Stamford CT, on the Ferguson Library steps
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00pm
Contact: Isabella Houghton: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAS VEGAS Rally:
Plus free concert: Grey Beard Bandit (Wild Horses Need our Voices)
Real (gentled) wild mustangs and guest speakers
WHERE:Horseman's Park, 5800 E Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89122
WHEN: Monday, October 11 o 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Contacts:Shelly Smith email@example.com or Katie Ellen Barron firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: Helldorado Weekend, Oct.16 and 17th. 10:00am
WHERE: Downtown Tombstone, Arizona
CONTACT: Deb Catlett email@example.com for more info
WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:00am
WHERE: County Bldgs (the old courthouse). 179 N. Main St., Logan, Utah
Contact: Kristy Amado firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 2010,11:00am- 2:00pm
WHERE: Southwest corner of Canyon and Broadway
Contacts: Linda Hanick email@example.com or Cathy Bryarly firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-746-4729
WHEN: October 23, 10am-2pm
WHERE: at the West Steps of Capitol Bldg (10th and Capitol Mall) Contact: Janet Schultz: email@example.com
Additional protests are being planned for: Iowa, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire, Maine, South Carolina, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Florida and Vermont.