How do you spell cruelty? At the Cloud Foundation, we spell it: R-O-U-N-D-U-P. Specifically, helicopter roundup.
The BLM’s Antelope Valley Complex roundup commenced on July 9th and is unfortunately making our point for us. In 16 days, 19 horses have been killed. At least 7 tiny foals have died from the stress of the BLM miles-long run in hot and extreme temperatures. It’s unknown how many may have collapsed out on the range during the helicopter stampedes. Mares have been driven so hard that they’ve broken their necks – likely crashing gates. Stallions have lost their lives, as well – one dying in the loading process (broken neck), and another that admirers named Mr. Sunshine for his palomino color breaking his leg jumping the 6′ high trap in a valiant attempt at freedom, which ended in a three-legged, 35-minute chase from both helicopter and horseman before his suffering was finally ended. Meanwhile, the cruelty continues.
BLM reports 19 deaths so far. With the roundup still in progress, final reports are yet to come. An accurate count may never be known.
“The undercounting of deaths is, unfortunately, all too common,” says TCF Founder, Ginger Kathrens. “It is BLM practice to eliminate foals from the death count, as if they were never born and cared for by their mothers and the rest of their family. BLM literally gets away with murder.”
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! This kind of horrific cruelty needs to stop. There’s no accountability.
If you agree, please take action!
- Call your Senators and Representatives and encourage them to support the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act of 2023 – HR-3656.
- Share this story on social media and throughout your friend network.
- Contact your local TV stations and newspapers and ask them to investigate this story.
The Cloud Foundation