By THE CLOUD FOUNDATION
To The Desert Independent
October 20, 2018
Eight wild horses in Northern Nevada were shot and killed in what the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is calling “humane euthanasia.” Originally the BLM stated they knew nothing about the incident that happened in late August. But yesterday, the BLM “fessed up” to what is now being called by The Cloud Foundation, a 501(3)c mustang advocacy group, “anything BUT humane.”
“There is nothing humane about shooting horses in the gut, shoulder, back and legs,” stated Lisa Friday, Communication Director for The Cloud Foundation (TCF). “If this is the definition of humane euthanasia so often spouted by BLM officials, our wild horses are in a world of hurt.”
BLM cited a lack of water for their actions. But, Madeline Pickens, who owns the private land as well as leased BLM lands around Boone Spring where the horses were gunned down, offered to repair the spring only to be denied. Inside sources tell The Cloud Foundation that BLM shirked their duty by not allowing Pickens to repair Boone Springs, a much-needed water source for the horses. Additional emergency efforts by Ms. Pickens were also nixed.
“I am extremely concerned about the BLM’s definition of ‘humane euthanasia,’” stated Ginger Kathrens, volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation and the Humane Advisor on the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. “Humane Euthanasia is contained in all the management options the BLM is currently putting forth. What they did to these poor animals was certainly not humane. Rather than relieve pain and suffering, they inflicted it.”
“We ask the BLM to immediately provide us with their definition of ‘humane euthanasia’ before more horses are tortured like these Nevada mustangs,’” Friday concludes.
Today, TCF learned that 24 horses in the just concluded Warm Springs. Oregon helicopter round up were “humanely euthanized” by BLM. What does this actually mean?
The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a Colorado based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands.