Your Voice For The Wild Mustangs.


 Photo courtesy of Marilyn Newton of the New York Times.

The above photo depicts a round-up of wild mustangs by BLM officials. Sometimes horses or foals are trampled by the herd as they flee in fear from the helicopters. Some, falling, break legs. Others have been driven over cliffs in their attempts to elude capture.  

We all know, especially those of us who honor the human voice as our profession, how important and life-changing our voices can be. It’s why it’s so sad to hear of voices silenced in our society. It’s why books and poems are cherished and valued by the people — the voice is the mainline to the heart and soul, and to everything meaningful and beautiful in our lives.

Also, our voices can be powerful weapons for change in this wonderful, yet imperfect world.

This is one of those times.

The mustangs need your voice NOW. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking for YOUR opinion on the proposed Fall euthanasia of some or all of the 30,000 wild mustangs presently in BLM holding facilities. With a once-estimated 200,000,000 or more wild horses running free, and an estimated 25,000 left on the land (at numbers not genetically viable), our wild horses are facing future extinction.  

The concern over the plight of America’s wild horses isn’t limited to just Americans, either; people from all over the world are speaking out to help save the mustangs. 

There HAS to be another way, and another answer to the mustang issue, than to massacre wild horses in BLM captivity. It’s time to initiate change in the BLM program (paid for with YOUR tax dollars) and come up with an alternate, life-saving solution.

The best solution would be to set the wild horses free — let wild horses be wild horses, preserved and protected on the land already set aside for them. 

There is no doubt that we as a society care about the horses. Polls and petitions have proven this to be true over and over again.

Here is where your individual voice is worth its weight in wild mustangs. Here’s your chance to tell the BLM that you seriously object to the euthanasia and/or slaughter of the wild mustangs in BLM captivity.

Ask them to utilize birth control procedures (a vaccine called PZP) as a way to thin the herds and keep numbers manageable. Tell them killing wild mustangs is out of the question, and ask them to brainstorm until another solution is found that doesn’t involve the death of these magnificent, sentient beings.

You don’t need to be an expert on the subject — you just need to let the BLM know that you value these horses’ lives. 

What did you do to change the world, today? Here is your chance. You don’t even need to leave the house.

Please do let your most powerful, compassionate voice be heard. If a wild mustang could argue for its life, its voice would sound just like yours.

Click on the picture below to sign a petition (30,000 votes are needed!) and to send a letter to the BLM. Pass it on — tell your family and friends.

Author’s Note: Congratulate yourselves, fellow horse lovers, because the goal of 30,000 signatures has been REACHED, and is climbing!

New Goal: 50,000 signatures. Please click the badge above and join in the effort to build a kinder world for horses! Let’s save our wild horses!

30 Responses

  1. Thank you for posting this! I just sent in the letter and added the badge to my blog.

  2. Thank you, Dube!

    My eyes welled up when I read your reply. : )

    Great, putting up the badge on your blog!

    I tried to put it on mine, but I don’t know how. : ( Or where to put it to make it show up. Random html box?


  3. I did it! I got the badge onto the site, at the bottom!

    Em : )

  4. Thanks for posting this heads up, Em. I have signed the petition and sent it on to a friend.

  5. Thank you so much, Harlan. I myself have quite a soft-spot for these wild horses — they have nothing in their favor besides their beauty (which doesn’t help them make anyone money) and our passionate voices trying to save their lives.

    They cannot become the collateral damage of the beef industry.

    Did you see the badge at the end, after signing the petition? You can put it on your blog.


  6. Hi Em:
    I just signed the petition. Thanks so much for this. I remember a TV movie once done by Don Johnson which took place around Sam’s time and was a true story of U.S. cavalrymen trying to save horses that were scheduled to be destroyed. They took them up to an Indian reservation in Canada.

  7. Thank you for signing, too! : )

    I remain floored that anyone thinks that killing 30,000 mustangs through euthanasia, which likely means a bullet to the head, and sending others off to slaughter is any sort of viable or acceptable plan.

    It’s like the BLM has gone mad.

    It just can’t happen.

    Thank you so much for signing the petition. This kind of thing happens to the horses when people don’t know it’s happening.


  8. Hi Em,

    I signed the petition. I was disgusted when I read it .(though, sadly not surprised) 😦

    Let’s hope they find their conscience.

  9. Thank you, Gypsy. Gives me happy tears to know you signed it. : )

    I agree — it’s disgusting and unconscionable, what they’re proposing. Death is not the solution — whether by bullet, euth drugs, or sold to slaughter. None of those options are acceptable!

    Thank you so much for caring enough to take the time. Those horses are a national treasure — they deserve to be around for their own sake, and for our children and grandchildren’s pleasure. Watching wild horses living free is just amazing.


  10. Em,

    No need to thank me. Whenever there is a petition like this, please feel free to email it to me. Animal abuse is a major concern of mine.

  11. Gypsy,

    I will. : )

    Also, when I find out more information concerning the wild mustangs, I’ll put a post up immediately. The sigs on this exact petition are over 20 thousand, now!


  12. […] you read my Blog entry, Your Voice For The Wild Mustangs.? Presently, the Bureau of Land Management, (BLM), a government agency, has mismanaged its budget […]

  13. thank you so much for this site, we need these horses and they need us!

  14. Thank you so much, Hanna, for reading, visiting and commenting! : )

    Please do click on the horse badge on my site, to sign the petition and help save the mustangs!

    I hope to post an update on where things stand, as soon as I find out more information. My heart, hopes and prayers are with the mustangs.

    Em : )

  15. i did! for sure! i am writing a persuasive essay in school and you have surely helped me a lot! thanks

  16. Hooray! Good luck on your essay, I’m so glad to be able to help. : )

    And, thank you for signing the petition. You’ve made my day! : )

    You must have a big heart to take on this sad, difficult issue — it’s so much easier not to know about it, and because it’s so sad, that reaction is very understandable.

    Let me know if you’re interested, and I could recommend you to be a member of my friend’s slaughter horse rescue bulletin board. It’s a very interesting behind-the-scenes look at a bunch of wonderful women who rescue slaughter horses in a non-profit way.

    What is so amazing is that these horses on their way to slaughter never stop arriving, and these women never stop saving. Where many people would despair at the sheer endlessness of slaughter horse after slaughter horse, they never lose hope and work to save as many as they can.


  17. Hanna —

    I also wanted to say, for more information on the mustang or horse slaughter issue, I have more posts on the subject under the category SAVE THE HORSES which you can find down the right side of the home page of my blog.

    Em : )

  18. Save the American mustang!!!!!!!!Dont kill them theyre just like us.there important to us.

  19. Thank you Payton, for your comment!

    All these horses have, or any animal in trouble, for that matter, is US. WE’RE the ones who can protect them, by speaking out and letting our voices be heard!

    These horses deserve their lives, their land, and their lifestyle of freedom.


  20. If I could, I would adopt as many mustangs as possible. I still don’t agree with them being captured and put in holding facilities. These beautiful animals are the SPIRIT OF THE WEST!

  21. I agree with you one million percent.

    It breaks my heart, also, to see the mustangs captured and confined. Yes, the issue is more than just what to do with the BLM mustangs. They shouldn’t be being rounded up in the first place.

    Thank you so much for visiting, and for your comment! : ) I hope your Holidays were wonderful.


  22. I 100% agree with you. i love your ideas!

  23. Thank you, FizzySlinky, for your comment and for visiting.

    : )

    I look forward to the day when all equines, domestic and wild, are safe from slaughter and safe from the horror and misery of the slaughter pipeline.

    I feel that way about all sentient beings — it’s our job to protect the animals on our planet, not exploit them.

    Horse owners need to be more responsible, and the wild mustangs need to be given their land back, period.


  24. The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

  25. Hi,

    Thank you for the great quality of your blog, each time i come here, i’m amazed.

    black hattitude.

  26. This is crazy!!!!!!!!!!111 who does the goverment think they are dont they know that horses can be hurt being chased by Helis

  27. I just had two radio shows on this important subject:

    visit my website or

    The show dates were January 11, 2010 and January 25th.

    I am deeply horrified by the arrogance, and the greed of the Bureau of Land Management… they are in the ‘pocket’ of the cattle ranchers who are most certainly behind this environmental tragedy.

    These round-ups are in direct violation of the 1971 Congressional Act that specifically brings legal protection for these beautiful, majestic, intelligent, sentient beings.

    These Wild Mustangs ARE indigenous to the North American continent, and date back to more than 25,000 years!

    We MUST all collectively take action today to REMOVE Bob Abbey from the BLM and REMOVE he rogue, corrupt Mr. Ken Salazar from the Department of Interior. These two goons are BOTH behind these illegal round-ups because they are both cattle ranchers! Unthinkable.

    Where is Obama and all of his lip service to the environment? Where?

  28. I couldn’t agree more with all you’ve written, Ginger. *Thank you* for taking up the cause.

    As is usual in life, those in power can abuse their power in secret, when no one is looking. That’s why we, the public, need to continue to shine an honest, unflinching light upon the wild horses and burros issue and stop the rampant abuses and illegal acts committed against these animals.

    They need to be managed free, on the range, with the land stolen from them, returned.

    The BLM needs to follow the law and be held accountable when they break it.

    Even the BLM admits that approximately 90% of these wild horses end up at slaughter.

    It’s heinous, heart-breaking, angering and unacceptable.


  29. i love horses they are my life it kills me how people wld try to hurt them but im only a kid but i rite reports about them everyday i hope when im older i can start a organization to stop disputes like this it kills me to hear about these creatures dying everyday for no reason its so sad and aches

  30. Hi, Allie, and let me commend you for being a kid who cares.

    The first time the mustangs were saved, where laws were passed to protect them, came about through a letter-writing campaign across America by — KIDS!

    Thank YOU for doing what you do to draw people’s attention to the wild mustang issue. I agree, it’s so, so sad. But, I believe, one day, our efforts to save them will prevail!


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