Action Alert: Mustangs On The Hill.
September 28, 2009

Wild Mustangs

 

First, below is a history of the mustangs provided by (and all photos courtesy of):  National Wild Horse Adoption Day

America’s mustangs are the descendants of wild horses brought to the New World by Spanish explorers and missionaries in the 16th century. Others come from stock that were released or escaped from miners, ranchers, homesteaders and others who settled the West. Although horses evolved in North America there are many different opinions as to why no horses or burros existed on this continent at the time of European exploration. Spanish explorers reintroduced horses to North America beginning in the late fifteenth century and Native Americans helped spread horses throughout the Great Plains and the West. Until as recently as the mid-twentieth century, horses continued to be released onto public lands by the U.S. cavalry, farmers, ranchers, and miners.

The “Pencil War”

By the mid-20th century, domestic markets for pet and chicken feed and European markets for horse meat emerged, further reducing the number of wild horses and burros remaining in the West. Public concern escalated in response to the brutal methods used by mustangers to capture and transport wild horses for sale to rendering plants. Horrified by the gruesome practices, Velma Johnston spearheaded a “Pencil War”, a letter writing campaign that generated more letters to Congress than any single issue besides the Vietnam War! Thousands of letters were written by school children concerned for the horses’ welfare.

Congress passes “the Act”

As populations on western rangelands declined to fewer than 20,000 animals, the Congress of the United States deliberated over the animals’ future and passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burro Act in 1971 (Act). The Act placed America’s mustangs and burros under federal jurisdiction, and charged the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) with preserving and protecting wild horses and burros as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”

Poetry in Motion ...

 

Once again, here’s your chance to change the world and make it a more humane place for America’s wild mustangs and burros. Public outcry saved them in 1971 through The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act; I know, by joining together, we can do it again.

It’s a sad thought to imagine losing the wild mustangs and burros to extinction, let alone other outcomes such as slaughter, abuse and neglect, injury, and the terror inflicted during and after BLM round-ups. Just as sad is the thought of the world’s children and future children never having the chance to witness the grace and beauty of these animals — running free as they’re meant to be, on the land America promised them, across this great country born from their backs.

On so many levels, America wouldn’t be America without the horses and burros. The least we can do is protect instead of inflict, respect instead of betray, stand up for instead of turning away, and offer our outrage instead of our apathy. Their lives and well-being depend upon it.

Their continuing presence on this earth depends upon it. 

Peace Love and Understanding.

 

Below is an Action Alert from the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. Please do your part, and thank you for helping save the horses.

Mustangs on the Hill

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29, is ‘Mustangs on the Hill’ Day: Wild horse advocates will be lobbying their Senators for the passage of S.1579, the Restore Our American Mustangs (ROAM) Act.

This critical bill, which passed before the House of Representatives last July, amends the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act by adding important new protections and provisions, such as the banning of helicopter roundups and the reclaiming of land lost by America’s wild horses over the past 30 years.

A press conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC. If you are unable to attend the day’s events, please call your two U.S. Senators, urging them to support the ROAM Act (S.1579). More generally, please urge your Senators to address the mismanagement of our wild horse herds on public lands:

1) Denounce the aggressive wild horse removal campaign currently under way at the behest of special interest groups and at the cost of millions of our tax-dollars.

2) Tell them that our tax-dollars would be better spent on an in-the-wild management program not based on removals.

3) Call for a moratorium on roundups until actual numbers of wild horses on public lands have been independently assessed.

To locate your Senators, please visit www.senate.gov. Please also call the Senate Committee on Natural Resources at 202.224.4971 to express your support for wild horses and the ROAM Act.

Last of the Mojave Burros

The last remaining wild burro heritage herds in California’s Mojave Desert are threatened with removal this week. Please take advantage of this lobbying day to also call Senator Feinstein’s office at 202.224.3841 and ask her to intercede with BLM officials and put a stop to these roundups.

On behalf of America’s wild horses and burros, thank you for your support!

The AWHPC Team
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
www.wildhorsepreservation.org

Life to the Fullest.

All photos courtesy of:  National Wild Horse Adoption Day

Saving The Wild Mustang Herds.
July 14, 2008

Shooting Star, my own wild mustang saved from slaughter.

 Photo by Emily Murdoch

 The point of this post is a passionate attempt to bring awareness to the plight of America’s wild mustangs and burros. At the moment, 30,000 plus wild mustangs in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facilities are facing euthanasia. As if taking their freedom and stealing their lands isn’t enough, now their very lives hang in the balance.

Sadly, if you are reading this post, you have joined a new club — you, too, are bearing witness to the wild mustang extinction underway in the United States.

When you click on the link below,

http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/804214

it will take you to a wonderful article in support of a famous group of mustangs, Cloud and his herd, along with additional information on wild mustangs. I also added this link to the original post from a few days ago.

Even if you’ve never owned a horse, or don’t care to, these horses are your horses, too, and your children’s and grandchildren’s. A symbol of freedom and majesty in America, they are America’s horses, and they are counting on you.

You may not know it, but tourists from all over the world come to America to see our wild mustangs.

There’d be no America without the horse. The least we can do is protect our wild ones, and in thanks, let them run free.

Singer Sheryl Crow has also joined the fight:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080702/ap_on_en_tv/people_sheryl_crow

If you (like me) would be interested in watching the documentary hosted by Sheryl Crow, Viggo Mortensen and Peter Coyote, or to make a donation to help the cause, please follow this link:

http://www.theamericanwildhorse.com/

From theamericanwildhorse.com:

This critical documentary film explores BLM’s past management history within the Wild Horse and Burro Program. The film exposes the current massive Western land grab by oil, gas and mining corporations exploiting over 30 million acres of natural Western lands in the areas of New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and others.

The current excessive land exploitation is affecting all wild life species including the American Wild Horse. To the extent that there are now more wild horses housed in BLM holding facilities than remain on the open range.”

Two million or more wild mustangs used to roam the west. Now, less than approximately 25,000 wild horses remain. 30,000 have already been rounded up into BLM holding pens, where 26 million in tax dollars is spent on their care. These BLM horses face slaughter and euthanasia, and the BLM plans to round up another 4000 or more horses by the fall of 2008.

These horses deserve to run free on the millions of acres of public land designated for America’s wild horses under United States law, as spoken by the people. Those horses presently in holding pens should be set free. 

It seems so simple: stop rounding up our wild horses. Set the wild horses free. Stop using our tax dollars to strip away the freedom and dignity of OUR wild horses, some of which end up at slaughterhouses suffering a horrific end. 

Most importantly, reinstate full protection for OUR wild horses and burros under The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.

How many times must we fight this same battle? 

And that’s where we come in, as individuals. Our voices count, and we are all the wild mustangs have to count upon. They need you to use your voice to do what’s right for the horses, when our own government can’t or won’t.

H.R. 249:  To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.

–Introduced on January 5th, 2007.

–Sponsored by Rep. Nick Rahall [D-WV]

–Status: Passed the House — 89% Democrats supporting, 58% Republicans opposing.

–Last Action:  April 26th, 2007 — Received in the Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and National Resources.