A Wild Mustang And Burro Redemption!
December 4, 2008

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Nevada wild mustangs

(Photo courtesy of Bonnie Jo Mount – The Washington Post)

You are invited to attend a cyber-party honoring America’s wild mustangs and burros!

Please bring your joy, your big heart and plenty of tissues! Party is taking place right now in this post. Tell your friends!

(What do you bring to a wild mustang party, you ask? Plenty of carrots and apples? Well, wild mustangs won’t know what those food items are, but I’m sure they’d appreciate the thought!)

You know those 30,000 wild mustangs and burros in BLM captivity facing euthanasia and slaughter that I’ve been blogging about relentlessly? The ones we’ve been fighting to save, signing petitions for and contacting our legislators about?

They’re SAFE!

I read the article linked below, and cried with joy.   

Click here: A Dramatic Rescue for Doomed Wild Horses of the West – washingtonpost.com

“Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding pens. Lifelong animal lovers, the Pickenses just a few years ago led the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States.

Madeleine Pickens is looking for land in the West that would be an appropriate home for the horses.

She is working with the BLM staff to adopt the horses, said Henri Bisson, the bureau’s deputy director, while the agency persuades Congress to shift $20 million in funding to feed and protect the horses now in captivity for another year. As backup to Pickens’s offer, he said, two other groups, both animal rescue organizations, have expressed similar interest in adoption. “We are very hopeful that euthanasia won’t be necessary this year,” he said.”

Things like this restore my faith in humanity and in the horse-sized hearts of animal lovers everywhere.

Some of the best miracles in life remain those man-made, when people pool their resources and good intentions in the name of our precious animals that have no voice of their own.

T. Boone Pickens and Madeleine Pickens, my hat is off to you! Thank you for saving the day and the lives of America’s mustangs and burros!

Best of all, these animals will remain FREE — running free across the West as they’ve done for centuries.

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” Bells are ringing all around the world!

Now, off I go to find more tissues.

Author’s Note: Now that an hour has passed and my boots are back on the ground again, as I would swear I was walking on air, this is great news, but it’s only great news for the 2008 mustangs and burros. There remains a serious, fatal issue for these equines that MUST be solved. Without public outcry and changing legislature, the horses aren’t safe for good. Nothing less is acceptable.

Did you know that the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act used to offer hard-fought-for, full protection to the wild mustangs and burros, and resulted from an unprecedented public outcry much like ours, today?

Then, in 2004 Senator Conrad Burns slipped in a secret amendment that stripped away these protections without public knowledge or debate. One tragic consequence of this unethical action was the legal round-up and slaughter of America’s wild mustangs and burros. 

Click here: The Conrad Burns Wild Horse Slaughter Amendment

I guess the question is, is that okay with you? This is YOUR country, YOUR wildlife, YOUR tax dollars. These are YOUR horses and burros. 

It might not be you, it may be your children or grandchildren who fall in love with horses both domestic and wild, however, the horses and burros are counting on us to do what’s right NOW — for our future generations, and for theirs.

So please, take a moment to sign the petition to save the mustangs. The petition can be accessed through the wild horse badges on my home page. We still need support through your ongoing signatures so we can save ALL the horses! 

Have you already signed the petition, but haven’t gotten your fill of changing the world? The petition below

 calls for a Congressional inquiry into the government’s wild horse management practices.

Heart-felt thanks go out to all those who’ve signed the petitions or called their legislators on behalf of America’s horses.

(And p.s. — thank you Jupiter and Venus!)

The I Love Your Blog Award!
October 21, 2008

 

I’m excited to announce that Lefty In My Write Mind has won the I Love Your Blog Award for horse rescue work and the anti-slaughter advocacy in my post:

Click here: All The Pretty Rescue Horses.

I’m just so thrilled!

I was nominated by fellow horsewoman, I Love Your Blog Award winner and Lefty reader Cheryl Ann. You can read more about it on her wonderful blog, Desert Horses, in her post Blog award! 

Cheryl Ann has three rescue horses and two BLM mustangs. Her blog is a feast for the eyes and heart.

Click here: Desert Horses and get a wonderful peek into Cheryl Ann’s life with horses.

Through women like Cheryl sharing their horse knowledge on online groups and blogs, my own humble rescue efforts have been made possible.

Thank you for all you do for horses, Cheryl Ann!   

I, in turn, would like to nominate these five blogs for the I Love Your Blog Award:

1)  Click here: From Hell to Heaven: Saving Argus 

I have been following Argus’ journey and Katie’s blog for almost a year now, and it’s an incredible account that not only lifts the spirits, but oftentimes leads to a search for tissues to blot happy tears. Katie’s writing is wonderful; if you’re looking for evidence of a kinder world, you’ll find it at Katie’s farm. 

Katie, your blog never fails to do the heart good. Thank you for your big heart, hard work, and service in the name of horses.

2) Click here: Gypsyscarlett’s Weblog

Another wonderful writer, Tasha and her Victorian blog take you away to another era that is not only interesting and entertaining, but important to our history as human beings. I love to learn new things, and especially the history of our technology and inventions. Cast off the present and slip through the door of a former world. You’ll love every minute of it.

And, if you are a writer, too, you’ll be amongst friends.

3) Click here: In Other Words

Steph is on a hopeful journey through life and her blogwriting makes it so that you, too, can come along. Reading her blog is like hanging out with a dear friend, reminiscing. Both a wonderful editor and writer herself, her take on the world makes it a warmer place.

Pull up a chair and a cup of something, and you’ll wonder how you got through the day without her blog!

4) Click here: Curry Pan

Aarabi amazes me with her old soul, her observant eye, her awesome writing and her depictions of life in far away lands I can only dream of visiting. I always look forward to learning about different cultures and catching up on her adventures.

5) Click here: Art Calling

I find this highly creative blog both soothing and smart. Not only is Sarah a gifted painter, she shares her awareness of how art connects us all — art heals — from her art-filled life in Holland.

Congratulations, ladies! To accept your award, please right click on the award badge above, save it to your computer, post it on your blog and link it back in thanks to Lefty In My Write Mind.

Next, please choose five blogs you believe deserve this award, post them on your blog, notify the winners, have them link the badge back to your blog, and the cycle continues! 

Please email me at EMurdoch@wildblue.net with any questions.

(I myself need to figure out how to post the badge on my blog, so I’ll be no help there!)  

A big thank you to all of you who share your lives and loves through your blogs!