This last year has presented numerous and daunting challenges in the fight to save our wild horses. Many people are feeling discouraged – that their voices are not being heard, and that is it is almost impossible to make a difference. I am writing today to encourage everyone who cares about America’s wild horses, and to ask you to keep up the fight.
Think about Wild Horse Annie, and how many years she devoted to saving our wild horses. At the time she started, none of these issues were in the public consciousness of our country. Today, thanks to the now thousands and thousands of people all over the country and all over the world writing letters. staging protests, calling their Senators and Representatives, giving interviews to the media, and using social media to get the word out, the issues surrounding wild horses on our public lands are much more widely known. I remember just a few years ago there were only a few dozen of us calling for an end to roundups.
Wild horse advocates come from many different backgrounds and have many different opinions on how best to help the horses. I have had the privelege and opportunity to meet and spend time with advocates across the country who are all contributing to efforts to save our wild horses. I have been inspired by the people I have met. But we need to work together and try come together as much as possible. We are all united in our love for wild horses and in our desire to have them remain free. We must remember that THAT is the most important part.
The BLM is on the run. They are defensive and angry – just like a stallion driving a rival away from his mares – but not as beautiful! I have experienced first hand at the Adobe Town Roundup how truly unpleasant and hostile some BLM staff can be. All this means is that what are doing is working. We must continue to put pressure on the BLM to change their policies, to stop the roundups, and to be more humane in their treament of our wild horses. The public sentiment is on our side. Much of the media is as well. Social media is a powerful tool to get the word out and it is working against them.
This week, advocates from all over the country are having meetings on Capitol Hill with our Senators and Representatives, asking the Appropriations Committee NOT to approve the BLM budget for this year without a stipulation that their money cannot be used for roundups. The BLM is operating right now on a budget that has not been approved. We need to stop them in their tracks. http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/index.php/news-events-a-media/action-alerts/494-rein-in-blm-spending
I have hope for the future, and I have confidence in the many people who are fighting as hard as they can to keep our wild horses wild and free. Thank you for all you have done and will do to help them.
We need to keep the pressure on, and have faith that our efforts will ultimately make a better world for our wild horses. They need us to keep going.