"What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival."
—Chief Seattle, 1852
"In wildness is the preservation of the world."
—Henry David Thoreau
What is happening on the Western range to our wild horses is both a travesty and a national tragedy. The Silver King Herd Management Area is a vast public lands complex comprised of 606,000 acres on which the Bureau of Land Management authorizes just 60-120 wild horses to live. As we write this, the agency continues its roundup of over 500 horses from Silver King. Meanwhile, cow pies litter the landscape. Although it is difficult material, we urge you to watch and read the account of a stallion’s death from a broken neck, which the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign witnessed and videotaped despite the BLM’s best efforts to keep such images from the public. Be sure also to read the news release linked at the end, which goes into more detail about the agency’s attempts at censorship.
This is why Road Ranger is the Founding Sponsor of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign lobbies federal legislators and agencies on behalf of beleaguered wild horses, which cannot represent themselves.
From The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 “Wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. It is the policy of Congress that wild free-roaming horses and burros shall be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.”
This power of this Act was diminished in 2005 by the Burns Amendment which opened the door to the sale of America’s wild horses to be killed to supply horse meat for human consumption abroad. The target of the Burns Amendment was the nearly 30,000 wild horses held in government pens after the removal from public land at the behest of special interest groups who run private commercial operations on these same public lands. The Wild Horse Preservation Fund seeks to identify practical solutions for minimally intrusive 'in the wild' management applications for the preservation of viable free roaming horses, and the reclassification of wild horses as a native wildlife/heritage species.
Visit the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign Facebook page for the latest news.
Thanks to everyone for all that you do to help the horses. Your support of Road Ranger helps us finance the campaign and their activities to protect the wild horses.
Message to Oprah from Celebs: I Care About Wild Horses
from Madeleine Pickens on Vimeo.