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America’s Mustangs

America’s Mustangs

On March 1, 2012, I attended a hearing at the U.S. Federal Courthouse, Eastern District of California, in Sacramento challenging the BLM’s round-up and removal of close to 2,000 wild horses and burros from the Twin Peaks HMA in northern California and western Nevada.

Through the power of viral networking, Facebook and the old-fashioned telephone, the courtroom was packed with supporters of the wild horses and burros.   Feeling the energy of the flood of public support was almost as moving as watching mustangs galloping on an open range, reveling in their natural state – freedom. 

Saving America’s Mustangs is an animal tribe that is fighting hard.


From the web site SavingAmericasMustangs.org, Madeline Pickens describes her passionate cause:

The American public, as well as the Congress, has made it clear that wild horses on federal land are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the American West and must be protected. Although it is the government’s obligation and duty to carry out this mandate, it is worthwhile to explore a public/private partnership to accomplish this goal. If we can together establish a plan for the permanent retirement and care of these magnificent animals, it will be a legacy that all Americans can be proud of.

We are currently developing Mustang Monument: Wild Horse Eco-Sanctuary in Northern Nevada. It will be a tourist destination similar to our National Parks where Americans and tourists from around the world can come, observe and be a part of this great part of American history. We can use this natural treasure to promote eco-tourism and at the same time provide for permanent retirement and management of these American icons to which we owe so much. There will be endless activities on the grounds. There will be electronic classrooms complete with educators and educational seminars about the wild horses and Native American history. Guided hikes through the desert, camping in teepees, special campfires with musical storytelling and Native American legends, arts and crafts, creative writing, photography, internships, and learning the science of the land and caring for the horses will be just a few of the things guests can participate in. There will be plenty of eco-friendly log cabins and teepees for lodging.

Staying at the sanctuary will be a world-class experience that will be remembered and shared long after visitors leave. I, myself, am an immigrant to America and came because of America’s freedoms, can do attitude, and respect for its open spaces and natural heritage of which these wild horses are a part. I look forward to being a part of preserving this for generations to come.

 

Mustang Monument:

ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE AMERICAN WILD MUSTANG
110 years ago there were 2 million horses roaming free, that number is now maybe 28,000. With the government gathers scheduled through the end of 2012, they are on the path of extinction.

Our horses need an alternative to the holding pens they are being fated to now. With Madeleine Pickens’ vision to create a preserve for thousands of these horses, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. She can’t do this alone; she needs your help. Please show your support by telling anyone any everyone you can about this issue and help give our Americans back a part of their heritage.

Wild horses capture the American publics’ imagination like no other animal. These stunning creatures embody the best that America has to offer- our independent, free, and untamed spirit.

Please share your support by visiting  the web site: SavingAmericasMustangs.org .