“I pledge Allegiance to the Wild Equines of the United States of America and to the Icon for which they stand, one symbol, understood, undeniable, with liberty and freedom for all.” – R.T. Fitch
Your much appreciated, tax deductible donations at work:
Wild Horse Advocates Appeal Court Decision: Forest Service Fence Threatens Ongoing Survival of Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Herd
WHFF’s Expose’: Wild Horses Sold to Kill Buyer by BLM Contractor
Over 15,000 Letters calling for Obama to Stop the Stampedes find their Mark 9/13/2012
Dear Fellow Equine Welfare Advocates:
No press release, just a simple thank you note.
On a personal level I would like to thank everyone involved for the success of delivering your heartfelt letters to D.C. asking the President to put a stop to the senseless management to extinction of our wild horses and burros.
Thanks go our Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s BoD, Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation, the Office of Rep. Jim Moran, Horseback Magazine, PPJ Gazette, Protect Mustangs, Respect4Horses, Equine Welfare Alliance, Native Wild Horse Protection, Animal Law Coalition, Marin Mustangs, my wife Terry, Jerry Finch and the thousands and thousands of outraged American taxpayers who took the time to collect their thoughts and forward their feelings to us so that we could take them to Washington D.C. (apologies to anyone I may have forgotten)
I have to be honest with you all and say that over the past 72 hours I have been in shock and overcome by awe when considering the intensity of the overall response and the out powering of sentiment and conviction documented in the mailings that we received. There were a few moments where I thought that we might have bitten off more than we could chew but we did what we said we would do and your letters are, currently, in Congressman Jim Moran’s office in preparation to be delivered to the President with an accompanying cover letter.
This operation was not about any one person, people in general, money or ego; it was, and always will be, exclusively about the horses and equine advocates from around the world have made that point abundantly clear.
Jerry has written an excellent article on what transpired, yesterday, so I will not beleaguer the details but instead steer you his way by clicking (HERE).
Jerry is professional in his demeanor and does not mention in his article that our trip began at 0300hrs and did not conclude until we opened up our barn to take care of our herd at 2200hrs; a long day. And with that in mind I sat on the side of the bed, last night, knowing that it was past midnight and asked Terry;
“Did it work, will it all make a difference?”
My tired bride replied with a tight squeeze of the hand;
“People did what we asked of them and we did what we promised to do, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
“But”, I continued to press, “did it make a difference for the horses and burros?”
“How many wild equines do you guys estimate are still free on the range?’, she asked.
“In all honesty, from what we are seeing we think there are only 15-18,000 left free roaming.”
“How many letters did we carry to D.C., today?”
“Well over 15,000 verified but it got crazy at the end.” I replied.
“Then we delivered one letter for each horse left free,” she smiled, “everyone of the wild ones was represented; now turn of the light and let’s go to sleep.”
I paused for a moment and let that thought roll over in my brain, “all of the wild ones were represented” except; there should have been a minimum of 75,000+ to include all of those held in prison camps, separated from their families, without their freedom and the males gelded.
One small foal step forward but the trail ride is my no means over.
Thank you folks for all that you do.
Keep the faith.
(Reprinted from Straight from the Horse Blog)
We pledge our efforts to fund legal challenges against the Governmental agencies that continue to further their programs to eradicate native, American wild horses and burros from their rightful public lands.
The Board of Directors of WHFF brings together years of collective equine advocacy expertise while the organization’s Advisory Board is comprised of a multitude of first rate equine welfare organizations and individuals.
WHFF was created to unite and strengthen the stance and progress of several different, yet fully aligned, advocacy driven legal actions. By combining forces the founders of WHFF are confident that not only will the advocacy movement, overall, experience a united synergy but the organization will be poised to more effectively help protect the welfare and safety of wild horses and burros from the onslaught of the Obama Administration’s Wild Horse Harvesting Machine.
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How is the Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) unique from other wild horse preservation groups?
“WHFF was founded by dedicated advocates who, after consulting with experts in the field, recognized that a concerted, long-term strategy against the Bureau of Land Management’s attack on the American wild horse and the American frontier is an absolutely vital piece of the work needed to save the wild horses and burros. WHFF understands that it is indisputable that without an integrated set of courtroom challenges, the BLM will continue its piecemeal victories against wild horse and burro supporters. With that knowledge, WHFF is prepared to support and staff the best legal team possible to take on this government monolith that is about to succeed in its destruction of the living symbols of our national heritage and origins.”
- What will WHFF do if it succeeds and stops the roundups?
“Stopping the roundups is only a step to the creation of sane and sensible management of an American Treasure on public land. The system will need to be held accountable, that will be an ongoing challenge.”
- What is the BIG picture for WHFF?
“America’s horses are under attack by commercial interests, which are supported and aligned with the BLM, a governmental agency that hides behind vague statutory language and turns words like “protect” and “preserve” into “capture,” “imprison,” and “kill.” It must be emphasized that the horses and burros live on public lands, dedicated by the federal government to the American people as a whole, because of their beauty and nature, and not because of their ability to support the business interests of a select few. This wholesale trading of America’s protected lands and’ desertion of the wild horses by the very agency that has been authorized and empowered to be their guardian is a betrayal not only to the horses who are being injured, captured and dying, but to the American people, who for over forty years have supported the protection of these animals. It is antithetical to the very purpose of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act that the law adopted to keep the horses and burros on the ranges, free to be wild and to represent the American spirit, are progressively being killed, exported and removed so that moneyed interests can invade those lands. If the BLM has it its way, soon enough there will be no wild horses left, and the very reason for the law will disappear forever. It will be the final insult to the will and spirit of the American people when commerce conquers nature and the magic of wild horses ranging American public lands.”
Banner photos by Terry Fitch
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