Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Wild Horses in Los Angeles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2010
Los Angeles Horse Advocates To Hold Wednesday Rally Opposing to Wild Horse Roundups
Los Angeles, Calif. - Wild horse advocates will hold a rally Wednesday at 11 a.m. in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's Los Angeles office building, asking the senator to help secure a moratorium on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups of wild horses living on public lands in the West. The rally coincides with week two of a massive BLM roundup and removal of 2,500 wild horses living in the Calico Mountains Complex in northwestern Nevada. Another BLM roundup is scheduled to begin January 15 in Utah and a second Nevada roundup is slated for February.
The peaceful rally, organized by members of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign coalition, will feature actor Wendy Malick, supermodel and activist Tatjana Patitz, award-winning author Deanne Stillman, and Petrine Mitchum, daughter of legendary actor Robert Mitchum and author of Hollywood Hoofbeats, a history of horses in Hollywood. It is one of many rallies taking place across the country and internationally to protest the U.S. government's destructive wild horse policy.
The BLM intends to remove up to 12,000 horses from their western ranges in 2010 and place them in Midwestern holding facilities, where they will join 33,000 wild horses already warehoused by the BLM at taxpayer expense. The number of horses in the BLM's Midwestern warehouses now exceeds those left on the range.
What: Peaceful Rally for America's Wild Horses
Where: Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Office, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 915, Los Angeles, California 90025
When: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
“An immense amount of tax dollars are being spent on the removal of wild horses while less intrusive and less costly 'in the wild’ management alternatives exist," says Neda DeMayo, founder of Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary. “Americans want their wild horses to remain free and protected on the ranges where they currently exist. We are asking that the original spirit and intent of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act be upheld so that our grandchildren’s children will know the herds, who are a vital link to our western heritage.”
"We're calling on Senator Feinstein to once again become a champion of America's wild horses," said Elliot Katz, DVM, president of In Defense of Animals. "It's wrong to move America's wild horses off their rightful western ranges to put in BLM warehouses in the Midwest.”
Jill Starr of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue added "How ironic that the very symbol of American freedom is quickly becoming a prisoner of hypocrisy. The iconic American mustangs are soon to be just ghosts blowing across our dusty deserts, haunting our memories, and that is all we will have left one day to remind us of what our country once believed in and stood for."
Cloud Foundation volunteer Lise Stampfli Torme said "We are outraged that BLM is proceeding with this roundup under a cloud of controversy and against a U.S. District Court judge's recommendation. The agency has moved the capture points to private land where the public cannot see how their contractors are treating our living legends. An immediate moratorium on all wild horse roundups must be implemented until the BLM's broken wild horse management program can be reformed."
Launched in 2004, the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign was formed to help protect America’s wild horses on their rightful ranges, our public lands. The campaign is represented by a coalition of 50 organizations representing over 10 million people nationwide.
For more information, visit www.idausa.org, www.returntofreedom.org, www.thecloudfoundation.org, www.wildhorserescue.org, and www.wildhorsepreservation.com.
In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals’ rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi.
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Terri Farley @ 6:07 AM
You go for it Mrs. Farley!!!!!!!! They deserve to know what all the American's want!!! I so wish i could be there!! But sadly, even i could go there, the rally would be over by the time I got to Calafornia!! Mustangs will be a legend soon! We need to put a stop to it!!!!
Save the mustangs!
This is so MADDENING! It just kills me....I just am so confused, exactly WHAT is the reason the BLM feels the need to do this...and with so much force! It's just like they don't even care. I honestly don't know why they they feel the urge to ruin these wild horses lives. And take them away from everything they've ever known.