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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wild Horses Die to Clear the West for Industry

Each morning, dawn touches fewer wild horses on America's Western range lands. Roundups by the Bureau of Land Management clear the way for a tsunami of industrialization.
Senate confirmation of Interior Secretary-designate, Rep. Ryan Zinke, advocates looser environmental regulations for extractive industries. He proposed legislation to open horse slaughter plants in the West.  

Return to Freedom photo of January 2017 roundup, Utah

Nevadans Velma "Wild Horse Annie" Johnston and Carrol Able spend their lives fighting for America's wild horses. It seemed like a good time to give them their say, again.   

Carrol Able                                                                                                             July 20, 2011
I sat down with Wild Horse Annie today. We had quite the conversation. I complained of how convoluted her law had become, how it was now a life sentence for the very animals it was intended to protect. She listened quietly, never uttering a word. “We really need your help.” I told her. She offered no reply.
The grass surrounding us was cool damp; refreshing, the day warm and clear. I closed my eyes and imagined a band of wild horses grazing peacefully nearby. How fitting it would have been. But alas! Imaginings are nothing more than imaginings. There were no wild horses and Wild Horse Annie was not going to answer.
Beside me was a small and unassuming grave marker. In that, it was much like the woman buried there. Beneath the name Velma B. Johnston, Wild Horse Annie and the dates March 5, 1912 - June 27, 1977 are three mustangs, running wild and free. As I ran my fingers across the relief and looked closer at the image, I realized there was something unexpectedly ominous portrayed there. 
image by Melissa Farlow
from Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them

The running mustang trio has reached the edge of a dangerous precipice with no choice left but to jump. The last of the three is rearing and looking over his shoulder as if deciding whether to fight or flee. Tears started flowing when I put the scene in the context of the battle we’re waging today. 
I started sobbing like a crazy fool and blurted out, “Help me! I don’t know what else to do.”
It was then that a voice came to me, a gentle but strong whisper in my ear.
                          “FIGHT” it said, “Fight like a wild stallion.”

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In Storm-Struck West, War on Wild Horses Accelerates

RETURN TO FREEDOM image by Steve Paige (follow link to contribute to such coverage)

As the West experiences historic flooding and snowfall, the Bureau of Land Management grabs the chance to capture wild horses.

These are some of the national headlines that came in on a single day's (9.11.17)  Google Alert on Wild Horses.  Please follow the links to the complete stories.
Wild Horses in Massive Snow Bound Roundup

BLM to Roundup 700 Wild Horses in Milford Area 

BLM Recalculates Desired Horse Population for Pryor Mountains

Massive Wild Horse Roundup Begins in Utah 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ANNOUNCING: MustangMedia 101 by Terri Farley: Whose Home on the Range?

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MustangMedia 101 by Terri Farley: Whose Home on the Range?
Wild horses can't speak their own stories. Once, that didn't matter, but now wild horses suffer and die at human hands. We take their food, water and homes. A few people want wild horses taken off public lands so corporations can earn money from the land's minerals, oil and grazing. But most people love wildlife and wild places. They're learning to stand up for wildlife because the Western public lands belong to all Americans! Our hearts lift at their rough power and beauty.
Knowing mustangs inspires me to tell their stories as well as I can, before they're extinct.

MustangMedia 101 by Terri Farley is my attempt to explain modern challenges facing wild horses.

Images by Melissa Farlow from Wild At Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them.

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