The history of wild horses has been one of persecution with mixed opinions of what a wild horse is – to be domesticated or left alone as a wild animal and in the State of Nevada, feral.
In the movie,The Misfits from 1961 – Cowboys and wranglers routinely captured Mustangs in the Nevada high desert, Pine Nut Range. The wild horses were hauled away to be slaughtered and used for dog food.
The 2004 movie, Hidalgo, shows that the Indian ponies were rounded up, shot and killed by civil war soldiers.
On September 9, 2016, an advisory committee to the BLM (Federal Bureau of Land Management under the direction of the Department of Interior) determined that the wild horses that have been taken off their homeland are doomed to a death sentence. Their crime is that they are unadoptable. It seems that nearly 50,000 ill-fated wild horses that are stockpiled around the country are to be terminated – “euthanized” is the word used by the committee. The film, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? , from 1969 has little to do with horses, and more with the disturbing idea of putting a living creature out of their misery.
They have survived the exhausting process of being chased down and removed from their land, separated from their families, run through narrow steel chutes to be stamped with a brand. Overfed in pens. Shipped to other states in the country with different climates. Kept in unknown private farms where no one can see what their life has become. Meanwhile, the public is told that more Mustangs must continue to be removed because they are ‘excess’ animals, they are starving, and there is not enough water for them.
History must not repeat itself. We urge you to take immediate action by sending a brief email and ask the decision makers to release groups of wild horses in wildfire prone areas, in wilderness areas where they will help to keep the vegetation down and reduce the threat of raging wildfires.
Secretary Sally Jewell
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
And you can call: To contact your Senators and Representatives – call the switchboard at 202-224-3121
AND go to Facebook page Return to Freedom (supported by the actor Robert Redford) and sign the petition.
Please, SHARE this information with as many people as you can! Do it for your children’s grandchildren so that they will enjoy seeing wild horses roaming free.
For more information about preserving the freedom of our American Mustang as wild and free visit Sonny Boys Tours on Facebook and http://www.RenoWildHorseTours.com