November 24, 2010
Braveheart's Mare and Foal Reunited
After being separated at a tragic BLM roundup, this beautiful mom and baby are back together again.
On this Thanksgiving eve, we're happy to share some good news: The valiant stallion Bravehear'ts mare and foal have been adopted, reunited and are set to become part of Return to Freedom's Calico Rescue Project. You may recall that this beautiful pair of Nevada mustangs witnessed the tragic death of their steadfast protector during the BLM's Silver King roundup last month. The mom and young colt were separated by BLM, never again to see each other, until AWHPC arranged for their adoption. We have named the mare Caliente, after the area in Nevada that was her home, and we call her foal Hero. We are grateful to Return to Freedom for stepping up, not only to provide sanctuary for Cali and Hero, but also to rescue two other Silver King mustang families. Stay tuned for their amazing stories in the coming weeks.
Reno Gazette Journal Confirms: Wild Horses Native Species Not Feral Livestock
"Modern horses evolved here and that's an adequate reason to consider them native American species, and not 'invasive' or 'introduced feral' animals."
Investigative journalist Frank X. Mullen examines the evidence and concludes, "by definition, horses are North American natives because most of their evolutionary development took place on this continent."
In Mullen's article, Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, states: "They are 'native' rather than 'livestock-gone-loose,' because they originated here and co-evolved with the American habitat."
The piece exposes the unscientific and biased use of the word "feral" when referring to wild horses. It's great to see some fact-based reporting on the wild horse issue!
With Gratitude . . . .
As Thanksgiving approaches, the AWHPC Team offers our thanks . . .
. . . to the people on the front lines who brave the elements and the heartbreak to observe the roundups and share their pictures and videos with the world.
. . . to the people behind the scenes who work tirelessly to get the word out and motivate people to take action.
. . . to the attorneys who have dedicated countless hours doing battle in the courts of law to bring justice for the mustangs.
. . . to all the wild horse advocates who dedicate time, energy and resources to fighting for what is right and fair.
Together we will remain strong and prevail.
We also offer our special thanks to AWHPC's founding sponsor,
Road Ranger USA, for their vision, caring and support that makes our work possible.
And finally, thanks to the wild horses and burros, who are our inspiration and teach us to value what is most important ... freedom, family and gratitude for the wonder and beauty of nature.
AWHPC Founding Sponsor Advocacy Sponsor
The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC) is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Supported by a coalition of over 40 organizations, its grassroots campaign seeks:
* A suspension of roundups in all but verifiable emergency situations while the entire BLM wild horse program undergoes objective and scientific review;
* Higher Appropriate Management Levels (AML) for wild horses on those rangelands designated for them;
* Implementation of in-the-wild management, which would keep wild horses on the range and save taxpayers millions annually by avoiding the mass removal and stockpiling wild horses in government holding facilities.
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Also of Note . . .
Holiday Gift Ideas
Photographer Carol Walker's stunning tribute to the wild horses of Adobe Town, Wyoming
Prints of Mark Terrell's inspiring wild horse photographs
Fabulous book series for young readers by acclaimed author and wild horse advocate Terri Farley