"WE NEED the tonic of wildness.”
Forty-two years ago today, President Richard M. Nixon invoked these famous words of Henry David Thoreau when signing the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.
Noting that he took “special pleasure” in “signing strong legislation to protect these noble animals,” the President highlighted that wild horses and burros deserve protection as "an ecological right--as anyone knows who has ever stood awed at the indomitable spirit and sheer energy of a mustang running free."
Four decades later, the promise of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act remains tragically unfulfilled. The same special interests from which the Act was intended to protect wild horses and burros have turned the law on its head. The result is a corrupt and devastating federal program that today stockpiles more wild horses in captivity than remain free on the range.
In signing the Act, President Nixon recognized the “outpouring of concern for the preservation of wild horses and burros on our Western ranges.”
Today, we must again reignite that outpouring of public concern as the only way to counter the “demands of the market for their processed products, competition for forage used by domestic livestock” and other forces that to continue to threaten the very existence of wild horses and burros in our nation.
Please mark the anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act today by taking two actions:
- Invite three of your friends, family and/or co-workers to join the movement.
- Share this graphic on Facebook to spread the word:
When people speak, change can happen. Thank you for continuing to fight with us for the future of America’s wild horses and burros.