Yesterdays tragic events in Boston over shadow almost everything today.
Yesterday at Palomino Valley Center (PVC) it snowed. We met another film maker there working on a project. That person has family in the area of the marathon and they could not be reached due to cell phone issues and later in the day were located. The somber tone of our Nation in that moment very real in the cold, dusty wind seeing our symbol of American Freedom in captivity.
Today our thoughts are never far from the images burned into our minds last night as we came back to cell and internet service. The tragedies in Connecticut, at a movie theatre in Colorado and at the Twin Towers all meld together in grief.
Yet each of these reminds us of how we band together in vast community to assist victims of the heinous actions of the few.
~ Our thoughts, hearts, prayers are with the victims and their families today.
Delay of NBC Broadcast
Due to the events yesterday in Boston the media is focused on the investigation and stories coming from the tragedy. At this juncture it appears that the piece “Wild, but not free!” that we have all been waiting for will not air as planned tomorrow. Friday would be the earliest air date but most likely the beginning of next week
We apologize for the continued delay but the program is a live “news” broadcast and programming is not confirmed until the evening prior and subject to any breaking news story. We will keep you posted through our Facebook page to what we hear “as we hear it” on the air date.
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Guest blog: A New Generation
Wild Horse Education has been working on a youth program. A young volunteer wrote the following piece. In our youth there is an important message for adults to hear, it is the belief that we can create change. So when you feel like “we can’t,” remember all of our kids that believe “we can,” and believe in it yourself. Meet Peter Gonzalez:
WE CAN SAVE THEM Peter Gonzales, Wild Horse Education Volunteer
My name is Peter Gonzalez. I am fourteen years old and I live in Southern California. I have always loved animals, particularly horses for as long as I can remember. My mother can still to this day distinctly remember placing me in front of the TV when I was five playing the DreamWorks film Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron OVER and OVER again, giving her time to care for my newborn sister. I adore my weekly visits to a nearby barn, as well as being able to volunteer for a local therapeutic riding facility, where I have experienced the joy of watching these majestic animals help people overcome all sorts of disabilities. But it was not until a few years ago when I went to a wild horse and burro sanctuary that I became aware of the problems facing wild horses and burros. I simply was absolutely unaware of the circumstances.
I know that most reading this blog probably aware of the inhumane treatment inflicted upon wild horses and burros by humans: That most herd management areas (HMAs) have appropriate management levels (AMLs) far below what is necessary to sustain a genetically viable wild horse or burro population, that entire wild populations are being rounded up and stripped of their freedom at the blink of an eye, and that the government agency charged to manage and protect these animals is not fulfilling the responsibilities given to them.
So why try? Why should people continue fight for the welfare of mustangs and burros on public lands? Many people have already given up on this cause, refusing to waste any more resources. But the truth is there still is hope.
One afternoon I was sitting in the family kitchen having a conversation with an Italian foreign exchange student, Claudia. We happily talked about America to help her practice her English. When the topic of animals came up she first spoke of dolphins and how she loved to see them when she traveled. Then I shared that I had a true affinity for horses. Then for the sake of conversation I said, “Here in America we also have mustangs,”
“OH!” she immediately exclaimed through a thick Italian accent. “Where can I see?” Then I told her that mustangs are constantly being rounded up by the US government, and often killed. She immediately turned red and her eyes saddened. It was then I knew that beyond superficial drama and other world problems people will and do care. When you combine this story with the fact that 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses, the real problem that should be tackled is a lack of awareness, not a lack of caring. I find inspiration in the legacy of Velma Johnson who used public outcry to pass the 1971 Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act.
The second reason to find hope for the wild horses and burros would have to come from Laura Leigh—because of her tremendous self sacrifice for the horses. Through visiting more roundups than any other person over the last three years, Laura is able to carry herself on everyday always knowing, really knowing what is going on and managing to always keep the horses’ best interests in mind. She is always bold enough to speak up when there is wrong, and steady enough to carry on every day. Laura also should serve as an example to youth everywhere, that your voice WILL be heard.
Because the people do care, and Laura is a steadfast fighter –”Never, never, never give up” (Winston Churchill) – I encourage everyone to the efforts done by Wild Horse Education. I also encourage everyone to promote Wild Horse Education through his or her social media sites. Also tell your friends, relatives, mailman, book club and neighbors! Go ahead and tell everyone you know about the issues facing wild horses and burros! You can also spread awareness by going to the bottom of the Wild Horse Education website and download the brochure and flyer to print and pass out and share! We can save Wild Horses and Burros!
This time of year there are literally thousands of mustangs and hundreds of burros removed from public land in holding. If under 6 years years of age (usually) BLM will consider the animal adoptable and offer it as such. Those older are marked and shipped to long-term holding and become “sale authority” (see here). After being passed over for adoption three times and animal is no longer “adoption,” but “sale.”
If you can adopt a wild horse or burro (or two or three) please see BLM website for adoption criteria.
The following slideshow is of animals available now (taken April 15th) at Palomino Valley Center in Nevada.