Update on Grass March: As a wild horse advocacy organization we address multiple issues that affect management practices. Make no mistake part of the agenda of this “machine” is to disenfranchise wild horses. The petition this “march” carried to DC last year was very clear; wild horses need to be removed and even destroyed.
As Presidential candidates declare themselves please become increasingly aware of any for support a “states right” platform. Those individuals are playing on the tensions surrounding Cliven Bundy and the Grass March to appear concerned about the “little guy.” In truth they are supporting a very powerful, well funded, agenda aimed at giving over YOUR federal resources to states that aim to sell off to private profiteers. Make no mistake, this will hurt wild horses.
In 1971 a law was passed giving over jurisdiction to the federal government. That law was hard won in a battle lasting nearly 20 years by people like Velma Johnston (“Wild Horse Annie”). The law was a necessity because horses on public land were simply seen as a resource and sold off for slaughter, chicken feed and fertilizer. The brutal practice was known as “mustanging.” The resumption of this practice is a part of this agenda.
Today the NY Times published an article (linked in body of content) on the “Grass March.” This post is in response.
This weekend American’s will gather family and friends to wave the American flag, picnic, cook out and watch fireworks. Often the concept of the holiday is lost. Celebrated officially since 1941, the holiday is intended to celebrate the birth of the Constitution and Independence from British control. http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th An opportunity to celebrate “patriotism.” Patriotism extends far beyond the signing of the Constitution.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” ~ Franklin Roosevelt.
“I am often asked what do I see coming,” said WHE President Laura Leigh “I answer I will be documenting dead wild horses and wildlife soon if we can not get over grazing by domestic livestock under control. Beef prices are at an all time high and the push to reap a profit over rangeland health is going to have devastating consequence. Wild horse deaths will be spun by the livestock industry to support their position that wild horses are to blame for every ill known to man. Things must change now.” (Take ACTION HERE against over grazing by livestock on public land)
As you celebrate this weekend contemplate patriotism. As American’s we once stood on our own soil against a small faction that reaped a huge benefit off the back of the tax payer. We stand at that time now. Do not let media hype sway you into following false premises. .
Since the time of the signing of our Declaration of Independence many great American’s defended the ideals outlined by our forefathers.
At WHE we echo the words of one such American:
“Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.” ~ George S. Patton, Jr.
Have a safe, happy fourth of July… and remember that fireworks can upset pets. They can also be very upsetting to many that have served our country in war. Please be responsible.
This is “our” America. All voices must be heard.
LINKS OF INTEREST:
Drought ACTION item http://wildhorseeducation.org/2015/04/19/drought-take-action/
Letters from America, Grass March http://wildhorseeducation.org/2015/06/04/letters-from-america-grass-march-part-2/
Propaganda storm against wild horses http://wildhorseeducation.org/2015/04/28/storms-brewing-in-nevada-and-a-reality-check/
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