Wild-horse advocates rally vs. roundups, slaughter

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(Personal comment – This is really sad. 100,000 people show up for immigration reform, 120,000 people march for gay rights, but for wild horses – 70 people? 25 people in Oakland? Las Vegas can be closed down by the service worker’s protest over wages, but the wild horses can’t get but a handful of people to show up? I’m thankful to the Wild Horse Preservation League for trying, but something is seriously wrong when the cries of wild horses only brings out a few humans in protest. – Jerry )

MercuryNews.com, MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press, April 28, 2013

images-1RENO, Nev.—Wild-horse advocates staged weekend rallies across the country, including ones in Carson City and Las Vegas, to drum up opposition to the government’s removal of mustangs from the range and to proposals to slaughter them.

Rallies were held Saturday in all 50 states as well as Canada and Australia, according to organizers.

A demonstration that drew some 70 people outside the Legislative Building in Carson City was the largest, organizers said. Similar rallies attracted about 50 people in Las Vegas, 25 people in Oakland, Calif., and 20 people in Rock Springs, Wyo.

The rallies were initiated through social media by Wild Horse Preservation League member Patty Bumgarner of Dayton.

Horse groups are hoping new Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will represent a shift in direction for the government’s management of wild horses. They note nearly 40,000 horses were removed from the range across the West during the tenure of her predecessor, Ken Salazar.

The organizations also are fighting efforts to return to domestic horse slaughter. Last week, a New Mexico facility moved one step closer to becoming the first plant in the country in more than six years to slaughter horses, with a successful inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In Carson City, singer Lacy J. Dalton joined protesters who waved placards reading, “Keep Our Horses on the Land! Not in the Frying Pan” and “Not for Human Consumption.”

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
25 Comments
  • Marcia

    Money and numbers are the problem, or the lack thereof. Indeed sad that so few people showed up. Here (Spokane, Washington) we had a protest against wolf hunting and it was the same story–people who cared but too few of them. Unfortunately, animals can’t act in their own self-interest.

    April 29, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Just a bit of perspective from my point of view, I own horses and have lived most of my life in the Northeast and until I moved to Kentucky and started looking up abused horses wanting to take some in, did I FINED OUT what has been happening ALL these years with the BLM AND SLAUGHTER now was it becasue of where I lived? I don’t know but I NEVER saw any news about it never read about it, I don’t live in a hole either,(HA)….. SO I am just wondering if people really knew about the ralley’s, I of course have no idea how it was broadcasted, but so many folks are very busy in their lives and don’t have the free time to check out web sites, UNLESS you are aware of what has been happening, you would look to find out new news??? I am not trying to make excuses just trying to be open about the possiblity of this happening, I mean my own family did not know about the dispare of the horses my equine friends did not, god I don’t know maybe the Notheast is out of the loop or something, honestly don’t know>>>>> BUT I am well aware now and fighting hard to help in anyway I can…. SO very sorry there were not more folks to help but this MIGHT be some of the reason, I hope maybe this was the reason????

    April 29, 2013
    • sherriey

      i too live in the Northeast. you are right…we do not get a lot of news about anything horses up here. i too get the feeling that we are out of the loop…b/c we are in the East???? seems Midwest and West…ranch states…get all the news and attention is paid to them , not us. unless you are aware and LOOK for info….we in the East are in the dark most of the time.
      even when it comes to adopting (BLM)Mustangs….very rarely do any adoptions come up here….and God knows, we all can’t afford to drive out west to attend them. living in the NE is like being in a hole.

      April 29, 2013
  • Debbie, there was a rally in Louisville Sat. near the marathon finish line. I was not able to go and don’t know how many did. Contact me please at bkwarner@windstream.net

    April 29, 2013
  • Joan R

    I rallied at the Florida Capitol. Not as many people as we expected … but, overall we represented and got the message out. Thank you to all who did participate.

    April 29, 2013
  • janwindsong

    I understand there was a protest in Santa Fe the same weekend.

    Don’t give up, keep protesting. You can organize your riding club, a few at your boarding facilitty – take an hour and protest. Make some flyers, write to your local newspaper.

    We are making headway, as the commenter above relates, she didn’t know – NOW she does! Yipppee. That’s progress folks. Because once your know, you can’t unknow.

    April 29, 2013
  • Daryl

    My reason is money, to feed the ones I have and 4 of them I bought out of pitty, I don’t get out much, all things have gone up and my feed bill has doubled, to what it use to be, I can’t work any more then I do, because of my health. This dosn’t not mean -I do not care , I DO, I just can’t travel. I do the phone calls, and do the letters, and share on the net. If I could, I would show up on the white house steps. this is such a very big enjustice of these animals, wild and tame.

    April 29, 2013
    • sherriey

      yes, Daryl…me also. money! (isn’t always about that???? geeezzzz!) seriously tho…i have nine i feed, do the best i can…and love them to death! i will go without before they do!!!! but travel is just too costly. gas is almost $4.oo/gal here. even to travel to PA…i live in central NY…would be too costly. i’d rather put that $$ into extra grain or hay. i do the letters, faxes…etc…but don’t have long distance nor a cell phone…so i do what i can. i only wish i could do more! God bless those who can.

      April 29, 2013
  • Arlene

    I am ashamed to have not been able to attend ,for financial reasons,I am always with the Mustangs they are my passion , I have the utmost respect for them……they were created with love , as a gift for which we all should Honor, they have given to us unselviously for decades , they were given power of mind and body healing , without a word spoken or a pill given…..I have just to visit them and I am renewed , they were created with such Beauty and Perfection, It cannot be denied by anyone who has a Soul….I would fight for their lives on any level …..anytime , any place , any where , and if I cant be there , you can rest assured I have made it there in another way………………

    April 29, 2013
  • Nancy

    Rally here in Denver, Colorado. Very small turn out and seemed very few people interested with what is happening to our horses.
    We will try again, maybe a different location will help. I will say, I have been fighting and paying attention to this for years and it does seem the momentum is picking up. We need to just all stay with it!

    April 29, 2013
    • Geri

      Nancy ~ I live in Centennial and would have come with my signs and brought friends-I did not even know that there was a rally-where did you advertise for this rally? I really only go to Jerry and RT’s sight only because I have time on the computer restraints(because I have a job). I agree with Jerry we had a well advertized anti-gun rally at the capital and with all the gun owners and hunters in our state the turn out was pretty miserable, maybe 1000 people showed up , but have a pot rally and 80,000(so they say)show up goes to show you wre our country is headed. Next time let people know on these sites, so we can participate with you. Read on another site I visited it said in China when they want to stop a truck carrying meat cat and dogs they can mobilize thousands of people in minutes–does that say something about us????

      April 30, 2013
      • Nancy

        Geri – Colorado Against Horse Slaughter FB page posts good information. We hope to organize better for the next one.

        May 2, 2013
  • I suppose we’ll have to remember the saying by Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;indeed,it’s the only thing that ever has.”
    We must never give up.
    BTWI found out many advocates in Louisville didn’t know of the rally .

    April 30, 2013
  • Ricky Rogers

    Don’t forget that some people do more talk than anything – you can’t even get them to sign a petition as demonstrated by the low numbers as well. If 80% of WE-THE-PEOPLE oppose horse slaughter it certainly is not shown in the petitions or the rally’s. This is why the government gets away with murder because they know that most people are all talk and will do little to nothing for a cause.

    April 30, 2013
    • Daryl

      Well Mr.Rogers, has any one told you how bad the economy is? How many of us are holding on by their teeth and yet we care? Did you show up or are you just blowing hot air? I need to feed and care for my horses so that cuts out any trips, I sign the papers and call the phone numbers, I do what I can, I share the what is on the net in hopes to get others to help. this is helping Sir.

      April 30, 2013
  • Geri

    Sorry~~~my brain is working faster than my fingers-it was not an anti-gun law rally-it was a ‘no more gun laws rally’ and we know how that worked out for us.

    April 30, 2013
    • Geri

      still not right – but I am not for ANY MORE GUN LAWS just don’t want people who know me to get the wrong idea IT WAS A PRO 2ND AMENDMENT RALLY.

      April 30, 2013
  • Ricky Rogers

    As a horse trainer and rescuer we are most dedicated to ending this atrocity – We (SonShine Ranch) are active 24/7 in fighting for our horses lives – signing all petition, making calls, writing letters, holding rally’s and yes traveling great distances and going to extremes to rescue equines and give them a quality of life – none of which have we ever asked donations for – paying for care and feeding out of our own personal funds and NO we are NOT rich – Our horses eat even if we don’t!

    May 1, 2013
  • Rosette hoda

    Its up to the activists to spread the word and announce our cause! I’m new to this but its not up to the media… The news channels are owned by the corporations and under strict government watch. They will be working to protect the slaughter industry. Activists are not working hard enough! This is the sad reality… We should be door to door activism should be proactive and productive, live and in your face. Obama signed to legalize horse slaughter sometime around thanksgiving. Purposely so, people were too busy with their families to notice it even happened. News did not cover the event, so how can we have known? We should be having demos and protests every single day of the week until our voices are taken seriously and action is taken, laws must be changed once again to protect horses! We are going back in time backwards not forward! Horse slaughter is a disgrace! Unethical practice… Slaughtering this smart and gentle animal that has worked hard in their entire generation to serve man…. Disgraceful! Shameful to this country that we are not pioneering an ethical and humane government!

    May 2, 2013
    • Daryl

      Hoda you said a mouth full girl, I stand with you, this should not be happening to these beautiful animals who earned the right to be on the range, their land fought for, to run free and not have to worry about horse slaughter for them or their off spring.

      May 2, 2013
      • Rosette hoda

        Does anyone know the name of the equestrian heiress who was behind the cause and at the hearing when the legislation for protecting California horses went into effect? This was when it appeared on the bill and we voted to make slaughtering them illegal! I’m looking for rescue groups in San Francisco and Bay Area please contact me if you are affiliated or know of any groups. Thank you

        May 4, 2013
        • Is it Ellie Phillips-Price ?

          May 5, 2013
          • Rosette hoda

            With so many petitions online, what is the best one to make copies of and hand out to the public?
            Which group and website do you feel is representing this cause, of protecting horses and working to make slaughter illegal?

            May 8, 2013
  • Those of us who can’t get to a rally can ask for handouts against slaughter from Animal Welfare Institute. You can leave them in places like doctors’ offices, animal shelters, feed stores or just hand out to folks.

    May 2, 2013
    • Daryl

      Hi Barbara great idea, pet stores that sell horse feed don’t want them to go to slaughter, people going in to a feed store don’t want them to go to slaughter, most of the public dont want them to go to slaughter, seems the government is behind the big push to get rid of them to do other things with the land again.

      May 2, 2013