March for Mustangs poster photo/The Cloud Foundation
Animal rights activists throughout the country are uniting in their demand for a moratorium on wild horse roundups. Thursday, March 25, rallies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and London will coincide with "March for Mustangs" , an event taking place in Washington D.C.
Protesters will carry signs and banners in front of the Federal Building on Wilshire Blvd. beginning at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday. Actress and long time advocate, Marianna Tosca, will be on hand.
Our wild horses don't have the luxury of time to waste while we grapple with bad policy. We must not allow special interests to methodically eliminate these horses from public land or our future generations will be robbed of their natural heritage." says Tosca
Las Vegas and London
Las Vegas protesters will show their disapproval of the roundups for the third time in as many months by walking the strip with signs and banners and making themselves available to answer questions. Londoners will hold their rally in front of the American Embassy.
Actress Wendie Malick, known for her role in "Just Shoot Me", will headline a press conference in D.C.'s Lafayette Park at 1:30 P.M.. "We are coming together to save America's wild horses, who are in grave danger of disappearing from our public lands" explains Malick. "We are calling for an immediate moratorium on all roundups, which have proven to be inhumane, expensive and unnecessary."
Bureau of Land Management officials have said that a moratorium on the roundups is not a viable option, claiming that an overpopulation of wild horses is destroying the land. Advocates point to herd management areas such as the "Triple B' complex in Nevada. The area encompasses over 1,200,000 acres. The Bureau has decided that a mere 550 wild horses will be allowed on the land.
Malick has recently optioned the right to produce a film based on author Deanne Stillmann's best seller "Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West". It is rumored that Malick will play the role of Velma Bronn Johnston, a Nevada woman better know as "Wild Horse Annie', who is credited with saving America's mustangs from annihilation in the early 70's.
Wild Horse Annie's efforts brought about the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 which Congress has amended to the point that many feel it no longer serves to protect America's wild horses and burros. The Restore Our American Mustang Act ( R.O.A.M. Act), intended to restore protections for wild horses and burros, was approved by the House of Representatives last year and now sits in committee awaiting Senate approval. Participants of the Washington D.C. event will be meeting with members of Congress on behalf of wild horses and burros on Thursday and Friday.
Country music artist Clay Canfeld, author Hope Ryden, Emmy Award winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens, In Defense of Animals president Dr. Elliot Katz and author RT Fitch are among the many participants. A special screening of James Kleinert's "Disappointment Valley... A Modern Day Western" will take place Wednesday night.
A March for Mustangs press release describes the four demonstrations as, "... a public protest for those who are concerned with the taxpayer funded cruelty and fiscal irresponsibility of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program."
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