For Our Children

The following was originally posted on 12/08/08 by famous author Terri Farley of the Phantom Stallion Series on her popular blog, which often attracts younger readers. Terri has done a beautiful job trying to address the concerns America’s children have and are trying to get us to hear regarding BLMs recent proposal to kill or slaughter America’s wild horses and burros. Terri encourages anyone moved by this to share it everywhere they can!

There’s also a link at the bottom to “Save America’s Wild Horses & Burros!” Petition and Talking Points prepared by wild horse activist Kate MacDonald to help educate and get younger folks involved in the very process that makes America great!


WHO: The federal Bureau of Land Management
WHAT: Is considering killing thousands of wild horses
WHEN: About the time fiscal mismanagement comes home to roost
WHERE: Across the Western United States
WHY: The Bureau was assigned to protect America’s wild horses in 1971.

Thousands of children worldwide have asked me, in letters, emails and in person, to point something out to the government and other adults: killing is not protection. As the author of "The Phantom Stallion" a series of books about wild horses, I've taken these young readers' requests to heart and tried to sum up their five best reasons that wild horses are good for kids.

1. We identify with mustangs-- We know how it feels to be innocent and free. Though we don't want to give up food, parents and a warm home to be free, we admire them for it. Wild horses are part of our hearth language. Since humans first sat around campfires telling stories, they've told of wild horses' defiance in the face of capture. Do you want us to forget those stories?

2. Show us that MIGHT doesn't always make RIGHT -- BLM keeps saying it has the right to slaughter wild horses, but it hasn't felt like it yet. But now they might, because of money, and the horses don't deserve it, especially when the federal government, BLM's boss, is giving tons of money to the people who make our parents fight over money every single night.

It is so cool that Madeleine Pickens is rescuing thousands of horses by using her might FOR right.

3. Wild horses are good for keeping a "home on the range" -- Mustangs eat brush, which could otherwise be fuel for wild fires. After eating those plants, wild horses spread the seeds in their poop. Anyone who sees or dreams about a herd of wild horses running free knows learns that not all land should be covered with houses, malls and highways.

4. Where mustang herds have to be smaller, use smart solutions -- Don't let BLM bury its "mistakes." BLM knows contraception works on horses. There's a catch and release program for trout, so why not wild horses? Catch them, give them the contraception shot, and then turn them loose. Where the range is damaged by mining and sloppy recreational users, make them clean up their mess, just like we have to do.

5. Teach us that there's a good side to payback -- Horses carried us on explorations. They gave us wings, taking us places we could never have gone on our own two feet. They pulled our plows to help us eat. They fought our wars, running into swords and gunfire just because we asked them to, and we even used their bodies as barricades against our enemies.

When you ask us to be loyal to our families and friends, then tell us not to get emotional when they’re killing horses, remember that.

Terri Farley ~ On Behalf Of Her Readers

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Champion blog posting Mrs. Farley! I hope many people read this and consider the past. Some my think I sound over exagerating but the wild mustang and several more breeds of horses could go extinct. I mean think about it one example of a breed gone is the Tarpan. It was slaughtered to extinction. If we continue to do this for "meat" what will happen? I mean are country is soo blessed with many meet products already such as poultry, beef, and pork. Why do we need to eat or slaughter good work horses? Several diseses have come to pass through chicken and beef... who know what horse meat may do.