Hello and Happy Friday to everyone!
We took this photo yesterday. This is Stallion Flash’s band. While I was photographing another band, these guys came literally out of nowhere. The thunder of their hoofs hitting the ground as they ran by was so powerful!
This photo seemed fitting because that is what I am going to ask each one of you to do in our next Call to Action.
It has been a week since we got back from Washington, DC. Now, as we follow up on meetings we had and information that was left for review, we need ALL of you to be the powerful thunder of hoofs to give more power to our voice.
Remember, I am just one person like each one of you. The changes and support we are realizing comes from the unity and strength in our combined voices. One of my all-time favorite quotes is this one:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the
world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead
It might be a while before we realize the full extent of the changes we are creating as we fight for the proper management of this herd. I do know that I go to bed every night knowing that I did all I could to help save this herd. THAT is all any of us can really do.
Are you ready to add your energy to our THUNDER?
This Call to Action will be a long one in many aspects.
This Call to Action is the start of a congressional request to have the wild horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park protected under a Federal Public Law. What we are asking for has already been done with the wild horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore. If it can happen for one group of wild horses in a national park, then why can’t it happen for ours?
WHY do we need this?
History has shown us that even if we are able to keep a genetically viable herd of horses IN Theodore Roosevelt National Park, they still are NOT protected under the Wild Horse & Burro Act. They have no federal protection and their rights to stay wild and free are at the discretion of the local and regional NPS management. A federal public law is all we can ask for from our government to make sure this never happens to these horses again!
The state level resolution took us 4 months to get passed. I don’t think that I have to say that Federal action will take a lot longer. We have to start somewhere!
I started sending emails to the people I personally met last week, thanking them for their time and requesting a meeting to follow up. You can imagine where ONE lonely email will end up. THIS is where ALL of you come in. You may have not been able to be in Washington DC last week, but I was there representing each one of you that makes up our non-profit organization, Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates! I am asking that each one of you send an email as well.
I am in the process of getting my over 200 contacts added to a database. I feel like the best way to do this is to do a little every day!
We have created a couple of NEW menu tabs on our website. We hope this helps you navigate easier. One is a separate Call to Action for the DC Follow up emails. We will add NEW email contact info every day until we get through the over 200 congressional contacts we made in DC. We ask that you check this daily and please send the emails: https://chwha.org/call-to-action-dc-follow-up/
Second, we added a media page. This has all of the information (and then some) that we added to our folders that we took with us to Washington DC. This will be helpful for those of you trying to get national media attention (FYI this will be one of our next Calls to Action). It is also a place where you can direct people that you talk to where they can find specific information about this herd. You can view the media page here: https://chwha.org/media-info/
Please feel free to message us on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have or any responses you want to share!
Thank you for your support and have a GREAT day!
P.S. – we STILL have sooo much to share from our DC trip AND exciting events that have been happening since we returned! There are only so many hours in a day so please be patient! If you are interested in volunteering with us, please send us an email at email@example.com.
Chasing Horses Wild Horse Advocates is committed to advocating for a wild horse management plan and protection for these unique wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home! We are fighting for a management plan that is guided by science especially when it comes to decisions regarding the removal of horses and the administration of birth control. Many other wild horse management plans have proven to be successful with their science-based plans. We are asking for the same for this amazing group of wild horses that call Theodore Roosevelt National Park home.
HELP US KEEP OUR BILLBOARD UP!!