Where: Columbus Circle. 59th Street, Central Park entrance
When: Sunday, January 17th, 1pm-3pm
Wild horses and burros of the west are under siege and you’re needed to stop this. Join us on Sunday, January 17th, from 1-3pm, in busy Columbus Circle, where Friends of Animals, The Cloud Foundation, the Equine Welfare Alliance, and In Defense of Animals will hold a demonstration and press conference demanding an end to the roundup and removal of free-living horses on the Nevada Range. Let’s tell the media and public that this madness must stop now. Free-roaming horses and burros must be respected: not sterilized, not privatized, not slaughtered.
Assaults on these horses runs counter to the spirit of federal law in place for 39 years. We can end the terrifying roundups, and ensure free-roaming horses and burros receive genuine and full protection of the law — but only by raising our voices and acting in large numbers.
Our demonstration is part of a nationwide initiative to press the Obama Administration and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to stop the roundup and removal of wild mustangs and burros that’s happening right now, and call for a Congressional investigation into the Wild Horse and Burro Program currently under the direction of the BLM.
We assert that the only way to truly protect free-living horses on the pockets of lands that constitute their habitat is to empower them to remain free.
The U.S. government’s willingness to serve the interests of agribusiness by cheaply leasing it nearly all public lands with any forage potential compromises the well-being of wild horses on the very rangelands the government is charged with protecting. The root of this problem lies with ranchers raising animals for slaughter: Horses are being removed so that they don’t compete with cows, sheep and other animals for water and grasses.
The time has come for the BLM to do the job of protecting and respecting wild horses and burros. Their social lives and freedoms are destroyed when they’re yanked from public lands and privatized by either the BLM or residents who adopt them. The members and supporters of Friends of Animals demand that these horses remain free and wild on public lands.
Posters will be provided.
If you cannot attend to demonstration we urge you to call the White House and ask Obama to STOP the horse & burro roundups now:
Call the White House: 202.456.1111
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Edita by Email , or by phone at 212.247.8120