Over 15,000 Letters Calling for Obama to Halt Roundups Find their Mark
Dear Fellow Equine Welfare Advocates:
No press release, just a simple thank you note.
On a personal level I would like to thank everyone involved for the success of delivering your heartfelt letters to D.C. asking the President to put a stop to the senseless management to extinction of our wild horses and burros.
Thanks go our Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s BoD, Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation, the Office of Rep. Jim Moran, Horseback Magazine, PPJ Gazette, Protect Mustangs, Respect4Horses, Equine Welfare Alliance, Native Wild Horse Protection, Animal Law Coalition, Marin Mustangs, my wife Terry, Jerry Finch and the thousands and thousands of outraged American taxpayers who took the time to collect their thoughts and forward their feelings to us so that we could take them to Washington D.C. (apologies to anyone I may have forgotten)
I have to be honest with you all and say that over the past 72 hours I have been in shock and overcome by awe when considering the intensity of the overall response and the out powering of sentiment and conviction documented in the mailings that we received. There were a few moments where I thought that we might have bitten off more than we could chew but we did what we said we would do and your letters are, currently, in Congressman Jim Moran’s office in preparation to be delivered to the President with an accompanying cover letter.
This operation was not about any one person, people in general, money or ego; it was, and always will be, exclusively about the horses and equine advocates from around the world have made that point abundantly clear.
Jerry has written an excellent article on what transpired, yesterday, so I will not beleaguer the details but instead steer you his way by clicking (HERE).
Jerry is professional in his demeanor and does not mention in his article that our trip began at 0300hrs and did not conclude until we opened up our barn to take care of our herd at 2200hrs; a long day. And with that in mind I sat on the side of the bed, last night, knowing that it was past midnight and asked Terry;
“Did it work, will it all make a difference?”
My tired bride replied with a tight squeeze of the hand;
“People did what we asked of them and we did what we promised to do, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
“But”, I continued to press, “did it make a difference for the horses and burros?”
“How many wild equines do you guys estimate are still free on the range?’, she asked.
“In all honesty, from what we are seeing we think there are only 15-18,000 left free roaming.”
“How many letters did we carry to D.C., today?”
“Well over 15,000 verified but it got crazy at the end.” I replied.
“Then we delivered one letter for each horse left free,” she smiled, “everyone of the wild ones was represented; now turn of the light and let’s go to sleep.”
I paused for a moment and let that thought roll over in my brain, “all of the wild ones were represented” except; there should have been a minimum of 75,000+ to include all of those held in prison camps, separated from their families, without their freedom and the males gelded.
One small foal step forward but the trail ride is my no means over.
Thank you folks for all that you do.
Keep the faith.
- R.T. Fitch: Straight From The Horse’s Heart ≈≈ goes to D.C. TOMORROW! (09/12 by Marti Oakley) | Blog Talk Radio (cssssswv.wordpress.com)
- Your Wild Horse & Burro Letters to Washington DC! (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Equine Welfare Groups Join in Asking Obama to Stop the Roundups (ppjg.me)
- Wild Horse Letters to the President Swell in Support (rtfitchauthor.com)
- Update: WHFF Founders Carry “Stop the Wild Horse & Burro Stampedes” Message to DC (rtfitchauthor.com)