by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Yesterday, I found out that wild horse & burro advocate, and friend, Susan Rudnicki, recently passed away. Susan will be missed as a fierce voice to save America’s wild horses & burros.
I met Susan at a rally for wild horses & burros many years ago. In 2012, Susan was at the Irvine, CA meeting of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Wild Horse and Burro Review Committee, in it’s evaluation of the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro program.
Over the years, we stayed in touch with emails and phone calls. In 2017, I had an appointment at Sen. Feinstein’s Los Angeles office to present Wild Horse Freedom Federation’s White Paper and to discuss wild horse & burro issues. When I woke up that morning, I wasn’t feeling very well, so I called Susan to ask if she could meet me at Sen. Feinstein’s office. It was short notice and a long drive in traffic, but Susan didn’t hesitate to join me in the meeting. When I faltered, Susan jumped in to “save the day” and convey important information.
Everyone who knew Susan knew that she was extremely intelligent, energetic, knowledgeable and articulate. And passionate about animals and the environment.
Many of you may not have known that Susan was also concerned about the bee die-off crisis, so she became a beekeeper. She would rescue hives and take them to farms in other cities and even other states.
This past January, Susan let me know that she had been hospitalized and had received a medical diagnosis with a grave prognosis.
I’ll always remember Susan as a strong voice for the voiceless. It was an honor to know Susan and to work on this great cause with her. I feel like the best way I can honor Susan today is to share a part of what Susan shared with all of us:
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