Wild Horse Education is almost at the one year mark. With the desire to create that open information source and to get out information in a more “newsworthy” fashion that the org was born. It has been a grueling first year with some incredible achievements that have been built out of the theories and sweat laid down over the few years prior.
We are reaching a larger audience that is growing ever more concerned with the management of wild horses and burros and, in the process, becoming ever more aware of what is happening on public land. We have a youtube video that has averaged over 150,000 views a month and is almost at 500,000 views, in just the last three months! Two years ago that type of traffic on a youtube did not happen to wild horse videos. People are starting to ask questions.
This year we gained the first TRO (Restraining Order) to conduct and a massive Ninth Circuit decision on the First Amendment based on the documentation and the effort to document.
The Ninth Circuit case reads like an odd biography of my life. Trying to document the hands-on care of wild horses has been like trying to uncover the mystery of life. It boggles the mind the effort that the government will go to hide the activities. That adherence to “secrecy” simply raises more questions on “why?” The time and energy involved has been immeasurable.
The case on conduct was like running a crazy race. To achieve the TRO it required three trips back and forth across the state while the roundup was in progress. The rigors of documenting, logging photos, getting reports to, editing video, DRIVING, prepping Court documents and then making the Courtroom was … well a high-speed roller coaster ride that has not stopped. That case has gone active and more documents are being prepared.
Wild Horse Education also began a “free book in progress,” that includes a glossary of acronyms.
Begun a website (still evolving) to house the documentation.
Numerous reports have been prepped and distributed.
note: I just literally felt myself exhale.
Our Spring Newsletter can be found at: http://wildhorseeducation.org/2012/03/26/spring-newsletter-2012/
This may very well be the year we see the first published Standard for Humane Care in the history of the Act.
And we have only just begun…. and please remember that none of this was/is possible without you. You are the force that creates the current that this vessel rides.
All my gratitude.
If you had help keep us “on the job” go to http://WildHorseEducation.org and donate. It is appreciated and every dollar helps.