The Pony Express Rides Again!

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Philanthropist and activist Madeleine Pickens needs your help to save a whole bunch of wild horses who are now in peril.

Our pal Madeleine’s “Pony Express Campaign” is working to stop Bureau of Land Management (BLM) round-ups in which wild horses and burros suffer great anguish when they are captured, housed in barren pens, and separated from their families. The BLM rounds up thousands of horses and burros every year, claiming that they are “saving” them from crowding and starvation. But in reality, the BLM is working to keep them off millions of acres of public lands that are leased to agribusiness companies for cattle grazing.

Madeleine’s first goal is for President Obama to issue an executive order stopping the round-ups. She then plans to set up a sanctuary of more than 1 million acres—she already has them!—for the tens of thousand of horses who have already been captured, and she ultimately plans to adopt, sterilize, and release them to live freely on protected land. Madeleine’s vision is to preserve the legacy of American history and encourage people to visit, appreciate, and respect wild horses.

Jump aboard Madeleine’s Pony Express by signing this letter, which Madeleine will personally deliver to the president from the back of her adopted mustang. The deadline to collect 20,000 signatures is September 1.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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