The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:
My name is Chance (that’s me at the front), and I’m really scared right now.
I’m a wild stallion living with my family within the 1.1 million acres that make up the Antelope Complex in Nevada. It’s my job to protect all of us from intruders and predators — but for the past few years, my herd has been targeted by “helicopters.” And now, they’re coming for us again this summer.
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When the helicopters descended on my family in 2021, we ran as fast as we could away from its deafening roar. But after over an hour of running, we were exhausted — especially my foals — and that’s when I noticed: The helicopters were funneling us into a trap.
I had to do whatever I could to get us out, so I led my family up and over one of the jute barriers with the little strength I had left. I thought everyone was behind me, but when I looked back, half of my family had been captured.
That day, I lost two mares whom I had been with for years, and all three of my foals. I don’t even know if they’re alive — I later learned that during this government “roundup” on the habitat I call home, 11 wild horses, including four babies, died at the trap, not even making it into the holding pens.
The next series of roundups start tomorrow. My friends at the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) are working hard to stop these brutal helicopter operations from being used against wild herds — can you please help them keep fighting for us by supporting their work today?
I don’t understand why the government would do this to wild mustangs and our burro neighbors. Our friends at the AWHC say it’s because powerful ranching private interest groups have lobbied for roundup and removals in Washington for decades — they want to use more and more of the public land we live on to graze their privately-owned livestock since it’s subsidized by your tax dollars.
But the AWHC is standing up for my family and all wild horse and burro herds across the West, both on the Hill and out in the field. We need them – and they need you. Without your support, they would not be able to do the necessary work to fight for wild horses like me. Can you make a contribution to support their efforts today?
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Thank you for standing up for those who don’t have a voice, friends.
Chance the Stallion