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New documentary exonerating wild horses and burros

EDITED PRESS RELEASE

Tom Porter, Craig C. Downer

Just released is a new 24-minute video documentary featuring the many positive contributions that wild horses and burros make to ecosystems and effectively disproves many of the lies made by their biased enemies.

As an ecologist who cares about the future of the naturally living horses and burros, Craig Downer is fighting to protect them from elimination on the lands that are legally theirs according to the unanimously passed Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (WFHBA).

These species are classified by biologists as Keystone Species that critically restoring and maintain native biodiversity, benefiting many diverse yet interrelated plants and animal.

Many people unfairly blame horses for water and forage scarcity, when in truth they take only a minor fraction of the forage and water resources on the public lands compared to that taken by privately owned cattle and sheep as well as the gargantuan mining and energy industries, among other nature exploiters.

Also it is important to recognize that these national heritage species are only being allocated a small fraction of forage, water and appropriate habitat even within their legal areas on BLM and US Forest Service lands. These are areas where they should be the principal resource recipients according to the true intent of the WFHBA.

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Quoted text is from the documentary.

WATCH VIDEO HERE

Note: The narration begins about 1 minute in.

21 thoughts on “New documentary exonerating wild horses and burros”

  1. Seems the blind adherents to business as usual will go to absurd lengths to avoid acknowledging the greater truth/story about the naturally living horses and burros in North America and how very positive and healing it is, restoring greater balance and diversity in a world where domesticated as well as big game ruminant cloven-hoofed herbivores are, through no fault of their own, foisted upon the land in very unnatural numbers to maximize the harvest. This has created a dangerous unbalance in the life community, which the wild equids remedy.

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  2. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE AMERICAS AND THE HORSE: DECONSTRUCTING A EUROCENTRIC MYTH
    By Yvette Running Horse Collin
    A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
    for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies
    University of Alaska Fairbanks May 2017

    Abstract
    This research project seeks to deconstruct the history of the horse in the Americas and its relationship with the Indigenous Peoples of these same lands. Although Western academia admits that the horse originated in the Americas, it claims that the horse became extinct in these continents during the Last Glacial Maximum (between roughly 13,000 and 11,000 years ago). This version of “history” credits Spanish conquistadors and other early European explorers with
    reintroducing the horse to the Americas and to her Indigenous Peoples. However, many Native Nations state that “they always had the horse” and that they had well established horse cultures long before the arrival of the Spanish. To date, “history” has been written by Western academia to reflect a Eurocentric and colonial paradigm. The traditional knowledge (TK) of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, and any information that is contrary to the accepted Western academic view, has been generally disregarded, purposefully excluded, or reconfigured to fit the accepted academic paradigm. Although mainstream academia and Western science have not given this Native TK credence to date, this research project shows that there is no reason – scientific or otherwise – that this traditional Native claim should not be considered true. The results of this thesis conclude that the Indigenous horse of the Americas survived the “Ice Age” and the original Peoples of these continents had a relationship with them from Pleistocene times to the time of “First-Contact.” In this investigation, Critical Indigenous Research Methodologies (CIRM) and Grounded Theory (GT) are utilized in tandem to deconstruct the history of the horse in the Americas and reconstruct it to include cross-cultural translation, the TK of many Indigenous Peoples, Western scientific evidence, and historical records. This dissertation suggests that the latest technology combined with guidance and information from
    our Indigenous Peoples has the power to reconstruct the history of the horse in the Americas in a way that is unbiased and accurate. This will open new avenues of possibility for academia as a whole, as well as strengthen both Native and non-Native communities.

    https://scholarworks.alaska.edu/handle/11122/7592

    once you open that link above, scroll to the bottom and there is an option given to download the entire pdf so you can read the entire dissertation ~ look for this at the bottom and click “view/open” to download!

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  3. It is so heartbreaking what Trump and the BLM are doing to our wonderful wild horses and burros They give cattlemen the horses land and cattle and sheep are the ones destroying our ranges and fouling the water whereas horses are constantly on the move. The oil and gas companies are destroying the lands just as much

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    1. Well it’s up to ALL of us to SPEAK OUT AGAINST TRUMP THE TRAITOR, THE BLM, AND ANYONE WHO CONDONES THESE DESTRUCTIVE ACTIONS. DEMOCRACY MUST BE MAINTAINED BY REAL INTERACTION BY THE “PEOPLE”. SO, IF ALL OF YOU WHO CARE ABOUT THE WILD HORSES SPEAKOUT-WRITE AND CALL YOUR SENATORS/REPRESENTATIVES, , LETTERS TO THE NEWSPAPERS CALLING THIS AN ACTION AGAINST OUR LAWS AND OUR FREEDOM. MAKE NOISE AND KEEP IT UP- MAKE THESE BUMS IN DC KNOW THEY WILL NOT GET RE ELECTED IF THEY DO NOT HONOR OUR WISHES. JUST DON’T SIT THERE-SPEAK OUT NOW!!!!!!!

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  4. Have I just learned that the Spaniards delivered horses, that they got here before anyone in prehistorical times and they delivered domesticated horses into an empty, vast land on those boats of theirs and since no one was here to help them, they became wild, feral mammals? Two things. I’ve been reading and researching BLM and helicopter horse roundups for awhile. They maintain, never mind. And the other is, “Do we have any Native Americans here that would like to step in for their part in all of this depraved, fast living😂? ”
    These days of the internet are disappointing. And today, as we all know, citations are required.

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    1. There are so many versions of the wild horse story, some well researched and footnoted, yet it is still difficult to know what is accurate and historically correct. When you go out to see them there appears to be a mix. Regardless what is happening to them is tragic.

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