American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2012
Burros led by local residents, the Wild Burro Protection League and Red Horse Nation, to ride to Capitol to deliver more than 100,000 signatures to Governor Perry on Wednesday.
AUSTIN, TX – A herd of burros, led by local residents, burro advocates and members of Red Horse Nation, will ride from the Rosewood Oaks Day Care Center to the Capitol on Wednesday, January 18 to hand-deliver more than 100,000 Change.org petition signatures demanding that the Perry Administration stop the wild burro slaughter in Big Bend Ranch State Park.
What: “Ride for Life” Burro Petition Delivery to Governor Perry and Lt. Governor Dewhurst. The petition signatures will be delivered Wednesday in a small wagon pulled by a donkey named Miss Abby.
Who: Marjorie Farabee of Wild Burro Protection League, Rod Rondeaux and 9-year-old daughter Cheyenne of Red Horse Nation, and local residents and supporters.
Where: Ride starts at Rosewood Oaks Day Care Center (1507 Lavaca St, Austin TX); Rally and petition delivery will take place on south side steps of Capitol building on Congress Ave.
When: 12:00 p.m. Ride for Life Departs Rosewood Oaks Day Care Center
12:40 p.m. Remarks by Red Horse Nation representatives and Alpine residents, the Rondeaux family, and Marjorie Farabee of Wild Burro Protection League
1:00 p.m. Petition Delivery to the Office of Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
Background: More than 100,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org demanding that Texas wildlife officials stop slaughtering the wild burros of Big Bend Ranch State Park.
The campaign on Change.org was launched by Karen VanAtta Luce, a volunteer with the Wild Burro Protection League, after learning that Texas officials were gunning down the small wild donkeys with the intent of eradicating them from the state park. Citing concerns of animal cruelty and loss of an iconic heritage species, the Wild Burro Protection League, with the support of local residents and business owners, is asking Governor Perry to stop the shootings.
“We need to be more responsible land stewards; no one should have the right to wipe out an entire species,” said Farabee of the Wild Burro Protection League. “Nor should they have the right to destroy an ecosystem. I don’t care who they are, they don’t have that right.”
Live signature totals from the Wild Burro Protection League’s campaign:
Additional coverage of the petition delivery at Horseback Magazine:
For more information on the Wild Burro Protection League, please visit:
The Wild Burro Protection League is an informal consortium of local citizens, organizations and scientists working together to end the senseless killing of wild burros on Texas state land. The group seeks to use online campaigning to pressure Texas Parks and Wildlife to change their policy of slaughtering wild burros under the vague definition of “invasive species.”
For more information on Change.org, please visit:
Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 500,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.