Today we would like to share with you the story of an amazing woman who has deeply inspired us in many ways. Her name is Velma Johnson, most commonly known as Wild Horse Annie. As fate would have it, one day Annie was driving behind a truck hauling severly injured Wild Horses on their way to the slaughter house. What she saw inside that truck (indescribable) completely changed the direction of her life and the course of the lives of America’s Wild Horses and Burros . She knew right then she HAD to do something! It mattered not that she was a middle aged woman without any fame, fortune or prominent position. The only thing that mattered was that hundreds of thousands of horses were being subjected to horrific and torturous abuse. This HAD to stop. And so, she took on the most powerful baron’s of the cattle industry and the “good”ol’boy entrenched political powers of her time with nothing more than her unfailing determination and her big heart. History has proven many times that this combination has the power to move mountains.
Thanks to Velma Johnson aka Wild Horse Annie, legislation was passed to ensure the protection and well-being of America’s national treasures.
Annie laid the foundation when the “Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971” was passed, unfortunately consequent amendments to that piece of legislation has weakened it significantly endangering their survival. http://www.wildhorsesanctuary.org/legislation-update.html
And so, our wild horses and burros continue to be systematically under attack from the BLM.(Bureau of Land Management, Gov. Agency). The “protector” has become the “perpetrator”.
In this day in age where it seems that every cause needs backing by a big name or celebrity, (Oprah can’t save the world alone) we need to be reminded that the power to create change resides within each and every one of us. We must honor the legacy left by Annie and believe that we can co-create a world where the dignity and welfare of all living creatures are respected and protected.
To learn more about Wild Horse Annie and the struggle for peace and freedom for America’s Wild Horses follow this link.