Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Future of America’s Wild Horses and Burros - Can we save them before they become extinct in the wild?

Never before has there been a need so great for people to ban together for the protection of one of our most precious and historic natural resources, the horse. – Katia Louise, President of the Wild for Life Foundation

Substantial evidence indicates that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) intends to eliminate
wild horses and burros from America’s public landscape.  Countless American wild horses and burros are systemically mistreated and removed from their legally protected homes in the wild by the BLM despite U.S. policies which mandate their protection and preservation on public lands.  Unless and until the BLM is stopped, the future for America’s majestic horses and burros will continue to be in jeopardy. The stakes could not be higher; their very survival is at stake and time is running out.

“Contrary to the BLM’s claims that wild horses are overpopulating, statistics show that vast numbers of wild equines are disappearing from the American West,” states Katia Louise, President of the Wild for Life Foundation, and Director, Saving America’s Horses.  “In the 19th century, more than 2 million wild horses roamed the West, but independent analysis of the Bureau of Land Management’s own data indicates that there may now be less than 15,000 wild horses roaming freely on public lands.”

There are over 200 million acres of range-lands in the U.S. where these horses could roam freely, but they are quickly being eliminated by the same governmental agencies that claim to protect them. Unless action is taken, America’s wild equids will continue to vanish – a potentially catastrophic scenario for generations to come.

Wild horses are labeled as “feral” by proponents of slaughter in denial of paleontological evidence showing that the horse evolved on the North American continent over 50,000,000 years ago.  

With human encroachment on natural habitats a constant feature of our modern world, America's wild and historic Mustangs are quickly losing their Native home lands. As the remaining number of Wild Horses in the U.S. nears extinction, the need for their legal protection becomes tantamount to their survival as a species. America’s Wild Horses cannot be reproduced once they are gone.

Congressional findings and declaration of policy state that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people; and that these horses and burros are fast disappearing from the American scene. Under public law and policy of Congress wild free-roaming horses and burros are to be protected from capture, branding, harassment, or death; and to accomplish this they are to be considered in the area where presently found, as an integral part of the natural system of the public lands.

However, wild horses are also labeled as “destructive” or “invasive species” by the livestock industry as a means to justify their removal. However, the reintroduction of horses to range-lands can in truth rejuvenate the environment. As brought to the screen in the acclaimed documentary film, ‘Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed”, wild horses are being successfully returned to landscapes in both Britain and the Oostvaardersplassen of the Netherlands.  Studies of these conservation grazing is practices reveal that the re-introduction of wild equines to the woodlands and pastures has in fact successfully restored the natural environment and wildlife. 

In the classic book, Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West, J. Boone Kauffman, Ph.D., Professor of Ecosystem Sciences in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, gives testimony to the far-reaching and devastating ecological consequences of government-subsidized livestock grazing through his scientifically supported work, “Lifeblood of the West”; “… livestock grazing has been the most widespread cause of ecological degradation of riparian/stream ecosystems. More riparian areas and stream miles are affected by livestock grazing than by any other type of land use.”

When it comes to “livestock grazing” on public lands, permit holders are able to increase their stock by grazing farm animals such as cattle on America’s open range-lands. But in the U.S. horses are not produced for food, and cattle ranchers see them as competitors for the grazing of free forage on public land which they could otherwise use for their livestock.  However, recent findings through Princeton University have shown how combining wild equine grazing together with cattle can create beneficial effects; not only for the environment but for cattle as well. "Clearly, blanket statements that wild equids invariably compete with livestock can no longer be accepted” states Michael Coughenour, a senior research scientist at the Colorado State University Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. 

While USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, publicly claims to be against horse slaughter, the USDA has been rallying tribal leaders to support the reopening of horse slaughter in the U.S. However, Wild for Life Foundation President, Katia Louise brings to light a startling recent report which exposes the USDA’s distribution of misinformation provided to the American tribal leaders. This well-substantiated report entitled In Truth Wild Horses on Native Land and Tongue, reveals evidence of meetings held by the USDA with tribal leaders for the purpose of getting them to distribute ‘misinformation’ to their congressional delegations about horse slaughter and the removal of America’s wild horses.

As part of a larger pattern, just a few weeks ago a strikingly similar situation to the USDA’s activities in support of horse slaughter took place when the BLM denied having any knowledge or involvement related the sale of America’s wild horses and burros to slaughter. In a recent Federal Report which shocked the Nation it was reported that the BLM’s largest buyer of wild horses was in truth sending them to slaughter.  With a closer look at the management of wild horses by the BLM, and in stark contrast to the BLM’s claims of purportedly protecting America’s wild equines, the BLM’s proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (Section 110) reveals BLM’s intentions to further strip America’s wild horses and burros of their protective legal titles. The Wild Horse Freedom Federation recently discovered the BLM’s proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2017, and says it leads to the slaughter and sterilization of America’s wild horses.  Critics view this latest move by the BLM as a wider campaign endorsed by the Obama Administration.

President Obama’s appointment of Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, which oversees the BLM, together with the U.S. Forest Service, has continued to conduct scores of roundups across 12 Western U.S. states resulting in the capture and eradication of countless wild horses. After Salazar stepped down in a wave of controversy in February of 2013, President Obama appointed Sally Jewel to the position— a veteran of the oil industry. “While many had high hopes that Sally Jewell would direct a shift in policy, she has instead been silent on reversing agency roundup policies throughout the West,” observes Katia Louise. “And many believe she has in fact promoted and intensified such efforts.”

Can we preserve and protect one of America’s most iconic species before they become extinct in the wild and reverse the degradation to open range-lands caused by their removal? The Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF), a federally registered nonprofit says the answer is YES; a resounding YES!

"Never before has there been a need so great for people to ban together for the protection of one of our most precious and historic natural resources, the horse," said Ms. Louise.  "Regardless of why,
we as a culture, are so repulsed by the thought of consuming horse flesh, and the reasons are many; if we fail to uphold our fundamental moral and social responsibilities, we are in effect dooming the fate of our own humanity.

“Most people don’t have any idea that America’s wild horses are disappearing and going to slaughter,” added Ms. Louise.  “Unless and until the BLM is stopped, the future for America’s majestic horses and burros will continue to be in jeopardy. Armed with the true facts and uniting together to make our united voice heard for the horses and burros, we can educate and effect change.”

In an effort to save, protect and preserve wild and domestic equines, as opposed to the promotion of horse slaughter and widespread roundups throughout the American West, Wild for Life Foundation’s President, Katia Louise is calling on members of the public who care about the horses to join in a united stance for the horses with WFLF Saving America’s Horses by going to wildforlifefoundation.org and clicking on the join button, which will continue to raise awareness and provide ongoing education on this critical issue. Ms. Louise says, “Making your voice heard will ultimately bring this unjust, cruel and barbaric practice to an end.”

Charity missions like WFLF’s “WILDAND FREE” campaign help to raise awareness and the essential funds to aid wild horses and burros that need rescue and sanctuary services after being rounded up, starved neglected, discarded or discovered in other life threatening danger.

Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a volunteer based 501 c3 charity dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals with a focus on animal welfare and the protection of wildlife. Among WFLF’s greatest concerns are imperiled wild horses and burros, and abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines. WFLF is dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, education, preservation and sanctuary. The WFLF also promotes the conservation of wild horses on their Native lands and the preservation of natural ecosystems and wildlife. WFLF saves the lives of homeless, starved and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people. Federal ID No: 26-3052458
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Wild For Life Foundation launches campaign to help keep wild Mustangs and burros safe and protected


Monday, Feb 22, 2016, Los Angeles, CA – The Wild For Life Foundation launches campaign to help keep wild Mustangs and burros safe and protected. WFLF warns the public that the future of America’s wild horses and burros is in jeopardy.  


With human encroachment on natural habitats a constant feature of
our modern world, America's wild and historic Mustangs are quickly losing their Native home lands. As the remaining number of Wild Horses in the U.S. nears extinction, the need for their legal protection becomes tantamount to their survival as a species. America’s Wild Horses cannot be reproduced once they are gone.


Charity missions like WFLF’s “WILD AND FREE” campaign help to raise awareness and the essential funds to aid wild horses and burros that need rescue and sanctuary services after being rounded up, starved neglected, discarded or discovered in other life threatening danger.


“The number of animals we serve through our rescue and sanctuary program has grown exponentially since our beginning, from just a few animals annually to more than one hundred each year,” said Katia Louise, WFLF President and Founder.  And since late 2014, the WFLF has additionally has met the needs of over two hundred victimized rare and wild Mustangs, including over four dozen pregnant mares and orphan foals. WFLF also continues to provide urgently needed veterinary medical care, nutritious hay, transport and safe natural habitats for over seventy five rescued rare and historic wild horses and burros who reside at WFLF’s sanctuary facilities. 


Will you help save and protect wild horses and burros by buying a
Hope Tees for Horses WILD AND FREE charity t-shirt? Funds raised through these t-shirts will help pay for urgently needed provisions including lifesaving hay and medical care for at-risk Mustangs served by the Wild for Life Foundation. 


“We are often stretched to capacity as we respond to the great number of animals that come into our program from across the country,” adds Ms Louise. “We can’t do this work without you. Your continued support makes it possible to carry out our mission.”




‘HOPE Tees for Horses’ is a powerful lifesaving project under WFLF’s Saving America’s Horses program, and this year’s theme is "WILD AND FREE”.  

The new artful design features a wild American Mustang filly named Kachina, (which means spirit). After losing her freedom, her home and her family on America’s open range-lands Kachina was about to lose her life to slaughter. WFLF saved
Kachina and her family and brought them to safe harbor under WFLF’s sanctuary program where they can live out their lives, free from cruelty and with the assurance of never being at risk of roundup or slaughter again. Kachina’s touching story of courage, survival, love and triumph is represents hope for America's endangered Mustangs who now find themselves targeted for extinction on their quickly disappearing and threatened Native home lands.  Kachina is just one of one of many Wild American Mustangs that you'll be helping by simply purchasing and wearing some of these artful t-shirts.   


WFLF needs and respectfully seeks your support. We rely 100% on donations to carry out this important lifesaving work.


Thank you in advance for your continued and devoted support.


With warmest regards,
Katia Louise, President, Founder
Wild for Life Foundation


Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a volunteer based 501 (c)3 charity dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals with a focus on animal welfare and the protection of wildlife. Among our greatest concerns are imperiled wild horses and burros, and abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines. WFLF is dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, rehabilitation, education and sanctuary. The WFLF also promotes the conservation of wild horses on their Native lands and the preservation of natural ecosystems and wildlife. We save the lives of homeless, starved and slaughter bound horses whose healing hearts enhance the lives of people.

Federal ID No: 26-3052458



Contact us at: Wild for Life Foundation, 19510 Van Buren Blvd, Ste F3236, Riverside, CA 92508
Phone: 310.439.9817

Monday, February 15, 2016

WILD and FREE Hope Tees for Horses - put America’s Wild Horses and Burros front and center



Los Angeles, CA, Feb 16, 2016- Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) is excited to announce the launch of our all new and inspirational Wild and Free Hope Tees for Horses campaign, sure to help put America’s Wild Horses front and center.  


BUY A TEE TO HELP KEEP THEM WILD AND FREE!




Brand new artful t-shirts feature the image of a beautiful wild American Mustang, running as free as the wind. Now available for a limited time - Ends Feb 29th
(multiple colors, short and long sleeve, sizes youth through adult)




Funds raised will benefit at-risk wild horses and burros served through the Wild For Life Foundation. 


Saving America’s Horses HOPE Tees for Horses Wild and Free  campaign is a project under the Wild For Life Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic horses and burros through rescue, sanctuary and education,  


Order today – Limited time offer ends Feb 29th, 2016

CLICK TO ORDER 

Learn more: 
 http://www.wildforlifefoundation.org/hopeteesforhorses.html

Friday, February 5, 2016

ASPCA Grant Helps Wild For Life Foundation Make a Bigger Difference for Horses in Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WILD FOR LIFE FOUNDATION


Feb 5, 2016                                               
             
$500 Grant Awarded to Improve Fundraising Capacity
So that we can make a bigger difference for more wild and domestic equines in need

Studio City, CA—The Wild For Life Foundation today announced its receipt of grant funding from the ASPCA in support of its equine rescue and sanctuary operations.

Through Wild for Life Foundation's Emergency Equine Rescue and Recovery Mission we save and evacuate equines from life threatening situations and disaster,” said Katia Louise, volunteer Executive Director Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF). "This is the most cost intensive part of our work, and the aspect that often requires fast funding so we can act quickly to provide emergency medical care and rescue services."   “This ASPCA grant funding will enable our organization to benefit from Membership in the Association of Fundraising Professionals
 (AFP) and will greatly benefit our nonprofit equine rescue organization and our lifesaving mission through the valuable educational webinars and the vast array of resources. This ASPCA grant for AFP membership will allow WFLF to enhance our efficiency in raising essential funds so that we can make a bigger difference for more wild and domestic equines in need. We strive to maintain best practices and we really need this professional guidance so we can build a stronger board and increase our fundraising capacity. APF courses will be well utilized by the Wild For Life Foundation as we strive to increase our sustainability and maintain compliance with state regulatory requirements. 
We provide lifesaving medical care, food, shelter and a 2nd chance at life for rescued wild and domestic equines coming in from across the US. We rescue abused, neglected and at risk equines of all breeds, ages and disabilities, and assure their life-long safety, peace and health. Equines accepted into the Wild For Life foundation Rescue, Recovery and Sanctuary Program are assured care and protection for the duration of their natural life span.

For more information, please visit www.WildForLifeFoundation.org.

About the Wild For Life Foundation

Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is dedicated to elevating life and healing through the prevention of cruelty to animals. WFLF is a grassroots charity established for the prevention of cruelty to animals with a focus on animal welfare and the protection of wildlife. Among our greatest concerns are imperiled wild horses and burros, abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and inadequate standards of protection for America’s equine population as a whole.

We vigorously work to save, protect and preserve abused, neglected, displaced and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and educate to raise compassion and improve the standards of protection for America’s equine populations as a whole. We protect the lives of rare and historic wild equines as part of the natural ecosystem and educate people about the need for their preservation in the wild. The WFLF promotes the conservation of wild horses on their Native lands and the preservation of natural ecosystems and wildlife. WFLF rescues orphaned, injured, and displaced wild animals. We also provide primary care to farmed and wildlife. WFLF staff work to educate the public about more appropriate and respectful relationships with nature, domestic animals and wildlife. Through direct animal care, enrichment education and advocacy WFLF fulfills its commitment to the protection of animals and wildlife and ethical, sustainable relationships between humans and the natural world.

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Media Contact: Katia Louise
Phone: 310.439.9817