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April 29, 2010

Protecting Wild Horses on Derby Day

Horses running in Montana To fully experience the Kentucky Derby this weekend, make sure you're wearing a big hat, drinking a mint julep, and sending a text message. OK, so the last suggestion isn't part of the typical Derby routine. But the folks at the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and Waterfall Mobile hope that the famous horse race will inspire activists to take a stand against wild mustang roundups. While free-roaming herds are protected by federal law, a management strategy of corralling the horses in government holding facilities persists. According to the preservation campaign's website, there are now more mustangs in these holding pens than in the wild. By texting MUSTANG to 44144 you can join an effort to convince Congress to suspend the Bureau of Land Management's roundups of wild mustangs.

--Della Watson

Recommended reading: To learn more about the historic fight to protect wild horses, check out our review of Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs: The Life of Velma Johnston.

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