Our thanks to Sheryl and all who are fighting for the protection and preservation of America’s wild horses and burros
By: Lauren Moraski
Sheryl Crow isn’t backing down when it comes to her fight for wild horses that roam in the West. Last fall, she began to criticize the government’s plans to remove as many as 25,000 mustangs from the range and send them pastures to the Midwest and East. Since then, Crow has lobbied Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and even dropped off books and DVDs about wild horses for President Barack Obama at the White House. Crow wants the government to halt the roundups, telling the Associated Press, “My main concern is that horse numbers not be dwindled down to where they can become extinct.” She’s against the government’s stance that rising mustang numbers are threatening the horses with starvation and harming arid rangelands and native wildlife. Crow adds, “I think there has to be a better way than taking them away from their native lands. I feel so passionate about the issue because wild horses are one of the last remaining ties to the land as it was and our history in America.”
Crow first got passionate about the issue in 2006 when she rode an adopted wild horse named Smokey in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Since then, Crow has adopted a wild mustang named Colorado and has 20 other horses on her ranch near Nashville, Tennessee. Crow reveals, “I was the kid who asked for a horse every year, but we didn’t have the backyard for one Now, I ride every day I’m at the ranch. It’s a very spiritual connection riding a horse.”
Other celebrities involved in the cause include Willie Nelson, Lily Tomlin, Bill Maher and Ed Harris.