One of the most successful components of any grassroots campaign is the involvement of our youth and that couldn’t be truer than with our current efforts to protect America’s wild horses. Kids, with their passion and honesty, are welcome and critical additions to spreading the word. Anyone working on this issue has probably heard how massive letter writing campaigns by children all over the U.S. helped Wild Horse Annie get Congress to pass the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act in 1971. Many adults fighting for wild horses today got their start at that time. We need to reignite that passion because if we don’t act soon, the children of today might not be able to enjoy wild horses for much longer.
To help get more young people involved, AWI has turned its recent “Home on the Range?” ad into a coloring page for kids. Our goal is to get this to as many children as possible so they can color it in and mail it to the Senators and Representative of the Congressional district where they live and to President Obama. If kids are particularly enthusiastic they can also send copies to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and to us at the Animal Welfare Institute.