HI, We got back Friday night about 1:00 in the morning from out trip to Sacramento. It was exhausting, but hopefully worth it.
Wow, sometimes people are just too amazing. I cannot believe some of the laws that people are trying to sneak through. It's not bad enough that California is trying to sneak SB 697 through, so no one could rescue animals and care for them, but now Nevada is trying to stop the Wild Horses from having water rights. AB329 received bipartisan support in the Assembly, passing 35-7. It’s up for hearing Friday before the Senate Natural Resources Committee. “Contrary to the claims of AB329 supporters, this proposed law could have a catastrophic impact on wild horses and burros who depend on these natural waters for survival,” said Bruce Wagman, a lawyer representing the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in opposing the bill.
So, in spite of horrendous gas prices and the timing not being very convenient, we, along with many others, traveled to Carson City to meet with the Committee and voice our concerns. I have never considered myself to be "political", but it kind of seems like something that is being put in front of me. I don't mind, although it is very expensive. There is a huge event for the horses being held again in Washington DC, but we will see if it is affordable. I think it could help, but just will have to wait and see what happens. The one thing that makes it worth while though, is that what we are doing has made at least some changes. Not big huge ones, but again, those teeny tiny baby steps. I am praying to God that we made a difference in Carson City. There were advocates down in Las Vegas that were also there to support the horses, and I know there have been petitions with amazing amounts of signatures also sent. It can make a difference.
When we went to Sacramento for the SB 697, Senator Negrete McCleod actually dropped the bill due to the amazing amount of Californians who said "NO!". My dearly loved friend was amazing and helped give hundreds of thousands of people the courage to send letters to Sacramento. Sometimes it just takes one person to "get the ball rolling". Without her tireless efforts, I do not believe that Senator McCleod would have dropped the bill. Now we have to let Bill Emmerson know that we will not allow the Veterinary Medical Board to take away ALL OF OUR RIGHTS TO TAKE CARE OF THE ANIMALS WE LOVE!!! It has been turned into a two year bill, but we still have to stop it.
Please ya'll, SAY YOUR PRAYERS! If AB 329 passes in Nevada, it could mean death to our horses.
On a brighter note, Honey Bandit made an appearance at the RAIN flea market on Saturday. Although we were a tad tired from the trip to Nevada the day before, it was a really nice day. The weather wasn't totally cooperative, as the wind was blowing and it was quite chilly, but it did wait to rain until we were done. We got to visit with many of Honey Bandit's supporters and it was wonderful to share the "new and improved" ha ha - Honey Bandit. He weighs about 480 pounds now, and is turning into a very beautiful boy. He seemed to enjoy the visits and DaBubbles also got to meet a lot of our friends in the community.
We appreciate everyone and your support. Our next venture is to get a "ROLLING FOAL HOSPITAL". As we live so far from many of the wild horses and foals that need immediate help and attention, it makes it hard to "git er done". So Susan, of WWAR, had a fabulous idea. We need to figure out a way to raise enough funds to get one of those trailers with sleeping quarters. That way, we can go on a moment's notice, and the trailer will always be "foal ready", and we will be able to get there, get the foals and then take as much time as we need to come home. We have no problem going to get a foal and spending as much time as we need to make sure the foal can travel, but it would be a lot easier if we had a place to sleep and keep all of our supplies while we do it. Hence, the ROLLING FOAL HOSPITAL. (I love the name :) - but of course I didn't come up with it, so I can say that). Soooooooo, anyone who has any ideas for fund raisers, or who knows someone who needs a tax writeoff for that trailer sitting unused in their back yards, please let me know. I was told recently that if I lived in Nevada, I would have the foals coming out my ears. This way we would be eliminating the 'DISTANCE PROBLEM'. We have no problem ourselves with any of the distance to pick up the foals, but often times they can't make the return trip all at once.
So please join us in our endeavor to get our "Rolling Foal Hospital" and help us save some more of the critically ill or orphaned babies. We all have our special skills that we can use to save our horses. Lucky for me, mine is hands on and maybe a teeny bit of "political stuff", but I know there are tons of you out there who want to help and have the skills to raise funds, or find the necessary supplies to make this happen. Let's keep up the good work and "git er done". Together, we can make a difference, one baby, one mustang, on tiny step at a time. God bless ya'll for what you do. Hugs.
Chilly Pepper - Miracle Mustang
30027 Highway 44 East
Shingletown, CA 96088
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