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Wild horses arrive at Madeleine Pickens' eco-sanctuary in Nevada

Pickens has been an advocate for Mustangs since she first announced her sanctuary plan in 2008.


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Wild horseOn Friday, June 3, wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens announced that the first group of wild horses had arrived at the Mustang Monument Wild Horse Eco-Preserve. These horses are part of a pilot program where 1,000 horses managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be moved to the sanctuary.

Pickens has been a longtime advocate for animal welfare. After learning that many racehorses were being killed in slaughterhouses after their racing days were over, Pickens and her husband, billionaire T. Boone Pickens worked to end horse slaughter. In 2008, Mrs. Pickens approached the BLM with the intent to create a sanctuary to house Mustangs that had been rounded up and removed from public land. Finally, in fall of 2010, the BLM agreed to support a pilot program for Pickens' sanctuary.

The first horses arrive at Madeleine Pickens' Mustang Monument

The sanctuary covers more than 500,000 acres, according to Pickens' website, and is located near Elko, Nev. Earlier this month, the first group of horses, all mares and foals, was trucked in and let loose at the Mustang Monument.

Pickens hopes that her sanctuary will ultimately become a tourist destination and educational opportunity for Americans. Under her original plan, visitors would be able to camp and hike in the sanctuary and see the Mustangs in their natural habitat. For now, she is just happy to see horses at home at the Mustang Monument.

"I cannot aptly describe the experience, but this is definitely a mission driven by God," she said on her website. "He has blessed us all with this wonderful gift...We are so lucky. I am so lucky. I’ve been surrounded by so many supporters and friends and I can’t thank you all enough. I am overwhelmed, speechless, and very fulfilled. It’s a new beginning."

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cindy c    lucerne valley, ca, CA

7/12/2012 11:00:26 AM

Mr Pickins fights for horses but wants to kill eagles? sounds pretty hypocritical to me.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a proposed rule that would allow energy companies owned by the Pickin's to kill bald and golden eagles for 30-year periods.

Tell the Service you oppose the new rule by following the link below and entering your comments. We cannot lock our wildlife into 30 year contracts when we do not even know what will be needed to preserve these species decades from now.
Public comment form for: Eagle Permits -- Changes in Regulations Governing Eagle Permitting. Regula

For my entire life, I've heard about the dangers to eagles, and how they were nearly extinct before we started to protect them. HOW DARE the pickins' try to undermine the success of this species to make personal gain, while trying to protect another!

Michael    Las Vegas, NV

3/8/2012 5:18:10 PM

God Bless you Madeleine Pickens!

Kathy    Marietta, GA

11/1/2011 6:54:44 PM

Thank you

PKL    somewhere, WY

6/26/2011 7:47:21 AM

Video was hard to see, but what a wonderful idea, to help the Mustangs. I do agree, that what ever can be done to sterilized, either with gelding or with shots to prevent mare having foals, should be done.

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