Can Ecotourism Save Wild Horses and Burros?
Corrupt lobbyists and legislators continually propose thinly veiled plans to annihilate wild horse and burro herds. The most threatening proposal is in Congress right now. It is urgent that we convince decision makers to protect these historical icons of the American spirit.
Money-hungry antagonists want to remove wild horses for their own monetary gains, whether it be for livestock grazing, oil and gas exploitation, or other means that desecrate our public lands for their short-sighted financial gain.
Animal advocates can show the “value” of wild herds through local economies. While most of us understand the intrinsic and emotional values of these magnificent sentient wild equines, sadly, some can only understand the value of animals in hard dollars.
Eco-tourism is growing rapidly, and wild horse and burro eco-tourism is no exception. As small towns throughout America are closing storefronts due to lack of business, the hotels, restaurants and retail outlets in towns near wild horse and burro areas are thriving. The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center of Lovell, Wyoming is doing so well that it was voted the Number One Best Attraction in the state by USA Today on its 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017.
Advocates on the ground across the West promote this concept. Marty Wright is such a person. While living in Houston, Texas, Marty booked a tour to see wild horses in Nevada. She was so profoundly moved by their extraordinary ability to survive and thrive, their emotional intelligence, and their supreme dedication to their families, that she moved to Nevada to join the cause to protect them.
Marty networked and researched extensively, and sold her house, car, and almost everything she owned to start her wild horse tour business called Wild Horses Carry Me Away. Marty knows the horses and tells their stories as she takes visitors around the Virginia Range or Pine Nut Mountains. She also donates a large portion of her tour fees to wild horse advocacy organizations.
People who go into wild horse areas for the first time say it was a magical experience for them. If you want this experience, book a wild horse tour with a reputable business and bring your friends. Then, let all the local hotels, restaurants and shops know what brought you there!