23 March 2011

Willie Nelson and family cover Rolling Stones hit to save wild horses

Country music legend, actor and activist Willie Nelson is concerned with the dwindling numbers of wild horses in the United States. And never one to just sit on the sidelines and watch injustices take place, the nine time Grammy-award winning recording artist is once again doing his part to make things right.

Willie & The Nelson Family—a group compromised of Willie Nelson and numerous family members—have recorded a cover of the 1971 Rolling Stones hit “Wild Horses” that will benefit the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and their work with domestic and wild horses.

"The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) has been rounding them up at an alarming rate, supposedly for their own good. Sadly, there are more wild horses in holding pens than in the wild. Something is wrong with that, so we must act now before the BLM has managed these magnificent animals into extinction," said Nelson. "It’s time for the cowboys to stand up for the horses."

According to AWI:
The BLM’s mismanagement of America’s wild horses is largely designed to benefit a livestock industry that has for decades, exploited western public lands while profiting from massive subsidies funded by taxpayer dollars. Willie & The Nelson Family and AWI are calling on the BLM and the Obama administration to immediately halt all wild horse round-ups, restore the land provided by law to wild horses and to stop warehousing horses on private lands at even greater expense to the taxpayer.

"There is no greater voice than Willie Nelson when it comes to speaking for the underdog. For decades, Willie has fought to protect family farmers in America, while also advocating for the humane treatment of horses and other animals," explained deputy director of government and legal affairs at AWI Chris Heyde. "We are so grateful for the support of Willie and the entire Nelson family and we hope this song will raise awareness of the deteriorating situation facing wild horses and help turn things around before they disappear from their lands forever."

Click here to download a copy of “Wild Horses,” all proceeds will benefit AWI.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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