Look at what money can do! Well, a lot of money AND a kind heart really, they're both present in Madeleine Pickens. She's the wife of T. Boone Pickens. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to euthanize thousands of wild horses, to cut down to 27,000 the wild horse population in ten western states which numbers 33,000. The bureau isn't the bad guy in this picture. They are dealing with an over population of horses in their long term holding facilities, horses who are too old and unadoptable. Euthanasia has become an option. However, Mrs. Pickens' solution involves purchasing approximately 1 million acres of land and turning them into a refuge. In a wonderful spirit of cooperation, the bureau agreed to give the horses to Mrs. Pickens after she purchases the land. But, it's not just taking in the horses, and that's it. They will be sterilized at the refuge, and the horses the bureau takes out of the wild each year will also come home to the refuge.
Mrs. Pickens declared, "We will never turn an animal down." Mrs. Pickens breeds racehorses and she is a lifelong animal lover. She intends to open the refuge to the public, to let them experience the frontier life, living in cabins or teepees. “You shouldn’t be coming to this country to see Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck...We are more than that. We are a country that was formed on horseback and we should enjoy it, not slaughter it.”
God bless you Madeleine Pickens, even more.