Posts Tagged 'Wild Horse Annie'

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John Sorenson reviews Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs.

 Wild Horse Annie and the Last of the Mustangs is both inspiring and frustrating. The book demonstrates that individuals can have an impact but also that governments are always ready to serve the interests of private profiteers, and that constant, organized oversight is required.

Beyond that, the book demonstrates some of the shortcomings of campaigns that focus on particular species. Johnston’s efforts on behalf of wild horses were certainly admirable but there is no indication of any broader concerns for other animals or of consistency of ethical principles through awareness of animal rights. Throughout the book, defenders of horses are depicted wearing buckskin jackets and sitting down to chicken pot pies and never giving a thought to their contradictory behaviour. Why love one but eat the other?

Shrinking wilderness

Erika Ritter reviews Wild Horse Annie, The Last of the Mustangs.

My only reservation about Wild Horse Annie is a wish that the authors had embraced questions beyond the borders of this highly specific story. For instance, what is it about the plight of a particular species that will call to someone like Velma Johnston? Even as she deplored her society’s treatment of mustangs and bankrupted her finances and her health on their behalf, Velma ranched cattle, shot rabbits, and wore doeskin pants.

On a larger scale, how should all of us address tensions between our own entitlement and ever-shrinking areas of wilderness? Problems continue to accrue from policies that lump animals in with “resources” to be managed, and which pit wildlife against the financial interests of landowners, hunters and other influential humans.



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