by MPD
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Madeline Pickens — wife of Texas money man T. Boone Pickens — is using her cash to help protect thousands of wild mustangs.

Pickens recently purchased a 14,000-acre ranch in Elko, Nevada to serve as a wild horse sanctuary for 1,000 horses being kept in government-funded holding facilities. While the price of the land has not been disclosed, we do know the property comes with grazing rights on 540,000 acres of public land.

Pickens began the project after the government suggested euthanizing the horses as a method of population control, and if the deal is approved by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) it would be the first time in history the government has participated in such a large-scale animal relocation program.

“It’s such a huge beginning,” Pickens told The Associated Press. “I plan to buy more property out there. There’s such an overload of horses in government holding.”

Pickens submitted a formal written proposal to the BLM and hopes to eventually relocate all 34,000 horses being held to their natural habitat.

“The BLM has a moral and fiscal responsibility to do something because they took the horses off public lands and created this debacle,” Pickens said.

Fingers crossed the government works with Madeline to help these awesome animals. Sounds to us like she’s right on track.

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  • georgina

    She is definitely on the right track, and oh, the BLM is a joke. Horse round ups, “relocation,” holding pens…it is all a huge nightmare for horses who cannot read signs (REALLY????) and do not know when they are stepping on private land.

    I hope she gets her wish.

  • Steve Thompson

    I never thought I would fall in love with another man’s wife but I now officially love Madeline Pickens. She not only is coming to the rescue of these beautiful horses but she is trying to solve the horrendous treatment of them by the BLM. I, and many of my friends have been writing the BLM for months trying to stop all their cruel round-ups to no avail. And I love the fact that she is using money for the kind of purpose that it is supposed to be used for, to solve societal problems. Madeline, I applaud you and wish you the best of success.