High-profile wild horse advocate R.T. Fitch has been nominated for a position on the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.
Fitch was nominated for the public interest opening on the board by the Equine Welfare Alliance, which is an umbrella organisation for more than 290 horse groups, and ReinFree.org.
Fellow advocate Debbie Coffey, in announcing the nomination, said Fitch was a true leader in the fight to save the wild horses.
His efforts to date include:
- Rescuing abused horses in Brazil, including bringing one back to the US, from 1997–2000.
- Rescuing, rehabilitating, fostering and placing many equines through Habitat for Horses from 2001 to present.
- A member of the board of directors of Lone Star Equine Rescue/Habitat for Horses since 2001.
- Working directly with the former governor of Louisiana in rescuing equines after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as featured in the book Horses of the Storm.
Fitch has attended many Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups and has spoken at many National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meetings. He has acted as a citizen lobbyist against horse slaughter in Washington DC many times and currently serves as as president of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation.
He is the author of the book, Straight from the Horse’s Heart, as well as multiple equine-related articles in Horseback and True Cowboy magazines.
Fitch traveled to Outer Mongolia in 2012 to research and observe the re-introduction techniques of the true wild horse, the Takhi.
“Thank you for your dedication and hard work,” Coffey said. “We’re proud of you and we hope you will be appointed to this Advisory Board.”