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Preteen Petitioner Collects 210,000 Signatures
Published on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 (12:14 a.m.)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“Preteen Petitioner Collects 210,000 Signatures”
12 yr. old Robin Warren on a mission to save wild horses and burros from cruelty and slaughter
Contact: Denise DeLucia
LAS VEGAS - (July 31st, 2013)
Robin Warren, better known as “Wild Mustang Robin,” is only 12 years old. That hasn’t stopped her from making a difference for wild horses and burros.
At age 9, she began her first petition to save the wild horses and burros, inspired by a few books she read: “Puppy Place: Chewy and Chica Special Edition” by Ellen Miles and “Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West” by Marguerite Henry. She collected the signatures the old-fashioned way, going door to door and asking face-to-face. After Robin’s mother Denise DeLucia became too ill to take her out for signature drives, Robin asked her mom if they could post the petition online. Together, they placed the petition on Change.org, the fastest growing petition platform in the world. Within days of posting the first petition, Robin had signatures from all 50 states and 33 countries.
Then, at age 11, in October of 2012, Robin began a new petition to save wild horses from slaughter. After collecting 100,000 signatures in 10 days, Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation and RT Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation helped her to present the signatures to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The huge stack of signatures must have made quite an impression on the BLM because they would later agree to investigate the issue of wild horses going to slaughter and also to change their procedures to help prevent it from happening.
Robin and her friends helped to win that campaign to save federally protected wild horses from slaughter and they went on to help win another campaign to protect Nevada’s wild horses - under the state’s jurisdiction -from slaughter.
Now, at age 12, Robin has two active campaigns: “No Horse Meat” asking food retailers to lobby against horse slaughter in America; and “Gimme Shelter” asking the BLM to provide shelter for captive wild horses.
All told, over the last 9 months Robin has collected over 210,000 signatures. She is well on track to reach her goal of a quarter million signatures this year. But her ultimate goal is to save the wild horses and burros from cruelty and slaughter.
Recently Robin observed a helicopter roundup for the first time and it heightened her desire to save the wild horses and burros from inhumane treatment by government officials and contractors. Robin says, “I do not think it is fair that the government gets exemptions from laws that we have to follow. I used to think the government was good and right about everything but what they do to the wild horses and burros would be illegal for you or I. Wild Horse Annie gave her life’s work to save them and she is my inspiration - I will continue to fight in her honor.”
Robin invites everyone who cares about the horses and burros to sign a petition. Also, Robin invites all children who think they cannot make a difference to start a petition about something they care about.
The Youth's Equine Alliance (YEA!) was introduced in 2012 by Robin Warren at the International Equine Conference. Our youth advocates raise awareness about horses and burros, both wild and domestic in order to inspire other people to also speak up for equines. Through education, activities and joining together as teams, the youth hope to encourage children's admiration of horses and burros and motivate people of all ages to be a voice for equines.
For more information or for an interview with Robin Warren, please contact Denise DeLucia at (702) 601-0425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robin’s and YEA!’s petitions on Change.org
Robin on KLAS News 8, CBS Las Vegas - June 28th, 2013
Robin in the Humane Society of the United States’ “Kind News” publication – April 15th, 2013