Willie Nelson and Family Sing “Wild Horses”

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March 22, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is honored to announce the exclusive release of the Rolling Stones’ classic “Wild Horses” – performed and produced by the legendary Willie Nelson and his family members. Willie & The Nelson Family are donating the proceeds from the sale of the song to AWI’s campaigns on behalf of wild and domestic horses. Willie and the entire Nelson family are long-time supporters of AWI and its efforts to end horse slaughter and preserve the right of wild horses to roam free.

“The BLM has been rounding them up at an alarming rate, supposedly for their own good. Sadly, there are more wild horses in holding pens than in the wild. Something is wrong with that, so we must act now before the BLM has managed these magnificent animals into extinction,” said Willie Nelson. “It’s time for the cowboys to stand up for the horses.”

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was enacted in 1971 to halt the disappearance of these iconic animals from public lands in the American West. Since then, however, over 20 million acres of land set aside by Congress for wild horses have been removed from their range, even as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—the very agency charged with their protection—claims there is not enough land to support existing herds. The BLM is unnecessarily removing horses based on spurious claims of damage to range and other adverse impacts. The BLM’s mismanagement of America’s wild horses is largely designed to benefit a livestock industry that has for decades, exploited western public lands while profiting from massive subsidies funded by taxpayer dollars. Willie & The Nelson Family and AWI are calling on the BLM and the Obama administration to immediately halt all wild horse round-ups, restore the land provided by law to wild horses and to stop warehousing horses on private lands at even greater expense to the taxpayer.

“There is no greater voice than Willie Nelson when it comes to speaking for the underdog. For decades, Willie has fought to protect family farmers in America, while also advocating for the humane treatment of horses and other animals,” said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for AWI. “We are so grateful for the support of Willie and the entire Nelson family and we hope this song will raise awareness of the deteriorating situation facing wild horses and help turn things around before they disappear from their lands forever.”

For more information about the problems facing wild horses and what can be done to improve BLM’s wild horse program, please visit [www.awionline.org/wildhorses](http://www.awionline.org/wildhorses).

To download your very own copy of Willie & The Nelson Family singing “Wild Horses,” please visit [www.awionline.org/willienelson](http://www.awionline.org/willienelson) today! You can download a copy from your favorite service such as iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. Join us in our effort to save America’s wild horses before it is too late! Be sure to share this release with your local radio station and encourage them to play the song for America’s wild horses.

Song Details:

Willie Nelson (lead vocals/lead guitar/co-producer), daughter Paula Nelson (lead vocals), son Lukas Nelson (lead vocals/harmony vocals), daughter Amy Nelson
(harmony vocals/co-producer), granddaughter Martha Jewelle (drums/co-producer), grandson-in-law Matt Hubbard (vocals/bass/co-producer), son Micah Nelson (vocals/
Charango), daughter Susie Nelson (vocals), grandson Anthony Brewster (vocals), granddaughter, Rebecca Thomas (vocals), great-grandson Zack Thomas (vocals),
grandson Nelson Fowler (vocals), grandson Bryan Fowler (vocals), great-grandson Dean Hubbard (vocals), Landis Armstrong (rhythm guitar/ vocals), Waylon Payne
(harmony vocals) Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin TX, engineered and mixed by Matt Hubbard and released by Folk Uke Records.

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5 responses to Willie Nelson and Family Sing “Wild Horses”

  1. Hello, My name is Becca Stenerson. Originally, I’m from Alaska born and raised. As of now, I’m in Green Valley, Arizona. In my spare time, I have been volunteering at a non-profit, GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) accredited, Equine Voices Rescue and Sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains in Southern Arizona. “We are a safe haven for unwanted PMU mares and foals and horses who have suffered severe abuse, neglect and those rescued from the illegal drug trade.”

    I have made an informational video, with my own personal footage of the horses at the sanctuary, for the owner, Karen Pomroy to share with others. Upon the making of the film, I recalled the song, “Wild Horses” and was hoping to include it in the video with the acceptance of the composers. I was ecstatic to find on your website, that you are devoted to spreading your knowledge to others about the grotesque and inhumane conditions in the horse slaughter business in America! I was hoping that, while in Arizona for your concert in Parker, Arizona, you would be interested in visiting the founder of Equine Voices and hear her amazing story. You can visit the Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary’s website at equinevoices.org
    Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,
    Becca Stenerson

  2. Thank You for your work with the BLM I have two Wild Mustangs ha ha! Both of my wildhorses afe great friends I can walk outside and they start calling to me or my friend who is in a wheel chair both of thses horses will play with him but not once has on ever used to much force, Its like they know that he is limited in what he can do.
    Thank You once again for you work.

  3. You have truly inspired us in more ways than you could know. Thank you so very much for showing us how valuable equine lives are. We have currently established our own rescue; The Sundown Ranch INC. located in Keota Colorado. We will not only be rehabilitating horses who have been abused, neglected and abandoned but will also be providing a safe have for other livestock in need. We are currently under reconstruction of the property and will soon be adding stables, stalls, corrals etc. We hope to have the project complete by Feb 2014 so we can start taking in rescues by Spring 2014. We have been approved by the State and recognized as a Non-Profit organization in the State of Colorado:) We are so very excited and can’t wait to help save innocent lives! We think it is wonderful what you are doing and thank you so much for inspiring us to lend a helping hand! God Bless!

  4. Hi there!
    My name is Lauren. I am currently working on a documentary for the wild horses. I love your music and was so pleased to hear of your involvement with the horses. I was wondering if you would be willing to help out with my documentary. I have started a kickstarter project and need backers. I need to get the funding so I can finish this movie. This story needs to be louder. Please help me.
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1476664817/horses-money-and-lawyers-the-myth-of-the-mustang
    That is the link to my kickstarter. Also I would love to do an interview if at all possible! 🙂
    Thank you!
    Lauren Miller

  5. I think its awesome what willie and his family doing iam acuttaly writeing a papper for school iam 13 and it insperid me to ..start a wild horse sanctuary when iam older and get a lot of land and rescued abused horses and train them and save wild hore habits I have 2 horses iam a barrel racer and future trainer I love horses..

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