For those that keep up with my blogs and check up on all things CANA related, you know that our latest endeavor is the CANA Project. An initiative we started to be more intimate and personal with the people. It’s a fun and exciting avenue that allows us to connect with people of all race, gender, and demographic. One of the things we do on the CANA Project is interview a variety of people. Whether it be a pro athlete, indigenous leader, actor, or just your every day person trying to make a difference in their community. In my latest interview I had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve Israel; a former Congressman from New York who is also a longtime advocate for wild horses and public lands. He wrote the foreword to the critically-acclaimed “Galloping to Freedom”. Steve recently retired from 16 years in the U.S. Congress as a strong critic of the campaign finance system. Steve is currently a contributor to CNN’s political coverage; you can also find him appearing on shows like Anderson Cooper and many others. This interview was a fun one for me, I got to see the 16-year congressman in a more relaxed, casual setting.
I want to highlight some of the things we touched on in this thought provoking interview, we discussed some heavy topics. It was very interesting that the former Congressman felt he had a better opportunity to do good for society outside of Congress than he was able to do while serving. This shows the influence of money in our society, whether its oil or anything else we spend millions of dollars on yearly. He told us that it got to a point where he was spending so much time raising money he was unable to focus on the real issues we face in society. This stuck out to me like a sore thumb because I see this everywhere. When it comes to our wild horses we’ve forgotten the importance of protecting them. We are so concerned with land we can use for oil drilling and cattle ranching, we want to remove them from roaming wild and free on public land that was ordained for them.
The other thing that really opened my eyes was him finding a home here at CANA and feeling that our cause was one worth fighting for. It was conformation for me that we are fighting for a just cause that so many want to be a part of. Steve also offered a political view of the situation at hand. He pointed out how if we rewild these wild horses back on native lands it will be beneficial for the tax payer. The federal government would no longer have to pay for the care and maintenance of these horses. This is conducive on all levels; it’s saving our horse relatives, saving our land, and saving our indigenous people who have lost sight of the ways of the ancestors.
Just like Steve found a home here at CANA our doors are open to all those who want to help fight his battle. So please go to www.canafoundation.org and check out what we are doing here. Whether it be sharing our blogs, donating, or just educating yourself on Rewilding. These are all ways that not only help us, but they help the planet. If you are interested in hearing more of Congressman Steve Israel’s viewpoints listen to the interview on our website or Facebook page.
– Malachi Davis
About CANA Foundation
CANA Foundation’s mission is to responsibly restore an ecological balance in our environment through specific rewilding initiatives. These projects support harmony between the humans, plants, and animals that inhabit U.S. rangelands and focus on the restoration of our land’s native habitats through natural resources and indigenous species, like America’s wild horses. CANA initiatives work towards long-term, sustainable solutions that prevent further land degradation, protect and preserve wild horse populations, and encourage a beneficial, thriving ecosystem for today and tomorrow.
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