Oprah Winfrey is winding down her show this week, but Madeleine Pickens, wife of oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens, sent the trendsetting TV icon a video appeal on Sunday, May 22 to publicize the plight of America's wild mustangs.
Pickens chose a peculiar way of trying to get queen of daytime talk's attention, especially considering the name "T. Boone Pickens" would normally open any media door. Madeleine chose to send out a special video appeal with hubby T. Boone directly addressed to Oprah, publicly releasing the video on May 22 in an email blast reported by Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News.
One would think one of the wealthiest people in the world wouldn't have trouble getting media exposure for a wide-ranging animal rescue project. But Oprah works in mysterious ways. Apparently, Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens can get on everywhere from CNN to Al Jazeera with their quest to save the mustangs, but Oprah is a world all unto herself.
One might also wonder, wild mustangs are nice, but what about helping people, especially with all the resources a billionaire has at hand. This time, we're not talking about Oprah, but the fabulously wealthy Pickens clan. Throw a few bucks toward humans, why don't you?
Pickens has gone around and around with federal officials about her plan to set up a wild mustang refuge on national park ground. Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News first detailed the effort earlier this year, but the video campaign picked up steam this week with the e-mail blast to media and supporters. She put together the kind of lobbying effort and web site you would expect from a billionaire. Called "Saving America's Mustangs," the site has a lot of information about the wild mustangs and the effort by the Pickens clan to save them. The photo below is courtesy of Pickens.
"The video is directed to the attention of Ms. Oprah Winfrey," Pickens continues. "She has been instrumental in many animal rights issues including: exposing the dolphins in Japan, puppy mills, and slaughter. Please share this video to other influential people in the media who can get this message out before it's too late. Together, we can create positive change for our wild horses."
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Pickens also has a special song. She gives a special thanks shout-out to Band of Horses for allowing Save the Mustangs to use "The Funeral." Please download the song on iTunes at here.
Owner of the exclusive Del Mar Country Club and married to oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, Madeleine Pickens has advocated for animals for decades. While married to Gulfstream Air founder and top horse breeder Alan Paulsen before his death in 2000, Pickens involved herself in the thoroughbred industry, and later helped lobby the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act by Congress.
About 33,700 wild horses roam freely in 10 Western states, about half in Nevada, according to BLM officials. The BLM set a target level of 26,600 horses and burros in the wild, removing 10,637 of the animals from the range in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.
What do you think? Should Oprah Winfrey take up the cause? Should Madeleine Pickens continue, or maybe put her good efforts into helping, hmm, people perhaps. Tell us what you think.