"I wrote this Care2 petition to start a grassroots campaign," Anne Novak, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Protect Mustangs, said in press release about a petition she wrote to try to save these wild animals, which she intends to send to Congress. "This petition is step one to show Congress that we are standing with America's wild horses in captivity and in the wild."
The petition, which garnered nearly 119,000 signatures in less than two days, demands that wild horses and burros be returned to public land. But will this ever actually happen?
"Just like votes, protests, donations, canvassing, lobbying or any other political action, online petitions can rarely claim 'full credit' for change," Randy Paynter, founder and CEO of Care2, told The Dodo. "But petitions are major, major factors in big decisions ... Making a difference is the result of many steps and many influences, and petitions are an important piece."