In 1971, Greg Gude’s outrage over wild horses being hunted down, slaughtered, butchered, and sold as pet food led to his lobbying of a key lawmaker to get a federal law passed to protect them.
Gude was just 11 years old at the time. But his father, Gilbert Gude, was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland.
Said Gude: "I lived with my Congressman. I could lobby at the dinner table."
The young boy even made the evening news with Walter Cronkite telling viewers how an 11-year-old had persuaded his father "to introduce a bill to protect wild horses and burros on the western plains."
Gude even testified at House hearings on the legislation. Some months later, President Nixon signed a bill into law to protect the wild horses and halt the commercial capture and slaughter of wild horses roaming federal lands.
But in a must-watch Retro Report, that’s not how things turned out.
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