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.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- Alien conspiracy theorists think the government is on the verge of spilling big secrets
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.
- Chuck Hagel wasn't the problem. It's America's addiction to endless war.
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
Subscribe to the Week