Yes, reality can be quite a shock. I have lived way too many of my 77 years in a fantasy land of a creation of my own mind, a mental virtual reality.
This may sound wrong but the best thing that can be done for the thousands of horses being shipped out of the US for slaughter is to re-open slaughter houses in the US with stringent handling regulations and a design that allowed the handling of horses to be as humane as it is for cattle using Temple Grandin's designs. And laws against shipping horses to other countries for slaughter.
BTW, Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation is a wonderful wonderful woman with a heart of gold. No one loves horses and particularly mustangs as much as she does. She hunted down Cloud and filmed him for 20 years. I have the DVD and was a member of the Cloud Foundation for a couple of years. She is the strongest and most influential advocate for mustangs out there. There were many many announcements about how lawsuits had stopped the BLM from doing things they opposed, particularly sterilization.
As wonderful as I think she is, I also believe she is misguided by her love for horses. Just as the people who stopped the slaughter in the US and by doing so did a huge disservice to horses, I believe she is also. As I say that I know she is intelligent and thoughtful and has experience that I will never meet. Sometimes a parent can love their children so intensely that they cannot see when they do wrong. In a similar way, I suspect she just cannot bear to see the reality of the situation and it's future eventuality.
BTW, Ginger is on the BLM Advisory Board as is Ben Masters of the film unBranded which I also have. Ben and three friends adopted 16 mustangs and rode them from Mexico to Canada to raise mustang awareness and increase adoptions. Ben stated he must have been naive as there was no effect on adoptions.
Here is an article on H.R. 7239 intended to curb abuse of the EAJA. Apparently it did not do enough to stop lawsuits for mustang sterilization. It might be educational to investigate how much money and resources were required to write and pass the bill. And then perhaps contacting the American Cattlemen's Association in an attempt to "pick their brains".
It might be pointed out to them that if they could do something that would allow the sterilization of mustangs the number competing for forage their cows grazed on would soon start to drop. People are people and there's gotta be something in it for them.
The article and associated readings will give you an idea of what working with congress really means. https://www.agweb.com/article/house-...A-news-release