A Cry for the Wild

By Ashley Avis

RSVP Today: #ACryfortheWILD

(June 14, 2024) As many of you know, my journey as a filmmaker led me down a path of advocacy for wild horses, culminating in the creation of this foundation and our five-year documentary journey, Wild Beauty: Mustang Spirit of the West. Now, the wild horses have called me to another noble cause: The Wild Beauty Foundation will be stepping into the arena—and realm—of wolves.

For the past year, I have been quietly working on a major project: a feature film adaptation of Nate Blakeslee’s New York Times bestselling book, American Wolf. This movie will be produced by Appian Way and the incomparable Leonardo DiCaprio. Not only will this be an extraordinary project, but it also has the potential to bring about significant change for wolves and other wild species.

Storytelling carries great power in educating people about what is really happening in our natural world—just as we did, and continue to do, with Wild Beauty. Our work on behalf of wild horses is only gaining more momentum, and we are deeply honored to enter this new space advocating for wolves. The timing could not be more critical for these animals.

The world was shocked and disgusted when Cody Roberts of Daniel, Wyoming intentionally ran over a young female wolf pup with a snowmobile, duct-taped her mouth shut, dragged her into a bar to show her off, and then took her out back and killed her.

He was only fined $250 because predators are not protected from animal cruelty. We are going to change that. This young wolf was in unimaginable pain, and this kind of heinous torture and killing has no place in our world.

We’re kicking off our first event for wolves with a rally on Capitol Hill on June 26, 2024. We will be joined by a coalition of wildlife organizations, impassioned advocates, and members of Congress who are answering the #CryfortheWild. Even if you cannot attend, there are still ways that you can help.

Thank you for standing with wild horses, wolves and our greater wild world. We must answer when it calls.