I have just launched an IndieGoGo campaign, with the goal to raise $5,000 to support the YouTube project I am developing.
Here is the link to the campaign: Working Title: Horses: sports, culture & slaughter.
Here is the YouTube promotion: Crowdfunding Pitch for Horses: sports, culture & slaughter
Any help, support, sharing, would be very much appreciated. Here is the preamble for the campaign:
Examining the issue of horse slaughter in the US, through the lense of horse sports & culture.
My goal is to create a 50 minute video story, in several parts on YouTube, that covers the horse slaughter issue, in the United States, in a very pragmatic, non-gory fashion. It will be an educational piece for everyone to learn from, regardless of any particular stance on the issue.
The reason that I think this is important is that many of us either work in horse industries, support them, or simply enjoy horses, yet we really do not have a clear understanding of the horse slaughter issue. Worse, the reasons put forth for slaughter, and for ending slaughter, are often perverted by the goals of the medium providing those reasons.
To serve the horse well, as the horse has served us, we need to be better informed. All of us.
I have studied the issue, as a horseman in the horse racing industry, for eight years. I started exploring the issue during the coverage I provided of Barbaro during his time after injuring himself in the Preakness in 2006. I subsequently wrote a book about that entire episode: Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy.
I also write for a variety of horse related media, and am passionate about making the issue of horse slaughter understood using a non-emotional narrative.
By contributing to this project, you will help it gain a wider audience, as well as allow me to provide some support for people who are helping me on a pro-bono basis.
What We Need & What You Get
I am seeking $5,000. This will be used to help finish the editing and production of the story. It will also be used to help promote the story once it is completed. If I am not successful in reaching my goal, the funds will first be used to support editing and production, before promotion.
I will be offering a personalized copy of my book, for any donations of $100 or more.
Any support for this project will certainly help improve the final product and awareness for the project. There is not much to say beyond that. The project will proceed regardless of the amount of funds raised, but support will be awesome.