Need advice Mar 13, 2016 16:30:08 GMT
Post by roni on Mar 13, 2016 16:30:08 GMT
Hello, everybody! I am new here, hope I am at the right place. A little background on me: I'm a young vegan and an animal rights activist. I work as a volunteer for a very nice gentleman who has been trying to create a nature reserve on a very large and beautiful property he inherited in western Oklahoma. The goal is for the land and wildlife to have a completely natural habitat in which to flourish and be protected. The land itself is very rugged terrain and provides a natural state of protection for wildlife, even being home to some rare species of animals which were once believed to be extinct. Since 2011, when the man I work for acquired the property, the project has been proving to be successful as the wildlife population has dramatically increased, many animals escaping being hunted and some have simply had their habitats destroyed by irresponsible production practices on surrounding farms and ranches. Worse, there is a neighbor who is attempting to force the property owner (the man I work for) to sell this property to him (the neighbor). The neighbor, a young and wealthy oilman, game hunter and rodeo livestock promoter, has used many unlawful tactics trying to obtain the land. A few years ago, the neighbor and his hired hands attacked my boss and beat him bad enough he was sent to the hospital. Because of the neighbor's political connections, the sheriff would not do anything about it. A couple of years after that, the man I work for told the neighbor's hired hands to get off the property after they were poaching, then a few days later my boss was arrested on false charges that were eventually dropped after eighteen months of very expensive legal fees. Over the last five years, my boss has been physically beaten several times by these thugs and he has had his vehicles and equipment vandalized and he has been "swatted", all because the neighbor is trying to force him to sign over the ownership of this property. A little over a week ago, we were on the property when the neighbor and his hired men showed up and beat up my boss while threatening to kill him and rape me. When we contacted law enforcement afterwards we were told that there were no witnesses and they have no evidence to collaborate what we reported and the best they could do is "look into the matter". In other words, they don't intend to investigate. My boss is now thinking about selling his property because he says he is worried about our safety and the safety of future volunteers. I know it may seem selfish of me but I don't want him to give up on his dream and the project is something I really do believe in with all my heart and soul. I really think what he has been doing will benefit everybody and especially regarding wildlife and nature. I guess my question is who can we turn to to protect this project?