"It is a man's sympathy with all creatures that truly makes him a man. Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man himself will not find peace." ~ Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
I happened upon an excellent and truly wonderful site this morning called Bear Valley Rescue (added to 'My Must Reads'). There, I spotted 'About Horse Slaughter' in their navigation bar (fourth down under General) and, against my better judgment (I’m an animal lover), clicked it.
Now don’t get me wrong—I know it happens (I’m not delusional yet). I just don’t get how people can do terrible things to animals and I likely never will. But I digress. I suggest you read it (The End Doesn’t Justify The Means, Canadian Horse Defense Coalition, and don’t forget to read the true and heartwarming story of Charlie the blind pony while you’re there) for yourself. And watch the video, too. The only way we can prevent those terrible things from happening is to know as much as we can about them. Knowledge is power, and all that. Just be warned: the video is graphic and not for the faint of heart or iffy stomach.
Just to say. I own two wonderful quarter horses—Bear and Joe. Both excelled in the show ring, both are intelligent and as sweet as all-get-out, and both are currently enjoying their well deserved and royal-treatment retirement. More importantly, both are my family, my loves, my friends. When their time comes, they will be buried on the property with dignity, respect and love.
As for Bear Valley Rescue itself. Huge kudos and blessings to them for the work they do.