The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Rescuing from Slaughter...

Wingin' It
JILL WING, The Saratogian

"...The horses, like children who have been abused and neglected to the point of near psychosis, are slowly coming around to Susan. We walked the well-worn dirt roads between the paddocks and when one horse spotted Susan coming up the road, a silent trumpet sounded, alerting the horses that company was coming, and treats were in hand. Some horses hobble to the fence, others less damaged trot to greet Susan with her outstretched hand.

Tom and Jerry, father and son Belgian drafts and former Amish workhorses, were emaciated and sick when Susan found them at a meat auction. They are both crippled, but they are living out their lives in high cotton, each having gained a few hundred pounds since their rescue.

The stories of the rescues are remarkable, even jaw-dropping to think that people could be so cruel to the animals they depend on for a living or for recreation. Susan said she gets two or three calls every day from people asking her to take horses off their hands, or from others reporting abuses. Sadly, she is only one person, and can't respond to most of them. It tears at her heart..." [READ ENTIRE ARTICLE]


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