“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by
the way its animals are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi'

“Horses starve while banks decide who owns them”!

On this page we will post both heart warming and heart-rending stories of our equine friends’ lives. More than likely you are perusing this website because you already love horses, or something or someone has piqued your interest in these amazing creatures. They are beautiful, even “mystical” beings, so graceful and powerful, yet thousands are abused everyday. Senseless abuse, like the racehorse owners who have gone bankrupt, with numerous banks now the owners of their horses, which are simply “repossessed property” to them. While they are trying to sort out who owns what, the horses starve. Days turn into weeks, with these innocent and loving animals turning into no more than skin and bones, slowly dying…until the police are called. More often than not, not a one of the people in charge of these bankruptcy “accounts” think to arrange for the upkeep of the horses. And this is not a rare or unusual scenario.

All too many people in our society do not understand the truth about the “dark side” of the equine “industry”, or for some unfathomable reason keep themselves in self-imposed denial about:

Slaughterhouses: whether they are here, in Mexico or in Canada, they are “slaughter” houses, and no, it is not the same as “putting a horse down”. Horse slaughter is a far cry from humane euthanasia. “Euthanasia” means a gentle, painless death provided in order to prevent suffering. Horse slaughter is a death fraught with terror, pain, and horrific suffering.

Breeding facilities: did you know that a thoroughbred foal whose mare will not feed or look after them is given to a “nurse” mare, whose own baby is killed? A nurse mare foal is a foal, born so that its mother might come into milk. The milk that the nurse mare is producing is used to nourish the foal of another mare, a more “profitable” foal. Primarily these are thoroughbred foals, though certainly not limited to the thoroughbred industry. The foals are essentially byproducts of the “mare's milk” industry. The only value they can find in these foals are their hides, which can be used as “pony skin” in the fashion and textile industries, as well as their meat, which is considered a delicacy in some countries.

As of this writing in early May 2012 there have been 1,500 cases of documented horse abuse, with multiple horses involved in each case, so the number of animals involved is nearer 100,000. And this is only what has been reported and documented. The majority of cases are not. If you see a horse, or any animal, suffering needlessly due to abuse, call your local Animal Control department. If nothing is done about it, then call your local TV stations’ newsrooms and/or newspapers. Contact organizations such as ours. Let someone know that can try to help those who cannot help themselves. Be the change you wish to see, and educate your friends and family about these travesties of justice, occurring in our “civilized” society, that millions of animals, not just horses, are tortured, abused and severely mistreated every single day in this country.

On this page we will be posting many articles, all devoted to the most striking and beautiful of animals, the horse. From tips on their care, to stories of rescues to networking in support of our equine friends, this page will regularly feature new material and articles of interest to the horse lovers among us.

Please email us if you have a story to tell, would like to help in some way, or even just to lend your moral support, which we are grateful for, at info@ocalaequinerescue.org

 

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