Cross-posted from American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) insists that the horses the agency captures and brands do not go to slaughter. But the BLM knows, and the slaughter industry knows, that this is not the case. The lie was exposed by none other than an official for a Canadian slaughter industry group deceptively named the “Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada.” Captured on video at a pro-horse slaughter conference in Las Vegas, the official, Bill DesBarres, stated bluntly that BLM-branded mustangs routinely show up on the slaughter floor. When asked how many, he replied with one word: “lots.”
To Carol Poole of the Mustang Freedom Foundation, this admission comes as no surprise. Poole has spent the last year and a half year rescuing more than a dozen mustangs from kill pens. These were wild horses who were captured by the BLM, removed from public lands in the West, adopted through the federal wild horse and burro program, and eventually sold to kill buyers. All of these horses were days away from being shipped to slaughter and most were rescued from just one kill pen – the New Holland, PA Livestock Auction. Such horse slaughter auctions take place all across the country.
In rescuing these horses, Poole’s dream is to restore the freedom that was taken from them so many years ago, or at least to provide a comfortable and safe life for them in their final years.
The story that follows is about two of these rescued mustangs – Nu-Pah-Hay and Tawn-Ha. Continue reading at American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign >>