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Monday, November 17, 2008

Latest wild horse (good) news.

I found this tonight. I'm so tired I'm not sure I'm reading it right! WOW!!!!!
Please follow the link to the Washington Post story.

Source: Washington Post
The unwanted horses seemed destined for death. The wheels had been set in motion to put down about 2,000 healthy mustangs, those in a federally maintained herd of wild horses and burros that no one wanted to adopt.

The Bureau of Land Management knew that euthanasia was a legal alternative, but officials were proceeding slowly, afraid of an intense public outcry. The wild horses had become too expensive to maintain, and cattlemen argued that turning them loose would be a drain on the already scarce grazing lands of the West.

Then yesterday, at a public hearing in Reno, Nev., to discuss the issue, a solution arrived on a white horse, so to speak.

Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding pens. Lifelong animal lovers, the Pickenses just a few years ago led the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States.

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Cheryl Ann said...

I salute this WONDERFUL lady! I wish I had more money so that I could adopt more mustangs! win the lottery! I also posted this story on my website, so maybe more folks can read it!

Anonymous said...

What a phenomenal woman! If I was a billionaire's wife, I'd do the same thing. I had no idea the Pickens were such big advocates against horse-slaughter in America; this makes them twice as heroic in my eyes.

Thank you for posting this! Long live the horse. <3