Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Promoting awareness about the plight of the Mustangs

Normally, I'd be promoing and author or editor or publisher or talking about my journey through publication but today I thought I'd touch on something else. As everyone is aware, I'm a member of several fan fiction groups. One of which is dedicated to writing about a television western that was on in the late 80's early 90's (An episode was actually interrupted when they announced the first gulf war).

Recently they announced they were hosting a blogathon to raise funds and awareness for a worthwhile organization. Wild Horse Rescue Assoc. has recently come into another 120 head of mustangs. (I've enclosed a link at the bottom of this blog to take you to the sites) and its a startling, and rather saddening predicament.

Humanity is not kind. For thousands of years, human beings have been the alpha preditor, and even now when we've become 'civilized' we still maintain that. To know that animals that have run wild for centuries are now a problem saddens me. Europeans brought the horse back to North America, and from those few Spanish horses the Mustang was born.

Tough, hardy, quick minded, these animals are a vital part of American history and yet, they are rounded up by the thousands and taken to stockyards where they await their fate.

For some it's an adoption into a loving home where they are cared for and respected. For others their fate is to be humanly put down. I read an article recently about wild horses and the budgeting programs that are run by the federal governement which means that because of a legal loophole they can legally put them down.

For more information you can follow the following links and see news coverage and several organizations that are trying to change this scenerio.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/07/08/20080708kpnx-mustangs.html
http://tyrblogathon.livejournal.com/
http://www.wildhorserescue.org/
http://www.equinerescue.info/links.html

Feel free to comment or voice your opinion. While there are facts within this, some of it is strictly my opinion.