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  America's Wild Horses
by Mr. Ed
Friday, April 27, 2007
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A Follow Up

To Eileen Waldron’s Tribute to Them



"Wild free-roaming horses

Are living symbols

Of the historic and pioneer spirit of the American West,

And, therefore, they must be protected.”


A Congressional Declaration - Dec. 15, 1971



A little over one hundred very short years ago

Two million wild horses roamed the American West

Artist George Catlin captured their magnificent spirit

In the above painting – which I think is one of his best


Then with the arrival of the 1900s

Their horrendous slaughter soon began

Thousands of them were butchered for market

By the unstoppable insatiable greed of modern man


At the request of many outraged United States citizens

In 1971, Congress finally passed some legislation to protect them

Most people in the U.S. in the 70s still revered our national treasures

Most people didn’t want the glorious freedom of these mustangs to end


But very unbelievably, back on January 25, 2005,

Congress acted to restore their horrendous slaughter and sale

Bowing to cattlemen and overseas horseflesh market demand

On wild horse coffins, they were greedily pounding the final nail


Today there are less than 30,000 wild horses in the U.S.

And our government plans to reduce them even further

Selling off their flesh to food markets in Europe and Asia

Yet one more American treasure - - to be savagely murdered


But thankfully the newly elected Congress has some horse sense

This very week, some much needed protection action was taken

Please contact your own legislators as quickly as you can

Before America’s Wild Horses, by all of us, are forsaken


America’s wild horses and burros had been protected from slaughter from 1971-2005, but in 2004, former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana) stripped those protections by craftily slipping an amendment into the 2005 omnibus spending bill.

And that’s when their horrendous slaughter began again.  Thousands of our wild horses have since been slaughtered in three foreign owned slaughter houses on U.S. soil, and thousands more have been carted off to Mexico and to Canada for slaughter.

After thousands of phone calls, e-mails, and letters, America’s horses and animal welfare advocates won two victories in Congress this week, both key steps toward a permanent ban on horse slaughter for human consumption overseas.

Just yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill reinstating protections of wild free-roaming horses and burros from commercial sale and slaughter. The bill, H.R. 249, passed with overwhelming support by a vote of 277 to 137.

This House vote came a day after the Senate Commerce Committee passed a similar bill, S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act; legislation that would permanently ban horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States and would ensure that our horses could not be shipped to other countries for the same purpose.

The continued survival of wild horses in the United States is already threatened by the recent loss of 13 million acres of land originally granted to manage this species, and now given over by our elected officials to cattle ranchers.

Please Take a Stand for These National Treasures – Today – by clicking on the link below, and reminding our elected officials once again that America’s Wild Horses deserve much better than being served up on a dinner plate in a French restaurant.

And Please Pass the Link Along To Anyone You Think Might Wish to Help Save These National Treasures For Future Generations of Americans to Come:




Letter On Behalf of America's Wild Horses

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Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 5/8/2007
Wild horses are part of the spirit of America. Thanks for this write.

Reviewed by jude forese 4/28/2007
my friend owns a horse stable and informed me of this ghastly decision to slaughter and distribute this beautiful creature for human consumption ... about a year ago, he compiled a petition to preclude this activity and sent it on to our congressman ... i was unaware congress finally took some action ... i'll pass it on ...

an important wake-up call to those who are unaware of this appalling activity ...
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/28/2007
A sad truth indeed Ed
Thanks once again for sharing your worthy of reading
informative postings
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 4/28/2007
This is sad, I love horses...can't imagine the horror! I pray that this helps this to come to a stop! Always enjoy stopping by your den!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/28/2007
My love for horses makes this so hard to fathom.
How could they possibly legalize that atrocity
against their gallant beauty. I feel our leaders
are fools or much worse, crimnals at heart, one
need only look though at what happened to the
Native Americans to understand the ruthlessness
of power and greed. Thanks Ed, for teaching once
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 4/28/2007
Oh my , how sad this is...Hugssss
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/28/2007
We have seen it under Don Quixote, Alexander, Napoleon and many other men in the course of history.
Why so slaughter a so noble creature whose free spirit should make us to try to emulate the mustangs thirst for open spaces, instead of making our own constricted cubicles surrounded by closing walls.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/27/2007
Beautiful picture! I pray this will finally stop the slaughter, seems nothing is sacred anymore. Thanks Mr.Ed.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/27/2007
Our leaders are corrupt..
Greed will some day destroy all man kind..
Thanks for this write about an abused animal.
I think animals may be better than some of our leaders.
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/27/2007
Truly heartbreaking and very sad!! What's
Wrong with this world!!
A very informative write and Great picture
To complement this outstanding message!!
Love And Peace To you always
Your friend.....Morning Star
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/27/2007
Thank you Ed this is why I wrote the poem! I can't believe what our leaders are doing to horses, wolves etc and our planet as a whole. It has gone too far! You give the info that's needed. Bless you!

tiget lily
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 4/27/2007
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." St. John 10:10

That's the only thought in my head, Mr. ED...America has its own killing machine - the culture of death: it consumes everyone and everything that cannot speak up for itself!

Thank you for your faithful - and talented - intercession.

Hugz, Heartsick Granny
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 4/27/2007
The curelness of man ahocks me everyday.The greed of my kind is horrifying and I for one am lucky that I did not go with them and made the chose to help. This I am just shocked.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/27/2007
... You bear their spirit, Ed. Wild and free. They are my image of what America stands for... them and Casey Jones.... Pioneering and pushing back freedom's boundaries... something like that, anyways... Theirs will not be a lost cause just so long as you and Eileen are on the case.... A hoof-pounding write, Dad. xoxoxoxox
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/27/2007
Thank you for such an informative write-I and many other horse advocates have fought for these glorious creatures and against the slaughter. As a horse person, they are dear to me-thank you for the write
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/27/2007
Thank you Eddie for sharing!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 4/27/2007
Thank you for the write and information. Great picture. I can't help but see that it looks as if they are going into battle themselves but without riders. Lady J
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 4/27/2007
Wo0nderful poem. have read this before at your site. Thanks my dear friend Ed.
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 4/27/2007
Check out the training and auction of wild horses and burros by convicts at the Kansas State Prison in Lansing. The objective is to help prisoner rehabilitation, and save the animals. The public buys them at the auction with certain restrictions as to what can be done with them. It isn't as beautiful as the horses running free, but it's an alternative. Loved Catlin's painting with the poem...Jerry
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/27/2007
Wonderful to hear protection has started again, It seems both of our governments suddenly woke up and heard the people again.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/27/2007
With you speaking for the horses, no one will ever forget them again...ed
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 4/27/2007
Ed, this is heart rendering...sad, sad!! What's this world coming to? I learn so much from your writings...thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/27/2007
Truly heartbreaking--why?? We are the ruination of life on this planet; we kill off her animals; we kill each other; we're killing the planet ... and then politicians enact stupid laws such as you painfully depict. Horrible! Let the horses run free!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/27/2007
Lets hope these politicians start doing what the people who elected them want and not big business.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/27/2007
Powerful write you have penned; even the horses aren't safe. God help us (and them!)! A needed wake up call; thanks for the sharing!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your Tx. friend, Karen Lynn. :(

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