Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Plan For the Mustangs

From the 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.....
Read the whole Washington Post Picken's Plan


  1. it is only appropriate that the people who have fought the horse slaughter plants in the U.S. causing them to close, and thereby causing an unprecedented glut of unwanted, suffering horses, should take on the burden of support of the horses. The Mustangs are only a small part of the unwanted horse problem. Lobbyists who created this mess need to all put their money where their mouths were, supporting all unwanted horses.

  2. In my opinion, as a general rule of government--it is good when private interests come in and take over almost anything. So, this is wonderful news.

    However, the other issue, to be against "slaughter", doesn't necessarily mean you're against having horses put down humanely.

    There are organizations such as Cat Tales here in Spokane, and others, who do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

    Also, there are other alternatives to keeping horse populations down--sterilization of mustangs for one--and less domestic breeding, for another.

    It's an emotional issue on both sides--and good to hear other opinions.

  3. Yesterday you quoted "You never know through whose eyes God is watching you." Today He was watching through Madeleine Pickens' eyes.

  4. Well, I'm glad that SOMEONE stepped up to actually DO something about the mustangs currently in corrals, held by the BLM. I've visited the Ridgecrest corrals several times and there are a LOT of very friendly horses there. Some have even been broke. It is very hard to leave them there and very sad, too. I congratulate Mrs. Pickens for her plan! And, yes, I have two mustangs myself.

  5. Joanne--you're right--her actions were pretty angelic!

    Cheryl--I agree with you--there are wonderful Mustangs waiting to be adopted--this may give them the chance. The Mustangs are the government's responsibility since they took them off of the range. Domestic horses are the responsibiity of their owners. We need to control populations of both--humanely.


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