A better idea than slaughtering horses?

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By Merilee Dannemann

Please, Mr. Redford, give us the alternative to slaughtering horses.
Please, Governors current and past, don’t just tell us it’s bad, tell us what to do instead. Show us a plan. Show us a budget. Show us the water to grow the feed for thousands of stray horses, in this drought, when cattle are dying of starvation on ranches.
There’s livestock and there’s wildlife. Stray, wild and abandoned horses are somewhere in between — not useful to humans, not cared for by humans, competing for scarce food and water. We may love them, but we’re letting nature take its brutal course.
I am not a fan of killing horses. I am as sentimental as anyone. I think of the horses that have personally nuzzled me. I think of Trigger, Roy Rogers’ golden palomino, rearing up elegantly in front of the cameras and of horses who had the misfortune to be ridden into battle, left unscathed when the rider fell. A recent article by my colleague Sherry Robinson reminded us that, historically, the horse got hit more often than the man, and horses were eaten when circumstances dictated.
We 21st century humans can’t get our act together on how to be ethical in treating animals. What crazy inconsistent thoughts are we thinking?

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