Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bravo horse advocates

Bravo to all the horse advocates (women and men) on behalf of neglected, malnourished horses here in the Wood River Valley. Thank you for doing everything legally possible to enlist our local/state government officials and organizations like the Humane Society to intervene and mitigate the suffering of these and other horses at great risk.

The sheriff's seemingly sexist and demeaning attempt to dismiss this group of concerned local citizens as "a group of women who want to hang the horse owner" is very unfortunate because those malnourished horses desperately needed help this past winter and likely still do! The truth is that these horse advocates work selflessly and tirelessly on behalf of horses that otherwise would have no voice. Additionally, the sheriff's assertion that this is just an unfortunate case of economic hardship seems a poor excuse not to do what is right for the horses and to hold the horse owner accountable.

Neglected, suffering horses like those in the article in last Friday's paper need responsive, effective law enforcement as well as community support. We need local and state ordinances to mandate that responsible government agencies and employees charged with the safety of neglected horses are properly informed, empowered and required to uphold the law to protect horses from apathy, neglect or misfortune in our county and state.

Jonathan Cohen


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