Willie Nelson’s Letter About Horses

By Willie Nelson
Special to CNN

November 2, 2006
Austin, Texas

Will Rogers said, “You know horses are smarter than people.  You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.”

However, the horses are counting on the people more than ever now.  Nearly 100,000 horses are killed annually in foreign-owned slaughterhouses in America for human consumption in other countries.

With the upcoming Senate vote on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, Americans have a small window of opportunity to save a living legend.

Horses are all the things a truly evolved human should be.  There are countless examples of their innate ability and desire to heal people.

Consider the therapeutic riding programs across the country, where horses can have more progress with children with various physical and mental disabilities than their own doctors.  The most superhuman thing about horses is the contrast between their unearthly sterngth and inherent gentleness.  Humans abuse their power while horses use theirs only for good.  I’d rather be a horse.

With no disrespect to the eagle, I’ve always thought that the horse should be our national emblem.  When horse accepted man onto his back and chose to carry his burdens, it changed the world.  Horses have aided mankind thorough his most arduous and treacherous endeavors, from the sword to the plowshare.  Humanity owes an incalculable debt to the horses.  In Native American teachings, Horse enables shamans to fly through the air and reach heaven.  To steal someone’s horse is to steal their power.

Contrary to what some people are saying, slaughter is not a humane form of euthanasia, and these are not unwanted horses.  The treatment of slaughter-bound horses is most often inhumane, and more than 90 percent of those slaughtered are young and in good health.  Many are sold to slaughterhouses at closed auctions, while others are stolen pets.

Humans are not smart to eat horses.  Horses are treated daily with products such as fly spray, wormers, hoof dressings, etc.  These products have labels warning against use on animals used for food. Anyone with horse sense would not be exporting this toxic product.

The passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 1915) would put in place a permanent and immediate ban on both the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the exportation of live horses for slaughter abroad.

Thanks to the Society for Animal Protective Legislation, which started the national campaign to end horse slaughter, and to those who got involved and called their legislators, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 503.  But the fight is not over.  The Senate will vote on S. 1915, hopefully in November.  Call or write your senators today.  Each week our elected officials fail to act on this bill, thousands of horses are subjected to unimaginable cruelty.

For more information on horse slaughter, to read my public letter to Congress and to find your senators, go to the Society for Animal Protective Legislation
http://www.saplonline.org/horses.htm

There has never been a better time to adopt.  I just adopted 11 horses from Habitat for Horses.  For information on how you can adopt a horse or give to this great cause, visit Habitat for Horses.
www.habitatforhorses.org

Join me and more than 500 leading horse industry goups, humane organizations, equine rescues and veterinarians in our effort to end horse slaughter.

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