OPINION LETTER TO THE EDITOR – The following letter was submitted in response to St. George News report, Owner of neglected horse ‘Elsa’ appears in court for animal cruelty.
This picture of Elsa says a thousand words. One in particular stands out: why?
This young filly died an agonizing death. Her suffering stands symbolic with many others who are neglected, forgotten or deliberately overlooked and did not get help in time.
As neglect cases are on the rise, so is ignorance and “looking the other way,” a convenient yet unacceptable trademark that affects too many animals of all kinds lately. We may never know the reason that led to these horses’ advanced debilitated state – yet we know one thing: Abuse and neglect of this magnitude is not acceptable.
We as a society have a responsibility to those we put into our lives. Whether it is a dog, cat, horse or another animal – we owe them our involvement, participation and respect.
It is a repeat travesty occurring in this country on a regular basis, not just in Utah. America is in the stone age when it comes to animal protection laws. The dismissal of taking the suffering of animals into serious consideration with serious consequences for those who cause it, is disgusting.
The laws suck and need amending everywhere, especially for horses/livestock. No one ought to get away with this. This guardian should be sent to Siberia for a couple of months. He also ought to never be able to have horses/animals again.
It is ironic when the system’s hands are tied … because of ineffective laws … and “monitoring” and “keeping an eye” on suffering animals are the only measures of “protection” animals in question get … until often, it’s too late.
Regardless of whatever crisis led to the misery and suffering of those horses, it is the district attorney’s job to prioritize and ensure their protection.
Often decisions may be made outside the courtroom doors because city officials, judges and lawyers maintain social relationships outside the environment of the court…thus deals are cut and justice is aborted because of the preferences of peers and colleagues valuing friendships over truth and justice.
The legal community must do the law according to the law’s standards and not from the perspective of friendships and ambitions to please others. Bureaucratic stonewalling and corruptive dismissals are to be exposed.
We, the public, depend on the system to carry out its moral and professional obligations as to protect and fulfill justice in the standards of compassion.
Voiceless animals that were irrefutably exposed to harm or horrific neglect also depend on it – with a rigorous tougher law in place; it will not only set a high standard but protect those who cannot help themselves and thus, the tax payer in the end.
As we look at horses such as Elsa, we recognize this is not progress of a civilized society, nor does it reflect decent humane animal welfare standards. It reminds us of the dark ages. We must create awareness of the plight of horses, as many suffer due to economic hardships or high hay prices. We must stop breeding animals that we cannot care for or are unwilling to call for help.
During these difficult times, there are many options and services available to help. To starve horses or dump them at killer auction as an easy way out is not an option. Skinny, neglected or old horses are never candidates for this most predatory industry.
Let’s remember that slaughter is for food production and not the place to send “unwanted” animals of any species, as only animals strictly raised/regulated under food safety laws should enter the food chain. US horses are raised for purposes other than food (racing, sport, service, work, etc.) and should never enter the food chain.
Contact your local animal shelter for help. I am an animal rescue networker, and there are many in your local communities. The message of help will be received.
America must get a clue and prosecute in a harsher way – set an example – as for all else people get in trouble, yet these very incidents are overlooked.
Help is available. Those who have animals, either responsibly care for them or get over their pride by asking for help with the local rescue, animal shelters or authorities who can guide them and assist. To condemn the animals in question to suffering is not an option. Period.
America must get a clue and prosecute in a harsher way – set an example – as for all else people get in trouble, yet these incidents are overlooked.
Shame on America.
Submitted by Monika Courtney, Evergreen, Colorado
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