Target: Keith Dane, Vice President of Equine Protection in the Humane Society of the United States
Goal: Applaud the Humane Society of the United States from rescuing a walking horse from slaughter
Despite many inspections before entering the show ring, walking horses often endure a fair amount of abuse in this show industry. An example of this abuse would be soring, a method used by some walking horse owners that involves purposefully injuring the horse’s legs to make them step higher and longer. Dutch, a Tennessee Walking Horse rescued from the slaughterhouse by the Humane Society of the United States, showed signs of soring and was still wearing the tall front shoes that mark his performance class at the time of his rescue. Since his rescue, Dutch has been living happily and comfortably in open pastures.
In the grassy open pastures, rubber mats are laid out over gravel to to protect his still-tender hooves so that he may graze comfortably. Dutch is an example of what happens to horses in this industry once they can no longer get through the inspections due to the severity of their scarring. In most cases, their owners will abandon them or put them up for auction despite the fact that under the Horse Protection Act, it is illegal to transport or sell a horse that has been sored.
Unfortunately, Dutch was stripped of anything that could identify his previous owner, making it nearly impossible to charge the original owner with the crimes committed under the Horse Protection Act. Nevertheless, Dutch is happily moving on and leaving the walking horse industry in his past. Sign this petition and applaud the Humane Society of the United States for rescuing Dutch from the slaughterhouse and giving him a second chance to live a better life.
Dear Keith Dane,
I would like to thank you for everything you and the Humane Society have done to better the life of Dutch, the former Tennessee Walking Horse. Before he was rescued, Dutch was forced to endure so much abuse for the sake of the walking horse show industry.
One of the most common abuses these horses face is soring, a method of making the horses step higher and longer that involves purposefully injuring their legs. It is absolutely heartbreaking to imagine the level of discomfort these horses must endure everyday.
It is awful what these horses have to experience, and at the hands of their owners no less. Many horses may not have had the chance to a happy ending as Dutch does. I hope you continue to rescue these animals from this awful show industry and give them the opportunity to live a life of comfort instead of pain.
[Your Name Here]
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