Target: Celine Myers, founder of Ark Watch
Goal: Applaud the rescue of ponies and donkeys from a feedlot that would have transported them to a slaughterhouse.
Five donkeys and five ponies, one of which was in an advanced state of pregnancy, were recently rescued from a feedlot by a non-profit organization that saved them from being slaughtered. The Ark Watch Foundation is a California-based organization that has been working for over a decade to rescue at-risk equines, and their efforts have saved many lives.
Their most recent triumph is the rescue of donkeys and ponies from a feedlot in Bowie where they were waiting to be transported to a slaughterhouse in Mexico. The Ark Watch Foundation stepped in to buy the animals, bringing them to the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth where they were given food, water, medical care and affection.
It is horrifying to think that a pregnant pony would have been slaughtered with her unborn foal still inside of her. If she had lived long enough to give birth, the foal would never have survived in the feedlot with its harsh conditions and exposure to disease. Thanks to the Ark Watch Foundation, the baby was safely delivered and is now alive and healthy. To make the rescue story even more heartwarming, she was born on February 14th and given the name Valentina in honor of the holiday. Three additional mares from the rescue group are pregnant as well, and have now been given the chance to give birth in comfort and safety.
The inhumane practice of slaughtering horses, ponies, donkeys and mules for their meat and hides was made illegal in the United States in 2007, but slaughterhouses remain active in Canada and Mexico where people still transport the animals in order to make a profit. The Ark Watch Foundation and the Humane Society of North Texas have already saved hundreds of equines from slaughter across the border and are giving foals like Valentina a chance to live and grow. Sign the petition below to praise them for their rescue efforts and applaud this most recent success.
Dear Ms. Myers,
Thanks to the efforts of the Ark Watch Foundation, five donkeys and five ponies were recently rescued from a horrible fate. By stepping in and purchasing the animals from the feedlot in Bowie where they were awaiting transportation to a slaughterhouse in Mexico, your organization saved lives and gave the animals a chance at rehabilitation at the Humane Society of North Texas. Furthermore, a pregnant pony was able to give birth in comfortable conditions to a healthy foal, Valentina.
The inhumane practice of transporting horses, ponies, donkeys and mules across the border to Canada and Mexico where they will be killed in slaughterhouses must be put to an end. Worst of all, many of these equine are pregnant during transportation. Thanks to the Ark Watch Foundation, Valentina and more foals to come have been given a chance to live and grow with safety and affection.
We, the undersigned, applaud your latest triumph in saving the lives of these horses and donkeys. We urge you to keep working toward the end of equine slaughterhouses as a leading organization that motivates and inspires.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: The Dallas Morning News