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David and Emily, thank you very much for the opportunity to be a part of the on-air discussion of this important issue. I live and breathe horses, and understand the the emotions that drive the anti-slaughter movement.
However, what the HSUS/PETA folks fail to offer are humane and responsible alternatives and options for unwanted horses throughout the U.S. and here in our state. The dedicated Oregonians who operate horse rescues are full to overflowing and crying out for financial support. If the Humane Society of the United States contributed just $1 million of its approximately $125 million in donor dollars to horse rescues in Oregon, imagine what a difference it could make!
Unfortunately, we didn't have time or opportunity during the program to ask Mr. Beckstead about the resources available through HSUS in Oregon for horse owners who need help feeding, caring for or re-homing their animals. Perhaps he will read some of the comments on this forum and post a hotline number or a link to some paperwork that folks can use if they're having a tough time caring for their horses properly. A great starting point is the Oregon Horse Welfare Coalition--but sadly, it appears that most of the 10 rescue facilities listed there are full, some with a waiting list. Two of the rescues say they can only take in new horses if they get some more funding, or if they can locate additional foster situations.
This morning's on-air meeting was a great opportunity for the horse industry and the HSUS to start working together to address the unwanted horse issue. The biggest problem for some folks in the industry is the lack of funding. The HSUS is a huge funding resource. Hopefully, today's Think Out Loud discussion will shed some light on areas and angles where the HSUS can support the horse industry in Oregon, and do the things it says it is willing to do!
Stephanie Duquette, Hermiston, OR
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