The auction is still on.
During the round-up process of the horses some unbranded horses were rounded up as well. Those horses do not belong to the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). They belong to the people. Many good people protested against these horses being sold at a slaughter auction. They won’t be sold today. Thanks to a judge that stepped in and put a temporary hold on those horses. This is a small victory, but nevertheless a victory. On Wednesday there will be a hearing for them. Read more about that http://wildhorsepreservation.org/media/judge-grants-tro-stop-sale-wild-horses-nv-slaughter-auction.
It’s now two hours before the auction starts, and it looks like it’s going to happen. Nonprofits and others are gathering money to save as many horses as possible.
If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please consider doing that. You can sign even if you’re not in the US. I’ve passed it on to my friends in Europe, and some major horse magazines. We have to raise awareness of this tragedy happening right in front of us! Every voice counts!
Some say that we need horse slaughter. I don’t agree. First of all, the horse was here first. That should be enough. America wouldn’t exist like it is today without the horses. It’s an important part of the country’s history. Horses helps with fire prevention in dangerous areas. Horses eat vegetation that cattle leave behind. If the number of horses had to be restricted there are other ways (for example round them up in a humane way and geld some of the stallions.)
Read more about when I met a wild mustang at a sanctuary last weekend http://discoveringranchlife.com/2013/08/12/meeting-a-wild-mustang/. Spending a day with the mustangs was a life changing experience. I wish that everybody would be blessed with. These mustangs in my pictures live close to where the auction is today. Several hundred horses are still in danger to be on their way to slaughter this afternoon. Please sign the petition, and share this information. All attention we can get for the mustangs are good attention. Right now they need us. Tomorrow, they might be gone.