Thundercloud A Destiny Awaits Introduction

Chapter I - Chapter II - Chapter III - Chapter IV

This story contains in it the painful reality of horse abuse and horse slaughter, as well as the truth about what’s really happening to our American Mustangs. American Mustangs are round up each year, and some are adopted and others are sent to slaughter. On the way, many young foals that cannot keep up with the herds, drop to the ground, where they, too weak to walk, end up dying of thirst and exposure.

In 1991, over 350,000 horses were slaughtered in one year in twelve "kill" plants throughout the United States. That same year approximately 80,000 horses were shipped to Canadian slaughter plants.

Over the 2004 Thanksgiving holiday a rider to the federal appropriations bill was surreptitiously submitted by the Montana Senator, Conrad Burns, which destroyed the law that has protected America's wild horses for over 30 years. It was signed into law on December 7, 2004. NOW 14,000 wild horses face slaughter and this number could increase as the BLM hurries to reduce herds on public lands.

In 1971 Congress declared that wild horses and burros shall be protected on public lands and "are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West; that they contribute to the diversity of life forms within the Nation and enrich the lives of the American people"

The stealth rider was attached to the appropriations bill WITHOUT public knowledge or input! Most Senators and Representatives never knew it was hidden in the nearly 4,000 page document that they hurriedly signed without reading before leaving on holiday.

The rider allows for many of our wild horses and burros to be sold for slaughter and gives the BLM greater opportunity now to get the public lands of wild horse and burros. Some formerly protected wild horses have already been slaughtered and when a temporary moratorium passes, thousands more will be at risk!

Chapter I - Chapter II - Chapter III - Chapter IV

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