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11/5/2013 10:48:00 AM
Letter to the editor: Horse roundup or horse death march?

Letter to the editor:

Good morning, Leland Grass, (and to all the riders alongside Leland whether in spirit or in the saddle).

Last night I was meditating on you and your work, ALL of your work - actor, musician, film producer, sheep herder, warrior, keeper of the medicine, activist, defender of the earth... and I was sending you strength, respect, and love to take with you on your most difficult undertaking so far - ally and warrior for horse rights.

It suddenly hit me that the term "horse roundup" should be changed to what it really is. Roundup implies something less nefarious, like a rodeo show. What is happening with the horses is not entertainment. It is not something to be applauded before one heads to the concession stand for souvenirs and fry bread (while conveniently forgetting the fact the animals aren't enjoying the show).

What is really going on here is not a roundup but a "trail of horse tears." It is a "horse death march." This is a walk of shame of the worst kind. Because we as collective keepers and protectors of the animals should be doing what we were put here to do - keep and protect. That there are so many two legged who have traded heart and spirit for quick cash and have embraced murdering those we have been entrusted by the Spirit to protect and respect is unconscionable.

The medicine we can learn from the horse is one of the strongest and purest in the world. How did we come to a place where murdering our teachers is acceptable? Leland, stay tall and strong in the saddle. Stay pure in your heart. Keep speaking the truth and defending our ancient elders, the horse. May the reins stay loose in your hands and your horse carry you softly and swiftly ever closer to your selfless goal. Thank you.

What I wish to add: Question? How is it possible that there is sufficient funds to gas up trucks and planes and hire people to drive those vehicles over vast distances to force horses to slaughter-yet these same people claim there isn't enough money to care for the horses though sterilization programs? Just another example of forked tongue!

Catharine Jai Orellana


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