Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Mouths That Roared
I'll tell you! We are so sucked up into our own heads that we believe that anyone who yells loudly enough deserves to have money shoved at them. We believe in the Rescue Fairy that can tap her magic wand on a barn built for 20 and make room for 40 more. Every week. For months. We believe that anyone who claims to be an Angel actually is one. We clapped for Tinkerbell, you know, so what's the diff?
But all is not lost for us two-legged, love-starved idiots. Across the board stories are beginning to surface. Fugly Horse has a doozy today! Suddenly dealers' (sorry, Angels, but anyone who gets a free horse and resells it for profit, and anyone who makes a deal with a devil we all know, is a dealer) names are starting to recycle as quickly as the horses they've been passing around like hot potatoes. And those names are looking really good hooked up with each other and with other names like Beltex and Bravo.
How many horses went to slaughter while the Rescues were busy pouring money into brokers' pockets? How many perfectly good--FREE--horses in need were turned away while the Big Name rescuers pipelined donors' money from Paypal to the kill buyers? If anyone has a number, this would be the time to share it. Why did a certain rescuer turn away a free horse in need whose owner had passed away then turn around and buy a bunch of horses out of the "kill pen" with money she didn't have, expecting donors to step up and fix the problem as she fussed and fumed and blew her horn loudly when her chest got sore from the beating she was giving it? Why did horses die in quarantine when they'd been judged healthy prior to "rescue"? Why did horses go to a quarantine facility banned by the state vet from taking horses for that purpose?
Why are horses shipping all over the country from one little penny-ante auction in the second-smallest state in the Union? Don't other states have horses? What's so special about these? And why, when threads are posted asking for adopters to stand up and tell how wonderfully their feedlot horses are doing, do only a handful of folks respond? Where are all the horses?
A couple of very nervous people are stepping up to try to get the ball rolling and right the wrongs that have been done. They're scared. They fear repercussions. They fear banishment from the Kingdom. They fear getting even more deeply involved in the dirtiest little secret in the horse world. And it is that. It's dirty and disgusting and appalling and reprehensible. The evil doesn't lie in the money being made. Horses are a money-sucking industry, and it's not realistic to expect no one to make a profit. The evil is in the lies and deception and the closed loop of horses and donated money circling endlessly down an invisible drain.
Shape up, people! Don't beg for money to pay for horses then months later beg for more money to rehome the same horses everyone already thought were safe. And if you're going to do that because you just really are that bad, don't pretend that what you're doing now is someone unrelated to what you did before and to the bad decisions you made. Seems as if we have a whole bunch of do-good-ers doing good after the fact by actually doing what they said they'd already done. What a business, rescuing the horses you've already rescued!
I'm betting there's a whole new industry about to grow out of this. The Scamiverse is expanding. Watch your wallets, folks! I don't think the bottom feeders are done with us yet.