Now that Winter is approaching could I make a suggestion to the farming community out there, to help the plight of the numerous amount of horses roaming around various fields, bogs etc. starving with the hunger. We all know the despicable way these poor animals are abandoned and left to starve in minus 15, frost, rain, sleet and snow. It’s cruel and something has to be down about it. The animal welfare agencies and animal shelters do their absolute utmost to help but even when they rescue these poor animals they don’t have adequate funds or hay to feed them. So I’m asking all farmers to “donate” a bale of hay or silage to these sanctuaries if they could. Even one bale each would amount to a massive pile of feeding which would make such a difference. Or if any large landowners could “adopt” a horse from the sanctuary it would be brilliant. Would one extra animal in a few hundred acres make a difference? I don’t think so. The farming community are brilliant at rallying around when there’s a crisis. It would be a huge step against this unnecessary cruelty if they could help.
On a recent train journey through the countryside I saw thousands and thousands of bales, some still in fields, more stacked in corners. It grieves me to see a photo of a poor horse lying dead in the muck, dead from starvation, when one or two of those bales would have fed him and kept him alive. It’s just an idea. So farmers, a simple phone call to any animal shelter could kickstart an end to this cruelty which is long overdue.
Noel (Animal Lover).