Have you ever had any doubts about all the hard work we put in trying to help animals? Do you ever think that all of the emails, letters, and phone calls to governmental agents and agencies have a limited impact, if any? If you've ever doubted the difference even one voice can make in the lives of animals, we have a great story for you that should reaffirm everything that we all do for animals across Texas.
An author on the website All Creatures posted a blog earlier this month calling attention to a scheduled event in Van Horn, a small town in Culberson County. Jason Owens, owner of forty donkeys, was planning to use his animals in an event called "donkey roping", a violent and inhumane type of rodeo where donkeys are electrically shocked into running and then chased down, roped around the neck and back legs, and then dragged around. Severe injuries and death have been reported at events like these in the past.
After the All Creatures blog was posted, several animal lovers like us blasted the town of Van Horn with pleas not to hold the event. Shortly after, the county sheriff's office canceled the event. Without all the hard work of animal activists, those donkeys could have been injured or killed. We must continue to push for events like these to be cancelled. If you want to donate to the organization hoping to take in Owens's donkeys, should he relinquish them, visit Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. Never hesitate to contact your city, state, or national representatives to voice your concerns. And, if you want to get involved and help THLN with animal welfare causes in the future, sign up for our action alerts.