Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gandhi would be Encouraged

Mahatma Gandhi is remembered and often quoted for saying "the greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can by judged by the way it's animals are treated".

This beautiful mare is enjoying a loving caress knowing she is safe and her future is secure now. With decades of carefully manipulated breeding behind her she was expected to run like the wildfires glinting in her fiery coat - and make a lot of money for someone. Instead she found her way to a feedlot, just another unwanted and frightened soul with a fast approaching expiry date.

Gandhi would be encouraged to know that this nation is morally progressing. Gigondas, and several of her companions are now living in stress free luxury. They were rescued by folk who care about the way this country's animals are treated.

6 comments:

desertsandbeyond said...

Barb, thank you for visiting the herd yesterday and for taking such beautiful photos! And, yes, it is indeed a shame that we as a nation treat these beautiful animals so thoughtlessly. Unfortunately, it isn't just thoroughbreds that end up on slaughter-bound feedlots. It's all breeds, including quarter horses and mustangs. What does that say about us as a nation? Part of our "throw-away" society???

Barb said...

Cheryl, the pleasure was mine! It was soothing to my soul to be around those beautiful gentle horses and to be in the company of people who care as much for the horses as you do.

I feel the more I can encourage you, Cathy and Bill, and others like you, the stronger the message that is being sent out into the world that all of life is to be respected.

So, I take photos, blog and do what I can :)

Bradley said...

well said. just started reading gandhi's autobiography.

Gail said...

I followed the Desert Horses. Your photos are truly amazing.

Barb said...

Thank you all for your encouraging comments.

patti said...

Barb, another great photo and another great commentary. Your pictures tell a thousand words and your words share a thousand emotions of love, caring and joy. The horse, a powerful symbol of "the messenger". Let the message be of respect for all living creatures. Namaste, Patti