Jesus Rode a Burro
There’s a massacre of sorts going on in Texas. While at the Virginia conference, I met Marjorie Farabee, founder of the Wild Burro Protection League, among her many other titles. I spotted Marjorie just as she arrived at the Equine Conference; she was easy to spot. She was wearing a magnificent, hand-made sort of pauncho-vest, the kind you’d only see in Texas, or maybe New Mexico. When I complimented her on it, she replied: ”Well, I’m from Texas, after all….” Right on. Texas is an almost iconic state among the many in the States. (How many Westerns did you watch as a child celebrating the mystique of the West, the cowboy, and a love of the land and all its indigenous critters that made the Lone Star state into what it is today?) That’s why I was horrified to learn from Marjorie that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, National Parks Service, and the US Dept of Agriculture were shooting burros (those few remaining) living in the wild–and they’re doing this to make room for bighorns, which in turn, will provide target practice for paying trophy hunters (it’s just a ladder of mindless killing, isn’t it?). As with our Canadian Mustangs in Sundre, Alberta, these burros (donkeys, mules) are mistakenly labelled “feral”, and like our Mustangs, seen by the governments as “a pest and a nuisance”. It’s always amazing to me how historical fact can be blithely dismissed by the (current) powers-that-be when money is involved. Burros have been part of the American landscape for centuries, or as Marjorie’s group puts it: ”…they are part of (our) unique natural, cultural, and historical heritage.” You may say, ‘why should I care? It’s not happening here’. Barbaric and senseless practices happen here and everywhere in the world (why care about dolphins being massacred in Japan, or the decimation of whales in the north, or our own Canadian seal hunt and continuing cull of polar bears–even though polar bears are already listed as threatened?). When we, as individuals and as a society, turn away from evils being perpetrated anywhere…actually, you know what? If you’re reading this blog, you already know why you should care.
Please sign the League’s petition as well as visit the Burro’s blogspot (see above). Also, for a really bizarre moment, go to R.T. Fitch’s site and see a picture of Rick Perry (a Presidential hopeful) with a (big) gun in his hands aiming to kill burros. Sort of like Sarah Palin shooting wolves from way up high in a helicopter. Rick and Sarah are very strong Christians, and in Perry’s case, you have to wonder if he celebrates Palm Sunday, because if he does, he must think Jesus has four legs. (No, Rick, you can’t fall back on your religion only when it’s convenient and declare it irrelevant otherwise.) Marjorie Farabee needs as much support as you can give to help save the very few remaining wild burros in Texas. Please sign her petition now. (N.B. Marjorie, I hope you don’t mind my borrowing Miss Abbey (photo) for this blog post (she’s so beautiful!). I tried to caption it so I hope the caption shows up!)