Random musings from someone on Facebook. Someone who may or may not have passed fourth grade spelling and grammar judging by their post. Someone who also runs a horse rescue. Kara Bell is the proud owner of Rockin K Horse Rescue in Texas and is also pro-slaughter. Even though her website states:
You forgot to mention Kara that if they cost too much money or just happen to be skinny you will ship them off on the first truck to Mexico. In fact you have done it before.
It is interesting to note that while you state on your website that you started in 2013 you didn’t file with the state of Texas until November 24, 2014 and claim you are going to filing for your 501c3 status in 2015. What are you waiting for? The slaughter markets to reopen?
How in the world could anyone in rescue support slaughter. Support the terror those horses endure on the drive to the slaughter houses. The terrors of being packed like sardines in a trailer, running the risk of falling and being trampled to death. The whole thing is cruel to horses. Even people like Temple Grandin who have tried to make a humane solution agree that slaughtering horses humanely is very difficult. They just are different enough from cows that it just doesn’t work the same. But this “rescuer” not only supports slaughter but also feel it is needed.
Do you know why there are so many skinny horses Kara? It is not because there are no slaughter houses, because there still are, it is because people aren’t feeding them. Every owner has a choice, and a commitment, they make when they purchase or acquire a horse, or any animal. That choice, and commitment, is to care for the animal while the animal is in its care. I am not going to say for the animal’s entire life, although that is how I personally feel, because I do understand that circumstances can change. Those owner’s have choices, they could feed the horse like they should, they could find the horse another home, they could euthanize the horse but it is never acceptable to just let the horse continue to starve. This is not the fault of not having slaughter houses. This is the fault of breeding too many horses and not fostering a sense of responsibility in our society.
Just look at all the people accused of starving their horses Sherri Brunzell, Jerry Earls and countless others. They all claim it was not their fault, the horses were old and all sorts of bullshit. It is time people start taking some personal responsibility and saying that horse was skinny because I didn’t feed it properly. It really doesn’t matter why, yes losing your job and not having money is a little different then just not feeding them because you don’t want to, but at the end of the day you chose that responsibility and the horses must be fed.
As a rescuer one would think you would understand this. I know you are a relatively new rescue group, but you still should be able to see the very clear writing on the wall. As a rescuer as well you should know a skinny horse is often the easiest to treat. All they usually need is food. Yes sometimes there are other things you have to treat along the way worms, ulcers, bad teeth, but skinny horses are easy. It seems it is one of your mission statements to ” rehabilitate abused and neglected equines and place them into safe and permanent homes”. The pictures on your website show some horses having improvement in condition. So why did you “waist” (sic) your time and money on them? What made them special? What made you waste time and money on any of them when you could have just sent them to slaughter. Do you see the hypocrisy now?
Yes there are times when it doesn’t make sense to spend a lot of money. I talked about this last week in you can’t save them all. There are times when draining the rescues coffers for one horse isn’t the best financial decision a rescue can make. All rescues at one time or another have to make these hard decisions. It is never for a just skinny horse. It is for a horse who has a serious medical condition and the prognosis on the horse is less than good.
Kara, have you ever taken a good look at why there is a horse overpopulation problem? That maybe there are skinny horses because the economy crashed, and then you had a terrible drought there in Texas and hay prices skyrocketed, and all the big breeders paying their AQHA fees all kept breeding but none of those could have contributed to all the skinny horses, it must be slaughter. Even though only 1% of the horse population ever even went to slaughter, that and solely that, is what caused people to stop feeding their horses. Maybe you want slaughter back so you will have a place to dump horses when their “rescue” doesn’t work out. Oh wait you already did that. But that horse was dangerous you say. Why couldn’t you have done the honorable thing, the thing that rescues occasionally have to gut up and do, and have the horse humanely euthanized? Because that costs money. Stop acting like a rescue just so you can pull on people’s heartstrings and get donations. Donations that are not tax deductible since you haven’t sat down and filled out the paperwork. Can you even fill out the paperwork, maybe someone should proofread your work.
If that really is your mentality then get out now. Go down and work for the kill buyer and stop pretending. Stop pretending to be on the good side. At least the good in all of this is that you have shown your true colors and hopefully people will see there are other organizations to support. Ones that don’t wait on the paperwork and who really truly want to see every horse in a home and not on a plate.
Apparently Kara got wind the internet was talking about her and posting this on the “rescues” facebook:
It reads like an editor’s wet dream. Seriously how did this person make it into high school much less graduate? Maybe they didn’t…..
Then the comments went wild with all the transgressions Kara and Rocking K have made over the years. Soliciting funds for horses that went to the auction. Having “dangerous” horses ridden through the auction by teenagers, to horses leaving her property in worse condition then they came in. Which kind of makes sense being that she thinks it is a waste of time and money. I think her education was a waste of time and taxpayers money. We failed this one, should we send her on to slaughter?
Kara you don’t get it. This is why other rescues don’t like you, why other rescues think you are scum. Why they don’t want to associate with you and are making damn sure people recognize that a true rescue doesn’t have that mentality.
I think a better bet for you would be to go back to school, maybe elementary school. Actually get educated and then maybe think about rescue. But that education HAS to come first. Otherwise you are just embarrassing yourself.