The Stench of Deception Repels the Goodness of the Horse
Yesterday we dropped a simple “tongue-in cheek” OpEd on our readers in an effort to bring in a little fresh air and to lighten the load, a bit, for those who work so hard to do the right thing for the horses. Lord knows we need it with all of the dark injustices that whirl around us and make us truly wonder at the direction our country is headed. But when I opened up the window and let the fresh air fill my lungs there was the slightest hint of rotten apples that lingered in my nose. I stepped back for a moment, looked around and verbalized:
“Who farted upwind?”
It didn’t take but just a few hours and the answer to that question begin to find its way into my inbox so I would like to take a moment of your time, if I may, and share a little story.
With any sort of movement or group there are always going to be a few that are unhappy and disgruntled because the spot light does not perpetually shine upon them; so in an effort to satisfy their twisted egos they will commence to tear down and attempt to destroy the very thing that they once worked so hard to build-up and revere. The wild horse advocacy movement is not exempt from this sort of internal terrorism and what makes it even more disconcerting for us is that most verbal, in text, of the individuals is intimately involved with the BLM, yet considers himself/herself to be the world’s leading authority on this most important and pressing issue.
Last month, a handful of disgruntled and misguided pseudo-advocates launched a pathetically immature smear campaign against one of our most active and outspoken champions. It was a move of the very lowest sort and all involved will never again hold an ounce of credibility in the mainstream of equine welfare advocacy. Why they are not buried under a law suit I do not know (maybe the assailed advocate is too busy doing the right thing rather than wasting time, energy and money on the little ankle-bitters) Their effort fell flat on its face as it was unilaterally ignored.
As our movement progresses forward everyone gives/does what they can, some write letters, others make calls, a few witness at roundups, even fewer put their life savings at risk while only several people have pretty much set their lives aside and are pursuing this full time until they see it run to the desired conclusion. Our attacked advocate was one of the later. When you raise both your hand and your voice for the horses and are persistent in doing the right thing the spotlight will eventually find you, whether you want it or not, it is just a fact of life. But because the light was not shinning on the twisted few they spewed poison which only succeeded in burning their own lips.
The “Slanderous Six” were effectively ignored by everyone which only heightened their rage; so when a story broke that was high profile and only highlighted one or two people, because they were the only ones there, the egotistical group launched into attack mode once more. Their intent was obvious, their methods were subversive and the result is that they are even further buried under the mire of their own self-delusions, deceit and dishonesty. Once again, nobody listened and the silence was deafening. These few are good company for their buddies at the BLM, they have a lot in common, i.e. total disassociation from the truth and facts.
So never become disheartened and take all that you hear, about others, with a grain of salt as this is not about people, pride or personal publicity but instead about saving the lives of the last remaining wild horses that grace our public lands. Those who maliciously speak untruths about others become the very image that they project of whom they speak badly of…it’s all about bad Karma and ultimately the evil consumes the carrier and they are forever lost.
Good riddance to bad JuJu and the smell of rotten apples; the honest folk have a lot of work to do.