June 20, 2013
It is unfortunate that ollie320 focused on the graphic photo of the horse with the eye injury rather than researching whether Gentle Giants is a reputable rescue. It is a fact that the “captive bolt” can result in shredding eye sockets and the skull. The letter I received does not say that the eye condition of the horse pictured was a result of “captive bolt.” Even though it wasn’t, the picture implies the animal is in extreme pain due to his condition that came on naturally. It helps one imagine the same pain, but due to infliction of torture rather than nature. In any event, I cannot understand how anyone would refuse to support this cause based upon a photo. I make my decision to donate to animal rights charities based upon the written content of their request --- the facts they share with me about the issues. The letter I received from Gentle Giants was very compelling and informative. After reading it carefully, to understand their message, for extra measure I contacted the Humane Society of the U.S. which verified this is a very reputable rescue, that does things right and works hard to help and protect the animals. Therefore, I gladly sent a donation, and contacted my Senators, Representative, the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the President urging them to oppose the Slaughter.
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