I have great respect for most horse rescues. I support a rescues right to chose whatever breed they want to focus on. What I will never support is a rescue that is affiliated with getting slaughter houses opened again. I am particularly disgusted with a rescue that will do this under the guise of being a `Christian’ rescue.
Allow me to introduce you to Willing Servants Rescue in Hamilton, Montana. http://willingservants.org/index.php Willing Servants say they were ” born out of the need to preserve the welfare of horses while assisting owners with temporary or permanent placement as an alternative to criminal neglect”. What they don’t say is that the `permanent’ placement of which they speak will be a dinner plate if President and founder, Theresa Manzella gets her way. Don’t believe me? Here is some recent commentary from Theresa on the issue: http://www.ravallirepublic.com/news/opinion/viewpoint/article_01d77e3c-b7f9-11e1-8c6d-0019bb2963f4.html
Theresa is so effective in playing both ends of the field that Slaughter House Sue, herself, endorses her rescue:
“Very nicely stated. Good job, Theresa! For those of you who don’t know her, Theresa is an amazing horsewoman in Hamilton, MT, with a world champion reining stud, who runs a real horse rescue operation that actually helps people (and their horses) who have fallen on hard times…instead of stealing their livestock, vilifying them in the press, and trying to raise funds off of them. She is one of the real heroes in this effort!”
I guess we can surmise that horse rescues that don’t support slaughter are stealing your horses. Who knew??
Horses aren’t the only thing that Theresa `rescues’. Theresa also is into exotic cats. She breeds them for private sale and is outraged on the proposed law that will regulate the ownership and breeding of them. Do you know what they mostly feed exotic cats in captivity? Horse meat. For bigger cats, they put the live horse in so they can kill and have fresh meat. I wonder if this is part of Theresa’s `permanent placement’ plan for surrendered horses.
Here is another interesting tidbit on our favorite multi-tasking christian: Her `rescue’ happens to also be the home base for her training and breeding business. That’s right, she’s running her for profit training and breeding business out of the same location as her 501 (c)(3) rescue. The rescue website conveniently has a paypal option so you can send Theresa some money. Her other website features Cowkids for Christ camps where you too can learn `praise and encourage your subordinate(horse) and appropriately discipline them”…… Is it just me or does this kinda feel like sending your kid to summer camp at Auschwitz?
I could probably write a lot more about Theresa, but I think this and all the resulting comments will give a pretty good idea of what Theresa is all about. She may hide behind her bible, but this woman is no saint.