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Say “neigh” to animal cruelty

May 3, 2013
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

With regard to the recent TV6 news report concerning the alleged indifference, shabby, contemptible, abusive, bleak, neglectful, cruel and general dismal conditions of horses in the Lake Linden area. Regardless of the label we choose, the result is the shameful, needless subjection to suffering. Understand, the advent of Summer brings no respite for animals but rather a new host of wretched, but avoidable, problems. The critical ingredients are timely, knowledgeable and beneficial assistance before the welfare of the horses is comprised.

This appears to be a classic case of closing the barn door after the horse has departed, (departed being a euphemism for dead). How sad but understandable, in this, the age of litigation, few have the courage or inclination to immediately, close the door.

Knowing full well the truth in the old adage, "There is no such thing as a free horse," many volunteers have offered, at enormous emotional and financial cost, to assist with rehabilitation efforts.

Again, what harm if authorities revisit this issue and perhaps solicit a second opinion? Also, it's just the kind thing to do.

Join us in saying "neigh" to animal cruelty.

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The Daily Mining Gazette welcomes letters to the editor from readers.

Letters should be signed and include name, address and telephone number. Names will not be withheld and letters should be no longer than 400 words. No personal attacks. Writers are limited to one letter per month. The Gazette reserves the right to edit letters for length, as well as for spelling and punctuation.

Mail letters to: Letters to the Editor, The Daily Mining Gazette, P.O. Box 368, Houghton, MI 49931. Letters may also be e-mailed to or submitted on the Gazette's Web site,, by clicking on "Submit News."

Susan and Penelope Lawrence




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