We also have a dream…

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August 28, 2013

My plan for today was to publish Martin Luther KIng Jr’s “I have A Dream” speech. The transition from those far away days to our society today is an amazing adventure Unknownand lends hope to all of us for what this nation might become, not from the power of our government but through the will of the people. Fifty years of transition, with the scars of a generation to prove that a movement by the people eventually brings change, change grudgingly given by a government in the face of massive public protest and unrest.

We also have a dream, a dream that all horses will see the day that people no longer want to dine on their flesh, where our government is forced to change our laws so that horses will never again fear their own slaughter, a dream where our wild horses are left alone on their land to live as they were meant to live. We have a dream where large corporations and industries are responsive to the will of the majority of people, where lies and propaganda give way to truth and openness, where the age of deceit and destruction are written in the history book as the way we were.

I lived through the dark age of extreme discrimination, served at the beginnings of a war that no one wanted for a cause few people believed in and watched the wasted lives of too many brave men and women. The world had changed greatly in the last fifty years except for one thing – the slaughter of horses. They did it then, they do it now. We protested then as we protest now. Fifty years of facing the marvelous growth of America, of unbelievable advances in technology, of the end of racial discrimination as it existed, yet not a single advance has been made in the treatment and killing of America’s horses.

It’s time to celebrate the dreams of people of all races and welcome them as equal partners within our society. I am full of praise and honor for Martin Luther King, Jr. for all he did, for the courage to lead a cause and stand tall in the face of pure hatred. The blood that ran in the streets was the blood of all our brothers and sisters. We wept as so many were destroyed, but cried in joy as so many rose up and kept on marching. They indeed had a dream.

We have a lot to learn from that march, a march that wasn’t over in a few days, but was years in the making and continues today. If we are to see our dream become a reality, we must do more than click “Like” on FaceBook and agree with surveys. For all we have done so far, little has truly changed in fifty years.images-3

Here are links to the reason for not buying another bite of beef, and a link to the PLEDGE. Almost 1,000 have signed so far, a tenth of the way to 10,000. At that number, the supporters of slaughter have a reason to take notice. At 50,000, the beef industry will start to listen. At 500,000, we will have a strong, unified voice. Perhaps we can’t all march on Washington in person, but we can march on the internet and raise our own voice loud enough to be heard.

Have you sent the links to your friends? If you have a website, have posted the links for others?

We also have a dream. To make our dream a reality, we must be heard in a single, unified voice. The future of our horses is in our hands.




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
14 Comments
  • You can never go wrong when you embrace Dr. King as a role model for change, justice and equality – regardless of race, religion, gender or species.

    August 28, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    OUR DREAM WILL BE HEARD!!! Once and for all, FINALLY it shall BE HEARD………….

    August 28, 2013
  • shirley smith

    Yes, we also have a dream and yes that is we do have the future of our horses in our hands, we have to be the voices of the horses that don’t have one and I will be until I die.

    August 28, 2013
  • Sue

    I can hear the horses say, “Free at last, free at last…..”

    August 28, 2013
  • Margaret

    I lived 20 mins from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I didn’t go that day. Why? It was my birthday! That’s right. I was a little girl who didn’t really understand racial discrimination. And my friends were coming over to share cake and ice cream.

    It wasn’t until about 20 years ago or so that I realized this speech was on my birthday. Since then it has always stayed with me the bond that MLK share.

    Yes, I’ve taken the pledge. While I’ll miss tritip steaks–it isn’t worth it to me. I’ve done this boycott thing several times in the past few years. But along with many others who are carnivores we are going to persevere.

    It’s past time to rattle some cages. It’s time for America to see what big business is doing to our environment and what AG Gag is doing to the land and wildlife. It’s just not right that the wants of a few are listened to over the pleadings of so many.

    August 28, 2013
  • Margaret Happy Birthday……yes we all have a dream to put the killer buyers out of business.and let our horses roam free..it is their land …..Let our voices be heard ….

    August 28, 2013
  • Geri

    We all have a dream-ask yourself today what did you do to save the world?

    a dog looks up to a man,
    a cat looks down on a man,
    but a patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.
    —-unknown

    http://now.msn.com/animals-are-awesome-too-video-shows-animals-doing-amazing-things

    August 28, 2013
  • shirley smith

    We just have to get The Safe Act passed and that will stop the kill buyers and the slaughtering of our beautiful American horses once and for all. Let’s get it done ASAP. Horses have been with us since time began and now some people want to eat them—- I don’t think so. 80% of the public want to ban horse slaughter for good and NOW!. Let’s do it today!

    August 28, 2013
  • Cindy Odell

    Thank you for this … Only as one voice can we save the horses

    August 28, 2013
  • It will take courage in the face of evil, and a strong determination to put this right again, but we can do it. No doubt in my mind, otherwise I would not spend one more minute pushing this out in hopes that people will step and speak for those that cannot. I have a dream…..that my great grandchildren will be proud of me when they start to look for me and want to know who I was and what I stood for. You betcha your bottom dollar, my legacy will speak volumes to people that I love but will never know.

    August 28, 2013
  • Joy Coldiron

    Thank you for writing an Excellent article. We must fight back in a language big business understands. The bottom line is always the almighty dollar. “Money Talks”

    August 29, 2013
  • Arlene

    I have been fighting for the Horses for 20 yrs and will continue till they are free to enjoy what was intended for each and every one of these Magnificent beings, and that is FREEDOM to ROAM on the Land that belongs to them undeniably………Not eating Beef not a problem I will not eat or even think about it !!!! OUR VOICES FOR THE MUSTANGS WILL BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR !!!!!! Yes we Have a wonderful Dream FREEDOM for the Horses………….

    August 29, 2013
  • LNorman

    Amen Jerry! As I watched Obama’s speech regarding the Freedom March, all I could think about was the wild horses and corporate destruction of our Public Lands. He spoke about freedom and justice while there is no justice or freedom for our wild horses. All God’s creatures deserve justice not just humans. MLK is up there with Ghandi and Mother Teresa, very few see the BIG picture but they did.

    August 30, 2013
  • Another beautiful post, Jerry. I’ve been fighting this curse since I lived in Dallas, between the two horse slaughter plants that were in Texas. Both Beltex and Dallas Crown were less than 50 miles away.

    The horse theft situation was so bad that even the state of Texas couldn’t come up with anything to help horse owners protect their horses although they DID try. Shutting those houses of horror down was the only thing that helped.

    I – like many horse owners before me – had already left Texas, my home state and Dallas, my home town after my horse was almost stolen right out of his stall in my boarding stable in the middle of Dallas. Three of my friends DID lose their horses on that night. I didn’t want to leave, but I couldn’t give them another shot at my horse.

    Now they want to reopen these things and start the nightmare all over? NO WAY!

    August 30, 2013