Friday, August 18, 2006

Wild Horses

Just recieved this in the mail from Amy Nelson of Folk Uke & thought I should pass it on:

Dear friends,
This is an important letter from my Dad, which has little to do with Folk Uke, except that we support it, and I'm one of the family who is going to Washington on Sept 5th.

Thanks for your time.
1/2 of Folk Uke

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2006
20:27:01 EDT

Folks, America has a dirty little secret and it's not that little.

Horses have always been an American symbol of freedom. Their loyal, relentless work is what made this country. They are the living legends of American history. So why is it that we are allowing nearly 100,000 horses to be slaughtered annually in America for human consumption in slaughter houses that are foreign owned? It must be because we didn't know.

Even worse, the treatment of horses going to slaughter is most often inhumane. They suffer injuries in overcrowded trailers, abuse by handlers, and they are often conscious during acts of mutilation and slaughter. It's like stepping on the American Flag.

The passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503 and S. 1915) would put in place a permanent and immediate ban on both the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the exportation of live horses for slaughter abroad.

Now that you know, make your voice be heard. Join Bo Derek, Ken Wahl, Jennifer Pryor, The Barbi Twins, my family, and a host of others on Capitol Hill on Sept. 5th, 2006 to support the bill that will be introduced and voted on that day. Call or write your representatives today, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. Please go to

It's time for the cowboys to stand up for the horses.
Willie Nelson


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.