A newly formed animal rights group in East Texas has taken up its first case tackling abuse of horses the group alleges takes place at a ranch in Nash, Texas. KSLA news reports the group states horses at the horse ranch are being neglected and the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is not doing enough to halt the abuse. However, when Sheriff’s deputies investigated the five horses in question, they had plenty of hay and water as required by law. One horse did have to be euthanized due to old age, but there was nothing more the Sheriff’s Office could do.
It seems this is an example of the old adage you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. The horses in question either will not eat due to some illness or are elderly and may suffer from memory or other health problems that prevent them from being able to eat properly. I saw no efforts on the part of animal rights groups attempt to feed the horses on their own much less offer to help care for them. The controversy stirred by this news report has garnered some press coverage, but demonstrates how animal rights activists do nothing more than complain and make an issue out of something in order to get publicity.