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 Post subject: HOOF HOOF HURRAY FOR MADELEINE PICKENS!!
PostPosted: November 18th, 2008, 9:16 am 
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Madeline Pickens, wife of oilman/ billionaire T. Boone Pickens, stepped up yesterday to save our wild horses. The BLM in the Reno area has been threatening for a while to either euthanise or sell without restriction (IE slaughter) all the mustangs curremtly in federal holding facilities, because of their poor management skills and lack of funding from Congress. Mrs. Pickens not only adopted our local mustangs, but has also adopted ALL 30,000 mustangs in federal holding facilities across the country!!!!!She is also looking to buy land in the west to put her horses on ASAP.

Mrs. Pickens we love you!!!!




ps I did not realize that Madeline Pickens is the former Madeline Paulsen. I sure wish I had her money! I'd split those horsies with her!!!



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PostPosted: November 18th, 2008, 11:42 am 
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WE LOVE YOU MADELINE!!!


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A truely amazing act of generosity!! Pay it forward!!! It's kinda hard to grasp the magnitude of all of this. That's a hell of a lot of horses and it will take a hell of a lot of money to buy them AND the land it will take to keep them.


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What a gal!! Best said, "Pay it forward...." And she has. If I ever had any kind of money like that, you all know what I would do with it!!!


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PostPosted: November 19th, 2008, 8:12 pm 
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The world surely needs more people like Madeline Pickens!! What an equine hero/angel she is...I hope many other INSANELY rich people take the hint and follow her lead!


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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2008, 5:37 pm 
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This was on the front page of Yahoo today!!

Again, HOOF HOOF HOORAY for Madeline Pickens!!

http://spotlight.news.yahoo.com/v/10784098

Person of the Week!!! :)


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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2008, 5:46 pm 
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She deserves it! She belongs in the company of Wild Horse Annie, for sure.



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CHECK THIS OUT!!!!! HOOF HOOF HOORAY!!!! Madeline & Victoria WE LOVE YOU!!!!!
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The solution to horse slaughter is here...
The end of horse slaughter is very near!

Combined Forces Will End Horse Slaughter
Pickens and McCullough Build a Bridge



Wellington, FL - December 5, 2008 - The divided Road has now connected and formed a highway that paves the way for ending the cruel act of Horse Slaughter as well as the abusive components related to horse slaughter..



For many years, the fight against horse slaughter and for horse welfare has had two separate but equally deserving roads: the fight for the domesticated horses and the fight for the wild horses of our country. Recently, those paths have united and become one. Congress did not pass this act nor was it done through any large organizations. Two individuals, both in the equine industry, achieved it. Upon learning about horse slaughter, they realized this is a horrific act that must be stopped. Madeleine Pickens and Victoria McCullough are paving a new road for the horses, an answer to slaughter and a beginning of the end for one the most heinous acts in our country.

On May 23, 2008, Victoria McCullough, of the Davis McCullough Foundation and Chesapeake Oil formed the Triumph Project and did what had never been done. At the Sugarcreek Livestock auction, which is one of the largest horse kill auctions in the U.S., catering to kill buyers rather than personal buyers, McCullough purchased and saved all the horses from going to kill. In November 2007, all the "old, lame and infirm" horses were purchased in addition to 75 other equines that were destined for slaughter. Since then, over 72% of these horses have been placed in loving homes and are being utilized for everything from trail riding, therapy, shows, to family pets. Through the success of the Triumph Project, McCullough has proven that the "facts, statistics and information" which have been given to the politicians, is incorrect. These domesticated horses that have been discarded without any accountability can be successfully placed and go on to live good, quality lives. She has bulldozed a hole in the myth that the horses being sent to slaughter are unwanted, old, lame or in any way unable to live a productive life.

In November of 2008, Madeleine Pickens, the animal-loving wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens and known in Thoroughbred racing circles, was granted ownership of 30,000 at risk wild Mustangs for her Foundation. She saved these horses from going to slaughter. This act insures the legacy of the American Icon to live on. The lives and the possible depletion of the "American Herd" will not be left in the government's hands. Just as with the domesticated horses, there is an organized design for the future of these wild horses. "The plan is to place the horses at a ranch; Pickens said the ranch will not just be a refuge for wild horses. She wants it to be all-inclusive for different breeds, and especially ex-Thoroughbred racehorses that often end up unwanted or sold to killer-buyers who send them off for slaughter in Canada or Mexico. There are no remaining horse slaughterhouses in the United States."

Victoria McCullough and Madeleine Pickens join Congressman John Conyers in the continued battle in Washington D.C. for the horses, and they have formed a safety net for the horses and their future. It is an insurance policy for the horses and a statement to our officials stating, "If you can't, we will." It is not an easy undertaking, but it is not impossible and will be done. If a person takes the time to think, it makes you wonder why it took these two individuals to do this. Why has this not been done before? The answers have always been there.

The facts are:
* Less than 5% of the horses that go to slaughter are "old & infirm"
* Legally injured and lame horses are not to be transported for slaughter
* Many of the injuries and abuse happen at the kill auctions and en route to slaughter
* There are over 550 horse rescues in the United States
* There are over 4.6 million horse owners in the United States
* There are over 10,000 organizations in the United States that are horse oriented or utilize horses in their program*
*Note: The 4H groups alone have 6.5 million members!

The joined forces of Madeleine Pickens and Victoria McCullough is unique in the horse slaughter and rescue arena. Never before has there been a simultaneous answer for both the wild horses and the domesticated horses, until now. There has always been a working solution to horse slaughter for the domesticated horses. Pure Thoughts Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue is one of the many successful working components that make up the solution to horse slaughter. The problem that existed is this solution was not being shared and the facts given about horses sent to slaughter were inaccurate.

Through the educated, trail-blazing actions of Pickens and McCullough, the answer to horse slaughter is here and it is clearly the resolution that we have been seeking for the horses. This is clearly a lesson learned not only for all of us, but also for today's youth. You can make a difference; never think you stand alone on any issue.

The Triumph Project - Victoria McCullough of the Davis-McCullough Foundation founded the Triumph Project as an awareness campaign to enlighten the world through unified efforts, both in the United States as well as abroad, of the betrayal of our equine ally. Throughout history, horses have served us by escorting us to battle, tilling our fields, drawing our carriages, and enriching our lives as our companions and friends.

Pure Thoughts Inc. - is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of horses, yearlings and foals that were intended to go to slaughter for human consumption. These horses would have been brutally tortured and slaughtered. Pure Thoughts Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue also rescues horses from starvation, abuse and neglect, any horse in need. To date, over 1250 innocent equines have been saved and we will continue to fight for the horses. We cannot do this alone...we need your help!! Please help us and others save these beautiful animals and please remember in your thoughts the ones we were unable to reach.

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 Post subject: Re: HOOF HOOF HURRAY FOR MADELEINE PICKENS!!
PostPosted: December 10th, 2008, 10:29 pm 
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YES!!!!!!!!!for my speech class senior year, we had to give a persuasive speech with visual aids, and I did mine on ending slaughter. I take pride in being the only person in 12 classes to get 100 percent, and making several of my classmates physically ill. I'm so happy that there's finally someone with a large amount of influence standing up for our wild horses. I know I've written enough letters to my congressmen and senators, its about time they listened to someone!



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PostPosted: December 12th, 2008, 9:13 am 
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and making several of my classmates physically ill.


LMAO thats great!!! I hope it also opened soome eyes though....
I have written to so many congressman and senators- trouble is most don't bother with anything that comes from outside of their own constituencies so it's not that it falls on deaf ears... more like it falls in the closest trash can.



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PostPosted: December 12th, 2008, 1:24 pm 
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Yeah, my presentation turned a few heads. I don't think any of my classmates realized what slaughter really is, and how inhumane it is to horses.

Yeah, they don't respond much. Only my congressman actually replied to one of my letters, stating he agreed with my views and was working to stop the BLM from getting rid of the horses.



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PostPosted: December 12th, 2008, 2:27 pm 
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........... if only there were more like him............
our congressman Dean Heller pees me off to know end. His family owns (or owned) I'm not sure if they still have any since he went to Washington ... horses, and he does not support any of the bills.

Hurray for John Ensign, our other rep. He was a vet in his former life, and he does support doing right by our animals.



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PostPosted: December 12th, 2008, 2:28 pm 
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actually- you'll love this......... I got a response from Harry Reid that he voted in favor of antislaughter, but do you think I can find a record of his support on any gov't website??????



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My opinion of Harry Reid has become quite nasty in the last few days. I think he's more worried about his Christmas Break than solving the country's problems.



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PostPosted: December 13th, 2008, 11:47 am 
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I share that one with you..... I never liked him from when I first came here... he's kinda slimy. How unfortunate that he ended up one of the most powerful men in gov't as majority opposition leader. I hope Nevadans get smart enough to make him go away next round.. but it drives me crazy here how totally uninformed the average US voter is.



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