The fact that we continue to make choices favoring individual and corporate wealth over public interest, whether it be cattlemen’s “right” to graze their herds on public land or corporate buys of soon-to-be-ex-national parklands, marks our march away from the standards and values that made us exceptional, that made us better. Personally, I am exhausted by the fire hose onslaught of bad choices and stories of personal aggrandizement and greed in which we are awash.

In allowing this treatment of the horses, as in the other many ways in which we are not protecting those with lesser voices, we seem to be living out George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” and I am concerned that we are already moving to the point where we accept without choking the mantra, “All animals [including humans] are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

Gloria Walters, Richmond

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