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Picture of Epona, Bey, and Comanche, wild mustangs rescued from slaughter.
Pictured from left to right: Epona, Bey, and Comanche, wild mustangs rescued from slaughter.

Hi Y’all,

I’m Shelley from Texas, and I’m the Director of Marketing for the accident & personal injury law firm of Mullen & Mullen with offices in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Fort Worth and St. Louis, MO.

These Mustangs were rounded up by the BLM and we rescued them from “kill pens” with the assistance of Evanescent Mustang Rescue & Sanctuary in Sherman, TX.

A “kill pen” is a holding facility where both wild and domestic horses are kept to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, too often, that is a “kill buyer.” A killer buyer is someone who sends them out of the U.S., because it’s not legal here, to be slaughtered for their meat.

You can learn more here:

What Is A Kill Pen
See article here.

What Is A Kill Buyer
See article here.

Rescued horses Comanche, Bey, and Ruger.
The boys stick together.

These wild horses go through unspeakable horrors from round-up to slaughter. They are chased for what can be days by helicopters and some do not survive or remain fully in tact. They are captured and separated from their family members, then transported which also causes trauma, injury, and death.

Many are taken to over crowded areas with nothing to graze on, no cooling shade from the blistering sun, and just remain trapped there awaiting their demise. Some succumb to starvation, thirst, exposure, and illness while at BLM holding facilities.

Yes, many are adopted out by the BLM and they even have a program that will pay you $1,000 to adopt one. The sad thing about this is that bad people who only care about money inadvertently are getting paid by our government to keep them, often times in even more inhumane conditions, until the one year waiting period for ownership is up, when they will be free to sell them to kill buyers.

The slaughtering process is completely inhumane and not something most people can even stomach hearing be described. To watch and listen, it never leaves your mind. It’s not like how cows are killed. It’s face to face brutality and can take several attempts because where they have to be hit is a very specific small target area between their eyes using a device that is guided by hand. This documentary, From The Kill Pen, is not for the faint of heart.

I have been passionate about horses for as long as I can remember and it was a life long dream come true to be able to have my own small herd of rescues, thanks to the generosity of my employer, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm. I never imaged I would be lucky enough to rescue five. Three of them, Epona, Comanche, and Ariana, are wild Mustangs, of which one was unknowingly pregnant. She gave birth to the fourth Mustang, Bey, on my property on July 6, 2020. The fifth horse is Ruger, a domestic rescue.

Unfortunately, domestic horses also end up in the slaughter pipeline, which enables farmers, ranchers, breeders, race horse owners, and pretty much anyone who has a horse that is sick, not sound, too old, no longer wanted, or can no longer be afforded, to be disposed of. It’s a win for them as they get some kind of money back on their investments and don’t have to pay for the very expensive care of their no longer productive animals. And euthanization and burial of a horse is quite expensive.

Ariana, Bey's Mother
Ariana, Bey’s Mother

This organization, Horse Rescue Heroes, has a reality series available on Amazon and part of what they do is rescue, rehabilitate, adopt out, and humanely euthanize unsalvageable horses versus letting them go to slaughter.

It is only due to the wonderful attorneys I work for, who graciously enable me to be successful and allow me to work from home, that I could finally make my dream come true to rescue a few horses from this abuse and cruelty. They are amazing, keenly intelligent, highly intuitive, affectionate creatures that are simply like giant dogs but wiser. And it has been a miraculous journey gaining their trust after what humans have done to them and to be accepted by them as part of their herd. It’s also mind-blowingly expensive to keep them.

If God forbid, you ever do find yourself in need of an accident injury attorney because you are hurt in a car accident, injured on your job, or in some other way that was not your fault, but due to another’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence, and you are in need of expensive diagnostic testing and medical care, are unable to work, and are facing a mountain of unpaid bills, I hope you’ll remember us at Mullen & Mullen. Not only will you be in expert hands, you’ll be inadvertently helping me continue to afford to care for these beautiful souls.

Please visit us at mullenandmullen.com to learn more about us and give us a like or follow us if you appreciate this story. And please do share it if you also love horses and want to help educate others about what happens to them. Civilization was built on their backs and they deserve better from us. Bey certainly thinks so.

Bey says, "Yes I agree; We deserve better."
Bey says, “Yes I agree; We deserve better.”
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