Eight thousand three hundred and counting..

Regular Open Days are coming to an end for another season and between them and Donkey Day, over 8300 people have come to the Sanctuary to visit the donkeys this year.  Their peaceful world never fails to charm, no matter the person’s age, while the experience of being in a place where respect for all animals is a fundamental concern serves to remind everyone of the interdependence of all living things.  And that is fundamental, too.

Sunday, October 30th, will be our last Open Day until December when we invite you to come and celebrate the Holiday Season on the 4th, 11th, 18th and 21st.  See you then!

Sandra Pady, Executive Director

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The Awful Shooting of Burros in Texas

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Burros-in-the-cross-hairs-2220989.php

The link above to an article in a San Antonia paper describes in detail the awful fate of wild burros in Big Bend Ranch State Park near Presedio, Texas.  Once again, authorities are taking the most expeditious route when faced with an animal populations issue.  Burros have been a part of the American landscape for over 400 years.  Surely, the term ‘feral’ is no longer a revalent classification.  Additionally, the Auodad sheep that are supposedly under threat, and who are the targets of big-game hunting, live in the higher areas of the Park.  They do not compete with the burros for grazing.  Is this about the burros, or is it about the power and impress of hunters who are looking for trophy sheep?

We encourage Americans to sign the on line petition sponsored by the Wild Burro Protection League.  Please add send your objections to this slaughter  d through a Letter to the Editor and another to the Texas Wildlife and Parks Department will join the thousands of others who are against this heinous practice.

Sandra Pady, Exec. Direc.