On Friday February 18, 2011 the Honourable Steve Thomson Minister of Natural Resource Operations announced that a mare and a stallion seized from rangeland near Deadman Lake will be turned over to the Summerland-based rescue organization Critteraid under the umbrella of Project Equus.
The two horses had been scheduled to go on the auction block at the Kamloops stockyard on Tuesday February 22, where their fate was likely to end up at slaughter. Minister Thomson has directed that the two horses be handed over to Critteraid without any costs attached. Thomson has also directed Ministry staff to review current legislation to help find a long term solution to save any future feral horses from going to slaughter when rounded up.
Critteraid is happy to be involved in working with the Ministry to explore potential solutions that will result in a humane outcome for the feral horses of B.C.
Although there are no costs attached to receiving the two horses, Critteraid will experience considerable costs associated with their transportation, medical care, sheltering care and training. Anyone wishing to support this project can make a tax deductible donation online here for Project Equus/feral horses.
For further information please contact Theresa Nolet, Spokesperson for Project Equus at 250-497-6733 or 250-492-4921. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.