So much abuse goes overlooked because of family ties, it is hard to comprehend.

How can we discard compassion, decency, vision and truth simply because we like a person, because we are a relation?

Recently, this mare below was turned over to the rescue because a local person saw her and knew she had to have help.

We have heard local friends and family of the responsible party have been unkind to this person. This Good Samaritan.

Why do familial ties blind us all to the truth? We are all guilty of this time to time, some of us to far lesser degrees. Sometimes it applies to family, sometimes to close friends, too.

But you know what? I am tired of picking up the bits of your family member’s broken animal’s mind and body because you could not see what he or she had done to a creature who was innocent.

I am tired of defending our rescue’s impeccable history because you cannot accept your friend neglects or abuses animals.

And you know, It doesn’t end there. . .children are abused and neglected, and all the while family and friends hold their peace instead of demanding justice for those unable to speak for themselves.

Cowards, willfully blind out of convenience  are as guilty as the party committing the abuse.

Every single case behind Heart of Phoenix had someone defending the negligent party, someone saying, “Nothing is wrong with this horse. Nothing.”

And in all these years, after almost 300 cases, it has never once proven true. Every single time someone said this horse is fine, we’ve proven they weren’t being honest.

We have horses turned over where someone knows they weren’t able to do what needed done, people who cried and begged for help. . .they knew they were failing. I respect that, but those who deny they have done wrong, deny anything is wrong as they stare at a skeleton, no.

We need to move beyond defending those in the wrong when “we like them” or know them in some capacity.

Despite what you think, being your friend or family doesn’t negate the ability to commit a crime.