04 April 2012

Willie Nelson to the rescue: Country superstar to take in two neglected horses

Willie Nelson has already won the hearts of legions of free-spirited ganja enthusiasts, not to mention fans of down-home, good old-fashioned country. And now, it's safe to say we can probably add animal-rights activists to that list.

It's been reported that two malnourished horses (a 3-year-old gelding named Whisper and a 12-year-old mare named Traveler) who were seized by the Berkeley County Animal Control in Summerville, S.C., from a man accused of neglecting them, will head to the singer's 700-acre ranch near Austin, Texas, when they are strong enough.

Until then, which will hopefully be by June, they will recuperate at LEARN (Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network).

“He’s always been for the underdog," said Nelson's daughter, Amy, in a report by The Berkeley Independent. "He’s always taught us that animals are people and horses are smarter than people. He raised us to respect animals.”

And I thought Willie couldn't possibly get more awesome.

Stephanie DeBalko | @_stephanied_
Stephanie is a freelance writer who loves shelter dogs and Vegenaise. She recently came to the conclusion that the written word could be an amazing ally for all animals, and is choosing to use her nerdy love of grammar and punctuation for the greater good of animal welfare. She can also be found at I Hope Vodka Is Vegan.

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