Tell Gerald, MO to Change Farm Animal Laws
Some in-town residents are housing large numbers of farm animals on land less than two acres in size. The animals are suffering.
I have photo-documentation of severely foundered hooves, horses standing in mud/feces, empty food bins, a donkey with a sq. ft. of feces stuck to his side, a horse with icicles hanging of of his eyelashes/back/& face, sores healed over, a pony tossing an empty black rubber feed tub in the air, and bark bare trees where they have eaten the bark for nourishment.
I have undocumented witness(es) of empty water bins in the dead of summer, open sores, a horse hoof retrieved by a dog, and a horse with a terrible eye infection. The horse hoof incident occurred before i started documenting.
The city of Gerald does not have ANY laws protecting these animals, even though it is widely recommended that one horse have at least two acres.
Farm animals belong on a farm, not in someones backyard as a novelty, or used for a tax write off. Tell the city of Gerald to pass an ordinance requiring a minimum of two acres per equine animal with NO grandfathering allowed. This will end the suffering of many animals in town, and help the city to generate much needed taxes.
I have been asking the city of Gerald to help out some farm animals next door to me. There are four horses, four donkeys, one pony, and one mule trying to survive on less than 2 acres. Several of them are lame, and none of them have room to exercise.
The city has no laws governing how farm animals are cared for. I am asking you to please help stop this cruel treatment and make it illegal to house more than one large farm animal per 2 acres of land.
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