Sunday, April 11, 2010
Dear President Obama, What Would Lincoln Do?
Dear President Obama,
What would Lincoln do?
No matter the politics of Horse Slaughter in America , there’s one thing that both sides cannot deny, our horses are suffering daily.
Mr. President, if you admired President Lincoln, then you surely must have known about his deep compassion for animals.
Illinois politician William Pitt Kellogg recalled: “Next to his political sagacity, his broad humanitarianism was one of his most striking characteristics.
Historian Charles B. Strozier noted that “ Lincoln ’s lifelong sympathy for animals...was hardly the norm for the frontier.” 
Abe Lincoln loved children and animals and often preached against cruelty to animals.
Did you know that when the white House stables caught fire in 1863, President Lincoln had to be restrained from entering the burning structure to rescue six trapped horses?
Mr. President, even you wrote about Lincoln ’s self-awareness and his humility in one of your books. Surely, Mr. President, you must have known about his compassion for animals.
If you admired President Lincoln, you must have known that pardoning the Turkey each Thanksgiving is part of Lincoln’s legacy?
Mr. President, even the theme of your Inauguration was taken from a line in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
“A New Birth of Freedom”
Please Mr. President, please end the suffering of our American horses and give them their freedom and the respectable quality of life they deserve.
President Lincoln once said, "I am not bound to win, but I'm bound to be true. I'm not bound to succeed, but I'm bound to live up to what light I have."
Be true Mr. President… What would Lincoln do?
Americans’ Against Horse Slaughter