I am posting this to shame people. Specifically, people who drive gas-guzzling trucks, luxury cars, SUVs, and so on. They just helped kill more than 90 wild horses in Australia. Their big, carbon-spewing vehicles are murder weapons.
Temperatures near Alice Springs are topping 115F in an unprecedented heatwave. This heatwave is drying up watering holes, which these wild horses depend on. These particular horses went to their usual watering hole, found it dry, and died of thirst. Adult horses and ponies died a horrific, cruel death.
We know that climate change is raising temperatures in areas that were semi-arid already, causing deserts around the world to spread. We know that cars account for one-fifth of US emissions. We know that the US is the worst emitter of carbon on Earth. We know who the guilty parties are. We see them all around us and,in some cases, in the mirror each morning.
So for anyone out there with a daughter who loves horses or claims to be concerned about animal welfare, yet loves driving around in a Land Rover that gets less than 20 MPG in city driving, congratulations. You’re now a horse killer.
P.S.- if you buy a lot of stuff from Amazon, you’re guilty, too. Emissions from trucking are up, largely thanks to the growth of internet retailers. That Amazon Prime box comes with a hidden cost.