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1 week ago

Lonesome Dove Needs Our Help For Only 11 More Days ~ Your Vote is Important

by Sonja

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PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO VOTE EVERY DAY FOR LONESOME DOVE EQUINE PROTECTION.

Rescued Horses at LONESOME DOVE EQUINE PROTECTION need your VOTE EVERY DAY.  It is Free to Vote, and if LONESOME DOVE EQUINE PROTECTION wins the contest with the most votes, they will receive $1000 to purchase food.

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ATTEND FACEBOOK CYBER EVENT AND VOTE FOR LONESOME DOVE EQUINE PROTECTION. https://www.facebook.com/events/325978557526957/

You do not have to leave your computer to attend the Event; and you do not have to spend one dime to Vote.

Please Help out our friend Angela K Sotelo in her efforts to rescue abused horses and dogs.

Sonja | August 20, 2014 at 1:03 AM | Tags: Angela K Sotelo, Lonesome Dove Equine Protection | Categories: HORSE RESCUE | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-147
2 weeks ago

voted sharing thanks Lone

2 weeks ago

LONESOME DOVE EQUINE PROTECTION ~ Needs Your Vote Now ~ Please Vote

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HERE IS A FREE WAY YOU CAN HELP RESCUED HORSES

Please Attend This Event on behalf of our friend Angela K Sotelo , and VOTE for LONESOME DOVE EQUINE PROTECTION. Angela has the chance to win $1000 for feed for all the horses she has rescued. CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ATTEND EVENT PLEASE ~ https://www.facebook.com/events/325978557526957/

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About
A Non-Profit 501C-3 Organization LDEP is a group of dedicated volunteers who are joined in spirt to protecting Americas heritage.
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Mission

Our mission is to save the lives of all members of the equine family. We not only rescue but help people in situations where all they need is education. We love to come out and teach about proper horse care for those who are only un-educated but love their horses. Understanding that not every hose that is in poor condition is the result of torture but just horse owners that may be going through a rough time or not know how to care for a horse, is what we are all about. We are here for the horses and will do whatever is necessary to help them. Donations can be sent to angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org.
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Our email is angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org

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Company Overview

Lonesome Dove Equine Protection is a 501c3 Non Profit organization.
ALL DONATIONS are tax deductable

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Paypal for LDEP Is angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org.
Our email is angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org
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LDEP was founded by Angela K. Sotelo in Oct 2006.
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Won’t You Help! LDEP (Lonesome Dove Equine Protection could use your help. Many of our rescues are seniors and some are not adoptable but will live out their remainder years of life on our sanctuary. LDEP is a place where unwanted and abandoned animals can recover from abuse and neglect and receive a second chance until they can be adopted into permanent homes .
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Lonesome Dove Equine Protection is a tax-exempt 501(c)3
All donations go directly to the feeding, medical, and environmental needs of our animals. Every little bit helps! Our pay pal is angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org
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Thank you for sharing and caring
Our email is angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org

LDEP became an incorporated non-profit organization in Nov 2006

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General Information

Won’t You Help! LDEP (Lonesome Dove Equine Protection could use your help. Many of our rescues are seniors and some are not adoptable but will live out their remainder years of life on our sanctuary. LDEP is a place where unwanted and abandoned animals can recover from abuse and neglect and receive a second chance until they can be adopted in to permanent homes .

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Lonesome Dove Equine Protection is a tax-exempt 501(c)3
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All donations go directly to the feeding, medical, and environmental needs of our animals. Every little bit helps! Our pay pal is angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org
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Thank you for sharing and caring
Our email is angelasotelo@lonesomedoveequineprotection.org
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8 months ago
Good News for America's Horses! 
Here's an important message from Senator Mary Landrieu --  the driving force in the Senate for horse protection. 2014 is really shaping up to be the year of the horse!
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To: Suzanne Roy
From: Sen. Mary Landrieu <MaryL_Landrieu@landrieu.senate.gov>
Date: Friday January 14, 2014 12:49:59 PM EST
Subject: ***Spread The Word: Ban on Horse Slaughter Reinstated 
Dear Suzanne,
Last night, Congress passed a bill that included my provision to ban domestic horse slaughter once again in the United States.
Slaughtering horses is inhumane, disgusting and unnecessary.
My provision banned this cruel practice, and it also keeps our food supply safe from toxic meat and saves taxpayer dollars. However, the ban only lasts for one fiscal year.
As an equine enthusiast and someone who is deeply concerned about the serious health and safety risks posed by tainted horse meat, I am diligently working to pass a permanent ban on horse slaughter. There is no place for it in the United States. Last year, I introduced the bipartisan Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. This legislation would permanently prohibit horse slaughter operations in the U.S., and end the current export and slaughter of more than 150,000 American horses abroad each year.
I will continue to push for the passage of the SAFE Act, to permanently ban the slaughter of horses in the United States and prohibit the transport of America’s horses to other countries for slaughter.
Now is the time to act. Please join me in supporting a permanent ban of horse slaughter and the SAFE Act.
Show your support of ending horse slaughter. Thank you for your interest and involvement in advancing this vital effort.
Sincerely,
Sen. Mary Landrieu 

American Wild Horse Preservation

8 months ago

Thanks for posting this.  Heartwarming to see another person in gov't stand up for what he believes in.  Just wish there were more willing to do this.

8 months ago

Attorney General Gary King:
Standing Between Horses and the Slaughter Machine
On December 19, 2013, while most people were planning their holiday gatherings and contemplating time off with family and friends, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King was busy working for the benefit of New Mexicans and what we value and cherish. Gary King held a news conference to announce an unprecedented lawsuit he filed in state court against Valley Meat, the Roswell company that wants to slaughter our state's beloved horses for profit.
 
AG Gary King stands between New Mexico's horses and the slaughter machine.
While announcing his lawsuit, the Attorney General explained why horse slaughter is incompatible with so many things that New Mexicans believe in: the humane treatment of animals, protecting our environment, and standing up for what enriches our communities. The comprehensive lawsuit and accompanying media release lays out a compelling case for why a horse slaughterhouse would be a disaster for any community that permits its operation.
The Attorney General is motivated by New Mexicans' rejection of horse slaughter and their thirst for truly humane approaches to the management of horse populations. Having been raised on a ranch, Gary King understands that horses are not raised to be food. They are part of our lives on farms, in sports and competition, are our companions and healers, and even help people overcome challenges with illnesses. In contrast, horse slaughter profiteers and their proponents rely on the relics of cynicism, despair and resistance to change. The good news is that the public and our elected officials are onto these naysayers and are rejecting their lies and baseless excuses. People now demand and expect better from our public policies, and leaders like Gary King are helping ensure a more humane path forward.
News coverage of the lawsuit has been widespread, from ABC News to local features in Albuquerque Business First, local television stations and the Albuquerque Journal.
Attorney General Gary King realizes that fundamental change in horse population management represents a more sensible approach, bringing about desperately needed accountability for how horses are treated throughout their lives. Through the implementation of the Equine Protection Fund, Animal Protection of New Mexico has already shown that a combination of feed assistance, gelding assistance, subsidized veterinary care, and widespread education are powerful tools that can alter the landscape for horses that have had a wholly insufficient safety net. With deeper engagement from a broader segment of the community, it won't be long before we will all look back and wonder how horse slaughter could ever have been contemplated as a long-term solution for the benefit of horses.
8 months ago

New Mexico's Equine Protection Fund and the services it provides horses is a powerful antidote to slaughter. Make a contribution today and help us raise the funds needed to keep horses from the cruel slaughter pipeline.


Gary King continues to demonstrate unparalleled leadership in keeping cruel horse slaughter from damaging our state and harming our horses. He has acted on behalf of the majority of New Mexicans who don't want this scourge in our state. Please visit Attorney General Gary King's Facebook page and Twitter feed to send him a message of thanks for his decisive action.

Gary King's bold action for horses this week is part of a long and impressive list of humane priorities that has helped define Gary King as a knowledgeable and compassionate leader who cares deeply about all the state's vulnerable populations. In 2011, APNM presented Attorney General King with a Milagro Award for his phenomenal advocacy and accomplishments for animals. His efforts for horses formally began in 1995 when, as a legislator in New Mexico's House of Representatives, he successfully banned horse tripping in New Mexico. Since then, because of his considerable contributions to the welfare of New Mexico's animals, Attorney General King has also been honored by the New Mexico State Humane Conference, and well as the Humane Society of the United States/Fraternal Order of Police/National District Attorneys Association.
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9 months ago

One year ago this week, the American Wild Horse Preservation (AWHPC) was there when the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) helicopters were in the air, chasing wild horses in Nevada’s Owyhee Complex.

The brutal roundup took a terrible toll: stampeding horses crashed through barbed wire, wranglers hotshotted (electro-shocked) horses as they loaded them onto trailers. At least five horses were killed.

As we approach 2014, this is a tragic reminder of what we are fighting so hard to change.

With more wild horses in stockpiling today than remain free in the wild, time is running out. The government’s refusal to implement humane management means that more roundups are on the horizon. Next year, even more of these national icons will be warehoused in captivity, the threat of slaughter hanging ever present over their heads.

But thanks to you, we enter 2014 poised for real change:

  • Our grassroots strength has grown, causing the BLM itself to publicly acknowledge our growing numbers and geographical reach.
  • The National Academy of Sciences (NA has affirmed what we’ve been saying for years – that the BLM wild horse and burro program is broken and a better, more humane way to manage these cherished animals is available. 
  • The BLM is backed into a corner with an astounding 50,000 wild horses stockpiled and has no choice but to reform.

This is a pivotal time in the fight for our wild horses and burros.

But we can’t celebrate just yet. We can’t stop fighting until the helicopters are grounded and humane solutions are implemented to Keep Wild Horses Wild.

10 months ago

Tens of thousands of us have spoken out about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's (FW transfer of wild horses from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada to Stan Palmer, the known slaughter middleman in Mississippi, but Washington isn't listening.

Just this week, another 100 horses were shipped to Palmer from Sheldon.

A Palmer employee recently urged people on Facebook to “show up with your trailer and load em up….need gone asap!!!!” adding, "when they leave my house they are no longer my business."

Following the post, Sheldon horses began leaving Palmer's property by the truckload. On October 31, the trailer below -- packed with Sheldon horses -- was one of two loads that left Palmer's headed for Magnolia, Mississippi, where the horses allegedly will be used as rodeo bucking stock. There is little doubt that these wild, untamed adult horses will eventually end up in the slaughter pipeline. 

We've got to put a stop to this now.

Senator Barbara Boxer is the Chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), which has oversight authority over FWS. Take these three steps right now to ask her and EPW to get to the bottom of this situation ASAP:

1. Post to Twitter:

2. Copy the yellow text below and post to Senator Boxer's Facebook Page. Hey Senator Boxer, before it's too late, please use your Environment & Public Works Committee oversight power to investigate why the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service transferred 252 wild horses to a slaughter middleman --> http://wildhor.se/HHaa44 3. If you haven't already, contact your Senators and encourage them to make the same request of Senator Boxer and the EPW Committee.

Thanks for acting on behalf of these defenseless horses!

- The AWHPC Team

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1 year ago

Navajo Nation Reverses Position and Now is Against Horse Slaughtering

Black Mesa, AZ  (September 16, 2013) - The Nohooká Dine', Elders and Medicine People of the Dine', unanimously approved a Resolution opposing any and all action that leads to the slaughter of horses. The Horse is sacred to the Dine' and is a central part of our culture and tradition. The Resolution, approved on August 26th, states in part that "The Great Horse Nation is a part of the Great Covenant, as a supernatural being, it possesses incredible power, it is inextricably tied to our spiritual way of life and our cultural traditions, when our children are born our families look to the horse spirit to see what they have delivered to us, if we fail to honor the place of the horse in our spiritual way of life and in our cultural traditions, then we jeopardize the very cycle that renews the life of our people. The Horse must be given respect and honored for their sacred place within the Creation, as they possess the same fundamental right to Life as we, Five Finger Ones, do."

This past week, a spokesman for the Navajo Nation administration affirmed this position. During an interview on the radio program Native American Calling, Communication Director, Erny Zah stated that: "Slaughtering is not a solution...As the Navajo Nation we are against slaughtering of these horses"(airdate -Thursday, September 12, 2013.)

"This statement from the Navajo Nation administration is more aligned with who we are as Dine' people" stated Leland Grass of the Dine' for Wild Horses. "We urge the Navajo Nation to formally adopt a moratorium on horse slaughtering and to only legally contract with horse buyers that agree not to sell horses for slaughter or not to slaughter the horses themselves." The people of the Navajo Nation were encouraged by Zah's statement. There has been great concern over past comments that have been made by Navajo Nation President, Ben Shelly. He once voiced concern that the horses were causing environmental damage. These claims appear to have been based on misinformation. We are encouraged to see a shift toward conscious resource management. The amount of money that is currently being spent to round up the wild horses for slaughter is capable of feeding and watering those animals for years. Grass believes that the Navajo Nation "could use these animals to teach our children, we can care for them, we can sell them to people and organizations that don't want to torture them."

The Nohooká Dine resolution urges the Navajo Nation to be mindful of the foundations of their cultural and spiritual way of life. It concludes by stating: "The Nohooká Dine' strongly urges Navajo Nation President, Ben Shelly, The Navajo Nation Council, The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch, US Department of Interior and US Department of Agriculture to stop the desecration and destruction of the Dine' Way of Life and Spiritual Foundation by recklessly promoting and supporting the round-up and mass execution of our spiritual relative the Horse."

"We are sending the Resolution to all legislators in Washington, DC to show our support for the Horse and to urge them to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, currently pending before Congress," said Grass. "While it is important for protecting the Horse within the Navajo Nation, a national bill is critical to ensure there is no incentive for horses to be taken from our lands or elsewhere in the United States for slaughter."

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1 year ago

i sent a donation and a prayer thanks Lone

1 year ago

It's been a long and difficult week, but I have good news to share. The 149 unbranded horses in limbo at the Fallon Livestock Auction in Nevada have been saved!

In fact, our friend Terri Farley just sent this photo in from the stockyard where the rescue is underway right now:

You'll recall that these horses were rounded up by the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone tribe earlier this month with the blessing of our federal government.

As a result of our lawsuit against the federal government, a judge last Friday issued an injunction temporarily blocking their sale at the auction. The sale continued with the auction of branded horses, about half of whom were sadly purchased by kill buyers.

On Wednesday, the same judge lifted the order, clearing the way for the horses to be sold to the highest bidder. Clearly, we disagree with the verdict and with the actions of the federal government, which was complicit in making these horses available to kill buyers.

Following the ruling, we did everything we could to save the 149 horses from slaughter. I’m happy to report that, after an amazing collaborative effort, these horses are safe. 

Our coalition partner The Cloud Foundation, secured the involvement of Victoria McCullough and the Triumph Project of Wellington Florida. Florida State Senator Joe Abruzzo, negotiated with the tribe on Ms. McCullough’s behalf to purchase all the horses for rescue.

Stepping up to take the horses were Ellie Phipps Price (Dunston Wines), Madeleine Pickens (Saving America’s Mustangs), Liberty for Horses, Nevada Horse Power, and Return to Freedom.

AWHPC has played a key role in coordinating this monumental rescue. It has been a true team effort and we are touched and grateful for the outpouring of support and concern.

Our work is not yet over, though. Many the rescued horses are in need of permanent homes. And, we of course want to make sure this situation never happens again.

If you can offer a home for one of these horses, please email contact@wildhorsepreservation.org or just reply to this email.

If you would like to donate to help feed and care for these horses, Return to Freedom has started a fund dedicated to this rescue.

The outpouring of support and concern over the fate of these horses have demonstrated the strength of Americans’ opposition to horse slaughter and support for wild horses. In memory of the more than 150,000 horses who are sent to slaughter every year, please join us in continuing this fight! 

Thank you to all have supported this amazing rescue effort. `

- Suzanne & the AWHPC Team


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1 year ago
How the GAO Deceived Congress; and opened the way for horse slaughter to return

By: John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance

 

GAO report 11-228 is titled HORSE WELFARE Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter. It was issued in June of 2011.

 

This document has been the main claim to legitimacy of those who wish to bring horse slaughter back to the United States. It has been quoted by the national press, and referenced in virtually every political debate on the issue. It was even sighted as evidence in Valley Meats vs. the United States Department of Agriculture, and countless other documents.

 

But GAO-11-228 is completely devoid of supporting data and is constructed of fraudulent misrepresentation and hocus-pocus analysis stuck together with the unsubstantiated opinions of anonymous "officials".


The report has been widely criticized since its release, but only recently has data surfaced to prove it is, in fact, fraudulent and intentionally designed to deceive Congress. The report's inaccuracies begin with its title, and by the end of the first page the case for its deceit is sealed.

 

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Background

In 2006, Congress passed the agriculture budget with the "Ensign/Byrd" amendment that removed the funding for horse slaughter inspectors. The defunding was delayed by a conference committee until March, 2007, and then by court challenges. By the time the defunding was in place, all the US plants had already been shut down by state laws, but the defunding assured no new plants would open in the US.

 

In January of 2011, six months before the report was released, Charles Stenholm of the horse slaughter lobby firm Olsson, Frank and Weeda announced to a pro-slaughter conference in Las Vegas that the report would be favorable to them. This leak was first acknowledged and then refuted by the GAO.

 

In June, 2011 the report was finally issued and within months it had the desired impact. The Senate did not include the defunding language in its version of the agriculture budget. Since the House did have such language (the Moran Amendment), the matter was decided in conference committee. The vote was 3 to 1 in favor of stripping the language and restoring funding for inspectors. The three members voting to strip it were Senators Kohl and Blunt, and Representative Kingstoni. These were the very individuals who had requested the report!

 

 Click Here for More Background on the GAO and full article 

 

1 year ago

thanks Mary

1 year ago

thanks Lone i read this with tears for the horses i think i signed everthing emailed everyone and prayed its so horrible

1 year ago

The traditional view of American horse slaughter was best captured in a 2007 federal circuit court ruling. “The lone cowboy riding his horse is a cinematic icon. Not once in memory did the cowboy eat his horse,” wrote one judge in a decision that permitted a state ban on the practice. That same year, under pressure from animal welfare groups, the U.S. Congress cut all federal funding for the inspection of horsemeat processing plants. The domestic practice of killing equines for human consumption came to a halt.

But the change was not permanent, and a backlash from horse owners ensued. Now, just six years later, horse slaughter has returned to the American landscape, thanks to the efforts of a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, a Wyoming horse poet Congresswoman and a retired Texas Democrat at a powerful lobbying firm. The pro-slaughter contingent argues that a ban on horse slaughter is actually worse than the alternative, decreasing the value of horses, shifting slaughtering to outside the U.S. and increasing the chances that horses will be mistreated in their old age.

Congress lifted the ban on horsemeat plant inspection in 2011 despite the objections of President Obama and 70% of Americans, who told pollsters they oppose the practice. In recent weeks, two small companies have been granted inspection permits. Fuming animal welfare groups are doing everything they can to hold off plant inspections until another temporary or permanent ban is put in place, starting with lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society, told TIME that he hopes a semipermanent fix can be found when Congress passes 2014 appropriations bills, drafts of which already include a renewal of the 2007 ban. “There’s just no point in a business opening up for a month or two to kill horses,” he said. “We hope that they delay their plans until the congressional funding issue is sorted out.” Pacelle is also pushing another bill that would impose an unequivocal ban on domestic slaughter and the export of live horses.

But success is by no means certain. The current face of the horse slaughter lobby is Rick de los Santos, a man from Roswell, New Mexico who wants to convert his beef processing plant into a horse butchering facility. De los Santos says economic opportunity was the reason for his application for USDA inspection, filed just days after the ban was lifted and granted on June 28th. Horsemeat is considered a delicacy in many countries, and since the 2007 ban, Mexico has been enjoying the product’s healthy profit margin. “Why continue to outsource?” Rick’s wife Sarah asked CBS this year. “I mean, this whole election is going to be about jobs.”

The de los Santos family enjoys the support of a number of members of Congress, some of whom commissioned the Government Accountability Office report that helped lift the ban on inspecting horsemeat processing plants in 2011. The report estimated that the average per head price of a horse in the lowest price category—the kind of horse that could once be sold to a slaughterhouse for between $400 to $600—decreased by nearly 21% when horsemeat processing stopped. It also cited 17 state veterinarians who claimed that the cessation of domestic slaughter was one of the two most significant factors contributing to the decline of horse welfare between 2007 and 2011. “While we all love horses and their contribution to our culture, the ban led to unintended consequences and increased inhumane treatment of animals,” said Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who commissioned the report alongside Democrats Herb Kohl and Sam Farr and Republican Roy Blunt.

Members of Congress fighting for horse slaughter still cite the report’s conclusions. “I have serious concerns that measures like [a federal ban on horse slaughter], while well-intentioned, would create a set of unintended consequences with the potential to negatively affect many aspects of the horse industry,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who is vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

Goodlatte’s view has been supported by the lobbying efforts of ranchers and slaughterhouses. Former Democratic congressman Charles Stenholm of Texas—“the main mouthpiece for the horse slaughter industry” in Washington, according to Pacelle—works on the issue just a few blocks from the Capitol at the lobbying firm of Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. “It prevents the immediate creation of hundreds of good, American jobs,” said Stenholm in one of his critiques of a horse slaughter ban. His clients have included the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Livestock Marketing Association, both of which endorse the practice.

When asked about the new ban promoted by the Humane Society, Stenholm told TIME that the issue is not as black and white as animal welfare groups make it out to be. In his opinion, this is a simple matter of private property. “Why should the United States Congress feel it is their best interest to prohibit horse owners from ending the life of their horse in a humane way?” he said. “I don’t think it is going to be nearly as simple once the Congress has to start facing up to the actual language of that legislation and how it should be done.”

Outside Washington, United Horsemen is the most powerful pro-slaughter interest group. Founded by Sue Wallis, a conservative representative from Wyoming’s 52nd with a knac

1 year ago

The de los Santos family enjoys the support of a number of members of Congress, some of whom commissioned the Government Accountability Office report that helped lift the ban on inspecting horsemeat processing plants in 2011. The report estimated that the average per head price of a horse in the lowest price category—the kind of horse that could once be sold to a slaughterhouse for between $400 to $600—decreased by nearly 21% when horsemeat processing stopped. It also cited 17 state veterinarians who claimed that the cessation of domestic slaughter was one of the two most significant factors contributing to the decline of horse welfare between 2007 and 2011. “While we all love horses and their contribution to our culture, the ban led to unintended consequences and increased inhumane treatment of animals,” said Rep. Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who commissioned the report alongside Democrats Herb Kohl and Sam Farr and Republican Roy Blunt.

Members of Congress fighting for horse slaughter still cite the report’s conclusions. “I have serious concerns that measures like [a federal ban on horse slaughter], while well-intentioned, would create a set of unintended consequences with the potential to negatively affect many aspects of the horse industry,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who is vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

Goodlatte’s view has been supported by the lobbying efforts of ranchers and slaughterhouses. Former Democratic congressman Charles Stenholm of Texas—“the main mouthpiece for the horse slaughter industry” in Washington, according to Pacelle—works on the issue just a few blocks from the Capitol at the lobbying firm of Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC. “It prevents the immediate creation of hundreds of good, American jobs,” said Stenholm in one of his critiques of a horse slaughter ban. His clients have included the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Livestock Marketing Association, both of which endorse the practice.

When asked about the new ban promoted by the Humane Society, Stenholm told TIME that the issue is not as black and white as animal welfare groups make it out to be. In his opinion, this is a simple matter of private property. “Why should the United States Congress feel it is their best interest to prohibit horse owners from ending the life of their horse in a humane way?” he said. “I don’t think it is going to be nearly as simple once the Congress has to start facing up to the actual language of that legislation and how it should be done.”

Outside Washington, United Horsemen is the most powerful pro-slaughter interest group. Founded by Sue Wallis, a conservative representative from Wyoming’s 52nd with a knack for writing poetry about horses, United Horsemen’s stance is that owners should be able to make their own decisions about managing their stables. United Horsemen President Dave Duquette claims that the horse rescue centers championed by the Humane Society do not manage equine populations in a healthy way. A number of centers have been charged with animal abuse and cruelty because their facilities cannot handle the volume of horses that need to be rescued.

“The animal rights groups have had six years to come up with a solution to this problem and they haven’t. And we told them they weren’t going to,” Duquette told TIME. He cited Senator Mary Landrieu as an example of a congressperson who devotes time and money to eradicating unwanted pig populations but ignores the horses wreaking havoc on her own state.

But horse slaughter remains a risky issue to publicly promote, given the romantic reputation of horses and the dearth of horse-eating cowboys in Hollywood westerns. It remains too soon to say which side will finally be able to declare victory. “Everybody’s worried about re-election,” said Duquette, who claims that many of his Washington prefer to remain in the shadows. “It’s politics as usual.”



Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/07/15/the-american-horse-slaughter-lobby-fights-to-hold-ground/#ixzz2bI4RQnNw

1 year ago

thanks Mary

1 year ago

thanks Lone sent emails 

1 year ago

Thanks for all of the information. I contacted Rubio's office through the Web site and told him of my great concern about the dismemberment of the horse. I will contact and read/ sign anything else I can for the horses. I contacted Obama, for whatever good that will do, about banning horse slaughter facilities in the US, permanently.
Jackie

1 year ago

the last part  is first sorry

1 year ago

Read more: http://www.wptv.com//dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/loxahatchee_acreage/slaughtered-horse-found-in-a-loxahatchee-canal#ixzz2VyaLaBF4

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ADVOCATES: TAKE ACTION BELOW

  • Click HERE to contact FL Senator Marco Rubio asking him to Take Action Action on the Continuing Horse Slaughter Atrocities taking place in Florida on an on-going basis.  Phone: 202-224-3041
  • Anyone with information is urged to contact 1-800-458-TIPS or Palm Beach County  Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.
  • Click HERE to leave your comments, and support Our Advocate in Florida  ~  Kelly Blevins
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1 year ago

Horse Found With Throat Slit, Tongue Removed for Meat ~ Call Senator Marco Rubio Now

by Sonja

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LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - A horse was found slaughtered in the northwest area of  Loxahatchee on Monday night, according to Palm Beach County Animal Care &  Control.

The remains of the slaughtered horse were inside garbage bags in a canal near  180th Avenue and 32nd Street, officials said.

Investigators say the slaughtered horse appears to be less that  twelve-years-old.

"We hoped we would never see this in Palm Beach County and this is really the  first time we're seeing something like this here," Animal Care and Control  Director Dianne Sauve said.

The throat of the horse was cut, according to animal control officials.   They also said the meat was removed from dominant areas of the horse, including  the tongue.

"You have to wonder... did this horse belong to someone? Did a horse go  missing and no one reported it? Did no one care whether this horse was missing?  Or was this horse raised for this purpose," Sauve said.

Sauve says she is concerned there could be an underground black market for  horse meat.

"It is very secretive. It is comprised of people who know each other and who  work together. It is very difficult, but not impossible to find people who are  involved," Sauve said.

Authorities also found gloves inside the bag where the horse remains were  found.

Neighbors in the area were stunned.

"This is upsetting because you would think people who have horses out here  would take care of them and ride them... not dismember them and eat them,"  neighbor Brienne Walters said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact 1-800-458-TIPS or Palm Beach  County Animal Care & Control at 561-233-1200.

NewsChannel 5's Brian Entin contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.wptv.com//dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/loxahatchee_acreage/slaughtered-horse-found-in-a-loxahatchee-canal#ixzz2VyaLaBF4

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1 year ago

thanks Mary, i can always count on you

1 year ago

done sharing thanks Lone

1 year ago
President Obama Moves to Make Horse Slaughter Illegal  
 

With the onset of horse slaughter at the forefront of every media outlet in the past few weeks, there have been many advocates feverishly voicing their opinion against legalizing horse slaughter in the U.S.

 

Recently in Congress, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act was introduced. The bill will prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. and ban their export abroad for that purpose. This bill ensures the protection of our nation's horses from the controversial horse slaughter industry and will also protect the public from tainted horsemeat riddled with chemicals. The SAFE Act is sponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

 

Additionally, The Obama administration has included a proposal in its 2014 budget that would effectively ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. On a technicality, the language would prevent money on horse slaughterhouse inspections. However, without proper inspections, they would not be able to operate.

 

Every year, more than 100,000 horses are trucked hundreds of miles to slaughter in Canada and Mexico, according to PETA. Last year, PETA investigators documented the transport of nearly three dozen horses from a "meat buyer" in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation, Inc. slaughterhouse in Quebec, a grueling 1,100 mile, 36 hour journey in subfreezing conditions. The horses were never given any food or water or off-loaded even once for a rest.

 

Last year, the Los Angeles Times wrote an editorial about certain drugs being administered to horses that could cause serious risks and health problems to humans if consumed.

"Horses that are bought here to be sold to processing plants in Mexico and Canada are acquired from random sources...they have not been tracked from birth, as cattle and pigs are," said the Times in their editorial. "In addition, the horses have usually been treated over their lifetimes with a vast array of drugs, the most common of which is the pain reliever Phenylbutazone, a substance the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stipulates can never be administered to animals processed for food."

 

Please take the time to take action below and let your elected officials know that you support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act and tell President Obama to keep the language in his 2014 budget.

 

  

  TAKE ACTION NOW TO SECURE PERMANENT BAN  

 

 

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1 year ago

thanks Mary

1 year ago
Thank you for taking action on this issue. Please take a minute to help out on the other important issues located on AWI's Compassion Index, http://capwiz.com/compassionindex/home/.

Your e-mail message was sent to: Secretary Thomas Vilsack

1 year ago

thanks a lot Cindy

1 year ago

Letter sent

1 year ago

USDA DEfunds Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections in 2014 Budget

by Sonja

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Breaking News From | Equine Welfare Alliance

Secretary Vilsack has added language to the FY14 budget submission to DEFUND HORSE INSPECTIONS. While this does not impact the current budget, it is a clear indication that the USDA recognizes the dangers to our food supply and exports into the foreign food supply if horse slaughter was to resume in the US.

This is the first time the USDA has actually included the defunding language in the budget request.

A huge thank you to Secretary Vilsack for backing up his recent statements by making food safety a top priority in addition to not wanting to spend tax dollars inspecting horse slaughter facilities.

Here is the language:

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Page 197 of Dept. of Agriculture Appendix

 

SEC. 725. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to-(1) inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603); (2) inspect horses under section 903 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104127); or (3) implement or enforce section 352.19 of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations.

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Send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack ~ Prevent Horse Slaughter

by Sonja

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Advocates Opposing Horse Slaughter… This is a fast, easy action to take for Our Horses.

CLICK HERE to send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining AWI and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.

Secretary Vilsack, while speaking with reporters earlier this week, called on Congress to come up with other ways for this country to handle aging horses than to slaughter them for meat for human consumption. Secretary Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, noted that in his home state horses work with inmates in prisons, and that this helps prisoners acquire job skills for when they rejoin society.

An additional factor that weighs heavily in favor of Secretary Vilsack’s call for humane alternatives is the federal government’s growing budgetary crisis. If the Department of Agriculture were to resume inspection of horse slaughter facilities—something it has not done for several years—the department would be forced to divert limited manpower and funding in order to finance the effort because Congress did not provide additional funding when it removed the annual prohibition on inspecting these facilities.  The timing could not be worse, given the current congressional emphasis on shrinking, not expanding, government expenditures.

“A recent national survey found that over 80 percent of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter and Secretary Vilsack is right in representing that position,” said Heyde. “AWI urges everyone who supports an end to horse slaughter in favor of more humane and responsible alternatives to write Secretary Vilsack and urge him to work with Congress on passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.”

Please share this AWI eAlert with family, friends and coworkers, and encourage them to write too. As always, thank you for your help; your action does make a difference!

Sonja | April 10, 2013 at 1:19 PM | Tags: All Horses Go To Heaven, horse slaughter, Tom Vilsack,
1 year ago

its hopeful if they stop and think they might come to their senses ireland is flooded with horse meat masquarading as beef its just horrible

1 year ago

A step forward, hopefuly

1 year ago

Oklahoma lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin might have thought that quick passage of the horse slaughter bill would bring the controversy to an end. Instead, they probably just guaranteed that the controversy will continue to drag on, perhaps for years.
And the awful irony is we might have had to endure this dreadful experience, and the damage it's done to our already lousy reputation, for naught   -  because there's a good chance Oklahoma will never end up with a horse slaughterhouse. Let's hope so, anyway.

But perhaps there might be at least one good outcome from this awful chapter in our legislative history: If Tulsa World readers follow through with their vows, lots of those lawmakers who supported horse slaughter and blithely ignored the wishes of voters might get booted out of office. (To learn how lawmakers voted go to http://www.tulsaworld.com/horsevote or http://www.tulsaworld.com/senatehorse.)

Several developments in recent years could mean there won't be a slaughterhouse anywhere in the U.S. any time soon: pending federal legislation; stricter requirements for exported horse meat; persistent documentation issues, and a growing meat-fraud scandal.

And, there's a growing movement across the country, articulated by the nation's top agricultural official, to find a solution other than slaughter for managing the country's horse population.

Just a few weeks ago, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called for developing a "third way" to deal with unwanted or unneeded horses.

Vilsack called on Congress to "come up with a better solution for handling unwanted horses than slaughtering the animals for meat for human consumption."
Vilsack's agency is reviewing five applications for slaughterhouses, including reportedly one from Oklahoma, although it is unclear if the Oklahoma application is still being pursued.

The secretary wasn't specific about what he meant by a third option, but suggested as examples that these horses could be used in programs to help returning war veterans or prison inmates.

Apparently a number of federal lawmakers agree with his stance. Pending federal legislation would ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption and prohibit transporting them across the U.S. border to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses.

The measure, called the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, is in part a response to reports that horse meat has been found in food products in Europe and wrongly identified as beef.

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1 year ago

Live Coverage of Press to Stop Horse Slaughter in Oklahoma ~ Don’t Miss This

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CLICK  HERE  For Live Coverage of Simone Netherland's Press Conference on Impending Horse Slaughter in Oklahoma, on March 4, 12 Noon Oklahoma Time, which will be 11 AM Eastern Time. A Video of the Press Conference will be available Monday Evening.

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1 year ago

Action

Tell Feds to Protect Wild Horses in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado

The National Park Service is requesting public comments during a scoping period for the development of a plan to manage a group of 100-150 wild horses that lives in the Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado. The wild horses, who likely originated on nearby tribal lands, have become a popular part of the visitor experience for this national park. 

The Park Service says it will base its plan for the horses on comments received from the public. So please act today to tell the Mesa Verde National Park that it can protect the park's archeological resources as well as its wild horses. Please take action below to submit your comments today. 

1 year ago

thanks Mary

1 year ago

signed shared thanks Lone

1 year ago
Saving America's Mustangs Endorses the Appointment of Rep. Grijalva as NEW Secretary of the Interior
Congressman Raul Grijalva's name is being floated as a possible appointment to be the next Secretary of the Interior, and Saving America's Mustangs thinks he is the best choice to lead this important federal agency. It would be a bold pick that would dramatically change how our federal government treats our federal lands. Will you join with other protectors of our environment and ask President Obama to Appoint Raul Grijalva as Secretary of the Interior?

Raul Grijalva's leadership on the House Natural Resources Committee has demonstrated how he is a champion of clean air, clean water, renewable energy, comprehensive mining reform and environmental conservation. He is the type of bold leader that we need at the Department of the Interior. We need his leadership to better conserve our public lands for generations to come. His appointment will send a strong signal to special interest groups and well-funded lobbyists: the days of influencing our environment with cronyism and fat checks are over. TAKE ACTION here today.

1 year ago

Thanks Cindy

1 year ago

done!

1 year ago

Action

Tell Nevada Governor to Stop Selling Mustangs at Slaughter Auction

Yesterday, an Associated Press report revealed that Nevada state officials -- including Governor Brian Sandoval (pictured at left) -- have discussed slaughtering wild horses and establishing a horse slaughter plant in Nevada. 

Next Wednesday, 41 wild horses who were captured by the state, from the Virginia Range near Reno, will be put up for bid at a livestock auction frequented by kill buyers. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of AWHPC supporters, local advocates and rescue groups now have the funds necessary to purchase these horses and save them from slaughter. Stay tuned next week for a full report on the extraordinary rescue of these beautiful wild horses. 

Meanwhile, it is time to hold Governor Sandoval accountable for his state's heartless wild horse policy. Take action below to tell the Governor to stop capturing and selling his state's wild horses at livestock auctions and start working with local rescue groups to protect these historic animals and save tax dollars. 


1 year ago

Illegal Slaughter of Horses in Florida – Demand Investigation of Florida State Attorney

by thepersianhorse

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ANIMAL ADVOCATES:  PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION AFTER YOU HAVE READ THE COMPLETE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND WATCHED THE DOCUMENTING VIDEOS.

Jorge Ortega, who was arrested for selling horsemeat in Florida, has made a plea deal - under this deal he will serve 18 months probation and will pay more than $1,000 in restitution to the USDA. He also must not have any contact with any horses, and after successfully completing probation, the charges will be dropped.

Dropping the charges sends the WRONG message about horse slaughter in Florida, an issue that puts horses and humans lives in danger. Horses are being stolen from private homes and being slaughtered cruelly on farms, often hacked up while still alive. We must send a strong message to law-makers in Florida that these types of lenient sentences are not acceptable! To quote Richard Couto of ARM – “Ortega had his hand in many of those farms, as far as killing the animals and selling their meat.” These slaughter farms are violent places that no one should have to live near.

Please contact the following people to ask that the case be fully prosecuted!

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CLICK  [HERE for Background Information from My-Fox-Tampa-Bay.

TAMPA (FOX 13) -

A Hillsborough County man arrested in a horse slaughter investigation earlier this year has reached a plea agreement.

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Authorities say they have made an arrest in a horse slaughter investigation we first told you about last June.

Jorge F. Ortega Jr., 26, was arrested on November 6. He is charged with the sale of horse meat for human consumption, according to an affidavit from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say he is the first person in the state to be charged under a state law enacted two years ago that makes buying and selling horse meat a felony.

Animal investigator Richard Couto, with Animal Recovery Mission, says he shot undercover video of transaction in February where Ortega was the seller. He says Ortega sold him and an undercover USDA agent 40 pounds of horsemeat.

According to the affidavit, the meat was taken to a lab where they tested it and confirmed it was horse meat.

"ARM targeted six illegal slaughter farms in Citrus Park in Hillsborough County well over a year ago," Couto explained. "And [Ortega] had his hand in many of those farms, as far as killing the animals and selling their meat."

Couto said the video is evidence of a major problem with the sale of illegal horse meat in Hillsborough County. He says he is happy about the arrest, but says the problem has not gone away.

"There are a lot of illegal slaughter farms in Hillsborough County, in the Citrus Park area, that need to be hit, closed and animals rescued. These are violent, violent places and nobody wants these properties as their neighbors," Couto said.

A spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said they're glad to make the arrest and hope to see the case fully prosecuted. But the spokesman also said their own investigation did not find the horse meat problem to be as widespread as Couto maintains.
In any case, though, the sheriff's office says it hopes Ortega's arrest will serve as a warning.

Ortega was released on a $2,000 bond and is due back in court next week.

- PREVIOUS COVERAGE -

Investigator: horses being slaughtered on Hillsborough County farms http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18772367/investigator-horses-being-slaughtered-on-hillsborough-county-farms

Witnesses describe horse slaughter farm http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18911102/2012/06/28/witnesses-describe-horse-slaughter

Commissioners to consider crackdown on horse slaughter http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18888767/2012/06/26/commissioners-to-consider-crackdown-on-horse-slaughter

Commissioner targets 'loophole' in horse slaughter law http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18851701/2012/06/21/commisioner-targets-loophole-in-horse-slaughter-law

Commissioners see undercover horse video http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/18899865/2012/06/27/commissioners-see-undercover-video

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1 year ago

Lawsuit by Animal Legal Defense Fund

CLICK  [HEREfor GRAPHIC VIDEO and BackGround Information

CITRUS PARK, Florida - Jorge Ortega was arrested for selling horse meat back in November. On Tuesday, a civil lawsuit was  filed against two Hillsborough County farms. Investigators say 26-year-old Ortega worked at one of the farms, where detectives say there were health code violations, animal cruelty, and illegal slaughtering.

The farms sued by the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund are the Cuesta Farm, which is also known as "Quality Cattle," and Planchart Farm, which is also known as BP Screens. Both of the farms are in the Citrus Park area.

Either way, the images allegedly captured at those farms are difficult to watch. You see a man shoot a pig and then drag it away.

In another clip, a woman holds a goat while a man slits the animal's throat. The founder and head investigator of ARM, Animal Recovery Mission out of Miami, said the young goat was butchered alive.

Richard "Kudo" Couto said he went undercover for a year to capture the images at the farms after nearby neighbors contacted him saying the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office wasn't doing enough.

Couto said, "We have damning information in these slaughter houses, everything from butchering animals alive for human consumption, their meat going into the food chain in Hillsborough County. I guess you could say that we did outperform the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department."

But John Horney, who's lived right across the street from Cuesta Farm for the past ten years, is crying foul and said Couto is a troublemaker. Horney is defending his neighbor's business. "I've never seen them people do anything wrong. They don't mistreat their animals. They make all the sick animals they get healthy and it really irritates me that people come out here starting s***."

But one of the attorneys in the civil case said nearby neighbors,  including a veteran who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, feel helpless and they want their day in court. Attorney Tim Martin said, "The noise of the gunshots, because he's a neighbor of the farms, it affects him very negatively. He's often found having to hide from the noise."

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said it conducted an extensive investigation and it said it didn't find any mass animal slaughtering going on.

Here's an outline of the HCSO investigation:

  • June 10, 2011 - Richard Couto contacts the HCSO and claims that he has knowledge of horse meat sales and a slaughter house in the area of Gardner Rd and Sheldon Road in Hillsborough County. Detective is assigned to handle this complaint.
  • July 1, 2011 - A citizen notified HCSO that her horse farrier told her he observed a large amount of horse skeletons at Cuesta Farms located at 11814 Meadowdale Drive.
  • From July 2011 through approximately January 2012, Couto contacts HCSO on 5 to 6 more occasions and claims that he has leads on the illegal sale of horse meat. On each occasion, a detective prepares for an investigative operation, and on each occasion Couto calls the operation off at the last minute saying that the deal has fallen through.
  • February 18, 2012 - Controlled call by USDA is made to Jose Ortega Jr. to purchase horse meat. Horse meat is unavailable at the time.
  • February 19, 2012 - Controlled buy of horse meat at the direction of USDA was made from Georges Farm located at 6327 Gant Rd. Meat tested positive for equine species.
  • February 29, 2012 - Package received from A.R.M. containing a pamphlet and several DVD's.
  • March 28, 2012 - Controlled buy made from an unidentified female at 9614 Central Ave, Tampa, under direction of USDA. Meat tested positive for equine species.
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 - Controlled buy made from an unidentified female at 9614 Central Ave, Tampa, under direction of USDA. Meat tested positive for equine species. SAO declined to prosecute.

  • March 31, 2012 - Assisted the USDA (at their request) with a site inspection at Georges Farm located at 6327 Gant Rd. No evidence of horse slaughter for sale of horse meat for human consumption. • April 25, 2012 - Lab Analysis Reports Evidence from the USDA and copies of the videos from previous incidents was received and secured into evidence.
  • April 30, 2012 - Arrest Affidavit completed on Jose Ortega Jr., direct charges filed to the SAO.
  • June 12, 2012, a local TV station began running news stories regarding a number of farms allegedly engaged in horse slaughter and inhumane animal practices in the Citrus Park area. Richard Couto was the primary source in the stories.
  • June 22, 2012 - The HCSO attempted to purchase horse meat from Tampa Steaks located at 1720 W. Columbus Drive.No horse meat was being sold.
  • June 26, 2012 - The HCSO attempted to purchase horse meat from the Latin America Super Market located at 7601 Palm River Rd. No horse meat was being sold. • June 28, 2012 - Meeting held at the HCSO with Richard Couto. During this meeting, offers were made to Richard Couto to use him and any members of his organization as confidential informants to provide information about illegal slaughter and sale of horse meat. Mr. Couto agrees and states that he will contact Sergeant Raburn via email upon his (Couto's) return from vacation.
  • July 3, 2012 - Couto was contacted to set up follow-up meeting.
  • July 9, 2012 - Couto contacted the HCSO in attempt to schedule follow-up meeting.
  • July 20, 2012 - Surveillance conducted at multiple farms, no signs of horse slaughter for sale of meat for human consumption.
  • July 23, 2012 - Couto contacted the HCSO requesting proposal for joint operation between himself and the HCSO.
  • July 24, 2012 - Manatee County Sheriff's Office contacted; no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat. Neighborhood survey and surveillance conducted, with no information of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • July 25, 2012 - Pasco County Sheriff's Office contacted; no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat. Surveillance was conducted at multiple farms,no evidence of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • July 25, 2012 - Miami Dade PD Agricultural Crimes contacted. MDPD stated Couto sensationalizes reports of animal abuse and horse slaughter to get himself on the news for publicity purposes. Stated most if not all of the "investigations" he claims to have done in Miami were actually MDPD investigation, and he came in after the fact and took pictures and video and posted them on his website as his own investigations. The MDPD official stated that in many cases, the pictures and video were scenes where an animal died of natural causes or unknown means, and he represented them as cases of abuse or slaughter or ritual killings with NO substantiating evidence.
  • July 26, 2012 - Large veterinarian services in Hillsborough County contacted:no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • July 27, 2012 - The HCSO contacted Couto via email offering dates to meet.
  • July 27, 2012 - Daniels & Daniels Equine Services contacted; no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
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  • July 27, 2012 - Contacted Humane Society local and national level, no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat for human.
  • August 2, 2012 - Surveillance conducted at multiple farms,no evidence of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat for human consumption.
  • August 7, 2012 - Couto contacted to set up meeting. Couto not available to meet. Surveillance conducted at Cuesta Farms located at 11814 Meadowdale Dr, a skinny horse with visible rib bones observed. Animal control contacted. There was no evidence of horse slaughter for sale of meat for human consumption.
  • August 30, 2012- Couto contacted the HCSO stating he would not be able to assist any longer. Couto provided no investigative leads or information from this point.
  • September 27, 2012 - Couto contacted the HCSO via email requesting status of investigation.
  • September 29, 2012 - Couto contacted the HCSO via email requesting status of investigation. The HCSO contacted Couto via email informing him an active investigation is underway, no further information will be released.
  • September 30, 2012 - Couto contacted the HCSO requesting action be taken against the illegal slaughter farms.
  • October 1, 2012 - Site visit conducted at Cuesta Farms, no evidence of horse slaughter for sale of horse meat for human consumption.
  • October 2, 2012 - Meetings with several doctors of veterinarian medicine were conducted,no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • October 10, 2012 - Neighborhood surveys conducted at multiple farms, negative results were met.
  • October 11, 2012 - Contacted Couto, he is now "more concerned with illegal slaughters not so much horse meat".
  • October 12, 2012 - Contacted Miami Dade SAO, unable to reach ASA.
  • October 12, 2012 - Contacted Humane Society, no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • October 12, 2012 - Contacted Pinellas County Sheriff's Office,no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • October 12, 2012 - Contacted Polk County Sheriff's Office,no complaints of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • October 15, 2012 - Contacted Miami Dade SAO, ASA advised Couto may not act as a CI.
  • October 15, 2012 - Couto's DVD reviewed of pig slaughter. Incident appeared to be in accordance with FSS 828.23(6).
  • October 24, 2012 - Site visit was conducted at Braulio Hernandez's farm located at 7722 Gardner Rd,no evidence of horse slaughter or sale of horse meat.
  • November 6, 2012 - Jorge Ortega arrested for sale of horse meat for human consumption.
  • The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has closed the investigation until new or additional information is received involving alleged illegal activity.

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1 year ago

I have to agree with Gail in intention.  So far all the petitions have done exactly ZILCH to convince any legislators that we are serious about saving our wild mustang heritage herds.

And apparently any protests at BLM facilities haven't had any effect either.

 

I really do not know what else to suggest.  As a young woman in the '60's I did participate in quite a few protests, sit-ins, etc.  And in retrospect I doubt they had much effect on stopping the war.

 

So, where do we go from here? 

1 year ago

thank you Gail

America's Horses sent to Slaughter
1 year ago

I am screaming- does anyone in the White House care that America's Wild horses are ending up in slaughter houses. I signed sent letters and emails, I will continue but I think a walk on the White House is needed.

1 year ago

thank you Mary for all that you do

1 year ago

signed sharing thanks Lone

1 year ago

Moratorium on Wild Horse & Burro Roundups ~ Sign Petition Now Please.

by thepersianhorse

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PLEASE CLICK [HERE] to sign Craig Downer's Petition for a Moratorium on Wild Horse & Burro Roundups.

On December 15, 1971, the 40th Anniversary of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act (WFHBA), passed unanimously & was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon, therefore on December 15, 2011 & hereafter, we hereby present our:

PETITION TO STOP THE CURRENT EXCESSIVE WILD HORSE & BURRO ROUNDUPS FROM THEIR LEGAL HERD AREAS (BLM) & TERRITORIES (US FOREST SERVICE)

This petition is for: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR KENNETH SALAZAR, BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NATIONAL DIRECTOR ROBERT ABBEY, SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, CHIEF U.S. FOREST SERVICE, U.S. SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES.

SCROLL DOWN PLEASE FOR ACTION ALERT FAXING THE WHITE HOUSE, IN ADDITION TO SIGNING THE PETITION.

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1 year ago

Salazar is Not “Exactly Sure” What is Going On ~ Take Action NOW Please.

by thepersianhorse

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Really? The man responsible for the federal government’s $80-million-a-year wild horse program doesn’t know or doesn’t care that it’s spiraling out of control? That America's wild horses are being sold to slaughter in Mexico? That's shocking. And it needs to end.

If you agree that it's time for Ken Salazar to provide answers about his wild horse and burro program, Send a Scathing Rebuke to President Obama.

ADVOCATES:  TAKE ACTION NOW PLEASE.  Please Email AND Fax the Sample  Letter Below, or you may compose your own letter.  Please ask President Barack Obama to Replace Secretary Ken Salazar with Raul Grijalva as Secretary of the Interior.

CLICK [HERE] to Email President Barack Obama.

CLICK [HEREto Send a Free Fax to President Barack Obama.  FAX #  202-456-2461

CALL President Obama – PHONE #  202-456-1414

OR IF YOU PREFER TO SHARE YOUR OPINIONS WITH SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, KEN SALAZAR. HIS CONTACT INFORMATION IS AS FOLLOWS:

CONTACT SECRETARY SALAZAR: feedback@ios.doi.gov

OR   http://www.facebook.com/SecretarySalazar      .     OR CALL (202) 208-3100

Then, sign up for campaign updates at http://www.wildhorsepreservation.org/salazar

This is what the BLM does not want the public to see : This pregnant mare was chased to the point of collapse in a winter BLM roundup. Tina Wooten says "I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU JEWEL..SHE WAS A WILD PREGNANT MARE RAN DOWN IN THE COLD SNOW WITH HELLICOPTERS UNTIL SHE COLLAPSED.. THE BLM SHOT HER IN THE HEAD AND SHE WAS LEFT TO LAY IN THE COLD SNOW AS SHE LOST HER UNBORN FOAL BY THE CRUEL BLM!!!!!!!  TINA WOOTEN ~ WILD HORSE WARRIOR.

1 year ago

The End is Near ~ For America’s Wild Horses ~ Sign Petition Now Please.

by thepersianhorse

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Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

CLICK  [HERE]  TO SIGN PETITION PLEASE.

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Wild horses are a native species to America. Rounding up federally protected wild horses and burros has been documented as cruel. Warehousing them for decades is fiscally irresponsible. Clearing mustangs and burros off public land--for industrialization, fracking, grazing and the water grab--goes against the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act put in place to protect the living legends of the American West.

Please sign Petition requesting that Wild Horse and Burro roundups be DEfunded immediately..

There is no accurate census and the Bureau of Land Management figures do not add up. Please sign petition requesting an independent census because of concerns there are less than 18,000 wild horses and burros in the 10 western states combined. More roundups will wipe them out.

They are not overpopulating despite spin from the forces that want to perform heinous sterilizations in the field. Fertility control can be looked at as an option after a census has been taken but now that's premature.

Field observers have noticed a worrisome decline in wild horse and burro population since the BLM's rampant roundups from 2009 to this day.

The Associated Press reports another 3,500 wild horses will be rounded up http://www.idahopress.com/news/state/feds-plan-roundup-for-wild-horses-burros/article_5f02fad7-d0c5-52d4-ae5f-5e1e8c9b0c20.html

Please sign petition asking for allowance of native wild horses and the burros to reverse desertification, reduce the fuel for wildfires and create biodiversity on public land--while living with their families in freedom.

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PH

1 year ago

BLM has Lost it’s Compass ~ Destruction & Devastation Follow.

by thepersianhorse

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Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

Memo From Retiring BLM Employee, Stan Olmstead ~ [HERE]

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Memorandum:
To: BLM All
From: Stan Olmstead – Natural Resource Specialist
Date: September 28, 2012
Re: Last Formal Comment on the Commitment to the Mission.

1 year ago

Never looking through “rose colored glasses” it is obvious that we have monumental
environmental concerns both in the nation and on the planet and are in need of serious
solutions. The U.S. government has all the abilities to perform state-of-the-arts
environmental management and yet we continue to fail. The land management agencies
have hard-working people and they put in sincere time to perform their work. However if
the Vernal Field Office is representative, there is concern in the implementation of the
BLM mission. The Vernal Office has placed priority on the exploitation of public land
for commodities. This effort is because of a focus on development of energy; due to a
fossil fuel fixation, politics, Energy Policy Act (2005), Vernal Field Office RMP (2008),
and office managers that do not understand their purpose. A quarter of the employees of
the Vernal Office have a personal interest, academic knowledge, and intent to serve the
American public in the performance of the mission. The mission and natural resource
knowledge is their prime reason for working with the Bureau. The intent of the natural
resource professional is to wisely manage habitat and fauna of public land for our
citizens.

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U.S. history has shown repeated failure in the care of the natural world. We place
exploitation of natural resources and profits from these resources ahead of wisdom. In the
past we mined, logged, grazed and exploited the natural world. Pressure on our political
officials to reverse this attitude and stop deterioration of natural systems was necessary
and resulted in excellent environmental laws. The U.S. has lost numerous species and yet
we do not act for their ethical protection and subsequently in defense of our own healthy
environment. At the Vernal Office little concern has been shown to care for sensitive
species (mountain plover, sage grouse, hookless cactus). We promote energy
development without stop and continue to measure natural resources by dollar value.
The mission of the BLM is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of public
lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. As civil servants we
are obligated to all Americans to perform the BLM mission. Yet our elected, appointed
and agency administrators ask us to focus on commodities and economics as opposed to
environmental health. Commodities and economic gains are easier to measure. We work
with our elected officials but we work for our citizens. Outside influences that lead us
away from our required service to the American citizen and the BLM mission, should be
repelled by the servant. Our service to the American people is to fulfill the mission
through science, law, regulations and “team work”. Our fellow civil servants that
administer the Bureau should insist that we work together in a common goal to fulfill the
intent of the mission. Yet the Vernal Office does not work together as a professional team, instead the office works as fragmented groups, individually following bureaucratic
requirements catering to the exploiter and political antagonist. There is little thought for
the future by those in charge for real land health.

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Health and diversity of public lands are natural entities. They do not include oil wells,
livestock, crested wheatgrass nor guzzlers. These are developments and tools to exploit
and have nothing to do with health and diversity. Productivity is not synonymous with
commodities. Protection of healthy soils, vegetation, clean air & water and a natural
fauna are the true products, which we should diligently promote before commodity
extraction. Science teaches us to not act until we know that harm will not occur to the
natural system. Whereas development asks for proof of damage to the natural system
before you restrict. The natural environment and subsequently the human environment
will be injured seriously if balance is not restored. U.S. federal land management
agencies have it in their power to be the best land stewards anywhere in the world. We
fail not in ability but in our attitude, a lack of understanding, lack of futuristic thinking
and our implementation. Our actions are based on outside forces inconsistent with the
intended mission and wisdom.

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The BLM employee that did not study for a career in natural science frequently works for
the Bureau for different reasons than the natural resource professional and it appears from
experience that those who work for these different reasons are unable to visualize the
intended mission. Knowing environmental health, diversity and the true customer must
be known by the team before we can fulfill our service. Without a personal interest for
the health of the land it is difficult to implement a professional understanding. If as some
have said incorrectly that “their job was to promote oil & gas” they fail in the mission
and service to the people.

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Aldo Leopold had four requisites for land-health:

1 year ago

However Vernal:

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  • Lost the mountain plover; the only known population in Utah while at the same time the species is in decline throughout its range. Little effort to prevent this loss was implemented and is a serious mission departure.
  • Plugging and abandonment of well sites have not been a priority. Numerous oil & gas wells have not produced for more than 15 years and yet these sites remain unreclaimed. Notable of these is Seep Ridge #1; Lease #U-6616 & Seep Ridge #3; Lease #U-10178-A. Why is it that after more than 20 years of non-production these two wells remain idle and un-reclaimed? Federal regulation for well abandonment (Title 43 CFR 3162.3-4) requires abandonment.
  • Land reclamation after use still appears difficult to solve. WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

The user wishes to profit from the land and the land is owned by the citizens.Insist that the user fulfills the reclamation requirement before permitting additional use. Our only task is to identify need and confirm success.
4. Animal Unit Months; we have grazing allotments, allotments have specified
AUM’s and grazing occurs. Yet we disturb large percentages of our allotments
located in oil & gas fields and AUMs remain the same. If you lose 30% of the
forage in a specific allotment it is logical to reduce the AUMs by 30%.

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In the Vernal Field Office we have shown no concern for the cumulative impact of the
developed area and provide in NEPA documents little quantitative analysis. We fragment
habitat extensively in energy areas resulting in ecosystem damage not unlike that which
occurred from over grazing and other historic land exploitation. It took decades for
government to stop over grazing and move toward land health. Today scars remain from
time before the Taylor Grazing Act. We have lost the only population of mountain plover
in the state of Utah, contrary to science, ethics, and policy (BLM Manual 6480 – Special
Status Species Management). We have watched as direct and indirect impacts have
literally killed individuals of a federally listed plant species with only a token effort to
prevent future actions and not an apology for our failure. Analysis of water depletion
associated with endangered fish of the Colorado River system is accomplished through a
series of documented explanations that have no attempt to monitor the quantity of
depletion and is inconsistent with critical habitat for the species. The air within the
Uintah Basin continues to be fouled in our effort to maximize energy and economic gain.
Climate change receives but token language in our NEPA documents. Socio-economics
are measured on dollar values gained without analysis showing measurement of
“degradation/benefit” to the community. Air quality causes respiratory ailments, traffic
within the community is industrial and large sums of money leave the community to
outside corporations. A myriad of other community related issues are in need of detailed
analysis.

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We need to alter our bureaucratic method of operation. Focus on our mission and team
implementation as professional civil servants. Work together as a unified team of
professionals to implement the science, law, and regulations for service to the American
people. Discontinue our practice of placing our budget on projects that in truth are
developments in disguise and termed mitigation. We should utilize the budget on
monitoring and over-site. The use of the public land is the burden of the user to minimize
injury and restore to its natural state.

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Without serious fulfillment of the mission we continue to harm public land as it has been
harmed so frequently in our historic past. Be honest about what is happening. It is easier
to break something than to fix it, so let us stop breaking the land.

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“Our Quest, is to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only
in the mind”- John Mayers; Geologist.

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PH

1 year ago

Have You Had It Up to “HERE” with Cowboy Ken? Take Action Now Please.

by thepersianhorse

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Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

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Question: Should Ken Salazar continue to serve as the Secretary of the Interior--to oversee, manage, and decide the fate of our wolves, and our wild horses/burros?

Answer: NO!!! His record speaks for itself---he played a key role in the de-listing of wolves from federal protection (the ESA), he has supported individual states in their wolf massacre policies, he is responsible for rounding up wild mustangs and burros to clear the grazing areas for his cohort ranchers! What happens to the wild horses that are rounded up and sold to animal dealers? In these hard economic times, few private citizens are buying horses--but we do know that Tom Davis, a family friend of Salazar's, an animal transporter who advocates for horse slaughterhouses is buying the horses for $10. each from the Bureau of Land Management-----and with no verifiable paperwork, it is a sad guess that the horses are going to Mexico for slaughter.

ADVOCATES:  TAKE ACTION NOW PLEASE.  Please Email AND Fax the Sample  Letter Below, or you may compose your own letter.  Please ask President Barack Obama to Replace Ken Salazar with Raul Grijalva as Secretary of the Interior.

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thepersianhorse | November 15, 2012 at 1:39 AM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Tf
1 year ago

Saving Wild Horses From Slaughter ~ We are Almost at 200,000 Signatures. Please S/S

by thepersianhorse

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Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

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The government is supposed to be protecting wild horses, but instead they use helicopters to round them up and send them to holding facilities. The holding facilities fill up and they sell the horses to people like Tom Davis without a way to make sure the horses don't end up slaughtered.

We need to restore the basic protections that Wild Horse Annie won for horses and make sure they're not sold for slaughter. Help us tell the government to stop selling our wild horses and start protecting them.

A recent investigation revealed that hundreds of wild horses have been sold in bulk to a man with ties to the slaughter industry who will not say where they are now. This is the latest in a string of accusations of mismanagement of America’s wild horses.

PLEASE CLICK [HEREto Sign Petition.

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1 year ago

thanks Cindy for the post

1 year ago

Here is another pic of the Salt River AZ wild horse herd.  They are in danger of being rounded up and slaughtered as well.  How can any thinking, feeling person bring themself to do such a thing, I don't understand.

saltriversunset.jpg

 

 

1 year ago
Post navigation <:article id=post-3402 class="post-3402 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-essays tag-basashi tag-horse-breeding tag-horse-slaughter tag-horse-sushi tag-raw-horse-meat tag-sakura"> Foal Sushi Anyone? ~ Live Export of Horses from Canada to JAPAN (To Be Slaughtered)

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Basashi or Horse Meat Sushi

While horses have become a gentle companion and even pets to many people in most countries of the world, they have become so much a part of the Japanese cuisine.

In Japan, people eat basashi or raw horse meat cut in thin slices.

Basashi appears pink and is affectionately called sakura, referring to the well-loved Japanese flower cherry blossoms that are also pink in color.

Horse meat has become so popular in Japan that many people eat it in izakaya, Japanese-style drinking restaurants that are everywhere the country.

It is eaten as yakiniku or barbecue, as an ice cream, as a dessert, and even has canned versions.

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Per Anti-Horse-Slaughter Advocate ~  FINALLY EXPOSED!!! It has been said that the Japanese prefer Draft Horse Meat, that they buy from specific ranchers/dealers who specifically raise them in California and else where for sale to the Japanese, they purchase about 700 of these foals a year, raise them like Kobe Beef and then sell the meat as an expensive delicacy.

Yes, Horse Slaughter is Illegal in California; however, TRANSPORT of Horses to Slaughter to any destination on the planet from California is not Illegal.  Another Anti-Horse-Slaughter Advocate says  If they are raising them for slaughter in CA, they can be prosecuted. Let’s do some research and find out WHICH Breeding Farms are raising these horses for Sushi, and if it is, indeed, illegal to transport out of state for slaughter.

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2 years ago

Urgent ~ We need for the 80% of Americans who are Against Horse Slaughter to Sign this Petition NOW.

by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

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PLEASE CLICK  [HERE] to sign Petition. Signatures will be HAND DELIVERED to President Obama requesting Executive Orders against Horse Slaughter.

Anti-Slaughter Advocates:  Due to the fact that Congress is NOT acting to pass the Moran Amendment, which would defund the USDA inspection of horse meat for human consumption in the U.S. Horse Facilities; NOR is Congress acting to pass Bills S1176/HR2966, which would prohibit TRANSPORT of U.S. Horses to Slaughter - either to Canada, Mexico, OR within U.S. Borders, the signatures on this petition will be hand delivered to President Obama asking for Executive Orders for defunding of USDA INSPECTIONS in Horse Slaughter Facilities, and for Transport to Slaughter.

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PH

thepersianhorse | October 19, 2012 at 1:01 AM | Tags: horse slaughter, HR2966, Moran Amendment, S1176 | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-SF
2 years ago

thanks Lone

2 years ago
HORSES STARVED FOR 3 MONTHS BEFORE SLAUGHTER TO MAKE MEAT MORE EXPENSIVE ~ CALL PROSECUTOR NOW. by thepersianhorse

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Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

 

Animal Recovery Mission

Animal Recovery Mission

The above picture is provided by Animal Recovery Mission.  It is a screen shot taken in a Hillsborough County Illegal Slaughter Farm. Anti grazing masks are placed on horses here to lean out the meat. The masks are also placed so the horses don't eat the wood. This meat is sold for triple the price as other horse meat. The Cuban buyers see this meat as having stronger medical powers for curing ailments.

In order to collect the right evidence on these farms, a great deal of patience is needed; and watching animals going through long term torture is needed to create long term change (hardest part of Richard "Kudo" Couto's job). Without this the farms would stay open for another 50 years and farmers go unpunished. In this case ARM had to watch this horse go from powerful and healthy to 3 months of starvation then slaughtered.

Hillsborough County Sheriff and their State attorney have still not made arrests in this and similar cases.

ACTIVISTS:  DO YOU WANT JUSTICE FOR THIS HORSE, WHO WAS STARVED FOR THREE MONTHS BEFORE SLAUGHTER?  CHECK BELOW FOR INSTRUCTIONS.

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2 years ago

thanks Mary

2 years ago

voting for JERAS EVERY DAY SHARING

2 years ago
Help Feed Rescued BLM Mustangs & Burros Without Spending a Dime. by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM

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Please click on the two following links to Vote for Journey's End Ranch Animal Sanctuary and Indraloka Animal Sanctuary.  The Award for the Winning Number of Votes will be $25,000 for the purpose of purchasing Animal Feed for all the rescued animals at JERAS and INDRALOKA.

CLICK  [HEREto vote for Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary.

CLICK  [HEREto vote for Indraloka Animal Sanctuary.

2 years ago

The history of Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (JERA is intrinsically linked to the history of its president and founder, Catherine Ritlaw. A lifelong animal lover and veterinary technician for many years, Cathy has been nursing, rehabilitating and rescuing animals since she found an orphaned woodchuck at age ten. Determined to save the animal, Cathy studied it’s particular needs, and lovingly cared for it until it was able to be successfully returned to the wild.

Cathy was a practicing veterinary technician until a severe back injury forced her to pursue other career interests. After several life changes, including developing debilitating chemical sensitivities that make it nearly impossible for her to be around any chemical products, enclosed environments or people, she returned to the animals, resolving to dedicate herself to animal rescue and rehabilitation as part of her own &ldquoersonal” rescue program.

In 1994 Cathy began actively rescuing dogs, cats, pigs, burros and fostering wild horses, focusing her efforts on animals with special needs, and learning about ways to effect rehabilitation and continued care. In 2002, Cathy fulfilled a dream when she purchased 37 acres in the high desert of Southern Arizona, officially forming Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary—a place of respite and rehabilitation for all who reside there. In 2010, Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary obtained its 501(c)(3) status and began a campaign for sustainability and educational outreach.

Catherine is the sole provider and caretaker for the ten dogs, fifteen horses, four burros and one pig that currently have found sanctuary at Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary.  Would you like to meet them?

Click on this LINK to meet all of the wonderful critters at JOURNEYS END RANCH ANIMAL SANCTUARY, including Wilbur the Pot Bellied Pig.http://www.jersanctuary.org/about-jeras/

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MARIAH is an 8 year old mustang mare, she has been at the sanctuary since she was 11 months old. Captured in Nevada by the BLM when she was five months old, Mariah somehow  ” lost”  her mother during this BLM roundup. She spent 6 months with BLM, and was transported to 3 different facilities in 2 states during this time.

Mariah has deep emotional scars and joint damage (DOD), probably from a combination of being chased at least 12 miles by a BLM helicopter (according to their records) as a tiny baby and from being fed straight alfalfa, with no minerals added to balance the ration. She is another example of a perfectly happy and healthy wild horse with permanent damage from BLM abuse and mismanagement.  Despite it all, and her small size, she is the JERAS Alpha Mare and still has quite a lot of spirit.

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thepersianhorse | September 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM | Categories: ESSAYS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Rt
2 years ago
Every Horse Counts in Oregon ~ Send Thank You Emails Please by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

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Please join The Persian Horse in congratulating the State of Oregon's appellate attorney, Assistant Attorney General Jamie Contreras, for a job well done in obtaining a Ruling that  will ensure that those offenders who harm MULTIPLE animals will be exposed to SEPARATE and distinct punishment for EACH victim animal who suffered under the offender’s charge.

2 years ago

Please send Jamie Contreras a Thank You Email per the following Alert from ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND.

Jamie's Email Address is:  jamie.k.contreras@doj.state.or.us

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Posted by Scott Heiser, Director of ALDF's Criminal Justice Program on August 3rd, 2012

The Facts were Undisputed.  Acting on a tip, police officers entered defendant's farm and found dozens of emaciated animals, mostly HORSES and goats, and several animal carcasses in various states of decay.  Two years ago, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon executed a search warrant in response to an animal abuse/neglect complaint. Deputies seized 69 animals, including 43 goats, 24 horses, and two Border Collies. The animals’ owner, Arnold Weldon Nix, was arrested on 23 counts of animal abuse and neglect. Many of the animals were in terrible condition and a number of horse and goat carcasses were discovered on Nix’s property. As a result of the investigation, the prosecutor eventually charged Nix with 93 separate counts of animal neglect.

But at Nix’s sentencing the defense argued that only people, corporations, and governments—and not horses and other animals—can be the victims of a crime. The judge agreed. According to a report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Judge Wallace merged 19 of the 20 counts of animal neglect into one formal conviction on the theory that the State of Oregon was the only victim of Nix’s crimes. The horses were not the actual victims of Nix’s neglect, the judge said, at least for the purposes of consolidating all the individual counts into one conviction.

In a mass animal neglect case in which ALDF filed an amicus brief in support of the state’s appeal, we just got a fantastic result from the Oregon Court of Appeals. The case is State v. Nix and the facts are simple. In 2008-2009 the defendant neglected many horses in Umatilla County.  In March of 2010 the defendant was tried on multiple charges of animal neglect (each count alleging the same timeframe and thus the conduct was treated as one criminal episode).

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The jury convicted the defendant of 20 separate counts of animal neglect involving 20 individual horses. At sentencing, the trial court adopted the defendant’s argument that animals are not legal persons and as such they cannot be considered “victims.” Thus, under Oregon law, the argument goes, the state is the only victim, which means that the defendant can only be punished for one count of animal neglect (the remaining 19 counts must all “merge” into the first count). The practical results from the trial court’s ruling include: the defendant only has to pay one fine rather than 20; the defendant can only serve one jail term rather than multiple, consecutive terms; and with just one conviction on the books, the defendant would be eligible to wipe his criminal record clean (a process called expungement).

 

Teresa Boardman

Teresa Boardman

The State of Oregon appealed this ruling and asked ALDF to consider filing a brief as well—we were delighted to do so. In an opinion issued on August 1, 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the trial court, adopting some key arguments we made in support of the state’s case, e.g.: (1) a significant component in the test to determine a “victim” is to evaluate the substantive statute and identify the person or being who suffered the harm that is at the core of the underlying crime; (2) Oregon’s post-verdict forfeiture and lien laws evidence a legislative intent to treat animals as something other than mere property of a human, and there is a broader public interest in their health, care, and well-being—holding that “In short, based on the text and context of ORS 167.325 [the animal neglect statute at issue], it appears that the legislature’s primary concern was to protect individual animals as sentient beings, rather than to vindicate the more generalized public interests in their welfare”; and (3) to adopt the defendant’s rationale would produce rather inconsistent results (e.g., cases of mass neglect where each animal was the property of a different owner would produce more punishable crimes than if, as was the circumstance in the Nix case, all of the animals were owned by the same person).

This is a very good opinion for animals—recognizing their sentiency as a compelling interest over and above the general public interest associated with crimes related to “keeping the peace.” In Oregon, this opinion will ensure that those offenders who harm multiple animals will be exposed to separate and distinct punishment for each victim animal who suffered under the offender’s charge. Further, it will help prosecutors reverse adverse rulings in states like Michigan [People v. Kruithoff, 242739, 2003 WL 22961698 (Mich. Ct. App. 2003) (a dog is legally an animal and not a person and it cannot qualify as a victim within the meaning of the legislative sentencing guidelines)] and Wyoming [Amrein v. State, 836 P.2d 862 (Wyo. 1992) (ruling that the trial court violated defendant’s double jeopardy rights in convicting him of separate counts for neglect of nine animals; Wyoming Supreme Court found that the failure to feed all animals gave rise to only one cruelty count and noted that “[a]s a general proposition, with few exceptions, in crimes against the person, when contrasted with crimes against property, there are as many offenses as individuals affected&rdquo].

 

PH

thepersianhorse | September 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM | Categories:
2 years ago

thanks Mary

2 years ago

signed faxes sent

2 years ago
Brutal Italian Horse Races ~ Please Sign Petition by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

 

Occupy For Animals Italy

Occupy For An imals Italy

CLICK  [HEREto Sign Petition Please.

There are about a dozen horse races, called 'pali' held in Italy throughout the year. Some are truly medieval - in all senses of the term.

These numerous palii using animals – mostly horses - held in Italy every year have always been defended in the name of an alleged respect of traditions.

In reality, the amount of money moved by these events and the huge number of serious incidents demonstrate the existence of interests that don't take in any account the wellbeing on the animals involved.

One of those races is Palio di Ronciglione. The 2011 race ended in the death of a horse, in absolutely horrific circumstances, and the fall of three others.

thepersianhorse | September 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Ra
2 years ago
Recommend Simone Netherlands for Humane Advocacy ~ BLM Advisory Board by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

 

Simone Netherlands

Simone Netherlands

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Simone Netherlands is asking is for organizations to put their letter of recomendation on their website and for horse advocates to call Ms Sharon Kipping who is going to be deciding who to appoint and very politely recomend her.

She will likely say that the nomination period is over, but that doesnt matter. You can call her at 202-912-7263, or fax her at 202-912-7182, or email her at skipping@blm.gov

If you don't have a fax machine, Click [ HEREto send free faxes.

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Simone Netherland's Resume'

My application for the position of Humane Advocacy on the BLM Advisory Board.
by Simone Netherlands on Tuesday, 7 August 2012 at 03:08 ·

Publishers and bloggers, please feel free to publish and write about so that BLM will have to deal with public scrutiny in case they deny my application. Since they might be less than enthousiastic to appoint me, it is going to take a lot of support for them to be convinced, it is time, they have no choice but to put a real Wild Horse Advocate on the Advisory board. (The advisory board advises the BLM on their policies and desisions).

What I am asking is for organizations to put their letter of recomendation on their website and for horse advocates to call Ms Sharon Kipping who is going to be deciding who to appoint and very politely recomend me. She will likely say that the nomination period is over, but that doesnt matter. You can call her at 202-912-7263, or fax her at 202-912-7182, or email her at skipping@blm.gov

Below is my application turned into Ms. Kipping and all the other recipients mentioned.

Resume and Application for the position of Humane Advocacy on the BLM Advisory Board.

Simone Netherlands   Simone@respect4horses.com

Current Occupation

-Natural horsemanship trainer at Respect4Horses Facility, Prescott, AZ

2 years ago

-Bachelors business and marketing degree from University HEAO Midland, in Amersfoort, Holland, 1989.

-Studied natural horsemanship since 1994, completed courses with several different masters of natural  horsemanship such as Pat Parrelli, John Lyons, Monty Roberts and Dennis Reis.

-Completed college courses in Equine Science, Equine behavior, Equine health, Equine anatomy and Equine nutrition at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ. 

Carreer History

-Modeling A.F.T., Amsterdam, Holland,  from 1988 to 1996

-Modeling Phoenix AZ Signature Talent, from 1996-2000

-Hotel Executive, Manager of four departments; Catering,, Health Club, Giftshop and Art department at the Prescott Resort, Grace Hospitality Group from 1999 to 2007

-Performed Freedom training shows around the country, at Equine shows and extravaganzas, largest show in South Point Casino, Las Vegas at the Friesian Extravaganza with 10,000 spectators 2009.

-Natural Horse man ship Trainer from 2000 till present

-Competes in dressage shows at second level without bridle or bit.

-Owns and operates horse rescue facility with space for 12 horses. Purchases horses from kill buyers and retrains and adopts them out, from 2007 till now.

-Owns five horses of her own, 3 BLM adopted mustangs and 2 Friesians.

-Attends BLM advisory board meetings already.

-Had several constructive meetings with former Director Bob Abbey 2011.

-Wrote the Walker Lake Herd Preservation Proposal, which is the only proposal to date that was accepted and implemented by the BLM. The Walker Lake Herd is an undamaged and untouched herd of 110 horses living peacefully along Walker Lake in Hawthorne Nevada.  

Qualifications

-Can speak clearly and calmly about the issues around Wild Horse and Burro Management with understanding and open mind towards all other views and opinions.

-Has history of good relations with all BLM personel and contractors.

-Have had peaceful and meaningful meetings with Sue Cattoor, Dean Bolstadt, and former Director Bob Abbey.

-IIs seeking practical and realistic solutions and can represent the opinion of all wild horse and horse welfare organizations without confrontation.

-Understands principles of multiple use, AML’s and understands the positions of ranchers and other interests.

-My organization has over 5000 members, volunteers and followers and works closely together with active horse welfare organizations such as Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Animal Law Coalition, Wild Horse Education, Animal Recovery Mission,, Animals’ Angels, the Cloud Foundation, Americans against Horse Slaughter, Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and Equine Welfare Alliance which is a coalition of yet another 200 Equine organizations. All these and more horse welfare organizations have endorsed me as their representative and would view it as a good faith effort and big step in the right direction if I was appointed for the humane advocacy position on the Advisory Board. Please see their combined letter of nomination and recommendation. 

2 years ago

Experience and knowledge of Equine Health 

-Studied natural horsemanship since 1994, completed courses with Pat Parrelli, John Lyons, Monty Roberts, Dennis Reis.

-Completed college courses in Equine Science, Equine behavior, Equine anatomy and Equine nutrition at Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ.

Experience in working with disparate groups in order to achieve collaborative solutions.

For over 8 years I managed over 60  employees managing four departments of the Prescott Resort, Grace hospitality Group. It is through this experience that I have become a master of a calm approach and implementing positive feelings and workable solutions. 

Additional Information 

I hold no BLM permits leases or lisences, although I do hold title to three BLM adopted horses.

I am not a federally registered lobbyist.

Reason for application

I want to serve on the Advisory Board in order to represent the views of an ever growing public that is becoming increasingly aware of the current short comings of the Wild Horse and Burro Program. When Callie Hendrickson who’s position of pro- slaughter and anti-wild horse is well known, was appointed to the Advisory board, the horse welfare community and Organizations were outraged. Therefore they now urgently and strongly recommend my appointment to in order to accomplish balance and representation of both sides. At this point in BLM history it is an outright nesesity that a true horse welfare representative be appointed to the Advisory board in order to improve not only the image of the BLM but also working relationship between horse welfare organizations and the BLM itself. It will be seen by horse welfare organizations, by the online horse advocate community and by the general public as a good faith step in the right direction. There is not another person who is endorsed and nominated by all horse welfare organizations combined.

Sincerely, Simone Netherlands.

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Additional recipients of this nomination

  • Sec. Ken Salazar
  • Interim BLM Director
  • Senator Harry Reid
  • Senator John Ensign
  • Congressman Raul Grijalva
  • Congressman Nick Rahall
  • Congressman John Conyers
  • Congressman James Moran
  • Senate and House Appropriations Committees
  • Senate and House Natural Resource Committees
  • Committee on Government Oversight and Reform
  • DOI Office of Inspector General
  • George Knapp Klas8TV
  • CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX.

PLEASE CALL, FAX & EMAIL NOW.

 

PH

 

thepersianhorse | August 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM | Categories:
2 years ago
Sue Says She is Not Giving Up ~ Healthy Mature Horses will be “Processed”. by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

ROCKVILLE, Mo. - The primary backer of a proposed horse slaughtering operation in western Missouri said she isn't giving up, even though plans have stalled because of legal problems surrounding the plant that was to be used for the business.

In June, Wyoming legislator Sue Wallis announced that a former beef processing plant in Rockville was being retrofitted to be a horse slaughtering plant, raising hopes of bringing much-needed jobs to the town 100 miles south of Kansas City.

But Wallis' company, Unified Equine, has not acquired the plant and no work has been done at the site.

Wallis' critics said that is typical of how she has operated since she began pushing to reopen horse slaughtering plants in the U.S. after Congress voted in 2011 to restore funding for horse plant inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"She goes around to all these places with the promise of jobs and people get all excited and nothing ever comes of it," said Pat Fazio, who works to protect wild horses in Wyoming and has clashed with Wallis many times.

Wallis insisted she plans to continue working to acquire the Rockville plant, noting that organizations such as the Missouri Equine Council support her effort.

Wallis said her company wanted to open a plant in Missouri because it would be close to major transportation hubs and within a few hundred miles of 30 percent of the country's horses. The plant would be able to process up to 200 animals a day.

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The company said its plant would mainly buy healthy, mature horses, process their meat as steaks and hamburger and ship it to markets in China, Mexico, Europe and some ethnic niche markets in the U.S.

But the Rockville plant she wants to use is mired in ownership and legal troubles. Last September, owner Vincent Paletta was sued for breach of contract by a company owned by his wife. Since then, the couple has been sued by a Grandview electrician who sought a lien on the property, saying he is owed $60,000 of refrigeration work.

And Vincent Paletta was charged in February with two counts of stealing involving to plant's operation. He has pleaded not guilty and has said the other issues are being resolved.

Even if the plan moves forward, Wallis will be opposed again by Cynthia McPherson, an attorney who successfully led a fight earlier this year when Wallis announced she planned to open the horse slaughtering operation in Mountain Grove, in southwest Missouri. McPherson represents the electrician who sued Paletta.

Unlike in Mountain Grove, Rockville residents generally supported Wallis' plans. Mayor Dave Moore said the town was behind it because the beef processing plant had been the town's biggest employer before it shut down.

Moore said recently that the town continues to hope the project will happen but he acknowledged that nothing has been done since Wallis visited the town to promote the idea.

On top of all the other issues, Congress could again take away funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter operations. Last month, an amendment to remove funding was added to an appropriations bill by Rep. Jim Moran of Kansas. It has cleared the House Appropriations Committee.

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PH

thepersianhorse | August 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM | Categories: ESSAYS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Q7
2 years ago
Death Row for Horses in Washington ~ Bouvry has application in hand. by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

BACKGROUND | LAURA ALLEN ANIMAL LAW COALITION

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSI, Animal Law Coalition has learned that Bouvry Exports, which has the largest horse slaughter operation in Canada, has obtained an application for FSIS inspections. Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act the inspections are required in the U.S. for horses that are to be slaughtered for human consumption. FSIS approval and agreement to provide inspectors would be an important step for Bouvry Exports in opening a U.S. facility to slaughter horses for human consumption.

2 years ago

Earlier this year Allen Warren, operator of Horse Harbor Foundation, an equine sanctuary in Washington state, indicated a source inside Bouvry Exports was reporting the Canadian company has plans to open a U.S. horse slaughter house at Florence Packing Co., Inc. just outside of Stanwood in Snohomish County, Washington. Florence Packing Co., Inc. previously slaughtered horses there until the early 1990s. It was known as "Death Row for Horses".

The Florence Packing facility has continued to serve Bouvry Exports as a feedlot and collection point for horses doomed to slaughter at its Fort MacLeod, Alberta plant. "Florence Packing" is also listed as a Bouvry Exports brandname for its horse meat products.

Bouvry Exports was added to the November, 2011, USDA list of bonded meat processors in the US despite that currently the company has no slaughter facilities in this country.

All of this points to serious plans by Bouvry Exports to re-establish the Florence Packing facility as a horse slaughter house. Horse slaughter became legal again in the U.S. in November, 2011.  "The fact that Bouvry has an FSIS application in hand for Stanwood and can file it at any time means this threat is still hanging over our heads here in Washington State and we will continue our efforts to marshall public opinion against it to stop it in its tracks if and when the application is filed,"  Warren stated.

Snohomish County water quality officials are concerned as it is that horses are kept at the site for export for slaughter. An inspection was done last year because of concerns about pollutants detected downstream. The Stillaguamish River Divergence runs along the north side of the facility. It is a known Chinook salmon habitat with hatcheries located downstream. Also, the facility sits in a floodplain. Officials and residents will have much more to be concerned about if a horse slaughter facility opens: Go here to read about the economic and environmental devastation horse slaughter brought to communities when facilities operated in the U.S. prior to their closure in 2007. There was no benefit, only substantial cost including to the quality of life.

Washington animal welfare organizations representing thousands of state citizens have come together in an effort to prevent a horse slaughter facility from opening. Legislation is likely to be introduced soon at the county as well as state level.

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thepersianhorse | July 26, 2012 at 5:18 PM | Categories: ANIMAL LAW COALITION, ESSAYS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Pn
2 years ago

thanks Mary

2 years ago

signed sharing

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  1. CALL or FAX Eric Cantor, Majority Leader of the House:                                   PHONE: 202.225-2815 ~ FAX: 202.225-0011
  2. CALL and FAX YOUR Federal Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Fax First, Follow up with a Phone Call.
  3. NEXT ~ CALL and FAX ALL Federal Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Fax First, Follow up with a Phone Call.
  4. CLICK  [ HERE ] to send 5 Free Faxes per Day.
  5. CLICK  [ HERE ] to find Fax & Phone Numbers to ALL U.S. Federal Representatives.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SPEAK FOR OUR HORSES, THEIR LIVES ARE AT STAKE

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PH

thepersianhorse | July 16, 2012 at 1:00 AM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-OS
2 years ago
Time is Short ~ Fax Full House Now ~ Moran Amendment Must Stay in 2013 Federal Budget by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

The Moran Amendment has passed out of committee and now Majority Leader Eric Cantor will set the schedule for when this amendment will be voted on, which is at the present time included in the 2013 Federal Budget.

 

Before Slaughter in the U.S.

Before Slaughter in the U.S.

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CLICK  [ HEREto See the BUDGET (H.R. 5973, Report 112-542) which contains the Moran Amendment which will be Voted on by the FULL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, at ANY MOMENT.  H.R. 5973 is not the Number of the Moran Amendment.  It is merely the Number to the Part of the Budget with has been approved by the Committee in the House of Representatives, which contains the Moran Amendment. (currently).

  • Scroll all the way Down in the pdf document, [ HERE ], to Page 90.
  • Starting with Line 15 SEC. 744, you will see the MORAN AMENDMENT as follows:
  • None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to  (1) inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603);  (2) inspect horses under section 903 of the  Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104–127); or  (3) implement or enforce section 352.of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations.
  • The Moran Amendment, starting on Page 90 of the Pending Federal 2013 Budget, Line 15 through Line 24, MUST REMAIN IN THE BUDGET.  THIS IS WHAT WE  DO NOT WANT STRIPPED OR REMOVED FROM THE BUDGET BY A BACKROOM COMMITTEE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, LIKE IT WAS LAST NOVEMBER - THUS MAKING HORSE SLAUGHTER LEGAL IN THE U.S.
ACTION TO TAKE COMMENCING AT 8 A.M. E.S.T. JULY 16, 2012; AND TO BE CONTINUED UNTIL THE 2013 BUDGET GOES TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR A FULL VOTE, WITH THE MORAN AMENDMENT FULLY IN TACT AND NOT REMOVED.
SEND THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE PER INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:
Sample Message: (Copy and Paste Following Message Between Lines of Stars)
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Please Only Vote YES on a Federal Budget which includes the Moran Amendment; "None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to  (1) inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603);  (2) inspect horses under section 903 of the  Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104–127); or  (3) implement or enforce section 352.of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations."  NO TAX DOLLARS FOR USDA INSPECTIONS AT U.S. SLAUGHTER HOUSES.  I will remember how YOU voted on the Budget, when I go to the Voting Polls".
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  1. CALL or FAX Eric Cantor, Majority Leader of the House:                                   PHONE: 202.225-2815 ~ FAX: 202.
2 years ago
Demand Investigation of BLM & DOI Now Before All Our Wild Horses Disappear. by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

BACKGROUND | JOHN COX

We, the People and taxpayers, grow weary of waiting for justice to be served to these government agencies who abuse our wild horses, our wild burros, and spend our taxpayer dollars in an irresponsible and neglectful way constantly, These government agency employees disrespect Americans and taxpayer money daily, as our nation and taxpayers find it difficult to have enough money to spend on the common necessities of life and daily needs.

We demand, upon the results of this independent investigation, that action on the part of Congress and the White House to end the culture of impunity under which government agencies continue to operate, especially DOI and BLM.

We also demand that the Wild Horses and Burros currently held in captivity by BLM, be individually counted, by independent counter-personnel, the counts made know to the public and taxpayers who unwillingly paid for this storage and misconduct, and then have the horses and burros placed back onto Public Lands where the majority of taxpayers and Americans want them.

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thepersianhorse | July 15, 2012 at 10:38 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-OL
2 years ago

i don't know Mary

2 years ago

signed sharing what kind of heartless idiots watch this and cheer?

2 years ago
Wild Burros in Grave Danger ~ 11:55 P.M. EST DEADLINE for Comments to FWS to Save Them. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

Our American Icons of our pioneering past are under seige. Our wild burros, sages of the West, are genetically proven to be in direct DNA line to the endangered Equus Asinus.

This name change listing by USFWS for our wild burros will make it appeart that the Equus Asinus Ass found in Africa is a different species from the Equus Asinus found in America and thus NEGATIVELY AMEND THE CURRENT ENDANGERED STATUS OF OUR WILD BURROS.

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CLICK HERE ] to submit your comments BEFORE 11:55 P.M. to the USFWS that you do NOT want the Name of the American Wild Burro CHANGED.

You may copy and paste the following letter between the rows of Stars (**********), modifying it slightly so each comment will be different, while still requesting that the Name of the American Wild Burro NOT BE CHANGED.

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2 years ago

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Our American Icons of our pioneering past are under seige. Our wild burros, Sages of the West, are genetically proven to be in direct DNA line to the endangered Equus Asinus. This name change listing by USFWS for our wild burros will makeit appeart that the Equus asinus ass found in Africa is a different species from the Equus asinus found in America and thus negatively amend the current endangered status of our wild burros. Diagnostic characteristics are those features that make one particular species unique from all other species. While an organism can have common names in many languages, it possesses only one scientific name, in Latin. Thus, changing the name of Equus Asinus to Equus Africanus is a disengenuous attempt to circumvent the laws governing endangered species. As an American citizen who feels deep comfort at knowing that we still have a few relic herds of a once greatly distributed species, I am alarmed that any agency would make an attempt to harm an animal of such great importance both ecologically, and pyschologically to the American people and the world in general. I submit that this act will do great harm to an important species found in only a few places in the world. I submit that this name change will damage the remaining scant gene pool for this endangered species by promoting them as less important than they really are to the worlds few remaining wild asses. It is up to us to preserve these animals for the future, and even more important to preserve these species for their genetic coding should the need arise. Their unique DNA coding could circumvent a disaster to our domestic livestock through the use of DNA infusion to our genetically narrow herds.
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It is up to us to protect endangered species, and our American Equus Asinus is listed as endangered. Please don't allow a technicality to circumvent sound science, and the works of thousands of people to preserve our last remaining wild burros.
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[WHEN FILLING OUT THE "COMMENTS FORM", SELECT "FEDERAL" FOR Government Agency Type, AND SELECT "FWS ~ FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, FOR Government Agency.  Do NOT Select BLM.]  
Please MODIFY your letter so the FWS will not be receiving hundreds of the same version of the letter.  The Bottom Line Is:  Changing the Name of Equus Asinus to Equus Africanus is a disengenuous attempt to circumvent the laws governing endangered species, and we do NOT want the name changed.
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PH

thepersianhorse | July 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Nt
2 years ago
Horse Tripping Is NOT Entertaining ~ Please Sign Petition by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

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CLICK [ HERE ] TO SIGN PETITION

BACKGROUND | OREGON LIVE

JORDAN VALLEY -- A bill to ban "horse tripping" in Oregon went nowhere last year after rodeo advocates convinced lawmakers that the practice doesn't happen at the state's big competitions.

Critics also worried that the prohibition might lead people to go after calf and steer roping next -- both crowd-pleasing rodeo staples.

But a new YouTube video getting thousands of hits is renewing the call to make it a crime for cowboys to lasso horses around their necks and forelegs. The clip -- made by animal rights activists at the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo in May in southeastern Oregon -- shows horses crashing into the dirt, sometimes on their snouts and heads after the rope circles their legs.

"Truly horrific and outrageously cruel," said Scott Beckstead of Sutherlin, senior Oregon director of the Humane Society of the United States. "The harder they fell, the louder people cheered."

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Beckstead wants Oregon to follow Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas and ban events that feature horse tripping. "It is animal abuse, there is no other way of looking at it," he said.

The event causes rope burns, leg injuries, extreme fear in horses and other problems, said Barbara Kahl, a Yamhill veterinarian and head of United Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a horse rescue group. "It's a horrible sport," she said.

Equally forceful advocates defend the practice.

"We don't call it horse tripping, it's horse roping," said Jordan Valley rancher, author and stagecoach builder Mike Hanley, who notes that he's roped and upended a few horses himself when necessary on his 1,000-cow spread.

It's a humane technique for capturing and restraining untamed horses to treat injuries, brand or castrate them when corrals and chutes aren't available, he said. It's less likely to injure the animal than catching it by the hind legs, Hanley said.

In "big loop" contests in Jordan Valley and elsewhere, the custom often involves 100-foot ropes with 20-foot loops.

Fewer than 1 percent of horses roped at the rodeo -- an event since 1958 -- have been injured, said Idaho rancher Dennis Stanford, secretary of the Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo board of directors.

"It's a way of showing our heritage, our culture and how it was done and how it's still done," Stanford said.

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thepersianhorse | July 2, 2012 at 6:13 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-N4
2 years ago
Latest Instructions from James Moran ~ Take Action Now Please by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

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Advocates:  Latest Instructions from James Moran's Office Are As Follows:

June 21, 2012
5:15 PM EST

Judy,

Yes we did, a great first step, thanks for your help.

The Ag Approps bill is scheduled to be considered by the House next week, though we do not know the exact day or whether an amendment to remove the defund language will be offered by the other side.  Without further info, the only thing to do right now would be to contact House Members and ask that they oppose any attempt to remove the horse slaughter defund language if it is offered.

Thanks again,

2 years ago

Barry Londeree
Legislative Assistant
Rep. Jim Moran
2239 Rayburn HOB
            202-225-4376      

ADVOCATES CALL TO ACTION

  • CLICK HERE to find your Federal Representatives from Your State.  When you click on Your State, you will find Your Representatives FAX NUMBERS and TELEPHONE NUMBERS.  When you click on his/her Name it will also provide his Twitter Address if one is available.
  • CLICK HERE to send 5 Free Fax a Day to your Federal Representatives.  These faxes will be sent from your computer.  You do not need a fax machine, you do not need a Credit Card.
  • Lets Spend Friday June 22 CALLING, the Weekend June 23 & 24 FAXING, and Monday June 25 CALLING again.
HERE IS THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE  WE SHOULD SEND TO OUR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES:  PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE MESSAGE BELOW BETWEEN THE TWO ROWS OF ***** AND FAX ALL WEEKEND... USE THE BELOW TALKING POINTS WHEN CALLING FRIDAY AND MONDAY.
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The Agriculture  Appropriations Bill is scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives the Week of June June 25, 2012.  Please OPPOSE any attempt to remove James Moran's Amendment to Prohibit Funding of USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter Houses in the United States.
Please ONLY Vote YES on the Bill IF it INCLUDES James Moran's Amendment to  Prohibit Funding of USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter Houses in the United States.
I do NOT want my TAX Dollars spent for Funding of USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter Houses.  It is OUTRAGEOUS that Special Interests will receive Subsidies on Horse Slaughter Plant and income tax breaks. I do NOT want a further financial burden added to  our currently compromised Food Budget of the USDA..  The Devastation of towns and the burden on their local economy and local governments where Horse Sllaughter Plants are located will totally destroy their economy and surrounding ecosystems.
PLEASE ONLY SUPPORT A FEDERAL BUDGET THAT INCLUDED JAMES MORAN'S MOST RECENT AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT FUNDING  OF USDA INSPECTIONS AT U.S. HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANTS
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PH

thepersianhorse | June 21, 2012 at 10:20 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Mb
2 years ago
We are down to the wire ~ 24 business hours to Fax & Call for the Horses by thepersianhorse

 

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

 

Photo ~ Jeanne Bencich Nations

.Photo ~ Jeanne Bencich Nations.

Photo ~ Jeanne Bencich Nations

Advocates ~ We are now down to the wire to gain support in the Full House Appropriations Committee for James Moran's Amendment to Prohibit USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter House Facilities in the United States.  Please refer to Alert dated June 8, (HERE) and then take the following Action per Equine Welfare Alliance.

Per John Holland at Equine Welfare Alliance, Please Start Concentrating on FAXING and CALLING the following Members of the House Appropriations Committee. We now have 24 HOURS to make the phone calls for the Horses, and 72 HOURS to send the faxes.

We have ONE working days to push the Moran Amendment! The language to defund inspections must be passed!  Here are links to each of the members, followed by their phone and fax number. If you click on the name it will take you to more details.

Be sure to mention the inappropriate use of US tax dollars to subsidize a foreign industry in sending an unsafe product for human consumption!

Keep the Message Simple in your Fax.  Simply State:   ”SUPPORT THE MORAN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT USDA INSPECTIONS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES”.

2 years ago
Contact the Full Committee Now ~ Support James Moran’s Amendment to Stop Horse Slaughter in the U.S. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

 

Photo Jeanne Bencich Nations

Photo Jeanne Bencich Nations

Per Congressman James Moran's Original Alert on June 8, 2012 ~ CLICK HERE for full background information, please continue sending your FAXES to the  HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE asking them to “SUPPORT THE MORAN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT USDA INSPECTIONS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES”.

You do NOT have to be a Constituent of a Committee Member to send a FAX.  This is a FEDERAL BUDGET ISSUE.  YOUR Tax Dollars at Work.

CLICK HERE to Send 5 FREE FAXES a day from your Computer.  You do not need a Fax Machine.  The Faxes are sent through your computer.

FAX/PHONE Numbers to all Committee Members are Below.

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thepersianhorse | June 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Lc
2 years ago
SUPPORT THE MORAN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT USDA INSPECTIONS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

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Per the ALERT issued on June 8, Representative James Moran of Virginia, is planning to Submit an Amendment to Prohibit USDA Inspections at Horse Slaughter Houses, to the Full House Committee on Appropriations, within the next TEN DAYS.

James Moran has asked that we Support his efforts to stop Horse Slaughter in the United States by contacting the FULL House Committee on Appropriations.

The message James Moran would like to be sent to each member of the Committee is:  "SUPPORT THE MORAN AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT USDA INSPECTIONS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES".

CLICK HERE to send 5 free faxes per day from your computer... No fax machine or credit card is necessary.

FAXES RULE, because - by law, faxes must be retained on file for 7 years.  Of course you are free to Call, Email, Tweet, or send Certified Mail through the U.S. Postal System; however, we STRONGLY recommend Faxing.

Below is full contact information for the Members of the FULL U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, to whom James Moran is going to present his NEW AMENDMENT to PROHIBIT USDA INSPECTIONS AT HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANTS IN THE U.S.

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thepersianhorse | June 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-KR
2 years ago
Resumption of Horse Slaughter in the U.S. REAL Possibility in NEAR Future ~ Says Congressman James Moran by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

Photo Courtesy of Equestrian Life Style Magazine

Per the following Email from Congress Person James Moran  the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. is very real possibility in the near future.

Please read the following Email and Take Appropriate Action Suggested at the Bottom of this Alert.

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"Knowing of your support for protecting horses from slaughter, I share your concerns and wanted to update you on some recent developments.

As you know, in 2006 a bipartisan amendment that prohibited the USDA from spending funds to inspect horse slaughter facilities was supported on the House floor by a vote of 269-158. Despite its inclusion in every subsequent Agriculture appropriations bill, the provision was dropped by the new Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee in the fiscal year 2012 bill. During the Appropriations Committee markup, an amendment I offered was added that reinstated this important language by a bipartisan vote of 24-21. The bill later passed the full House with the defund provision intact. But during a closed-door meeting of the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations, the amendment banning horse slaughter was removed. The final bill (H.R. 2112), which also included funding for the rest of the federal government, passed the House and was enacted on November 18th.

2 years ago

As a result, the USDA is currently allowed to inspect horse slaughter facilities. While no facilities are currently operational, news reports have confirmed the possible start up of slaughter factories in at least four states. Several individuals who advocated most vocally for the language’s removal have now formed a business that aims to open as many horse slaughter plants as possible in the U.S. While I am encouraged that state leaders and local communities have generated public opposition to these proposals, the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. is very real possibility in the near future.

The opposition to horse slaughter for consumption abroad is a fiscal and public safety matter as much as it is an ethical issue. Taxpayer-funded inspections of horse slaughter facilities, which could cost several million dollars a year, are supported by the same federal agency that inspects all other meat consumed in the U.S. Given current constraints on agency budgets, it makes no sense to divert funding for critical meat safety inspections from food consumed in the U.S. to food consumed in other countries. And horses are not raised for human consumption, with many routinely given drugs that are explicitly banned in animals that may later be eaten. The Humane Society of the U.S. recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to enforce these restrictions and ban horse meat as an adulterated product.

In the upcoming weeks, the House Appropriations Committee will consider a funding bill for agriculture programs for fiscal year 2013. I plan to once again offer an amendment to reinstate a ban on USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants at that time. No policy of this significance, particularly when it is opposed by over three-quarters of the American public, should be decided by a handful of Members in a backroom conference.

I appreciate you interest in this important policy and your compassion for the welfare of these special creatures. You can rest assured that I will remain vigilant and do all I can to end the inhumane practice of horse slaughter in the U.S.

Sincerely,
James P. Moran

P.S. I invite you to visit my website at www.moran.house.gov that contains information on many topics of interest and allows you to sign up for the Moran e-News.

JPM/bl"

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WHAT YOU CAN DO ~ TAKE ACTION

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thepersianhorse | June 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-KA
2 years ago

thanks Lone this is so important the slightest touch is immediatley picked up by a horse they feel our slightest move or turn and respond if only we were as good at reading them

2 years ago
Light Hands of A Woman by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

Photo Courtesy of Nayomee Bothwell

Essay Courtesy of Persian Equine | Persian Horse Blogspot

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Horse are SENSITIVE TO TOUCH.

The reins are held with fingers and they don't go deep down in the palm of hand ~  that is important; The lightest touch you could ever give to reins (which means the horses mouth)   the horses GUM is by the tip of your fingers and also the tool in our hands (Reins) are the most important tool in the horses body.

If we train our horses properly we don't need  the reins. Everything is done by the weight of the rider as the weight shifts to sides, back and forward.  A Horse could feel the touch of a mosquito on their total body.

Unfortunately some riders use reins as maintaining their own stability on the saddle, or use it as a handle.  They don't feel how much pressure they are causing into the horses mouth.  If you use a hard bit then that is another story for the poor horse.

Not only for the reins but for all things ~  Grooming for example , for even our Behavior around horses our own Body Movements , Like picking up our hands or when we want to put a bridle on a horses head, saddling the horse or putting the rug on. The signals we give and we receive from the horse;  and especially understanding them in time and signal back in time;  or if our signals are to be with an action-the timing is so important.

I think in all of these the most important one is Handling the reins , On the other hand all of the above is important .

CLICK HERE for more information on The Light Touch of a Human.

 

PH

2 years ago
Progress ~ Charleroi Pennsylvania issues PROCLAMATION Opposing Horse Slaughter. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

BACKGROUND | EXAMINER

Although recent polls indicate that a vast majority of Americans are opposed to the slaughtering of U.S. horses for human consumption, a small minority of individuals have launched a  backdoor  misinformation campaign designed to re-open US horse slaughter facilities and in the worst case scenario factory farm horses for food.

Political support for  federal and state bans on horse slaughter continues to gain momentum. One political arena where elected officials have taken a stand aginst the slaughter of American horses is the borough of Charleroi Pennsylvania located along the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania. Once dubbed the Miracle City, Charleroi's stand against horse slaughter and its support for controlling the feline population through trap/neuter/return may earn it a new name: the City of Compassion. In a proclamation supporting a ban on horse slaughter the Mayor and Council acknowledge that horse slaughter is inhumane and contrary to the values of its citizenry and the residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Charleroi's  proclamation urges state and federal officials to support a ban on horse slaughter.

CLICK HERE to Read Full Proclamation.  PENNSYLVANIA FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF EQUINES..

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PH

thepersianhorse | May 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM | Categories: ESSAYS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-JA
2 years ago

ROLLKUR Horse Torture ~ Sign Petition ~ Make it Stop. by thepersianhorse

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BACKGROUND | HORSETALK NEW ZEALANDDATED NOVEMBER 15, 2009, AND THIS TORTURE STILL CONTINUES.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

 

LOOK AT THE BLUE TONGUE

LOOK AT THE BLUE TONGUE

The International Equestrian Federation has written to national federations over the so-called "blue tongue" video which has created an uproar in equestrian circles after it was posted on the internet.The video shows a horse being schooled before the World Cup round in Odense on October 18 by Swedish rider Patrick Kittel. The animal, Watermill Scandic, is shown in a hyperflexed position with its tongue flopping outside its mouth. The horse's tongue appears blue.FEI secretary-general and chief executive Alexander McLin has written to member nations to inform them of the organisation's investigation.

McLin acknowleged the matter "has attracted great attention on social media".

"A video featuring an international rider using Rollkür or hyperflexion - a questionable and potentially abusive training method - in the warm-up arena at the FEI World Cup Dressage in Odense, Denmark, two weeks ago was posted on YouTube," McLin wrote.

"So far, it has almost 100,000 views and has generated strong debate on social media and especially Facebook on the issue of animal welfare. The FEI has also received numerous emails."

McLin outlined the FEI's position: "We are taking the issues raised in the video and in the comments made by members of the public on social media and by email very seriously and have opened a full investigation. The conclusions of this investigation will be made public in due course.

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"FEI's main concern has always been and will always be the welfare of the horse."

The governing body updated its position this week in a further statement reported on its website which acknowledges the strong sentiments expressed by the public: "As previously announced, the FEI is conducting an investigation into the events in the Odense warm-up arena.

"Such procedures always take time as it is important that they are done in a thorough and fair way. The FEI is aware of the high-level of interest in the issues raised in the video and the subsequent online debate and would like to thank everyone who has contacted us for their feedback. We understand the concern and we will make the findings of the investigation public as soon as we are in a position to do so.

"The FEI is also giving the issue of Rollkür special attention. This topic has been put on the agenda of the FEI Bureau meeting, which is taking place on November 15 in Copenhagen. Important developments will be announced as soon as possible."

McLin said his letter was intended to provide information to member countries on the FEI's position.

"Members of the public may contact your national federation to express their disagreement or ask for your support and action against this method. We hope the above information will be useful for your communication and are at your entire disposal if you have any specific queries or require further information."

The British Horse Society wrote to the FEI shortly after the video received wide attention, demanding an investigation into the use of hyperflexion in dressage training. Read more of this post

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2 years ago
ROLLKUR Horse Torture ~ Sign Petition ~ Make it Stop. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

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BACKGROUND | HORSETALK NEW ZEALANDDATED NOVEMBER 15, 2009, AND THIS TORTURE STILL CONTINUES.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

 

LOOK AT THE BLUE TONGUE

LOOK AT THE BLUE TONGUE

The International Equestrian Federation has written to national federations over the so-called "blue tongue" video which has created an uproar in equestrian circles after it was posted on the internet.The video shows a horse being schooled before the World Cup round in Odense on October 18 by Swedish rider Patrick Kittel. The animal, Watermill Scandic, is shown in a hyperflexed position with its tongue flopping outside its mouth. The horse's tongue appears blue.FEI secretary-general and chief executive Alexander McLin has written to member nations to inform them of the organisation's investigation.

McLin acknowleged the matter "has attracted great attention on social media".

"A video featuring an international rider using Rollkür or hyperflexion - a questionable and potentially abusive training method - in the warm-up arena at the FEI World Cup Dressage in Odense, Denmark, two weeks ago was posted on YouTube," McLin wrote.

"So far, it has almost 100,000 views and has generated strong debate on social media and especially Facebook on the issue of animal welfare. The FEI has also received numerous emails."

McLin outlined the FEI's position: "We are taking the issues raised in the video and in the comments made by members of the public on social media and by email very seriously and have opened a full investigation. The conclusions of this investigation will be made public in due course.

2 years ago
Congress is Watching This Petition ~ Please Sign by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

After conversations with several congressional aides, they informed us that Congress is really paying attention to Change.org petitions. They stated we needed to focus on just ONE petition, not create 100 petitions but focus on 1. Therefore we are asking everyone to share this ONE petition everywhere, it already has "34,282" signatures. This is our time and the time is now!!!!!

CLICK HERE to Sign Petition.  Overturn the Legalization of Horse Slaughter For Human Consumption.

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thepersianhorse | May 19, 2012 at 2:32 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-HN
2 years ago
A Boy’s Birthday Wish For the Horses ~ Let’s Make it Come True by thepersianhorse

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Declan Gregg created Children 4 Horses to do what he can in the fight to keep our horses safe and treated humanely.  Declan says "Just because I'm a kid, doesn't mean I can't make a difference and I have been doing everything I can think of to end horse slaughter FOREVER!"

Declan's trip to Washington DC to lobby against horse slaughter was GREAT! The fight is not over though, until our horses are protected under the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act - S.1176/H.R.2966. He will continue collecting your letters to deliver to legislators.

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Please send your letters to:

Declan Gregg
C/O Children 4 Horses
PO Box 614
Greenland, NH 03840

Please call and email Your Representatives to ask them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 2966 and S.1176 to protect our horses.

Lobbying Trips to Washington D.C. are not cheap.  Please CLICK HERE to make a Donation to Declan's Birthday Wish, to Cover the Expenses of his efforts to Save Our Precious Horses.

CLICK HERE to locate YOUR Federal Representative and Senators.

CLICK HERE to share your thoughts with the President of the United States, about why Horse Slaughter should be REMOVED from the U.S. Budget when it expires in September 2012.

CLICK HERE to join Declan's Group and Support his efforts to Save Our Horses.

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Thoughts from The Persian Horse...Wouldn't it be Wonderful if 1000 people each donated $5.00 to Declan's Birthday Wish HERE.   Let's ALL band together and Give this Boy a Happy Birthday.

 

2 years ago
TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES TORTURED ~ EXPOSED ON FILM BY H.S.U.S. by thepersianhorse

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BACKGROUND | ABC NEWS

Large numbers of the famed Tennessee Walking Horses have been tortured and beaten in order to make them produce the high-stepping gait that wins championships, an ABC News investigation has found.

"All too often, you have to cheat to win in this sport," said Keith Dane of the Humane Society of the United States.

In the most recent example, an undercover video made by an investigator for the Humane Society, documents the cruelty of one of the sport's leading trainers, Jackie McConnell of Collierville, Tennessee.

WATCH video of the alleged abuse. WARNING: Graphic images.

The video led to a federal grand jury indictment of McConnell and will be seen publicly for the first time tonight on the ABC News program "Nightline."

The tape shows McConnell and his stable hands beating horses with wooden sticks and using electric cattle prods on them as part of a training protocol to make them lift their feet in the pronounced gait judges like to see.

In another scene, McConnell oversees his hands as they apply caustic chemicals to the ankles of the horses and them wrap them with plastic wrap so the chemicals eat into the skin.

"That creates intense pain and then the ankles are wrapped with large metal chains so the horses flinch, or raise their feet even higher," said Dane of the Humane Society.

McConnell is expected to enter a guilty to plea to one count, according to his lawyers.

He declined to comment, or apologize for his acts, when approached by ABC News this week outside his home.

Leaders of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry maintain that such brutality is rare and that trainers do not have to cheat to win championships, which can add millions of dollars to the value of horses.

"They do not have to cheat to win," said Dr. Steve Mullins of the group called SHOW, which oversees inspections of horses before major events. "You don't have to do this kind of junk to win. ... And we are terribly against this stuff."

The industry group maintains that the vast majority of horses are not subjected to the cruel practice of "soring."

But a random inspect

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2 years ago
Don’t Stop Now – Keep Signing Petitions To Ban Horse Slaughter. by thepersianhorse

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CLICK HERE to Sign Petition.

Please ask the House of Representatives, Senate, and President Obama pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, S.B. 1176/H.R. 2966, to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. This is particularly important for the following reasons:

1) Horses are revered for their contributions to the building of this country, their long-standing history of working alongside humans in a variety of tasks, their companionship, and their special bond with people;

(2) Horses are not raised for the purpose of being slaughtered for human consumption, and, as a result, American horses are not raised, fed, and medicated within the FDA guidelines established for food animals, making them potentially unfit and unsafe for human consumption;

(3) Horse slaughter is not humane euthanasia and does not allow for each animal to be respectfully treated as an individual;

(4) Banning slaughter would encourage breeders to be more careful in the number of foals they produce, and it ultimately would reduce the number of horses in need, while improving horse welfare;

(5) President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption; and

(6) Allowing commercial horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S. uses American tax dollars to support an industry that caters entirely to foreign interests, instead of directing those tax dollars to domestic interests.

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thepersianhorse | May 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-GX
2 years ago
The Aboriginal North American Horse ~ Managed to Extinction. by thepersianhorse

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Photo | Jeanne Bencich Nations

THE WILD HORSE IS NATIVE TO NORTH AMERICA

By Ross MacPhee, PhD, Curator - Division of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

It needs to be more widely understood that the horse's status as a native North American species is beyond serious question.

A "native" species, in evolutionary terms, is defined as one that differentiated or diverged from its immediate ancestor species within a specific geographical locale. The contemporary wild horse in the United States is recently derived from lines domesticated in Europe and Asia. But those lines themselves go much further back in time, and converge on populations that lived in North America during the latter part of the Pleistocene (2.5M to 10k years ago).

The morphological (fossil) evidence and the more recent DNA evidence (although preliminary), points to the same conclusion: the species Equus caballus—the species encompassing all domestic horses and their wild progenitors—arose on this continent.

The evidence thus favors the view that this species is "native" to North America, given any rational understanding of the term "native". By contrast, there are no paleontological or genetic grounds for concluding that it is native to any other continent.

From a scientific standpoint, it is completely irrelevant that native horses died out in North America 10,000 years ago, or that later populations were domesticated in central Asia 6000 years ago. Such considerations have no bearing on their status as having originated on this continent.

Reintroduction of horses to North America 500 years ago is, biologically, a non-event: horses were merely returned to part of their former native range, where they have since prospered because ecologically they never left.

PLEASE USE this IMPORTANT information when communicating with legislators, media, educating people new to the issue of BLM roundups of wild horses, and also the same information is pertinent for Canadian wild horses at risk.

CLICK HERE for Scientific Assessment of the Wild Mustangs of America - MANAGED TO EXTINCTION, written by Ross MacPhee, Curator, Division of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History.

2 years ago
Stop Horse Slaughter in Oregon ~ Email, Call and Fax Please. by thepersianhorse

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Horse Slaughter will be very damaging to the county of Umatilla, Oregon.  The jobs it brings are few and minimum wage (about 50 or 60 jobs), and your county will spend much more money on social services to these workers than they will bring in, not to mention the improvements to your waste-water treatment that will be needed, that the slaughter company will not pay for.

The slaughter house will greatly reduce everyone's property values.  Other areas that have had horse slaughter houses have been almost bankrupted trying to force the slaughter house to follow sewage treatment and enrinomental laws.

In addition,  every area that has had a slaughter house has had a huge crime increase - rapes, murders, car thefts; not to mention theft of livestock.  In California, theft of horses fell 34 % when they outlawed horse slaughter.     The people of Oregon and Umatilla do not want to increase violent crime in their communities, and the people of Herminston would not want blood of slaughtered animals backing up in their bathtubs as it did in Kaufman, Texas when the slaughter house forced huge amounts of blood into the sewers.

Governor Kitzhaber's office declined to give email conact information for his office but informed us that people wishing to express their opinions can do so at the following url:

CLICK HERE to protest Horse Slaughter in Oregon to the Governor or Oregon, either by Mail, Email, Fax or Phone.

CLICK HERE to send Free Faxes from your Computer to the Governor or Oregon. You do not need a Fax Machine.

CLICK HERE to Sign Petition Protesting Horse Slaughter in Oregon.

 

PH

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2 years ago
How You Can Stop Horse Slaughter in 5 Minutes. by thepersianhorse

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Do you want Horse Slaughter to stop?  It will NEVER stop until S1176/HR2966 is voted into LAW by our Congress Persons.  Take Action Now so S1176/HR2966 will become the Federal Law that stops slaughter of American Horses.

S1176/HR2966 will NEVER be passed as long as it is sitting in a Committee.  Before any bill can be voted on and passed, it must be moved to the floor by the COMMITTEE.  

If you really want Horse Slaughter to Stop in the United States; If you really do NOT want American Horses to be shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, Please Contact the COMMITTEE who holds all the power.  Instructions Below.

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thepersianhorse | May 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Gm
2 years ago
HORSE SLAUGHTER 666 – Take Action Now. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

Do you want this to stop?  It will NEVER stop until S1176/HR2966 is voted into LAW by our Congress Persons.

S1176/HR2966 will NEVER by passed as long as it is sitting in a Committee.  Before any bill can be voted on and passed, it must be moved to the floor by the COMMITTEE.  

If you really want Horse Slaughter to Stop in the United States; If you really do NOT want American Horses to be shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, Please Contact the COMMITTEE who holds all the power.  Instructions Below.

  • CLICK HERE to find the COMMITTEE that holds the power over American Horses going to slaughter.
  • CLICK on each Committee Member's Photo.
  • CLICK where it says:  Committee Member's Official Website
  • CLICK where it says:  "Contact Me"
  • Find the Committee Member's FAX NUMBER.  FAXES RULE.  FAXES LEGALLY MUST BE KEPT.  FAXES CANNOT BE DELETED OR DESTROYED.
  • CLICK HERE to send Free Faxes from your COMPUTER.  You do NOT need a fax machine.  You do NOT need a credit card.
  • Send your 5 free faxes every day.  You do NOT have to be a Constituent of the Committee Member to send him a FAX.  You do NOT have to live in the United States to send the Committee a FAX.
  • REPEAT THE ABOVE STEPS EVERY DAY WITHOUT FAIL.....TELL THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS YOU WANT S1176 moved to the floor of the Senate for a Vote, and you want it MOVED NOW.  (If you really want Horse Slaughter to Stop)
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PH

 

thepersianhorse | April 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Fu
2 years ago
HORSE MEAT BURGERS ~ Boycott IGA ~ Sign Petition by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

The Independant Grocers Alliance (IGA) is the worlds largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $21 billion per year. The Alliance includes nearly 4,000 Hometown Proud Supermarkets worldwide, supported by 36 distribution companies and more than 55 major manufacturers, vendors and suppliers encompassing everything from grocery to equipment items. IGA has operations in 44 of the United States and more than 40 countries, commonwealths and territories on all six inhabited continents.

CLICK HERE for IGA On-Line Promotion of HorseMeat and Feta Cheese Burgers.

SAY NO to commercialization of horsemeat for human consumption! Boycott IGA in USA and everywhere else abroad! Lets send a powerful message to the grocers of the world:   Horses ARE NOT a food-animal!!

CLICK HERE To Sign Petition.

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thepersianhorse | April 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Fa
2 years ago

crisis and embarrassment it could cause BLM and the Dept of Interior if widely exposed & publicized:

CLICK HERE to View Video From the Last Roundup in 2010.

WHAT ADVOCATES CAN DO

Please Send Faxes and Emails Using  the number IBLA2012-143  to accompany your Faxes and Emails to the IBLA for comments to be heard in regards to the Chibola/Trigo Burro Round-Up.

CLICK HERE to Send Free Faxes From Your Computer.  5 Free Faxes Per Day.

Interior Board of Land Appeals
Office of Hearings and Appeals
U.S. Department of the Interior
801 N. Quincy Street, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203
703-235-3750 (voice)
703-235-9902 (facsimile)

AZ BLM's contact info is:

Lori Cook, lacook@blm.gov
Office: (928) 317-3243
Cell: (928) 246-8560 cell
Public Affairs Specialist
Colorado River District

Also, it might behoove us to also contact daily newspapers & TV stations in Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale & Yuma AZ.

AZfamily.com is the website for one group of AZ TV stations. The main number in Phoenix for their station there is 602 207 3333.  Their Email Address is 3tvnews@azfamily.com

This may be D day for the Cibola burros. Hopefully a last minute push with the IBLA and local media will tip the scales in their favor and grant them a formal "stay" and a long term postponement of removal!

 

PH

thepersianhorse | April 28, 2012 at 1:39 AM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-EW
2 years ago
Burro RoundUp Imminent ~ Faxes Needed Now to Save Entire Herd from Annihilation. by thepersianhorse

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BACKGROUND | CARL MROZEK PER TUESDAY'S HORSE

“Last week BLM officials indicated that they would know whether there would be an official stay of the scheduled Cibola-Trigo roundup by Friday 4/27. (Per Admin, there is Now a Stay Until May 2.)

That means that IBLA (Interior Board of Land Appeals) must meet SOON to decide whether BLM's claim that there would be no adverse impact from a 2nd roundup in less than 2 years (1 1/2) is sensible or credible.

More than 1100 persons submitted comments challenging BLM's claim of "no adverse impact" which apparently triggered the IBLA to hold a hearing to examine the merits of BLM's claim vs. that of burro advocates.

SOON. the IBLA meets to make a final decision: to grant a formal stay or not. I have spent the last few days tracking burros in the Cibola herd area and can definitively assert that if BLM is permitted to roundup the allotted 350 burros here that there won't be a burro left in this ideal burro habitat -where conflict with peoples is minimal at best.

Moreover, this herd was aggressively 'gathered' in Sept 2010 and most jennies were removed & those released were treated with PZP.

This apparently was quite effective as I've seen no sign of a foal in several days of searching - not even tracks! Hence there is no conceivable justification for an additional follow-up roundup at Cibola now, or in the next several years.

The remaining burros spend most of their time on adjacent BLM land and only cross onto the (U Cibola Wildlife Refuge at night to water and perhaps to browse on scores of acres of alfalfa planted for wildlife.

I have heard no complaints about adverse impacts of these nocturnal visitations not even from the refuge director who confided that he rarely sees burros himself.

In short, the BLM achieved their goal of restricting or halting reproduction at Cibola in 2010, and reducing the base population.

There is absolutely no justification for an additional roundup at this point or for the next 4-6 years, let alone next week as currently planned.

Please CALL, EMAIL and FAX the IBLA offices today to remind them of these basic facts and the complete lack of justification for further removals at this point. It might not hurt to mention what a complete waste of tax dollars it would be especially at a time of fiscal crisis and emba

2 years ago
S 1176 WILL NOT PASS ITSELF ~ Send Email Now. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

AMERICAN HORSES WILL FOREVER BE TRANSPORTED TO CANADA AND MEXICO TO BE SLAUGHTERED, IF S1176 IS NOT MOVED FROM THE SENATE COMMITTEE TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE TO BE APPROVED.

 

Photo Peta

Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.

This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer's property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA's investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile, 36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.

This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside "kill pens" at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.

PETA investigators found ex-racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, packed inside a "kill pen" in Kalona, Iowa. By the time investigators saved him, Royale With Speed had been purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from a harrowing ride to slaughter. He was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes were swollen and later burst with pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. Following weeks of intensive care, Royale with Speed fully recovered. He was purchased by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and then adopted by a PETA patron in New Mexico. He will lead a wonderful life.

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2 years ago
NEW ANTI HORSE SLAUGHTER Billboard Going Up in Canada ~ Please Chip In. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

Angel Acres Horse Haven Billboard

BACKGROUND | STOP SLAUGHTERING US

Angel Acres is very excited to announce they have an opportunity to put another Anti Horse Slaughter Billboard in Canada. This location gets 20,000 Plus in traffic each day. We have only 72 hours to raise enough to put up this board, so lets get busy!

Please Click on the Chip In link below:

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http://theangelacres.chipin.com/anti-horse-slaughter-billboard-calgary-ca

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PH

thepersianhorse | April 17, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-Ep
2 years ago

thanks Mary

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done thanks  lone wolf

2 years ago
REINSTATE BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER ~ Your Quick Votes at PopVox sent immediately to your Senators and Representative by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

Double R Stables Kentucky's photo.

Double R Stables Kentucky's photo

It's getting down to the line.   Public opinion is needed to reinstate the Horse Slaughter Ban.  The current bill that lifted the ban expires September 13th 2012.  Your Voice and Support is needed.  Please vote "YES" on S1176 & HR2966.

The Agriculture Department thinks Horse Slaughter should return.  Tell them they are wrong.   Americans do not consider the Horse as a Meat Source! The PopVox site will forward Your Vote to support the 2 anti-slaughter bills to Your State Senators.

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thepersianhorse | April 16, 2012 at 4:43 AM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-DL
2 years ago

no 83% 

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it's a little bit down the page on the right side

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New post on The Persian Horse's Blog VOTE “NO” NOW on Poll About Horse Slaughter by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

CLICK HERE to Vote "NO" in a Poll:  Web Poll ~ Is the option of horse slaughter necessary for a strong, viable horse industry?

Scroll Down a little bit on the page ~ http://www.westernhorsereview.com/ and Vote "NO" for the Horses.

 

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Kansas City Film Fest ~ Saving America’s Horses ~ April 15. by thepersianhorse

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BACKGROUND | SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES - A NATION BETRAYED

Filmmaker Katia Louise masterfully presents a passionate reverence for all animals in her international award winning film, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES - A NATION BETRAYED. This landmark feature documentary film explores the human-animal bond of horse and man through an illuminating humanitarian lens.

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED is an intelligent and hard hitting exposé that reveals how the public has been misled by government agencies and corporate interests that run over the laws that are supposed to protect the horses, the environment and people.

Wild horses that once roamed America’s open rangelands are being eliminated by the Bureau of Land Management, despite existing federal laws that were passed with overwhelming support by the public. 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption, yet it cost the American tax payers at least $5,000,000 (MILLION) in taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize foreign-owned horse slaughter plants. Clever marketing campaigns boast economic benefits at the state and local levels; however documented evidence clearly illustrates a long history of horrific environmental and economic impacts resulting where horse slaughterhouses once operated. A glut of articles based on flawed evidence, has duped many to believe that horse slaughter is necessary; worse, to further believe that it’s humane despite substantial and ongoing government reports of egregious cruelty violations within the U.S. Many of the substances administered to U.S. horses are known to be lethal when consumed by humans, yet horsemeat from America’s horse is sold as a delicacy in several foreign countries. Aftercare programs for U.S. racehorses benefit a small fraction of Thoroughbreds, but published government data confirm the majority are quietly slipped away for barbaric slaughter.

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2 years ago

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BACKGROUND | NEWS9.COM

OKLAHOMA CITY

Animal advocates from across the U.S. met in Oklahoma City and on-line Tuesday to talk about horse meat.

Horse slaughter is legal in the U.S. again, but they want to stop horse slaughter from happening here in Oklahoma.

Currently, horses are not being slaughtered for meat in Oklahoma or any state, but they can be sold and shipped to other countries for slaughter and food.

The horse experts who met on Tuesday told News9 slaughter supporters are trying hard to get slaughter houses here in Oklahoma. Far too often, here in Oklahoma, we see horses in need of rescue sick, abandoned and abused.

Some say it wouldn't be this way, if we had slaughter houses.

"That's them trying to scare Americans into thinking we actually need horse slaughter plants," Simone Netherlands said.

Simone Netherlands went online from Oklahoma City to show what anti-slaughter/anti-breeding groups say is really happening. She is the managing director for www.respect4horses.com, and wants to raise awareness and educate animal lovers and horse breeders.

"They leave the old, sick abused horses so it's exactly the opposite of what they're saying," Simone Netherlands said.

It's not hard to find horrific images online of over bred, unwanted horses sold, stacked and hauled to Mexico for slaughter, then sold to overseas markets in Asia and Europe.

"Never even thought of eating horses," Rhona Grammer said.

Rhona Grammer thinks her neighbors are pro-slaughter and sees them selling a lot of healthy horses, so she came to learn more.

"I feel passionate about horses, I was raised in Ireland and had horses since I was a little girl," Grammer said.

She can't imagine anyone in Oklahoma would be for slaughter, but Netherlands says a small percentage think of horses as products.

"That's not who we are as Americans, 80 percent are against horse slaughter," Netherlands said. "If we open horse slaughter plants, why not just open dog and cat plants? Cause we're doing it for this foreign industry."

Opposers say there is another way. There're plenty of horses that need good homes, and horse owners can pay to have their horses put down if they're too sick or old. Or contact your lawmakers and tell them you don't support horse slaughter.

2 years ago
Help Animals’ Angels Seek Justice for Dead and Dying Horses by thepersianhorse

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Six years of cruelty investigations have made it absolutely clear: Horse slaughter means a free pass, in effect, kill buyer amnesty for abuse, neglect and animal cruelty. But never has one single location screamed horse slaughter's cruelty more than at our March 10 investigation. Horse after horse after horse - yet completely typical of what goes on unabated in the slaughter pipeline. No feeling person could help but be heartbroken, and very angry.

Sonja & dying horseBut this investigation showed that obviously there are unfeeling, remorseless people with no empathy for these animals in their suffering. I do not wonder that 'ag' gag' laws are being promoted in state after state. Though it is difficult to imagine how much worse it could be, without pictures and documentation to tell the damning tale, animals would undoubtedly suffer even more at the hands of such people.

But it also needs your help--to say we care, it matters, and pressure authorities to make this matter to them. The suffering of these horses was not useless if we make a difference for better treatment for others to come, and punish those responsible. Please support our call for action at the bottom of the article. Your voices have made a difference before; please make a difference now.

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Investigators knew the history of kill buyer Dennis Chavez beforehand:

  • major kill buyer, shipped 10,000 horses to slaughter last year
  • repeatedly cited for violations to equine to slaughter regulations
  • frequent complaints received by AA about Chavez's operation, all referencing significant abuse, neglect and animals suffering with no vet care or obviously necessary euthanasia
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Emaciated HorseBut it was not enough to prepare investigators for what they found. AA investigators arrived at Chavez's Southwest Auction & Feedlot on March 10th for the auction's quarterly horse sale. 'Summit of the Horse' flyers were plastered everywhere.

After a walk-thru of the auction house pens, investigators noted a vast empty pen area, and behind this additional pens. Back here they find approximately 700 horses. Almost all are extremely thin with body scores well below 2. Many have serious injuries.

"I've never seen horses like that," said one of the investigators. "Suffering was bad, busted up faces, even body scores of 1or less, and the injuries and wounds. There was so much."

In one of the first of the back pens, all are geldings and stallions that appeared to be recently gelded. Ungelded horses are rejected at the border because Mexican slaughter plants do not accept stallions. Dried blood covers the back legs, penises are extremely swollen and the horses stand motionless with heads down. One horse's penis is grotesquely swollen, strangulated looking, as if something has been wound tightly around it several times.

Aborted FoalIn the next pen an emaciated mare barely able to stand, sniffs a recently aborted dead foal, remaining near it the entire time investigators are present. There are several thin to emaciated thoroughbreds, one with a body score 1 and teeth so overgrown they protrude out of his mouth and probably prevent him from eating. "He was just so thin and weak standing in the corner alone, you knew he was about to go down," said the investigator.

Grey with face injuriesIn the next pen a beautiful palomino stood quietly with blood dripping from her eye. But then there was the emaciated grey

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horse nearby with both eyes destroyed. He stayed close to a chestnut 'seeing' companion. Marked with a large 'X,' he wore a slaughter tag. Investigators believed he was rejected at the export pens. Since last year's EU Report mentioning horses rejected at the border, AA has found that nothing is done for these distressed horses, that no one takes any responsibility or tracks them. Yet horses arriving in conditions that qualify as animal cruelty or in violation of Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter Regulations should be reported by pen operators to APHIS and local authorities. As AA said last year, "To run a cover up for offenders is intolerable."

Whatever the cause of his scarred and blinded condition, this horse has been dealt with harshly, yet even then he licked the investigator's hand.

Gray with bleeding hip injuryIn the last pen, 4 horses were down. The grey mare had a body score less than 1 and a large bleeding wound. It appeared the injury was from bone on ground impact as she kept trying to get up and falling. She had made trenches from repeated attempts to rise, lying flat for a while and then trying again. Her will to live and her complete betrayal were terrible to see.

Palomino dyingNext to her was a horribly thin palomino mare with her back legs tangled in hay baling twine, barely moving her front legs. On the other side of the pen was a light bay/buckskin mare that did not move at all. When investigators approached her ears moved. She looked at them with the whites of her eyes showing, afraid. Her body score may have been 1.

Grey mare biting tongueThe last of the 4 dying horses was a light grey mare, emaciated, her tongue was hanging out and she was biting it. She appeared to be in great distress and physical pain, her legs moving.  Investigators

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 Investigators observed from a distance to see if auction staff, the vet, or the livestock inspector would come. After a long hour, nothing.

Bay mare dyingAA investigators then spoke with Mrs. Chavez in the auction office, who to her credit called the auction vet. Though investigators had been told Dr. Brasmer was present at the auction, no one was ever able to reach him . Eventually livestock manager BJ Winchester came in and reluctantly began to walk very slowly to the back pens with the investigators. He was quick to defend Chavez, calling the horses 'rescues,' that Chavez was trying to 'nurture them back to health,' and that he was giving them, 'a chance to live.' He confirmed that the horses are Chavez's property.

Winchester became angry when investigators continued to insist that the suffering and dying horses should be euthanized. 'Nothing will be done right away,' he said. He asked if they were 'animal rights' and asserted he would not interrupt the auction. When they finally got to the last pen, the grey mare that was in so much distress had died. Vultures had already landed near her. Winchester had no reaction.

Livestock Inspector with Dead Grey
Livestock Inspector with grey mare - now dead

The impasse was broken when an auction worker arrived saying he could put the horses down right away. The 'inspector' no longer had a say and the horses were euthanized.

The rest of the horses in all kinds of terrible conditions will get no help, not from Winchester or the vet that no one can find.

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In New Mexico the livestock inspector is supposed to inspect and enforce cruelty laws. In itself this seems an unworkable and inadequate premise, made even clearer by BJ Winchester. It is difficult to imagine what it would take for him to file cruelty charges.The NM Livestock Board is appointed by the governor, 9 people representing livestock industry interests. These 9 also hire the inspectors who are charged with enforcing laws for livestock.

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AA has sent all evidence by certified mail and has not received any response yet.

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CLICK HERE  to read rest of report by Animals' Angels.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP ANIMALS' ANGELS SEEK JUSTICE FOR THESE HORSES, AND HOLD DENNIS CHAVEZ AND B.J.  WINCHESTER ACCOUNTABLE.
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Please contact the NM Livestock Board:
Gary Mora, Supervisor to BJ Winchester
550-927-2509

Myles Culbertson, Executive Director
505-841-6161
Myles.Culbertson@state.nm.us

Bobby Pierce, Deputy Director
505-841-6167
RobertD.Pierce@state.nm.us
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Tell them to fully investigate this incident and BJ Winchester's actions. Ask them to initiate cruelty charges against Dennis Chavez..

Please also contact Attorney General Gary King:
http://www.nmag.gov/office/contact.aspx
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He deserves to know both that enforcement of humane laws by livestock inspectors like BJ Winchester is a farce, and that Dennis Chavez seems to have a free pass when it comes to abuse and neglect of horses in his care that he owns.

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2 years ago
LEGAL ACTION TAKEN AGAINST F.D.A.TO PREVENT HORSE SLAUGHTER IN U.S. ~ Horse Meat Filled with Drugs too Deadly for Human Consumption by thepersianhorse

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BACKGROUND | HSUS and FRONT RANGE EQUINE RESCUE

Front Range Equine Rescue and The Humane Society of the United States filed a legal petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent former companion, working, competition and wild horses from being used as human food. The petition alleges that the drugs given to these horses throughout their lives are banned by FDA and/or potentially dangerous to humans. Using these horses for human consumption creates an unacceptable and illegal public health threat under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

Current FDA rules do not require sufficient testing or documentation to ensure that former companion and other non-livestock horses slaughtered for human food do not contain or have not been administered prohibited substances. The “killer-buyers” who acquire these horses typically have no concern or knowledge about the horses’ prior history before shipping them off to inhumane deaths in slaughter facilities. Unlike cattle, pigs, poultry, and other livestock, which are raised on the farm, horses are swept up by a predatory industry from a variety of sources—former race horses, carriage horses, family ponies, and others which are routinely given drugs and medications not fit for human consumption.

“The slaughter of American horses for meat is an unnecessary and tragic end for these icons of our nation’s history,” said Hilary Wood, president of FRER. “Horses are treated with many different drugs throughout their lives because horse owners don’t expect they could end up as meat. Horses often have many uses during their lives, from show rings to trail riding to therapy programs. Their lives should not end with an arduous journey to a terrifying death to be turned into an expensive and potentially toxic dinner.”

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this just makes my blood boil humanity thrived on the backs of horses they were good friends to us they deserve our help against this onslualt 

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Oregon

Duquette who lives in Hermiston, Oregon and holds himself out alternatively as a quarter horse breeder or horse trainer, has expressed interest in buying one of two properties on the Umatilla River in Umatilla County for a horse slaughter facility.

Duquette convened a meeting on February 10, 2012 in Pendleton at the Oregon Water Resources office in his role as president and executive director of UH to discuss a potential horse slaughter facility for the Hermiston area. There is a lengthy summary of this meeting in the Umatilla Confederated Journal for March, 2012. The meeting was facilitated by Scott Fairley, Regional Solutions Team, who reports to Greg Wolf, Director of Oregon Regional Solutions and who, in turn, reports directly to Governor Kitzhaber. A number of state officials including from the Oregon Department of Water Resources (ODWR), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) were also present. A representative from the Umatilla County Planning Department was there as well.

When Animal Law Coalition General Counsel and Equine Legal News editor Russ Mead contacted the governor's office, however, he was told "the governor's office provides information routinely to anyone who asks for information about starting a new industry and this was nothing more than that." Mead adds, "The governor's office is not taking a position on this horse slaughter plant proposal."

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2 years ago
Horse Slaughter Plan Likely to “Absolutely Devastate” Oregon Communities by thepersianhorse

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Dave Duquette is a rabidly pro-horse slaughter cohort of Wyoming state Rep. Sue Wallis, and together they are roaming the U.S. hoping to open horse slaughter houses. Duquette previously formed a 501c3 non-profit called "United Horsemen" and with Wallis, he has organized a business venture called "Unified Equine LLC".  UH collects donations basically to promote horse slaughter. Somehow Duquette believes this qualifies as a "charity" with the IRS.

Unified Equine LLC is based in Wallis' hometown of Recluse, Wyoming and recently distributed these materials in the Mountain Grove, Missouri community about plans to build a horse slaughter plant there. That proposal was overwhelmingly defeated, and a local attorney has accused UE of possible fraud in solicitations to investors in the proposed horse slaughter plant.

(The accusation is similar to complaints filed with Wyoming authorities and the Wyoming House of Representatives against Wallis about the various pro-horse slaughter operations she and Duquette have formed over the years.)

One of the complaints made in the letter is that UE planned to invest no money in the facility. And, Chevidico, a Belgian based company that owns and operates horse slaughter facilities worldwide, was more interested in a lease than acquiring an ownership interest in any property to operate the facility. Chevidico was only interested in a turnkey project and would put no money into building the facility. That would leave investors solicited by UE with all the risk.

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Duquette who lives in Hermiston, Oregon and holds himself out alternatively as a quarter horse breeder or horse trainer, has expressed interest in buying one of two properties on the Umatilla River in Umatilla County for a horse slaughter facility.

Duquette convened a meeting on February 10, 2012 in Pendleton at the Oregon Water Resources office in his role as president and executive director of UH to discuss a potential horse slaughter facility for the Hermiston area. There is a lengthy summar

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Jo Anne Normile (Michigan): Saving Baby Founder will discuss national "After Care" programs developed by racing organizations.

"Equine Advocates is unequivocally against equine slaughter for human consumption - and it will be a travesty if horse slaughter were to return to the US," said Wagner. "This will happen if special interest groups twist the issue and have their way through their lobbyists in Congress. We must act now to stop them."

Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a non-profit equine protection organization and Horse Sanctuary based in Chatham, NY. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines, especially through banning the slaughter of American horses, through education, investigation, rescue operations and public education. Email info@equineadvocates.org or call 518-245-1599 for more information.

SOURCE Equine Advocates

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2 years ago
2012 American Equine Summit Unites Against Horse Slaughter by thepersianhorse

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 BACKGROUND | WALL STREET JOURNAL

Photo Equine Advocates

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The 2012 American Equine Summit will take place March 31 - April 1 at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY. This invitation only summit will unite the equine community's foremost experts to speak about horse slaughter, raise awareness and encourage grassroots efforts to ban this practice, which has recently gained legislative approval to be reinstated. In attendance will be members of the press, lawmakers and those involved with animal welfare and the horse industry.

Said Susan Wagner, founder/president of Equine Advocates, "Over 80 percent of Americans oppose horse slaughter, according to recent polls. Our goal is to empower these 'eighty-percenters' to make their voices heard in Congress, urging their representatives to pass legislation to stop this horrendous practice."

Horse lover and legendary concert promoter, Ron Delsener, will be the Keynote Speaker. Others will include:

Paula Bacon (Texas): Former Mayor of Kaufman, Texas, will address the impact of opening a horse slaughterhouse.

Cathleen Doyle (Oklahoma): Director, Save the Horses will discuss the historic passage of the initiative that banned horse slaughter in California.

John Holland (Virginia): Equine Welfare Alliance President will present the misconceptions about "slaughter horses".

Dr. Kraig J. Kulikowski, D.V.M. (Florida and New York): Licensed equine practitioner will discuss humane euthanasia as an alternative to slaughter.

Katia Louise (California): International award-winning documentary filmmaker will screen and discuss Saving America's Horses.

Victoria McCullough (Florida): Equine protectionist will discuss the successful passage of Florida's 2010 Equine Protection Act.

Cindy Meehl (Connecticut): Director of the award-winning 2011 documentary, Buck.

Jo Anne Normile (Michigan): Saving Baby Founder will discuss national "After Care" programs developed by racing organizations.

"Equine Advocates is unequivocally against equine slaughter for human consumption - and it will be a travesty if horse slaughter were to return to the U

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WILD BURRO PROTECTION LEAGUE MARCH FOR MERCY ~ Protect the Wild Burros from Mass Annihilation by thepersianhorse

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CLICK HERE to join the WILD BURRO PROTECTION LEAGUE MARCH FOR MERCY.

Less than 300 wild burros remain but Texas Parks and Wildlife intends to kill these nationally protected burros to the "maximum extent possible". The national protections do not extend to this State-held land. What Texas is doing may be legal, but we think its an atrocity.

This horrid policy is carried out quietly, behind the scenes, with efforts to keep visitors to the Big Bend Ranch State Park from realizing wild burros are there and wild burros are being killed. We want the world to know how Texas chooses to kill their own living legacies of natural, cultural and historical heritage of their State, the region and America.

Only 5,800 wild burros are held in the protected areas managed by the BLM. Texas has their own small but vitally precious relic herd of wild burros, documented as laying claim to these lands as their ancestral home for hundreds of years. Officially, the Parks Department states that these wild donkeys harm the resource of the Park.

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2 years ago

this is just horrible i dont think horses should have to put up with this its cruel and painful

2 years ago

EL HORSE SORING ~ The U.S.D.A. is Ready to Listen. Please Speak For the Horses.by thepersianhorse

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USDA/Horse Soring

USDA/Horse Soring

Soring involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse's legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel, and kerosene—are applied to the horse's limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering.

A particularly egregious form of soring, known as pressure shoeing, involves cutting a horse's hoof almost to the quick and tightly nailing on a shoe, or standing a horse for hours with the sensitive part of his soles on a block or other raised object. This causes excruciating pressure and pain whenever the horse puts weight on the hoof.

Soring has been a common and widespread practice in the Tennessee Walking Horse show industry for decades. Today, judges continue to reward the artificial "Big Lick" gait, thus encouraging participants to sore their horses and allowing the cruel practice to persist.

Which horse breeds suffer from soring?

Tennessee Walking Horses, known for their smooth gait and gentle disposition, commonly suffer from the practice of soring. Other gaited breeds, such as Racking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses, also suffer from soring.

The life of a sored horse is filled with fear and pain. While being sored, a horse can be left in his stall for days at a time, his legs covered in caustic chemicals and plastic wrap to "cook" the chemicals deep into his flesh. In training barns where soring takes place, it is common to see horses lying down in their stalls, moaning in pain.

Whenever the horses are ridden, in training or competition, trainers put chains around the horse's sored ankles. As the horse travels, the chains slide up and down, further irritating the areas already made painful by soring.

Instead of wearing regular horseshoes, the feet of "Big Lick" or "performance" gaited show horses are fitted with tall, heavy stacks of pads to accentuate their gait. These "stacks" force the horses to stand at an unnatural angle, much like wearing high heel platform shoes all day, every day. Foreign objects are often inserted between the horse's hoof and these stacks, adding to the horse's suffering.

Performance horses aren't allowed to go outside to graze and play with other horses. Except when being trained or shown, these horses spend all of their time confined to stalls.

Hasn't soring been outlawed by Congress?

Yes. In the early 1970s, Congress passed the Horse Protection Act with the intent of banning this cruel practice. From the beginning, underfunding and political pressure from industry insiders have plagued USDA’s enforcement of the HPA. Lack of adequate funding prevents the USDA from sending agency officials to every Tennessee Walking Horse and Racking Horse show. As a result, they have instituted a system that allows horse industry organizations (HIOs) to train and license their own inspectors, known as Designated Qualified Persons (DQPs), to examine horses at shows for signs of soring. With the exception of a few HIOs who are committed to ending soring, most of the HIOs are made up of industry insiders who have a clear stake in preserving the status quo.

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How is soring detected?

Federal law requires all Tennessee Walking Horses and Racking Horses entered in exhibitions, shows, auctions or sales be inspected for soring prior to entering the ring. Any horse that receives first place in a show or exhibition must also be inspected after their winning class.

Typically, an inspector will manually examine or "palpate" the front legs of a horse to see if the horse reacts in pain, and to look for other abnormalities. Any horse that is born after October 1, 1975 is also subject to what is know as the "scar rule": their legs should show no evidence of scarring that is indicative of soring, such as missing hair, scars, or cuts. While inspectors have jurisdiction to inspect horses anywhere on the grounds of a show, exhibition, auction or sale, as well as in transport to these venues, intimidation, harassment and threats from industry participants have kept inspectors from examining horses outside of a designated inspection area, directly before entering the show ring. This system gives trainers ample opportunity to attempt to conceal soring before the horse is inspected.

In an effort to mask soring, some trainers will apply numbing agents to their horses' legs prior to inspection so the horse won't react. Others "steward" their horses at home, putting them through mock inspections wherein if the horse reacts to palpation, he is beaten with a whip, bat or other blunt instrument. The horse learns to be more fearful of the beating than the pain in his legs, and learns to stand quietly. Other trainers will attach alligator clips and other pain-inducing objects to sensitive parts of the horse prior to inspection, causing him to focus on the new source of pain rather than his legs and feet.

In addition to extreme suffering from being sored and shown, many Tennessee Walking Horses die at a young age from colic, believed to be caused by the extreme stress placed on them in training and by exposure to the toxic chemicals used for soring.

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Please contact Respect4Horses to RSVP As Soon As Possible.  All Contact Information BELOW.

Thank You,
Simone Netherlands.
"History is only made, by those who care about the future".
-Simone Netherlands.

Respect4Horses Organization
Office:         (928) 308 6718

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2 years ago

Respect4Horses has planned a Press Conference which will concentrate on informing the press of the lies and deceipt that are going on at the Embassy Suites at the Summit of the Dead Horse hosted by Sue Wallis.  We will make sure they do not look good in the news that evening.

- If you or your organization would like to sponsor part of this conference or part of the dinner for advocates or show footage, or do a presentation in the evening or help with the cost for a billboard, or have a table for display of merchandise, please contact Simone Netherlands of RESPECT4HORSES.  Help is needed to defray some of the expenses, especially if attendance is larger than expected.
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Here are the details:
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April 3rd 2012
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4401 Sw 15th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
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(It is conveniently situated one block from the Embassy Suites where the Summit of the Dead Horse is taking place simultaneously)
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Conference room of the Holiday Inn Suites first floor, follow directions:
Attendance is free for those on the guest list;  all you have to do to be on the guest list is confirm your attendance.
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11.30 am arrival of horse advocates and public.
12 Noon arrival of the press
12 - 1 pm  Summit of the live Horse PRESS CONFERENCE

Confirmed Speakers for the press conference so far include: R.T. Fitch WHFF, Ginger Kathrens the Cloud Foundation, Keith Dane HSUS, Brogan Horton ARU and Simone Netherlands Respect4Horses, we might have a few more who are in the process of checking their schedule, each speaker will have the microphone for 3 minutes.

1.00 pm - 2 pm lunch for the press and horse advocates. (Free if you are on the Guest List)

2.00 pm - 5.00 pm possible Protest in front of the Embassy Suites and banners on trailers driving around. (trailers needed)

6.30 pm - 10 pm Summit of the Live Horse Advocate Dinner Party

($20 entree includes dinner, music, documentaries and presentations)
(Protesters get in for $10.)- All horse advocates should try to stay in the Holiday Inn so that we are all centrally located and so that we are not giving our business to the Embassy Suites who would not give us a conference room.- If you mention Respect 4 Horses, you will get a $70.00 per night room rate. We should reserve as soon as possible since there are 40 rooms left on our room block. And please thank them for supporting Horses while you reserve your room.
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Holiday Inn phone number: 405 601 7272
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- Participation of HSUS, ASPCA, R4H, EWA, ALC, TCF, WHFF, AA, AAHS, CTHN, ARU, ARM ,are expected as well as many other organisations and individuals who are a loud and clear voice for our horses.

- Our Press Conference will concentrate on informing the press of the lies and deceipt that are going on at the embassy suites at the Summit of the Dead Horse. We will make sure they do not look good in the news that evening.

- Everyone who cannot attend, can stilll be of great help by trying to collect and create as many new horse advocates in Oklahoma City that can make it there.

So if you want to be at the heart of the battle and stand with all organizations who are standing United for our American Horses, and have some fun and get to know each other while we are at it, then please come to this important event, and bring as many with you as you can!

Please contact Respect4Horses to RSVP As Soon As Possible.  All Contact Information BELOW.

Thank You,
Simone Netherlands.
"History is only made, by those who care about the future".
-Simone Netherlands.

Respect4Horses Organization
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2 years ago
HORSE EATERS NEVER GIVE UP. ILLINOIS Wants To Slaughter Horses, AGAIN. by thepersianhorse

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BACKGROUND | EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE

Every year, State Representative Jim Sacia introduces his annual "Let's overturn the state law banning horse slaughter" legislation. This year there is a twist. Sacia was able to get a newbie (2011), Richard Morthland (R) to do his bidding. Yes, we have yet another bill to address, HB 5382.

We heard about this last week but it was still in the rules committee. It has now been released to the Ag committee so it's time to start dialing, faxing and writing. Since Rep. Morthland is new, let's show him what happens when someone introduces legislation that 80% of this country opposes. If you get the ol' - you don't live in Illinois speech, tell them that your horse could be stolen and sent to Illinois and that makes it your business. This legislation impacts the entire country.

Over the last few days, we have been in contact with Gail Vacca of the IL Equine Humane Center HSUS, ASPCA and AWI. AWI has already sent an alert to its members and you should expect to see something from HSUS and ASPCA soon. We'll be working with Gail, as we do every year, to defeat this bill. She's been involved since the original legislation to ban horse slaughter was introduced and did not pass.

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National Wild Horse and Burro Protest Day – March 1, 2012 by thepersianhorse
The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.
BACKGROUND | ANIMAL LAW COALITION
Unified Call to Action from Animal Law Coalition, ASPCA, Cloud Foundation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Horse Fund, Equine Welfare Alliance, and Front Range Equine Rescue.
Join thousands of concerned and caring Americans around the country.
Protest Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board [1] as the General Public Representative.
Background: Callie Hendrickson is the Executive Director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts representing ranching interests, many of whom have permits to run livestock on public lands in Northwestern Colorado. The organization successfully petitioned to become an intervenor on the side of BLM to completely remove the West Douglas Wild Horse Herd on the Western Slope of Colorado.
  • Ms. Hendrickson supports the sale without limitation of all unadopted wild horses to the highest bidder (including slaughter buyers).
  • Ms. Hendrickson will speak at the second pro-slaughter conference (Summit of the Horse) in Oklahoma City this spring.
For more on Callie Hendrickson and her pro-horse slaughter, anti-wild horses and burros views, read R.T. Fitch's Op-Ed, Infamous Horse Slaughter Advocate Appointed to BLM Advisory Board 
Does Callie Hendrickson represent you? If your answer is NO, then please call, fax, and email Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and politely, but firmly ask that Callie Hendrickson's appointment to the Advisory Board be rescinded immediately.
 Tell the Secretary that she does not represent you or the 80% of the General Public opposed to horse slaughter [2].
Number to Call: (202) 208-3100
Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956
CLICK HERE to send Free Faxes From Your Computer.
[1] The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommends management strategies to the BLM. Hendrickson would join Jim Stephenson (appointed June 2011) on the Board. Stephenson openly advocates for horse slaughter. BLM has discussed killing wild horses in holding since at least 2008. With Hendrickson, they may have just the Board they want -a Board that could recommend to BLM that they dispose of the wild horses in holding.
[2] A recent nationwide poll reveals that 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of U.S. horses for  human consumption regardless of their gender, political affiliation, whether they live in an urban or rural area, or their geographic location. Further, it confirms that a vast majority of horse owners are also against the slaughtering of our nation's equines. The survey
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New post on The Persian Horse's Blog HELP SAVE THE LAST OF THE CANADIAN WILD HORSES, Only 1,540 Are Remaining. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

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Photo | Courtesy of  Ken McLeod

With less than 1,540 Wild Horses remaining in Canada, NOW is the time to take Urgent Action to save them.  It is time to recognize the Wild Horses of Alberta. To date, the Canadian Government and their predecessors have not recognized the wild horses of Alberta, their historical importance and the need to preserve and protect them as part of the Alberta Heritage.  Instead the wild horses have been marginalized. They are administered under the Stray Animal Act by Alberta Sustainable Resources (ASR).

These horses have spent hundreds of years and generations, surviving very harsh conditions and predators, the most dangerous being human.  Alberta Sustainable Resources directs the continued slaughter of the wild horses. Each February, “trappers”, with government assistance, capture and kill an undisclosed number of wild horses. There is no justification for the Canadian government to continue mandating and condoning this senseless slaughter.

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Photo | Ken McLeod

CLICK  HERE to sign Petition Protesting the Annual Slaughter of Canada's Wild Horses.

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Wild Studs of Bronson Lake

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CLICK  HERE  to leave a comment for Canada's Premier Alison Redford, requ

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Persian Horse's Blog TWENTY THREE WAYS TO STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER…Take Action Now Please by thepersianhorse
The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses and Burros  who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.
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Horse slaughter is the practice of killing & butchering horses for human consumption or animal foods manufacturing. These horses sent to slaughter come from auctions, private owners, and captured wild horse herds or even stolen pet horses. Most of the horses are brought to slaughter houses by contract buyers,  who collect horses from all over the USA and are known as kill buyers.
Horses that are killed for reasons other than human consumption go to the renderers (U.S.) that make food for your  pets, or  carnivorous animals in zoos. Investigations by animal welfare and animal rights groups have indicated that these animals are being skinned or gutted  still alive and conscious. The horses are transported in cattle trucks, often injure their heads, fall and are trampled by other terrified animals in transit. They receive no rest, no food and no water for often 24 or more hours.
At the slaughterhouse, they are herded through alleys and chutes. They can smell the blood and death in the air, they can hear the screams of fellow horses. Often, the stun “bolt” does  not work correctly, and they are hit with it repeatedly.  Former Chief USDA Inspector, Veterinarian  Dr. Lester Friedlander  has stated that horses are only stunned for 30 seconds, long enough to be hung up by a hind leg. They are then ALIVE and CONSCIOUS while their throats are slit and they are skinned and dismembered . The horse has served mankind for thousands of years, and civilization was only possible because of the horse.  To be treated with this disrespect and cruelty is totally unacceptable.
thepersianhorse | January 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-za
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Also of Note...

NAS to Hold Public Events for Wild Horse Review

The National Academy of Sciences (NA is moving ahead with its review of the BLM wild horse and burro program, which is expected to be completed in 2013. Recently, the NAS announced two upcoming public events: a public online webinar on January 19, 2012, and a review committee meeting on January 27-28, 2012 in Spokane, Washington. 

AWHPC has previously expressed serious concerns about review committee conflicts-of-interest as well as inadequacies in scope for this NAS review. To our knowledge, the NAS has not taken steps to address these concerns.

AWHPC Lawsuit Gets National Coverage

 

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the lawsuit filed by AWHPC, Western Watersheds Project and The Cloud Foundation to stop the BLM's radical plans to replace stallions with castrated males and zero-out an entire Herd Management Area (HMA) in the Pancake Complex in Nevada.

While the article left much to be desired in terms of its accuracy and focus, it did help to elevate public awareness of the wild horse issue to a national scale. Click below to read the entire article.

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TAKE ACTION NOW:
Submit Comments on BLM Land Use Plan That Will Affect Wild Horses in Wyoming for the Next 10-20 Years

The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is accepting public comments on the Lander, Wyoming Field Office's Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision, which will set policy that will affect one-fourth of the state's remaining wild horse population for the next 10-20 years. Unfortunately, as currently written, the revised RMP continues the same old failed BLM policies that have decimated our wild herds and caused a fiscal crisis for American taxpayers. As such, the proposed RMP revisions make a mockery of promises for reform made by both BLM director Bob Abbey and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

This is the stage of the planning process where citizen comments can have the greatest impact on policy. Now is the time to speak up for Wyoming mustangs by demanding that the BLM uphold its statutory mandate to protect these national icons on the range, where they belong. Take action today by clicking below.

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD:
Abusive Treatment of Wild Horses Continues as Calico Roundup Enters Final Phase

 

Photo by Mike Lorden, Calico Complex, Jan. 4, 2012

Despite a warning from a federal court judge and the BLM's own acknowledgment of a clear need for stricter helicopter guidelines, the BLM is again allowing its contracted helicopter pilot to fly dangerously close to horses during the Calico Complex roundup, which is currently underway in a remote region of northwest Nevada. In addition, many horses were observed to be  lathered with sweat from being chased too fast and/or too long -- a condition that seriously jeopardizes their health and well being, particularly during periods of extreme winter cold.

Over 1,200 wild horses and 10 wild burros have been captured, and at least 10 horses have died to date in the massive capture operation that began in December. The roundup resumed on January 3, after a 15-day holiday hiatus, and on Sunday (Jan. 8) moved into the McGee Mountain Wild Burro Herd Management Area (HMA). Please click below to view the la

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thank you Valerie happy new year to you

The New Year
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I want to wish all friends, members, &, our equine friends, a very "Happy New Year!". Today is the first day of the new year. New day, new year, let's make this the BEST year ever for our cause, the horses, & for ourselves. Let our voices be heard! If there is a will, there is a way, we must not ever give up on what we all love & believe in, no matter how much bad luck or news is thrown at us. If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. We CAN do something if we all stand firm together, & never back down. Our equine friends, both wild & domestic, need our help now even more than ever, let's make 2012 a memorable year, the "year of the horse". We CAN win if we try .Stamp out horse slaughter, stamp out transporting for slaughter elsewhere, &, stamp out wild horse round-ups & removals. Chins up, &, "Happy New Year!"

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New post on The Persian Horse's Blog HORSE DROPS DEAD ON BOURBON STREET, Please Sign Petition and Attend Protest. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

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Mules & horses suffer greatly in New Orleans .   They are not properly cared for. Handlers ride them hard, long distances daily.  The Horses are worked  in congested city traffic,  poor weather conditions,  not fed well,  lack water, and sleep in tight spaces.

FROM:  NOLA.COM    Owner of  Horse that collapsed and died on Bourbon Street has been under investigation.  

The owner of the horse that dropped dead on Bourbon Street Sunday afternoon has been offering buggy rides to tourists in the French Quarter for months. At issue is whether he charges for them.

The city's Taxicab Bureau has been investigating Steven Chambers, 51, of New Orleans, after complaints by carriage companies that Chambers, who is unlicensed and uninsured, was operating illegally. The companies also allege Chambers mistreated his horses and did not clean up after them.

So far, city investigators haven't found evidence that Chambers charges tourists for rides, said Malachi Hull, director of the city's Ground Transportation Bureau. If they determine he has been charging tourists for rides, Chambers could be served a summons for operating without a permit, a charge that can carry up to 90 days' imprisonment.

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thepersianhorse | December 25, 2011 at 12:50 PM | Categories: ALERTS | URL: http://wp.me/p14D2r-xB
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OD WILL TO EVERYONE, From The Persian Horse

by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

The Persian Horse would like to Wish Everyone Peace, Love, Hope and Best Wishes for the Season, and the Coming Year.  We are Greatful for All of our Readers, and would like to Thank You ALL for all of your efforts on behalf of ALL of the Horses on the Planet.

2 years ago

New post on The Persian Horse's Blog HUMANE HORSE SLAUGHTER in the UNITED STATES. by thepersianhorse

The Persian Horse Blog is Dedicated to the Horses who have Shed their Blood, Lost their Freedom, and Given their Lives for BLM.

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In the latter part of November, 2011, while millions of Americans were preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving, President Obama was quietly signing an agriculture spending bill, which had passed both houses of Congress, that effectively reopens horse slaughter plants in the United States.   The defunding of the Agriculture Department’s food safety inspections for horse slaughter had effectively shut the business down in this country in 2006, although approximately 138,000 horses per year since then were exported for slaughter, mostly to Mexico and Canada.

The PRO-Slaughter people have deceived the legislators into re-introducing Horse Slaughter in the United States.  The “humane” argument for horse slaughter in this country goes like this: People can’t afford to keep their horses and there is no market for them, so many are left to starve on run-out pastures or abandoned to fend for themselves and are hit by cars or trucks and crippled or killed. “Surplus” horses are exported for slaughter at substandard, cruel operations in Canada and Mexico. They are crammed in cattle trucks in which they can’t stand upright due to height restrictions, and many fall and are injured or killed during transport. So, the argument goes, “Let’s kill ’em here where we can do it right, and the poor horses won’t have to travel to Mexico to die.”

Let's Enlighten Ourselves a little bit....Shall we?

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2 years ago
IS UNETHICAL and UNCIVILIZED BEHAVIOUR – Occupy Republican National Committee.

by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses and Burros who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

 

Horse Slaughter is UnPatriotic

Horse Slaughter is  UnPatriotic, UnAmerican, Immoral, UnEthical, and UnCivilized. Eating Horses is Sub-Human Behaviour and UnHealthy.  Horse Meat can cause Bone Marrow Cancer.   Call the Republican  National Committee (RNC) and let them know you, (and the 70% of Americans who do not Support Horse Slaughter)  will not consider voting for any congressperson, or Presidential Candidate,  who supports horse slaughter, or Transport to horse slaughter,  in any manner; and will only vote for candidates who support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act S. 1176.

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RITUAL HORSE SACRIFICE in SUMBA – Please Sign Petition by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses and Burros who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

 

Funeral Ceremony - Horse Sacrifice

Photo from Tribudragon

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION.

BACKGROUND FROM | CHANGE.ORG

The video below, filming Ritual Horse Sacrifice, speaks for itself.  It occurred on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia which has numerous other  equally barbaric religious sacrifice traditions and events. Religious animal sacrifice is not yet banned throughout Indonesia and many different religions and belief systems still exist where the participants believe that violence towards animals will make gods and sprits happy with them.

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New post on The Persian Horse's Blog YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR WHITE HOUSE FAX PAPER. Send Faxes Now For Horses. by thepersianhorse

Dedicated to the Horses and Burros who Shed their Blood, Gave up their Freedom and Lost their Lives for BLM.

PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION FOR THE HORSES

FAX THE FOLLOWING TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

1. HORSE FLESH CONTAINS BUTE, WHICH IS WELL KNOWN BY THE FDA TO CAUSE BONE MARROW CANCER IN HUMANS.

2. PRESIDENT OBAMA, DO YOU WANT TOXIC MEAT CONSUMED BY AMERICAN CITIZENS? DO YOU WANT TOXIC MEAT CONSUMED BY CHILDREN IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

3. PLEASE WRITE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REVERSING YOUR LIFTING THE BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER IN THE U.S. FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, WHICH YOU RECENTY SIGNED INTO LAW IN THE FY2012 BUDGET.

THE FAX NUMBER TO THE WHITE HOUSE IS  202-456-2461

CLICK HERE TO SEND FREE FAXES FROM YOUR COMPUTER

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