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5 Animals Impacted by the Government Shutdown

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4. Horses

Soring – the practice of torturing/injuring a horse into taking exaggerated steps to look more pretty in competitions – is a growing problem in this country. Previously, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has the authority to monitor show horses and punish trainers that sore, but the program has been discontinued during the shutdown. ASPCA believes that some trainers might start resorting to pain-based tactics to change their horses’ gaits during this period without oversight.

5. Whales

Just a few hundred North Atlantic right whales remain alive at this point, and their existence is continually threatened by accidental fatal collisions with large boats. Normally, right whales receive protection from the National Marine Fisheries Service via its Dynamic Management Area program, which monitors ship speed in the right whale’s territory in order to prevent accidents, but this program will not be enforced during the shutdown.

Whales of all species face danger in cases of entanglement. While federal agents would usually respond to whales caught in nets promptly, now such incidents will be considered on a case-by-case basis of how life-threatening the entanglement is.

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7:22AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

very sad news but thanks for sharing

10:41AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

The animals are ALWAYS the first in line to be harmed, maimed or killed no matter the circumstances. The animals ALWAYS seem to pay for OUR sins.

1:24PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Poor animals....

7:48PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Althouogh I am against testing drugs, cosmetics and all kinds of other stuff on animals, many Universities and labs have to kill the animals that were involved in tests before those tests have been finished. All the previous work of those scientists is lost due to the shutdown.

12:56PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Thank-you for this article. We tend to be so wound up in our daily lives----we don't stop to think. The "SHUTDOWN" is affecting everyone in one way or another----and ---yes animals too----a lot more than your group of 5. Hope "Shutdown" is OVER soon !!!!!!

5:40AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

How did our once great country ever get so screwed up?

4:21AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Can they be helped instead?

12:07AM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Martin Luther King said Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

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