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CANADIAN HORSE DEFENSE COALITION
Horse meat on the menu: “Horses are not livestock and should not be treated as such,” reader Ann Giles argues.
Photograph by: ODD ANDERSEN AFP, GETTY IMAGES FILE, The Gazette
” In Lesley Chesterman’s latest restaurant review (“Fun side of Quebec cuisine in DNA,” Gazette, March 10), she correctly states that the idea of horse meat may be gruesome to many. There are several reasons for that. Not all of them are sentimental.
WASHINGTON, (AHC) – March 15, 2012. The United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) has joined the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC).
“Supporting the mission of UHC is totally in line with the USHJA’s mission of which a major component is protecting the well being of our participants both human and equine and offering broad based education for our members. We want to do all we can to help ensure that these generous animals have the responsible care that they deserve from all of us,” said Shelby French, CEO of the USHJA.
The USHJA, which is the nationally recognized affiliate for the hunter and jumper riding disciplines, promotes the equestrian sport and the well being of its participants. The USHJA offers broad based education for its members and provides the framework for the conduct of the hunter/jumper sport.
CHDC ISSUES 2nd OPEN LETTER TO THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY
On March 13, the following letter was sent to Dr. Martin Appelt of the CFIA expressing concerns over the misinformation Dr. Brian Evans expressed in his letter to the CHDC dated February 20, (http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/documents/) in his replies to supporters and in the interview with radio host Jordi Morgan of News 95.7 Maritime Morning (http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/dr-brian-evans-from-the-cfia-interviewed-on-radio/).
This is the second Open Letter we have sent in an attempt to clarify certain errors and denials publicly issued by the CFIA.
We are hopeful the truth will not be suppressed.
Please click on this link to access the entire letter: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/chdc-issues-open-letter-to-cfia/.
In a ruthless ploy to protect grasslands from wild horse herds that have roamed Alberta for centuries, the province’s Sustainable Resource Department (SRD) has put a large dent in the population of horses living in the Sundre/Olds area of Alberta. According to Bob Henderson of WHOAS (The Wild Horses of Alberta Society: http://northernhorse.com/wildhorses/), “Over 130 horses that we know about were taken.” Evidently the government is so anxious to rid the province of these majestic wild horses that even its customary capture application and license process has been waived this year. The horses have been rounded up and many have gone to slaughter.
Why would the SRD think to rob wild horses of their land – and their lives? The usual answer in similar situations has been greed, and once again, the burgeoning needs and wants of ranchers seem to have been given the upper hand. Even with miles and miles of grassland rolling on farther than the eye can see, the wild Alberta horses, whose birthright would surely include the capacity to remain on those lands, have become the target of greed and corruption amongst ranchers and short-sighted government officials who are paranoid that the horses will somehow impact upon the livestock industry.
Only small herds of these iconic, breathtakingly beautiful horses now remain. If the ranchers and the government have their way, the wild horse herds of Alberta will become extinct. It is believed that these horses could be descendents of Spanish Mustangs, introduced from Spain during the early conquest of the Americas, but that doesn’t seem to matter to those whose world revolves around profits.
The Alberta government needs to hear from citizens everywhere who are opposed to the mindless roundups and killing of these horses. Please consider contacting the following officials with your concerns:
Hon. Frank Oberle
Minister of Sustainable Resource Development
420 Legislature Building
10800 – 97 Avenue NW
Canada T5K 2B6
Phone: (780) 415-4815
Fax: (780) 415-4818
Premier Alison Redford
307- Legislature Bldg
E-mail contact form: http://alberta.ca/premier_contact.cfm
FROM THE CANADIAN HORSE DEFENSE COALITION
We’d like to thank Mr. Atamanenko for his continued support, Angel Acres, the donors and all those who worked hard by getting the word out on social media and various web sites to make this a reality!
ALBERTA GOVERNMENT DECIMATES WILD HORSE HERDS
It was brought to our attention that the Alberta government’s Sustainable Resource Department (SRD) is systematically removing the wild horses from areas in the Sundre/Olds area of Alberta, many of which have been sent to slaughter http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/alberta-government-decimates-wild-horse-herds/
For a link to the Wild Horse of Alberta Society that is actively trying to raise awareness on their plight, go to the WHOAS web at: http://northernhorse.com/wildhorses/
PETITIONING RE: BILL C-322
Petitioning for Bill C-322 continues to gather strength – we cannot stress the importance of your petitions in the fight to save our horses from slaughter.
On our Do It Now webpage: you can find English http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/do-it-now.html
http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/petition_oct_2011.pdf and French petitions
http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/appuyez_le_projet_de_loi_c.pdf as well as instructions and further steps you can take.
You can also save, print and distribute our flyer in English: http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/flyer_feb_12.pdf or in French: http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/chdc_french_flyer.pdf
Remember – you only need 25 signatures to form a petition!