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The title of this post is a direct quote from a young gentleman charged with law enforcement and the protection of citizens and animals alike due to the position and responsibilities that position entails.

Rather says it all does it not??

Canada, the golden land of opportunity, welcoming with open arms all manner of newcomers, be they individuals looking to provide better lives for their families, or foreign investments looking to make a profit on the backs of our environment, our fresh water resources and our vast untapped mineral resources.    Welcome….

Sarcastic remark…yes admittedly.

Canada, a land where the exploitation, suffering and lack of proper Federal Legislation, allows for horrendous Factory Farms, the continued unabated suffering in puppy mills, kitten mills, horse slaughter, the failure to protect domestic animals, strays, ferals..my gosh you name it…

Every year the Animal Legal Defense Fund issues it’s annual report naming the Best and the Worst places for an animal to live, based on the Provincial/Territorial Animal Protection Legislation in place.  It would be safe to possibly conclude that reported cases of animal cruelty, the consequences faced by the perpetrator of such horrors and the overall outcome of Judicial proceedings may/may not also be taken into account.  Afterall, as I have stated far too often to count…laws are not worth the paper they are written upon if they are not stringently enforced and justice for the animal victims is obtained.

Note that you may download your own copy of the ALDF Report by visiting their site, it is a one time free download which is updated yearly.

Here’s the full ranking list: as of the report issued in 2010 and 2011.  You will note that very little has changed.  The NWT and Nunavut were tied as the Best Place to Abuse Animals in 2010.  However with the victorious three year battle for animal protection in the NWT, seeing the new NWT Dog Act come into effect in May 2011 (still only pertains to dogs) the NWT moved from Worst to now rank No. 11 in the Bottom Tier.  Nunavut is now the Best Place to Abuse Animals and Alberta and Quebec also have remained stagnant in the Bottom Tier.

Quebec has moved down a notch ranking at number 11 now.  Congrats to Quebec….which brings us to the issue of Berger Blanc in Montreal.

For years Montrealers have been loudly protesting the horrific cruelty that animals are subjected to thanks to Berger Blanc.  Are they being listened to??  Obviously not at all.  The horrors continue without consequence.

Just what will it take to SHUT DOWN Berger Blanc????????  What will it take for the taxpayed politicians in Montreal who hold their positions/jobs and lifestyles to come clean and do the right thing and meet the demands of the Montrealers to shut this operation of gross horrors down?????

Will it take International Scrutiny?  Will it take the shining light of NEGATIVITY, the Public Humiliation and the Pointing of Global Fingers and Protest before the powers that be in Montreal do something?????  It certainly seems that way.  Will it take the NEGATIVE effect such publicity can have on needed TOURISM, and subsequent retail and hospitality industry losses before the Powers that BE wake up and ‘get it’???

Unfortunately that is exactly what it sometimes takes.  The NEGATIVE spotlight that shone so brightly on the NWT (Northwest Territories) for over three years drew Global as well as North American attention.  Emails, comments, loud voices from around the world played a very large part in bringing about much needed positive change here.  The support from large Canadian Animal Advocate Groups, that took a stance, submitted their own letters and critiques to the Territorial Government in support of the Legislative changes, the documented and pictorial evidence which I prepared and submitted on a regular basis, the countless study papers on the LINK between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence which I also submitted and the needed support from NWT residents….all of it played a huge role in winning, for the first time in NWT history, protection for dogs up here.

So if the same must be done to enable the caring, responsible pet lovers and owners in Montreal to be heard…to have For Profit Berger Blanc……scrutinized and pointed at by Global fingers…..if it must take a Global protest to end the horrors these innocent animals endure at the hands of Berger Blanc…….then So Be It.

Berger Blanc is a shining example of inadequate Provincial Legislation to Protect Animals.  Berger Blanc is a perfect example of the archaic, inadequate Canadian Federal Animal Protection Legislation that permeates this country and allows such operations to exist.

In a joint effort with Quebec contacts, more information concerning this appalling, disgusting, intolerable, inhumane, irresponsible, unacceptable situation will be exposed on a grand scale to the International/Global community.

UNITED we made a positive difference in the Northwest Territories, UNITED we can make a positive difference in Montreal and Quebec period!!

A year since Berger Blanc Cruelty

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-year-since-berger-blanc-cruelty

Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner
Berger Blanc events — 19 April 2011

“On Thursday April 21 at 20:00 Radio Canada’s investigative program Enquête presents a disturbing exposé of Berger Blanc, the for-profit business entrusted with control of, and care for, Montréal’s exploding population of unwanted companion animals, a population which has now reached crisis proportions. This program, Mauvais Berger, exposes Berger Blanc’s abysmal standards of animal care and customer service, and lack of promotion of responsible pet ownership.

The images and issues addressed in Mauvais Berger invite a wider consideration of how this for-profit business, unrestrained by weak municipal by-laws, inadequate provincial legislation or effective monitoring, thrives on an ever-expanding supply of abandoned animals. Berger Blancs’ disregard of this fundamental problem of overpopulation ensures a constant flow of ‘clients’, and hence its own financial advancement.

Further, a lack of insistence on rigorous contractual accountability by the municipalities who deal with Berger Blanc aggravates this disgraceful situation. Neither the treatment and ultimate fate of the more than 30,000 animals transiting annually through the Berger Blanc (with sky-high euthanasia rates), nor the exact use of taxpayers’ cash, appear to be of significant concern for any of those associated with this scandalous enterprise.”

http://www.montrealdogblog.com/7052/enquete-presents-disturbing-expose-berger-blanc/

The last protest of 2011 organized by SPA Canada

Montreal Animal Advocacy Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-last-protest-of-2011-organized-by-spa-canada

Excerpt: “More than six months ago, the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) Canada declared war on pounds thanks to an undercover operation that took place at the Animal Control facility under the name of Berger Blanc. “

 

TIER STANDINGS IN 2011 (note 2012 standings have yet to be published)

2011 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings  

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=1713


Comparing Overall Strength & Comprehensiveness

Top Tier:

1. Ontario
2. Manitoba
3. New Brunswick

4. Nova Scotia

Middle Tier:

5. Saskatchewan
6. Yukon
7. British Columbia

8. Prince Edward Island
9. Newfoundland & Labrador

Bottom Tier:

10. Alberta
11. Northwest Territories
12. Quebec
13. Nunavut

Top Tier:

  • 1. Ontario
  • 2. Nova Scotia
  • 3. Manitoba
  • 4. New Brunswick

Middle Tier:

  • 5. Yukon
  • 6. British Columbia
  • 7. Saskatchewan
  • 8. Prince Edward Island
  • 9. Newfoundland and Labrador

Bottom Tier:

  • 10. Alberta
  • 11. Quebec
  • 12. Northwest Territories, Nunavut (tie)

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Politically Incorrect – Alberta politicians and horse slaughterby canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Politically incorrect. 

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/politically-incorrect-alberta-politicians-and-horse-slaughter/
Recently I was told that I should bring up the subject of horse slaughter at the political forum that was held on April 16th 2012 in Coaldale, Alberta by Little Bow NDP candidate Bev Muendel-Atherstone, where she along with Everett Tanis (Liberal), John Kolk (PC) & Ian Donovan (Wildrose) also Little Bow candidates.

Time was limited, our questions had to be short & the candidates were only allowed about 1 minute to answer them, so I decided to just get to the point & ask them where they stood on Alex Atamanenko’s Bill C-322. All four of them said that they support horse slaughter. Here is how they responded to my question;

John Kolk (PC)

“This is from the provincial  side of things, but I would not be in favour of supporting that (Bill C322),  the animals that we work with & there are all kinds of animal agriculture in Alberta, I would be supportive of animal agriculture & I will continue to be supportive of animal agriculture, that it’s done with respect to those animals & it’s done with proper care, I think those are important & we certainly have those rules in the (inaudible) jurisdiction.”

Everett Tanis (Liberal)

“Hi, I wasn’t born here but we come from different cultures. We ate horse meat & it’s a food producing animal, whether it’s a horse or a cow or a chicken, there’s a difference because horse is man’s best friend, much like a dog but we don‘t eat dog meat (inaudible), but I will not support the stop of slaughter of horses. It’s done in a properly, humane manner. Thank you.”

Bev Muendel-Atherstone (NDP)

“We’ve had horses, we’ve loved horses, I’ve ridden horses & we’ve had horses who broke their legs & had to be put down, we’ve had all kinds of situations with horses. I think that this is a federal law that you’re talking about, so that should be brought up during the federal election,  but I agree with the other two gentlemen here that as long as it’s done in a humane way & that we give the um, that we take care of our wild horses & we take care of the horses that we have, umm, unless, I mean I’d like to read this bill but as you’ve raised it, uh, I think that we have to leave this up to the vets & have the veterinarian inspection systems, they can look after this & ensure that the horses are not, are not stressed when they are shot or they’re killed but at this point I have no reason that there’s anything wrong with this bill, unless you tell me why. Thank you.”

Ian Donovan (Wildrose)

“In a, the federal issue, I haven’t actually read this bill so I hate to make to many comments when I haven’t done any background on it. I agree with the other candidates here, We’re all, we’re looking towards the proper way of disposal & to make sure that it’s humane at all times. Thank you for your question.”

I was so disgusted that I took the buttons I had on my coat, in support of Bev Muendel-Atherton & then I got up & walked out. When I got home, I immediately removed my lawn & signs that I had supporting Bev Muendel-Atherton & threw them straight into the garbage.

Once I calmed down, I decided to email all of them, so they could see for themselves the realities of horse slaughter (I have included it at the bottom if you are interested in reading it, along with the replies I have gotten thus far). I made sure to go into detail, so everything was crystal clear & I provided them with links to the undercover investigations, the video of the horse dealer that came forward & confessed to the horrors horses are subjected to & the letter Alex Atamanenko wrote to Mr. George Da Pont, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

So far, I have only heard back from John Kolk & Bev Muendel-Atherton. John Kolk completely brushed it all off, while Bev Muendel-Atherton went with trying to change the subject. I replied back to both, calling them out on the fact that neither one of them even bothered to click on a single link, because their attitude towards horse slaughter would change drastically if they were to do even the most minimal amount of research.

It makes my blood boil to know that all the candidates support horse slaughter & actually believe that it’s done correctly & humanely. I’m so over the ignorance towards the truth. The fact that none of them (as of yet) have bothered to look into the information that I have sent them, proves that they are just as sick as the rest of the people who are living lavishly off the blood money they receive.

We need to force the Government to do the right thing, we must let them know that we will not allow our horses to be tortured, abused, maimed & killed in the most barbaric way, we will not tolerate them purposely poisoning people, just to make a buck. The time has come for them to get their heads out of their asses & smarten the hell up.

The Government needs to be held accountable for their irresponsible & selfish decisions & actions. The time for excuses, wool pulling, head in the sand & cover up’s are over. If they claim to not want to sell tainted beef, chicken, pork, etc, than they sure as hell shouldn’t be allowing tainted horse meat to be sold & exported. It’s common sense, but they have none. They need to start understanding that if it weren’t for the people who voted for them, they would not be where they are, therefore they better start listening to us.

Horse meat, as well all know already, will never be safe to eat, there has never been & will never be any possible way to ensure that horses who were givenBute, wont enter the food chain. There will never be a way to humanely euthanize a horse in a slaughter plant & no one will ever care about their well being during transport.

We all get it, so why doesn’t anyone who can do something about it get it? When will they stop wanting to profit from making people sick?

They can not say that they are unaware of the truth, because I have provided them with the answers.

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Here are the emails.

Due to the time limit when asking questions at the forum held in Coaldale last night, I could not get into the details, this will tell you about the importance of why horse slaughter must be ended in Canada, as well as the import & export of horse into & out of Canada for the purpose of slaughter.
This email is filled with facts, not accusations, myths, beliefs & theories, but actual facts.
I hope this helps you to better understand that horse slaughter is in fact not done correctly & is so far from humane. There is no need for it, as I have said before, only 16% of the entire world’s population eat horse meat, so unlike beef, chicken, pork, etc, there is no demand high enough for it to be considered a necessity.

The law states that every horse that goes to slaughter MUST be accompanied with their original papers, to show their medical history & if they had been given drugs that are banned by the FDA & CFIA in animals intended for human consumption, yet this is impossible & rarely the case since so many horses have gone through multiple owners, are bought at auction & have even been stolen.

The most common drug that is given to horses, is Bute(Phenylbutazone) which is an analgesic (relieves pain) and anti-inflammatory medication, that is as common in horses, as aspirin is to people. The warning label reads; Health risks. Humans should not inhale or ingest Bute. Wash hands immediately after administering Bute. In humans, bone marrow, renal, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects are associated with use of Phenylbutazone.
Bute is a drug that is not only banned in animals intended for human consumption, but a drug that never leaves the system once it had been administered. Tests may say that the carcass is free of Bute, but the tests is not done on the part of the carcass where Bute can be found (in the Kidneys). Therefore, no amount of guaranteeing a horse that has ever had Bute given to them, will ever make their meat safe to eat. Racehorses are also commonly sent to slaughter plants & we know they are given Bute, as is the case with any privately owned horse.
There has never been & never will be any way possible to ensure that horses going to slaughter, for the purpose of human consumption, are free of drugs such as Bute, yet no one in the Government seems to care. Why? Because horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets? That must be it, because there is not one benefit to horse slaughter, that isn’t monetary & that is only for those who benefit directly from the slaughter industry, which is only the people who are involved with horse slaughter (buyers, transporters, people in the plant, horse racing, PMU farms, Nurse mares, etc.) & the Government.
So I ask you, why is it not ok to allow consumers to eat tainted pork, beef, chicken, turkey or fish, but it is perfectly acceptable to allow consumers to eat tainted horse meat.

I do understand that there are still people who do not know the realities of horse slaughter, but with all of the information out there & how easily it can be accessed, the time for excuses, wool pulling, head in the sand & cover up’s are over, it is time for action & the majority of Canadians, as well as many other people in many other countries, are demanding that horse slaughter be abolished once & for all. We will not be quiet & we will not stop, until horse slaughter & the import/export of horses for slaughter has been banned, forever.

Its the voters who put you into office & once there it is not only your job, it is your responsibly to listen to the people who put their trust in you.

Thank you for taking the time to really look into these truths.

I will begin with a link to a letter from Alex Atamanenko to Mr. George Da Pont, President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/dapont-ltr.pdf

I am just extremely passionate about ending the needless horse slaughter. I am adding links to videos that I really do hope you will take the time to view. I am also including the video of the former killer buyer, who confessed to the horrors the horses go through during transport to the slaughter plants.

I understand that this is just one person saying these things, but this is common practice with kill buyers & transporters.

I do understand that some people think the undercover investigations were faked, which I can assure you were not. There is no way possible to fake such inhumane practices. I also understand that many can not bring themselves to view these videos, but I beg of you to do so. I have seen every one of them & through the tears of my broken heart & infuriating rage, I managed to pull myself together & fight even harder to stop this. If you were to watch these or even read the reports, I promise you that you will agree that this is not even sort of ok.

Another point I am desperately trying to make is that horse meat is extremely unsafe for human consumption & these investigations do prove it. Just read the reports aboutButealone. I will let you get on with your day, I just ask that you please have enough heart to look at this, watch the videos & read the reports. By getting behind Bill C-322 & helping to end horse slaughter, it will not only save our horses, it will save human lives & be a part of history.

I will start with the most recent investigation (July 13 & 14. 2011), followed by the older ones & finally the testimony of a former killer buyer. Below the link to the 3 heart-wrenching & extremely unjust videos on the CHDC page “Chambers of Carnage”, you can read the reports of the veterinarians who viewed this atrocity & wrote reports on it. I know that it was said during that forum that if there was something that could be heard from veterinarians, then views about horse slaughter may change, well as you will see, there are detailed reports by qualified veterinarians, who have spoken out about what they have seen, what they know & why horse slaughter is not only inhumane, but dangerous to the people who work in the slaughter plants, as well as the consumers who eat horse meat.

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/lpn.html

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/chambers-of-carnage.html

Part 1.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfzX4Fx5xuE&mid=504

Part 2.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8ZNiRV5-Mw&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Again, thank you for your time.

Joie Bilodeau.

 

John Kolk’s reply

Thanks for clarifying which bill that was and which jurisdiction
Here is my reply to John.
You’re welcome. Maybe one day you will click on the links & see the truth about horse slaughter, I’d be really interested in how you feel about it afterwards.

Here is Bev Muendel-Atherstone’s reply;

Hi Joie,

Thanks so much for your extensive e-mail about horse slaughter and the realities of it.

You are correct about Bill C-322; it is a federal bill as a private bill introduced by

Alex Atmanenko who you mention is a M.P. for BC southern Interior. All Members of

Parliament are Federal representatives of their ridings.  The federal representative for

Lethbridgeand Coaldale is Mr. Jim Hillyar.  His office is in downtownLethbridge.

Lethbridgeand area residents voted for him last year in the Federal election;

Mr. Hillyar represents the Conservative Party, the same as the Prime Minister,

Stephen Harper.

Thanks again for your concern and interest in the horse slaughter issue.

Bev Muendel-Atherstone, Little Bow NDP Candidate

My reply back to Bev;

I must apologize once again, when listening to the video that was taken of your response to my question about Bill C-322, you said you would have to read the Bill, I should have sent you a copy. I will give you a link to it, so you may do so. I do hope that you will really look into this & see for yourself, the reality of it all.
http://parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=5159966&File=24#1

Thank you for taking the time to look at my email, I am sure however, that if you had taken a look at the videos, your view of horse slaughter would drastically change. If not for the inhumane aspects of horse slaughter, then at least for the health issues associated with horse meat.
It is impossible to say you are an avid horse lover, while supporting the torture, abuse & horrific way in which they are so inhumanely & improperly killed at the slaughter plants, not to mention the torture & fear they go through during transport. Many horses are horribly injured, downed & even killed during transport.
You are the one who told me about that forum in Coaldale & that I should come there & bring up the subject of horse slaughter. I told you as you were handing me the signs & buttons that I felt we had to get NDP in office because you are the only party who want to end horse slaughter & who actually realize that it’s poisoning people.

You just stood there & said “Yea, absolutely”, but once asked in front of the towns people what your stand on horse slaughter was, you said “As long as it’s done in a humane way & we take care of our wild horses & to leave it up to the vets & have the veterinarian inspection systems look after it & ensure that they are not stressed when they are shot or killed, but at this point you have no reason to believe that there is anything wrong with this Bill.
Well, I have provided you with more than you have asked for, to prove to you that those horses ARE in fact stressed when shot & killed, yet I know by your reply that you have not even looked at any of it.
Well I did & I must be honest, when I heard that you support horse slaughter, I lost a lot of respect for you. I am not the only one who was surprised to hear that an NDP was for horse slaughter, everyone I have spoken to since, have all been shocked.
As for Jim Hillyer, I had lost respect for him long ago, when I had first brought this to his attention & he not only ignored my emails, he had one of his aids doing the dirty work for him. If I wanted someone’s aid to view the videos & look at the facts, I would address my emails & letters to them. I have sent numerous emails to Jim Hillyer, only to hear back from one of his aids & I was told that Mr. Hillyer has no interest in viewing the facts & that he was waiting for the next reading of Bill C-322 before he makes his decision on whether he if for or against horse slaughter, that time has come & gone & he still refuses to say a word. As far as I am concerned, if an elected official does not care about such serious matters & ones that most Canadians are against, than he is of no use to me, or to Canada.

Thank you;

Joie.

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Alberta’s Wild Horses Suffer Same Abuse as U.S. Counterpartsby R.T. Fitch http://rtfitchauthor.com/2012/04/21/albertas-wild-horses-suffer-same-abuse-as-u-s-counterparts/

 

With the highest cowboy boot per capita ratio in the country, Alberta would seem the most natural place in Canada for wild horses to roam.

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NM Horse Slaughter Dealer Dodged Bullet in Pastby canadianhorsedefencecoalition

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter of the ABQJournal

Dennis Chavez May Not Be That Lucky This Time Around

The 35 to 40 horses were destined for slaughter, but many already appeared half-dead

photo by Animal’s Angels

Crammed into a small pen, they were so emaciated their hip and rib bones were showing. Some were crippled, and others listless with swollen jaws consistent with equine distemper, according to interviews and sheriff’s reports. Witnesses reported no food or water in the pen, located in Albuquerque’s South Valley.

A Bernalillo County deputy, with help from the District Attorney’s Office, filed 16 counts of animal cruelty and neglect against the owner of the horses, Dennis V. Chavez.

That was more than 20 years ago.

Now that same Dennis V. Chavez faces new allegations of animal cruelty and neglect involving horses at his Los Lunas livestock auction business in a case that has made international news.

http://rtfitchauthor.com/2012/04/20/nm-horse-slaughter-dealer-dodged-bullet-in-past/

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Compilation of Emails received pertaining to the continuing slaughter of American Horses

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

To read full articles please go to:

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1203015

April 25, 2012

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BLM Proposes a Large Wild Horse Roundup in NW Nevada & Gives the Public Less than 2 Weeks to Comment

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is giving the public just 13 days to comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for its proposed roundup and removal of 630 wild horses from the Jackson Mountains Herd Management Area (HMA) in northwestern Nevada.

Reminder: If You Haven’t Yet, Please Submit Your Comments on the Carson City RMP

The BLM’s Carson City Field Office oversees 21 Herd Areas in a state where over half of the nation’s remaining wild horses and burros reside. The Carson City BLM is seeking public comments on revisions to its Resource Management Plan, which sets the land use policy for this area north of Reno.

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This is the stage in the planning process where public comments can make a real difference in shaping the final policy that will affect wild horses and burros for the next 10-20 years. Please demand fairer and more humane treatment for Nevada’s wild horses and burros and take easy action by clicking here or below.

PETA Investigation Uncovers Horrendous Cruelty in Transport & Slaughter of Horses from Iowa Kill Pen

The fine pedigree of Royale with Speed), grandson of the legendary racehorse Secretariat, was not enough to spare him from the cruel fate suffered by over 100,000 American horses a year. Dumped at a killpen in Iowa, he was found by PETA investigators who tracked the plight of 33 horses on a brutal 1,100-mile, 36-hour journey in subfreezing temperatures to a Canadian slaughterhouse.

 

BLM Moves Forward With Madeleine Pickens’ Ecosanctuary Proposal

Last week, the BLM announced that it was moving forward with philanthropist and wild horse advocate Madeleine Pickens’ proposal to develop a wild horse ecosanctuary in Elko, Nevada. The ecosanctuary would offer a home on the range at Mrs. Pickens’ 14,000-acre ranch for 900 captured wild horses currently held in BLM short-term holding facilities.

Your Comments Draw National Attention to Plight of Mojave Desert Burros

Thanks to you, the BLM received over 4,000 comments opposing the removal of burros from the Piute Mountain Herd Area and from outside the Chocolate-Mule Mountains Herd Management Area in southern California. The growing outrage over the BLM’s roundup and removal of burros from the Mojave Desert drew the attention of the Huffington Post, which ran an article that featured footage of burro abuse by a BLM helicopter.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Humane Society of the United States Releases Report on Human Health Risks from Consumption of American Horse Meat

Horses Not Raised For Food Receive Medications Banned by FDA and the European Union

 

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2012)-The Humane Society of the United States issued a report detailing the food safety risks associated with consuming meat that originates in American horses.  Horses in the U.S. are primarily used for companionship or competition, therefore they are not treated in the same way as animals raised for human consumption. Horses are commonly given pharmaceuticals that have been banned for use in food-producing animals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office.

 

“The slaughter of American horses poses a potentially serious health risk to human consumers, yet tens of thousands are still slaughtered for their meat,” said Dr. Michael Greger, director of public health and animal agriculture at The HSUS. “New measures put in place in the European Union to address this risk are vital steps to ensure horses who are regularly given phenylbutazone and other EU-banned substances are kept out of the slaughter pipeline.”

 

Americans don’t eat horses, but each year more than 100,000 U.S. horses are transported over the border to be slaughtered in Canada and Mexico, and the meat is exported for consumption in the European Union and Japan. Indeed, research shows that horses originating in the U.S. comprise a large percentage of the total slaughterhouse output of Canada and Mexico. The EU has found horsemeat from Mexican slaughterhouses contains harmful residues of several EU prohibited substances. A study of the medical records of race horses sent to slaughter shows that horses with a history of phenylbutazone use are making their way to slaughter plants despite the United States’ and other countries’ ban of the use of the drug in food producing animals. Phenylbutazone, commonly called “bute,” is an anti-inflammatory regularly given to horses, and it is known to be hazardous to humans, even in trace amounts.

 

In 2010, the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office evaluated food safety standards for imported horsemeat and found that many countries do not keep adequate veterinary pharmaceutical records nor are there systems in place to differentiate those equines raised for human consumption from those that are not.  Therefore, effective July 2013, the EU will require that all horses presented for slaughter at EU-certified plants in countries which export horsemeat to the EU have a veterinary record listing all medications they have been given over their lifetime. This new regulation would render nearly all American horses ineligible for foreign slaughter.

 

The Humane Society of the United States and Front Range Equine Rescue have filed legal petitions with both the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to block companion, working and show horses from being slaughtered for human consumption, due to the associated health risks. The petition documents more than 110 examples of drugs and other substances which are, or potentially should be, prohibited in food-producing horses, describes the horrible way in which horses die at slaughterhouses, and outlines the environmental devastation that has been associated with slaughter plants.

 

View the full white paper:

http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/farm/report_food_safety_horse_slaughter.pdf.

 

Horse Slaughter Facts

 

  • Even though horses are not currently slaughtered for human consumption in the U.S., our horses are still being subjected to intense suffering and abuse through transport and slaughter over the border. Undercover footage shows live horses being dragged, whipped, and crammed into trucks in with interior temperatures reaching 110 degrees. Horses are often shipped for more than 24 hours at a time without food, water, or rest. Pregnant mares, foals, injured horses, and even blind horses must endure the journey.
  • In November 2011, Congress chose not to renew a prohibition on spending tax dollars to facilitate horse slaughter, which had been in place for five years, potentially opening the door for a return of horse slaughter plants on American soil, despite broad opposition in this country to the practice.  USDA documented a history of abuse and cruelty at the U.S. plants, including employees whipping horses in the face, horses giving birth on the killing floors, and horses arriving with gruesome injuries.
  • It is not only horses who are old, sick and infirm which fall victim to horse slaughter. USDA statistics show that 92 percent of all horses sent to slaughter arrive in “good” condition-meaning they are sound, in good health and could go on to lead productive lives.
  • Horse slaughter actually prevents horse rescue; rescue operators are routinely outbid by killer buyers at auctions.
  • The operation of horse slaughterhouses has a negative environmental impact. All three of the last domestic plants to close were in violation of local environmental laws related to the disposal of blood and other waste materials.
  • Congress is considering the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, S. 1176 introduced by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and H.R. 2966 introduced by Reps. Dan Burton, R-Ind., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., to prevent horse slaughter plants from opening in the U.S. and stop the export of American horses for the purpose of slaughter in Canada and Mexico.

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Equine Experts Unite to Ban Horse Slaughter.

 http://issuu.com/soco/docs/may12/100

Horse Slaughterhouse Divides Business Community

 http://www.komu.com/news/horse-slaughterhouse-divides-business-community/

Additional articles

http://theadvocate.com/news/2667533-123/horse-slaughter-prohibition-pushed

http://www.harnesslink.com/www/Article.cgi?ID=97121

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How does one put into words the total disgust, outrage, anger, frustration and incredulous disbelief one experiences when faced with the outright complacent attitudes and inactivity of government officials which our tax dollars provide affluent lifestyles for…while all our shouts of  protest and calls for positive action are totally ignored.  Well one cannot put into one word the emotions as described above.

While U.S. advocates continue to battle to Save America’s Horses, while the U.S. government fails to honor the Legal Bill passed so long ago to protect designated lands provided for wild horses and burros within the States….the special interest groups continue to fill the political coffers in their unending campaign to ensure that the Bureau of Land Management continues brutal roundups, the capture of an Historical Icon and ship these terrified, injured and magnificent horses thousands of miles to end their lives in the most horrific manner imaginable.

While all this is going on in the United Sates, Canadian wild horses are facing the same prejudice, the same round ups and the same horrors in slaughterhouses within Canada.  It is bad enough that Canada enables the U.S. slaughter by importing U.S. horses into this country….to know that our own horses face these very same horrors is mind blowing.

Petition: Stop the SLAUGHTER of Wild Horses in Alberta!

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Why This Is Important

Horses have a right to live and be free. They should be afforded the rights and protection of other species of wildlife and not considered a nuisance or a pest. As with the grizzly bear, moose, deer, elk or mountain sheep they are an important part of the overall ecological make-up of this unique area of Alberta.
The horse became an important animal in helping settle and open this province. Our entire western culture and heritage focuses around horses and the chores that they performed for us. The horse broke the land, hauled produce and helped harvest our forests and crops. They helped the ranchers in the operation of their cattle ranches. They were an important part of the everyday life of the early Albertans being the only means of transportation.
As late as 1985 there were estimated to be over a thousand free roaming wild horses in the foothills of Alberta. Today less than 300 hundred remain in Alberta and those are being killed as well.

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-slaughter-of-wild-horses-in-alberta?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=autopublish

canadianhorsedefencecoalition | April 26, 2012 at 15:38 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pUJ26-QF

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

 

 

Now even domestic Canadian horses are losing their lives and the lives of their new born to the government policies within this country.  Should we be surprised……nothing surprises this writer any more.  The horrors just keep piling in, every single day, every single week, each and every year!!!!!

3,000 Foals will euthanized  RIGHT AFTER BIRTH in Canada as provincial funding of harness

racing ends

CFAWR Founder writes:

“Imagine a mare going through the pain and struggle of giving birth while the owners waits with a needle of death, for  her newborn foal Minutes later her new tiny baby is dead…. after having only known a few seconds of life. It is unspeakable brutal and unconscionable !! Please blitz Media TWEET post on face book protest tell your friends talk to your community newspaper editors?”

“Hasn’t Steven Harper’s government done enough to allow animal cruelty to permeate this country ?”

The Canadian Government has to take  responsibility for this brutal slaughter!!”

Cross-posted from SimcoReformer.ca

 

Mare sniffing her dead foal which was killed moments after it was born !!!!!  

NICE TO SEE OUR TAX DOLLARS HARD AT WORK!!!!!!

Foals being euthanized

Foals being euthanized

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Foals being euthanized

 

APRIL COLBY QMI Agency

Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:28:24 EDT AM

 

The decision to end provincial funding for Ontario’s harness racing may kill more than the industry – it’s resulting in the death of an unknown number of this year’s crop of new foals.

QMI Agency spoke to a number of sources who say breeders are now are euthanizing their foals moments after birth because they fear financial ruin if they have to raise the horses with no chance of recouping their investment.

The practice is happening because of the cost of raising horses, which can approach $10,000 — not including stud fees which range between $2,500 and $20,000.

Standardbred Canada Registrar Pat Kennedy said her organization’s figures show 130 stallions bred nearly 4,000 mares in Ontario. The number of foals resulting is estimated to be in the 70% range, meaning 3,000 births this year.

She said the crisis means owners may not breed mares, nor register them.

A local horse owner who asked not to be identified, said euthanizing healthy foals began at the start of the birthing season — about a month ago.

http://www.simcoereformer.ca/2012/04/25/foals-being-euthanized

canadianhorsedefencecoalition | April 27, 2012 at 15:19 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/pUJ26-QJ

Horse breeders reject foal killing

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

 

By Laura Pedersen,Toronto Sun

First posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 06:03 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012 06:26 PM EDT

 

Richard Moylan, a thoroughbred stallion breeder based out of Orangeville, felt “shocked and disgusted” when he read in the Sun that funding to the horse racing industry is coming to an end. He’s seen here with a foal born Friday.

Horse breeders have been brought to tears at the news that the end of the racetrack slots-revenue sharing program is going to result in the death of hundreds of horses.

“This just kills me,” said horse breeder Richard Moylan. “It is simply unbelievable, I’ve never had anything happen like this.”

Moylan, a thoroughbred stallion breeder based out of Orangeville, felt “shocked and disgusted” when he read in the Sun on Saturday morning that funding to the horse racing industry is coming to an end

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/04/28/horse-breeders-reject-foal-killing

Billboard placed just outside of Ottawa, Ontario...the Nation's Capital

Canadians: Act Now to Ban Horse Slaughter!

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

As a follow-up to the 36 Hours to Hell posting (http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/36-hours-to-hell/)

PETA is asking Canadians to act to get horse slaughter banned.

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/Canadians–Act-Now-to-Ban-Horse-Slaughter-.aspx

Also, Jillian Michaels adopted a Thoroughbred who appeared in the video.  This Thoroughbred was on his way to slaughter.

http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/04/19/jillian-michaels-saves-horse-from-meat-buyer.aspx

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A Benefit Concert was held on Saturday, April 7, at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen, to raise money for vet costs and proper feed for rescued horses:  The concert was a success.

Emaciated horses at Echo Valley Ranch
The six horses were taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey on Feb. 23 after Routt County authorities called the Park County Sheriff’s Office, said Park County Undersheriff Monte Gore.
Horse owners Ron Swift and Randal Hatlee have each been charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and will appear in Park County Court, Gore said.
Routt County officers were checking on a previously abused horse they had sent to the ranch and were concerned about the gaunt appearance of several horses. Park County sent code enforcement officers to investigate.
While other horses on the property looked healthy, six appeared to be underfed, according to Gore.
Since being taken into custody at undisclosed clinics, the horses have been doing well. They each gained anywhere from 10 to 72 pounds in 15 days, which points to the theory that they were underfed, Gore said.
“At this point (the horses) appear to be malnourished,” Gore said. “As we feed them and care for them, they are putting on weight.”

It has been learned that one of the horses named Maggie died.  It has also been learned that these rescued horses were, by order of the Court, returned to the owners!!  Ridiculous and unacceptable!!!!

In an email to the Attorney General, Ms. Courtney who organized the Benefit Concert writes:

“Severely neglected (photos available) horses were awarded back to Ron Swift, as per judge Green of Park County, yesterday.
We organized a highly publicized fundraiser to pay the vet bill to nurse these animals back. One died, another was found frozen on ground near death. Remaining horses were moved to undisclosed location vet due to high publicity.
First vet on site to assess the horses seems questionable at best, as second vet who was on standby clearly assessing these horses needed immediate help.Horses improved in vet care after seizure according to Monte Gore, Undersheriff  Park Cty. These horses were dying in Swift’s care – we need help to protect them – they should never be returned to him under any circumstances.”
Please help.
M. Courtney, Evergreen

 

 

Chance one of six horses taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey

On Behalf of these horses and Ms. Courtney, with her permission below has been copied and pasted word for word what she has to say:

Animals Petition: Park County, CO Judge Brian Green & Deputy D.A. Steve Sullivan: DO NOT RETURN STARVED COLORADO HORSES

http://www.change.org/petitions/park-county-co-judge-brian-green-deputy-d-a-steve-sullivan-do-not-return-starved-colorado-horses-to-neglectful-owners

Court date is May 15th, they must not be permanently returned, they will not survive the coming winter. Against all common sense and facts these horses were ordered returned like pawns for political vendettas or personal agendas. It is a disgrace. Those assigned to protect these innocents from further suffering and abuse ought to get a clue what their job duties are and remain. These horses just survived a terrible fate – and were returned to the same place where they were neglected. How is that for American common sense and professional integrity ??? Had the first vet, on whose presence Mr. Steven Sullivan, Park county Deputy District Attorney, so relies on… done her job and Swift fed/cared for the horses, we would not have this conversation.

Not sure what more evidence this District Attorney needs to see, as what the rest of the world sees in this mess is enough to make Park County a place of embarrassment, bloody cover ups and ignorance. I hope people up there wake up to the scheme that is played out and how defenseless horses have become pucks in a hockey game of blind poking matches.

Thank you Undersheriff and deputies for having seized the horses, as they would have surely died. One can only hope your continued baby sit services to monitor these horses at tax payers expenses will not be needed, as they ought to be relinquished to good homes who remember that domesticated horses can’t be reversed into “wild” ones, especially when fenced in.

Please sign the above petition and share.  Thank you.

Monika Courtney

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30876616/detail.html  April 11, 2012  Horses returned

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30486436/detail.html  February 17, 2012

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30687423/detail.html  March 15, 2012

What is needed now is a public support campaign by Park county residents, constituents of the system deciding the fate of these horses.

1) The claim that a vet was on sight or having treated these animals prior to seizure ought to be scrutinized further, to a higher instance, which I believe is the State Veterinarian Board.

Email for inquiries/complaints: VeterinaryMedicine@dora.state.co.us

http://www.dora.state.co.us/veterinarians/boardmembers.htm

Catherine.Shea@cu.edu  Attorney for Board 303-860-5658

(Shea, Catherine A. Senior Associate Counsel for Technology Transfer and Research Compliance)

The horses were found in ADVANCED debilitated state of neglect, which contradicts first “assigned” vet’s competence, integrity or both, and also reflects a LACK of responsibility on Swift’s part to call said vet in due time to administer help and/or treatment  http://pix.kg/p/416168114214%3A811361237/scl

(When horses were seized they improved thereafter immediately, see weight chart, photos available provided by Park Cty).
The above slide show photos show the 2 year old colt, weighing about 300 lbs. instead of 700 or more, who was hauled in on Feb. 16 under the Routt County impound.  He wears a foal’s blanket in the slide show!  The other horse to be impounded along with him by Routt County had already died. You can see the other horses in his herd at the end of the slide show may be in even worse condition.

2) Two veterinarians’ affidavit’s ought to be mandated in any case of advanced neglect, whether the claimed cause/reasons of found health status are illness, neglect or abuse. In a case such as this, where as doubt exists clearly based on evidence of photos taken of said horses showing their advanced state of neglect, the claimed fact of a vet having treated said horses prior to seizure (Feb.16) needs to be investigated, with said vet records being subpoenad as evidence.  (Affidavit by other vet treating the colt impounded by Routt Cty. and on same property in same horrific condition, could be obtained for the investigation by authorities prosecuting this case).

3) Public knowledge and awareness of these inconsistencies existing within a system, whereas individuals assigned to carry out a job duty to protect said animals from further suffering, is a necessary tool to continue the momentum in the publicity this case has generated. Anyone knowing anyone residing in Park County ought to be contacted and inquired upon to lend their support to this campaign by expressing their concern in regards to the surrender to said horses back to the bad situation out of which they were rescued by Animal Control, who did their job in the nick of time to save these horses. One horse, to be impounded with the colt by Routt county, died, and the deplorable conditions of others in photos speak volumes and truth.

4) The fact that they were returned with “no probable cause” is not acceptable, as there is sufficient evidence (photos of their condition at seizure date), and a complete absence of common sense resulting in this mess. Animal Control has done its job by seizing the animals out of danger. For horses to be returned before criminal investigation is over and prior to said court date of May 15th is imprudent, reflecting a total lack of integrity on District Attorney’s part to carry out his job duties in what he is assigned to do.

5) A reminder to officials/decision makers in this case that the public is watching is the only hope these horses have.

The next goal is to find LOCAL support by residents of Park county, which requires all of us to find people who reside there, get them informed on this questionable conduct by a few within a system that has too long gone on unnoticed, get a public push to “clean house” before there is no animal welfare, civil rights, or due process left. Residents of Park Cty. can demand these horses not be returned permanently and to further prohibit Swift from having horses, as he seems neither capable nor willing to care for them, whatever may be the reasons. Probation or a misdemeanor is not going to prevent them from the coming winter or/and the consequences thereof.

6) Letters. Any contacts willing to join forces in a letter campaign prior to court date, please send them the photos attached. It does not take an Einstein nor a horse “expert” to assess the evidence on these photos and horses’ debilitated advanced state of neglect, with Chance being near Henneke 1. The system needs reminding by the public what their job duties are, whom they serve and the public to demand them to be carried out with a public pressure campaign. I ask that you all get involved with this next step – find Park county residents to drum up support. I believe the D.A. is elected and I can only hope he will not get another term, if this injustice will be his responsibility.

In this time of age where political agendas and corruption reckon over the very welfare and protection of animals, and whereas some within a system simply fail to carry out their job duties, we as a people are the only hope for these animals. This case clearly reflects the need to carry on with our pressure. As the animals were seized under court order, I was told by Park County Animal Control that a judge from Canon City (Fremont Cty.) signed the court order. Since Deputy D.A. Steve Sullivan is in the position to push for justice and has apparently not done so, either by failing to present evidence or claiming a cause - the judge had no choice in this but to return the animals. So the problem may lay with the D.A. as it has seemingly been for a long time and he had no comment in this case to protect the horses. Park county perhaps too long has been a place of unnoticed injustices against animals - carried out by some with a fancy title, personal agenda or financial motives, yet ineffective to protect those they are assigned to protect and therefore become pawns of political agendas in the end. Since the Dept. of Agriculture, the Bureau of Animal Protection and its “professional agents”  once again seem to conveniently stay out of the matter, I ask that you step up and continue to support this mission.

If court date of May 15th (Tuesday) stands for this case, a protest in Fairplay could be a step to lend our voices.

Thank you.

Monika Courtney

Attached:   Links to photos

Weight Chart

Photo of Little Big Man, seized by Routt Cty., and evidently in very bad shape

Horse body chart / Equine body scoring chart

Park Cty. Roster info for contacts

below a link to Henneke body scoring chart with photos

http://habitatforhorses.org/rescues/bodyscoring.html

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http://www.aspcapro.org/when-the-criminal-case-is-over.php

  • ·  Sentencing

Prosecutors, probation officers, and police should always urge the court to make forfeiture of the animal victims part of the sentence imposed in a cruelty or fighting case. In some states, the court is at liberty to direct return of some or all of the animals to the owner even following a conviction. Laws should be drafted to require forfeiture as part of the sentence in all animal fighting cases and in most if not all cruelty cases.

Conclusion

Securing a conviction in an animal cruelty or animal fighting case is just part of the goal of the prosecution. Ensuring that animal victims are not returned to their abusers when the criminal case is over is equally important to ensuring a just and humane result in these cases.

Contacts for letters:

http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/County/Contact.cfm?County_ID=31

Presiding over case:Brian Green
Park County Judge

Phone: 719-836-2940

300 Fourth Street
P.O. Box 190
Fairplay CO 80440

11th Judicial District Chief Judge
Charles M. Barton

142 Crestone
P.O. Box 279
Salida CO 81201

Deputy District Attorney Steve Sullivan

136 Justice Center Rd., #203

P.O. Box 1206

Canon City, CO 81212

or/and

310 4th St.

Fairplay, CO 80440

 

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REBLOG:  As received via Email from CFAWR

Why are Taxpayers Subsidizing the Dying Seal Slaughter Industry?

Canada Seal Hunt East Coast Seal Slaughter Newfoundland Seal Hunt Seal Hunt Canada Seal Hunt Newfoundland Seal Slaughter East Coast Canada Politics News

In the digital age, local issues have increasingly become global. The Canadian East Coast commercial seal slaughter — the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world — is a case in point. Footage of live gaffing, injured seals escaping into the water to die slowly, and piles of baby seal carcasses left to rot on the ice have resulted in international condemnation and officials in global markets rejecting these products of cruelty.

And with recent bans on the trade in harp seal skins in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, what little market remained for the Canadian sealing industry following the 2009 European Union prohibition on seal product trade has now been eliminated. Let’s not forget that the United States, Mexico and others have also implemented similar bans, and despite millions in taxpayer dollars spent by the federal government, markets in China have failed to materialize.

With so many international markets closed, one of the largest Canadian seal processing companies, NuTan Furs Inc., announced it would stop processing seals and shift its operations to other products. Yet in an unbelievably irresponsible move, the government of Newfoundland announced on April 5 that it will provide $3.6 million to subsidize the foreign-owned Carino Processing Limited so that they will now add to the 400,000 seal furs already reportedly stockpiled in warehouses around the globe.

This additional subsidy is a fraction of the cost that taxpayers will be picking up this year to sustain the dying commercial seal slaughter. Additional taxpayer money is used for, among other things, Coast Guard support for the seal hunt including icebreaking services, grants to seal product processors and marketers, and costly international legal challenges to try to reverse seal product trade bans.

These government handouts will not be enough to hold back the other reason this slaughter will end. Climate change has caused a steady deterioration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and off of the front of Newfoundland. Harp seals depend on sea ice for whelping, and according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, harp seal pup mortality in areas where ice does not form or breaks up too early can be as high as 100 per cent.

Climate change not only causes high mortality in harp seals. Ultimately, it will cause the sea ice — and surviving seals on it — to recede north, beyond the range of the commercial sealing industry.

The end of the commercial sealing industry is inevitable. It’s time to take the politics out of the debate and redirect wasted taxpayer-supported subsidies to buy out the sealing licenses and to provide truly sustainable economic development programs to affected rural communities on the East Coast of Canada.

The economic and climate change realities are not lost on those actually doing the sealing. A 2010 poll revealed that half of Newfoundland sealers who expressed an opinion actually supported a sealing industry buyout. What is now needed is a sealing industry push to compel the political leadership at the provincial and federal levels to make it a reality.

Economic and environmental realities are aligning the interests of sealers and animal protection groups. Canada can move beyond commercial sealing, but only when our two sides stand together with a united message: The government must buy out sealing licenses and fund a transition to new and sustainable industries. When this happens, everybody on both sides will wonder why it took so long to come to such a sensible outcome.

By  Nicholas DePencer Wright

CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/cfawr-challenges-p-m-harper-and-the-honourable-kathy-dunderdale-do-the-right-thing-end-the-seal-hunt/

 

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/a-message-from-cfawr-canadians-for-animal-welfare-reform/

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IN THE NEWS: COMING IN FAST AND FURIOUS

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Jay Kirkpatrick team get $100K for wild horse fertility control drug PZP

http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/jay-kirkpatrick-team-get-100k-for-wild-horse-fertility-control-drug-pzp/

 

Posted by VGFarrell on Apr 17, 2012 in Wild Horses

Cross-posted from the Billings-Gazette

Written by ZACH BENOIT

 

Jay Kilkpatrick darts wild mares with PZP at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota. Does it wear off in one year, or make them barren? Photograph by Anne Kilpatrick-NYT

It’s been a good couple of months for the Science and Conservation Center, a Billings-based nonprofit that develops wildlife contraceptives.

The center produces porcine zona pellucida (PZP), which is the active ingredient in a contraceptive vaccine.

In February, the Environmental Protection Agency approved the vaccine for use in wild horses, meaning there’s the possibility that demand for it will increase significantly.

With the demand for the only EPA-approved wild horse contraceptive vaccine comes the need to produce more, and on Monday, the center got additional good news on that front with the announcement of a $100,000 grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help expand its Henry Bergh Training Annex, named after the ASPCA’s founder.

“We were very impressed that this very tiny staff could really change how we deal with wild horses in this country,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund.

Hmmm. Why doesn’t the HSUS have its bulging wallets out? Just asking. ~Editor

NEWS RELEASE

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES takes Kansas City Film Fest by Storm

 

For Immediate Release

Wild for Life Foundation

April 19, 2012 (revised)

 

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES takes Kansas City Film Fest by storm with it’s powerful and lingering message. The international award winning film made a powerful impact on festival goers in Kansas City and was the film everyone was talking about all week long. “That’s very good for horses,” says Paula Bacon, former mayor Kaufman TX.

 

As anticipation escalated for the film to screen so did nature’s fury with supercell tornadoes shutting down airports and delaying flights. That same perfect storm was heading straight for Kansas City, but it didn’t stop Paula Bacon, (former mayor Kaufman TX) and Dr Lester Friedlander, (former USDA Chief Inspector) from appearing and speaking at the Kansas City screen’s premiere.

 

Paula Bacon is the former mayor of Kaufman, Texas, which until 2007 had the foreign-owned Dallas Crown horse slaughter plant. “A horse slaughter plant creates expensive environmental problems for taxpayers and stigmatizes the community as ‘that place where they slaughter horses’ — Good development goes elsewhere,” Bacon said. “The horse slaughter plant did not make our community money–we paid.”

 

Festival goers were stunned  by Dr. Friedlander’s statements underscoring how federal laws do not protect the horses in the U.S. “USDA vets are pressured by the slaughter plant owners to overlook violations to cruelty laws so they can make more money,” Friedlander said.

 

Fueled by the spirit of the horse, the movie sweeps its viewers off their feet, empowering them and inspiring them to get involved on behalf of the horses. “The impact was off the charts,” says filmmaker Katia Louise.  “The tremendous buzz about the horses rippled through the festival and with the support from fans and horse advocates our reach to the public more than tripled in just a few days on the internet.”

 

The horses’ presence was seen and felt everywhere, throughout the festival, with gorgeous life size SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES displays in the lobbies and entryways at multiple festival venues and after parties. The SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES promo spot starring Paula Bacon, Paul Sorvino and Linda Gray played at the top of every movie all week long as excitement mounted for the film to screen.

 

Paula Bacon, one of the film’s lead cast and speakers in SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is also an Executive Advisory Board member for the film. Dr Lester Friedlander is a cast and speaker for the film project and Katia Louise is the director/ producer of the film.

 

SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED is an educational film project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501 c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving horses.

 

Voted most popular film in the KC Film Festival, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES is currently showcasing through festivals and has won multiple international awards.

 

Concerned citizens and horse advocates are encouraged to support the SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES Coast to Coast campaign to help bring this film to public release.

 

Contact:

admin[@]savingamericashorses.org

310.439.9817

Learn more:

www.savingamericashorses.org 

 

Link to this post on line:

h ttp://savingamericashorses.blogspot.com/2012/04/saving-americas-horses-takes-kansas.html

 

PDF of this post:

http://www.savingamericashorses.org/SAVING-AMERICA%27S-HORSES-takes%20Kansas-City-Film-Fest-by-Storm.pdf

 

 

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New posts on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

 

NYPD commander has three horses euthanized

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Last Updated: 5:46 AM, April 12, 2010

Posted: 3:37 AM, April 12, 2010

Murray Weiss

The head of the NYPD’s Mounted Unit had three retired police horses put down at a Pennsylvania farm — as shocked veterinarians and animal-cruelty officials watched in disbelief.

Capt. Barry Gelbman gave the highly questionable order to fatally inject three of the Finest’s former workhorses while personally supervising the move of 30 police horses from the Abbottstown stable to two other farms, sources said.

The steeds — Danny, Willis and Richie Rich — were 15 to 20 years old but had life expectancies of up to 30. They were being treated for various leg ailments, which meant they could not endure standing in a cramped, 15-horse transporter for the 12-hour ride to their new homes in either upstate New York or New Hampshire

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/eutha_neigh_sia_rage_at_nypd_big_R9dNlzsZF6XhkYSiK8x6yJ#ixzz1sc4zVfuB

 

Death of another racehorse

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

The method has changed, but racehorses are still being put down at an alarming rate

Updated: April 19, 2012, 4:11 PM ET

By Chris Jones | ESPN The Magazine

Jakob Schiller

More than three hundred horses were put down in New Mexico alone in 2009.

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TELLER ALL GONE was not a horse of distinction until he was dead. In fact, he was so unexceptional when he was alive, the details of his biography remain hazy. According to the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Okla., the farm where he was born, he was foaled on Feb. 12, 2009, from Algonquin, sired by Teller Cartel and registered with the American Quarter Horse Association as a sorrel gelding. But according to a video once posted online by the ranch, he might have been a she, a brown filly foaled from Check Her Twice.

Whatever his gender and dam, Teller All Gone definitely traveled as a yearling from Oklahoma to New Mexico, where he was auctioned at Ruidoso but passed through without a buyer. He went on to run three races at Ruidoso Downs last summer, placing second once, earning $1,570. Here, there is no debate. The money is always exact.

http://espn.go.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/7820443/horseracing-investigating-alarmingly-high-number-racehorse-deaths-espn-magazine

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

 

Record number of Alta. wild horses caught, many slaughtered for meat

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

By Stephane Massinon, Postmedia News April 18, 2012

 

A heard of wild horses in winter.

Photograph by: Courtesy , Bob Henderson

CALGARY — A record number of wild horses were captured in Alberta this year — a sevenfold increase from the average — and many are slaughtered for their meat, said the president of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society.

Alberta allows for the humane capture of wild horses, and in the last five years an average of 30 horses have been captured per year.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Record+number+Alta+wild+horses+caught+many+slaughtered+meat/6481346/story.html#ixzz1sbK50IV2

 

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

 

Refuge RR is without water again

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Refuge RR is without water again, please, they need donations, it cost 300$ everytime a truck comes to deliver water, and that lasts only 3 to 4 days so that the animals can drink, now they are without funds and money and the animals have no more water. They get no financial assistance from the government.

If you can spare some money to help them please go here to see how to contribute:

http://www.refugerr.org/How-to-help/

 

April 19, 2012

 

Take Action

Speak Up for Nevada’s Wild Horses and Burros: Please Submit Comments on Carson City Resource Management Plan

“The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Carson City Field Office oversees 21 Herd Areas in a state where over half of the nation’s remaining wild horses and burros reside. The Carson City BLM is seeking public comments on revisions to its Resource Management Plan, which sets land use policy for this area north of Reno.”

Join New Mexico Governor in Opposing Horse Slaughter

This week, New Mexico Governor Susan Martinez announced her opposition to a meat company’s plan to open the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007 in her state. Gov. Martinez stated, I believe creating a horse slaughtering industry in New Mexico is wrong and I am strongly opposed.”

ASPCA Donates $100,000 to Support Birth Control for Wild Horses

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), an AWHPC coalition partner, has given a $100,000 grant to the Center for Science and Conservation in Billings, Montana to support the training of personnel to administer the PZP fertility control vaccine to wild horses.

PLEASE GO TO LINK:

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1202543

 

 

 

 

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The fallen Whistler sled dogs (2010), have inspired world-wide action for changes to animal protection and animal cruelty legislation. This is their story.
Please watch this beautiful memorial video

www.globaltvbc.com

Charge approved in Whistler sled dog case
More terrific News:  OPERATION SLED DOG
An amazing success story showing how dedication, commitment and compassion saves lives.  Rescued Quebec Huskies…..and now loving homes.    Please go to FB page Operation Sled Dog to learn more on this amazing journey.  https://www.facebook.com/OperationSledDogs
To all those wonderful people we owe a debt of gratitude.  Without their perseverance and determination ……  it is unimaginable what may have happened to these beautiful animals.
CIRCULATING ON F.B. FROM OPERATION SLED DOG
B.C. Proclamation Honoring Whistler Sled Dogs

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A dear friend sent me this video…it says it all really.

Canada continues to import Dog/Cat fur products from China….this must end.  Enough blood is on the hands of Canada, between the horrific continued Seal Slaughter (Canada negotiating deal with China for seal products which resulted in Animal Welfare protests by some Chinese citizens);  Canada imports US mustangs into this country for slaughter in Canadian death houses;  dog breeder in Canada breeds beagles to send to research labs, Quebec puppy mills raided, 100′s of dogs rescued and put down;  kitten mills thrive, wild horses in Alberta being murdered;  retired race horses going to Quebec slaughter houses;  not to mention sport hunting;  not to mention Factory Farm animals being burned alive due to failure to ensure safety measures;  dogs/cats being abandoned, tortured, discarded like trash…..

Enough is enough!!  http://youtu.be/E2rjXbxi_gk

 ► 4:55► 4:55 www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2rjXbxi_gk18 Sep 2008 - 5 min - Uploaded by LadyHawkes
Am The Owner Of This Coat  Song was written and recorded by Maria Daines and Paul Killington from  

 Stop the Canadian Import of Dog and Cat Fur Products from Asia

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2009/10/04/stop-the-canadian-import-of-dog-and-cat-fur-products-from-asia/

CFAWR Challenges P.M. Harper and the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale: Do the RIGHT thing: End the Seal Hunt!!

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/cfawr-challenges-p-m-harper-and-the-honourable-kathy-dunderdale-do-the-right-thing-end-the-seal-hunt/

NDP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN HORSE SLAUGHTER INDUSTRY

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/ndp-calls-on-government-to-shut-down-horse-slaughter-industry/

HORRIFIC STATS ON FACTORY FARM ANIMALS BURNED ALIVE IN JUST FOUR DAYS IN CANADA

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/?s=statistics%2C+factory+farm+animals

Actions Speak Louder than Words

http://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/actions-speak-louder-than-words/

Remember, fur belongs to the animal wearing it, it looks far better on them than as a collar or cuff on some coat, glove or boot.  The new fake furs are beautiful, cheaper and take less care.

Photographs are life long trophies, reminders of having witnessed the animal in the wild, the majesty of their freedom…..a head stuck on the wall does not.

Stroking ones ego at the cost of a life is unforgivable.

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THANK YOU EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE:

Today’s News

“We received word from Leslie Peeples that yesterday, the Ninth Circuit denied BLMs appeal in the case allowing access to observe the handling of wild horses.”

 

“Could someone explain to me how the slaughter “option” is gone but the numbers keep climbing? Also curious is the increase in exports to Japan. Canada is down and Mexico is up.”

 

“Our thanks to Darell Charleton, Jr. for providing these disgusting numbers.”

By year: http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics.pdf

 

By week and month: http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/00-Slaughter_Statistics-week-month_2012.pdf

Horse slaughterhouse bill fades in TN House

 

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120417/NEWS0201/304170003/Horse-slaughter-bill-fades-House

 

I heard back from Nancy Lee that created the influences chart and here are links to a PDF and a JPG. Use as you see fit but please give credit to Republic of Horse.

 

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/industry.pdf

 

http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/industry.jpg

 

 “It appears that the shootings of cattle have expanded to shootings of Virginia Range wild horses.”

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“A pregnant black mare was found shot Sunday alongside the old Ramsey Mine Road in the Asamara Ranch area north of Stagecoach near the proposed USA Parkway extension route.    This location is not far from where several cattle were found shot last month, one with its head dragged off.”

 CANADIAN HORSE DEFENSE COALITION

Report from the La Palette “Join Up” this past weekend in Toronto

Posted on April 16, 2012

Report from Marie Dean, CHDC:

“The conflict continued this weekend outside of La Palette restaurant inToronto.   The respect for the horse was presented on both Friday and Saturday.”

“For a few short moments in time I felt the world was lost.  I felt the presence of darkness.  Supporters of La Palette expressed their hatred of animal welfare and their dark souls enlightened us with their joy of cruelty towards other living creatures. ”   http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/report-from-the-la-palette-join-up-this-past-weekend-in-toronto/

The Human Cost of Animal Suffering

Posted on April 16, 2012

March 13, 2012, 8:30 pm <!– — Updated: 12:19 pm –>

By MARK BITTMAN

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-human-cost-of-animal-suffering/

Terrified Grand National horse who died at Aintree should NEVER have even started, say the racing experts

Posted on April 16, 2012

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/terrified-grand-national-horse-who-died-at-aintree-should-never-have-even-started-say-the-racing-experts/

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