Compilation of Emails received pertaining to the continuing slaughter of American Horses
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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.
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.
Reposted from EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE
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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.
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