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We have all had the experience of the horrid emptiness in the loss of a Beloved Animal Companion.  It matters nothing whether that companion is a cat, dog, ferret, rabbit, mouse, hamster, or even fish.  There is a gaping hole left behind, that can only be filled with the Loving Memories of a life lived well, shared with complete devotion and unconditional love.

 

We can relish in the yesterdays, the many pictures, the fond memories of the antics, the unique personalities, the growing and developing years from infant to mature and loyal companion.  They have silently and willingly shared our sorrows, bringing us great comfort by their presence;  they have allowed us to rant and rave, to also sit in quiet contemplation,; they have been patient and tolerant of our moods or our delays to take them for the needed quality time together of a long walk.  They have sat in silence ever watchful over us, sensitive to every emotion even though we may have successfully hidden it from our human companions.  Each furry companion has taught us to sit in silence, to observe the world as they do, they have taught us to be kind, to be compassionate and gentle and they have taught us what it means to truly love unconditionally.

 

My mother and I, and I know many of you do as well, believe animals have souls, some also believe as we do that they are angels sent to comfort and protect us.

 

With all of this now said, it is with honest heartfelt sorrow that I must let all of you know that we have lost a loved one, the dearest and closest Friend of Loki.

 

Sarg

Sarg

Sarg passed away at home last Thursday evening.  He was not alone.

Called Home, Sarg has now crossed that Beautiful Rainbow Bridge, healthy and strong once again..

Thank you Sarg for having taken such good care of Loki, for being his lifelong Best Friend

Thank you Sarg for having become my friend and for enriching the lives of those within my family.

Thank you to Sarg’s mom and Gord his dad, who so loved and cherished this beautiful soul.

Run Sarg Run and know that you will Never Be Forgotten.

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HELD FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

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Received via email:

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

 

Dear Friend of Wildlife

Thanks to all of you who have written letters and signed petitions opposing the Spring Bear Hunt in Ontario. Although the Liberal government seems determined to go ahead, our collective efforts are getting a lot of attention and have encouraged us to continue this fight.

Animal Alliance of Canada, along with Zoocheck Canada, are taking the Province to court over the partial reintroduction of the spring bear hunt.

On Monday the Minister of Natural Resources and Attorney General of Ontario were served with a Notice of Application for Judicial Review and the Attorney General of Canada was served with a Notice of Constitutional Question on behalf of the two organizations. David Estrin, a certified environmental law specialist with Gowlings LLP in Toronto, Michael Watson, a Gowlings civil litigation partner and Brent Arnold, another Gowlings litigator, are our lawyers. Three Justices of the Ontario Divisional Court are scheduled to hear the application April 29, 2014 in Toronto.

Mr. Estrin summarized the legal position to be advanced:

“The Applicants contend that the Minister failed to comply with the MNR’s own Statement of Environmental Values and therefore failed to comply with section 11 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, that the Proposal violates the Criminal Code of Canada prohibition on causing cruelty to animals and is therefore illegal and unconstitutional, and the Minister did not apply for or receive approval for this Proposal under the Environmental Assessment Act.”

You can read more information on the Animal Alliance website, including their legal filings: http://www.animalalliance.ca

Gowlings is very generously working pro bono, but Animal Alliance will have to cover other costs. So if you wish to help out by donating to its legal action, please feel free to do so at the address below.

We’ve heard from some very passionate people over these past few weeks. We feel so fortunate to have such an outpouring of support – for the bears.
Donna DuBreuil, Ontario Wildlife Coalition

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https://twitter.com/Animal_Alliance

http://www.animalalliance.ca/campaigns/ontario-spring-bear-hunt.html

UPDATE:

April 17, 2014 Media Release – Groups seek legal remedies to stop re-introduction of the Ontario Spring Bear Hunt

April 14, 2014 – Notice of Constitutional Question

April 14, 2014 – Notice of Application to Divisional Court for Judicial Review

The Facts – Sault Ste. Marie Statistics (source data: Freedom of Information)

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

Background Information – David Estrin, Julie Woodyer and Liz White

The Issue:

Until 1999, thousands of black bears were killed when they came out of hibernation in the spring, baited with garbage food and hunted down by dogs.

Now black bears will be killed as they come out of hibernation – when they are most vulnerable – when females have nursing cubs.

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You can still vote No in opposition to the Spring Bear Hunt by going to this link:
It’s important to Vote as our side has moved slightly ahead at this point.  Many thanks for the determined Bear advocates out there who found this avenue to Vote after the link on the news page had changed.
Donna DuBreuil
Ontario Wildlife Coalition
Thank you Donna for all that you do.
SUMMER IS COMING:  Thank you Sarah West for this:

HEAT: HEATSTROKE

 

Dogs eliminate heat through panting; however if the temperature of the environment is too hot and humid then panting becomes ineffective.

Normal body temperature is around 38.5C/101.4F. In cases of heat-stroke a dog’s body temperature can rise in excess of 41.6C/107F. Increased muscular effort displayed during excessive panting can also cause a rise in body temperature.

 

Signs of heat-stroke:

·         Panting excessively

·         Anxious behaviour

·         Very red gums turning blue in extreme circumstances

·         Salivating

·         Very rapid heart rate

·         In cases of severe heat-stroke – collapse, convulsions, shock

What to do if your dog is suffering with heat-stroke:

·         Seek veterinary attention immediately as it can be difficult to be sure how serious the situation is and urgent treatment may be needed.

·         Remove the dog from the hot environment

·         Reduce body temperature immediately 

·         Immerse the dog in tepid water, cooling gradually, using either a shower spray or similar.  Then douse the dog in cool water, particularly the head and neck – avoid using ice-cold water; or cover your dog with wet sheets.  Use a fan to increase air flow over the dog as this aids cooling.

·         Allow the dog to drink as much water as he wants in small quantities at a time (if possible add a pinch of salt to the water)

·         Continue to douse the dog in cold water until his breathing starts to settle  

·         Seek veterinary attention as soon as is safe to do so

Please note

·         If using a fan to cool your dog be careful of electric wires. 

·         Do not  EVER throw cold water over your / any dog!

 

If a dog’s temperature is not reduced immediately, heat-stroke can be fatal

 

If you come across a dog in a hot car PLEASE REPORT ASAP ! Find a spray bottle and try to spray dog and also change spray nozzle to you shoot water into dog’s mouth a little at a time Hopefully a car window will have been left open

 

Information from Animal Aid UK

 

Sincerely

 

Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

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Tick Repellents
Information excerpted from an article by CJPuotinen

Far be it from us to tell you to put pesticides on your dog. But we’ve never heard of a single nontoxic preparation that was effective at keeping ticks off all dogs.  For some dogs, only the potent pesticides seem to keep ticks away. There are, however, some nontoxic products – both commercially produced and homemade formulas – that work to repel ticks well enough to consider using them as part of a comprehensive Lyme disease prevention program.

In 1994, botanist Arthur O. Tucker reviewed the scientific literature on herbs that repel mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ticks, and similar pests. He found that opopanax myrrh (Commiphora erythaea), the myrrh of ancient Egypt, has been shown to repel adults of the African brown ear, deer, black-footed, lone star, and American dog tick. Because opopanax myrrh is not widely sold, Tucker speculated that the more readily available common myrrh (C. myrrha) might have similar properties, but herbalists who experiment with live ticks report that of the herbs said to repel them, including myrrh, rosemary, and California laurel, only rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbagopogon martini motia), which has a similar fragrance, and opopanax myrrh truly repel deer and dog ticks.

CJ Puotinen, author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care and Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats, describes an all-purpose repellent that will make pets (and people!) less attractive to ticks and other biting insects. She suggests blending 20 drops of rose geranium, palmarosa, or opopanax myrrh essential oil (or any combination) with three drops citronella essential oil (which repels mosquitoes) and enough vodka, neem tincture, or bay rum aftershave to dissolve the essential oils. Start with two tablespoons alcohol or tincture and add more as needed to make the oils dissolve completely. Do not use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. When there is no longer a thin film of oil on the surface, add one cup water, herbal tea, or aloe vera juice or gel. Apply frequently, avoiding the eyes.

To examine more options on ways to keep ticks off of your dog, purchase and download the ebook Ticks and Canine Lyme Disease from The Whole Dog Journal.

Whole Dog Journal Blog

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Animals identified as Sentient

 

FRANCE

Amendment of the French Law – Animals recognized as “sentient”

The legal definition of animals will go from “personal property” to “living sentient.”

Article (Google translate): http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ouest-france.fr%2Floi-les-animaux-reconnus-comme-doues-de-sensibilite-2177929%3Futm_source%3Dfacebook%26utm_medium%3Dsocial_cm%26utm_campaign%3Dof_animaux%26utm_content%3D20140415%26utm_term%3Dof_page&sandbox=1

 

Now if we can get Canada’s Powers that Be to actually take their fingers out of their ears….we have been fighting for this for decades!!

Please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Esdaw-European-Society-of-Dog-and-Animal-Welfare/162090127175643?hc_location=timeline

 

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Summer 2012 closeup

First I wish to thank all of the amazing people who took such a major part in enabling me to rescue and bring to my home this amazing boy.  Those of you who took the time to email the Mayor of Hay River, those of you who signed the online  petition.

Special thanks to Michelle Nadon founder of Cause 4 Paws (C4P) located in Ontario, to Sarah West founder of the Canadian Federation for Animal Welfare (CFAW), Jean McCarthy a dear friend in Ontario and Lawrence Pinksy who is so busy raising needed funding to help cover Loki’s vetting and other needs.

To list each and everyone by name is an impossible task so I will not even make that attempt.

As some may already know, Eldad Hagar founder of Hope for Paws based in L.A., California, was contacted by both Jean and Sarah, who in turn gave me a call at home, with just days left before the deadline of September 30th.  I called Eldad and we spoke at length, formulating a plan for LOKI’s capture.

The backbone in this plan was a wonderful lady, Bonnie Crowther who lives down the street from me, and who also ensured Loki received proper nourishment during his wild days.  She and her beautiful dog China walk every day and Loki would always accompany them.  LOKI spent much of his time at Bonnie C’s, laying in the company of China.

Following Eldad’s instructions, Bonnie C began coaxing LOKI to eat inside her garage.  Eldad had told us if he would eat inside for two days in a row thenEldad would catch the next plane to get here.  Well Bonnie succeeded and Loki became comfortable eating in her garage.

Eldad arrived at the Hay River  Airport at 2:45 pm on Thursday September  26th.  Meeting him at the airport, he followed me to my home, checked out the dog run, decided it was not strong enough and I took him over to Bonnie C’s to see Loki and to speak with her.  Eldad had checked out Loki’s FB page prior so had a good idea as to the size of Loki.  He and I then went about locating and purchasing additional chain link reinforcement for the dog run.  It now has 2 and three layers of added chain link.

After having gotten Eldad checked into the hotel where I work as the Financial Administrator, and getting a good meal into us both, Eldad retired to his room and I headed home.  Eldad’s parting comment was to the effect of would it not be great if we got him tonight.  With the deadline date to get Loki captures only 4 days away…well…

I had just crawled into my own bed, relieved that Eldad was here when I got the phone call.  Bonnie C had been able to close her garage door and trap Loki inside.  Rushing over  to her place, my heart was pounding and I was trembling.  Eldad was already there and together he and I entered her garage.  LOKI being terrified had reacted in fear and was now sitting on top of Bonnie’s freezer.  We entered slowly and I was able to calm him with my voice and humming, I sat on the garage floor with Eldad standing behind me.  Gradually as I continued in a soft voice, Eldad took baby steps and approached LOKI  eventually being able to sit on the freezer next to Loki.  Using the end of the catch pole(no drugs or catch pole were used) wrapped in a towel, Eldad placed it behind his back and was able to ease the towel  to Loki’s side and began touching him gently with it.  I was shocked.  Within a few moments Eldad told me he was petting Loki with his bare hand.

Myself having never been allowed to pet Loki, I immediately asked “What does his coat feel like”, the answer “amazing so soft”.  I slowly approached Loki and for the first time in the three and a half years we have journeyed together, I was able to hold him.  I cannot describe the incredible joy.

Eldad slept on top of the freezer that first night, with LOKI up there with him.  Friday the next day, I slept on the garage floor with Loki in my arms the whole day while Bonnie C and Eldad began re-inforcing the run.  Eldad took over sleeping with Loki in her garage that night.

More work was done on the dog run all day Saturday, and without Bonnie C, none of this would have been possible.  This amazing and dedicated woman worked like a construction guy, lacing the additional chain link purcahsedd by Eldad, to the existing,  going over everything with an eagles eye to ensure that Loki would not only be safe but also unable to escape.  Eldad purchased the additional chain link to wrap around the run and I purchased the chain link flooring.  Eldad also added to Loki’s comfy bed linens (4 more comforters and another fleecy blanket).

Saturday evening we planned to relocate Loki to my home and the dog run.  Remarkably our fears of getting him into the large borrowed transport carrier was ill founded.  Loki calming walked into the carrier on his own.  We loaded him into Bonnie C’s truck and in the darkness of night got him into the dog run.  That night and Sunday I had the immeasurable pleasure of the first sound sleep I have had since Loki had been given a basic death sentence if I did not get him secured and safe at my home.  Of course I slept in the dog run, Loki, calmly curled up in my arms, both of us safe and sound.

Both Bonnie C and her husband Roy came back on Sunday and Roy had picked up some gravel and earth for one portion of the run near the door so that Loki can do his business.  Bonnie also brought a bale of straw as well.  Additional run reinforcements were made.  Eldad came over and spent time working on the run as well as spending time with Loki.

Monday morning Eldad again came by before he headed out to catch his flight out of Hay River.  I will be forever grateful that he chose to be a part of Loki’s journey.

Bonnie C comes over regularly to spend time with her beloved Loki, and of course the work that I and Loki are doing now in this newest chapter of our journey together, is slow, calm and steady.    I will not push him, all must be on his terms, I will not see his spirit broken, nor will I do anything to lose his respect and his trust.  Sleeping outside with him is all part of the growing bond that we share.  He has made friends with my own dog Hemi, who has a remarkable calming affect on Loki, which is easing the transition.

I was so proud of Loki yesterday, his second venture outside the run, he did so well calmly exploring the backyard he knows so well.  Tethered securely and also fashioned to me physically, he enjoyed the ability to explore and relax outside the run, his head uplifted watching the birds fly overhead, smelling the plants and investigating all manner of scents.  Not yet leashed trained, but learning, I am hopeful that soon I will be able to bring him inside the house as well as taking him for long walks like we used to take together.

Patience on both our parts, silent communication and most of all mutual respect and trust will see Loki transition slowly and without additional emotional trauma.  His remarkable eyes fixed on mine tell a story so intense it is not to be believed unless personally experienced.  The trust and strong bond we have shared for over three years continues to grow.

LOKI is living proof that the impossible can be made possible.  He has touched the hearts of total strangers around the world, uniting all for the sole purpose of saving his life.  He proves that when we all work together miracles do happen.

 It is my hope that Loki’s continuing story will inspire others to step up and go beyond what appears to be limits and impossible situations, to stick with it, to never give up.

Please visit Loki’s FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

Funds are being raised to secure the cost of Loki’s vetting and any other initial needs.  When visiting Loki’s FB page:  Friends of Loki, should you wish information as to how to make a donation for this beautiful gentle sould, please Private Message Lawrence Pinsky, or leave a comment on this page.

 Please share Loki’s Story – He is amazing.

THANK YOU FROM LOKI.

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Many around the world have been following Loki and our journey, Loki has his own FaceBook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

There are also many Blog posts here as well. 

I must let you know that the town officials plan to go after him again and I fear that the outcome will see Loki as just one more dead dog amongst thousands in the North.  I raised the funds needed to purchase a dog run for him, donations came from Ontario, Quebec, Texas, Mexico, Alberta, BC and a few from here.

The plan was to dart him, have him brought here and I would work with him closely to rehab him and allow him to live out his life in safety as part of my family.  The pen was only going to be used until he would allow me to handle him.  Unfortunately the first darting attempt failed miserably, the dart failed to discharge the sedative and poor Loki was in pain for three days as the dart remained stuck in his shoulder for 3 days before falling out.  That fateful night, Anna, her daughter and I spent almost 5 hours searching the bush behind my place trying to find him.  When I finally did, I followed him for yet another hour and could not get close to him.  He was terrified.  I had to give Loki antibiotics hidden in his food for almost 3 weeks, Another friend of Loki’s helped in that, giving him his morning dose while I gave him his evening dose.

The second darting attempt saw the dart deflected missing Loki so that failed, and the third attempt,  (Wildlife Officer) could not get within range.

All of this took place during July.  The last darting arrangement was cancelled at the last minute by the Wildlife Officer and no further help has been forthcoming to help me get him here.  I have idea why.

When I contacted the Wildlife Officer, and town officials , basically saying that due to unanswered emails and calls made to the Wildlife Officer, that I and others could only conclude that Loki was going to be allowed to live out his remaining days in freedom.  Only one person to responded, Mr. Potter,  stating that this is not the case and that they want to see Loki’s issue resolved by the end of September or sooner.  In other words if I do not have him here they will take the manner in their own hands to get him off the streets and we know what that means.

Those whom I’ve spoken to who support Loki are outraged.  His Facebook followers across Canada, here, the US and on the International scene are outraged.

I was informed me that some  complaints about Loki have been made and that some people in town have implieds of shooting him themselves. 

Those that do not know him as the rest of us do, as a gentle friend, are intimidated by him, because they have not taken the time to know him and are totally ignorant of his gentle ways.

I need people who do know him to stand up and fight for him in order to save his life.  Those that have sung his praises need to contact Town Hall and attest to his gentle ways, state clearly that he is non aggressive, lives quietly and that they enjoy his company when he is with them.  In summary the target now on his back must be removed and his life must be protected.  I even submitted a small petition to Town Hall, attesting to his gentle an unassuming nature and suggested that Loki be made the Town Mascot.

As the sole surviving pup (one of the 23 seized in the Hay River Hoarding case of 2010) Loki has survived free and cared for by those of us who dearly love him.  The 22 other pups, rather than be relocated as I offered to do in emails and letters to the Town Officials in June 2010, were secretly removed from the shelter and destroyed in mid August 2010.  My offers to relocate the pups to properly equipped professionally run rehab shelters out of territory were not even acknowledged by town officials.  Those pups were murdered needlessly.  Only Loki survived because he escaped the shelter twice prior to the destruction of the puppies. (Means of destruction is a big secret but I do know that no vet was present) (reliable source information provided).

I have done everything humanly possible to insure his safety for three years.  Spending time with him in the bush in sub-zero temps, out in my own yard with him no matter the weather or temperature often up to 4 times daily during winter.  I raised the funds needed for the dog run, medications, sedatives, equiptment, bug protection netting for the dog run, collars, harness, leads, pet bed and blankets..all is ready for him here, but now what help I was getting from the Wildlife Officer is non existent and I have no idea why.

I really need people to speak up and defend Loki, to plead his case so that he can live out his life in freedom.  I pray that you will speak for him.  Loki spent the first year of his life caged (I have pictures to prove that) and has only enjoyed his freedom since escaping the shelter in 2010 after having been rescued/seized in May 2010.

He deserves to live, he escaped the shelter twice, has survived 3 harsh winters, is loved by so many worldwide and in town and he united total strangers around the globe who came together to raise the funds I needed to prepare for his life here with me.  Short of a miracle Loki will become yet one more victim of total indifference.

Since I alerted everyone to what is happening concerning Loki and the very real impending actions that town officials may take, I have been receiving countless emails and Face Book messages in support of Loki. For that I thank all of you sincerely.

With your permission I wish to copy and past these messages and comments to a single Word doc which I would like to send to the Powers that Be, as testimony to how much Loki is loved and supported.

I would also ask that all of you who support Loki, to contact directly Ross Potter and Andrew Cassidy (Mayor of Hay River) personally by email so that you may plead Loki’s case.

Mayor Andrew Cassidy: mayor@hayriver.com
Ross Potter: rpotter@hrfd.ca and or rpotter@hayriver.com
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You can also send letters to: City Hall
Town of Hay River,
73 Woodland Dr
Hay River, NT X0E 1G1
Phone: 867-874-6522
Fax: 867-874-3237

While I must acknowledge that complaints about Loki have been received at Town Hall, likely from persons who are ignorant of his gentle ways and lacking in his friendship, those who just don’t like dogs period, and those who are intimidated by his stature and who failed to get to know him…I must also acknowledge the fact that Loki is loved by so many, that those whom he has chosen to share his life with want only the best for him, that he has united so many strangers from around the globe who have rallied around him, and he has also as a dear Ontario friend so accurately stated he has put Hay River on the map.

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With no further help coming from the Wildlife Officer and officials wanting this situation resolved by the end of September or sooner, time is running out to plead Loki’s case. I need everyone to contact those persons listed above, a blitz if you will, so that the Powers that Be will see that Loki should be allowed to live out the rest of his life in freedom and not become one of the thousands in the NT who have been slaughtered. I have in the past via letters, suggested that Loki become the Town Mascot, which would make Hay River noted for compassion and become a leader to other northern communities for being a community that values even a feral animals life. Proving that a bullet is not the answer!

Thank you to all of you. You are all amazing, and it is from all of you that I gain renewed strength for this ongoing battle to protect Loki.

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Welcome to the holocaust being inflicted upon the wild horses of the US. Terrorized by helicopter round-ups and held prisoner. Left to dehydrate and bake in BLM Hoarding Pens without shelter from burning sun, 100+ temps, given unsafe drinking water, foals dying from dehydration, adults and yearlings collapsing and dying in relentless heat and exposure…..why..awaiting slaughter…why so special interest big buck cattle producers can infringe on the lands given to the horses and protected by Federal Legislation. Hell they gotta feed their cattle right!! Govt coffers have to be filled with tax dollars, wildlife and protected lands must be exploited to make room for human greed. Enjoy:

 

  Each and every person employed by BLM and who takes part in these round-ups and inflicts this incredible needless suffering should be charged with GROSS ANIMAL NEGLECT AND CRUELTY AND FACE THE MAXIMUM PENALTY THE LAW CAN LEVY.

BLM is clearly in violation of ALL Animal Cruelty Laws so the question is:  Why have these people not faced Criminal Charges?

Because the are paid by the Government of the United States of America!!!

With your Tax Dollars!!!

ENJOY THE VIDEO!!!!

BLM Hoarding Pen  Posted on Buzzfeed

 

Below has been provided to this writer via email and the word is now being spread.

“Here is an article on Stull’s comments versus her position on horses in California.  Her position on horses in California goes along with the comments you have gotten from other vets HSUS, Guilfoyle,.Did she compromise her integrity for the BLM on Tuesday night.  I would like for the the man who is in charge of securing shelters ( he was presented at the meeting but I didn’t get his name) and the public to know about Stull’s double standard.”

Dr. Carolyn Stull appears to have one set of standards for horses in California and another for horses in Nevada.

Dr. Stull, along with others at UC Davis, wrote the code for standards of care for horses in California in 2010 and 2013.

In this code she says, “Shelter in the form of a structure must be available for horses in cases of extreme weatherconditions(below freezing temperatures, excessively high temperatures, and/or humidity, high winds, excessive

rainfall) regardless of the horses’ age, breed, or body condition. It appears, contrary to what Dr. Stull said in Reno,Nevada, on August 6, all horses, not just compromised horses, are to be provided shelter in excessively high temperatures. In addition,” all horses “should ” be monitored for heat stress in hot, ambient temperatures.  A horse facing heat stress  may appear weak or disoriented. Other signs of heat stress include muscle tremors and shallow or rapid breathing.” (Google “Standards of Care for Horses in California.)

links:   www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ceh/sp_standards.cfm , www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ceh/docs/…/pub_HorseCareStandards
Rev2-sec.p,  awic.nal.usda.gov/farm_animals/livestock_species/horses       Google: Standards of Care for Horses in California to get Standards with Stull as an author 

 

 

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 Animals’ Angels investigation of BLM mortality discrepancies continues

 

Lack of accountability remains questionable

 

 

 

This is Reno

 By Monika Courtney, Evergreen, Colo.

Was the quick organizing of a BLM workshop in Reno a courteous act or another PR stunt – pulling a hand brake on bad publicity pertaining to animal cruelty at Palomino Valley government holding facility?

http://thisisreno.com/2013/08/opinion-palomino-horse-facility-needs-shade/

OPINION: Elements relief and a hot debate on horses in holding

http://thisisreno.com/2013/07/opinion-elements-relief-and-a-hot-debate-on-horses-in-holding/

 

The Obama Administration’s Stealth Horse Slaughter Program

The Obama Administration has said repeatedly that it opposes horse slaughter. But actions speak louder than words. What’s happening now in Nevada suggests that the Administration — through its federal agencies — is actually complicit in sending horses to a slaughter auction. posted on August 15, 2013 at 12:46pm EDT

http://www.buzzfeed.com/freewildhorses/the-obama-administrations-stealth-horse-slaughter-cqlw

Please join the campaign to end the continued suffering of these Wild horses across the US.  If it were not for the history of the blood and sweat of horses throughout the development of the US, the United States of America would not be where it is today.  A DEBT OF GRATITUDE is owed to these magnificent heritage animals.

Please use the link below to address President Obama with your support of these animals now facing mass extinction due to BLM and the personal agendas of those who infringe upon the lands given to these horses and which is protected via passed Federal Legislation.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

 

 

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Ground temps July 1   Horses held at the Palomino Valley Holding Facility are being left to wither and die due extreme heat, dehydration and total lack of concern on the part of the Bureau of Land Management.

Despite the outcry, despite the disgust and fingers continually pointed at the BLM, it is obvious from my earlier posts of today, and their nonchalant attitudes in responding as they have done to Ms. Courtney that they really DO NOT CARE period.  Required shade is not being provided!!!  Horses, young and old continue to suffer in totally unacceptable conditions.

 

 photo credit to “Marjorie Lynne, American Horse Survival Network.”

OPINION: Group Calls for BLM to Give Shelter to Nevada Horses

MUST READ

    http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/23095

   Jetara Séhart

PHOTO: MARJORIE LYNNE WAGNER , Surface temperature of sun drenched ground reads 164 degrees on July 1st, 2013 at approximately 3:20 PM. within the BLM Wild horse holding facility PALOMINO VALLEY CENTER, NEVADA

Thermometer 164 degreesPALOMINO VALLEY, (Nevada) – High Desert sun relentlessly shines upon 1800 plus warehoused wild horses and burros enclosed within BLM shadeless pens where horses are offered no escape from triple degree dangerous heat.

    BLM Uses Fuzzy Math to count Dead Horses

    http://terrifarley.blogspot.ca/2013/07/counting-wild-horses-why-statistics.html

The war is on and the anti slaughter campaign will not stop.  What BLM is doing is a disgrace, a National Disgrace, the fact that the US Government is allowing it to continue is a National Disgrace.  The WORLD is watching in total disgust.  The fact that Canada has continued to ENABLE this by continuing to import these American horses into Canada to be slaughtered in this country is a National Disgrace.

What is happening at the Palomino Valley Holding Facility is  blatant  BLM grandstanding in total defiance of the millions of American citizens who are fighting for these horses. 

BLM is NOT above the law!!! and must be held accountable for this horrific suffering and death. 

The United States Government continues to allow this to happen, ignoring the pain and suffering, the public outcry to end BLM’s actions,

and therefore continues to Disgrace its own country and it’s citizens in the eyes of the world.

Below is the email which I received from Craig Downer, renown author of the ‘Wild Horse Conspiracy’ one of the major voices out there for the wild horses and burros.  He is responding to the proposal involving:

It is with his permission that I post this.

 

Subject: Corrected Input for Spring Mtns Wild Horse & Burro Complex HMA Project Plan. USFS Project 40960; BLM Project DOI-BLM-NV-S030-2013-0010-EA

June 30, 2013

 

Ms Terri Frolli, Project Leader; Mr Randall G. Swick, Spring Mtn. NRA Area Mgr.; Ms Deb MacNeill, BLM Pahrump Field Office Mgr.

4701 North Torrey Pines Drive

Las Vegas NV 89130-2301

Email: smwhbcomplex@fs.fed.us

Re: Spring Mountains Wild Horse & Burro Complex Herd Management Area Project Plan, Humboldt-Toiyabe Nat’l. Forest, Spring Mtns. NRA & Bureau of Land Management, So. Nevada District. USFS Project # 40960; BLM Project # DOI-BLM-NV-S030-2013-0010-EA

 

Dear Sir/Mme:

 

Thank you for sending me your notice of proposed action. I have carefully read through this and in turn offer for your careful consideration the following:

 

I fully understand your duty to fairly represent all legitimate interests upon the public lands and their ecosystems.  Knowing this, I am very disappointed that you continue to grossly minimize the wild horses and burros in the vast 784,325-acre Spring Mountains Complex, 21% of which is managed by USFS and 79% by BLM.

 

I have visited the Complex and its equid herds many times dating back to the 1970s but with special intensity during the past six years.  In 2010 I even flew around the complex to get an overview of this fascinating and bio-diverse range and to assess the population density and distribution of its wild horses and burros.  I have spent many days observing the wild horses and burros around Cold Creek and in diverse seasons, and have also observed wild horses on the western side of the Wheeler Pass HMA and the wild burros of the Red Rock JMA. 

 

These animals are not the overpopulating misfits they are too often portrayed as!  As returned native species in North America, they are simply in the process of filling their respective ecological niches; and their filling such enhances the Spring Mountains Complex ecosystem.  As members of the mammalian order Perissodactyla and its family Equidae, they possess distinctive biological characteristics and a distinctive ecological role that is, in fact, complementary to the many other species of plants and animals inhabiting this region.  I say this not because I am merely partial to these beautiful animals but because of my objective investigation of their natural history and ecological relationships over many years.  These are semi-nomadic species who possess post-gastric, or caecal, digestive systems as opposed to the ruminant digestive system of the other large herbivores who inhabit the Spring Mountains: bighorn sheep, the mule-tailed deer, and Rocky Mountain elk. There have been elaborate, multi-year studies that prove the remarkable extent to which wild equids actually assist such ruminant species, as well as many other species of plants and animals, large and small.  These equids act as natural gardeners wherever they roam, fertilizing and building the nutrient-rich and moisture retentive humus content of soils. This is due in large part to the slow decomposition of their droppings. And they also disperse the viable seeds of many diverse native plant species that find a fertile bed in which to germinate in their slowly decomposing feces. In this way, naturally living horses and burros contribute to the ecosystem they inhabit to a greater degree than do the ruminant grazers who more thoroughly decompose the forage they ingest, leaving in their droppings relatively nutrient-poor and drier organic material.  This is abundantly proven but it takes that rare commodity known as an open-mindedness to recognize these wonderful facts. 

 

The greater story concerning horses’and burro’ reoccupation of the Spring Mountains region, as well as many other parallel regions, reveals that a wild-horse/burro-containing ecosystem is an ecologically enhanced ecosystem, one with a giant missing piece, or role, that has been restored. Rather than cursing their presence here, this is true cause for celebration, for this contributes to the thriving of the many other marvelous plants and animals who go together in this magical, and uniquely alive and inter-dependent community.  Both the horse and the burro are species whose origin and vast majority of time on Earth – measured in the millions of years – occurred in our amazing part of our world: the North American continent.  And so much of the inspiring beauty of these animals, I believe, is owing to their natural harmony and benign fitting in with all the Rest of Life – including us humans – if we would only recognize this!

 

Your 26-page document is full of clever wording and the tricky presentations of filtered and incomplete facts and their biased interpretations.  These do no justice to the wild horses and burros with rights to inhabit their several legal herd areas (BLM) and territories (USFS) nor do they do justice to members of the General Public, both in southern Nevada and in the United States as a whole.  Among the General Public are literally millions of people who truly love the wild horses and burros and their freedom to truly be themselves out in the wide-open spaces of the West. As public officials you are sworn to fairly and justly represent all the laws of the land and not to favor big vested interests such as public lands ranchers, big game sports hunters, mineral and energy extractors, and big profit-driven corporations that would ride rough-shod and trample down many values and presences on the public lands if so allowed.  Wild horses and burros in the wild are a Quality of Life issue, both for America and for all the world.  They must not be sacrificed in order to placate greedy, narrow-minded, and selfish interests who do not have the long-term Common Good uppermost in their value and priority systems.

 

Section 2 c of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (WFHBA) plainly states that the land where the wild horses & burros lived in 1971 (meaning their year-round habitat by any fair and judicial view) were to be “devoted principally … to their welfare …”  The proposal contained in your document, however, ignores this core legal intent by assigning ridiculously low Appropriate Management Levels that are both genetically non-viable and would create tortured populations of wild horses and burros. These would be frustrated in realizing their natural, ecological niche, or place in the life community. Here I present a Table for your consideration based on the data you have supplied in your document:

 

 

 

Table of Existing and Proposed Acres per Individual Wild Horse/Wild Burro for Spring Mountains Complex, USFS/BLM Joint Management Areas (JMA) Proposed Action (WH = wild horse; WB = wild burro) Lettered Columns: A = WH Median

2013 Pop. Est.; B = WB Median 2013 Pop. Est.; C = WH Median 2013 Proposed AML; D = WB Median 2013 Proposed AML; E = Total JMA acres; F = WH # acres per individual, current 2013 pop.; G = WB # acres per individual, current 2013 pop.; H = WH # acres per individual, proposed AML 2013; I = WB # acres per individual, proposed AML 2013.

 

 

JMA

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

Red Rock

77

72

22

39

187639

2437

2606

8529

4811

Spring Mtn.

Wheeler Pass

369

137

57

28

379812

1029

2772

6663

13565

Johnnie

105

207

24

81

216874

2065

1048

9036

2677

Total/Overall

551

416

103

148

784325

1423

1885

7615

5299

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mathematical analysis of acres per existing individual 2013 wild horse/wild burro and proposed 2013 AML individual wild horse/wild burro reveals the gross unfairness of the proposed joint BLM/USFS plan for the Spring Mountain Complex toward the legitimate wild horse and burro populations.  I have double checked these figures and they clearly reveal: (1) that the current wild horse and burro populations in the Complex are not overpopulated, but rather are still in the process of filling their respective horse or burro ecological niches in this region.  Even in the drier portions of the Complex, the number of acres per individual wild horse or burro should be in the low hundreds per individual, not in the low thousands per individual (existing 2013 population) and much less in the several thousands of acres per individual wild horse or wild burro!  That the proposed Appropriate Management Levels for the enormous 784,325-acre Spring Mountains Complex plans to allow for only one individual wild horse per 7,615 legal JMA acres and for only one individual wild burro per 5,299 legal JMA acres reveals the disgusting extent to which our BLM & USFS public officials are subverting the true intent and purpose of the unanimously passed WFHBA!  This is a travesty of justice and must not be allowed by a caring public!  It makes mockery of American democracy and caters to the traditional enemies of the wild horses and burros, especially in the case of the Spring Mountains Complex to the big game hunting interests represented by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. This agency has traditionally sought to eliminate wild horses and burros from the state of Nevada, including its majority of federal lands and in spite of their great popularity with the general public both in this state and nationwide.

 

As a wildlife ecologist and individual human being, I wish to go on record that I will legally protest and challenge this proposal through every means available.  It represents a hostile betrayal both of the magnificent wild horses and burros and their freedom; and of the majority of Americans – the General Public – whose Quality of Life would be grievously damaged were this shameless and deceptive plan to be officially adopted and implemented! Below I list some of my major objections on a page-by-page basis to points contained in the BLM & USFS proposal.

 

Page #  Specific Comments

2-3: I propose that you employ Reserve Design in order to achieve a “Thriving Natural Ecological Balance” with “naturally self-stabilizing populations” of wild horses and wild burros.  This is a branch of wildlife conservation that has been used in many places and for diverse species and ecosystems. I describe and adapt its principles for the wild horses and burros and their inhabited ecosystems in a proposal as well as in my recent book The Wild Horse Conspiracy, Ch. IV, and would be glad to send you a copy of both.

 

6: Concerning water in the Johnnie JMA, BLM & USFS should take steps to secure year-round water sources for the wild horses & burros here. Both agencies should avail themselves of the Implied Federal Water Rights that came with the WFHBA.

 

Allow the wild burros to naturally occupy the drier habitat to which they are well adapted, such as the Mojave Desert, but do not interfere with the natural process of niche separation between the wild horses and the wild burros. Simply allow it to occur.

 

Various pages & tables: There is clearly no overpopulation of wild horses and burros in the Spring Mountains Complex. The populations of both species should be allowed to fill their respective ecological niches and naturally self-stabilize within their bounded but sufficiently large habitat areas.  This they will do as ecological “climax” species. (See my description of Reserve Design for ideas on how to contain these wild-equid-containing ecosystems in Ch. IV of my book, also for definition of “climax”.)

 

Whole document: You need to contrast the wild horses & the wild burros with other herbivores living in the Spring Mountains Complex, especially the big game species for which the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife is managing: elk, mule-tailed deer, bighorn sheep. You give no relative comparison of forage consumption, annual migration patterns and overlaps, type of forage consumed by the various species and dietary overlap, and similar factors.

 

Whole document: You should recognize the very crucial role wild horses & wild burros play in preventing catastrophic wildfires by eating the coarser, drier, more flammable vegetation over broad areas and their converting this via their droppings into rich and moist soils.  With their post-gastric digestive system, they are ideally equipped in this capacity. To ignore this salient biological fact is wrong.  The ruminant grazers: deer, elk, bighorn, cattle, etc., are not nearly as capable in this regard and burn up their metabolisms in the more thorough digestive processing of such dry and coarse vegetation.  In the era of Global Warming, this is a major consideration, as the wild horses & burros, if allowed to fill their niches, will greatly assist in catastrophic fire prevention.  In many regions where equid populations have been either drastically reduced or eliminated, catastrophic and extensive fires have resulted due to their no longer being able to consume and process the dry vegetation for which their post-gastric digestive systems are ideally suited. (See my book, Ch. II & Bell, R.H.B, 1970 reference in book’s bibliography.)

 

5, top: As returned native species, wild horses & wild burros restore and enhance the wilderness ecosystems of the Spring Mountains Complex.  They should not be excluded or overly reduced.  It is biased and unfounded to treat them as non-natives (see Ch. I of my book).

 

6 & whole doc.: The wild horses & wild burros must not be arbitrarily excluded from slopes greater than 30%, but rather the various species present, including bighorn, deer & elk, should be allowed to naturally define their niche space within the Complex.  In fact, the presence of the wild equids will help the ruminant grazers, by enhancing their habitat and making it more productive (see references to two works by Fahnestock & Detling in my book’s bibliography). 

 

Whole doc., incl. p. 5: Another point is that the Spring Mountains Complex’ sloped terrain where not exceedingly steep can to a large degree multiply habitat, or niche space, for many species.  This is due to the provision of greater surface area exposed to precipitation, air, and sunshine (see p. 36 of my book). 

 

Not allowing wild horses & wild burros to fill their ecological niches actually thwarts their natural population stabilization because this interferes with harmonious processes of social and ecological adaptation that take time and being left alone (see pages 125-128 of my book).

 

6: Per Section 6 of the WFHBA, BLM & USFS need to set up “cooperative agreements” with other agencies, private parties, etc. Also options under Section 4 of the WFHBA should be promoted in order to secure complete habitats, including adequate water, for long-term viable and ecologically well-adapted wild horse & wild burro populations of the Spring Mountains Complex.

 

6 bottom: In spite of your claim that there is not enough forage, are not the wild horses’ & wild burros’ very abilities to survive proof that there is adequate forage and water for them?

 

7: This 30% utilization standard can be quite arbitrary and unjust to the actual species inhabiting the ecosystem.  Such standards can be out of tune with nature’s balancing processes over time, such as the natural shifts in occupied annual home range over the generations that both wild horses and wild burros display (see Pellegrini 1971 in bibliography of my book).

 

7 bottom: I caution against using this proportional count of horse fecal ball piles to deer and elk pellet piles.  This fails to differentiate between the past-gastric equid digestion (less degraded feces hence taking longer to decompose) and the ruminant digestion (fresh feces already more degraded and hence taking less time to be absorbed into the soils, though providing relatively less nutrients thereto).  (See my book, pages 33-34 & 46-48.) These ecological facts are not taken into account, hence the chart in Figure 2 is misleading.

 

8: You state that your agencies, the BLM & USFS, are trying to maintain a “thriving natural ecological balance.” However, by overly interfering with the wild horses & wild burros, their natural tendencies to fill their ecological niches and to establish natural stabilizations of their populations, your agencies are not respecting what is in truth natural, i.e. your agencies are working contrary to natural processes.

 

For example, your agencies determination of “excess” is arbitrary.  The wild horses & wild burros here are not overpopulated by any objective view.  Please take another look at my table deriving # acres per individual wild horse/wild burro. This is on page 3 of this input. To an objective ecological view, these two species are under-populated within the Spring Mountain Complex.  Drastically reducing and arbitrarily limiting the wild horses and wild burros to such low, non-viable AMLs, as you are proposing, is anything but “minimal feasible management” and your injection of the phrase “minimal feasible population” is your deceptive invention. Both run entirely contrary to the true intent and purpose of the WFHBA!

 

8 bottom: Yes, natural movements within JMA must be assured and interior fences removed, also impediments to water access. Also, water sources drained unnaturally to outside JMA must be restored to the extent possible. Exercise your Implied Federal Water Rights (see p. 120 of my book).  Also, with regard to natural wild horse and wild burro movements outside the JMA, this often constitutes a natural rest rotation and you should examine possibilities in Sections 6 & also 4 of the WFHBA to see whether cooperative agreements, etc., can be arranged in order to accommodate these movements.

 

Another point here: what is natural about these arbitrary determinations of population levels set at very low Appropriate Management Levels?  To a much greater extent, you should let the laws of nature decide at what levels the wild horses & wild burros should be! Your use of the word “natural” is deceptive.

 

9 middle paragraph: What are the standards for USFS’ “satisfactory condition or better”?  Likewise for BLM’s “healthy rangelands”?  This paragraph reveals these agencies’ biased attitudes toward the wild horses and wild burros! The blanketing statement concerning “degraded vegetation” with wild horses & wild burros as implied causal agents is unfounded in fact.  No proofs are given.  Also it seems you are using MCBB as an excuse to greatly reduce wild horses & wild burros without proof of their detrimental effect. These equids may actually be beneficial to the endangered Mt. Charleston Blue Butterfly.  Also, there is no discussion of how large numbers of deer, elk, or even bighorn may be affecting this species.

 

9 ff: Re: Proposed Action, you need to seriously consider Reserve Design as an alternative to this heavy handed and disrespectful proposal (see earlier comments on Reserve Design).

 

11 top: 60% male to 40% female sex ratio adjustment. I object! This would disrupt the natural harmony within the wild horse & wild burro societies and further thwart the stable, mature bands, or comparable burro groups, and their important ability to stabilize their own populations. This would result in much stress among the populations, as there would be increased competition and frustration among males and more frustrated mares as well. All this would disrupt the traditional care and education of young equids by older males and females. This is a serious disruption and does not accord with the WFHBA.

 

11 mid page: There are many adverse effects upon wild horses produced by PZP, including out-of-season births, stress, and social disruptions (see my book, p. 129-130).

 

17 bottom: Re: genetic diversity & AML: You need to let natural selection operate so that each herd is able to adapt to each unique habitat over the generations. Arbitrarily and periodically gutting the wild equid populations will throw this benign natural process into shambles!

 

18: Re: Wilderness restrictions against wild horses & wild burros, this is very wrong and shows extreme prejudice against them.  See my earlier comments re: how wild horses & wild burros can restore and enhance wilderness ecosystems, i.e. are compatible therewith.  Also both species of wild equids greatly reduce fire hazard (see earlier comments).

 

26: Monitoring and Tracking of Treatments. Point 1: You need to factor in natural mortality rates of all ages and sexes. I have observed that many foals die in nature, including from accidents, disease and natural predation.  (It is very misleading to state that there are no natural predators for the wild horses and burros, as BLM & USFS documents and public statements often do!)  Your document fails to consider the level of natural and unnatural predation or human attacks on these animals in the Spring Mtn. Complex, e.g. of puma, coyote & wild dog packs, rattlesnakes, and – a major oversight – the illegal capture, removal as well as killing of wild horses and burros by members of our own human species.  All of these ignored mortality factors can be in fact major!

 

–Though with much more to impart, I now close in order get this timely input in by June 30, 2013, to the email address provided in your document. I have a history of giving such input as well as federal court testimony to defend the precious wild horses and wild burros of the Spring Mountain Complex. From any objective point of view, these “national heritage, returned native” species are not overpopulated.  Though BLM & USFS have contrived to paint a negative picture of them in the Spring Mountain Complex in this and earlier documents, the truer and fuller story of these wonderful and ancient presences is not to be found in such evanescent and shallow-minded assertions. The greater story concerning both horses and burros is one with All Life’s Greatest Story. This story includes us all as equals, all individuals and all kinds – however minutely or broadly categorized – for each inextricably and indispensably related within the Great Unfolding Tree of Life.  And to acknowledge, respect, and honor the precious freedom of brother/sister/blesser of humanity horse/burro to realize its greater calling, purpose, and destiny in relation to All of Life, not just humanity alone – well, my friend, this is nothing short of a supreme and liberating Virtue!

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A Public Outcry for Wild Horses by Palomino Sue

BIG PICTURE, PVC: A Must read for those NOT able to visit the facility…. You drive through the gates at PVC. There are a lot of pens filled with a lot of #wildhorses and a few #burros. But do you know who you are looking at? Do you see them as BLM does as horses with tags on their necks or are you aware of where (and how) they came to the facility? Are you aware that usually at this time of year the pens are relatively empty and beginning to accept horses fresh from roundups again (like every year)? Are you aware that what you are seeing is VERY unusual? http://wheblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/big-picture-palomino-valley-center/See More
Horse Medicine  Kick Starter Campaign

http://vimeo.com/60651193

http://www.equineadvocates.org/video.php?recordID=17

SHARE to STOP them from mistreating wild horses & burros! They need SHADE! BREAKING NEWS: Citizen investigation reveals wild horses are sick and dying at national adoption center without shade. Video report calls for Secretary Jewell to intervene with emergency shelters.

#Shade4Mustangs RENO,Nv (July 8 2013)–Protect Mustangs is releasing a preliminary video report of captive wild horses denied shade in the recent triple-digit heat wave. Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs, America’s indigenous horse conservation group, has been leading a nationwide outreach campaign (#Shade4Mustangs) on Facebook and Twitter to bring shade to captive wild horses and burros at Palomino Valley Center outside Reno, and elsewhere.

READ More here: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=4725

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The Life and Death of Silky Shark, a Racehorse

 

In July 2011, a Standardbred U.S. racehorse named Silky Shark died in a Quebec slaughterhouse.

 

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition tracked the evidence, showing that Silky Shark had been administered phenylbutazone (a deadly drug that must never enter the food chain) and subsequently slipped through the system undetected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

 

Jack Rodolico of Latitude News has produced an exemplary account of the fate of this beautiful horse - Silky Shark’s life in the racing industry, how he fell through the cracks, and what chilling implications his death holds in terms of animal protection and food safety.

  

Links to articles and podcasts are below.   

 

The full magazine feature and podcast: http://www.latitudenews.com/story/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat/

A short version aired on the American radio program Marketplace: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/world/drugged-american-horsemeat-sold-europe

 

A slightly longer version aired on Harvest Public Media’s network of public radio stations throughout the American Midwest: http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1544/drugged-horsemeat-us-showing-europe/5

A medium-length text version on The Week:  http://theweek.com/article/index/237968/the-shady-trade-in-american-horsemeat

 

CHDC’s report, Proof of CFIA Failure: http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/proof-of-cfia-failure/

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