Archive for May, 2012

So much is coming in..fast and furious..but not as fast and furious as these magnificent horses MUST RUN FOR THEIR LIVES.



Breaking News

Federal Court Slams BLM in Ruling on AWHPC’s Lawsuit; Judge Says Agency Can’t Remain “Studiously Ignorant” of Scientific Evidence


“AWHPC’s lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over its plans to castrate wild, free-roaming stallions in Nevada’s Pancake Complex achieved another milestone last week. On May 9, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a ruling ordering the BLM to consider scientific evidence submitted by AWHPC regarding the negative impacts of castration on individual wild stallions and on the herds as a whole. Judge Howell warned that the agency could not remain “studiously ignorant of material scientific evidence.” (Please see AWHPC’s press release here and the Courthouse News Service’s article here for more information.)”

BLM Sends Email Inviting Public to Tour Desatoya Mountains

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Please Take Action to Protect Wild Horses and Burros During “Drought” Conditions


Oppose BLM’s Environmentally-Destructive, Water-Guzzling Mining Projects in Wild Horse Areas





…”Front Range Equine Rescue and the Humane Society have teamed up and submitted a second petition for rulemaking against slaughter. Together, we have launched step 2 of our multi-step expanded attack on horse slaughter.”


Humane Groups Petition USDA to Block Companion, Working and Show Horses from Being Slaughtered for Human Consumption

Meat From Horses Not Raised For Food Presents Public Health Hazard

“April 10, 2012 (Larkspur, Colorado) — Through its own investigation, Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) has discovered that Valley Meats Co., 3845 Cedarvale Rd., in Roswell, NM, has applied for inspection of horses to be “custom slaughtered” and “processed” for human consumption. According to the facts uncovered, the facility has been involved in extended discussions with the Denver office of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS inspects animals and meat in American slaughterhouses under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Horse slaughter for food is a national disgrace, given the iconic nature of American horses and the especially brutal methods used to kill them.”

An ABC News Brian Ross Investigation on Nightline tonight.  Inside the multi-million dollar sport of Tennessee walking horses. Investigators find that some of the seemingly graceful horses are subjected to incredible brutality and torture to make them perform in such a unique way, all in the pursuit of blue ribbons and championships worth tens of millions of dollars.




ABC News Brian Ross Investigates:

The story will feature an exclusive undercover video investigation by the HSUS and Brian’s encounter with Jackie McConnell – a top trainer who’s been indicted.

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On behalf of Sarah West, Founder of Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) I wish to publish the incredible letter that Ms. West sent to the Hon Alex Atamanenko.

On Thu, May 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM, Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform  wrote:

To the Hon Alex Atamanenko

Well done and our heartfelt thank you so much for what you and Angels for Animals are doing? We fully support you with regards to banning horse slaughter in Canada .The bill board regarding Canadian horse slaughter is wonderful and so very much needed. Thank you so much Angels for Animals.

It’s not just that slaughter houses don’t have glass walls that keep the public unaware of this obscene industry. …it the simple fact that the meat slaughter industry has far more money than those of us attempting to educate the public about this barbaric cruelty..

However we are getting smarter creating awareness for the public about this cruelty by using social media. This is a tool that nether the government or the food animal slaughter industry would ever use because it’s transparent and immediate! This alone with undercover investigation videos from CFETFA Canadians For The Ethical Treatment of Food Animals is make a  small dent in this invisible cruelty

CFAWR’s position is that we as Canadian citizens have a right to know HOW our food is made, WHAT is in it and WHERE it comes from.  It is the meat industry that has anesthetized the public from day one by calling baby cows “VEAL” sheep “MUTTON” cows “BEEF”. Deer “VENISON ect .If they could find a name for horses that worked… I am sure they would market that to us also.

This and building food animal slaughter houses well away from the public’s eye have made this “invisible” cruelty so far away from public scrutiny. However this is changing!


I have sent the below from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as this issue may it may come in parliament, up re your bill.  My question is…horses are not food animals and why is the CFIA Director involved with this? Drugs alone are not the key issue here as I know you are aware. It is the obscene and brutal cruelty in horse slaughtering that is!

Even though our federal animal welfare protection welfare legislation is outdated and almost redundant… I know that the horse slaughter industry is in violation of this and the regulations set down by the government’s food inspection agency

CFAWR | Current Legislation  ( Please check out our link ?) You will find it very informative and it may be useful for you with regards to your banning horse slaughter bill)


You +1’d this publicly. Undo

Richard Ryder writes that the first known legislation against animal cruelty in the English-speaking world was passed in Ireland in 1635. It prohibited pulling wool…

CFAWR’S point is WHY should we have our tax dollars used by the Canadian government put controls in place for food animals we don’t eat and to support a few horse slaughter plants…   a slaughter we don’t want and for European markets? How is this helping the Canadian economy?

When you connect the dots and look closely, the Canadian food inspection agency via Dr Arsenault is supporting the business ventures of 3 or 4 horse slaughter businessmen and with our tax dollars! This is totally unacceptable

I believe there are only a handful of places that serve horse meat in Canada and I think they are all in Quebec? So my point to the government is …how much are you spending on this to support an overseas food industry and a handful of restaurants for FOOD animals we don’t eat  and an animal slaughter Canadians don’t want ?

Political objectives are often met and legislation passed,  because no one takes time to connect the dots and look at the domino effects of political decisions and /or consider public input. Part of  CFAWR’S role and one in which we have made a commitment to in helping the government move forward on strengthening animal cruelty legislation,is by connecting  the dots in various issues and laying out a map

Last but certainly not least it might be advantageous to point out to the opposition of your bill that this could be a first opportunity for the Canadian government to take some action on their “ commitment in principle” to the UDAW Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. This would go down very well for Canadians and give Prime Minister Harper some credibility back !

( Please check out the link below )

UDAW campaign reaches critical milestone in Canada –   WSPA … 
 ► 3:02► 3:02 www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1h0je_5QJQ12 Nov 2009 – 3 min – Uploaded by WSPAcanada
The motion was put forward by Liberal MP Michelle Simson …first North American country to express support …

. Regarding the CFIA I should like to know how much money is being spent on these controls and what is the salary (which we are paying for) is for Dr. Richard Arsenault ?. If you can most kindly respond with any information or insights you may have into this entire issue, it would be greatly appreciated by us all ? Thank you.

I hope that all or some of my comments may give you some fuel in support of your bill to ban horse slaughter in Canada

Thank you again so much.

Yours sincerely

Sarah West Founder/President

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

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More and more, public awareness of the outrageous, unforgivable treatment inflicted on the lives of innocent animals is proving to be a driving force for positive action.

One year ago today, a VIGIL, protesting the needless murder of 102 unlucky shelter animals held at the Newmarket, Ontario shelter was launched. Below are just a few of the many pictures taken during the 2011 VIGIL.

Today, May 11, 2012 marks the Second Anniversary and once again, dedicated, caring people are gathering to honor these lost lives taken due to indifference and apparent complacency on the part of the caregivers to which these precious lives were entrusted.

The fact that today’s MEMORIAL VIGIL is even taking place is evidence in itself, that SOMETHING HAS GOT TO CHANGE IN ONTARIO.  This incident SHOULD NEVER have happened in the first place!!!!!

In March 2009 a great deal of Hype was publicized about Ontario enacting the Strongest Animal Protection Law in Canada.  Congratulations to Ontario!!

  Note the sarcasm here!!!!

McGuinty Government Modernizes Animal Cruelty Laws


“Today is an historic day for our province when it comes to animal protection. Ontario has passed legislation that will give us the strongest animal protection laws in Canada, and bring more abusers to justice.”

 – Rick Bartolucci
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Service

Clearly obvious by the scandal and subsequent Inquiry launched by Mr. Klees resulting in the report finally being published: https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/news-from-ontario-ospca-full-report-released-finally/

Excerpt: “The report said a couple of things which made my blood boil, one of them being 57 animals euthanized. Well we all know that is not true. From the very beginning in their attempt to make themselves look transparent to the public they itemized exactly where the 102 animals were, how many were in foster care and those that went to alternate clinics. So how do they get off saying there were only 57.  Please do not blame the investigators for that.”

A great deal must be done to improve the Ontario situation.  Thus far it is most questionable as to whether anything at all POSITIVE has been done to protect the lives of innocent animals in Ontario, whose sole crime was to be born. 

Many animals have AND CONTINUE TO FALL VICTIM to irresponsible and uncaring owners that allow continued breeding, failing to spay and neuter their pet, allowing them to roam freely and THUS  contribute to an ever expanding population of unwanted and discarded animals.


Much gratitude is due to ALL those who continue to fight, in Ontario, the injustices inflicted upon  animals in Ontario.  Gratitude must be given to those who REMEMBER and who continually REMIND us that WE are all RESPONSIBLE.  Reminding us too, that each and every one of us CAN DO something POSITIVE, to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!  Special thanks to you for allowing me to use these pictures.


    2011 VIGIL


“Miracle of Life”

Come quick”, their mother said, “The time is getting near”;
She feels that when the kittens come the children should be here.
She told them that a big orange Tom took “Kitty” as his wife,
“It’s wonderful, a gift from God, the miracle of life”.

At half a year young “Kitty” feels too painful and too scared,
To appreciate six miracles, blind-eyed and yellow haired.
But she knows these lives depend on her and nature tells her how,
And as she cleans them, children ask “Mom, can we go now?”

But now and then, for six more weeks the children visit her,
To play with six new magic toys, made of life and fur.

The six weeks pass, the newness gone and new homes yet unfound,
Mom bundles up six miracles and takes them to the pound,
Where lovingly, with gentle hands and no tears left to cry,
The shelter workers kiss them once and take them off to die.

And “Momma Kitty”, now she’s called, mourns her loss and then,
She’s put outside, and of course, she’s pregnant once again.
Dad tells “Kitty” STOP THIS NOW or you won’t live here long!,
But deep inside of Momma Cat, this time something’s wrong.

Too young, too small, too often bred now nature’s gone awry,
Momma Kitty feels it too and she crawls off to die.
She too is freed from this cruel world, and from her time of strife.
How harsh the truth, how high the price, this “Miracle of Life”

Veterinarian, Dr Barry Taylor-from Manxalot Rescue

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