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Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: HorseTalk

“Not only did the GAO misrepresent the data, they completely missed the importance of hay prices and availability,”

American horse advocates have called into question the reliability of a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) which it said helped open the way for the resumption of horse slaughter on US soil.

The Equine Welfare Alliance and the Animal Law Coalition allege figures in the report, entitled “Horse Welfare: Action needed to address unintended consequences from cessation of domestic slaughter”, were presented in a misleading way.

In doing so, the GAO misrepresented horse abuse and neglect, the groups allege.

Click (HERE) to read the article in it’s entirety at HorseTalk

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Tuesday's Horse

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has ordered the Department of Natural Resources to delay issuing a wastewater permit for a proposed horse slaughter facility until he gets a chance to hear a lawsuit alleging runoff from the plant could contaminate water and soil.

Rains Natural Meats wants to build the facility near Gallatin in northwest Missouri, but it needs the permit before it can move forward, The Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/1ctcNTq) reported. Three parties who oppose the plant are suing the DNR to block the permit, which would allow Rains to collect wastewater from the facility and apply it to land.

Cole County Judge Daniel Green told the DNR on Monday to hold off until he hears that suit.

“While the type of permit Rains applied for would allow the discharge of certain substances, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, oil and grease, the permit…

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Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: Written by Adam Rasmussen of KTVN.com

“This BLM facility is denying that the horses need any shade,”

The debate continued on Tuesday, over how wild horses and burros are being treated at the Bureau of Land Management‘s (BLM) Palomino Valley holding facility.

Wild horse advocates claim the animals are suffering in the heat, while the BLM insists everything is ok.

“This BLM facility is denying that the horses need any shade,” says horse advocate Jetara Sehart. “They’re providing only one water trough per sixty horses.”

Advocates say the horses are in danger, especially when temperatures climb into the triple digits. The facility’s manager, however, told us there have been no heat-related deaths and the animals are taken care of.

“Healthy, adult animals that are not compromised, not sick or injured in any way, are capable of handling this heat,” says Jeb Beck.

Beck says pictures have surfaced showing…

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Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: News-Leader.com

“four horse veterinarians provided information that horses can receive more than 100 different drugs that are not authorized for use in humans, cattle, hogs or poultry”

A judge has blocked a Missouri company from obtaining a permit for a horse slaughter facility, at least temporarily.

Cole County Judge Daniel Green ordered the Department of Natural Resources wait to issue a wastewater permit to Rains Natural Meats, which had proposed to operate the facility near Gallatin, until after he hears the case.

The company submitted an application to DNR for the permit, which would allow it to collect and land-apply the wastewater from its proposed horse slaughter facility.

But three parties sued the DNR to block the permit. One is Barbara Sink, a Daviess County resident who is described in the lawsuit as “passionate about horses” and would be “aggrieved” if the horse slaughter plant were to open, and…

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Tuesday's Horse

Paper published in 2005 at the Fund for Horses original site, fund4horses.org

USE OF THE ‘PENETRATING CAPTIVE BOLT’ AS A MEANS OF RENDERING EQUINES INSENSIBLE FOR SLAUGHTER VIOLATES ‘THE HUMANE SLAUGHTER ACT OF 1958’

by ELLEN CATHERINE NASH
Manes and Tails Organization

I. The Humane Slaughter Act of 1958

The Humane Slaughter Act (“HAS”), was first enacted in 1958, and amended in 1978 and 2002. HSA requires slaughterhouses to render livestock unconscious before they are killed.

On May 13, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the “Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002” (Public Law 107-171), which includes a Resolution that the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958 should be fully enforced to prevent the needless suffering of animals. It also calls upon the Secretary of Agriculture to track violations “and report the results and relevant trends annually to Congress.”

In January 2004 the General Accounting…

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Our Compass

According to Tuesday’s KOIN News, prosecutors have decided that the Stevenson, Wash., man, accused of blowing up his dog, will be charged with animal cruelty.

Initially, it appeared that 45-year-old Christopher Dillingham would face no animal cruelty charges because officials believed that his victim, a yellow Labrador retriever named “Cabella,” had not suffered when the bomb detonated.

On Tuesday, officials had a change of heart and decided that it may be possible to prove that Cabella suffered before dying.

Early Sunday morning, Skamania County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to Dillingham’s home and found the body of a dog who had been decapitated; a bomb had been strapped to her collar.

Dellingham is said to have told the authorities that he was preparing for “the rapture,” and that the dog had been killed because his ex-girlfriend had “put the devil in it.”

It is unclear if the officials’ change of heart…

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Tuesday's Horse

FUTURE OF HORSE SLAUGHTER IN OKLAHOMA STILL UNCLEAR
From BeaumontEnterprise.com
by ASSOCIATED PRESS

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Though the Legislature passed a bill this year authorizing the slaughter of horses, it remains unclear whether a facility will open in Oklahoma once the law takes effect Nov. 1.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law the bill sponsored by Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow and Sen. Eddie Fields of Wynona. Fields said he’s not aware of any efforts to build a facility in Oklahoma, while McNiel said she’s no longer involved in the issue.

“My goal is not necessarily to bring one,” McNiel said. “I am not out promoting it. Once I passed the bill, I was done.”

Before the law passed, Ahsan Amil of Oklahoma Meat Company applied for a federal inspection with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Amil told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/16oj24G ) that he’s no longer pursuing the…

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