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Call me whatever you like, but NEVER call me APATHETIC.  Never call me COMPLACENT.

Every single day, 24 hours a day, in the news there is something about the horrors inflicted on animals somewhere.  In our towns, our cities, our neighborhoods and across the globe.  Every day, 24 hours a day there is something about the destruction of habitat, our fresh waterways, our ozone layer, our overall environment. Perfect example is the decision of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, despite the outcries of protest, to destroy the home of Lucky and Lily, the Lindsay Pond Beavers.  In response to the emails his offices received, a rather canned response was issued, I know I got the identical response others have received.

In the news every day, 24 hours a day, there are published accounts of man-kinds inhumanity against our own species.  Wars plague our planet, the fight for freedom and for democracy continues. Wars rage against   tyranny.  There are wars evolving around  religion, wars of politics, war for land, for resources, the subjugation of human rights and freedoms.  Wars are big business,  wars create jobs and make money for the politicians and the vast innumerable companies that manufacture arms of destruction.  Wars make humans disposable items, just as humans have made animals disposable, made our waterways, our lands disposable.

There are wars in our schools, wars in our neighborhoods, continued child abuse, spousal abuse, domestic violence is on the rise. Mutilators of animals turned mutilators of people.  Wars between drug lords, wars among street gangs, wars with our neighbors, wars in every single aspect of our lives.

The biggest war is our personal war to survive period., to pay our bills, to support and feed our families and to keep a roof over our heads, to cover medical costs and to just get through each day as best we can.

Unfortunately far too many do not, far too many just say to hell with it, suicides are on the rise, addictions are on the rise, mental illness is on the rise, murder/suicides are on the rise.  People are snapping, losing it, you see it every day in the newscasts.

Is it me or has all of mankind inhabiting this beautiful planet gone absolutely mad??

From the continuing Middle East crisis, that has not changed over the centuries, nor will it ever;  the Euro catastrophe;  the issues here at home and pretty much everywhere:  the rising cost of living, the rising unemployment, the rising interest rates, the famine and crop failures coupled with increasing droughts in some countries, the increased natural disasters across the globe, the negative health effects suffered by First Nations and others due to Canada’s dirty oil and planned expansion in Alberta…the millions of taxpayer dollars ill spent by our politicians in their continuing bid to ensure Canada’s sealing industry continues, the unwanted pipelines that pose risk to our environment, wildlife and communities are pushed through;  the continued Canadian importation of US horses for slaughter, the continued horrific slaughter of Canadian horses, the devastating cruelty in  Factory Farms and the horrific suffering of these animals in fires due to the lack of proper safeguards.   The violation of human rights here at home and around the globe.

Add to the above the lack of affordable housing, cuts to social programs, the lack of proper health care in Northern communities…increased taxes, hungry children across our land…and MOST of all the deaf ears of politicians to the voices of the people….MY GOD, where will it all end???

Here in Canada, Harper has gutted Environmental Protection despite the loud voices of protest across this country.    Revenue Canada is now charged with the responsibility to pull Charitable Status from any organization that speaks out against the policies of Harper’s Government.

Here in Canada, unless one is independently wealthy or has a substantial nest egg, Canadians are now being forced to retire at age 67 rather than at 65.  Is this a ploy to ensure that Canada Pension will remain in the coffers of government….that hopefully many of us will be dead before we are able to collect the benefits which we have paid into all of our working careers??

Would it not be nice if our politicians stopped wasting our tax dollars on propaganda campaigns hoping to lull us into a false sense of security as well as attempting to lift EU bans that are in place on Sealing products or attempts to convince countries outside of Canada to by dirty oil?  Or to fulfill personal agendas? Or to waste our money on all the fixings for the last G Summit held in Toronto?  Or to launch insulting campaigns against each other during the election process?  Count the many ways your tax dollars are wasted…can anyone count that high?

Wow, then there would be money for all our Pensions, all of our health care needs and social programs.

We would not have needed the “Black out. Speak Out” campaign!! that so many participated in across our country.

Oops, did I say that…am I provoking thought…oops again.

Throughout human history, we have an extremely dismal past.  If anything the centuries clearly show that despite our so-called technical advances, our medical miracles discovered, we have failed miserably as an overall species to live in harmony with each other and the world around us.

Everything we have ever come in contact with, including each other, our environment, our wildlife, every living organism on this planet, has been manipulated, controlled and destroyed due to a superiority complex infused with ego, greed and a self centered pathology.

My favorite phrase (put more politely) is that if one does not like what I have to say, does not wish to know the truth, then one can walk away.  Calling it as I see it, and voicing my personal opinion (as everyone has the right to do) often creates a great deal of controversy, at times negative, however it also provokes thought.

All of us are on the brink, that very fine thin line and unless there is extremely positive action to reverse the centuries of accumulated damage to human thinking, the human misconceptions and current way of life, society today across the globe will go the way of the Aztec, the Mayan, the Roman Empire, and the Egyptian Empire just to name a few.  All great civilizations in their own right, that by their own actions, produced their decline and extinction.

I am not a harbinger of doom…..I see the reality…I do not have my head stuck in the sand…I shout from the rooftops, I reach out, try to educate as best I can.

Each and every one of us, has within us an untapped strength and the ability to make positive change in any area and or issue that we now face on a global scale.  Each and every one of us has the Free Will to do so, to take a Positive Stand, to Reach Out, to Shout Loudly not only through our words but also our Actions.

What are you prepared to do?  Are you prepared to join those of us who continue to fight the good fight against unfair odds?  If so I applaud you, if so I am grateful to you!

My dearest mother and sole living relative asked me what I wanted for my coming birthday…my answer..to just once listen to the radio, or watch TV news broadcasts, or pick up a newspaper where there were very real Happy Stories instead of the continued barrage of doom and gloom.

Imagine a news broadcast that featured only good things?  Is that at all even possible?

Here is one bad story with what is hoped will be a happy ending for one severely injured cat.

‘Lucky’ cat gets life-saving treatment and TLC in Etobicoke


Anyone wishing to help cover the high medical costs for “Lucky” can do so.  Donations may be sent to:

Long Branch Animal Clinic

3459 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Toronto, Ontario  M8W 1N2 Vets names are Dr. Yvonne Worthy and Dr. K. Zimmerman……

telephone 416 251-6787   fax 416 251-0853 and www.longbranchanimalclinic.com

My rant is now done.  Thank you for taking the time to read and to comment.

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Readers who are following this Blog are aware of the ongoing agenda of big business, bureaucrats and self interest groups across the U.S. and unfortunately within Canada as well, to seemingly contribute to the extinction of  yet another iconic native species and a symbol of the wild thereby denying future generations of their inherent freedom that is this animal’s birthright.

All across the U.S. and  in Canada as well, magnificent healthy horses are being either rounded up (if they are wild), held in inadequate holding pens, often denied fresh water, clean food supplies, injured, terrified and are then crammed into transport trucks headed to slaughter houses in Mexico and Canada.  Crammed into trucks where they are unable to move, driven without rest, food, water for incredible distances, held captive in a steal box often for up to 50 hours if not longer…headed down the highway to oblivion.

Why is this happening…GREED!!!!!  Are you surprised? 

You should not be.

Every second of every single day, one species of animal becomes extinct, wiped off the face of this planet never to be seen again.


Due to the incessant progress of a more (self declared) advanced civilization…that continually exploits wildlife, domestic animals, the land, the waters..


To further fill the coffers of not only themselves, but also the bureaucrats dependent upon the political donations provided by Self Interest Materialistically motivated Big Business enterprises.

Be it the devastation of the Rain Forests and subsequent loss of habitat and extinction of native species, to the mining giants who disrupt migration routes, pollute and scar the land and destroy the waters, to the Government funded programs that place wealth and capital over the lives of the innocent, this unending saga continues and will continue until such time as those who FIGHT for the inherent rights of these animals, the inherent RIGHTS of ourselves and our Grandchildren to live in a world free from the devastation to our environment and wildlife are actually HEARD.

Think about this.

Evolution:  Animals have evolved with the ability to ADAPT to their changing environment.  They have successfully adapted to live in HARMONY with their environment and other species!!!!

What has our species done? 

We have adapted the environment to suit our needs, we have NOT learned to live in HARMONY with the environment nor the native species that are entrusted in our care.

The following compilation is taken from the countless emails, alerts and efforts made by so many dedicated people FIGHTING the GOOD FIGHT.

I would also like to take this opportunity to strongly urge anyone and everyone who is opposed to this obvious AGENDA, to the complete extinction of Wild Horses period, to invest in a true learning experience…..

“The Wild Horse Conspiracy” (amazon.com) written by Mr. Craig C. Downer is a must.  Proof positive can be found in Mr. Downer’s extensive research, that the current equids roaming across North America are NATIVE to our lands.

Fossil evidence has been identified that dispels the long held myth and spewed propaganda  that NATIVE North American horses became extinct during the Pleistocene era.  Unfortunately the extreme efforts to discredit this evidence continues.

To quote,  with Mr  Downer’s permission: Excerpts from “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”

“All branches of the horse family (Equidae) share an ancient evolutionary origin and long-standing duration in North America”..

“During the mid 1990’s, horse remains were discovered by placer miners, in the Yukon…The fact that the Yukon horse is genetically identical with the modern horse reveals the latter to be one of the most deeply rooted and justifiable natives in North America.”

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

WV Rules Allow Action in Slaughter Cases

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

By Tom LaMarra, @JerseyTom

Updated: Saturday, April 14, 2012 1:22 PM
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012 12:31 PM

Revised regulations adopted by the West Virginia Racing Commission would allow the agency to take action against permit holders found to have knowingly sold a horse for slaughter.It is believed to be a first in the United States for the licensing of Thoroughbred permit holders. The regulations also allow for action in cases of horse abuse.

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68921/wv-rules-allow-action-in-slaughter-cases#ixzz1s2mxAFet

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68921/wv-rules-allow-action-in-slaughter-cases#ixzz1s2ms9VVc


Breaking News


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.

.  For more information on how to help, contact info@frontrangeequinerescue.com.

Animals’ Angels Investigation:Full Report:http://www.animalsangels.org/images/stories/pdf/dennis%20chavez%20slaughter%20horse%20feedlot%20in%20los%20lunas%20nm.pdf



Wallis letter:



Animals’ Angels Alert on NM today


Valley Meats Suspension:


HSUS, Animal Protection of NM, ASPCA and Front Range Equine Rescue Press Release


NM Plant applies for inspections – 3 applications already denied: 

“The company that filed for horse inspections is Valley Meat Co.  On February 29, Valley Meats had their inspections temporarily suspended based on “failure to meet regulatory requirements in regards to the humane handling of animals at your establishment during slaughter.”

“.. there is a federal law prohibiting horse slaughter in the same plant as other species. As a result, three applications have been denied by FSIS but the article doesn’t state who the applications were from.”




April 13,2012


“AA supporters for the huge response to our NM investigation of the Dennis Chavez auction in March in which AA found dying horses and hundreds of horses in poor condition, and the livestock inspector reluctant to act.”

“NM Governor Susana Martinez said, “There is no excuse for injured or starving ho…animals to be kept in any location without food and water and veterinary care….This is unacceptable.”


This Blogger’s Comment:  Right now the Leaders of both the US and Canada are attending a summit outside of our home country.  Big bucks to send them there.  Big bucks spent to formulate negotiations, trade agreements, discuss world politics and policy.  What about cleaning up the backyards of our own countries, tending to the needs within the US and Canada, facing the LOUD voices protesting the continued round ups and slaughter of thousands of magnificent equids in the US and Canada.  What about putting into place measures to ensure the survival of these historical icons, what about honoring the “unanimously passed Public Law 92-195 and that are supported by many millions of ordinary U.S. citizens as well as people worldwide. ” ?????


AGENDAS:  All about agendas, of the already rich and powerful.  Those that can contribute the most dollars to Political Campaigns, supporting like minded individuals, placing them in powerful positions of authority thereby enabling further exploitation and destruction of wildlife and habitat…..in the name of progress, high capital and increased tax dollars.





Is it bad enough for you? Wild Horses 2


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Oh my Gosh, where to begin????!!!

First off:  A very important event happening tomorrow:  Saturday April 7, 2012      

  For all that can, please show your support and attend.

Saturday, April 7th, 6-10 pm

Ice House Café, Evergreen (next to the Little Bear Saloon)

Harmony for Horses

Received via email:

Monika’s Own Message:

RE: Story Evergreen Benefit Concert / Harmony for neglected horses

The story of “Little Big Man” and his herd who were starved was on Channel 7 News, and was published in 4 papers up here after I raised a campaign and am organizing the benefit concert.

My main incentive with this is to create awareness of the current economic hardships and/or skyrocketing hay prices which are most often the cause for such tragedies. I want people to learn and understand that help is available, one just has to ASK. Starving horses are everywhere…. the calls never stop.

I would appreciate your help to get this out down the hill – as my message and the reason why we are doing this concert are equally important to me as raising the funds.

I evacuated the little colt from the wild fire in Conifer on Tuesday. The first crisis in his young life was starvation, twice, then fire.

Local musicians are lending their talent to perform and it should be a good evening, next to the Little Bear !


Monika Courtney, Evergreen

Hello all,

We are organizing a benefit concert / silent auction in Evergreen for horses which were found in severe neglect and advanced starvation on a ranch in Bailey, in February. The story of these horses is a sad one, yet the surviving colt is an inspiring tribute – restoring faith in a community of horse people, veterinarians and other caring folks.

Slide show :http://pix.kg/p/416168114214%3A811361237/scl    February 16, 2012

http://www.theflume.com/news/first_five/article_f93970a6-6a3b-11e1-b70d-001a4bcf6878.html#user-comment-area    March 9/16, 2012

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

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

A 2 year old colt, Little Big Man, was found near death and too weak to lift his head. He was moved on slings to Dr. Ashleigh Olds, Aspen Creek Large Animal Clinic in Conifer, where he was rehabilitated for a month. He went to a loving adoptive home last week. For another horse help came too late. The remaining five are being nursed back to health, and I can only hope they will go to a better place and people who commit to their well being and happiness.

Local musicians have stepped up to lend their talents to raise funds for the vet care. This is an appeal to the equine community to come together and show support. We may never know for what reasons these horses had to suffer to such great lengths. But what we do know as responsible horse folks – this is not acceptable, it is a travesty and can be prevented, if one only asks for help. The claimed “mystery condition” causing their weight loss mysteriously disappeared when the horses were fed. With skyrocketing hay prices and challenging economic times, hardships or crisis can strike any of us. Yet to subject defenseless animals to such cruelty is a black mark against humanity, especially when horses, on whose back this nation was built, are the victims.

The little colt, now called Spencer, is a testimony to the attributes of those who cared and intervened in just the nick of time. He is a symbol of hope; a reminder that animals are fellow creatures who deserve our respect and contribution. When human err, failure or ignorance are the cause of unspeakable suffering such as what this colt and his herd had to endure – there is something seriously wrong.

It is my hope that you will come to our concert, check out our silent auction and meet other like minded people. It is my wish, that this tragic situation in Bailey will set a precedent of consciousness in our equine communities to prevent other horses from such suffering, that help is available in form of local rescues, vets, hay banks and a strong network of horse folks. Info will be available at event.

We can remain vigilant, learn from the past and move forward to a better world for horses when we refuse to accept this kind of pattern and mind set. And we must speak up and take action, when those responsible or assigned to protect animals in dire need fail to do their job in a timely manner.

I hope to see you at our concert. If you wish to donate, please see our facebook invite page for contact (paypal Harmony Horseworks, mention Bailey horses) or to donate to our silent auction. Thank you.


Monika Courtney


Concert to help neglected horses

Funds to be used for veterinary fees

By Gabrielle Porter

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

” An Evergreen animal rescuer is putting on a benefit concert to cover the veterinary bills of six emaciated horses seized in February in the Bailey area by Park County authorities.”

Chance was one of six horses taken from Echo Valley Ranch in Bailey to an undisclosed location.

Evergreen resident Monika Courtney’s April 7 event already has garnered feedback from a community wanting to help, she said.

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

A 2 year old colt, Little Big Man, was found near death and too weak to lift his head. He was moved on slings to Dr. Ashleigh Olds, Aspen Creek Large Animal Clinic in Conifer, where he was rehabilitated for a month. He went to a loving adoptive home last week. For another horse help came too late. The remaining five are being nursed back to health, and I can only hope they will go to a better place and people who commit to their well being and happiness.

“So far the interest is pretty amazing,” Courtney said. “It’s been a very good response.”
Musicians including Streams of Eden, Steve Stoddard and 3 Legged Dog will perform, and a silent auction will help raise funds to pay the horses’ medical bills. The event starts at 6 p.m. April 7 at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen. Suggested donation is $10.

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.”

Any amount helps
Courtney said she doesn’t know how much the horses’ veterinarian fees will be, but she knows they will be substantial.
“I don’t know what the situation was and why they were in such bad shape … but I just want to reach out to the community and say, ‘Hey, this happens more often than not,’ ” Courtney said. “No animal should be compromised like this. We have a responsibility.”

Benefit concert
6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Ice House in downtown Evergreen
Local musicians, coffee and a silent auction
$10 donation suggested

Contact Gabrielle Porter at Gabrielle@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1043. Check www.HighTimberTimes.com for updates.

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Remembrance Day, November 11, 2011

Around the World on this Day, we honor  the fallen human heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our right to Freedom.  We honor those who have survived the unimaginable horrors of War, those men and women who continue to suffer the after effects of the severe trauma inflicted upon them, both physically, mentally and emotionally.  It is one day out of 365 when we  stop, put aside our own hectic schedules, to acknowledge our War Heroes, our War Dead and their families.  To these men and women around the world who continue even today, to make the sacrifices our many Nations call upon them to make in the name of our Freedom and Privileges , I thank you.

In my own moment of silence, I will remember my favorite uncle Dan who served under U.S. General Patton, and who was captured by the Germans on February 14th, his birthday.  His yearly visits to our home in Ottawa were a very real treat when I was a child, and it was he who started my wonderful collection of China horses.  I shall remember Uncle Densel whom I never really knew who served in WWI and WWII and Uncle Bud who also served in both wars.  A gentle man who bounced me on his knee as a child.

It is not my intent to insult any of my readers, nor the Fallen War Heroes, the War Survivors or their families, and it is my hope that I will not by publishing this post.  It is not my intent to belittle this very special day, it is my intent to provoke thought, and to enlighten.

Beyond the human component of the Fallen Soldiers and the Survivors, there are also those additional War Heroes that need to be remembered….those that too often, though they survived, were left behind.  Those whose names remain unknown, those that would have been long forgotten for their sacrifices had Tribute not been paid for their ultimate sacrifice as well.

I speak of the many Military horses, dogs and donkeys that played such a crucial role in supporting troops around the world.  I speak of the many animals that continue to be used by the Military even now, both overseas, at home and in the ongoing Military research facilities as live victims of experimental weapons.  One need only use the ever popular Internet to research the many Animal Heroes throughout human history.

War Memorials paying tribute to dogs who served during human war conflicts can be found at the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in New York City; at the Maxwell  Air Force Base in Alabama;  March Field Air Museum in Riverside California and the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia; and a replica of the monument located in Guam  at the U.S. Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery can be found at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine as well as elsewhere in the World.

Images of War Dog Memorials


Dogs of all breeds continue to serve humanity today.  From the highly trained military and police dogs, the K-9’s trained in Search and Rescue, trained to sniff out bombs and narcotics, trained to take that bullet for their handler…to those who are the eyes of the blind, who bring solace to the elderly, the ill, the handicapped and the physically and emotionally impaired.

Rudyard Kipling said : “His name is not wild dog anymore, but the first friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.”

Animals In War Memorial


A Tribute to the Many Horses:


A major monument designed for London.


They served and suffered for us


An A to Z of Animals In War


Memorials dedicated to animals in war

The Animals War Memorial Dispensary


Animals in War Memorial


Nor can  we forget those specifically  bred for research such as Beagles bred and sold to laboratories around the world, or the un-adopted shelter animals sold to and held in laboratories subjected to continued experimentation, Live Terminal Surgeries, toxic chemicals, poisonous gasses all in the same of science, medicine and the weapons of war ……apparently for the betterment of humanity.

We do not hear as much about the sacrifices these animals make, the dogs, cats, chimps, monkeys, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, sheep, cattle…because they are behind closed doors and because the public in general does not want to know what goes into making a new line of cosmetics, household cleaner , drug therapy or any other such advancement to benefit mankind.

Nor can we forget the horrors inflicted upon Factory Farm animals that wind up on human dinner plates, those murdered for their fur to fulfill human ego and an exploitative means to generate income.  We cannot forget the Puppy Mills, the Battery Hens, the Kitten Mills, the Dog Fighting Rings.

We cannot forget The American Wild Horses and the brutal Bureau of Land Management Round-ups for slaughter, ensuring that land is available for the cattle industry; the mass slaughter of Alaskan Wolves, the wildlife taken by Trophy Hunters, and Outfitters;  the wildlife displaced and destroyed due to human expansion and exploitation of the environment.  We cannot forget the whales, dolphins, sharks and so many more, we cannot forget the many species such as the Carrier Pigeon or the countless others that became extinct due to human activities.  Somewhere I read that every so many seconds one species of animal becomes extinct  never to be seen again on Planet Earth.

Plain and simple..   We Cannot Be Allowed to Forget Any, be they the Military and Police Heroes of the Animal Kingdom  or those who continue to suffer each and every day around the world.  Each and every life is precious, each and every life is to be honored for their individual sacrifices.  Each and every one of these animals is a Hero in their own right.

Pact of Fire: A Lakota Legend



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