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Reblogged from CHDC:

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s                                 Blog

Is anyone home at the CFIA?

We have received several reports that the CFIA is not returning phone calls and is sending out a generic auto response email in regards to recent concerns brought forth over horses being live shipped to Japan for slaughter. Questions are not being answered – the CFIA is, yet again, not taking responsibility for their actions. While we are not surprised by this lack of communication and poor judgement, we need to show them that we aren’t going to stop pursuing this until we see and end to it.

Going forward, please direct your email complaints to these CFIA officials in Ottawa.  You can copy and paste the email addresses and compose your own message to all five: nicole.cormier@inspection.gc.ca, george.dapont@inspection.gc.ca, Ritz.G@parl.gc.ca, Ian.Alexander@inspection.gc.ca, Martine.Dubuc@inspection.gc.ca

(Dr. Nicole Cormier is a CFIA Humane Transportation of Animals Program Specialist, George Da Pont is the President of the CFIA, Gerry Ritz is Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Dr. Ian Alexander is Chief Veterinary Officer for the CFIA and Dr. Martine Dubuc is Chief Food Safety Officer for the CFIA.)

Please be respectful BUT:

Demand an answer.

Demand to know why, for the past 20 years, the CFIA have not been enforcing their own regulations.

Demand to know how many horses have died because of their negligence.

Demand to know what changes will be made to ensure that no more horses die, overcrowded in crates so small that they cannot stand in a natural position.

Demand to know why the countries where these horses are shipped to don’t have to report what condition the horses arrive in.

Note:  it has recently been revealed by the CFIA that horses originating from Canada arrived dead in Japan in August 2012.

Here’s the link for the October 18, 2012 CHDC news release, “CFIA Fails Again at Enforcing Regulations for Live Horse Exports to Japan”

The video report is here

CTV Saskatoon covered this story on October 30th.  Please view it here

Thank you for your work on behalf of the horses!

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s                                 Blog

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/author/canadianhorsedefencecoalition/

CTV News in Saskatoon Reports on Japan Shipments

by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

CTV in Saskatoon, SK reports on shipments horses in crates from Calgary International Airport to Japan for slaughter:  http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=795033.

For the full CHDC investigative report video, see it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji5n8siQGAw&feature=plcp.

CTV London, Ontario story of Standardbred broodmares shipped for meat

CTV London, Ontario, ran a story last week about three older Standardbred broodmares whose owner issued an order to have them shipped to the OLEX auction “for meat”.

New post on Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

False Alarm Establishes Need to Provide Safety Net for Slaughter Bound Horses by canadianhorsedefencecoalition

If ever there was a time for real alternatives to horse slaughter in the U.S. and Canada, that time is now!An essay by Allen Warren of
Horse Harbor Foundation  Pease read it here

canadianhorsedefencecoalition | October 21, 2012 at 12:13 |  URL: http://wp.me/pUJ26-16m

 

  News from Colorado contact:

The plight of mustangs and burros is a hidden tragedy – Americans do not  realize what is taken from them and how cruelly. The footage of recent stampedes  is shocking, the hasty gathers and wipe out of whole herds speak volumes of  destruction and despair. Tax payers are funding this atrocity, under the guise  of “management”. Read this article: http://readersupportednews.org/pm-section/27-27/9442-tragedy-disguised-the-extinction-of-americas-last-wild-horses-and-burros Wild  horses are safe only on the range, where they enhance the eco-system. Their  evolution is here, and they positively contribute to soils, plants, animals and  people and help prevent wild fires. Government has too long targeted  them for elimination and wrongfully blamed them for damage caused by  cattle. The negative schemes must be exposed. Read Craig Downer’s compelling  book: “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”. It will blow your mind on the true story of  the West and how the Fed’s destroy this heritage in a cleverly deceptive agenda.  He has defended wild horses over 40 years against the merciless attacks of BLM  and special interests. It’s time people find out the truth.
Please sign this petition, with all that failed in years against this  massive eviction, we must maintain our voice for these defenseless icons.
Thank you. Monika Courtney

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***URGENT!!!***   PLEASE  read this report on horse slaughter plants in Canada and help put   a FULL STOP on the slaughter of Canada’s precious wild horses in Alberta!    Cull starting Nov. 1st.  Thank you.

“What XL Foods and Horse Slaughter Plants Have in Common and What They’d Prefer to Keep Hidden”

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/sg-chdcbehindcloseddoorsoct22wlinks.pdf

PLEASE HELP   SAVE THE WILD HORSES OF ALBERTA!
Did you   know…any time after November 1st, the government can issue capture licenses   to horse trappers? AND that 99% of all wild horses captured end up   slaughtered!?

Please write to Diana McQueen and tell her to   stop the cull of the Wild Horses of Alberta!

Information   and Sample Letter provided at the following website:

WILD   HORSES OF ALBERTA SOCIETY

http://northernhorse.com/wildhorses/

YOU CAN ALSO   WRITE TO HON. ALISON REDFORD, PREMIER OF ALBERTA

In addition to writing to   Diana McQueen (see my earlier posts) please also write to: the Premier of   Alberta and ask her to stop the cull of the Wild Horses of Alberta starting   Nov 1st. Thank   you!

canadaonline.about.com/od/premiers/a/writepremierab.htm

Email   Address: premier@gov.ab.ca.

Mailing   Address: The Honourable Alison Redford Premier of Alberta 307 Legislature Bldg   10800 – 97 Avenue Edmonton, AB  …

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APPARENT AGENDA: MASS EXTERMINATION OF AMERICA’S WILD HORSES  AND BURROS

THE TOTAL ANHILIATION OF A HERITAGE SPECIES

METHOD OF OPERATION:

 BRUTAL MOTORIZED MASS ROUND UPS, CREATING ABSOLUTE PANIC WITHIN THE HERDS OF AMERICA’S WILD HORSES, RESULTING IN THE CRIPPLING INJURIES TO MARES, FOALS, AND THE COURAGEOUS STALLIONS DETERMINED TO PROTECT THEIR HERDS.

THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS ARE DISTURBING TO SAY THE LEAST BYT THEY REVEAL THE REAL TRUTH!!

It shows a stallion breaking his leg and it shows him running..heart wrenching. A foal also falls and a horse falls in the trap and gets trampled..

The BLM began the roundup of 200 wild horses in the Antelope and Antelope Valley Herd Management Areas (HMAs) on Oct. 2, 2012. Two horses died as a result of the roundup on Day 1.

http://youtu.be/ne3ppBnbr7g

 

SUCCESS RATE:  EXCCELLENT

Triple B: Inhumane Treatment of Foals

Video provided by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC): BLM Inhumane Treatment of Foals During Wild Horse Roundups, August 2-4,
2011

http://youtu.be/OoV9ak7HZLk

PVC Antelope Horses (newborn euthanized) 3-2-2011

http://youtu.be/pKEBH2IsJ1U

Uploaded by LauraLeigh001 on Mar 2, 2011

3/2/2011 baby born from a mare run during the Antelope stampede Nevada at Palomino Valley BLM facility killed…. Baby never had a chance… our “protected” symbol of American spirit.

Is it Bad Enough For You? Wild Horses

http://youtu.be/uvcd06Mywjc

Silver King Roundup: Braveheart’s body is dragged onto the trailer

http://youtu.be/QemGUkjLmg4

Uploaded by AWHPC1 on Oct 8, 2010

Loading the stallion’s body onto the truck as his mare looks on.

Animals’ Angels investigation at the horse sale in Kalona, Iowa

Uploaded by AnimalsAngelsUSA on Mar 11, 2009

This video shows the appaling conditions for slaughter horses at this large auction. Horses were beaten with wooden sticks and crushed by heavy metal gates.

http://youtu.be/fahQ_23zYZI

36 Hours to Hell

http://youtu.be/nHGVr0J8cVQ

HSUS Investigates Horse Slaughter Exports

Uploaded by hsus on Oct 4, 2007

The last equine slaugherhouse in the United States finally shut down, but American horses continue to go to slaughter across our southern and northern borders in record numbers.

PUBLIC OPINION:  SCATHING BY ALL EXCEPT FOR THOSE PRO-SLAUGHTER SUPPORTERS WHO CONTINUE TO SPEW OUT BIASED PROPAGANDA TO THE PEOPLES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA.

BLM Blocks Press Access to Wild Horse Round Up

http://youtu.be/v_g-LZSQuPA

FACTS:

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT & US FOREST SERVICE:

“These are the two agencies charged by law with protecting& managing them. “

 

Speech for Wild Horse Summit, Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 12, 2008, organized by ISPMB

http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/renowned-wild-horse-expert-disputes-blms-flawed-math/

In 2008 Mr. Craig C. Downer a renowned Wild Horse Expert delivered his speech: https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/forever-wild-and-free-mr-craig-downers-full-unedited-speech-revealing-the-truth-about-the-blm-roundups-and-plight-of-u-s-wildhorses/

Excerpt:

“Though the horse family is endangered world wide, wild horses and burros on public land remain on the very bottom of the totem pole of priorities of both the Bureau of Land Management & U.S. Forest Service.  These are the two agencies charged by law with protecting& managing them.  These two “national heritage species,” have rights to live free that are covered by the unanimously passed Public Law 92-195 and that are supported by many millions of ordinary U.S. citizens as well as people worldwide.  For these and other sundry reasons, the extent of livestock grazing and the number of permittees involved both in the original Herd Areas and in reduced Herd Management Areas should be clearly spelled out to the public – but this is not currently the case!”

Here is a link to Craig's proposal. It is posted   on the Wild Horse 
and Burro page on below website above the previous   version he 
released in 2010.
http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Reserve_Design_Proposal_for_WH_B_2012.08.01.pdf

FACTS:

“The exclusion of wild horse and burro areas seems to be an intentional cover-up for the grossly unfair treatment that the wild horses and burros are receiving. “

Hundreds of thousands are fighting to Save America’s Wild Horses, unknown to each other, their voices are united for one GOAL, that being to end the brutal BLM roundups and the senseless annihiliation of wild horses and burros period.

“It is imperative to know the fabricated myths of range deterioration, starvation and the claim by some that wild horses are “feral” are fairy tales produced by special interests. Mustangs are native to North America, enough evidence is present.” See this report on BLM secrecy and tactics from George Knapp:
http://www.8newsnow.com/story/13194329/street-talk-commentary-the-blm-censoring-wild-horse-roundups
(watch the commentary video upper right corner).

Paul’s message to President Obama, March 2010, outside the American Embassy, London

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J9m_qkB_14

QUOTE:

‘The fight to overcome injustice and cruelty must never be silent! Compassion is the vital link that makes life bearable when all else fails’

Maria Daines
2011

www.maria-daines.com

A commentary in response to comments made by US commissioner Tom Collins about how wild horse advocates must have been mistreated as kids was aired on KLAs.

http://www.8newsnow.com/

FACTS:  CANADA BLOODIES HER HANDS ENABLING BLM ROUND UPS TO CONTINUE!!!!

While the US closed their own equine slaughter houses years ago,  Canada continues to enable the massive and brutal round ups of American Wild Horses, by importing these terrified and injured animals into Canada.  After days of unending transport, without food, water and rest these exhausted magnificent horses find themselves in Canada’s Quebec and Alberta slaughterhouses.

Why?  So that Canada can export horse meat to countries outside of North America and derive yet more income for government coffers.

See Stats Canada chart showing number of American horses imported into this country for slaughter, the US banned this yrs ago and shut down their own slaughterhouses

Imports_Horses for slaughter

Source: Statistics Canada, CATS

2007 2008 2009 2010
Canadian Dollars Quantity Canadian Dollars Quantity Canadian Dollars Quantity Canadian Dollars Quantity
Belgium

0

0

5,292

1

0

0

0

0

Indonesia

0

0

0

0

0

0

10,012

31

United States

11,490,082

32,452

13,652,214

42,318

16,575,871

52,405

15,205,457

53,803

Subtotal (included)

11,490,082

32,452

13,657,506

42,319

16,575,871

52,405

15,215,469

53,834

Country

11,490,082

32,452

13,657,506

42,319

16,575,871

52,405

15,215,469

53,834

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2011 – February Total
Canadian Dollars Quantity Canadian Dollars Quantity
Belgium

0

0

5,292

1

Indonesia

0

0

10,012

31

United States

2,418,401

8,465

59,342,025

189,443

Subtotal (included)

2,418,401

8,465

59,357,329

189,475

Country

2,418,401

8,465

59,357,329

189,475

 

Not included in the numbers shown above are racehorses, show jumpers, rodeo and all manner of horses deemed no longer of use to their respective owners, both in the US and Canada.

FACTS: CANADIAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT:

“MP introduces bill to ban horse meat for human consumption”

If this Private Members Bill is passed, it will go a very long way to help the Wild Horses being rounded up for slaughter by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

http://castlegarsource.com/news/mp-introduces-bill-ban-horse-meat-human-consumption-14189

MP introduces bill to ban horse meat for human consumption

by Alex Atamanenko MP on 06 Oct 2011

“New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko (BC southern Interior) has re-introduced a Private Members Bill that would effectively shut down the slaughtering of horses for human consumption in Canada. “

FACTS:  Tainted Horse meat Unfit for Human Consumption

Repost: from Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

Politically Incorrect – Alberta politicians and horse slaughterby canadianhorsedefencecoalition

Politically incorrect. 

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/politically-incorrect-alberta-politicians-and-horse-slaughter/

Excerpt:

“The law states that every horse that goes to slaughter MUST be accompanied with their original papers, to show their medical history & if they had been given drugs that are banned by the FDA & CFIA in animals intended for human consumption, yet this is impossible & rarely the case since so many horses have gone through multiple owners, are bought at auction & have even been stolen.”

“The most common drug that is given to horses, is Bute(Phenylbutazone) which is an analgesic (relieves pain) and anti-inflammatory medication, that is as common in horses, as aspirin is to people. The warning label reads; Health risks. Humans should not inhale or ingest Bute. Wash hands immediately after administering Bute. In humans, bone marrow, renal, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal side effects are associated with use of Phenylbutazone.”
“Bute is a drug that is not only banned in animals intended for human consumption, but a drug that never leaves the system once it had been administered. Tests may say that the carcass is free of Bute, but the tests is not done on the part of the carcass where Bute can be found (in the Kidneys). Therefore, no amount of guaranteeing a horse that has ever had Bute given to them, will ever make their meat safe to eat. Racehorses are also commonly sent to slaughter plants & we know they are given Bute, as is the case with any privately owned horse.”
“There has never been & never will be any way possible to ensure that horses going to slaughter, for the purpose of human consumption, are free of drugs such as Bute, yet no one in the Government seems to care. Why? Because horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets? That must be it, because there is not one benefit to horse slaughter, that isn’t monetary & that is only for those who benefit directly from the slaughter industry, which is only the people who are involved with horse slaughter (buyers, transporters, people in the plant, horse racing, PMU farms, Nurse mares, etc.) & the Government.
So I ask you, why is it not ok to allow consumers to eat tainted pork, beef, chicken, turkey or fish, but it is perfectly acceptable to allow consumers to eat tainted horse meat.”

“We need to force the Government to do the right thing, we must let them know that we will not allow our horses to be tortured, abused, maimed & killed in the most barbaric way, we will not tolerate them purposely poisoning people, just to make a buck. The time has come for them to get their heads out of their asses & smarten the hell up.

The Government needs to be held accountable for their irresponsible & selfish decisions & actions. The time for excuses, wool pulling, head in the sand & cover up’s are over. If they claim to not want to sell tainted beef, chicken, pork, etc, than they sure as hell shouldn’t be allowing tainted horse meat to be sold & exported”

If you have taken the time to read all of the above, the key words contained in the statement quoted are: “, yet no one in the Government seems to care. Why? Because horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets?”

“Horse slaughter is a great way to pad their wallets”

Bloggers Comment:

Horse slaughter is an excellent way to ensure that the cattle industry can also continue to move into grazing lands  that were designated as protected areas solely for Wild Horses and Burros,  without facing consequences.  Horse slaughter is also an excellent way for the continued destruction and exploitation  of natural habitat that was designated as protected areas solely for Wild Horses and Burros by large and profitable enterprises in the oil and mineral industries, which of course, you can rightly believe, make hefty political donations as well as filling government coffers with their tax dollars.

Canada has already become an International Disgrace for it’s continued Seal Hunt.  The EU, European Union, banned Canadian Seal Products yet Canada goes on it’s merry way doesn’t it? and spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in its campaign to convince members of the EU to allow Canadian Seal Products into their countries and to find new customers outside the EU.

Canada continues to be an International Disgrace by enabling the massive BLM roundups for the slaughter of Wild Horses not only in the US but in Canada as well.

With Ontario’s Premier McGuinty’s closure of racetracks across Ontario, the estimated number of racehorses, 13,000 per CHDC, will likely be on the increase.  These horses, now deemed no longer profitable to their respective owners, injected with chemicals making them unfit for human consumption, will be brutally handled and slaughtered in Quebec plants that undercover investigations and videos have revealed to be houses of sheer suffering, pain and horror.

In addition the tainted meat produced from these horses will find its way to the dinner plates of unsuspecting families who will unknowingly  ingest chemicals which pose serious health risks to humans.

CONGRATULATIONS CANADA!!!

For your continued disregard!

For your continued enablement of the mass slaughter and extermination of a magnificent heritage species across the US and for the failure to protect the very few Wild Horses that still roam throughout Canada!

For your continued production and export of tainted horse meat products to the dinner plates of unsuspecting families!

Clearly obvious, now across Canada, the total disregard for population health safety can be seen, with the recent and unprecedented recall of  beef products produced in the XL Plant.  Contaminated with E.Coli this meat has proven to be deadly and the recall of the beef products has expanded in an alarming fashion.

While Agriculture Minister Rich has publically made the claim that we have more Meat and Plant Inspectors than ever before, his statement is ludicrous, given that P.M. Harper gutted the inspection process by firing so many inspectors across Canada.

Further, the failure to inspect and impose stricter regulations in the food processing plants and Factory Farms across Canada has resulted in the horrific and totally preventable deaths of thousands of Factor Farm animals in this country.  Once again the Canadian Government needs to be congratulated for inadequate and antiquated Federal Legislation, which protects an industry that continues to perpetuate the horrific treatment of these animals.

So, if anyone thinks that the Horse Slaughter Industry is being properly monitored and regulated here in Canada…THINK AGAIN!!!

Dirty little secret: Canada’s slaughter industry under fire

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1032379–dirty-little-secret-canada-s-slaughter-industry-under-fire

Horse Slaughter in Canada!

http://youtu.be/_rHHUMMCtOw

Ever since the U.S banned horse slaughter for human consumption in 2006, the industry headed north to Canada.

This documentary by CBC exposes the gruesome methods used to put the horses down…

SIGN PETITION TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER IN CANADA!- http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/end-horse-slaughter-in-canada-now.html

HORRIFIC STATS ON FACTORY FARM ANIMALS BURNED ALIVE IN JUST FOUR DAYS IN CANADA

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/horrific-stats-on-factory-farm-animals-burned-alive-in-just-four-days-in-canada/

EXCERPT FROM THE ANIMAL DEFENSE LEAGUE OF CANADA NEWSLETTER  BULLETIN #178  FALL/WINTER 2011

“FACTORY-FARM BARN FIRES FILL OVER 23,000 ANIMALS IN FOUR DAYS” From Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA), Vancouver, B.C., July 26, 2011

(Paraphrased):

‘Factory-barn fires are preventable – but they continue to occur because, in order to cut costs, they are highly automated with insufficient human maintenance and oversight.  This in spite of the fact that the toxic air from the waste of thousands of animals doesn’t only corrode the lungs of the confined animals – it also corrodes electrical wires and raises the likelihood of fire.  Furthermore, these animal death camps often lack either smoke sensors orsprinkler systems.  In this fire-trap situation, with many of the animals confined to metal gestation crates, concrete pens or battery cages, for animals to escape from the inferno is virtually impossible.”

STATISTICS:

QUEBEC:

Jan 7, 2011:   20,000 rabbits and 4,000 piglets burn alive

Jan 22,2011:  70 diary cows burn alive

Mar 5, 2011:   300 pigs burn alive

Mar 18, 2011:  125 beef cattle burn alive

ONTARIO:

Jan 24, 2011:   35 cattle burn alive

July 24, 2011:  650 pigs burn alive

July 25, 2011:  650 pigs burn alive

SASKATCHEWAN

Feb 26, 2011:  7,000 turkeys burn alive

MANITOBA

Mar 23, 2011:   16,000 chickens burn alive

May 21, 2011:   4,000 pigs burn alive

June 8, 2011:    12,000 chickens burn alive

July 22, 2011:  12,000 chickens burn alive

ALBERTA

Mar 31,2011:   2,000 pigs burn alive

June 8, 2011:   30,000 hens burn alive

July 24, 2011:   600 pigs burn alive

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JUST IN:

For Immediate Release

Wild for Life Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

June 27, 2012

Wild for Life Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its brand new Flash media PSA, ” Justice for America’s Horses“,  a public service announcement to raise awareness about the cruelty of horse slaughter. The 1 minute PSA comes in the wake of the recent push by foreign investors to expand a niche market for horsemeat sold as a delicacy abroad.
History proves that USDA inspections fail to stop the insidious crimes of cruelty inside America’s slaughterhouses. Substantial evidence as documented by numerous governmental reports and undercover investigations reveal egregious violations and a total lack of enforcement by the USDA before horse slaughter plants were shut down in 2007. “If horse slaughter plants are reopened in the U.S., horses will undoubtedly suffer torturous agony on U.S. soil again,” states Katia Louise, President of Wild for Life Foundation.  “The new PSA, JUSTICE FOR AMERICA’S HORSES drives this point home through use of FOIA documentation previously suppressed by the USDA.”
“Foreign slaughterers want the U.S. government to ignore the resounding opposition to horse slaughter by 80% of the American people, and instead give them our hard earned tax dollars to set up new killing shops in the heart of our home town communities.”
As quoted from the PSA, “It doesn’t have to be this way. Federal protection is possible when you take a stand. Tell your policymakers to right the wrong by supporting the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
JUSTICE FOR AMERICA’S HORSES was made possible by generous in kind contributions to Wild for Life Foundation from IMA Studios, Maria Daines, Paul Killington, Animal Law Coalition, Kaufman Zoning, Animals Angels & John Holland.
Now see and share JUSTICE FOR AMERICA’S HORSES >> http://youtu.be/UpuJM_2I8uI
Learn more>> http://www.savingamericashorses.org/advocacy.html

Equine Welfare Alliance

Three Angels Farms Ordered To Cease Transporting Horses – NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather & Sports

http://mstanley2265.newsvine.com/_news/2012/06/29/12487234-three-angels-farms-ordered-to-cease-transporting-horses-newschannel5com-nashville-news-weather-amp-sports

http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/threeangelsfarmstrailing052012.pdf

Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A Second Start for Fort Erie’s Horses

http://www.paulickreport.com/features/three-chimneys-presents-good-news-friday/three-chimneys-presents-good-news-friday-a-second-start-for-fort-erie-s-horses/

First time ever that animal treatment features on UN negotiations on sustainable development

Jun 19, 2012

http://www.wspa.ca/latestnews/2012/First-time-ever-that-animal-treatment-features-on-un-negotiations-on-sustainable-development.aspx?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=txtlink&utm_campaign=enews_june2012

What’s on your plate?

WSPA has released a new report, What’s on Your Plate? The Hidden Costs of Industrial Animal Agriculture in Canada that exposes the destructive impacts of ILOs on our health, the environment, animal welfare and rural Canada.

http://www.wspa.ca/food/test-whats-on-your-plate.aspx

The Cloud Foundation

Remembering Trish Kerby

Champion of the Pryor Wild Horse Herd

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=b16d80346618d3ce64e8e9877&id=7251df1cb6&e=5693c03a95

Group rallies against ‘cruel’ horse-drawn caleches

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2012/07/01/horse-drawn-caleche-ban-montreal.html

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Unfortunately those who dedicate their lives to animal advocacy  far too often come across individuals, who by way of their own choices refuse to acknowledge the terrible truth about the continued brutality waged against animals with whom we share this planet.

In some cases, it is a lack of awareness, failing to do their own required research before they make ridiculous and uneducated comments.  They, by their very own omissions of action, remain blissfully ignorant of the facts, statistics, undercover videos, documented cases and published testimonies and accounts that are witnessed by those dedicated to saving animals.

There are those too, who, because they state it is too difficult for them to view pictorial and or video evidence fail to appreciate the horrific suffering of animals around the word.

Just the other day, I commented on  a Blog Post: “Horses need a Humane society” to which one response rather blew me away.  The response implied the spread of rumours that could not be proved as well as innuendo.  Obviously the individual has failed to spend the needed research time, and while may be passionate in feelings towards horses on a personal level,  insults those of us who do put in the endless hours necessary giving these magnificent equids a voice.

Photos provided from CFAWR:  horses awaiting slaughter.  Per CFAWR:  often the horses eyes are gouged so they are unable to see and protect themselves.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition’s Blog

http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/the-horse-needs-a-humane-society/

The CHDC published a very informative report: “Black Beauty Betrayed” the Slaughter of US and Canadian Horses: a report on equine slaughter at Natural Valley Farms Horse Slaughterhouse in Neudorf, Saskatchewan: April 27 – May 1, 2008.  This report is a MUST read for all who believe in the sanctity of life period.

The CHDC received both video footage and pictorial evidence in May 2008 from an unknown source as to what was actually taking place at the Natural Valley Slaughterhouse.  The pictures and videos are terrifying and extremely graphic, as a courtesy to my readers I must warn you.

A great many people are dedicated to saving horses not only in Canada and the US, but around the world as well.  Many of these individuals such as Craig Downer, author of “The Wild Horse Conspiracy”, another MUST read;  Katia Louise film maker of “Saving America’s Wild Horses: A Nation Betrayed;  Monika my Colorado contact;  The Equine Welfare Alliance, The ‘Cloud Foundation’ and of course the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition..not to mention countless others as myself who continue to get the message out and to give these beautiful creatures a voice.

Sadly there will always remain those who will continue in their pro horse slaughter campaigns, spewing out their lies and propaganda to aid in the continued annihilation of wild horses both in Canada and the US to fuel their greed.  Sadly there will remain those individuals who voice un-educated comments that, if anything, point to a lack of knowledge and real understanding (having failed to learn the truth by researching the facts).  Sadly companion horses will continue to face the brutality and horrific deaths in slaughterhouses within Canada and Mexico..the US banned their own slaughterhouses years ago however there is a real push on now by pro-slaughter supports such as Wallis to have them re-opened.

Chambers of Carnage

A Sweeping Undercover Investigation of Canada’s Leading Equine Slaughterhouses

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/chambers-of-carnage.html

“In late February 2010, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) received hidden camera footage of horse slaughter practices at Viande Richelieu in Quebec and Bouvry Exports in Alberta – the latter known as the largest exporter of horsemeat in North America. The CHDC has compelling proof that puts into question the effectiveness of the assembly-line slaughter of horses. The evidence demonstrates that both the facilities in Alberta and Quebec fail to meet humane slaughter standards used by the CFIA to audit Canadian slaughterhouses.”

Black Beauty Betrayed:

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/bbb2008.pdf

Canada continues to import US horses into this country for slaughter.  This horsemeat is then shipped overseas, may wind up in pet foods, and has already been declared unfit for human consumption.

To learn more please take the time and read these prior posts: https://giftofloki.com/?s=Horse+slaughter+in+Canada

The pictures below are published with the permission of my Colorado contact and show show the continued inhumane roundups conducted by the US Bureau of Land Management.

These wild horses are being rounded up for slaughter, often times being knocked off their feet by helicopters used by the BLM.

Humane Observer: Elyse Gardner

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  THE BUREAU OF LAND MISMANAGEMENT DOES IT AGAIN, AND THEY ARE ROUNDING UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS — THE WILD HORSES, OF COURSE — AND CHASING THEM WITH HELICOPTERS IN THE HEIGHT OF FOALING SEASON.   How did it come to this?

http://humaneobserver.blogspot.ca/2012/06/bureau-of-land-mismanagement-does-it.html

Is it bad enough for you? Wild Horses 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_1KDf8bwY

http://www.change.org/petitions/overturn-the-legalization-of-horse-slaughter-for-human-consumption

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Bloggers Note:

Mr. Craig C. Downer is a well respected Wildlife Ecologist and Author with whom I am privileged to maintain contact with.  Craig’s battle to protect the wild horses and burros throughout the US is well known, his expertise, knowledge along with his determination, commitment and pro-active undertakings need be commended.   Craig’s most recent publication “The Wild Horse Conspiracy” presents more than enough evidence of the evolution of and the survival of the first wild equids throughout North America.  A fact that is highly contested and denied by the BLM and the US pro-slaughter advocates in Office.  In reading Craig’s book, it is clear to me personally and to others who have read it, that there is indeed a conspiracy to exterminate wild equids across the US, and while oumay draw your own conclusions as to why, I for one believe it is to serve the cattle industry and big business.

Craig has defended wild horses and burros for over 40 years and continues to do so.  He presents “new evidence concerning their history and evolution in North America”.  Craig is also a “member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, President of the Andean Tapir Fund “which is also dedicated to saving wild horses/burros”    www.andeantapirfund.com and Board Member of The Cloud Foundation: http://www.thecloudfoundation.org/ The Cloud Foundation,107 South 7th St,Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Canada is just as guilty, by way of importing these captured mustangs into Canada, destined for Canadian horse slaughter plants where these magnificent animals are brutally and inhumanely slaughter, their meat products being shipped out to foreign countries.  Note that undercover videos of what takes place in these slaughter houses in Canada have been made public….it is disgusting, sickening and beyond comprehension. Furthermore our own wild horses are being rounded up and slaughtered as well.

Craig has given me permission to copy and paste word for word his most recent letter:

June 5, 2012

Carson City District Office
Bureau of Land Management
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

Dear Sir/Mame:

The brutal helicopter roundups that your agency engages in have many adverse effects upon the wild horses and burros that are their victims.  They cause physical injuries and even deaths in a significant number of the wild
equids so pursued (5% or more).  They break up the family (band) social structures and actually result in more uncontrolled breeding among those left in the wild. This is because the equid societies when in tact keep breeding suppressed especially in subdominant and younger members.  This has been well documented (ref. Karen Sussman of ISPMB).
Additionally, the brutal roundups cause great anguish among the wild equids.  Those wild horses and burros who lose their freedom in this insensitive manner suffer an equid form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the rest of their lives, as attests how violently they react when a helicopter approaches overhead.
Other brutalities suffered during the penning and sorting process and standing around in crowded feedlots often for years on end also leave an indelible mark on theirpsyche.  I consider your massive roundups by helicopter then chucking the horses and burros off to the holding pens to be a very insensitive and unintelligent way of dealing with them. It shows that whoever is running this program is from a livestock background and has little appreciation of the horse or burro in the wild — in fact its truer nature given its ancient, multi-million year development as a wild and free species.

These animals quickly revert to the wild when given the chance, and North America is their evolutionary cradle and place of long-standing development, though they also fit in well in the Old World. The equid is not an ruminant, but a post-gastric digester and as such contributes by building soils and dispersing intact seeds to a much greater degree than is the case with ruminant grazers – practically all the others in North America.

I urge you to study my book The Wild Horse Conspiracy, especially the part concerning Reserve Design for naturally self-stabilizing populations and how to achieve this. This would comply with the true intention of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, not the mayhem and suffering, social and ecological disruption that your draconian helicopter roundups and grossly unjust Appropriate Management Levels for the herds are presently causing. Please contact me for a copy of my book or portions concerning Reserve Design.

Best Wishes in fulfilling your important duty under this noble law that represents the will of the General Public,

Sincerely,

Craig C. Downer, Wildlife Ecologist

Bloggers Note:  Craig’s newest book “Wild Horse Conspiracy” may be ordered via Amazon.com

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/forever-wild-and-free/

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/forever-wild-and-free-mr-craig-downers-full-unedited-speech-revealing-the-truth-about-the-blm-roundups-and-plight-of-u-s-wildhorses/

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

REPOSTS

WILD HORSE PRESERVATION CAMPAIGN

Breaking News

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

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1205386

“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

Take Action Reminders

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

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10592

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

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10589

 

FRONT RANGE EQUINE RESCUE

http://www.ifr-ors.com/ors_2_live/clients/FRER/HTMLEmail/2012/2012-04PetitionFiled/2012-04PetitionFiled.html

…”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.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

 

EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE

 

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.

Recent Post:  of Interest

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/ban-the-slaughter-of-horses-in-canada-cafwr-letter-of-thanks-to-the-hon-alex-atamanenko/

 

 

 

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