Newborn Donkey only 21 INCHES Tall Makes Friends with 5ft 6in Shire Horse

By Ben Wilkinson for the Daily Mail

“‘Feel Good Sunday’ = This Article, nuff said…enjoy!” ~ R.T.


This is the moment a plucky new born donkey rubbed noses with a gigantic shire horse.

The 21in foal – who is little more than a week old – was introduced to powerful Uncle Buster who towered above him at 16.2 hands.

But the Dartmoor pony centre’s newest arrival was not fazed by the attraction’s biggest star who stands at 5ft 6” from the ground to his upper back.

And the little and large meeting saw the brave baby bound towards the gentle giant before running between his legs and sharing an equine kiss.

The young jack – who has not been named yet – is now said to be good friends with his lofty companion and the pair are proving popular with visitors.

A spokesman for the Miniature Pony Centre said the first ever meeting between the gentle shire and the playful young donkey had gone even better than expected.

He said: ‘As we are all one big happy family at The Miniature Pony Centre we thought it was time for him to meet Uncle Buster, our resident shire horse.

28A0B34200000578-3080368-image-a-5_1431539849419‘True to form, our little donkey ran straight up to him to give him a kiss.

‘Buster may be gigantic compared to his little friend but he is the gentle giant of the horse world and gave him a lovely kiss back.’

Buster is one of two heavy horses at the Devon centre and he has lived there for four years.

His little new friend can expect to grow to around 11 hands tall – or 44” from the ground to his upper back.

28A0B3C700000578-3080368-image-a-9_1431539908507The centre spokesman added: ‘They have proved a bit of a star attraction over the last few days. Everyone seems to love the little and large show.

‘They do make an odd pair but they are becoming the best of friends.’

One visitor said: ‘At first I do admit they look like an odd pair. But after watching them for a while now I have to say they are really cute together.

‘You can see the youngster has a lot more energy, but the shire seems to have the patience to deal with him well. He didn’t seem to mind the fuss the little one is making of him.’

The Miniature Pony Centre, on Dartmoor, is home to a range of horses as well as donkeys, chickens and rabbits.

Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

By as published in The New Yorker

“This author is clearly attempting to be politically correct by not outing the Pro-Slaughter Cult and BLM but I can easily see right through that ploy, see if you can too.” ~ R.T.


“As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

"If its true and factual, I don't want to hear it!"

“If its true and factual, I don’t want to hear it!”

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.

Horse slaughter Bill May Have a Chance

by Jonathan Miller as published at The Courier Journal

“the worst case of animal cruelty I’ve seen,”

As memories from American Pharoah’s thrilling ride still resonate, it’s instructive to remember an earlier Run for the Roses nearly three decades ago. The 1986 Kentucky Derby was a sentimental, even magical affair, as the legendary 54-year-old jockey Willie Shoemaker finally captured the only major racing prize that had eluded him.

The Shoe steered Ferdinand, a 17-1 long shot 3-year-old, from last place through a heavy traffic jam in the stretch, to a 21/4 length victory at the wire. Ferdinand emerged as a national figure, later sealing his legend with an historic photo finish Breeders’ Classic upset over the mighty Alysheba, clinching Horse of the Year honors in 1987.

It’s also instructive to consider the retirement arc of that champion thoroughbred. After only modest success at breeding talented offspring, he was sold to Japanese interests in 1994. In 2002, at the relatively young age of 19, he was “disposed of” in a Japanese slaughterhouse. While Ferdinand might have wound up as a gourmet steak at an upscale Toyko restaurant, the most likely fate of this elite athlete was in the form of processed pet food.

No other Derby winner has met the same despicable demise. In fact, since this tragedy was exposed, many sales contracts for prized stallions now include a “Ferdinand clause,” enabling the seller to repurchase a horse after his career at stud is complete.

Every year, however, an estimated 150,000 U.S. horses are sent to Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouses to feed horse-hungry palates in Europe, South America and Asia. More than 10,000 of them are thoroughbreds.

At the center of this practice are middlemen known as “kill buyers,” whose profitable profession consists of gathering up horses for slaughter and then transporting them across the U.S. border. They purport to offer a valuable service to the industry: With the sport of racing in serious economic distress, kill buyers provide financial recompense to struggling owners, and profess to provide a more humane alternative to the abandonment and slow starvation of unwanted horses.

But mercy killing it’s not. Horses are hauled to their death in long transports to Mexico or Canada, often with only very minimal food, water or sleep. The slaughtering process can be deeply gruesome — in some reported cases, horses experience excruciating pain while partially conscious as they are bled out and then dismembered.

And in all-too-common cases when an international slaughter house deal goes bad, the kill buyers themselves will routinely abandon horses to which they’ve been entrusted. In one disheartening instance this year, described by the equine investigator as “the worst case of animal cruelty I’ve seen,” a kill buyer in Pendleton County, Ky., was charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty after examiners found 49 dead carcasses and 15 severely emaciated, barely alive horses on his property. Another kill buyer in nearby Mason County was charged last year with second-degree animal cruelty when 16 dead horses were found improperly disposed on his land.

It doesn’t take a vegan-swearing, leather-protesting PETA activist to be disturbed. Particularly here in the Bluegrass State, we have a special bond with the gallant steed — akin to that of a beloved family pet — who we name, groom, feed, nurture, ride, cherish and celebrate. That other cultures find their meat appetizing is nauseating; the brutal and macabre process that leads them to the dinner table is infuriating.

It’s also a matter of simple economics. Horse racing is responsible for more than 100,000 jobs and a $4 billion economic impact in Kentucky alone. And a 2011 report commissioned by the industry vanguard Jockey Club revealed that the recent steep decline in fan support for the sport — particularly among younger Americans — is in appreciable part due to concerns over animal safety and welfare.

Of course, declining revenues lead to more desperate owners, who view kill buyers as a financial lifeline. This vicious circle can only be interrupted if this vicious practice is prohibited.

Fortunately, the anti-slaughter movement has been buoyed by the activism of a powerful ally: the thoroughbred industry itself. Just as with the battle against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport, leading breeders, owners and enthusiasts have argued that for racing to rebound from its decades-long decline, a focus on the sanctity of the horse itself is in order.

Both Churchill Downs and Keeneland have joined a growing number of national racetracks who’ve enacted stringent anti-slaughter policies that impose penalties — including race bans — on anyone who is caught selling a horse to a slaughter house or to an intermediary auction. Thoroughbred enthusiasts have developed organizations that adopt and protect unwanted horses — such as Georgetown’s nationally-lauded Old Friends home — and provide a dignified retirement to thoroughbreds after their profitable years have ended. The prestigious and influential National Thoroughbred Racing Association has instituted a variety of horse-protection programs that promote the rescue of horses that are in danger of cruel disposal.

Voluntary industry action, though, has its limits. Banning horse slaughter, and the practices that facilitate it, requires federal legislation. While no permanent law prohibits horse slaughter in the U.S., Congress has overwhelmingly passed a series of spending bills since 2007 that have effectively shuttered domestic slaughter houses (a rare cause embraced by both President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell).

By contrast, efforts to ban the export of horses to slaughter abroad have continually failed. Some reform advocates charge Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid with running interference for Nevada cattlemen who find the practice a convenient way to rid their lands of wild horses.

But with a less powerful, lame duck Reid ambling toward his own retirement, legislation introduced last week could finally extinguish the practice. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, would prohibit the transport of American horses for human consumption abroad, while also permanently forbidding the reestablishment of slaughterhouses in the U.S. As its title reveals, the bill is shrewdly promoted as a food safety initiative: Unlike cattle and poultry, horses are not raised to be consumed — there’s no FDA oversight to prohibit the use of drugs that could be toxic to people — so the practice poses severe human health risks in the U.S. and abroad. The bill already boasts broad bi-partisan support in the House, with 41 original co-sponsors.

Of course, in our polarized and paralyzed political system, the passage of any legislation faces dark horse odds. But as the industry continues to recognize that its future is dependent on the public’s trust, popular support could ensure legislative reform. Best of all, a meaningful focus on the noble animal itself could one day reinstall horse racing to its rightful place as the sport of kings.

Jonathan Miller, the former Kentucky Treasurer, practices law at Frost Brown Todd in Lexington.

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Oregon Firefighters Rescue Horse Stuck in Creek Bed

Source: Multiple

“That was just amazing,” Chief Morris said after watching Major stand on his own…

Courtesy Lake Oswego Fire/Twitter

Courtesy Lake Oswego Fire/Twitter

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — A horse walking a Lake Oswego trail fell into a creek Wednesday afternoon and was unable to get up on its own, authorities said.

Major, a 10-year-old horse, fell near the Hunt Club around 5:15 p.m., Lake Oswego Fire Dept. said. Major’s owner was riding him down the Iron Mountain Trail when they got to a small bridge. After stepping onto it, Major broke through with one leg, landing on his side in a creek bed.

ecause his legs were wedged against the bank, he was unable to move them and get up.

“Your first reaction is to make sure the owner is safe, then the horse is safe,” Lake Oswego Hunt Club manager Katie Purdy said.

Fire crews were sent to the scene to help, and found Major in a calm state with his owner. They were able to pull the horse with a turned rope and pulley system which allowed him to get up on his own.

“The horse was actually very calm, so in the situation — it’s called cast — and he was cast basically against the bed of the wall and couldn’t get up,” Purdy said.

Lake Oswego Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk called the rescue “complicated”.

“If the horse would have spooked and gotten up really quick, potentially it could have just jumped and walked right over our firefighters,” he said. “So instead of pulling with short rope right there next to him, we used longer ropes.”

Major weighs at least 1,000 pounds and stands almost 6-feet tall. He only suffered a small scrape on his back leg.

“That was just amazing,” Battalion Chief Dave Morris said after watching Major stand on his own.

Howard Lyman (featured in “Cowspiracy” and author of “Mad Cowboy”) on Wild Horse & Burro Radio

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Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesday (*SM) , May 13, 2015

1:00 pm PST … 2:00 pm MST … 3:00 pm CST … 4:00 pm EST

Listen to the archived show (Here!)

You can also listen to the show on your phone by calling (917) 388-4520.

This is a 1 hour show.  It will be archived so you can listen to it anytime.

If you have a question for Howard, please email it to ppj1@hush.com

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Howard Lyman

Our guest tonight is  HOWARD LYMAN, who was featured in the documentary Cowspiracy and is the author of the books “Mad Cowboy”  and “No More Bull.”  After Howard stated his opinion in warning the public about the risk of Mad Cow disease on the Oprah Winfrey Show in April, 1996, he, Oprah and Harpo productions were sued by Texas cattlemen.

Until August 1997, cattle were routinely fed the remains of other cows.  The Department of Agriculture and the FDA banned the practice, fearing the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as Mad Cow Disease.  But it remains legal to feed cows “rendered” — dead and ground up — parts of certain animals, including the blood of other cows, despite the fact that this practice may allow deadly illnesses to enter the food chain.

Howard is a 4th generation family farmer (and vegan) from Montana.  After 20 years of operating a feed lot, he sold his ranch and started working for farmers in financial trouble.  He was a lobbyist in Washington and ran for Congress in 1982.  Howard is the former Director of the “Beyond Beef Campaign,” past President of both the International Vegetarian Union and EarthSave International, and is currently President of Voice for a Viable Future.”

“Howard Lyman is fighting not only for our health but for our nation’s sanity as well.”  – Studs Terkel

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Princess Anne attacks ‘inhumane’ suffering of horses as they are taken to slaughter and slams trade’s dopers, traders and breeders

As published on the DailyMail.co.uk

“The greatest suffering continues to be in the inhumane transportation of horses across country borders to slaughter houses…”

Princess Anne and horse 'Stevie B' after completing the dressage events at the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980

Princess Anne and horse ‘Stevie B’ after completing the dressage events at the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980

Princess Anne has attacked the suffering of horses being transported to slaughter houses.

In a foreword of a new book, the Princess Royal said the ‘inhumane’ transportation of horses as the ‘greatest suffering’ the animals can face

The royal, the sister of Prince Charles, is the president of the World Horse Welfare organisation and previously sparked controversy when she said horse welfare could be improved if horse meat was sold in British supermarkets.

She has reignited the issue in a new book. ‘Horse Welfare: Use not Abuse’, written by Christopher Hall, where she said the care of horses is getting worse because of ‘over-breeding, doping and indiscriminate horse trading.’

‘The greatest suffering continues to be in the inhumane transportation of horses across country borders to slaughter houses, matched only by the thousands of horses, donkeys and mules working long hours in the developing world’, the 64-year-old wrote. 

‘In these countries, the wellbeing of the horse may be just as significant as that of a child because, without a horse to fetch and carry, the very viability of family life can suffer. And yet it is still difficult for some to recognise the value of working animals in these situations.

‘While those struggling for survival may be forgiven for their failure to care adequately for their animals through ignorance or poverty, in equestrian ownership in more developed countries there is surely no excuse for inadequate care.’

The Princess Royal, however, stopped short of suggesting developing and better regulating the horse meat market.

In 2013 the discovery that processed meals advertised as containing beef was found to have horse meat rocked the food industry market and shook consumer confidence.

That year Princess Anne urged a debate on the issue, asking: ‘Should we be considering a real market for horse meat and would that reduce the number of welfare cases, if there was a real value in the horse meat sector?’

Former top jockey A P McCoy also wrote in his foreword to the book: ‘Welfare is vital to all who love horses this book goes to the heart of the matter.’

US Equine Summit calls to end Premarin Industry

Source: HorseTalk.co.nz

EquineAdvocatesHorse welfare issues are in the spotlight next weekend as equine and medical experts get together for the fourth annual American Equine Summit.

Topics under discussion at the summit held at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY, will include horse slaughter; the transfer of Premarin (PMU – pregnant mares’ urine) production to China; alternatives to ERT/HRT drugs made from horse urine; and wild horse and sporting horse issues. The Summit will also include a statement by famed writer and political activist Gloria Steinem calling for an end to the 73 year-old PMU industry.

“I want to thank you for helping to alert the public to the dangers – to horses as well as to women – that have come with the use of pregnant mares’ urine as a source of human treatment,” Steinem wrote…(CONTINUED)

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Watch wild horses for Mom’s Day on CBS Sunday Morning

A Special Mother’s Day Treat from our good friend Carl Mrozek:

Carl Mrozek“Wild horses have incredibly strong family values. See them for yourself tomorrow morning on CBS Sunday Morning in the wild horses that I filmed in Cold Creek Nevada a few years ago. The ‘Moment of Nature’ is the last segmet of the 90 minute program and appears 3-4 mins. from the end of the show, or at around 10:26 AM  E S T in most of the East. ” ~ Carl

Update: link to video ~ http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/nature-cold-creek-nevada/

Keep horse meat off the dinner table, Menendez says

By Jonathan D. Salant | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

“American horses are treated with drugs that should not enter the food supply…”

Toxic Horse MeatWASHINGTON — Beef may be what’s for dinner, but horse meat won’t be under legislation introduced Thursday in both houses of Congress by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which also was introduced in the last Congress, would prevent horses from being killed for food in the U.S. and ban exports of horses if they are going to be eaten in other countries.

“We must do all we can to protect American consumers from serious health risks and this bill helps keep toxic horsemeat off our dining room tables,” said Menendez (D-N.J.). “American horses are treated with drugs that should not enter the food supply and our bipartisan coalition wants to prevent damage to the reputation of the entire U.S. food industry, while simultaneously standing firm against the cruel slaughter of horses.”

Congress so far has been able to ban the practice on a temporary basis by annually adding a provision to the agriculture spending bill that bans the Agriculture Department from spending money to inspect facilities that would be used to slaughter horses. Without the inspections, the facilities cannot open.

The measure introduced Thursday by Menendez, along with U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), would be a permanent ban.

“This bill will make sure that our hamburgers aren’t made of horses,” Mikulski said.

It was introduced last month in the House, where six New Jersey representatives are among the bill’s 71 sponsors: U.S. Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.), Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.), Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.), and Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R-11th Dist.).

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Feds agree to help diversify Outer Banks’ wild horses

Story by Sean Cockerham as published in The Alaska Dispatch News

“It’s almost too good to be true,”

Photo courtesy of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Photo courtesy of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund

WASHINGTON — As the summer tourist season approaches on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, there’s a growing hope among horse advocates that the iconic wild horses of Corolla can be saved from a fate of inbreeding and deformities.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which considers the horses “nuisance animals” that compete with federally protected birds for habitat, has loosened its stance and is allowing the introduction of new horses into the threatened herd in order to bring in fresh genes.

“It’s almost too good to be true,” said Karen McCalpin, executive director of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, which protects the Spanish mustangs.

The horses have survived on a narrow barrier island in the northern edge of North Carolina’s Outer Banks for some 500 years, believed to be descendants of colonial mounts that swam to shore after Spanish galleons ran aground on the shoals and sandbars of the Outer Banks.

They are some of the last remaining wild horses in the Eastern United States and a hugely popular tourist attraction. But the herd of about 100 horses has become severely inbred and is down to a single maternal line, resulting in deformities and fears of extinction.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., repeatedly pushed a bill to allow the herd to grow to 130 horses and to let the Corolla Wild Horse Fund bring in horses from a different island at the far southern tip of the Outer Banks in order to infuse fresh genes into the herd. But the Fish and Wildlife Service successfully opposed the bill — some of the horses cross into the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge, and the Fish and Wildlife Service considers them a problem.

Under pressure from horse advocates and members of Congress, though, the Fish and Wildlife Service is now letting outside horses join the Corolla herd under a new management plan for the horses.

“We aren’t objecting to the new horses for genetic diversity, and we are part of the new management plan for the Corolla herd,” said Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Tom MacKenzie.

The Corolla Wild Horse Fund has taken advantage of the green light by quickly adding a 4-year-old stallion, Gus, bringing him to join the herd from Cedar Island, some 100 miles to the south.

“I DNA tested him first to make sure that he was indeed a colonial Spanish mustang … so that is the first introduction of new colonial Spanish banker strain genes into the herd in five centuries,” McCalpin said.

Now McCalpin hopes to add a pair of Cedar Island mares.

“I actually prefer that they use mares. They incorporate into a population easier, a stallion is going to receive a challenge from other stallions and may not succeed in actually getting in and contributing genes,” said Gus Cothran, an expert in equine genetics at Texas A&M University who has studied the herd.

He said the introduction of new horses gives him hope for a herd he identified in 2012 as dangerously inbred.

“The concern is whether it’s too late,” Cothran said. “I don’t think so, but that would be something to think about.”

McCalpin is still pressing for Congress to pass Jones’ bill letting the herd go up to 130 horses. Without it, she fears the Fish and Wildlife Service might decide at any time to limit the herd.

“This has got to be our year, because I’m basically just holding the population steady because of birth defects,” she said.