Posts Tagged ‘Donkey’
Tags: Apache, Bart, Charles Stenholm, Donkey, Equine, Ethan, Horse, Moose, Mother's Day, Pele, Straight from the Horse's Heart, Terry Fitch
Tags: Donkey, Donkey Roping, Oklahoma, roping, Vinita Oklahoma
Source: by Rhonda and Laura Stock from Donkeys Deserve Dignity
Donkey roping is a cruel and completely unnecessary “sport.”
It has come to our attention via the poster shown that a donkey roping event is scheduled for May 25 and 26 in Welch, OK. We stopped ropings in Eden, TX and Van Horne, TX last year. Please send letters and call to get this one stopped too!
The information below will help you in writing an informed letter, and contact names and information are listed. Please keep your messages respectful as it will do a much better job of reaching people (in spite of how angry this makes us all).
Casey Round 918 520 5208 (email:
firstname.lastname@example.org and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/casey.round.3
Dan Conway 806 339 5328 (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hornytoadsaddlery)
Brad Ingram 918 244 3732 (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brad.ingram.946)
Guthrie Murray 918 533 6926
Note that the website WelchOK.com is not actually affiliated with the community of Welch, but is a private site run by someone in the area.
The owner of the site contacted me personally now to ask that we remove his information from the blog post as he has been sent a lot of e-mails.
I am respecting his request as this time he was respectful and reasonable.
Please do not send anymore e-mails to email@example.com or to the WelchOK.com webpage.
Please focus on the county sheriff as he is the one who can get something done for us.
I was hoping that the Welch, OK news site could bring attention to this issue with the local community, but it appears that although I was able to reach one local person, the site is not going to help. Thanks, and keep sending letters to the rest of the addresses!
Town contact info:
PO Box 277
Welch, OK 74369
Mayor is Winston McKeon
Craig County Sheriff: Jimmy Sooter
210 West Delaware Suite 101
Vinita, Oklahoma 74301
I have been unable to find actual Chamber of Commerce info for Welch, but have the following info for the county seat of Vinita, OK. You can contact them and tell them that you will not be spending any money or visiting their communities due to the cruelty to animals going on in their county.
Vinita Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 882
Vinita, Oklahoma 74301
The following contacts are in state government and both serve on the Tourism Committees. Please write to them to make them aware of the event as well as the cruelty to animals #1685 law that is at the bottom of this blog post. Both of these men represent District 1 that includes Welch. (Thanks to the National Miniature Donkey Association for providing us with these two contacts).
Senator Charles Wyrick
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 535-A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Home: 58500 E. 155 Rd.
Fairland, Oklahoma 74343
Representative Curtis McDaniel
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. Room 539-B
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Home: P.O. Box 366
Smithville, Oklahoma 74957
I will add more contact information as it comes available.
Donkey roping is a cruel and completely unnecessary “sport.” Donkeys are anatomically different from cattle, and their bodies cannot stand up to the rigors of roping the way a steer’s can. Their joints articulate differently, and they have a long cervical spine (neck) that is easily broken when stretched between two horses that weight 3 – 6 times as much as a donkey. In addition, given the length and design of their necks, their windpipes are often crushed during the event. The bones in their legs are often broken as well. Donkeys do not have horns to rope, and often the cartilage of their ears is broken by the ropes or by putting the “hats” on that normally protect a steer.
Roping is an art, and the ropes need to land on the correct locations on the cattle in order to handle them without injury. Donkeys do not have the same locations as a cow does, making it much more likely to cause lasting injuries. Also a donkey’s skin is not the same as a cow’s, and often they end up with necks covered in blisters from the ropes tearing their skin (as shown in the picture below).
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Tags: Donkey, Equestrian, Equine, Equine Photographers Network, Horse, Photography, Terry Fitch, Wild Horse, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Three years running, Terry Fitch rides home with ribbons, this year she captured 11
Long time Wild Horse and Equine advocate Terry Fitch, co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, has garnered 11 awards for her photographic artistry in the prestigious Equine Photographers Network‘s International 2013 Winter Photography Contest.
Ms. Fitch’s artistic subjects ranged from her own horses, Mongolian wild horses to the Royal Outer Mongolian Mounted Guard. With an eye for the emotion evoked by an equine Fitch captured images that likewise capture not only the eye but the heart of the viewer. Her winning photos are as follows:
3rd Place Amateur Performance
6th Place Amateur Performance
Honorable Mention Amateur Performance
4th Place Amateur Horse Human Bond
1st Place Amateur Head Study
3rd Place Amateur Head Study
4th Place Amateur Head Study
6th Place Amateur Extreme Action
Honorable Mention Amateur Details
2nd Place Amateur Wild Horses
Ms. Fitch would like to thank the Equine Photographers Network and all of the kind individuals that voted for and showed appreciation for her work.
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Tags: Animal, Donkey, Equine, Equus (genus), Horse, R.T. Fitch, wild burro, Wild Horse
“Human History is Forever Changed by Our Relationship with Horses”
“Feel Good Sunday” finds us in a place where we all sincerely need to inhale deeply, look into each others eyes and repeat the mantra, “Until they are Safe”.
We are going through some difficult times but there appears to be a glow of bright light at the end of the tunnel; to get there we need to continue to keep pumping fuel into that charging locomotive and see this thing through…BUT, it is okay to take a few moments out and recognize each other for the special individuals that you all are.
Today we are going to be light and share with you a video that an avid advocate sent our way. The reason it is of note is that the equine star, in this clip, is obviously enjoying the interaction with the humans and taking cues from their movements. This guy seems to really, really enjoy what he is doing and it is obvious that the rider is, also, loving the interaction.
We share this in hopes that we can have a group effort whereby all of you take a moment out and share with the rest of us your favorite equine video. Let’s make today one gigantic sharing fest where we can put forth, without fear of retribution, what floats our boat and lightens up our lives.
Please enjoy, below, and be sure to insert you favorite equine moments in the comment section; I am looking forward to seeing what all of you can pull out of your valued, individual archives and gaining a bit of a glimpse into what fuels your drive and motivation on behalf of our equine companions.
Keep the faith my friends!
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Tags: BBC, burro, Covent Garden, Donkey, Equine, Midsomer Murders, Mule, Oxfordshire, Royal Opera House
from the pages of the BBC
Mistreated, neglected and moments from slaughter, the future looked pretty bleak for Pollyanne the donkey until an Oxfordshire sanctuary came to her rescue
“It’s “Feel Good Sunday” and it is almost difficult to take time off from the EU Horse Slaughter/Meat Scandal, the BLM’s typical propaganda that we can hardly see the light of day for all of the alligators; BUT we are going to take a few moments off and share an interesting story with you so that we can take a few hours off and reflect on why we do what we do. Tomorrow we can get back to business and we have some great things planned for the horses in the next several weeks so hang in there, we are making progress. Keep the faith and it is ALL about the horses.” ~ R.T.
Dubbed “a great scene-stealer” by legendary operatic tenor Placido Domingo, Pollyanne went from the knacker’s yard to the West End stage in less than a decade.
Believe it or not, this rags-to-riches fairytale has now become the subject of a book telling the grey mare’s life story.
From the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary in Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell, near Wallingford, the next stop for Pollyanne turned out to be the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
But, it could all have been so different for the 22-year-old had sanctuary owner John McLaren not decided to take Pollyanne in and nurture her back to health.
He said: “She came from the horse sales market near Salisbury where she had been earmarked for slaughter in March 1997.
“Her owner was reluctant to let me have her at first as at the time, there was a great demand for donkey meat among Italians for salami.
“But, with a little persuasion he came round and Pollyanne was ours.
“Sadly, she had been taken to the market with very badly overgrown and mishaped hooves. She was turning them in and actually stepping over herself to get moving.
“When she first arrived with us, she was not a very happy donkey at all and was in a lot of pain. You couldn’t get near her for her kicking you, but slowly in time she came around.”
Pollyanne soon became a great companion and her first acting job was for the Kempton Theatre in Henley-On-Thames, wandering around the town with an advertising board previewing future performances.
It was during this time that she and John, 65, were spotted by a representative from agency Animal Ambassadors. On the spot, they were offered the chance to go to London to audition for a coveted part in a production of Italian opera Pagliacci.
“I was more nervous than the donkey to be honest on the first day we went to London for rehearsals,” recalled Mr McLaren.
“But I need not have been, Pollyanne proved a big hit and before we knew it, she was a natural on stage.”
For the last seven years, Pollyanne and Mr McLaren have performed hand-in-hand in productions of Bizet’s Carmen, taking the stage together as extras with added presence.
Pollyanne’s other artistic credits include appearances in episodes of Midsomer Murders as well as church services at Christmas and on Palm Sunday, where she regularly leads a procession through Wantage.
Her portfolio also includes a photoshoot in Vogue.
Away from the bright lights of the opera house stage, Pollyanne shares a stable with three other female donkeys at the Island Farm Sanctuary.
Mr McLaren, who has run the sanctuary for more than 20 years, said putting Pollyanne’s story into print seemed a logical next step.
He said: “It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride for her and it’s quite a sad story in places, but one all ages will enjoy.”
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Tags: burro, Cruelty to animals, Donkey, Larimer County Colorado
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Owner doesn’t want shooter punished
LYONS, Colo. – A month after someone used a high-powered rifle to kill a miniature donkey in an otherwise peaceful pasture near Lyons, the animal’s owner Bobbie Watson still asks why?
For six years the Watsons — Bobbie and her husband, Tim — have raised two miniature donkeys, Kaitlyn and her brother, Tucker.
“We’re very close to our animals,” Watson told 7NEWS photojournalist Major King. “The donkeys were our companions. And they were joyful and they were lovely and they were fun to watch and they were fun to play with.”
“They have excellent memories,” she said. “They kept the coyotes off the property. They kept the grasslands down.”
But that all changed — suddenly and violently — on Dec. 21.
Bobbie Watson knew something was wrong when Tucker came up to her without his usually inseparable sister, Kaitlyn.
Watson went looking for the small donkey and found her dead.
“She was lying there and she was cold,” the owner said. “I’m a nurse…and I saw the bullet holes. Somebody shot my donkey.”
Watson believes the shooter fired from Rock Wedge Drive, hitting the donkey grazing about 75 yards from the road.
“Kaitlin got shot once straight through the chest and once up through the neck ,” Watson said.
Yet, Bobbie Watson said, “I don’t want to see this person punished.”
“I would love to see them caught, just so that I could explain to them what they took away — that sense of peace and some of the beauty of this valley is gone,” she said.
“Just to say, ‘Would you think twice?’” Don’t do this again. Don’t do this again,” Watson said. “Because anger doesn’t get you anything… Forgiveness pays forward and that’s a valuable price.”
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said it has not identified any suspects in the shooting.
Bobbie Watson said sheriff’s investigators told her the best hope to solve the case is if the shooter tells someone what happened and that person comes forward to authorities.
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Tags: Donkey, Equine, Horse, Jim Moran, R.T. Fitch, wild burro, Wild Horse, Wild Horse Freedom Federation
Many Thanks to the Unsung Heroes of the Equine Advocacy
It’s over, 2012 is nothing more than a distant memory left to be recounted in history books and comedian jokes, finished, done, stick a fork in it, outta here.
If I could go back in time, just one year, there would be a lot that I would change; many allegiances better nurtured and others severed sooner but we are not granted that option so we tighten up our cinch and ride on. BUT, you knew that was coming, I cannot continue down the trail without a few words of thanks for those who made the past year special.
First off, as the volunteer prez of Wild Horse Freedom Federation I would like to thank all of YOU for your support and trust; thanks to you we have managed to successfully keep the West Douglas wild horse herd free from the BLM horse harvesting machine for another year, a well grounded and documented victory against the brutality of the BLM. Month after month the legal bills cross my desk and checks need to written but month after month I am reminded that our legal work has and is successful and if I crossed the bridge in my sleep tonight, that free herd would be our/my legacy…I am good with that. In June we needed help and you folks rallied to the call; such dedication and commitment will never be forgotten; we thank you for that and stay tuned, we can’t tip our hat but we have several legal projects working that will rock your socks and send the enemy into a legal tailspin so keep your advocacy dial tuned into station WHFF, 2013 is going to be very interesting.
I would also like to thank our plaintiffs, the very cream of the crop of equine advocacy, Front Range Equine Rescue, Cloud Foundation and Habitat for Horses to name just a few; pro-active, legitimate, vibrant, straight forward and supportive of our efforts.
Likewise, the Equine Welfare Alliance gets a great big thumbs up for the ongoing work that now manages to bring us all together on an annual basis to collaborate, network and forward plans to put an end to the abuse, neglect, slaughter and the stupidity that currently is showered down upon our companions, the American equine. (You folks who attended this years International Equine Conference and heard our attorney Bruce Wagman speak got just a peek at what is coming and there is more to follow.)
Also, you guys stepped up to the plate when I stuck my neck out and said that Terry and I would personally hand carry letters of protest to D.C. asking for a stop to the BLM roundups and ensure that they reached the President of the United States. In a matter of several weeks we were staring at boxes of over 15,000 letters and petitions to pack up and head north with. Habitat for Horses and the Cloud Foundation joined us in that endeavor and it truly has to be one of the high-points of 2012. Such an outpouring of sincerity deeply moved me and I wish that I could have personally read each and every one of those heartfelt notes but I only managed a few thousand and those notes both spoke to my heart and hardened my resolve to press forward and continue to be the paperboy of the message and the deliverer of your words. And we did it folks; Terry and I packed those letters into checked baggage, grabbed Jerry Finch from HfH, cashed in a bunch of my air miles and without spending a penny of donated funds we headed for the office of Rep. Jim Moran where we met, planned and returned all in one day. What a ride, but Jerry and I did look at each other and comment that we are getting a little too mature for that sort of thing but the mission was accomplished and the heroes of the day are each and every one of you; for that I am so sincerely grateful and even though we didn’t illicit an immediate response from the White House our collective voices were heard and we plan to exercise that muscle in 2013, with your kind support.
Likewise you folks have supported us in multiple press conferences through out the year; in D.C. with the Children4Horses and EWA’s letter writing campaign, in Oklahoma City with Respect4Horses, Cloud and HSUS for the Conference of the “Live” horse, in Salt Lake City with Cloud and Respect4Horses during the BLM Advisory Board meeting…thank you. It is easy to stand up before the press and field questions knowing that each and every one of you is standing behind us and whispering into our ears, thank you for that support.
Thank you to those who have stood at arms length and watched us flounder with failed allegiances only to bend over, lend us a helping hand and welcome us back into the herd without ever muttering the words, “We told you so!” Your professionalism, patience and faith in us has been both refreshing and greatly appreciated; the cream always floats to the top.
Over the past several days we have reflected upon the fact that this blog is coming up on it’s four year anniversary, we will be celebrating that we are nearing our 2,000,000th visitor mark but 2013 promises to hold a few surprises that may finally tip the scales in the favor of the horses and burros and THAT sincerely lights me up as I type, there is so much hope and promise bubbling just beneath the surface that I can hardly contain myself (and I have been told to keep my mouth shut…I hate when that happens)
So let us collectively advance the advocacy, minimize the detractors in the wild horse movement, expose the fraud, fight for enforcement of current legislation while pressing forward with new laws and above all, litigate. We are not going to conclusively win these fights in the halls of Congress or on the Senate floor but instead we will pluck the feathers off from the enemy in the courtroom and armed with our past victories and a very well planned strategy we will make 2013 the year that the rogue government, horse-eaters and false prophets will never forget. Judgement day is coming and when the hammer comes down none of us are going to be able to sleep for a month.
Good riddance 2012 and bring it on 2013, we are ready for the change.
Keep the faith and many thanks to each and every one of you!
Now lets get to work!