Month: April 2012

Frankly Speaking: Sometimes, A Child Reminds Us

On almost any weekday, the halls of Congress are filled with hundreds of people hurrying to meet with Congressmen and Senators. I make a point of sitting down with a wide array of folks from New Hampshire representing all points on the political spectrum and listen as they share their views on various issues and legislation. This is the way the Founding Fathers designed our system to work, and I’m honored to carry on the tradition of representative government.

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Breaking News: Slaughter Plant in NM Plans to Butcher Horses

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.

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Humane Groups Petition USDA to Block Companion, Working and Show Horses from Being Slaughtered for Human Consumption

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2012)—Front Range Equine Rescue and The Humane Society of the United States filed a legal petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent former companion, working, competition and wild horses from being used as human food. The petition alleges that the drugs given to these horses throughout their lives are banned for animals used for food under federal law and/or are potentially dangerous to humans. Using these horses for human consumption creates an unacceptable and illegal public health threat under the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The groups sent a similar petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month.

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Texans Protest Wild Burro Endangerment

With dreams of wild burros roaming safely in West Texas, residents traveled halfway across the state to protest at the Capitol.

The Wild Burro Protection League organized the “March for Mercy,” in which residents marched on Saturday alongside several burros down San Jacinto Street, around the governor’s mansion and to the Capitol in protest of burros being shot inBig Bend Ranch State Park. According to The Associated Press, 130 burros have been killed by park rangers since 2007. Marjorie Farabee, The Wild Burro Protection League founder, said the march was necessary because a petition delivered to the Capitol on Jan. 18 with 108,000 signatures was ignored.

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Easter Eve Donkey Demonstration Converges on Texas State Capitol

The day before Easter, Texas Wild Burro Advocates and domesticated donkeys converged upon Austin, Texas to march in protest against Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) policy of killing Texas’ last remaining wild equine herd, in Big Bend State Park, to make room for the re-introduction of Desert Bighorn Sheep for hunting permit dollars. Under police escort the band of humans and donkeys paraded in front of the state capitol and circled the Governor’s Mansion while chanting, “Rick Perry Stop Killing our Wild Burros.”

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Guest Blog: Children 4 Horses

On Tuesday, when I woke up in the morning, I was really anxious to go testify during the press conference at noon. I couldn’t wait to go and practiced my speech a few times in our hotel room. My mom also told me that I had an email from Senator Mary Landrieu’s (GA) office, asking to meet me. I couldn’t believe that a Senator asked to meet me! I went swimming in the hotel pool for a little while and it was all I could think about.

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