Video: Actress Kaley Cuoco Speaks Out Against Horse Slaughter

By Brianne Hogan as published on ecorazzi.com

 

Actress and animal lover Kaley Cuoco is speaking out against horse slaughter and is urging her fans to do the same.

“The Big Bang Theory” actress took to her Instagram and posted a photo of herself hugging a horse along with the caption: “Throughout history horses have loyally stood by us as our trusted companions. Please take action to end horse slaughter. #Yes2Safe.”

KaleyEach year, more than 100,000 American horses travel long distances across the U.S., in cramped trailers without food, water or rest, before they are horrifically slaughtered for human consumption.

A shocking new discovery about horse meat has prompted Cuoco to urge her fans to pressure lawmakers to vote yes on the The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act. Horse meat — mislabeled as meat from other species — has been discovered in the U.S. food supply, and is dumped on the dinner plates of unsuspecting consumers — many of whom oppose the slaughter and consumption of horses.

The SAFE act would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of U.S. horses for slaughter abroad.

Cuoco has also teamed up with Humane Society International (HSI) for the cause. In a PSA that she shot for the organization, the actress says, “Horse slaughter is barbaric and an ultimate betrayal of our bond with these animals.”

To help with the fight against horse slaughter, HSI recommends looking up your legislators’ phone numbers. You can simply say, “Please cosponsor the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, H.R.1942/S.1214, which would keep horse slaughter plants shuttered in the U.S. and end the export of horses for human consumption.”

Study: Horses Recognize Human Emotions

By Sheena McKenzie, CNN

“This comes as no surprise to those who share their homes and hearts with equine companions.” ~ R.T.


A smile can get you a long way with people — and animals, it turns out.

"Terry and Apache" ~ photo by R.T. Fitch

“Terry and Apache” ~ photo by R.T. Fitch

Horses can distinguish between happy and angry facial expressions on humans, a new study has shown for the first time.

The 28 horses were shown large color photographs of different facial expressions for 30 seconds, and their reactions monitored as part of the research by psychologists at the UK’s University of Sussex.

When presented with photographs of angry male faces — frowning with bared teeth — the horses’ heart rate significantly increased.

Importantly, the equines also moved their heads to look at the aggressive photos through their left eye — a mannerism associated with negative stimuli.

Information from the horses’ left eye is processed in the brain’s right hemisphere — an area specializing in threatening environments, said researchers.

“What’s really interesting about this research is that it shows horses have the ability to read emotions across the species barrier,” explained Amy Smith, a doctoral student who co-led the research.

“We have known for a long time that horses are a socially sophisticated species, but this is the first time we have seen that they can distinguish between positive and negative human facial expressions.”

The animals, from stables across Sussex and Surrey in the south of England, also had a much stronger reaction to the angry faces, than the happy ones.

“Recognizing angry faces may act as a warning system, allowing horses to anticipate negative human behavior such as rough handling,” explained Smith.

It follows another study by researchers also at Sussex University in August last year, which revealed horses have 17 discrete facial expressions to indicate their mood.

That’s one more expression than dogs (16) and four more than chimpanzees (13). Cats were found to have 21 expressions, with the “larger facial repertoire largely due to extensive whisker and ear movements” said researchers.