New EU Regulations May Destroy Canadian Horse Slaughter Scourge

published on News of the Horse

“In 2015, 44,730 horses were exported to Canada from the United States for slaughter…”

The European Union has issued new guidelines for the Canadian horse slaughter industry that many believe will devastate the industry.  Starting March, 2017, all horses must remain in Canada at a feedlot for 6 months prior to being slaughtered if the meat is to be sold to Europe.  The EU states the holding time is crucial as North American horses receive drugs not approved for use in meat destined for humans.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the ruling with reporters.  “(CFIA) received a letter from the European Commission on Sept. 28, 2016, advising Canada that the European Union is implementing six months residency requirements.  Effective Feb. 28, 2017, the CFIA will only provide certificates for the export of horse meat to the European Union that meet the EU’s new six month residency requirement.”

The Canadian government has been working with the industry since receiving notification of the new requirements.  “The government understands the serious impact the EU measure of a 180-day holding period will have on exports. In 2015, Canada exported $36.8 million of horse meat to the EU,” the CFIA told reporters.

In 2015, 44,730 horses were exported to Canada from the United States for slaughter.  By contrast,  nearly 85,000 were shipped to Mexico for slaughter.  Animal welfare activists worry that with the Canadian horse slaughter industry under such tight restrictions by the EU, more horses will be shipped to Mexico, where the slaughter industry is largely unregulated and less humane than Canada.

Another Big Landmark Win for Wyoming’s Wild Horses! Checkerboard Ruling Overturned by Federal Appeals Court

Source: Carol Walker as published on WildHoofBeats

Landmark Appellate Court Decision Stops BLM Wyoming Wild Horse Wipeout

Ruling Blocks Agency from Treating Over 1 Million Acres of Public Lands as Private Lands in Pursuit of Wild Horse Roundups

Denver, CO (October 14, 2016) . . . The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit today issued a landmark decision that stops the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from wiping out wild horses from over one million acres of public land in the Wyoming Checkerboard. The ruling holds that BLM violated two federal laws in its conduct of a 2014 wild horse roundup that removed over 1,263 wild horses from the area, and means that the agency’s plan to round up 500 more horses from the Checkerboard beginning on October 18 is also illegal. Plaintiffs American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom, photographers Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, and Kimerlee Curyl and their attorney, Bill Eubanks of Meyer, Glitzenstein and Eubanks, are hailing the decision and its precedential implications for wild horse management throughout the western United States.

“This ruling throws a wrench into the backroom deal between the BLM and livestock grazing interests to eliminate federally protected wild horses from over one million acres of public land in Wyoming,” Eubanks said. “With this landmark decision, the Tenth Circuit has permanently stopped the BLM from treating public lands as private and eliminating wild horses from public lands based on a request from private landowners. This sets a major legal precedent across the West and protects wild horses from ranchers who want to eliminate these iconic animals from our public lands in order to put even more domestic cattle and sheep on these public lands to the detriment of the ecosystem.”

In its ruling issued today, the Tenth Circuit held that “the BLM violated both the [Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros] Act and FLPMA [Federal Land Policy Management Act] in carrying out the 2014 removal of wild horses from the Checkerboard.” The appellate court reversed the 2015 lower court ruling upholding BLM’s actions in the 2014 Checkerboard wild horse roundup.

Today’s decision is a closing chapter in an ongoing legal battle over the BLM’s plan to eradicate wild horses from a two million acre area of public and private land at the request of the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA). The RSGA owns or leases the private land blocks in the Checkerboard and views wild horses as competition for taxpayer subsidized livestock grazing on the public lands in the area.

Last week, the plaintiffs filed another lawsuit to block the agency from proceeding with the next Checkerboard roundup, set to begin on October 18.

This is the third major legal victory for the groups in just over a month. Earlier this week,the Tenth Circuit threw out a lawsuit by the State of Wyoming to compel the BLM to remove hundreds of wild horses from non-checkerboard public lands in that state. In a precedential ruling, the Tenth Circuit held that the BLM is not required to remove wild horses from public lands just because their populations exceed outdated population limits.

Judge Steps In to Save 650 Starving Horses

By LACEY LOUWAGIE as published on Court House News Service

“…came across a dead horse carcass in one pasture, and a burial pit containing at least 25 carcasses in various states of decay”

too-weak-to-standLANTRY, S.D. (CN) — A judge has stepped in to aid hundreds of horses on a wild horse sanctuary, ordering their care handed temporarily over to two South Dakota counties, after a veterinarian confirmed shocking documentation of neglect.

The Oct. 11 order came two weeks after former employee Colleen Burns drew public attention to the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros by releasing 16 pages of photos, video stills and journal entries detailing the deaths of at least 30 horses on the ranch, many of whom died of starvation this summer.

The society’s president, Karen Sussman, said in an email to “Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see,” regarding Burns’ depiction of the ranch.

But veterinarian Dr. Marc Hammrich, who investigated the ranch after receiving a complaint from Burns, categorized the horses as “neglected” in his Sept. 15 Animal Welfare Investigation Report, which was included in court documents released Tuesday.

“Immediately apparent was the lack of feed in the pen and the majority of the horses nosing through the dried manure looking for remaining hay to eat from the last feeding which was scant to nonexistent,” he wrote.

He found similar conditions in all four of the ranch’s herds, in one case noting that horses were “searching the ground for feed and in some cases eating manure.”

He came across a dead horse carcass in one pasture, and a burial pit containing at least 25 carcasses in various states of decay. Hammrich estimated that 10 percent of the ranch’s horses would not survive the winter without intervention.

Ziebach County Judge Jerome Eckrich’s 2-page impoundment order on Tuesday adopts the conditions set forth in an agreement between the county attorneys for Ziebach and Dewey counties, where the ranch is, and Sussman.

Although the 650 horses will stay on the ranch, the Ziebach and Dewey county sheriffs will oversee their care temporarily, according to the Joint Motion for Voluntary Impoundment.

However, the sheriffs require that alternative arrangements be made before winter.

“I have dedicated my life, my fortune, and my reputation to the protection of wild horses throughout the United States,” Sussman said in a statement. “More than once in my 30 years with the organization, I have personally financed our activities to feed, study, care for and protect these beautiful animals. I have dedicated the majority of my time freely, only rarely collecting a salary, and selling my personal property to provide much needed funds to the organization for hay. To accuse me of cruelty or disinterest of these wild horses, that I have dedicated my life to protecting, is both outrageous and preposterous.”

Sussman can get the horses back if she can produce a viable plan for providing adequate food, shelter and veterinary care for the next 18 months. In addition, she must provide a specific “end of life plan” for horses suffering from age, injuries or sickness.

“We have been developing an ongoing management plan which includes downsizing our herds, potential purchase of a larger property to reduce our costs of ever rising hay prices, and a long-range vision for our organization,” Sussman said.

Sussman’s plan, which must include provisions for reimbursing the county for the horses’ care, is due Oct. 27.

In the meantime, a veterinarian will inspect the horses and divide them into three groups: those that are healthy enough to survive the winter with adequate food and care, those that will require special attention to survive the winter, and those that are unlikely to survive the winter and should be euthanized.

The motion encourages Sussman to make arrangements for some of the horses to be adopted.

Any horses not adopted or returned to Sussman by Dec. 1 will be sold at a public auction.

To help feed the horses, go to:

SD Dewey County Auditor Creates Way to Donate to Starving former Wild Horses

Action Alert from Equine Advocates

Please Sign our Petition Appealing to President Obama to End Horse Slaughter

Dear Friends,

Right now, we have once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stop the brutal slaughter of America’s wild and domestic equines by appealing directly to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to end this unspeakable practice before they leave office as part of their legacy. A few minutes of your time could be the difference between life or death for hundreds of thousands of horses annually. Our horses need you to be their voice in Washington. Time is of the essence. We are asking that you please Sign Our Petition.

During the tiny window of time known as “lame duck,” outgoing presidents have the ability to take special executive actions after their successors are elected — Presidential Pardons, Executive Orders, etc. The Obama Administration has already proven to be equine-friendly, and we need 100,000 signatures to present our petition to Obama and Biden after Election Day.

Rock legend Tom Petty and his wife, Dana, have signed the petition and shared it on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Facebook Page. Music icons Billy Joel and Graham Nash have also signed.

Will you join us and add your signature to END HORSE SLAUGHTER?

In addition to signing it yourself, please share this petition far and wide with your family, friends and colleagues.  

Thank you for your compassion and action. Together we can make a difference!


Susan Wagner, President  
Equine Advocates

Wild Horse Sanctuary Herd Impounded

Main story by Pat Raia as published on

“Good and Bad News.  Good News, the abuser will no longer be in charge of the care, or lack of care, of the former wild horses.  They will be fed, with your help, assessed and adopted out.  Bad News, there will be a time limit, allegedly, of December 1 where remaining horses will be auctioned off and that is when the kill buyers will circle and attempt to make a quick, bloody buck by selling the horses off to slaughter.

Yesterday, a letter allegedly from the State’s Attorney, Steve Aberle was circulated among the advocacy, it’s validity has yet to be verified but the sources have been trustworthy in the past:

The horses will not be returned to Karen without adequate guarantees that there will be adequate food, care, shelter and funds to maintain the horses.  This means that many or all of the horses will probably have to be adopted or sold at auction.  Dewey County and Ziebach County are not in a position to provide for long term care of the horses.

Any animals that are not adopted will be sold at auction.  This means that they will probably be purchased by those that will take the horses to slaughter.  We would prefer to not see this happen, so the Dewey County Sheriff is keeping a list o f people who are willing to adopt some of the horses.  If you or your organization is interested in preventing some of the horses from going to auction,  I would encourage you to contact the Dewey County Sheriff to let him know that you are interested in adopting horses if we reach that point.

The deadline for completing adoptions and proceeding to auction is December 1, 2016, so this does not leave a lot of time for those who want to adopt to step forward.


It is imperative that the horses be fed and there are several agencies/organizations set up to do so, likewise there are sanctuaries working in the background to find homes for the horses in question.  Please stay tuned, your help will be needed.” ~ R.T.

SD Dewey County Auditor Creates Way to Donate to Starving former Wild Horses

“Sussman voluntarily agreed to the impoundment, court records said…”

57ef2233a898e-imageAuthorities in two South Dakota counties have impounded hundreds of horses residing at a wild horse sanctuary operated by the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB). The impoundment is part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of maltreatment at the facility.

Earlier this month former ISPMB employee Colleen Burns accused sanctuary operator Karen Sussman of maltreating horses at the facility and alleged that 30 animals had died of malnutrition. Sussman denied the accusations.

A representative for the Dewey County, South Dakota, Sheriff’s Department said an investigation was underway.

On Oct. 11, Dewey County State’s Attorney Steven Aberle and Ziebach County State’s Attorney Cheryl Laurenz-Bigue appeared before Circuit Court Judge Jerome Eckrich to request that the mustangs, burros, and other horses at the sanctuary be placed in the care of county law enforcement authorities, court records said.

Eckrich ruled that there was “good cause for the immediate impoundment of all” equids at the facility and ordered the animals living at ISPMB be immediately placed in the custody of both counties’ law enforcement agencies.

“The animals were placed in the care of the Dewey and Ziebach counties sheriffs’ departments because ISPBM was located in the two counties,” Aberle said.

Sussman voluntarily agreed to the impoundment, court records said.

Eckrich’s order states that the animals will continue to reside on ISPMB property, but Sussman will be relieved of their care.

“The Dewey County and Ziebach County Sheriffs shall purchase sufficient (feed) for said animals and shall employ any and all persons and equipment they determine necessary for the care for said animals,” court records said.

Sussman was unavailable for comment.

Aberle said the exact number of horses in the impounded herd remains unknown, pending an assessment.

“The (animals’) condition is also being assessed,” Aberle said.

No charges have been filed in the case, he said.

Major Victory for Wild Horses – Federal Appeals Court Denies Wyoming’s Appeal Against Wild Horses

Source: Carol Walker as published on

“This is a major precedential victory that will have important implications for federal wild horse policy for decades to come,”

For Immediate Release

View online here.

Major Victory for Wild Horses: Federal Appeals Court Tosses State of Wyoming’s Anti-Mustang Lawsuit


DENVER, CO (October 11, 2016) . . . Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the State of Wyoming against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeking the removal of hundreds of wild horses from public lands across the state. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom, Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and wild horse photographer Kimerlee Curyl were granted the right to intervene in the case and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against the BLM.

At issue in the case, first filed in 2014, were wild horses in the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek, Stewart Creek, Fifteenmile and Little Colorado Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming.

The Tenth Circuit held, “We reject the State’s arguments… the [Wild Horse] Act does not define the phrase “appropriate management level” and thus does not equate it with any requirement to remove excess animals from a particular HMA… the BLM is under no statutory duty to remove animals from the seven HMAs at issue.”

“This is a major precedential victory that will have important implications for federal wild horse policy for decades to come,” said Bill Eubanks of the public interest law firm Meyer, Glitzenstein and Eubanks, which represented the intervenors in this case.

“The appellate court has clearly affirmed two important issues – first that wild horse populations in excess of the BLM’s arbitrarily established ‘appropriate’ management levels do not equate with overpopulation, and second that the BLM is not required to remove wild horses from the range even if it determines an overpopulation exists,” Eubanks continued. “Rather the agency has broad discretion to implement other management approaches, including implementation of fertility control to humanely reduce population growth rates and reduction in livestock grazing within HMAs.”

Eubanks said that this precedential decision will impact similar pending cases at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in U.S. District Court in Utah, and should serve as a deterrent to other states, including Nevada, considering litigation to compel the federal government to round up and remove thousands of wild horses from Western public lands.

The State of Wyoming lawsuit sought the removal of hundreds of wild horses from public lands in Wyoming, a state in where just 6,500 wild horses remain on 3.2 million acres of BLM-managed land. By contrast, hundreds of thousands of domestic cattle and sheep graze 18 million acres of BLM land in the state. Put another way, wild horses are present in Wyoming on just 2 percent of the BLM land grazed by livestock.

Eubanks is also representing the groups on separate litigation involving the BLM’s decision to wipe out wild horses from the Wyoming Checkerboard, a two million acre area of public and private land in the southern part of the state. The groups are awaiting a Tenth Circuit decision on a 2014 lawsuit and have filed new litigation challenging the BLM’s plan to conduct another Wyoming Checkerboard roundup, beginning as early as October 18.

Nancy Watson, Pres. of SAFE Food SAFE Horses Coalition, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 10/12/16)


Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, Oct. 12, 2016

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Listen to the archived show (HERE!)

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nancy-on-the-mallNancy Watson on the Mall in Washington D.C.

Our guest is Nancy Watson, President of SAFE Food SAFE Horses Coalition, representing 1.75 million members in support of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act from coalition partners. Nancy was raised in a Standardbred racing family, and immersed herself in advocating for a ban on horse slaughter after she learned that the fiscal budget had been altered to allow for USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. in 2011.

The SAFE Food SAFE Horses Coalition has been raising worldwide awareness to the loopholes in U.S. legislation that allows U.S. equines (horses, donkeys, mules and burros) which are laden with pharmaceuticals, into the global food supply, and a “public hearing” on the wild horses to dispel myths and bring the truth to light.

On Sept. 22 & 23, 2016, the SAFE Food SAFE Horses Coalition held a rally in front of the USDA building in Washington D.C., where UN Members of CODEX were attending a food safety meeting at the USDA to discuss veterinary drug residue in the global food supply. The SAFE Food SAFE Horses Coalition wanted to make sure the UN members knew that the U.S. is responsible for the slaughter pipeline which results in toxic horsemeat around the globe.

SAFE Food SAFE Horses Coalition rally in Washington D.C. (R.T. Fitch, Freddie Hudson, John Holland and Cameron Harsh in the center, with advocates)group-pic-from-usda-rally



SAFE Food SAFE Horses Coalition Rally shown in Times Square, New York City

This show will be hosted by R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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Where Have All the Wolves, Cougars, and Wild Horses Gone?

By Geri Vistein as published on/in The Mother Earth News

“Our landscape is covered with a monoculture of cows, who are displacing our magnificent wildlife…”

There is an old tale that has been passed down about a frog, who was living in the bottom of a dark well. One day, a toad came and peered down at the frog. He asked, “Why do you remain down there in the darkness? If you climb out of the well, there is a whole new world out here for you to see?”

So the frog did so, and discovered what he had been missing in the darkness.*

Plight of Wild Mustangs and Keystone Predators

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

These icons of our nation’s history endure the ongoing cruel roundups by helicopters, forcing them out of their remote refuges and into holding pens. They are no longer free. At this time there are 45,000 of these wild animals being held by the the Bureau of Land Management. Many die along the way, small foals trampled and adults collapse in exhaustion and terror.

Why? It is the story of the frog in the well. As a society we are acting like that frog — just comfortable remaining in the darkness. Not wanting to find another way to share the land with those who were here before us, and have a right to be here for sure; preferring to grab up all the land for oneself, even the land that belongs to all Americans — public land. Our landscape is covered with a monoculture of cows, who are displacing our magnificent wildlife.

I remember when I was participating in research in the Mission Mountains of Montana, my fellow researcher and I came upon a whole herd of cows high up in these mountains, in a very remote area. There were no people around, only the cows, and it seemed so, so unnatural a situation. Even in this remote wild area of a National Forest — they were there. When one experiences this personally, there is a sense of the “unnaturalness” of this situation. There were no wildlife to be seen anywhere.

So why is this government agency rounding up our wild mustangs and burros? First of all, a trust has been broken with these wild beings. They have been pushed to remote areas far too small for them to graze environmentally. The cows have taken their land.

So does rounding them up and keeping them in pens, costing the taxpayer millions upon millions of dollars a year fix their “overpopulation” in shrunken habitats? No!

Will planning all forms of inhumane birth control efforts fix it? No!

Conservation Biology for an Informed ‘Land Mechanism’

In my work as a biologist, it is my goal that I never focus on the problem, but instead move on to seek viable solutions and keep my eyes on how we want it to be, not how it is.

So now back to our frog’s story. We need to climb out of the darkness into the light. The words of Aldo Leopold are so appropriate here: “The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: What good is it? If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not.”

And that land mechanism Leopold spoke of is all about the predator-prey relationship. All these places where the wild Mustangs live, wolves are not being allowed to inhabit, and cougars are being aggressively killed.  So if you were a wild Mustang, what would you choose — living with your predators, or being violently chased into miserable holding pens, your freedom taken from you, your families destroyed, and an unknown and painful future at the hands of humans?

Let us come out of the well! Let the wolves, cougars and wild Mustangs find that balance together. Let us allow the wisdom of Nature to create the balance, but also let us share the land.

Is it really all that hard to climb out of the well?

*You can see the frog story told in the wonderful film Mao’s Last Dancer.

Geri Vistein is a conservation biologist whose work focuses on carnivores and our human relationships with them. In addition to research and collaboration with fellow biologists in Maine, she educates communities about carnivores and how we can coexist with them. You can find her at Coyote Lives in Maine, and read all of Geri’s MOTHER EARTH NEWS posts here.

Update: Celebrities Join Equine Advocates in Asking Obama to Stop Horse Slaughter, Forever

Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers, has publicly posted on Facebook that he supports and has signed the petition to President Obama to stop horse slaughter once and for all,

tompettyheartbreakersTom & Dana have signed this petition to end the unethical treatment and slaughter of horses. They urge you to help–horse meat is toxic!”

Likewise, Billy Joel and Graham Nash have added their support to Equine Advocates and other groups in asking for an Executive Action to put an end to the barbaric and predatory business of horse slaughter, won’t you add your name to the growing list of Americans who want to ensure the future safety and welfare of American Equines?

(The Board of Directors of Wild Horse Freedom Federation have signed and fully endorse this action)

Barack Obama: Obama/Biden: End the Slaughter of America’s Horses

Dear Horse Lovers and Advocates,

Susan Wagner, of Equine Advocates, and Mariclare ~ photo by Karen Wagner

Susan Wagner, of Equine Advocates, and Mariclare ~ photo by Karen Wagner

My name is Susan Wagner. I am the president of Equine Advocates, the national non-profit equine protection organization I founded in 1996.

I am reaching out to you to for your help to end horse slaughter by directly appealing to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. We need to gather over 100,000 signatures by Election Day in order for this appeal to get to the President’s desk.  It is not only critical, but extremely urgent to accomplish this before the next president takes office.

In 1994, I rescued my first two horses from slaughter, Gandalf and Rain Man. That event literally changed the direction of my life. Gandalf passed away in 2003 at the age of 35. Rain Man, a Miniature Horse now 25, is still with me and is a permanent resident at our horse sanctuary in Chatham, NY. His story, along with the ones of all of the others here, are daily reminders to me of why we do the work we do, and why it so important now more than ever to finally end horse slaughter.

Slaughtering equines for food is a serious threat to food safety, human health and consequently, extremely unethical. We now have scientific studies, irrefutable evidence, and factual documentation that horse meat is not only toxic, but it has entered our food chain. A landmark study published in Elsevier in 2010, clearly documents the serious health risks for people who eat the meat of equines treated with the common drug, Phenylbutzone or “Bute.” Here is a link to that study:

However, most injectable, oral and topical medications administered to equines have this warning on the packaging, “Not intended for horses bred for human consumption.” The fact is that NO EQUINE is bred for human consumption in this country. Consequently, all wild and domestic equines should be removed from the food chain entirely and not just because the meat is unsafe but also because of the risks of food fraud. A 2015 Chapman University Study, also published in Elsevier, documented the presence of horse meat in some chopped meat products in the American food supply

Both President Obama and Vice President Biden are very well aware of the exposure, liability and all the reasons why horse slaughter should be banned. We believe that they have the ability to do what Congress has refused or been unable to do for years, which is to stop this unsavory and un-American practice once and for all.

It is extremely disappointing that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have chosen known horse slaughter proponents among their appointments to serve in their respective administrations, despite the fact that horse slaughter is opposed by the vast majority of Americans. Secretary Clinton has had an excellent voting record on animals and is on record as opposing horse slaughter, so her choice of former Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar to head her Transition Team is nothing short of mystifying. Donald Trump has no voting record as he has never held office before, but if elected, his list of individuals to serve on his “Agricultural Advisory Committee” is so disturbing that it’s like a Who’s Who of horse slaughter supporters. Among the most dangerous is Lucas Oil owner, Forrest Lucas. He runs the pro-horse slaughter/pro-puppy mill PAC, Protect the Harvest and is on Trump’s short list for Interior Secretary. Here is Trump’s proposed list for his Agricultural Advisory Committee:

Special interests in the horse and ranching industries have blocked legislation to ban horse slaughter for years. Now in the battle to protect the lives of America’s horses, we have the ammunition we need to win this war.  You can access this material in my new article, “In the Race for the Presidency, America’s Horses Could Be the Biggest Losers.”

President Obama now has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add the end of horse slaughter to his legacy. The lives of America’s wild and domestic equines depend on it.

Together we can make a difference to stop equine slaughter now. Please sign this petition and help to share and forward it far and wide so that we can reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by Election Day.

Time is of the essence!

With sincerest thanks,

Susan Wagner, President
Equine Advocates

This petition will be delivered to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

Important Links Related to this Petition:

Full Article:
“In the Race for the Presidency, America’s Horses Could Be the Biggest Losers.”

Horse Slaughter Fact Sheet

Feel Good Sunday: Video Donkey Love

“With the entire World suffering from an intensely serious and chronic ‘Stupid Plague’ what better way to gain a little relief and revitalize ourselves than by spending a little bit of time enjoying the magic and wonder of baby donkeys.  From running about enjoying life just for the sake of sheer joy to finally having one’s batteries wear out and falling asleep just about as intensely as running about and playing.  Either the switch is on wide open or it is off, full stop.

As a special closure we have added a short vid on the magic of a donkey’s voice, there’s nothing like it.  Enjoy!” ~ R.T.