Fighting Wildlife Crime amid Bureaucracy and Solutions

In 2016, a Minnesota man was found guilty of smuggling objects made from elephant ivory.

SOURCE:  PPJ Gazette

by Sam Jojola

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Background

“This article was originally published for World Animal News in November, 2015 and titled “Wildlife Crimes: Why Is It So Difficult to Enforce Laws”. This is an updated version that includes reference to a 2016 GAO report detailing the shortcomings and successes of combating wildlife trafficking. It often seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are some positive changes, but they are slow.”

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Global Anti-Poaching Act of 2015

The passage of the Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494) through the House on June 25, 2015 was long overdue and very encouraging news for wildlife law enforcement. It will greatly assist in addressing the rapid expansion of wildlife criminal syndicates and terrorist groups globally. Finally, after decades of “paralysis by analysis” there is some political motivation in the U.S. to deal with the exponential growth of wildlife crime here and around the world. Why has it taken so long?

The most recent GAO report dated September, 2016 titled Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Agencies are taking a range of actions but the task force lacks performance targets for assessing progress: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679968.pdf

Perhaps there will be another GAO report this year to show measurable progress.

Layers of bureaucracy and political meddling

When one examines the primary agency responsible for investigating wildlife crimes on the federal level, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement (USFWS/OLE) has been and is the lead entity to do so. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is primarily a biological entity under the umbrella of the Department of the Interior that oversees a host of at least nine (9) agencies, like the U.S. Park Service (USPS), the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to name a few. The USFWS/OLE is just one of fifteen (15) National programs managed by USFWS. In essence many layers of government within the Department of the Interior which is not a law enforcement entity like the Department of Justice. Other law enforcement agencies like the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, and the Secret Service, are not under the umbrella of a non-law enforcement entity that can sometimes run political interference and impede wildlife investigations and protection.

There are a number of glaring examples over the decades where political meddling by high level non-law enforcement leaders were persuaded by the interests of well-connected trophy hunters or landowners to “bend the rules” and give a seized hunting trophy back or not pursue an investigation into violations of federal wildlife laws. You won’t find these examples on the Internet as they are buried in the minds of former agents like myself or in obscure articles from the 1980’s and 1990’s hidden in library archives or this amazing October, 1996 29 page account from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER): https://www.peer.org/assets/docs/whitepapers/1996_tarnished_trophies.pdf

Here is a more recent account of a colleague of mine who was forced into retirement several years ago after he reported political interference and scientific misconduct in USFWS: http://www.hcn.org/articles/u-s-fish-and-wildlife-whistleblower-retaliation-case-raises-questions#commenting.

Just Google “USFWS political meddling into wildlife science based decisions” and a disturbing pattern of pages emerge over the years where politics overrides the protection of key species such as Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Wolverines and other species of concern.

Historical Neglect of Federal Wildlife Law Enforcement

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Russ Mead, Esq., V.P. and General Counsel of Animal Law Coalition, talks about wild horses & burros and advocacy, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio (Wed., 9/6/17)

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Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

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Our guest tonight is RUSS MEAD, Esq., the Vice President & General Counsel of Animal Law Coalition, a 501(c)4 that lobbies for legislation in support of animal welfare. Its mission is to advocate for animals to live free of cruelty and neglect. His legislative advocacy work includes grass roots organizing, lobbying, and media promotion.  Russ talks about wild horses & burros and advocacy.

Russ has served as General Counsel for two of the nation’s leading non-profit animal sanctuaries: Best Friends Animal Society, the largest no kill companion animal sanctuary in the U.S. and Farm Sanctuary, the first farm animal sanctuary in the U.S. At Best Friends, Russ set up the rescue operation compound for hurricane Katrina where 6,000 animals were rescued. His work has included rescues from animal hoarders, puppy mills and dog fighting cases, including the Michael Vick case.

Russ is married to Laura Allen, who is also an animal rights attorney and President of Animal Law Coalition. Together they have the Seattle based law firm of Allen & Mead. Russ and Laura balance this law practice with their animal rights and animal welfare work.

See Russ Mead’s paintings on russmead.com

This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

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Keep calling Congress TODAY (Sept. 6th) – Our Wild Horses & Burros Need Your Help Now!

SOURCE:  Wildhoofbeats.com

Wild Horses Rounded up at the Checkerboard Roundup in 2014

Wild Horses Rounded up at the Checkerboard Roundup in 2014

by Carol Walker, Dir. of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Congress is back in session and the 2018 Budget will be under consideration. Over 46,000 wild horses and burros currently in short term holding and long term holding plus over 46,000 right now still on public lands but deemed “excess” by the BLM are at risk of being killed or sent to slaughter.

Despite asserting the need to do this to save money, on 8/29 the BLM announced its decision to roundup and remove 1560 wild horses from the Checkerboard Area in Wyoming, a vast area of over 2.4 million acres. They will begin this removal on or after September 15 and will take 513 wild horses from Adobe Town, 725 from Salt Wells Creek and 322 from Great Divide Basin. These horses are doomed to be killed if the 2018 Budget passes as is.

Wild Family in Adobe Town

Wild Family in Adobe Town

Here is the Decision Record for the 2017 Checkerboard Roundup:

https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/74247/118694/144899/3.Decision_Record_8_29_17.pdf

We need your help NOW to stop the killing and slaughter of our wild horses and burros.

Please call your Senators and Representatives today and every day until the 2018 Budget is passed.

Find your Representatives here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Tell them I support the Titus-King-Polis Amendment to restore the prohibition on killing wild horses and burros

Tell them I support the Buchanon-Roybal-Allard-Royce-Blumenthal Amendment to prevent horse slaughter

Find your Senators here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Tell them I oppose any provision allowing BLM to kill wild horses and burros or sell them to someone who will

I oppose any attempt to remove sale restrictions on wild horses and burros

Checkerboard mare and foal

Checkerboard mare and foal

You can download this flyer here:

http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/TellCongresstoSTOP.pdf

Outfitter Tortures And Kills Horse Over 6 Hours

Source:  newsofthehorse.com

Forest Stearns torturing horse to death.

by Dale Williams

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – In a 6 hour ‘training’ session, local outfitter Forest Stearns, owner of Stearns Outfitters, tortured a horse until it died after it kicked at a farrier. Afterwards, as he was washing blood off a saddle, he explained to lifelong friend Robin Winters “The horse died of a [censored] heart attack. Are you happy now?”

Stearns, 63, was employing what some trainers believe to be the only way to break a horse’s spirit and train it.  The method involves tying a horse’s legs together and throwing it on the ground. Trainers freely admit, however, that Stearns went beyond training and was torturing the horse. “As a horseman with over 50 years of experience, both from the old school and the new, I view this method of training as unacceptable, unnecessary and cruel.  While not one to stick my nose into other people’s business, I couldn’t help but be troubled watching this video, and felt sorry for the horse,” Grant Golliher, author of Chasing a Dream: A Horseman’s Memoir, said. “Sometimes out of frustration and even desperation, we as humans resort to inhumane practices, some of which I was guilty of myself before I learned a better way.  Ignorance is usually the culprit.”

See the video and read the rest of the article HERE.

 

 

 

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ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE VS. U.S. FOREST SERVICE SIDELINED

Source:  PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility)

Map of Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Two Horses and a Mule Died of Dehydration in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves Forest

Washington, DC — An attempt to criminally prosecute U.S. Forest Service employees for acts of cruelty to animals resulting in the death of two horses and a mule has been dropped, according to court records posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).  The dismissals followed an assertion of federal sovereign immunity in order to block prosecution in state court.

More than most federal agencies, the U.S. Forest Service uses horses and mules in its daily operations. Consequently, care and maintenance of equine livestock is an important duty on many national forests.

But there was a major breakdown of those responsibilities on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona.  In May of 2016, two horses (named Snip and Diesel) and a mule (named Little Bit) were moved out of the forest’s corral to a place aptly called Rattlesnake Pasture, which had not been occupied by horses for at least a decade because it had no reliable water source.

The animals were left unattended for four weeks without water during the hottest time of the year, with temperatures in the area ranging from 105 to 112°F. In late June, someone finally checked and found all three animals dead from dehydration.

An internal Forest Service investigation produced a final “report” that was only one page long yet was a model of obfuscation. It concluded that:

“Contributing to this unfortunate outcome was a compilation of past practices, unknown policies, poor communication, failure of leadership, local fire conditions and accretion of duties to an inexperienced employee.”

In short, the Forest Service held no one to account. Greenlee County took a different view and in April 2017 filed nine misdemeanor animal cruelty counts stemming from the animals’ deaths against two Forest Service employees, including the district ranger (who has since retired) responsible for livestock care.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

BLM claims selling wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis was selling them to a “good home”

by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2017

On the Bureau of Land Management’s new website, on the Program Data page for the Wild Horse & Burro Program (under the Wild Horse and Burro Sales to Private Care tab), the BLM claims “It has been and remains the policy of the BLM, despite the unrestricted sales authority of the Burns Amendment, NOT to sell or send any wild horses or burros to slaughterhouses or to “kill buyers.”

The BLM claims “Wild Horses and Burros Sold to Good Homes” but then includes a total of 402 wild horses and burros sold in Fiscal Year 2012. (In this 402 total, 320 were horses and 82 were burros.)

BLM sale logs obtained by us in Freedom of Information Act requests indicate that in Fiscal Year 2012, the BLM sold 239 wild horses (almost 80% of the 320 horses that were sold) to kill buyer Tom Davis of La Jara, CO.  Many, if not all, of these wild horses went to slaughter in Mexico.

Does this look like a “good home” to you?

BLM states it has a policy not to sell wild horses and burros to kill buyers, but:

  1. On 1/11/12, Lester T. Duke (BLM Burns, Oregon) sent an email to BLM’s Bea Wade, regarding 50 sale authority horses, noting that a “large portion”of the mares were “possibly pregnant.” Lester asked if they should ship to long term holding or hold them at the corrals for sale. Bea responded that she forwarded the email to Sally Spencer. After a couple of more emails regarding this, Sally finally sent email on 2/23/12 that Tom Davis would purchase the horses, starting with the load of mares from Burns, Oregon. (About a week later, BLM sold Tom Davis 32 horses from the Burns, Oregon corrals.   19 of these horses were mares)
  2. On 4/19/12, Deanna Masterson, Public Affairs specialist for the BLM Colorado state office, sent an “Early Alert” email to “WO BLM/DOI Officials” (Jeff Krause, Leigh Espy, Helen Hankins, Steven Hall, Tom Gorey and Sally Spencer) that “The Colorado Department of Agriculture notified the BLM Colorado State Office of a Colorado Open Records request from David Phillips, a freelance journalist, for brand inspection and transfer paperwork for horses the BLM sold to Tom Davis of La Jara, Colorado. Phillips indicated he suspected Davis of selling these horses for slaughter to Mexico.”
  3. On 4/24/12, the BLM, alerted that Tom Davis was suspected of selling horses for slaughter, still sells 106 wild horses to Tom Davis.
  4. On 5/17/12, Sally Spencer sent out an email, marked “High” importance, to 21 people (Joe Stratton, Roger Oyler, Amy Dumas, Fran Ackley, Karen Malloy, Christopher Robbins, Jared Bybee, Robert Mitchell, Alan Shepherd, Rob Sharp, Robert Hopper, Gus Warr, June Wendlandt, Joan Guilfoyle, Mary D’Aversa, Dean Bolstadt, Jeff Krause, Tom Gorey, Debbie Collins, Lili Thomas, Bea Wade) and BLM_WO_260 WHB Communications, telling them a reporter was calling about Tom Davis. Spencer asked Joe Stratton to send out a message to all facility managers and the state leads to send a message out to all WHB Specialists that if they were asked “specifics” about a purchaser, they shouldn’t respond for privacy issues…”

If BLM personnel were so convinced that they sold the wild horses and burros to a “good home,” why all of the urgency and secrecy?

If the BLM truly believes these horses were sold to a “good home,” why isn’t Tom Davis’ photo featured on the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program page on the BLM’s new website, instead of the photo of the young blonde girl? After all, the BLM sold Tom Davis 1,794 wild horses and burros from 2008-2012.

If the BLM thinks they’re fooling us, they’re only fooling themselves.

All documents referenced above can be seen HERE.

Federal Bill to Ban Lethal Wildlife Poisons Introduced after Kids Exposed & Three Dogs Killed by M-44 “Cyanide Bombs”

Source:  Predatordefense.org

14-year-old Canyon from Idaho,
pictured with his best friend Kasey,
a 3-year-old lab. They are laying in
one of their favorite spots, behind
Canyon’s back yard, where he
accidentally triggered an M-44
“cyanide bomb” on March 16, 2017.
It killed his dog in front of him.

March 30, 2017 – This month three dogs were killed by M-44 “cyanide bombs” in Wyoming and Idaho. In both cases children were present and put at grave risk of poisoning. This is beyond unacceptable.

M-44s are indiscriminate sodium cyanide ejectors set by USDA Wildlife Services agents and local wildlife agencies for “predator control.” Details | Diagram There is no justifiable excuse for the use of M-44s. It is insane to set poison traps in the great outdoors.

We’ve been pressuring for an M-44 ban since 1990, collaborating with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oreg.). We are thrilled to announce that on March 30 Rep. DeFazio introduced the legislation we’ve been working on in Congress. The bill is called H.R. 1817, “The Chemical Poisons Reduction Act of 2017.” It would ban both lethal M-44 sodium cyanide devices and Compound 1080, which are used unnecessarily by government wildlife agents for predator control.

What we need now is your help to get this legislation passed into law. This is a nonpartisan, public safety issue, and there honestly are no valid arguments against banning wildlife poisons. Learn how to help

Background on March M-44 events

Early in March 2017 we began working with a family in Wyoming who went out for a beautiful pre-spring walk on the prairie–one they’d taken many times before–and lost two dogs in horrifying circumstances.

We’re also spreading the word about the other devastating event in Idaho, where a 14-year-old boy in Pocatello, Idaho accidentally set off an M-44 behind his back yard and watched helplessly as his dog died an excruciating death. The boy had to be hospitalized and is being closely monitored. He and his family are devastated and outraged. Here’s what our executive director, Brooks Fahy, had to say about this case in The Oregonian:

“[The] Idaho poisoning of a dog and the near poisoning of a child is yet another example of what we’ve been saying for decades: M-44s are really nothing more than land mines waiting to go off, no matter if it’s a child, a dog, or a wolf. It’s time to ban these notoriously dangerous devices on all lands across the United States.”

On March 28, 2017, we joined a coalition of environmental and wildlife groups asking for an immediate ban on M-44s in Idaho and removal of all existing devices in the state.

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Cash, a St. Louis carriage horse, was spooked and drowned with the carriage attached

This carriage horse drowning incident happened during the holidays, but it was so sad and horrific that we just couldn’t bring ourselves to post it at that time.  However, we do not want the life and tragic death of this horse to ever be forgotten.  Find out from the two organizations listed below what you can do to help stop this from ever happening again.  –  Debbie

Sources:  Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages   www.banhdc.org
Horses Without Carriages International     www.horseswithoutcarriages.org
carriage being removed from river
By Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages
This is one of the most devastating and hideous carriage horse accidents that we have heard about in a long time.  Although many of you are caught up in the Christmas season, you need to hear this.  A spooked horse drowned in the Missouri River on Wednesday night with his carriage still attached.  Although the article refers to it as a “freak accident” – there is nothing unusual about horses spooking and bolting – running for their lives.  Their ignorant handlers and the public do not recognize or understand that they are prey animals – regardless of their size – they can spook at the slightest provocation.  The politicians want to keep the “tradition,” animals be damned.
WE MUST STOP EXPLOITING ANIMALS.  You may not be guilty of this but you do see others who are – whether it is taking carriage rides, laughing at animals in circuses, wearing the fur of dead animals or eating them.  Let them know it is not OK.  These animals are not here to entertain them – they are enslaved and exploited for profit.
The carriage horses are not “work horses” – do not fall for this propaganda.  They are entertainment horses  – put to work in an unnecessary frivolous business.
Henry Beston, a writer and naturalist, eloquently said this about animals in the Outermost House, published in 1928,
For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

THE WAY THE ST. LOUIS INCIDENT WAS REPORTED:

There is not one word of compassion from the news announcers, reporters or the officials on the scene.  Way to go good folks of St. Louis and St. Charles.  Shame on all of you.
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A horse drowns in the Missouri River early Thursday morning after running loose in a parking lot.
After an evening of giving carriage rides, the horse’s handler was trying to put the 2,000-pound animal away for the night, but it somehow got spooked, officials say.
The horse ran loose through a parking lot, hitting multiple parked cars, then ran down a boat ramp.
St. Charles Fire Department Capt. Dan Casey says he believes the horse tried to stop when it saw it was headed for the water, but the carriage it was still pulling was too heavy.
Casey calls it a freak accident and says it took crews two to three hours to get the horse and carriage out of the Missouri River.
No one else was injured during the incident.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A horse pulling a carriage died after running into the Missouri River in St. Charles late Wednesday night.
According to officials, the horse’s handler was in the process of dismantling the carriage from the horse and putting it away when the horse got spooked.
“[The horse] took off and got away from the handler, ran through the parking lot, struck a couple vehicles,” said St. Charles Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Casey.
The horse died after going into the river.
Emergency crews had to call out a wrecker to help pull the 2,000 pound horse out of the icy waters.
“We’re not used to dealing with things that are nearly 2,000 pound,” Chief Casey said. “We get in our zodiacs, a light weight boat, not a whole lot we can do as far as lifting in the water. We had to think about it a little bit, put our heads together and talk with people who are familiar with this animal.”
No one was injured during the incident.
This is a more intelligent article but still no compassion for the horse.
A startled horse dragging a carriage dashed into the Missouri River along the St. Charles riverfront and drowned in the frigid water Wednesday night as handlers looked on, unable to help.
The horse was spooked about 9:45 p.m. when its handler from St. Louis Carriage Company removed a blinder from the horse’s eyes and prepared to put it on a trailer to take back to a barn, according to St. Charles Fire Chief Dan Casey. The Percheron draft horse took off running, pulling an empty carriage behind it. The carriage struck and damaged several vehicles in a parking lot near the Lewis and Clark Boat House before the horse ran down a ramp into the river.
Casey said the 13-year-old horse, named Cash, weighed between 1,800 to 2,000 pounds and was pulling a 1,400-pound carriage.
Greg Streeter, who owns St. Louis Carriage Company, said the horse saw the water and tried to stop or turn but slid into the river.
“We are mourning the loss of a family member,” he said. “It happened really fast. Within 30 seconds he was under and down.”
The horse died within minutes of going into the water due to the frigid temperatures, Casey said. The river was cold enough it carried chunks of ice on the surface.
Firefighters dressed in their cold weather suits went into the water and detached the horse from the carriage, he said. The horse was 40 feet from the ramp and under at least 15 feet of water.
“When we arrived the horse was already deceased under the water,” Casey said. “No one or animal would have survived in that cold or water.”
It took firefighters three hours to get the horse out of the water.
Streeter, the owner of the carriage company, said the incident was due to “a horrible mistake” by the handler. The handler should not have taken the blinder off before the horse was detached from the carriage, he said.
He said he preaches to his handlers about safety rules to prevent incidents such like this. He said he treats all of his horse as if they were his kids. His own children were there and watched in horror, he said.
“It is a pretty good hit in the gut for us right now,” he said.
He said he had owned Cash for about a decade.
“He was right in his prime,” he said. “He was a very good horse. It was so preventable.”
This article is more honest with the owner putting the blame where it belongs

Horse carriage owner says employee’s mistake led to horse drowning
ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Wednesday night’s carriage horse drowning in St. Charles did not have to happen, according to business owner Greg Streeter.
Streeter, who owns St. Louis Carriage Company, said the responsibility for the horse’s death is solely in the hands of the carriage operator.
“The first thing I wanted to know: 1) Was anybody hurt? 2) Was anybody in the carriage? 3) Where’s my horse? I was thinking that this was all not real,” he said.
Streeter said no one was hurt, but the horse, 13-year-old Cash, ran off with his carriage after giving rides on Main Street. Streeter believes Cash mistook the Missouri River for an open field and by the time the horse learned it was the river, the carriage was alreadydragging him down.
“We went down there and everybody was telling me what happened and I kind of knew what happened,” Streeter said.
Streeter said he preaches an important safety tip so much that his employees get sick of it: to disconnect the carriage before removing the bridle. He said his operator messed up the sequence and Cash may have thought he was free to play.
“That’s the most dangerous thing,” Streeter said. “If you take the bridle off the horse and you’re still connected because the horse has a weapon behind him. Damage can be done and you can hurt the horse and that’s what happened.”
Streeter realizes this may bring more heat in a petition drive to ‘Ban Horse Carriages in St. Louis.’ It`s almost reached its goal of 55,000 supporters, who describe endangered horses across the country.
“I pride myself in being really good and even in the heat of all that has happened in the last couple years,” Streeter said.
A different horse of Streeter’s ran off in downtown St. Louis in 2014. It ran down Market and back to Streeter’s barn. He said it was a different situation where the horse still had its bridal, but was spooked by a truck.
Horse carriage companies are not currently regulated because of a court fight involving another horse carriage company. Streeter said they should be regulated and that he would prefer that for the industry.
At present, the St. Louis Taxi Cab Commission is supposed to regulate horse carriage companies, but it’s currently powerless in the current court battle. The commission even tried to order another company shut down, but the courts have put a hold on everything.
PETITION: BAN HORSE CARRIAGES IN ST. LOUIS, MO
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NYC:  Anytime something like this happens, we send the information to the Mayor’s office and remind him of his promise to ban horse-drawn carriages.  We also ask them to at least enforce the street laws.  We are either ignored – or they will not accept responsibility and tell us to focus our anger elsewhere.
Mayor de Blasio is so afraid of losing union support that he has given them the upper hand  – allowing them to continue to lie about the “good union jobs” that do not actually exist.   His administration will not even see that the street laws are enforced.  He does not deserve to be reelected.  Anyone who is not good for their word is not worthy of our support.
See our last newsletter about Senator Tony Avella running for mayor.

 

Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages exposes lies about collapse of NYC carriage horse

Source:  Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

The horse that collapsed near Central Park   Photo:  NYCLASS

By Elizabeth Forel, President of Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages

Another New York City carriage horse collapsed on Feb. 21, but it did not come to the attention of the public until almost one week later.  Carriage drivers are not required to report accidents.

The horse’s owner claims that Max, the horse, was wearing new shoes and tripped — but eyewitnesses said the horse was breathing heavily before he collapsed. An industry vet examined Max, but too much time has passed to do an independent investigation.

Horses do not trip on pavement “all the time,” as claimed by the owner.  And even if this were true, then this is more reason not to have horses working the pavement of New York City.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made a campaign promise to end the inhumane horse carriage trade but allowed himself to be overpowered and bullied by the Teamsters and other unions who sought to align themselves with this failing business to show the nation that unions were still viable.  They threatened to withdraw support from the mayor and it worked.  Now we cannot even get the administration to enforce the street laws governing this business.

The term “fake news” had its beginnings with the local media about this business — talking outright lies about good union jobs, extensive oversight of city agencies, the bogus desire for the stable land; the minuscule number of horses who have died in the business; first-class stalls and stables; highly exaggerated financial contribution to the economy; safety a nonissue.

The fake news worked.  If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it as truth.

As it stands now, the administration is not transparent on this issue and will not even deal with those of us who criticize them. Sound familiar to what is happening in Washington, D.C.?

Our recourse?  Vote!  Make your voice heard in November.

 

 

 

Marjorie Farabee and Australian donkey advocate Andrea Jenkins discuss slaughter of donkeys in Australia to make Chinese fad drug ejiao, (Wed. 3/8/17) on Wild Horse & Burro Radio

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Wild_Horse_Burro_Radio_LogoJoin us on Wild Horse Wednesdays®, March 8, 2017

5:00 pm PST … 6:00 pm MST … 7:00 pm CST … 8:00 pm EST

Listen Live (HERE!)

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You can call in with questions during the 2nd half hour, by dialing (917) 388-4520, then pressing 1.

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Wild donkeys in the Top End of Australia ABC Rural: Matt Brann

Our guests tonight will be Marjorie Farabee, Dir. of Wild Burro Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Australian donkey advocate Andrea Jenkins, who is a member of Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary, and has been investigating the ejiao issue in Australia.

Donkey skins are used to produce a fad health and beauty tonic sold as a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) called ejiao, otherwise known as Colla corii asini. Millions of donkeys from Asia, Africa and South America are at risk of being stolen and slaughtered for their skins. Some sources report the demand in China alone to be 10 million skins per year.

The global demand for donkey skins is causing mass-scale suffering to donkeys and risking the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them.

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

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com, or call 320-281-0585

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