The Audacity of Horse Killers & How They Could Win

Magnificent Nelson, rescued Wild American Mustang, © Photo by Terry Fitch

By Susan Wagner, Pres. of Equine Advocates

It is quite unbelievable that in the midst of all the turmoil taking place in our country now due to natural disasters that horse slaughter proponents in the House of Representatives and the special interests from whom they take their marching orders would move to satisfy their deadly agendas by voting to kill the more than 46,000 healthy Wild Horses and Burros being held captive in BLM holding facilities.

The Stewart Amendment, inserted in the House Omnibus Bill by Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, allows for the killing and sale “without regulation or limitation” (meaning to slaughter) of Wild Horses and Burros, thus removing any remaining federal protections they have.

The only hope left for these animals is for the U.S. Senate to act to protect them by passing the Udall-Graham Amendment. Senators Tom Udall of New Mexico and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina will introduce this amendment during the mark-up session of the Interior Appropriations Bill which would prevent the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from going through with these murderous acts.

This is literally now a matter of life and death for these animals and the last chance to stop the pro-horse slaughter factions of our government from carrying out their heinous agendas which also includes the return of horse slaughter to U.S. soil.

What We All Must Do:

• Please call and fax the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee asking that they vote for the Udall-Graham Amendment. Emails are not effective at all. Faxing and following up by calling them are the most effective ways to reach these members. Please see the full listing of the members below.
• Fax and call your own two U.S. Senators even if they are not on the Appropriations Committee and ask them to support the Udall-Graham Amendment. Tell them that you want America’s Wild Horses and Burros to be protected and preserved, not slaughtered, killed, “euthanized” or sold “without regulation or limitation” which means, slaughter! Also tell them that you oppose the return of horse slaughter to the United States and support a permanent ban on this horrendous practice.

(FYI – There are free online faxing services that you can use including Fax Zero and Got Free Fax.)

I know this is a lot to ask, especially during this time of national crisis. However, those who are committed to destroying America’s last remaining Wild Horses and Burros will stop at nothing until these animals are extinct. They do not care about anything except the greed that drives them. They want the horses gone and they want to be able to slaughter any wild or domestic equine at will despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter and support the preservation and protection of our Wild Horses and Burros.

Thank you for taking action. Stay tuned for new developments.

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

PHONE & FAX NUMBERS

(CHAIR) Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) 202-224-5054   202-224-9450
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) 202-224-5744   202-224-3416
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-6665   202-224-5301
Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) 202-224-4843   202-228-1371
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841   202-228-3954
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) 202-224-4041   202-224-9750
Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) 202-224-5042   202-228-3075
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 202-224-3041   202-228-0285
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HW) 202-224-3934   202-228-1153
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) 202-224-2152   202-228-0400
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) 202-224-6521   202-228-6966
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KS) 202-224-2541   202-224-2499
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) 202-224-4623   202-228-0447
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) 202-224-2523   202-224-2693
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) 202-224-4654   202-228-0629
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) 202-224-5721   202-224-8149
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) 202-224-2644   202-224-8594
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) 202-224-2651   202-228-1236
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 202-224-2841   202-228-3194
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) 202-224-2551   202-224-7999
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) 202-224-5754   202-228-1015
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) 202-224-3753   202-228-3997
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) 202-224-4642   202-224-4680
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944   202-228-3398 (Big Pro-Horse Slaughter Supporter)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 202-224-0238   202-224-3479
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621   202-224-0238
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) 202-224-5653   202-224-9787
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) 202-224-6472   202-224-7665
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) 202-224-3954  202-228-0002

Please only call Senators Udall and Graham to thank them for the Udall-Graham Amendment:

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) 202-224-6621   202-228-3261                                                                                                                                           Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972   202-224-3808

Georgia offers help for horses being evacuated from Florida

Source:  womenofageridinghorses

Excerpt:

Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter

Starting Thursday morning GNFA is offering 350 stalls on a first come, first serve basis. No need to call ahead but have a back up plan should the facility reach capacity by the time you arrive.

There is on-site camping available for those sheltering a horse at the facility. Three bags of shavings per stall will be available at the time of move in, but owners will be responsible for feed, hay and tack to care for the animals. Local feed stores are available for those unable to bring necessary items. Evacuees are welcome until it is safe for you to return home.

“We hope that by offering these stalls to evacuees to house their animals, will help give them a sense of peace and security,” said Philip Gentry, the livestock and youth director at the Perry facility.

Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter
401 Larry Walker Pkwy. • Perry, Georgia • I-75 Exits 134 & 135

Georgia International Horse Park

Built for the 1996 Olympics, GIHP has become a regional mainstay for equestrian events in the South. While there are shows scheduled at the facility in coming weeks, there are stalls available for those evacuating Hurricane Irma. The GIHP is happy to offer help and asks that you call ahead for stabling 770-860-4190.

Georgia International Horse Park
1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA 30013, Conyers, GA 30013

More Options

The Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website provides a list of licensed stables accepting evacuations

Be Safe, Be Careful and Don’t Wait.

 

Happy Labor Day! And remember the horses & burros that have labored for mankind…

We hope you’re all relaxing and spending time with your loved ones on Labor Day.

Source:  horseandman.com

PIT PONIES

Excerpts:

Since mine shafts were small and had a low ceiling, it made sense to put smaller ponies into play here. At the height of Pit Pony usage in 1913, there were 70,000 working in the mines. As of 1984, there were 55 still in service. The last pony, Robbie, retired in 1999.

It is true that most of them were employed by the British and Australians, but they were employed in the US as well. Mr. Wikipedia says they weren’t, but I read several accounts of native pit ponies here in the US…

PIT PONY REQUIREMENTS

Well, of course they needed to be small yet hearty.  Ceilings were low and the roads were rough and steep.  Consequently, ponies had to be full bodied, large boned and short.  A kind temperament was preferred and sure-footedness a must.   So, Shetlands and the Sable Island Ponies were the popular breeds.

Ponies were mostly raised IN the mines so they didn’t rebel against the conditions (nice).  However, they weren’t put to work until they were 4 years old.  Most ponies were retired in their late teens.

“Stable conditions were very important and much was done to tend to the comfort of these animals and lengthen their term of usefulness. In the stable, the height of the roof was to be seven feet when a five-foot horse was in use. It should be able to raise its head and relax its muscles because it had to work all day carrying its head low. Ventilation was to be arranged so that the direct current would not strike the horses. As little wood as possible was used in the construction of the stables to lessen the chance of fire. All stables were well drained with pipes and well whites washed for sanitary purposes.??The stableman usually shod the horses with shoes made on the surface. Sometimes, a ferrier went into the mine when a higher degree of shoeing skill was required. He would take the measurements underground and make the shoes on the surface.It was desirable that the horse have only one driver who would take more pride in the animal and so that they might both understand one another. It is true that a horse’s disposition was spoiled when drivers were changed.??The roadways were to be kept in the best possible condition to prevent accidents. The roof was also to be carefully brushed to rid it of protruding booms and rocks that might cause head injury to the horse.The horses were taken below ground in a cage or were walked into the slope mines on the footpath. Their daily working shift was normally the same as a man’s and drivers did not like their ponies to be double-shifted. When the animal got older, their work period was usually reduced to four hours. They generally stayed below ground for approximately five years, unless killed or maimed, and then they were either moved or replaced.”

Read the whole article HERE.

Horse Owners, Rescuers Surveying Harvey’s Impact

Source:  thehorse.com

Evacuated horses are still being housed in safe locations away from the flood waters.  Photo: Courtesy Jerry Finch

by Pat Raia

While rains associated with Hurricane Harvey have ceased, flooding continues to challenge horse owners in and around Houston and Galveston, Texas. Meanwhile Louisiana horse owners are preparing to cope with the storm’s slow northeastward trek.

Last week Hurricane Harvey stalled in Texas dousing Corpus Christi, Houston, and Galveston with more than 50 inches of rain that overflowed rivers and creeks and flooded cities and surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Some owners evacuated horses before the storm inundated their homes, but even those on higher ground are facing challenges, said Jerry Finch, of Habitat for Horses, near Galveston. In addition to its own horses, is Habitat for Horses is housing some horses evacuated from flood zones.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Horses Allowed Stabling at Sam Houston Race Park to Escape Harvey

Source:  texashillcountry.com

At 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway near Willowbrook Mall in northwest Houston sits the Sam Houston Race Park, a place where people go to bet on horses races that are simulcasted and take place on site. Many Houstonians have also visited the Race Park to see concerts at the track. But now, the Race Park has another function – it’s housing horses who needed safe stabling away from flooding.

Click2Houston.com writes that starting on Friday, the Race Track asked those who needed to drop off their horse to come to the gate and call for assistance. From there, security would help get the person’s horse set up in a stable (up to 100 are available). Water was provided by the Race Track, so horse owners just needed to bring “a stable gate, food, bedding, and buckets.”

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Animal Emergency Preparedness for those in the path of Hurricane Harvey

This probably isn’t your first rodeo, but we’re still going to post this for our friends in the path of floods and high winds. – Debbie

Source:  Thehorse.com

Texans Should Prepare for Flooding, High Winds from Harvey

With the probability of extensive rain and high winds throughout much of the state from the resurgence of Hurricane Harvey, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts are asking Texans to take measures to prepare their houses, farms, and ranches for what could come.

“We’re expecting Harvey to bring a lot of rain and flooding over a large area of the state and as he intensifies, some strong winds as well,” said Andy Vestal, MEd, PhD, AgriLife Extension specialist in emergency management, in College Station. “The storm system may also spur tornadic activity.” Vestal said people in both urban and rural areas of the state should take steps to prepare for what could come from this storm system to minimize damage and reduce the impact of its aftermath.

He said the Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (Texas EDEN) at texashelp.tamu.edu has a variety of materials on disaster preparation and recovery.

Vestal said to avoid being trapped by a flood, it’s best to evacuate before flooding starts.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

How will horses and other animals react to the eclipse?

Source:  horsechannel.com

 2017 Eclipse Path of Totality
By Wolfgang Strickling – Eclipse 2017 Android App, Geodata from OpenStreetMap, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

By Leslie Potter

Total Eclipse of the Horse

Your horse is unlikely to take much notice of next week’s eclipse, but some animals might behave strangely when the sky goes dark.

What’s going on at your barn on a typical Monday around 2:30 in the afternoon? At my barn, there will be a lesson or two going on in the arena and we’ll be getting ready to do the afternoon feeding. This coming Monday, however, we’ll all stop what we’re doing to put on funny looking glasses and stare straight at the sky.

For months, everyone has been talking about the rare total eclipse that will make its way across the U.S. on Monday, August 21. The path of totality (a fantastic sci-fi-sounding term if I’ve ever heard one) spans a diagonal path across the continent beginning in Depoe Bay, Oregon, at 10:17 a.m. local time and ending in Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:47 p.m. Those along the path will experience a total solar eclipse, meaning the moon will appear to completely block the sun. But even if you’re not in the path, most of North America will see some degree of eclipse.

(Unless it’s a cloudy day. Then you’ll just see very dark clouds.)

The path of totality clips the southwestern corner of Kentucky. Here in Lexington, we’ll have a 95 percent eclipse. How will that affect the equine residents of the Horse Capital of the World? As previously mentioned, their human handlers might stop what they’re doing to don eye protection (hopefully) to stare at the sky. So they’ll have to deal with that.

For those in the path of totality, daylight will quickly dim to twilight. The temperature could drop approximately five degrees Fahrenheit. While it won’t be as sudden or startling a change as when, say, the power goes out in the indoor arena during your evening riding lesson, your horse might react to the change in light and temperature. You know, unless he’s too busy grazing.

How Animals Respond to an Eclipse

According to National Geographic, there are accounts of cows returning to the barn during an eclipse, as if the sun were setting. During a 2001 eclipse, Giraffes foraging near a watering hole reportedly stopped eating and started running around during the darkness, then resumed their normal grazing routine when the light returned.

Other species might share the human trait of stopping and gawking. Dr. Douglas Duncan, director of the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado, tells TIME that he witnessed a group of dolphins and whales silently surface during a total eclipse near the Galapagos Islands in 1998.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

Saving vulnerable equines from a deadly fate

Source: Register-Star

Susan Wagner, president of Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary, stands with Pensacola Pete, a donkey that was rescued by the organization in 2015.

CHATHAM – After 15 years working in the horse racing industry, Sue Wagner rescued her first horse from slaughter in 1994.

Since then, she has not looked back.

“I couldn’t handle it,” she said. “I just thought to myself, ‘If a horse becomes injured – whether by racing or being used for rides – that is no reason to send them to the slaughterhouse.’”

Two years later, she founded Equine Advocates, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

“I decided I wanted to use my experience toward helping horses that were treated inhumanely,” she said. “I saw that a lot of the horses in the horse industry – not just racing, but all other horse industries – were sent to the slaughterhouse after they outlived their use.”

In 2004 she established Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary, located at 3212 State Route 66 in Chatham. The 140-acre sanctuary now offers shelter to 80 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, most of which were rescued from slaughter, abuse and/or neglect.

At the sanctuary, every horse has a story, and every horse represents an industry where they have been exploited, killed inhumanely, abandoned or neglected.

“We rescued quite a few from slaughter and placed many not just at our own place, but in other organizations all over the country,” Wagner said. “All of these horses, or most of them, were rescued from terrible situations. The horses that are coming here are horses that have nobody to speak for them. The horses that we have that are slaughter-bound, abandoned, some of them were seized by police in cruelty cases.”

There’s Bobby II Freedom, a former New York City carriage horse that was rescued from slaughter in a kill pen in New Holland, Pennsylvania, in 2010. He has permanent scars on his throat latch and muzzle, and wears special shoes to keep his balance, Wagner said.

And there’s Pensacola Pete, a donkey that was abandoned by ranchers and found walking alongside the road in Pensacola, Florida, in 2015.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

European Horse Meat Food Fraud Scandal Explodes Again With the Arrest in Spain of a Dutchman Masterminding a New Illegal Horse Meat Operation!

Source:  Equine Advocates

As we continue to supply new information about the dangers, criminal activity and food fraud involved with the slaughter of equines for human consumption both in the U.S. and abroad, you must realize that all of these incidents are very much intertwined and connected. Please use this information to build your respective cases and arguments to your Members of Congress to stop the return of horse slaughter to this country.

This is a very critical time as we have been explaining and documenting for months. Right now, forces are in motion to reverse the defunding of horse meat inspectors and reopen horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. As we all know, there have been a million distractions by politicians and special interest groups to keep everyone’s eyes off the ball on a myriad of issues. Horse slaughter is one of them. We cannot be taken off guard, but that is exactly what these callous and greedy individuals are hoping for.

Please read this article and use it. Horse meat has been found in some chopped meat products in the American food supply as documented in a 2015 study by Chapman University. That is just the tip of the iceberg!  –  Equine Advocates

Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

Man at centre of 2013 horse meat scandal arrested for masterminding new large-scale operation

Convicted food fraudster Jan Fasen was arrested for masterminding a new illegal horse meat distribution network.

Horse meat is eaten regularly by many Europeans

by Josh Robbins

A Dutchman at the centre of the 2013 European horse meat scandal has been arrested in Spain accused of masterminding another illegal horse meat operation.

Jan Fasen was one of 25 people arrested in Spain, on 4 April, allegedly involved in large-scale horse-meat fraud, supplying food for human consumption in Belgium, Italy, Romania, the Netherlands and France.

Spanish authorities say Fasen is the ringleader of the syndicate, which allegedly slaughtered stolen and sick horses before sending them into the food chain, El Pais reports.

Police claim the gang forged documents to pass off ordinary domesticated and wild horses as those specifically farmed for meat production (abastos).

Read the rest of this article HERE.

 

 

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.