Horse Advocates Schedule Press Conference in Salt Lake City, October 29, 2012

Wild horses from Newark Valley waiting to be shipped to short term holding facilities in Fallon, NV and Gunnison Prison, Utah

October 26 2012

For Immediate release 


Contacts:
Simone Netherlands,
Respect4Horses
928-925-7212
Simone@Respect4Horses.com

R.T. Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom
Federation
800-974-3684
rtfitch@wildhorsefreedomfederation.org

Wild Horse & Burro Preservation Groups Announce Salt Lake City Press Conference to Call for Immediate Investigation of BLM “Slaughtergate” Allegations

Award winning Cinematographer Ginger Kathrens to join author R.T. Fitch and noted
equine advocate Simone Netherlands in a wild horse and burro advocates press
conference on October 29th during opening day of BLM’s Advisory Board Meeting.
Salt Lake City, UT (October 26. 2012) – The Cloud Foundation, Respect4Horses and Wild Horse Freedom Federation will hold a special press conference on the current state of America’s mismanaged wild horses and burros.

The groups are calling for a halt to all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups that are destroying the last of America’s wild herds at enormous and escalating taxpayer expense and an immediate investigation into credible allegations where stockpiled wild horses and burros are being sold to known kill buyers for eventual slaughter for human consumption abroad.

The media and the interested public are encouraged to attend this public press
conference at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown (215 West South Temple)
from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29th, 2012. The public press event will
take place on the opening day of the BLM’s controversial Wild Horse and Burro
Advisory Board meeting occurring, likewise, at the Radisson Hotel.

Currently the BLM has scheduled massive roundups of wild horses and burros
throughout the remainder of this calendar year. Remnant herds of wild horses and
burros live in 10 western states, including Utah, but their future is tenuous. The agency
responsible for their protection and preservation, the BLM, is managing them to
extinction. While the cruel and costly roundups continue, the BLM has no idea how
many wild horses remain in the wild while pumping tens of thousands of captured wild
horses and burros into both short and long term holding facilities. To date the BLM has
stockpiled more than 48,000 + wild horses and burros in costly government holding,
leaving millions of acres of legally designated wild horse and burro ranges empty.

Advocates are calling for the return of wild horses and burros to the 24 million acres of
designated lands cleared since 1971. Only 180 of the originally identified 339 herds
remain in the wild. Horse Welfare organizations estimate that currently we have less
than 20,000 wild horses and burros remaining wild and free. The BLM continues to
“zero out” herds each year without proper justification.

The groups, supported by advocates from coast to coast, will come together in Salt
Lake City to demand the BLM call off all scheduled roundups immediately while an
accurate and unbiased count is conducted as well as an investigation into the allegations of slaughter sales and the continued mismanagement of wild horses and
burros both in the wild and in captivity by the BLM and their hired contractors.

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the
protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands with
a focus on Cloud’s herd in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana.
http://www.thecloudfoundation.org

Respect4Horses (R4H) is a horse welfare organization whose goals include providing
information and documentation to educate the public, the media and legislators to
promote changes in legislation to address current horse welfare issues such as horse
slaughter and the roundups of our last remaining wild horses and burros.
http://www.respect4horses.com

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation
with federal 501(c)(3) status. WHFF puts people between America’s wild Equids and
extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose
documented agenda includes the eradication of wild horses and burros from public,
federal and state lands. http://www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org

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The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet on October 29 and 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Monday the meeting will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Tuesday the meeting will run from 8:00 am to noon.

You can watch the meeting via webcast and download the meeting materials at www.blm.gov/live.

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Rockville Picked For Horse Slaughtering Plant

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Why does history repeat itself? Why are we following SueTheFatOne around from State to State? Why are we always correcting the same old lies she tells?  When is she going to learn that wherever she goes, WE will follow her around and straighten everybody out – we are the 80% against horse slaughter!

Read on for the next chapter of SuetheFatOne’s next fairytale to those poor folks who think they can fix their own communities by building a horse slaughter plant?

BACKGROUND | FOX2NOW

ROCKVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A Wyoming-based company plans to build a horse-slaughtering plant in Rockville in western Missouri, after its first choice in southwest Missouri was met with fierce opposition from residents. Unified Equine Missouri announced Thursday that a former beef packing plant near Rockvile, about 100 miles south of Kansas City in Bates County, is being renovated, and the company expects to open the operation by the end of summer. It is expected to bring 50 jobs to a town with only 150 residents.

(Editor’s Interjection:  So instantly the town will have a population that is at least 25% ex-cons or at least 25% illegal immigrants and instantly have a sewage problem!)

Unified Equine originally sought to open the plant near Mountain Grove in southwest Missouri, but angry residents packed public meetings earlier this year to oppose the proposal. The company said its plant could eventually slaughter up to 800
horses a day, with most of the meat going to Europe, The Kansas
City Star reported If the Rockville operation opens, it would be the first horse-slaughtering plant in the country since Congress restored funding for inspections of horse slaughter operations last year. Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state legislator who is head of Unified
Equine, said the company is excited to bring jobs to rural Missouri.
But a Mountain Grove attorney who led the opposition to the plant in her town is vowing to take the fight to Rockville. “She (Wallis) thinks it’s a done deal _ it’s not,” Cynthia McPherson said.“We’re going to do what we can do to stop her. But we’ll need the town’s help.” One resident who lives near the proposed Rockville plant  supports the operation. “Any time that something creates a job around here, it’s a good thing,” said Mike Williamson, who lives about 8 miles outside of town and raises horses. “We also need places to take our horses at some point.” Others aren’t so sure the plant is a good idea. “I just don’t like the idea of a horse packing plant,” said Karol Smith, who lives about 6 miles east of the hamlet. “It’s, just, horses. It doesn’t seem right.” Critics and animal rights activists contend horses aren’t meant to be eaten and that slaughtering plants create environmental problems. Horse slaughter proponents argue that the plants are used to kill old, sick horses that are dying from neglect or abandonment. They say the horses are shipped under horrible conditions to Mexico to be slaughtered, or sometimes dumped into wild herds.
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Resumption of Horse Slaughter in the U.S. REAL Possibility in NEAR Future ~ Says Congressman James Moran

Photo Courtesy of Equestrian Life Style Magazine

Per the following Email from Congress Person James Moran  the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. is very real possibility in the near future.

Please read the following Email and Take Appropriate Action Suggested at the Bottom of this Alert.

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“Knowing of your support for protecting horses from slaughter, I share your concerns and wanted to update you on some recent developments.

As you know, in 2006 a bipartisan amendment that prohibited the USDA from spending funds to inspect horse slaughter facilities was supported on the House floor by a vote of 269-158. Despite its inclusion in every subsequent Agriculture appropriations bill, the provision was dropped by the new Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee in the fiscal year 2012 bill. During the Appropriations Committee markup, an amendment I offered was added that reinstated this important language by a bipartisan vote of 24-21. The bill later passed the full House with the defund provision intact. But during a closed-door meeting of the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations, the amendment banning horse slaughter was removed. The final bill (H.R. 2112), which also included funding for the rest of the federal government, passed the House and was enacted on November 18th.

As a result, the USDA is currently allowed to inspect horse slaughter facilities. While no facilities are currently operational, news reports have confirmed the possible start up of slaughter factories in at least four states. Several individuals who advocated most vocally for the language’s removal have now formed a business that aims to open as many horse slaughter plants as possible in the U.S. While I am encouraged that state leaders and local communities have generated public opposition to these proposals, the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. is very real possibility in the near future.

The opposition to horse slaughter for consumption abroad is a fiscal and public safety matter as much as it is an ethical issue. Taxpayer-funded inspections of horse slaughter facilities, which could cost several million dollars a year, are supported by the same federal agency that inspects all other meat consumed in the U.S. Given current constraints on agency budgets, it makes no sense to divert funding for critical meat safety inspections from food consumed in the U.S. to food consumed in other countries. And horses are not raised for human consumption, with many routinely given drugs that are explicitly banned in animals that may later be eaten. The Humane Society of the U.S. recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to enforce these restrictions and ban horse meat as an adulterated product.

In the upcoming weeks, the House Appropriations Committee will consider a funding bill for agriculture programs for fiscal year 2013. I plan to once again offer an amendment to reinstate a ban on USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants at that time. No policy of this significance, particularly when it is opposed by over three-quarters of the American public, should be decided by a handful of Members in a backroom conference.

I appreciate you interest in this important policy and your compassion for the welfare of these special creatures. You can rest assured that I will remain vigilant and do all I can to end the inhumane practice of horse slaughter in the U.S.

Sincerely,
James P. Moran

P.S. I invite you to visit my website at www.moran.house.gov that contains information on many topics of interest and allows you to sign up for the Moran e-News.

JPM/bl”

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WHAT YOU CAN DO ~ TAKE ACTION

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Congress wants us to Concentrate on One Petition ~ Please Sign

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After conversations with several congressional aides, they informed us that Congress is really paying attention to Change.org petitions. They stated we needed to focus on just ONE petition, not create 100 petitions but focus on 1. Therefore we are asking everyone to share this ONE petition everywhere, it already has “34,282″ signatures. This is our time and the time is now!!!!!

CLICK HERE to Sign Petition.  Overturn the Legalization of Horse Slaughter For Human Consumption.

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36 HOURS TO HELL For The Horses ~Send your Email to the Committee

Breaking Investigation: Horses’ 36-Hour Journey to Slaughter Exposed

 
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Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.

This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile,36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.

This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.

PETA investigators found ex-racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, packed inside a “kill pen” in Kalona, Iowa. By the time investigators saved him, Royale With Speed had been purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from a harrowing ride to slaughter. He was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes were swollen and later burst with pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. Following weeks of intensive care, Royale with Speed fully recovered. He was purchased by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and then adopted by a PETA patron in New Mexico. He will lead a wonderful life.

Royale With Speed was saved from the slaughterhouse, where he would have faced a terrifying death. Undercover video footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40 percent of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. One horse suffered through an agonizing 11 shots before finally collapsing. In another instance, a worker was taped waving good-bye mockingly to a dying horse. In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily closed the slaughterhouse, but the plant resumed operations just days later and is now attempting to use rifles in place of captive-bolt guns, even though they have been shown to be a cruel and ineffective way to stun horses. Continue reading

NO BABY BURROS IN TWO YEARS?

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NO BABY BURROS IN TWO YEARS?  ~  NO ‘GATHER’ NEEDED!

BACKGROUND | CARL MROZEK PER TUESDAY’S HORSE

“Last week BLM officials indicated that they would know whether there would be an official stay of the scheduled Cibola-Trigo roundup by tomorrow, Friday 4/27. (Per Admin, there is Now a Stay Until May 2.)

That means that IBLA (Interior Board of Land Appeals) must soon decide whether BLM’s claim that there would be no adverse impact from a 2nd roundup in less than 2 years (1 1/2) is sensible or credible.

More than 1100 persons submitted comments challenging BLM’s claim of “no adverse impact” which apparently triggered the IBLA to hold a hearing to examine the merits of BLM’s claim vs. that of burro advocates.

VERY SOON the IBLA meets to make a final decision: to grant a formal stay or not. I have spent the last few days tracking burros in the Cibola herd area and can definitively assert that if BLM is permitted to roundup the allotted 350 burros here that there won’t be a burro left in this ideal burro habitat -where conflict with peoples is minimal at best.

Moreover, this herd was aggressively ‘gathered’ in Sept 2010 and most jennies were removed and those released were treated with PZP.

This apparently was quite effective as I’ve seen no sign of a foal in several days of searching – not even tracks! Hence there is no conceivable justification for an additional follow-up roundup at Cibola now, or in the next several years.

The remaining burros spend most of their time on adjacent BLM land and only cross onto the (US) Cibola Wildlife Refuge at night to water and perhaps to browse on scores of acres of alfalfa planted for wildlife.

I have heard no complaints about adverse impacts of these nocturnal visitations not even from the refuge director who confided that he rarely sees burros himself.

In short, the BLM achieved their goal of restricting or halting reproduction at Cibola in 2010, and reducing the base population.

There is absolutely no justification for an additional roundup at this point or for the next 4-6 years, let alone next week as currently planned.

Please call the IBLA offices today to remind them of these basic facts and the complete lack of justification for further removals at this point. It might not hurt to mention what a complete waste of tax dollars it would be especially at a time of fiscal crisis and embarrassment it could cause BLM and the Dept of Interior if widely exposed & publicized:

CLICK HERE to View Video From the Last Roundup in 2010.

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Kaimanawa Wild Horses at Risk in New Zealand

New Homes needed before the end of May 2012

New Homes needed before the end of May 2012

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More than 170 Kaimanawa horses face the slaughter house if homes cannot be found for them until end of May!

Published 19 Apr 2012

More than 170 Kaimanawa horses face the slaughter house if homes cannot be found for them in the next month.

The slaughter is part of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) bi-annual culling of the breed, aimed at keeping the population below 300 to protect the fragile environment they inhabit.

Kaimanawa Heritage Horses spokesman Elder Jenks says put in good homes, many of the horses flourish.

“Once handled, Kaimanawa wild horses have exceptionally temperaments and are delightful ponies to interact with,” he says. “They’re flourishing in pony clubs around New Zealand as great all-rounders and are highly sought after as jumpers, eventers and games ponies.”

Mr Jenks says Kaimanawa horses were once seen as feral but the reputation of the breed is quickly improving.

“The horses are won by TLC, not by force,” he says.

“They are like a Labrador dog; give them a little love and they give you 10 times back.”

Mr Jenks owns nine Kaimanawa horses and is urging people to take on horses before the cull.

The breed was first reported in the central North Island’s Kaimanawa Ranges more than 130 years ago.

They gained protection by the Government in 1981 after their numbers shrunk to 174, but by 1997 the population had ballooned to 1700.

DOC now aims at maintaining a steady number of around 300 horses.

This year 479 horses have been counted in the area, meaning 179 need to be culled.

The excess horses have until the end of May to find a home.

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New Homes needed before the end of May 2012

New Homes needed before the end of May 2012