Sunday, December 14, 2014

New from the EU and what it might mean for American horses

From Horsetalk and John Holland:

European Union ban threatens US horse slaughter pipeline
John Holland, the president of the Equine Welfare Alliance, examines possible scenarios following the European Union’s ban affecting horsemeat shipments from Mexico. 

For the remainder of the article, please follow link provided here:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Photos show BLM creativity in justifying removal of wild horses

BLM often says horses are in poor condition necessitating removals. Not so here. Horses in these pictures look good. Terrain looks good. I guess that is the reason why the BLM suggested that the Rock Creek Grazing Association sue them to initiate the removals that otherwise would not have happened.

As wild horses lose their rights to the land, so will others. Who wants to hike through a trail of cattle poo with oil and gas rigs in the background. Perhaps only Sally Jewell.

Wait a few years after cattle and other livestock use increases and see if the pictures will look the same.

Link to daily capture report for Wyoming Checkerboard horses:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More Bad News for Wyoming Mustangs And Ways You Can Help

Reposting from AWHPC 

Dear Lisa,
Yesterday, we told you the bad news that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals denied our motion for an injunction to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from rounding up more than 800 wild horses in Wyoming.
Although we will continue to pursue the case on its strong merits, the roundup will begin in the next few days. As the helicopters descend on the beautiful horses of Adobe Town, Salt Wells Creek and Divide Basin, please help us launch a massive grassroots uprising. 
Here's what we need you to do.
1. Call Secretary Jewel at 202-208-7351 
Here is a sample of what you can say: "I oppose the massive wild horse roundup about to take place in Wyoming. The BLM did not provide any opportunity for the public to participate in the decision. Nearly 1,000 wild horses will lose their freedom to appease ranchers who graze their livestock on our public lands. The American public opposes this roundup. Please stop the Wyoming wild horse wipeout. Our public lands belong to all Americans."
Public lands 4 all Americans: Stop WY wild horse wipeout. #justice4mustangs
3. Post this message below (just by copying and pasting) on the Interior Department's Facebook page:
It's time the Interior Department manage public lands for all Americans. Stop the Wyoming wild horse wipeout. #justice4mustangs
Our hashtag is trending - please help us get it out there!
The setback at the Appellate Court is disappointing, but we continue to fight for these magnificent horses.  While we cannot stop the roundup, we can pursue our lawsuit with the goal of establishing a precedent that will prevent BLM from doing this again and hopefully obtain some relief for the Wyoming wild horses, including possibly forcing BLM to return to the range some of the horses captured during the roundup.
Please stay with us, stand with the horses, help us build momentum and keep up the fight!
Thank you so much!!
- The AWHPC Team

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Alabama horses reported missing since August 17th.

Many reports of stolen/missing horses. Some believed to have been taken across the border from Presidio into Mexico. Please sign up with NetPosse to get their alerts and help find any stolen horses from your area.

Please post to Social Media Networks: Alert - HORSES MISSING & PRESUMED Stolen - ALABAMA - Raven, black Arabian gelding, and Nugget, chestnut grade quarter horse, are missing from their pasture in Limestone County as of August 17, 2014. There have been no leads and no suspects. These aren't the only horses recently stolen in this area. Please share and crosspost this NetPosse link, and print the flyer so we can bring these boys home! Click this link:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

From Carol Walker's blog on August 2014 Wild Horse Removals

Posted: 08 Aug 2014 09:43 AM PDT
An Adobe Town Band Stallion Leads the Way
An Adobe Town Band Stallion Leads His Family

The fight to stop the BLM from its plan to eradicate wild horses from private 
n 2004, I fell in love with a gentle, battle-scarred grey stallion and his small, 
 family. He ran right up to me and I waited, not knowing that this encounter 
would change my life forever. His filly came up next to her father and it looked 
as though she grinned at me. I had to keep coming back to see them, 
learn more about their lives, and photograph them as they as they are best portrayed, 
wild and free, at home in the dry, dramatic and isolated landscape of the Red Desert. 
I wrote my first book, Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses to let people
know how magnificent these horses are, and that they deserve to live free.

Adobe Town Mare with Newborn Foal
Adobe Town Mare with Newborn Foal

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wild Horse Rangers Gathering on Capitol Hill
Travel to our nation's capital to learn about our political process, how laws
are made and how you can make a difference. Understanding the issues,
knowing your representatives and communicating with them effectively
is crucial to keeping wild horses protected in their natural habitat.
Meet with animal welfare lobbyists at the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Representatives from
the ASPCA will mentor Wild Horse Rangers on how our political system
works and how they fight to protect animals in our country. Then, Wild Horse Rangers will learn how to communicate their concerns about the issues
America's wild and domestic horses face.
Next, on to Congress and the Senate to meet with your Representatives
and express yourself on the issues!
Where: Washington, DC
When: July 29th 2014
What you'll need:
A parent or legal guardian to accompany minors
Wild Horse Rangers will need to provide their own transportation,
lodging and food.
Click here for more info and to Register: Capitol Hill D.C. July 29

Thursday, May 8, 2014

News From Canada ... say a prayer.

Raised for slaughter is not okay and it will ensure a steady stream of horses going to Mexico but video evidence from Canada shows that slaughter conditions are bad there as well.

US heavy-weights join Atamanenko on Parliament Hill to take aim at horse meat industry

Horse slaughter Bill C-571 up next week for 2nd reading debate and vote

May 7th, 2014 - 1:58pm
US heavy-weights join Atamanenko on Parliament Hill to take aim at horse meat industry
Horse slaughter Bill C-571 up next week for 2nd reading debate and vote

 OTTAWA – New Democrat MP, Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) is holding a press conference to discuss his private members bill to restrict the slaughter of horses to only those raised primarily for human consumption and which carry a lifetime medication history.  Bill C-571 is up for its second hour of debate on Monday, May 12 following which a vote is likely to be held on Wednesday May 14.
With over half the horses slaughtered in Canada being sourced from the US where slaughter has been shut down since 2006, he will be joined by US heavyweights Victoria McCullough (Owner of Chesapeake Petroleum, International Equestrian and Philanthropist) and Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo. Using arguments based on science and legal liability the US heavyweights were able to convince US Vice President Joe Biden to add language defunding federal inspections at US slaughter facilities for horses in the 2014 Omnibus Bill signed by President Obama this past January.  Horses in the US cannot be slaughtered without federal inspections. 
Also taking part will be Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC), a key ally and promoter of Atamanenko’s Bill C-571 and Dr. Ray Kellosalmi, CHDC medical and toxicology expert. 
When: Thursday, May 08, 2014 
Where: Charles Lynch Room - Centre Block - Parliament Hill 
For more information:  Office of Alex Atamanenko, 613-996-8036