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AAHS Responds To St. Petersburg Times and N.Y. Times


                                          November  2011St. Petersburg TimesTampabay.comSt. Petersburg, FloridaTo Whom It May Concern,In response to your article titled “Slaughter of Horses Goes On, Just Not in U.S.” dated October 24, 2011, Americans Against Horse Slaughter (AAHS) respectfully submits the following information regarding the horse slaughter issue. Agreeably, horse slaughter is a widely debated topic among U.S. citizens and our legislature. As a news organization, we’re certain you concur that having all the facts enables the media to provide the public with newsworthy information based upon facts and data, as opposed to unsubstantiated opinions.U.S. horses have never been raised for human consumption. However, due to foreign demand for horse flesh for wealthy diners in Europe and Asia, America’s horses have been bought, stolen or acquired under false pretenses by the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry for processing of our horses in their plants on U.S. soil. American companies and trade associations that support horse slaughter because of having a vested interest in the horse slaughter trade promotes and contributes to the export of tens of thousands of America's horses for slaughter by actively opposing federal legislation, deceiving the media by giving biased statements that are unsubstantiated, and by attempting to mislead the public and members of Congress with false claims. The three remaining U.S. horse slaughter plants were closed in 2007 (not 2006 as was stated in your article) as a result of state legislation following the 1998 closure of California’s slaughter house. In 2007, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 1949 Texas state law, which made it illegal to sale horsemeat and the two Texas slaughterhouses were closed. The last remaining plant, located in Illinois, was closed following a ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which prohibited the transportation and slaughter of horses. In the 5th Circuit’s decision, Jude Fortunato Benavides wrote “The lone cowboy riding his horse on a Texas trail is a cinematic icon. Not once in memory did the cowboy eat his horse.” In 1998, California was successful in abolishing the practice with 60 percent of the vote. However, American horses continue to be slaughtered in Canada and Mexico for wealthy diners in Europe and Japan where their meat is considered a delicacy. The great majority of horses sent to slaughter are the by-product of the for-profit horse industry. Your article quoted a Nebraska horse breeder who stated “When they closed the plants, that put more of a hardship on our horses than the people who wanted to stop the slaughter can imagine.” Every state has enforceable anti-cruelty laws which are designed to prevent irresponsible owners from starving, neglecting or abusing their animals. Contrary to pro slaughter claims that ending horse slaughter will result in a surplus of unwanted horses with nowhere for them to go, the National Agricultural Statistics Services stated that since the decline in the number of horses slaughtered, those horses have been absorbed into the current population through re-homing, adoption or rescue organizations. The argument that ceasing horse slaughter will result in an increase in abuse, neglect, the amount of unwanted horses or mass abandonment is unfounded and contrary to research statistics. According to the California Livestock and Identification Bureau, the state saw a 34 percent decrease in horse theft and there was no documented rise in neglect or abuse cases following California’s horse slaughter ban. In addition, since the closure of the Illinois horse slaughter plant, there has been no correlating rise in abandonment, neglect or abuse cases according to authorities. On the contrary, the horse slaughter industry promotes over-breeding and neglect by providing an easy dumping ground for careless owners, insati[...]

"Band Together To End Horse Slaughter"


"BAND TOGETHER TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER"Animal Fairy Charities is launching Another Musical EventTo Raise Awareness For Our American Horses (Both Domestic & Wild)In Support of our Mission, you can purchase one of our "Band Together To End Horse Slaughter" Wrist Bands now in advance of the event for only $3.00(including Shipping and Handling in the U.S.) for a limited time on individual orders only. Bulk Orders include shipping.Order here:For Bulk Orders, Order Below:                                                        Quantity                                                    5 Wrist Bands $15.00 10 Wrist Bands $30.00 15 Wrist Bands $45.00 20 Wrist Bands $60.00 25 Wrist Bands $75.00 30 Wrist Bands $90.00 35 Wrist Bands $105.00 40 Wrist Bands $120.00 45 Wrist Bands $135.00 50 Wrist Bands $150.00 [...]


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Madeleine Pickens - Up Close and Personal

Animal Advocate Television Interviews Madeleine Pickens
Founder of Saving America's Mustangs:
Deb Lopez of Animal Fairy Charities, gets up close and personal with Madeleine Pickens, animal advocate, philanthropist and wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens during this 30 minute interview which is set to premier in a 3 part series during Season 6 of Animal Advocate Television starting September 10th on CBS affiliate Network WMLW Milwaukee. You can view the entire unedited interview here and then please share to help save our wild mustangs.

Life Saving Film Launches Campaign to Go Far and Wide!


Americans Against Horse SlaughterWild for Life FoundationFor Immediate ReleaseJune 28, 2011Life Saving Film Launches Campaign to Go Far and Wide“Saving America’s Horses”, a cause driven film just started the festival circuit, and has already won multiple awards including BEST OF FESTIVAL at its first showing in Los Angeles and is getting rave reviews but…... the slaughter of our American Horses may never end unless our horses are able to tell their story.Thousands of horses are exported every year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for the purpose of wealthy dinner plates overseas, but "Saving America's Horses" is the life saving film that can change all that for our American horses.·         “A powerhouse narrative.” – Paula Bacon, Former Mayor Kaufman Texas·         “A brilliant and heartbreaking exposé.” — Laura Allen, Executive Director, Animal Law Coalition·         "Masterfully presented and balanced rather than filled with graphic images." – Larry Lindner, New         York Times best-selling writer and former columnist for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe·         "It’s a life changing film!"—Michael Bailey, Producer/ Director Planetviews Productions, Environmentalist·         "Transcends the finest investigative journalism... A passionate reverence for all animals" —  Debra Lopez, AAHS, Animal Advocate TVClick here to see this important message now: Against Horse Slaughter at aahsus[@]  about this PSAContact: Wild For Life Foundation at_admin[@] regarding the film. [...]

Important Message From Americans Against Horse Slaughter


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Please Call All Committee Members To Help our Horses!


Dear Friends, it is very important that your (2) US Senators hear from you asking them to cosponsor The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S1176) In addition, we all must contact the committee members where S1176 was referred asking the committtee members to also cosponsor (S1176) The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act 2011. Important note:  If your  senator(s) is on the committee, to be sure to tell the committee member that you are a constituent.  As always, remember to be polite and respectful when making your calls. Please find the committee Members below:p.s. if you scroll to the right, their web contact info is there too:) Thanks Pat Mendiola for putting the list together:) Americans Against Horse Slaughter                   COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION The Committee is chaired by Democrat Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and the Ranking Member is Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.Committee MembershipMajority Members (Democrats)Member NameDC PhoneDC FAXContact FormJay Rockefeller (D-WV) [Chairman]202-224-6472202-224-7665 contact/email.cfmDan Inouye (D-HI)202-224-3934202-224-6747 Contact/ContactDKI.cfmJohn Kerry (D-MA)202-224-2742202-224-8525 contact/Barbara Boxer (D-CA)202-224-3553202-224-0454 contact/policycomments.cfmBill Nelson (D-FL)202-224-5274202-228-2183 contact/email.cfmMaria Cantwell (D-WA)202-224-3441202-228-0514 contact/index.cfmFrank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)202-224-3224202-228-4054 contact/index1.cfmMark Pryor (D-AR)202-224-2353202-228-0908 public/index.cfm?p=ContactFormClaire McCaskill (D-MO)202-224-6154202-228-6326 p=contactAmy Klobuchar (D-MN)202-224-3244202-228-2186 emailamy.cfmTom Udall (D-NM)202-224-6621202-228-3261 contactMark R. Warner (D-VA)202-224-2023202-224-6295 public//index.cfm?p=ContactP …Mark Begich (D-AK)202-224-3004202-224-2354 public/index.cfm/emailsenator Minority Members (Republicans)Member NameDC PhoneDC FAXContact FormKay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) [Ranking Member]202-224-5922202-224-0776 p=email_kayOlympia J. Snowe (R-ME)202-224-5344202-224-1946 public/index.cfm/emailJim DeMint (R-SC)202-224-6121202-228-5143 public/index.cfm?p=CommentOn …John Thune (R-SD)202-224-2321202-228-5429 public/index.cfm/contactRoger Wicker (R-MS)202-224-6253202-228-0378 public/index.cfm?FuseAction= …Johnny Isakson (R-GA)202-224-3643202-228-0724 contact.cfmRoy Blunt (R-MO)202-224-5721202-224-8149 public/index.cfm/contactJohn Boozman (R-AR)202-224-4843202-228-1371 public/index.cfm/e-mail-mePat Toomey (R-PA)202-224-4254202-228-0284 contactMarco Rubio (R-FL)202-224-3041202-228-0285 public/index.cfm/contactKelly Ayotte (R-NH)202-224-3324202-224-4952 contactDean Heller (R-NV)202-224-6244202-228-6753 contact_form.cfmThis Congressional data compilation Copyright © 2011 Congress Merge. All Rights Reserved.   [...]

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011


Senate Reintroduces Bill to Permanently Ban Horse Slaughter(Courtesy AWI)Thursday, June 9, 2011  Washington, D.C. -- A bill to ban horse slaughter was reintroduced in the United States Senate today. Sponsored by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the "American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011" will end the slaughter of American horses here and, most urgently, will stop these horses from being exported abroad for slaughter. The sponsors, who have long championed the cause, have the bipartisan support of 14 colleagues who are co-sponsoring the bill."As a lifelong horse lover and rider, this practice is appalling to me, and more importantly, the majority of Americans oppose it. We raise and train horses to trust us, perform for us, and allow us on their backs, and as such, they deserve to be treated with human compassion. When horse owners are faced with the sad reality of having to put their animals down, it should be by humane euthanasia," said Senator Landrieu. "I intend to work with Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and my other colleagues to get this bill passed and permanently end the slaughter of our American horses."The legislation comes at a time when horse slaughter no longer occurs on U.S. soil, but each year approximately 100,000 American horses are hauled to Canada, Mexico and beyond. Reports show that horses regularly travel for hundreds or even thousands of miles to the slaughterhouses on double-deck cattle trucks without food, water or rest. At some Mexican slaughterhouses horses are stabbed repeatedly in the spine until they are paralyzed, after which they are butchered while still fully conscious. This country’s three remaining horse slaughter plants - two in Texas and one in Illinois - were shut down in 2007 under state law."The slaughter of horses is not a substitute for humane euthanasia though it is often mischaracterized as such by opponents who are more concerned with wringing a few bucks from a suffering animal than doing what is right," said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute. "AWI commends Senator Landrieu and Senator Graham for their continued leadership and for reintroducing this very important measure."For years, the pro-slaughter camp has led a concerted and disingenuous effort to resurrect the industry domestically and has used scare tactics in an attempt to defeat the federal ban. The federal legislation is desperately needed to stop the slaughter of American horses, irrespective of where the killing takes place. ##30##[...]

Roll Call From Yesterday's Vote!


PASSED: FINAL VOTE 24-21Ere – Not PresentErt  – YES       – NOHarold D. Rogers, KYC.W. Bill Young, FLJerry Lewis, CAFrank Wolf, VAJack Kingston, GA Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJTom Latham, IARobert B. Aderholt, ALJo Ann Emerson, MOKay Granger, TXMichael K. Simpson, IDJohn Abney Culberson, TXAnder Crenshaw, FLDenny Rehberg, MTJohn R. Carter, TXRodney Alexander, LA Ken Calvert, CAJo Bonner, ALSteve LaTourette, OHTom Cole, OKJeff Flake, AZMario Diaz-Balart, FLCharles Dent, PA Steve Austria, OHCynthia Lummis, WYTom Graves, GA Kevin Yoder, KS Steve Womack, ARAlan Nunnelee, MS  Norm Dicks, WAMarcy Kaptur, OHPete Visclosky, INNita Lowey, NYJose Serrano, NYRosa DeLauro, CTJim Moran, VAJohn Olver, MAEd Pastor, AZ David Price, NC Would have been YeaMaurice Hinchey, NY Would have been YeaLucille Roybal-Allard, CASam Farr, CAJesse Jackson, ILChaka Fattah, PA  would have been YeaSteve Rothman, NJSanford Bishop, GA Barbara Lee, CaAdam Schiff, CAMike Honda, CABetty McCollum, MN[...]



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"Saving America's Horses- A Nation Betrayed" has been officially selected for Screening at Artivist Film Festival


For Immediate Release:(Los Angeles, CA, May 4, 2011) –A Nation Betrayed Selected to Screen at Artivist Film FestivalWild for Life Foundation, Humanion Films is delighted to announce that that "Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed” has been officially selected for screening at the Artivist Film Festival. The 8th Annual Artivist Film Festival will take place on July 8 – 10th, 2011, at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. This year the Artivist Collective will also host film screenings in seven U.S. cities simultaneous with its main Festival event in Los Angeles. Films to be screened at the additional cities have not yet been announced."We are thrilled to have been selected for programming in the much celebrated Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, and we look forward to taking part in this great event", said filmmaker Katia Louise. The Artivist Film Festival received an exceptionally high volume of quality film submissions for this year’s Festival. Since its inception in 2003, Artivist has screened 400+ films representing more than 60 countries, and has produced film festival tours in Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Lisbon, that have reached more than 35 million people. Among the films presented at the Artivist Film Festival over the years have been Academy Award winner “Born Into Brothels” and Academy Award nominee“Super-Size Me”. Saving America’s Horses A Nation Betrayed screens next at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana on May 7th and 10th, 2011.Please be sure that you are subscribed for production updates and you will be among the first to be notified when more information is available as to other screening locations and dates for this film, …just click on SUBSCRIBE on the home page of the film website.“Saving America’s Horses A Nation Betrayed” is a compelling compilation of expert testimony, undercover footage and true life stories shot against the dramatic backdrops of the American countryside. The 93-minute documentary film features Paul Sorvino, Michael Blake, Willie Nelson, Tippi Hedren, Linda Gray, Peter Max, Ken Wahl, Amy & Raelyn Nelson, The Barbi Twins & many more. It’s about a journey of courage, honor and betrayal in a country divided; inspiring great hope for compassion and protection of all horses and burros.Saving America’s Horses A Nation Betrayed recently won the prestigious Best of Fest Award in the feature documentary film category from the Los Angeles Women’sInternational Film Festival, the much celebrated Award of Merit in the Accolade Competition and will be receiving Awards for Cinematography, Advocacy, Editing& Conservation Message from the International Wildlife Film Festival in May. Saving America’s Horses is on the web at Watch the Trailer: more information, contact Production at admin[@] or visit us online.PDF of this announcement: to Blog post for Facebook:[...]

Ken Wahl - Saving America's Horses!


WFLF Humanion FilmsLos Angeles, CAFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2010 Ken Wahl lends his voice and joins the Film as an Honorary Board Member for Saving America's Horses A Nation Betrayed!Ken Wahl is helping rescue horses from horse slaughter and has been active toward supporting the bills to stop horse slaughter for quite some time. He offered to lend his voice when he heard about WFLF’s recent rescue efforts digging horses out of mud during all the rains. Ken is best known for his Golden Globe Award for his lead role as Vinnie Terranova in the hit television series Wiseguy. Wahl's first key role was as the lead character of Richie Genaro, the head of a Bronx street gang, in The Wonderers and two movies later he appeared alongside his onscreen hero Paul Newman in the explosive cop dramaFort Apache the Bronx. Wahl went on to headline in several other films before sustaining a life-threatening neck injury in a motorcycle accident in 1992. Happily retired from Hollywood, Ken's two favorite interests are animal rescue and War Veteran charities. Ken works together with “Saving America’s Horses” Honorary Board Members, Shane and Sia Barbi to foster many animals from the shelters that would otherwise be killed. Through their work together they have successfully placed many of them in good homes. Wild for Life Foundation is honored to have Ken on board in support of the horses.Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed is set to premiere at the 2011 Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festivalon Sunday, March 27th. The Premiere screening will rake place at The Laemmle's Sunset 5 Theater, 8000 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90046.SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES - A NATION BETRAYED is a compelling compilation of expert testimony, undercover footage and true life stories shot against the dramatic backdrops of America’s beautiful countryside. The film depicts a country divided and inspires great hope for the protection of all horses and burros from cruelty.“I strongly applaud this important, straight-up film—it has the courage not to back down but to tell the un-whitewashed, miserable truth about horse slaughter”. -Julie Caramante, Animal Cruelty Investigator See the powerful TRAILER for SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES A NATION BETRAYED at YouTube and on the official film website.The film is currently being entered into the festival circuit as a showcase for industry reps and moviegoers. You can help the horses by supporting our efforts to bring this issue to the public eye. Donations are crucial in order to get this film into theatres and out on DVD. No donation is too small.  Saving America’s Horses is a Project under Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF), a CA 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.Link to PDFContact: admin[a][...]

Horses Will Finally Get Their Voice!


Long Awaited Film, “Saving America’s Horses” to Launch in MarchFebruary 16, 2011 - Steve LongHOUSTON, (Horseback) – America is days away from the long awaited March premier of Saving America’s Horses, A Nation Betrayed  in Los Angeles. The movie is by educator and documentary filmmaker Katia Louise, and Humanion Films, a project of Wild for Life Foundation.“The film is geared to pique the interest of a wide demographic, across multiple cultures and continents,  so we are anticipating that it will run for quite some time and hopefully mark the end of an inhumane era for America’s horses and perhaps the beginning in a shift in cultural values,” she toldHorseback Magazine.Louise has produced, directed and anchored over a dozen investigative audio documentaries with an international audience spanning over 100 countries. Her work in cinema includes the documentary films “Spirit Brothers”,  about the endangered wolves of Northern America, “A Day in Tribute” and “Celebration of Life.” Savng America’s Horses, A Nation Betrayed has been accepted into several film festivals.“Our production team has a selection process with factors to consider like programming and budgets,” she said. “The first festival screening is scheduled through the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival which takes place March 25th – 31st this year.” Making a film about horses fulfills a childhood passion.“Horses have been a part of my life since I was a young girl and I love them,” Louise said. “That passion turned into action when she learned of horse slaughter for human consumption.“For me, the minute I found out what was happening to them, that’s all it took and the more I learned the more I wanted to help them,” she said.Leaders of the large equine advocacy movement have embraced the film and its producer from the beginning.“There has been an enormous amount of support from the horse advocates,” she said. “They are the people who primarily care about the horses and they want to insure the humane treatment and welfare of both wild equines and domestic breeds.”Louise says she has attempted to present the issue of both the horse processing industry and the controversial wild horse issue without bias“We are presenting both sides of the issue through the film and we have extended an invitation to both sides in order to present the differing viewpoints as best possible.”Thus far, while the film decidedly will have a pro-horse slant, “So far we have not had any push back from the “other side.”The producer predicts a dismal future for the North American Mustang.“The film presents a focus on the slaughter issue as it relates to both wild and domestic equines,” Louise says. “As far as the wild horses go, knowing what I know to be true about the BLM and their policies and activities; the days of the wild horses as we have always known them to be, wild and free in this country, are numbered at best under the current regime. That’s why the issue regarding wild horses needs to be brought to the public eye before it’s too late for the horses.”The fill will feature only equine advocates who quietly do their work as unknowns, but can also boast appearances by outspoken celebrities that who frequently speak out for the horse. They include Michael Blake, Paul Sorvino, Linda Gray, Tippi Hedren, Ginger Kathrens, Nick Zito, Jane Velez-Mitchel, The Barbi Twins, Amy and Raelyn Nelson. Other celebrities are yet to be announced.“Plus we have several very well recognized experts on board,” Louise said. The producer hopes her film will be a catalyst for making a[...]

Wyoming Resident Files Complaint Against State Rep Sue Wallis

2010-12-19T19:36:32.966-08:00 - Wyoming resident, Patricia Fazio, Ph.D. has filed a complaint with state officials, requesting an investigation of alleged violations of ethics laws and securities fraud by Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis (R-Campbell).Animal Law Coalition (ALC), Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and Habitat for Horses Advisory Council (HfHAC) applaud Dr. Fazio and join in the call for authorities to investigate Wallis' activities.The complaint alleges Rep. Wallis is improperly and even fraudulently abusing her position as a Wyoming legislator. The complaint further alleges that Rep. Wallis not only neglected to recuse herself or disclose her personal financial interest in votes, but that she has actually "sponsored" bills that would materially benefit her or her family.Wallis has publicly claimed to be forming a business under the name, Unified Equine LLC, which she says will slaughter horses and sell the meat within Wyoming. At the same time, in her capacity as a legislator, she is promoting legislation that would deregulate, promote and favor horse slaughter operations.Wallis published a web page enticing people to invest in Unified Equine LLC which turned out to be a non-existent entity for months. Also according to the Complaint, the apparent solicitation for investors may have violated other federal and state securities laws.The fraud on investors may go deeper: Not only is commercial horse slaughter for human consumption illegal in the U.S., as the complaint states, "there is no market in the U.S. for human consumption of horsemeat, nor is there a market for use of horsemeat in pet food". To be a viable business within Wyoming with its population of 544,270, such a facility "would have to ...sell approximately 10,000,000 pounds of horsemeat per year, or 18 pounds for every man, woman and child in the state".Wallis has also sponsored the "Food Freedom Act", a bill that would eliminate all regulation of food sold directly to the consumer. The bill was dubbed by one health department official as a "fraud".The bill could allow Wallis' slaughter business to sell contaminated horse meat directly to Wyoming consumers without any form of government oversight, testing or inspection. American horses are not raised for food and are typically administered drugsincluding carcinogens that, according to the FDA, are prohibited in horsemeat sold as human food.The deceptively named Food Freedom Act would likely also benefit Wallis' family's business which sells homemade jellies and syrups, among other food goods.The complaint further calls into question Wallis' use of 501(c)3 charitable designations to solicit funds for her promotion of horse slaughter. Wallis has a number of ever-changing, interrelated organizations and websites that solicit funds for allegedly "charitable" or "educational" purposes. But Wallis' efforts appear to be purely political, focused on passing laws from which she can benefit personally and financially.It is not clear where donations are actually going, and Dr. Fazio requests an investigation into possible commingling of tax exempt and non-tax exempt funds. Wallis has also openly touted her position as a legislator to solicit funding for pro-horse slaughter interests.Most recently, Wallis has announced she is holding a pro-horse slaughter "summit" in Las Vegas with a hefty price tag for attendees. She was to announce the winner of a raffle for a new pick-up truck. Then according to the complaint, Wallis announced she may not be able to buy the truck and asked raffle participants i[...]



Dear Friends,

The following organizations have joined together to ask you to call on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, October 19th and Ask her to schedule a vote NOW on the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503), legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Schedule the vote NOW. Tell her she has the power to end immense suffering by scheduling the vote NOW during the remaining session of Congress THIS YEAR! NOW is the time for her to step up and do this. Tell Speaker Pelosi that this bill has 183 bipartisan cosponsors in the House, 28 in the Senate, and tremendous public support.

After you call Speaker Pelosi,(202) 225-0100 or her San Francisco office, (415) 556-4862, call on Senate Majority LeaderSen. Harry Reid702-388-5020 / Fax: 702-388-5030, and Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin(202) 224-2152 or fax (202) 228-0400to schedule a vote on the senate version, S.B. 727. Don’t wait. Do it now. For the horses.

For more information please go to Animal Law Coalition here:

What We Can Learn From Secretariat

2010-10-08T22:46:39.357-07:00 7, 2010 What We Can Learn from Secretariatby Scott Beckstead The story of legendary horse Secretariat is a classic American tale: Against the odds and defying all skeptics, an underdog became a champion and national hero, inspiring millions. Disney's new movie, Secretariat promises to underscore the special role that horses occupy in the American imagination. It also presents an opportunity to celebrate all that we love about our horses and to think again about our responsibilities to these amazing creatures. A well-earned retirement Secretariat spent his life surrounded by a loving owner and millions of adoring fans. His owner rewarded his record-setting performance with a pampered retirement and a long, full life. And while few horses could hope for the luxuries he enjoyed, all horses deserve the opportunity he was given: a chance at a second career. In Secretariat’s case, that meant a long life as a breeding sire. Other horses, after retiring from the track, have proved they can excel at pleasure riding, competitive show jumping, or competitive dressage. A second career ... or slaughter?Sadly, though, too many are never given a chance to prove themselves off the track. As long as horse slaughter remains legal in the United States, the greedy and unscrupulous will make a quick profit off horses. Race horses, who have been trained to trust people, suffer the ultimate betrayal when they are sold at auction then trucked in terrible conditions to foreign slaughter plants, where they are killed and butchered for consumption abroad. Secretariat’s brother, Straight Flush, was awaiting the slaughter truck when rescued by a benefactor who recognized him as the brother of the red chestnut racing star. One wonders how many thousands of Secretariat’s descendants weren’t rescued from that horrible fate. From the Derby to the slaughterhouseEven winning the Kentucky Derby is no guarantee that a horse will be spared the horrors of the slaughter plant: witness Ferdinand, winner of the 1986 Kentucky Derby, who was butchered in a foreign slaughter plant after failing to sire winning foals. The industry takes stepsThankfully, the racing industry has taken some important steps to ensure the welfare of race horses. A growing number of tracks and racing associations have adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward horse slaughter, banning any trainer that sells horses for slaughter. Other industry groups have dedicated resources to finding good homes for retired racers. The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, for example, has created the California Equine Retirement Foundation, dedicated to making sure that every race horse gets a second chance at another career and a good, loving home. Working toward a happy ending for allAs we celebrate Secretariat’s victories on the big screen, let’s keep in mind that for most race horses, the story does not end at the finish line or the winner’s circle. For too many, the story ends in heartbreak and tragedy. It is our hope that with the release of this film, the American people will reflect on the effort our race horses make for us in the name of sport and entertainment—and how we will repay that effort when they step off the track for the last time. Scott Beckstead is The HSUS’s Senior State Director for Oregon and Equine Protection Specialist[...]

The Perfect Time to End the Slaughter of American Horses


The Perfect Time to End the Slaughter of American HorsesEditorial by John HollandAt the moment, the news is rife with stories about the level of equine neglect in the United States, with many of the articles blaming the "unintended consequences" of closing the US horse slaughter plants and calling for them to be reopened. But in reality, we are coming up on a once in a lifetime opportunity to get rid of this abominable practice once and for all. To understand this apparent paradox, one needs to get past unsubstantiated myths to the real forces at play in the market.First, one needs to understand that it is completely impossible to blame the current glut of excess horses on the closing of the slaughter plants because the closings simply sent the horses over the Mexican and Canadian borders for slaughter. In 2006, the year before the closings, 142,740 American horses were slaughtered, and that number only dropped by 14% the year the plants were closed. By 2008, slaughter was back to the second highest level in almost ten years.Next, it is necessary to understand what really causes neglect, and that is unemployment. After years of studying the relationship between neglect rates and slaughter volumes, I had concluded that there was no relationship whatever. Then I looked at the rates of neglect in Illinois in comparison with unemployment in the state. The correlation was striking.[GRAPH]Like most such revelations, it should have been expected, but it was still striking. It perfectly explains the mystery of how the number of American horses slaughtered in the US between 1989 and 2002 could have dropped from 377,078 to 77,713 (almost 80%) with no negative impact on either neglect or horse prices. This correlation also tells us what we can expect as unemployment goes both up and down. At the moment the US is experiencing high unemployment with national rates hovering just under 10%. As predicted from the above graph, this is causing a high rate of neglect.So why can I say with complete confidence that we are coming up on the perfect opportunity to end slaughter without significantly impacting the horse market?There is a second factor at work. As the market for horses remains depressed, many breeders are throwing in the proverbial towel. Every day brood mares and stallions are being sold at auction and on internet sites like Craig's List. This is temporarily increasing the supply and further depressing prices. The result of this further depression in prices is to convince even more breeders to quit producing. Statistics show breeding is down dramatically in virtually all breeds. The Jockey Club, for example, recently predicted the 2011 foal crop will be the lowest since 1973. Similarly, the American Quarter Horse Association's annual reports shows a 15% drop in revenue for new registrations between 2006 and 2009.This trend will continue until the economy begins to recover significantly, or the market eventually reaches a new balance. Slaughter cannot help reduce the over supply of horses because the horse meat market is also depressed. Although the export of US slaughter horses in 2008 brought the annual slaughter back its level before the plant closures, the subsequent recession caused a 25.8% drop in exports between 2008 and 2009. The reduction in demand for slaughter horses will likely continue as the effects of new EU drug residue regulations begin forcing horses to be quarantined for 6 months prior to slaughter.But these two trends are about to merge and provide a wonderful opportunity to end slaughter with little [...]



Please take this time to set-up a meeting with your Members of Congress  While Congress is home for the August recess, many members of Congress and candidates running for office use this time to host town hall meetings, attend civic events, political rallies, and meet with constituents at their in-district office.During this time they are out talking to their constituents and this is a great opportunity to remind them how important HR503/S727 "The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act" is to you and to the American people.A lot is at stake in the November elections. It is important that lawmakers and candidates remember the important role our horses play in our country.  Please ask your Members of Congress to support the passage of HR503 and S727 "The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act".  Any blockage of this legislation will have a devastating effect on our culture as we know it.  EU countries are banning meat tainted by drugs that are commonly given to horses which include, antibiotics, wormers and bute. While horsemeat is not sold in the US, it is exported from Canada and Mexico to the EU and to Japan, where it is considered a delicacy.  Many of the horses that are brutally slaughtered in Mexican and Canadian slaughter houses come from the US. Help us end the suffering of our American Horses. How can a country that was built on the backs of our horses ignore the people who wish to give them the quality of life they deserve?Please, Rise Up and make that meeting for the horses!  Thank you for all you do.Americans Against Horse SlaughterRise UpGet InvolvedJoin The MovementTake Action:1) Request a meeting with your Representative and Senators to discuss "The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act"2) Most of your Members of Congress will be attending events in your area during this recess. This is a good opportunity to speak face to face in a location convenient for you.To Find your Members of Congress, please log on here:Members of Congress[...]



Americans Against Horse Slaughter And WFLF/Humanion Films Call On All Americans To Step Up Efforts To End Horse Slaughter

Powerful Policy Makers join Film as speakers and cast in Humanion Film’s “Saving
America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed”

Congressmen Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, House Representative Dan Burton of Indiana
and Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana have all joined the film, Saving America’s
Horses. Producers Katia Louise and Debra Lopez have recently interviewed these
powerful policy makers for the film about their thoughts and positions regarding pending
bills that would protect America’s equines from slaughter and protect our wild horses.

Check out WFLF Humanion Films’ new “Action to End Horse Slaughter” preview clip which includes exclusive statements by these powerful policy makers. Special appearances in this preview additionally include Tippi Hedren of the Roar Foundation and Neda DeMayo of Return to Freedom. This special pre-release preview clears the air on misinformation that has been circulated by pro slaughter proponents. Learn more about what you can do to help end this barbaric practice without further delay.

How You Can Help

Please Contact The Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (Vermont) and all the
Senate Judiciary Committee Members (see list below) and ask them to move S727 out of
committee and on to the floor for a vote to pass The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.

Next, contact the House Judiciary Subcommittee Members and ask them to move HR503
out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Members:

You can also contact your U.S. representative and your two U.S. Senators and urge him
or her to vote YES on the anti horse slaughter bill by calling the Captiol Switchboard at

Step up your efforts! Watch the all new exclusive “Action to End Horse Slaughter” preview clip from “SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED”  HERE!

BP Connected To Mustang Roundups in the West


(courtesy of The Cloud Foundation)Media Contacts: Makendra Silverman Tel: 719-351-8187Anne NovakAnne@TheCloudFoundation.orgTel: 415-531-8454 For Immediate Release BP and Ruby Pipeline Connection Raises Questions About Removal of Calico Wild Horses from Northwestern NevadaBloody BLM roundup results in more than 140 deaths of federally protected animalsColorado Springs, CO (July 10, 2010)—A contract between the $3 billion Ruby Pipeline project managers, El Paso Corp of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and energy giant, British Petroleum, was uncovered this week by ATS News, the investigative journalism arm of number-one "alternative topics" web site, The contract reveals how BP stands to reap millions of dollars from the proposed 675-mile pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon. Ruby would destroy areas of pristine wilderness in northwestern Nevada, formerly home to the majestic wild horses of the Calico Mountains. Ruby Project Coordinator Lars Ecklund said during an April 16 meeting, reported on by the Klamath Falls Herald and News: "Don't think we're going to put this pipe in without making a mess . . . It's going to look like Hiroshima. It's going to look nasty.” The Cloud Foundation first raised the issue of a possible deal between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Ruby in January, 2010 when a letter and documents (September 14, 2009-p. 30) from Ruby Pipeline, L.L.C to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) revealed a link between the pipeline and the removal of federally protected wild horses in northwestern Nevada. Digging a 4-6 foot deep and 8 foot wide trench for a 42” diameter pipe would gravely impact five wild horse herd areas. In a written response to questions posed by the Office of Energy Projects (an agency within the Department of Energy), Ruby project consultant, Dan Gredvig, stated that “Ruby will work with BLM to minimize wild horse and burro grazing along the restored ROW (right-of-way) for three years. Possible management actions would be to . . . reduce wild horse populations following BLM policy in appropriate management areas. BLM wild horse and burro specialists were consulted in developing this management approach.” The document is dated February 23, 2009.“Back in January when we met with an official of El Paso Corp who denied any connection between Ruby and the wild horse roundups, we had no idea that BP was going to be a major beneficiary of the project,” stated Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. The connection between BLM and BP extends to the current Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Lands and Minerals Management, Sylvia Baca, who was hired away from BP in June of 2009 by DOI Secretary, Ken Salazar. Baca is well-known at DOI where she served as an Assistant Secretary from 1995 to 2001. Her duties included development of national policy and management direction of BLM, Mineral Management service and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Baca also served as the Acting Director of the BLM in the late 1990s when allegations were raised that BLM employees had sold wild horses to slaughter and were involved in wild horses from holding facilities going to slaughter. After the publication of hard-hitting articles by AP reporter, Martha Mendoza, an investigation ensued and a federal grand jury was convened. But before the opening gavel was struck, the plug was pulled on t[...]

Will Consumer Safety Concerns End Slaughter of U.S. Horses?


Courtesy of Laura Allen (Animal Law Coaliton) 

The number of American horses that are slaughtered is driven by a demand in some other countries for horsemeat, where it's usually a pricey delicacy. The demand has dropped dramatically over the years from a high in 1989 of 348,400 horses to 134,059 horses slaughtered in 2008. In 2009-2010, demand has dropped even more. In Europe, in particular, demand in the past year has dropped as consumers have learned of the shocking cruelty of horse slaughter in North America.
The demand for American horsemeat may soon plummet and end altogether, especially in the European market. Indeed, the second largest grocer in Belgium and Holland pulled American horsemeat from the shelves.

But there's more good news for our horses and those calling for an end to the slaughter. Beginning July 31, 2010, the European Union will begin enforcing restrictions on the sale of meat from horses that have been given certain drugs and steroids. This means that, where horsemeat is destined for the E.U., Canadian or Mexican slaughterhouses (where U.S. horses are sent for slaughter) must obtain veterinary records of all drugs or medication provided to the horse in the preceding six months. By 2013, all horses to be slaughtered for human consumption in the E.U. must be accompanied by veterinary records from birth that show the horse has never been given banned substances.
This is impossible for American horses.