Friday, April 30, 2010

MO Pro Horse Slaughter Bill is Dead for this Session!

MO Pro Horse Slaughter Bill is Dead for this Session!

Update April 30: Following on the heels of Tennessee state Rep. Frank Niceley's announcement that he will withdraw his pro-horse slaughter bill, the chair of the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee, Sen. Dan Clemens, has stated "there will be no further legislative progress on H.B. 1747". H.B. 1747 is now dead for this session.
The bill was another effort by pro-horse slaughter proponents to try to defeat pending federal legislation to prohibit the slaughter of American horses, convince the American public that horse slaughter is necessary, even humane and create markets in this country for horsemeat. The bill also would have restricted all animal welfare laws.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thoroughbreds Racing to their Death?

Thoroughbreds Racing to their Death?

About Jane Velez-Mitchell
Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, a topical event-driven show on HLN with a wide range of viewpoints.  Jane’s Man vs. Nature shows focus on pets and animal rights and in 2009, she did a segment entitled “Wild Horses Sold to Slaughter?” A veteran television news journalist, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice and regularly served as guest host for Nancy Grace, another HLN program. While working on Celebrity Justice, Velez-Mitchell's reporting earned the show two Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States. As a commentator on high-profile cases, Velez-Mitchell has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other national cable television programs. Velez-Mitchell previously spent more than a decade anchoring and reporting for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. She also served as a reporter/anchor for eight years at WCBS-TV in New York City.  Velez-Mitchell is the recipient of a Los Angeles Emmy Award and a New York Emmy Award. The KCAL-TV newscasts she co-anchored won three Southern California Golden Mike Awards and an Emmy. She also wrote, directed and produced Dancing Through Life, an award-winning documentary.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

TN Horse Slaughter Bill Dies

John Holland, founder and president of Equine Welfare Alliance, and Paula Bacon, former mayor of Kaufman, Texas, site of a now closed horse slaughter facility, both testified in opposition to Tennessee state Rep. Frank Niceley’s pro-horse slaughter bill. The bill was withdrawn following the committee hearing.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

WHOA Applauds Governor Richardson


By Patience O’Dowd: WHOA 
                                                                                                           April 18, 2010
Dear WildLife and Open Space supporters,
NM local news as well as the Associated Press has reported that Governor Richardson has stated that his administration is working to create a preserve for “homeless” wild horse herds which may include some Native (First) American tribal lands. See;

Please join WHOA in thanking Governor Richardson for taking this dearly needed leadership (see bottom) in this nation for the preservation of the American Wild Horse and other wildlife, in the West. Perhaps his legacy will be forever linked with this living icon of the Wild, Wild, West. Please cheer him on! Keep it Wild!

Ø      Please also remind Governor Richardson about the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Corridor, the Placitas Wild Horses and a dead Sandia Mt. vs. the Loop Rd.


Governor Richardson;               
phone:  505-476-2200

David Simon Director NM State Parks;
phone: 1-888-667-2757

Governor Richardson’s Wild Horse advocacy includes;

·         Signed into law, WHOA’s NM Wild Horse bill carried by the Honorable Senator Steve Komadina creating NM State’s wild horse definition with protections in 2007. (SB655) 655&year=07  

·         Presided over the New Mexico State legislature which passed WHOA’s three Memorials on Wild Horses calling for utilization of wild horses for eco-tourism on federal and tribal lands in NM. Called for wild horse management utilizing immuno contraception where needed, and wild horse protection and preservation on these lands where they exist.  Federal Lands - (SJM08 - 2007, SM02 - 2006) Tribal Lands- (SM17- 2007)

·         Donated to the Wild Horse Observers cause.

·         Letter to the USDA Forest Service in support of eco-tourism utilizing New Mexico’s Wild Horse Territories on Federal Lands (2006)


Again, please say BRAVO! to Governor Richardson for taking the LEAD nationally on Wild Horses, and for his Long Term Focus on WildLife and their WildLife Corridors, including his works to protect the Mexican Grey Wolf and Cougars in New Mexico. They/we are all connected.

For The Wild Ones and the Open Spaces they Grace,
Patience O’Dowd cofounder WHOA
National Wild Horse and WildLife Issues & Alternatives
Ignored until now?

Ø  President Obama: Stop the Round-ups and the Slaughter of All Wild Animals

Ø  Salazar the Slaughter Czar: Sky Protest Over Denver

Monday, April 12, 2010

AAHS Presents A Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,
What would Lincoln do?
No matter the politics of Horse Slaughter in America , there’s one thing that both sides cannot deny, our horses are suffering daily. 
Mr. President, if you admired President Lincoln, then you surely must have known about his deep compassion for animals.
Illinois politician William Pitt Kellogg recalled: “Next to his political sagacity, his broad humanitarianism was one of his most striking characteristics.
Historian Charles B. Strozier noted that “ Lincoln ’s lifelong sympathy for animals...was hardly the norm for the frontier.” [1]
Abe Lincoln loved children and animals and often preached against cruelty to animals.
Did you know that when the white House stables caught fire in 1863, President Lincoln had to be restrained from entering the burning structure to rescue six trapped horses?
Mr. President, even you wrote about Lincoln ’s self-awareness and his humility in one of your books.  Surely, Mr. President, you must have known about his compassion for animals.
If you admired President Lincoln, you must have known that pardoning the Turkey each Thanksgiving is part of Lincoln’s legacy?
Mr. President, even the theme of your Inauguration was taken from a line in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:
“A New Birth of Freedom”
Please Mr. President, please end the suffering of our American horses and give them their freedom and the respectable quality of life they deserve. 
President Lincoln once said, "I am not bound to win, but I'm bound to be true. I'm not bound to succeed, but I'm bound to live up to what light I have." 
Be true Mr. President…  What would Lincoln do?
Americans’ Against Horse Slaughter
AAHS gives permission for this letter to be cross posted and forwarded. Please take a moment to send this above letter to the President.
  Thanks for all you do for the horses
Americans Against Horse Slaughter

Bill to promote horse slaughter has been assigned to the Missouri Senate Agriculture

ALC Update: H.B. 1747, a bill to promote horse slaughter has been assigned to the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee.

Though it has not been announced, the committee is expected to take up the bill on Wed., April 14, 2010. Please find members here (just click on their names for contact info) and write (faxes are best) or call and urge committee members to vote no to H.B. 1747.  Don't wait. Do it now. This bill has already passed the state House of Representatives.
Polite phone calls to the Senators re this bill are encouraged..

Senator Jolie Justus 573-751-2788  is very sympathetic and a real animal lover. The Chair of the Ag comm. is Senator Dan Clemens 573-751-4008  Senate Floor Leader-Kevin Engler 573-751-3455  and the Senate Pro Tem, Charlie Shields 573-751-9576 

Learn more at Animal Law Coalition:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Calls needed to Support CA Resolution re Horse Slaughter Ban

Calls needed to Support CA Resolution re Horse Slaughter Ban

Message from HSUS

On Tuesday morning, April 6, the full Senate will vote on Senate Joint Resolution 22 09-10/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sjr_22_bill_20100210_introduced.html> , a resolution that, if enacted, would formally ask Congress to pass HR 503/S 727 issues/horse_slaughter/>  (federal legislation to ban the slaughter and export of horses for slaughter). Even though horse slaughter is banned in California, there is ample evidence that California horses are still at risk of this tragic fate. We need Congress to take action to protect them. Make your voice heard for California horses by contacting your Senator on Monday!
·         You can send them an email using a HSUS action alert program by clicking here <;page=UserAction&id=4458> .
·         Or you can look up their name and phone number to call them by clicking here org/site/PageServer?pagename=electedOfficials> .

Jennifer Fearing
California Senior State Director
 t 916.992.3667     f 916.848.0203

The resolution read as follows:

   WHEREAS, California voters enacted a ban on the slaughter of
horses for human consumption and the sale of horsemeat for human
consumption in 1998; and
   WHEREAS, California horses continue to be transported and sold out
of state, making protection of our horses difficult and dependent on
the passage of a federal ban on the movement of horses for purposes
of slaughter for human consumption; and
   WHEREAS, The slaughter of American horses has continued unabated
despite the closing in 2007 of the three slaughter houses then still
operating within the United States; and
   WHEREAS, Federal legislation has been introduced, the
Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, that would
prohibit the possession, shipping, transporting, purchasing, selling,
delivering, or receiving of horses and other equines in interstate
or foreign commerce for slaughter for human consumption; and
   WHEREAS, Horse slaughter is not humane euthanasia and is in fact
animal torture and cruelty; and
   WHEREAS, Horse slaughter has been detrimental to the communities
where slaughtering facilities have been located, with significant
negative impacts to these communities ranging from nuisance odors to
chronic sewer and environmental violations; and
   WHEREAS, Horse slaughter has been found to increase and abet horse
theft; and
   WHEREAS, Horse slaughter is not a means of controlling numbers of
unwanted, abandoned, or neglected horses, but, rather, is a
for-profit operation driven by a demand for horsemeat in some foreign
countries; and
   WHEREAS, American horses are not raised, fed, or medicated within
the FDA guidelines established for food animals, making them
potentially unfit and unsafe for human consumption; and
   WHEREAS, In America, horses are an icon of our history,
traditions, and culture, revered for their contributions to the
building of this country, their companionship, and their special bond
with people; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of
California, jointly, That the Legislature hereby urges Congress to
support federal legislation to protect American horses from slaughter
for human consumption; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate is hereby authorized
and directed to transmit copies of this resolution to the President
and Vice President of the United States, the Majority Leader of the
Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each
Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the
United States.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pro-slaughter lobbyists pushing harder to reopen horse slaughter plants in the US

Pro-slaughter lobbyists are pushing bills and resolutions thru state legislatures that call for the defeat of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727, the federal bill that would shut down slaughter of American horses. They are also pushing bills calculated to convince Americans that horse slaughter is humane or a solution for "abandoned" horses.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Get the facts and help stop this disinformation campaign.

TN Horse Slaughter Bill attempts to pave the way for the construction of a horse slaughter house in the state.

horse to be slaughtered  After stalling in 2009, Tennessee state Rep. Frank S. Niceley's pro-horse slaughter bill, H.B. 1428 as amended, (S.B. 1898 in the Tennessee Senate) is on the calendar for the House Finance, Ways and Means Budget Subcommittee to be heard on April 7, 2010.
The bill as originally proposed had nothing to do with horse slaughter. Under an amendment H.B. 1428 would attempt to pave the way for the construction of a horse slaughter house in the state. 
In 2009 the House Agriculture Committee adopted the amendment to H.B. 1428.

Write and then call each committee member and urge them to vote NO on H.B. 1428.
Go here to find Tennessee legislators including your own if you live in the state and also write (faxes or letters are best) and then call and urge them to vote to H.B. 1428/S.B. 1898.
Email Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and tell him you oppose horse slaughter and H.B. 1428/S.B. 1898. Send him a link to this article.

Don't let this bill pass. Even if commercial horse slaughter was legal in the U.S., which it is not, horse slaughter houses don't bring revenue or jobs to states or communities. Instead, they bring horrific odors of dying and dead horses, blood literally running down the streets and clogging drains, illegally dumped or discharged waste, burdens on wastewater treatment and sewage systems, financial loss, and terrible animal cruelty.


KY Bill to Create Pro Slaughter Board Passes Senate

KY Bill to Create Pro Slaughter Board Passes Senate

boy and horse
Update Mar. 31: Other than changing the name from "an Act Relating to equines" to "an Act relating to agriculture", the Kentucky state Senate has passed H.B. 398 by a unanimous vote.

H.B. 398 has already passed the Kentucky House. This fast tracked bill would create a board openly named for the pro-horse slaughter organization, "Equine Health and Welfare Alliance".

The bill goes back to the House for approval of the minor title amendment.
What the Equine Health and Welfare Board will do
This Board would "[a]ssist, advise and consult" the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet "on equine health and welfare issues" and "[a]ct to maintain the health, welfare, and safety of equines". The Board would have the authority to hold public hearings, collect data and issue regulations. The board would be authorized to "develop regional centers of care for unwanted, abused, neglected, or confiscated equines", create minimum standards for rescue and retirement operations that would include a "voluntary certification" process; and advise on laws "affecting equine health, welfare, abuse, and neglect issues"; identify "critical areas of need" for veterinarians and "others". The Board would report annually to the Governor and the Cabinet and Legislative Research Commission on its work.

One of the first duties of the Board will be to assess the scope of the so-called problem of "abandoned" or "unwanted" horses. The Alliance acknowledges the information disseminated is largely hearsay. Indeed, much of it is false, planted by pro-slaughter interests in an effort to see horse slaughter return to the United States. Horse slaughter, of course, is not driven by numbers of so-called abandoned or unwanted horses, but instead a demand for horsemeat largely as a delicacy in some foreign countries. The USDA reports more than 92% of horses purchased and sent to slaughter are healthy. Nonetheless, horse slaughter proponents pretend slaughter is a service to dispose of "abandoned" or "unwanted" horses to get the public to support their seedy, cruel practice.    

The bill is sponsored by Kentucky state Rep. Tom McKee of Cynthiana.
Makeup of the Board
It is unlikely that this Board will actually promote anti-cruelty laws and other measures to promote horse welfare. The Board is simply a front for pro-horse slaughter interests that will surely recommend slaughter as an equine "welfare" measure and at the same time control the rescues operated by horse protection advocates who oppose slaughter.  All under the authority of the Kentucky state government.

Under the bill, H.B. 398, the Board will have 13 voting members including the  secretary of the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet; the state veterinarian, a  representative of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center; one representative of the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program;  executive director of the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, or the executive director of the Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center;  chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture;  chairman of the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Small Business; one  representative of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation with an interest in equine issues; one  veterinarian representing the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Alliance Inc.;  one member representing the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association; and one member to be appointed by the Governor from a list of three (3) nominees submitted by Kentucky Horse Council; and two members at large appointed by the governor and who live in diverse regions of the state and who represent equine breeders and owners and agricultural interests.

An amendment to the original bill added more representatives of equine education programs in several other Kentucky colleges or universities and one, yes, one member of the equine rescue community.
The Board would not be able to interfere with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority or the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners.

The Kentucky legislature is also fast tracking a bill to create a Livestock Care Standards Board that would have the authority to determine standards for care and treatment of livestock including equines.
Oppose this bill, H.B. 398. This is nothing but a power grab by pro-slaughter interests. If this bill passes, they will have a state sanctioned Board to push for the return of horse slaughter to the U.S., oppose the federal legislation to stop all slaughter of American horses, and control the rescues of advocates working to save horses from slaughter. Kentuckians don't need an industry weighted Board to improve the laws protecting horses or come up with ways to improve their care. They can decide these issues themselves through their local and state governments.

Contact Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and urge him to veto this pro-slaughter bill, H.B. 398.
Go here to read how you can help pass the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727, now pending in Congress.