Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Protective House Bill Honoring Wild Horses and Burros

H. Res. 284: Honoring wild horses and burros as important to our national heritage

H Res 284 was Introduced in the House on May 26, 2011 and called to committee on Sept 1st, 2011. There are currently no co sponsors.  The resolution has been referred to the the following committees:
House Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands

This is the latest version of the bill currently available on GovTrack.

Bill text:

Friday, October 14, 2011

BLM closes controversial wild horse holding facility

WASHINGTON (Oct. 14, 2011) – The Cloud Foundation exposed inhumane conditions for captured wild horses and burros at the Herriman facility outside Salt Lake City, Utah, in March 2011. The footage and report, shot and compiled by Foundation advocate Lisa Friday, showed horses knee-deep in a mixture of muck and manure. As a result of bringing the inhumane conditions to public scrutiny, BLM will be closing the facility for the winter with plans to close it permanently in the next two years.
“We are pleased BLM is finally taking the formerly wild horses out of the inhumane Utah facility before they would be subjected to another winter,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “But it is regrettable that BLM acted to rectify an inhumane situation only after it was exposed in Lisa’s video.” 
Kathrens maintains that further transparency is needed in order for BLM to regain the trust of the American public, which includes allowing the public access to all short term and long term holding facilities on both private and government property. Many facilities, including all long term ones, have virtually no public access.
In Fiscal Year 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010-Oct. 1, 2011) BLM spent over $48 million to hold over 41,000 wild horses and burros in these facilities, many of which are on private property and not available for public scrutiny.
Currently there is no way for the public to verify the numbers or conditions of the animals in many of these facilities. Nor is there any accurate census of wild horses still remaining on the range. Using BLM’s own numbers, wild horse advocates maintain there are far fewer horses remaining on the Western ranges than BLM is reporting. 
Concludes Kathrens, “In order to build trust, there must be more transparency in the way BLM is managing America’s wild horses and burros both on the range and off.”
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Canadian bill to Ban Horse Meat for Human Consumption

By Alex Atamanenko MP on 06 Oct 2011 

New Democrat Agriculture Critic Alex Atamanenko (BC southern Interior) has re-introduced a Private Members Bill that would effectively shut down the slaughtering of horses for human consumption in Canada.
“Since I first introduced this bill in the last Parliament, tens of thousands of Canadians have petitioned the government to legislate an end to this practice,” said Atamanenko. “I think it’s high time the government listened.”
According to the B.C. MP, the odds are enormous that certain drugs, prohibited for use during the life of any animals destined for the human food supply, are routinely being administered to horses.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Horse Slaughter is WRONG; micro-chipping or not

Previous evidence resurfaces revealing that the Ministry of Agriculture has been preparing to defend and expand horse slaughter by complying with the EU's request for an equine micro-chipping program, it appears that they are taking steps to begin implementation. Wild for Life Foundation supports the rights of Canadian horse owners to maintain the choice of whether or not to microchip their horses with a slaughter tag. While it is imperative that the EU take immediate action to protect humans from exposure to toxic substances found in horsemeat imported from Canada, we maintain that horse slaughter is WRONG; micro-chipping or not.

Wild for Life Foundation invites supporters that want to end the barbaric horse slaughter trade to download and post our educational banners to help raise international awareness about this issue.  Use this link to post this article about CanEquid on Facebook: http://sahcause4action.blogspot.com/2011/10/horse-slaughter-is-wrong-micro-chipping.html

Learn more about Canada's CanEquid program here:

SB 655: Bill to ban Horse Slaughter in MA, USA

Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) applauds the Honorable Stephan Brewer, Senator of Massachusetts for introducing Senate bill 655, which takes a positive step to improving equine welfare.

The bill is pending before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. A hearing held Oct 5, 2011 included the testimony of Dr. Linda Breitman, Kathryn Webers of AAHS, and other horse advocates. Dr Nicholas Dodman and Katia Louise submitted written testimony to the committee chairs in support of the bill.

Proponents of slaughter are making their position heard quite well, but the committee has not yet voted on the bill and MA residents are urged to continue sending letters of support in order to ban horse slaughter in the great state of Massachusetts.