Tuesday, November 29, 2011

America's Horses Under Siege!

Wild for Life Foundation
"Saving America's Horses"
Nov 30, 2011


We don't eat our horses for many reasons.  We respect the bond of their love, they are sentient beings and they have earned an honorable place in our society and deserve dignified and humane treatment through to the end of their lives.

Should Americans spend over $5Million in tax payer dollars a year toward toxic pollution, increased crimes rates, promoting tainted meat products and endorsing barbaric cruelty to animals?" 

What about the scientific evidence that reveals the serious health risks and lethal effects when people consume toxic substances banned from the human food chain? 
"Saving America's Horses" provides a platform for the leading equine welfare organizations in the U.S. that have been working to ban horse slaughter for over the past decade.  Please help support our work by telling your friends about this important film project, and donate by mail or on line by visiting our website: www.savingamericashorses.org

"Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed" is an intelligent and touching expose` that can raise the public outcry needed to pass a federal ban on horse slaughter. This documentary film is in post production with public release slated for early 2012, but funds are needed to pay for special processing in order to get "Saving America's Horses" to final print.  
Big Ag wants to bring horse slaughter back to the U.S. and they've got deep pocket special interests helping to pave their way. If America doesn't speak out to stop it, Big Ag could open a horse slaughter plant near you, next year!
Help keep horse slaughter out of America by  supporting "Saving America's Horses"!  
Since 2006, Congress has prevented horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funds for inspections of horse meat from its annual Agriculture Appropriations bill, but the fate of America's horses has now been undermined in one swift move. There has been overwhelming support by the American public, the horse community and the House of Representatives to include de-funding language in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill but special Conference Committee members Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA),  Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), just removed that language from the final bill. Obama signed this bill into law on Nov 18th, 2011.

"Saving America's Horses" is film project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501 c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting, saving and preserving wild and domestic equines. Donations to Wild for Life Foundation are tax deductible to the full extend permitted by law. 
Awards and Accolades:
BEST IN FESTIVAL: Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM: FILM NORTH International Film Festival, Canada
ACCOLADE MERIT AWARD: Indie Fest, for Advocacy, Visuals, and Investigative Journalism
AWARDED FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY, ADVOCACY, EDITING & CONSERVATION MESSAGE: International Wildlife Film Festival

"Masterfully presented!" – Larry Lindner, New York Times best-selling writer 
“Fantastic! Powerful and compelling” — Greg MacGillivary, MacGillivary Freeman Films (IMAX)  
“It’s the freight train that will roar through our country awakening, engaging and empowering the public." – Jo Anne Normile - Founder of CANTER, former racing breeder, owner, and BOD of the MI HBPA & M-TOBA
 “It blows the lid off the abysmal horse slaughter industry in America.” — HarrisonHeldStarMedia
“Brilliant and heartbreaking exposé.” — Laura Allen, Attorney – Animal Law Coalition
"It raises the bar for animal welfare in this country.” – Shelley Abrams, racehorse owner, Co-Founder AAHS

Please help Saving America's Horses by forwarding this important message to your friends.
Thank you!

For the horses and burros~
Katia Louise and the Team at Saving America's Horses

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thank YOU for your Amazing Support

Thanks to the amazing support from caring people like you Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) and Saving America's Horses, the movie has gained many new fans. WFLF just participated in the Chase Giving contest where local charities vied for a chance to win a share of over $3Million in grants. Facebook members could vote one time for up to ten charities, and it was up to the charities to get those members to vote for them.

Though we didn't make it into the top 100, we are extremely pleased with how far we came in such a short period of time. The contest began on Nov 8 and ran 14 days. With YOUR amazing support we rose to a ranking of 193 out of thousands of charities in just four days! Thank you again for your amazing support!

More great news...We are still in the running for a national TV spot and your daily vote can make a huge difference in our success! Click here to vote now and you can see updates and news on the Saving America's Horses Facebook page

Sincerely,
Katia Louise and the Team at Saving America's Horses
http://www.savingamericashorses.org/
http://wildforlifefoundation.org/

PS:
Join Saving America's Horses at our Movie page and Cause page on Facebook. Learn more about why this issue is so important:
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Friday, November 18, 2011

VOTE For Wild for Life Foundation TODAY!

We just found out about the Chase Giving program and there are only three days left to  VOTEYour VOTE today could propel us into  the top 100 charities so we could win $25,000.  Better yet, - by telling all your friends, we might even win the grand prize which could be enough to release this important film publicly by early 2012,  Please help BAN horse slaughter before they build a slaughter plant in your town!

Link to VOTE: http://bit.ly/w1b8QP

It's NOT okay to abuse, slaughter or eat our horses. Our horses need this intelligent and touching documentary film so that the American public can find out what's happening... what's really going on. Please stand with us, cast your VOTE today and make a difference for all wild and domestic equines tomorrow.

Chase Community GivingHelp bring the full power of "Saving America's Horses" to the big screen in a theatre near you!  

Voting ends Nov 22nd, Please vote today!


Thank you.
Sincerely,

Katia Louise

Filmmaker, Saving America's Horses
Founder and President, Wild for Life Foundation


For the first time since 2005, there are NO riders that would prevent horse slaughter in the United States! As of this morning, Obama has signed HR 2112!  http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/signed-legislation


VOTE for Wild for Life Foundation at Chase Community Giving

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Handful of Legislators Condemn Horses to USDA Approved Abuse

Handful of Legislators Condemn Horses to USDA Approved Abuse
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Washington, D.C. -- It would appear that some in Congress are all talk when it comes to seriously reducing federal spending and decreasing the size of  government. Despite overwhelming objections from the American public and the horse community, and despite Congress’ own supposed belief in fiscal restraint, the fate of America’s horses was undermined by three Members of Congress and their staffs behind closed doors this week. For years, an amendment to the annual Agriculture Appropriations bill has prevented tax dollars from being used to "inspect" horse slaughter facilities in the U.S.  The House of Representatives voted this year to again include it in the Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill, but three members of the Conference Committee, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA),  Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), removed it from the final bill. A fourth member of the Conference Committee, Representative Sam Farr (D-CA), was the lone objector.

"I have been in Washington for a long time and this move baffles me. Both parties talked about making the hard cuts in federal spending and yet behind closed doors, three of the four men thought it was a good use of taxpayer dollars to ignore their colleagues and restore a federal program that will cost Americans at least $5 million a year and pull limited USDA inspectors from ensuring the humane treatment and safety of our nation’s food supply. To make matters worse, this was all done to appease a few foreign companies and Big Ag," said Chris Heyde, deputy director of AWI’s government and legal affairs department. "This action shows the true nature of some elected officials - that they are more concerned about helping special interests than doing what they were elected to do.”

Some legislators are trying to disguise what they did as helping the horses, but there is substantial evidence of horses suffering at taxpayers’ expense when slaughter was permitted in the U.S. While a recent GAO report attempted to connect an increase in abuse to a cessation of horse slaughter in the U.S., the authors noted that there was no actual proof other than claims put forward by pro-horse slaughter proponents.

With this cynical move, there is now only one avenue left for ending the tragedy of the slaughter of horses for human consumption: Swift action on the GAO’s other recommendation - passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

"AWI commends Representative Farr (D-CA), ranking member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, for being the sole member of the Conference Committee to stand up for America’s horses and fiscal responsibility,” noted Heyde. “We look forward to working with Representative Farr and other Members of Congress on passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.”

The Animal Welfare Institute is calling on everyone who has horses and cares about the welfare of America’s horses to demand that Congress pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act immediately.

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Media Contact:
Chris Heyde, chris@awionline.org, (202) 446-2142

America's Horses Facing Abusive USDA Slaughter

For Immediate Release
Nov 16, 2011
Wild for Life Foundation,
Los Angeles, CA

Despite overwhelming support to keep horse slaughter out of America three legislators have undercut the safety and welfare of our horses. Since 2006, Congress has prevented horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funds for inspections of horse meat from its annual Agriculture Appropriations bill, but the fate of America's horses has now been undermined in one swift move. There has been overwhelming support by the American public, the horse community and the House of Representatives to include defunding language in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill but special Conference Committee members Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA),  Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), just removed that language from the final bill.

The extensive evidence of insidious cruelty when horse slaughter was permitted in the U.S. underscores the crucial need for protective legislation, but the truth about the misuse of humane guidelines by the proponents of slaughter has been a powerful device in their deceiving campaigns. "One of the biggest challenges in getting protection against the cruelty of horse slaughter is the constant misinformation propagated by proponents of horse slaughter and then circulated by the media," said Katia Louise, Founder Wild for Life Foundation, Director "Saving America's Horses".

"The action to restore the federal program will cost Americans at least $5 million a year and pull limited USDA inspectors from ensuring the humane treatment and safety of our nation’s food supply,” said Chris Heyde, deputy director of AWI’s government and legal affairs department.

Wild for Life Foundation is calling on everyone who cares about the welfare of America’s horses to demand that Congress pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act immediately. We must stay vigilant in our efforts to educate the public and our policymakers about the truth of this barbaric practice.

For more information contact
Katia Louise, Katia[@]wildforlifefoundation.org
Phone 310.439.9817

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Learn more about this issue by visiting www.savingamericashorses.org

"Saving America's Horses" is an educational project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to the protection of equines from cruelty.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Senator Kohl is Key player in deciding the fate of our American Horses

Senator Kohl is Key player in deciding the fate of our American Horses.


Dear Friends,

We are resending this urgent alert out to encourage folks to focus their efforts on Senator Kohls office. 
Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is Chair of the Ag Appropriations Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over the USDA'S BUDGET.  Senator Kohl will play a key role in deciding whether horse slaughterhouses can reopen in the United States.

There are four major players

It is very urgent that we focus our attention on calling Senator Kohl of Wisconsin right now and ask him to please retain language in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that bans the use of tax dollars to fund horse slaughterhouse inspections.

Please be VERY nice and factual. The opposition is factual and horse based.

Again, we must keep in mind that this action only intensifies the urgency for the federal ban.  Regardless of this amendment we must ramp up public demand for passage of the federal bill.  We need all grassroots to rise up and fight for the federal ban now.

Wisconsin Constituents, please make the call.  If you are an officer or board of director from Wisconsin business and/or with a Wisconsin University, please make the call now - (202) 224-5653

Americans Against Horse Slaughter

Wild for Life Foundation

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Urgent call to Action

Our nation’s horses need your help. Until a few years ago, there were a handful of foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the U.S. that slaughtered horses for markets in Europe and Asia, where horse meat is considered a delicacy. Americans spoke out against this practice, and since 2006, Congress has prevented horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funds for inspections of horse meat from its annual Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

Some members of Congress are pushing to resume funding inspections for equine slaughterhouses with your tax dollars. This would allow horse slaughter plants to reopen on U.S. soil.

Please call one of special conference committee members that's currently debating the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. This committee will play a pivotal role in determining whether horse slaughter returns to the United States. You are in a key position to impact this decision!

What You Can Do
Place a brief, polite phone call and say: “Please retain language that bans the use of tax dollars to fund horse slaughterhouse inspections in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill.” Making the call will be fast and easy, and could make a real difference for thousands of American horses while we work to pass a permanent ban on horse slaughter.

Alabama: Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744
Arkansas: Senator Mark Pryor (202) 224-2353
Arizona: Representative Ed Pastor (202) 225-4065
California: Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Connecticut: Representative Rosa DeLauro (202) 225-3661
Florida: Representative Bill Young (202) 225-5961
Georgia: Representative Jack Kingston (202) 225-5831
Hawaii: Senator Daniel Inouye (202) 224-3934
Iowa: Senator Tom Harkin (202) 224-3254
Kansas: Senator Jerry Moran (202) 224-6521
Kentucky: Senator Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
Massachusetts: Representative John Olver (202) 225-5335
Maryland: Senator Barbara Mikulski (202) 224-4654
Maine: Senator Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
Missouri: Senator Roy Blunt (202) 224-5721
Mississippi: Senator Thad Cochran (202) 224-5054
North Carolina: Representative David Price (202) 225-1784
North Dakota: Senator John Hoeven (202) 224-2551
Nebraska: Senator Ben Nelson (202) 224-6551
Ohio: Senator Sherrod Brown (202) 224-2315
Pennsylvania: Representative Chaka Fattah (202) 225-4001
South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson (202) 224-5842
Texas: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (202) 224-5922
Virginia: Representative Frank Wolf (202) 225-5136
Washington: Representative Norm Dicks (202) 225-5916
Wisconsin: Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653 (Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is Chair of the Ag Appropriations Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over the USDA'S BUDGET.  Senator Kohl will play a key role in deciding whether horse slaughterhouses can reopen in the United States.)

Thank you!