Friday, April 20, 2012

Landmark documentary marks 2012 milestones

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April 30, 2012 (updated May 1st, 2012)

Landmark documentary marks milestones; as it moves to position its public release into the mainstream

What's the buzz about SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, the movie? It's spellbinding impact on its viewers to engage, unite and take action for the protection of America's horses from barbaric elimination and slaughter.

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES is winning multiple international awards as it continues to showcase through the festival circuit, but behind the scenes, its team of dedicated supporters are working to position the most powerful public release possible in effort to bring it's spellbinding impact into the mainstream.

First Quarter Milestones 2012: 
Jan. 11th:  A new Ambassador to Saving America’s Horses! Wild for Life Foundation welcomes Calamity Cate Crismani as an Ambassador to “Saving America’s Horses”. Calamity Cate is recognized the world over as the publisher of True Cowboy Magazine, a dedicated advocate for the horses and also as one of the key speakers in the landmark film “Saving America’s Horses”. The prestigious recognition of a Good Will Ambassador to Saving America's Horses is an honor bestowed upon a compassionate equine spokesperson that contributes to the project via in-kind or financially in a manner to significantly help propel the wide public release of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES.
Jan. 17th:  Educate and Inspire with Saving America's Horses brochures. The front side of the print Brochure boasts a beautiful landscape with wild horses and the descriptive content captures the essence and  intrigue of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, the movie. The back side is completely educational and includes key Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter and information on the protective legislation. The Brochures can be ordered through your local printer by emailing us with a request for the print artwork.

Feb. 1st: New Heroes for Horses help unveil SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES Billboards!  Wild for Life Foundation announces the unveiling of the new "SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES" BILLBOARDS! The SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES billboards display a beautiful landscape with wild horses filmed at Return to Freedom's Wild Horse Sanctuary during the making of this life changing film. Helping us to launch this exciting endeavor is David Goldstein, President/CEO of Anchor Advertising Agency, Inc. of the Greater Philadelphia Area. Contact us now to help sponsor a beautiful SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES Billboard in your local community today.

Feb 5th: Wild for Life Foundation launches new visual tools to raise awareness; SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES car door magnets, window decals and bumper stickers help to save, protect and preserve America's horses.

Feb. 13th: Animal Law Coalition joins in the release of Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter, a powerful new tool by Wild for Life Foundation for the protection of equines from cruelty in the U.S. The report provides dynamic talking points that directly counter the onslaught of misinformation triggered by the lifting of the defunded USDA horse slaughter inspections in November 2011.

Feb 21st: Private Advance Screening of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES in Rancho Santa Fe stuns Del Mar Thoroughbred owners and breeders. The screening was hosted by Linda Harris and prominent equine attorney Bing Bush Jr. Guests were moved by the sobering impact of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES. Bing Bush Jr. addressed the urgency for all horsemen and horsewomen to do more to ensure that our beloved horses are protected. “I urge the leaders in the Thoroughbred industry to set an example for the rest of the industry to actively get behind SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, the movie, and support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act."

Feb. 27th:  TV Show “LIVING YOUR DREAMS” Spotlights SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES. Television viewers get a peek behind the veil at one of America’s dirtiest little secrets when LIVING YOUR DREAMS puts the topic of horse processing and wild horse round ups under the spotlight.Show Host Mara Brown interviews guest speakers, Katia Louise, President of Wild for Life Foundation and Cate Crismani, Publisher of True Cowboy magazine.

March 1st: WFLF Study Reveals Disturbing Number of U.S. Thoroughbreds Slaughtered Each Year.  The Case Study, co-authored by Katia Louise and Jo Anne Normile was conducted on the number of Thoroughbreds that die at slaughter annually and is based on data published by the U.S. government and the Jockey Club. The findings represent a detailed portrait of the U.S. Thoroughbreds slaughtered in the years 2002 through 2010, as compared to annual Thoroughbred foal crop. According to the study, an amount equal to 70% of the annual Thoroughbred foal crop, on average, die at slaughter each year.

March 6th: Prominent Equine Attorney Bing Bush, Jr. Named Good Will Ambassador to SAVING  AMERICA’S HORSES. Bing Bush, Jr., one of the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent and well respected equine attorneys, has been named a Good Will Ambassador to WFLF’s SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, the nation’s voice for the protection of equines from cruelty. In accepting this prestigious position, Bing Bush, Jr. will be seeking to raise awareness as a voice from within the equine community. “My unexpected awakening by SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES has made an indelible impression that has moved me deeply to act as best as my resources allow to ensure that everyone is truly educated about this issue and the solutions which all deserve.” — Bing Bush Jr., equine attorney
March 23rd: AATV's Debra Lopez interviews filmmaker Katia Louise about SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES and what inspired her to create the film, plus Katia's response to the recent public outcry from American’s regarding the recent appropriations Bill H.2112 which effectively lifted a five-year ban on horse slaughter inspections in the U.S. 

March 29th: Wild for Life Foundation announced its all new info-graphic for the Saving America's Horses Initiative. "15 Things to know about Horse Slaughter" puts the data that people need to know in an easy to understand way with visual displays that can be seen rather than read." "It's the "data viz" as the cool kids call it and we hope to see it go viral", says Katia Louise, Director, Saving America's Horses. The eye catching tool can be linked and posted on to Facebook straight from the SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES movie site so that social networking groups can share it far and wide.

SAH @ 2012 American Equine Summit
April 1st: Saving America's Horses' cast members, Paula Bacon, John Holland, Susan Wagner, Jo Anne Normile, Dr. Lester Friedlander and Katia Louise appear and speak at the 2012 Equine Summit in Albany, New York, where a private screening of the feature film, "Saving America's Horses" was presented. The summit and the screening were a major success.

April 3rd: The featurette of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES premiered to attendees of the Summit of the Live Horse in Oklahoma City, and thanks to a generous donation by Simone Netherlands of Respect 4 Horses, is receiving attention and exposure on the "Stop Slaughtering Us" billboard in Oklahoma City, OK.

April 5th: Award winning international recording artist singer/songwriter Ronnie Nyles, joins Animal Fairy Charities to release the single “Wild & Free” with all proceeds being donated to Wild For Life Foundation in support of the film "Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed. Lending her riveting vocals and writing talents Ronnie helps to raise support for the preservation of our wild horses on the open range and the protection of all America's horses from barbaric slaughter with a thought provoking song entitled “Wild & Free”.

April 11-15th:  SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES takes Kansas City Film Fest by Storm and wins the highest 5 STAR votes by a landslide -- it was the most popular and talked about film in the KC Film Festival. Former mayor Paula Bacon and cast member/ former Chief USDA Inspector Dr Lester Friedlander stave supercell storms to join filmmaker Katia Louise in MO for the Kansas City's premiere of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES. Thanks to a generous donor, the SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES' promo spot played at the top of every movie all week long, putting America’s horses front and center.

April 15th: Fans and supporters help SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES to go viral! The impact was off the charts," says filmmaker Katia Louise.  "The tremendous buzz about the horses rippled through the festival and with the support from fans and horse advocates our reach to the public more than tripled in just a few days on the internet." Supporters are urged to keep sharing, posting and inviting your friends to the Saving America's Horses movie page at FB.

Ady Gill, Linda Redman, Mara Brown, Katia Louise, Cate Crismani
April 21st:  Private Industry Screening of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES in Los Angeles sweeps viewers off their feet, empowering them and inspiring them to get involved on behalf of the horses. The screening was hosted by Ady Gill in the private screening theater of American High Definition. Wine and hors d'oeuvres were sponsored by Rosenthal Estate Wines and MCafĂ©. The film screened to a full house and guests lingered for hours after the showing as they formed new bonds and discussed ways to take action for the protection of America's horses from barbaric elimination and slaughter.

May 1st: SUCCESS! Saving America's Horses successfully met the GlobalGiving challenge! But it would not have happened without your kind and generous support! In going above and beyond to spread the word on behalf of this project, it was your support that made all the difference. We are working to bring this important landmark film coast to coast and the GlobalGiving fund raising platform will help us to reach a new global audience of supporters. Thanks to your support SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES Coast to Coast has a permanent place on GlobalGiving to help save and raise awareness for a nation of horses now and into the future. 

Learn more about SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES at www.SavingAmerica' 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saving America's Horses takes Kansas City Film Fest by Storm

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES takes Kansas City Film Fest by storm with it's powerful and lingering message. The international award winning film made a powerful impact on festival goers in Kansas City and was the film everyone was talking about all week long. "That's very good for horses," says Paula Bacon, former mayor Kaufman TX.

The horses' presence was seen and felt everywhere, throughout the festival, with gorgeous life size SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES displays in the lobbies and entryways at multiple festival venues and after parties. The SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES promo spot starring Paula Bacon, Paul Sorvino and Linda Gray played at the top of every movie all week long as excitement mounted for the film to screen.

Fueled by the spirit of the horse, the movie sweeps its viewers off their feet, empowering them and inspiring them to get involved on behalf of the horses. "The impact was off the charts," says filmmaker Katia Louise.  "The tremendous buzz about the horses rippled through the festival and with the support from fans and horse advocates our reach to the public more than tripled in just a few days on the internet." 

As anticipation escalated for the film to screen so did nature's fury with supercell tornadoes shutting down airports and delaying flights. That same  perfect storm was heading straight for Kansas City, but it didn't stop Paula Bacon, (former mayor Kaufman TX) and Dr Lester Friedlander, (former USDA Chief Inspector) from appearing and speaking at the Kansas City screen's premiere.

Paula Bacon is the former mayor of Kaufman, Texas, which until 2007 had the foreign-owned Dallas Crown horse slaughter plant. "A horse slaughter plant creates expensive environmental problems for taxpayers and stigmatizes the community as 'that place where they slaughter horses' -- Good development goes elsewhere,"  Bacon said. "The horse slaughter plant did not make our community money--we paid."

Festival goers were stunned  by Dr. Friedlander's statements underscoring how federal laws do not protect the horses in the U.S. "USDA vets are pressured by the slaughter plant owners to overlook violations to cruelty laws so they can make more money," Friedlander said. 

Paula Bacon, one of the film's lead cast and speakers in SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES is also an Executive Advisory Board member for the film. Dr Lester Friedlander is a cast and speaker for the film project and Katia Louise is the director/ producer of the film. SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES - A NATION BETRAYED is an educational film project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501 c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving horses.

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES wins the highest 5 STAR votes by a landslide, adding to its multiple international awards as it continues to showcase through the festival circuit.

Concerned citizens and horse advocates are encouraged to support the SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES Coast to Coast campaign to help bring this film to public release.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

New Commercial Spotlights America's Horses: Kansas City, MO

For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, CA
April 6, 2012

Now see the all new 20 second commercial for SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, and move quickly to obtain advance tickets for the MO screening while supplies last.

There's a storm brewing in Kansas with proponents of horse slaughter milling around.  Timing is pivotal for our horses, with the escalated push by foreign investors to reopen horse slaughter plants in the U.S., more and more horses are at risk of cruel and barbaric slaughter. But the international award winning film, SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES A NATION BETRAYED will soon be in Kansas and you know what happened to the wicked witch of the East when Dorothy's house landed on her.

Local community members have been up in arms staking their position against the threat of a proposed slaughterhouse for horses in MO. Special interest groups have been pushing to reopen horse slaughter plants across the country even though this so called industry devastates American communities and almost exclusively profits foreign interests.  

The Kansas City screen's premiere will take place on Sunday, April 15th at 2:45PM at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The auditorium offers the largest seating capacity of all the venues during the week long festival which begins Wednesday, April 11th.

Seating is expected to sell out for this very special screening. Missouri residents and neighboring communities are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance for this landmark film. Now is your opportunity to buy tickets online to SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES A NATION BETRAYED.

"We are thrilled by the overwhelming amount of support from across the country for this important project," says film director Katia Louise.  SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES' fans are showing their support and have helped to sponsor eye catching signage, plus a special 20 second commercial for the film which will play at the top of every movie in the AMC Kansas City Film Festival. 98 movies will run in 5 theaters for 5 full days and nights, where America's horses will be front and center to movie goers from all ages and backgrounds. SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES' 6' Banners, table tents and educational brochures will also be part of the week long event bringing attention to this important cause driven film. 

Anyone who cares about the economy, the environment and the humane treatment of America's horses will want to arrive early for good seats. A special Q&A with the filmmaker, Katia Louise; cast member/ former mayor Paula Bacon, and cast member/ former Chief USDA Inspector Dr Lester Friedlander will take place following the screening. Order your tickets now!

"The impact of SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES A NATION BETRAYED is visceral and awe inspiring at the same time. The beauty of the cinematography lay in stark contrast to the dark truths that the film so painstakingly and irrefutably laid bare. The public must see this film!" —John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance

"Masterfully presented! - Powerful and compelling!”
—Larry Lindner, New York Times best-selling writer

"This landmark feature documentary film is an intelligent and hard hitting exposĂ© that reveals how the public has been misled by government agencies and corporate interests that run over the laws that are supposed to protect the horses and the environment," —Laura Allen, animal law attorney.  

Saving America's Horses is geared for the conscience consumer and suitable for all audiences.  

BEST IN FESTIVAL: Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM: RBC FILM NORTH Huntsville International Film Festival, Canada
ACCOLADE MERIT AWARD: Advocacy, Visuals, and Investigative Journalism

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Saving America's Horses 15 Things to Know about Horse Slaughter

See, share and post the all new eye catching infographic on to Facebook and  share it far and wide!
SAH's 15 Things to Know about Horse Slaughter also available in a PDF
In support of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, SB 1176
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Over Population of Horses vs Rescue and Slaughter

Over Population of Horses vs Rescue and Slaughter

By Wild for Life Foundation
Saving America's Horses Initiative

Overcoming the misinformation generated by the proponents of slaughter remains one of the most challenging problems for those in the field of equine protection. Wild for Life Foundation recently released an infographic called "Saving America's Horses' 15 Things to Know About Horse Slaughter" and the response has been overwhelmingly supportive.

This summary outline serves to substantiate item #12 of the Infographic and dispel the misinformation as represented in the glut of articles circulating the media about the over-population of horses

Each and every horse’s life counts and they should never be slaughtered. Like slaughter, rescue is NOT an answer to the surplus of horses generated by the equine industry.  For every horse that is rescued from slaughter, another one is sent in its place to fulfill the demand for horsemeat in foreign countries.

Proponents of slaughter have fabricated the crisis about "unwanted" or the surplus of horses, and are using it to manipulate the public and congressional vote.  The term "unwanted" was coined by proponents of slaughter as a means to cover up the truth.

The actual number of horses deemed as "surplus" can be managed if stakeholders (aka industry breeders) were to incorporate responsible breeding practices.

Moreover, the number of horses sent to slaughter each year is predicated on the market for horsemeat, NOT the so called number of "unwanted" horses.  No horse must be dealt with via slaughter.

Saving America's Horses' 15 Things... Infographic #12 states that…
"There is no over-population or surplus of horses that must be dealt with via slaughter."
See “WFLF's Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter” for more information Re #12 of the SAH 15 things infographic.

Excerpt from WFLF's Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths about Horse Slaughter:
The absence of horse slaughter plants in the U.S. has caused an increase in the abuse, neglect and abandonment of horses.
a. Established research indicates that there is no data to support the inflated number of horses reported as abandoned in the U.S. Countless unsubstantiated reports and articles are circulated by proponents which creates the misconception that abandonment is out of control. Moreover, investigations indicate that these fabricated articles and reports are based on inflated and artificial data.
b. It’s a crime to abandon, neglect or abuse a horse, and history clearly shows that crime rates increase during times of economic downfall. Based on the same, substantiated data directly ties the slightly increased number of abandoned horses, to bad economic conditions.
c. Horse owners that resort to abandonment of their horses are breaking the law. When questioned they say they have done so in effort to save their horses from going to slaughter.
d. The absence of horse slaughter in the U.S. has not and does not prevent horse owners from taking their horses to auction for the purpose of slaughter. Livestock auctions have continued to operate all over the country where animals, including horses are bought and sold for slaughter.

Horse slaughter is a necessary means to deal with an otherwise unmanageable surplus of “unwanted” horses.
a. The “unmanageable surplus horses” is an artificial a crisis created by the proponents to justify slaughter as “a necessary evil”.
b. Horse slaughter is not driven by a surplus of horses; rather it is driven by a foreign market for horse meat which is sold as a delicacy in foreign countries.
c. On average, less than 1% of the 9 million horses that exist in the U.S. are “surplus or unwanted”. This tiny fraction of the horse population can easily be managed and reabsorbed back into the equine community just as it has in the past. The “surplus” of horses created by the industry can simply be kept longer, sold or traded, retrained in new disciplines, donated to retirement and rescue facilities, humanely euthanized or they can provide a public service such as equine therapy.
d. When the market for horsemeat dropped from over 300,000 in the 1990s to less than 50,000 in 2003, the industry was forced to take responsibility for the surplus of horses. The country was not overrun with “unwanted” horses; rather they were reabsorbed back into the equine community.
e. Horse owners that are unable to provide continuing care for their horses can have them humanely euthanized for the cost equal to one month’s care. Humane euthanasia clinics are oftentimes available to horse owners that cannot afford to have a qualified vet administer the lethal injection.
f. Due to the economic downfall some equine rescues have been forced to close and many are struggling due to the economy. However, research indicates the actual number of new horse rescue organizations and facilities in the U.S. are on the rise and new flow through organizations are being formed to help support them.
g. Thousands of horse rescue organizations across the U.S. provide emergency care and shelter to slaughter bound horses, but for every horse that is rescued from slaughter another one takes its place in order to fill the kill-buyer quota. The passage of the protective bills that would ban the slaughter of horses in the U.S. would stop the never ending flow of slaughter bound horses into rescues and end the flow of rescue funds from going into the slaughter pipeline. This would in turn enable these rescue organizations to instead put those funds and efforts toward providing assistance to equine owners for the prevention of equine cruelty and provide for horses that need rescue from abuse.
h. The criminal element and level of corruption that exists within the horse slaughter industry is well established and contributes significantly to the lack of law enforcement that would otherwise protect equines from this predatory trade. Reputable rescue organizations are impacted when killbuyers fraudulently rescue horses for the purpose of slaughter. Many large scale seizures of abused and abandoned horses reveal the perpetrator(s) to be involved in horse slaughter.

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d. Horse slaughter benefits a relatively small number of powerful stakeholders within the U.S. equine industry that stand to profit from the exploitation of irresponsible excess breeding practices.

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