Monday, March 25, 2013

Rescue in Progress - Please help

WFLF's Lifetime Equine Refuge is rescuing three companion horses who were on the verge of going to slaughter, and we are working to bring them immediately into our Safe Haven Network.


We got the emergency call requesting urgent aid for these three young horses just the other day. Our emergency rescue team immediately delivered temporary hay and feed provisions for the horses and upon assessment found they range from 5 - 12 years old, are all without shelter and severely emaciated.

The mother of the owner reports that her son was in an accident and has since been unable to provide them the care they need. The owner has since agreed to surrender them, but time is of the essence.

Together we can make this story of broken bodies and shattered lives whole again.



Experienced equine care providers interested in helping to foster or adopt a horse in need are also invited to join WFLF's Safe Haven Network. With your help, horses like these can receive that second chance at life.

If you have room for a horse in need, or know someone else that does, please contact WFLF's Lifetime Equine Refuge directly. info@lifetimeequinerefuge.org

WFLF's Lifetime Equine Refuge provides medical care, food, shelter and a 2nd chance at life for wild and domestic equines in need. Wild for Life Foundation is a 501c3 all volunteer nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through rescue, sanctuary and education. Donations to WFLF are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

Partnering rescue organizations are encouraged to network and collaborate for provision of the most expedient rescue possible. 
Thank you for all that you do for the horses.

Sincerely,
Katia Louise, President
Wild for Life Foundation
Lifetime Equine Refuge

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Legislation to Stop Horse Slaughter to be Introduced



LOS ANGELES, CA– March12, 2013,  Saving America’s HorsesDr. Nicholas Dodman and Senator Landrieu, D-La. will join together with Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., the ASPCA, HSUS and AWI to introduce federal legislation to stop the inhumane killing of American horses for human consumption and prohibit the transport of horses across the U. S. border for slaughter. The new bills will be called the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act; the passage of which would prohibit horse slaughter operations in the U.S., end the current export and slaughter of more America’s wild and domestic equines, and protect the public from consuming toxic horsemeat.
 
A press conference will be held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 13 at 10 a.m. for the introduction of the bills.

Watch the Theatrical Trailer from SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES, the movie: http://youtu.be/7Qb68DTz5RQ

Friday, March 8, 2013

What does a $2 billion budget cut to the USDA mean for the future of horse slaughter inside the US?

What does a $2 billion budget cut to the USDA mean for the future of horse slaughter inside the US?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Los Angeles, Mar 8, 2012, A $2 billion budget cut to the USDA prompts slaughter plant inspector furloughs within days of discovering USDA  intentions to approve horse slaughter inspections inside the US.  Secretary Vilsack told the House Ag committee that due to the federal sequester each USDA inspector will likely be furloughed 11 to 12 days at a time. The White House says USDA inspectors furloughs will cause meatpacking plants to shut down periodically.

"USDA inspections must take place on site at each U.S. slaughterhouse in order for its meat product to be legally available for interstate commerce, " explains Katia Louise, of the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF). "The former ban on the spending of taxpayer dollars for USDA inspections of horse slaughter, had helped to keep foreign special interests from slaughtering our horses inside the U.S."  As pointed out by Wild for Life Foundation's Saving America's Horses, the  inclusion of the defunding language in the farm bill was however quietly stripped in Nov 2011, by Senators Blunt, Kohl and Congressman Kingston, leaving America's horses virtually unprotected.

The Senate will be opening this year's Ag appropriations bill next week. The house simply carried over the existing language and passed it as is, therefore the 2013 bill does NOT include the defunding language.  The bill now goes to Senator Mikulski and the subcommittee members, but they will have to answer to the American public; of which over 70% oppose horse slaughter.


"Proponents of slaughter argue that it would be better to slaughter horses in the U.S. where we can supposedly insure their humane treatment," observes Ms Louise.  "But numerous governmental reports and undercover investigations show that USDA inspections fail to stop insidious abuses from taking place inside our slaughterhouses. Substantial documented evidence reveals egregious violations and a total lack of enforcement by the USDA in U.S. horse slaughterhouses before they were shut down in 2007. If horse slaughter plants are reopened in the U.S., horses will undoubtedly suffer torturous agony on U.S. soil again."

As revealed in the new PSA series from WFLF, "International Health Alert" and "Duped", the U.S. horse slaughter cover-up puts people and horses in harm's way -- And American consumers are more concerned than ever that horse meat will make, or has possibly already made its way into beef products in the United States as it has done in Europe. Evidence of health hazards surfacing amidst the international horse meat scandal has resulted in several major companies, including Tesco, Nestlé and Ikea, pulling food from grocery shelves in 16 countries after tests showed beef products actually contained up to 100% horse meat.

In the absence of a federal ban, over 100,000 American horses are shipped across federal borders to slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada each year and from there the horse meat is shipped primarily to the EU. "But most people don't realize that U.S. horses are treated with many substances known to be toxic to humans; substances that can be lethal when ingested by humans, and many of which have been banned from the human food chain in most countries." - WFLF's Facts that Refute the 7 Most Common Myths About Horse Slaughter.  "... And Foreign consumers of horsemeat are not made aware of the associated health risks directly related to the substances administered to U.S. horses."

As Congress works to cut the budget through federal sequester and other possible means, it should also continue to prevent the additional spending of millions of dollars, simply to allow our nation’s horses again to be subjected to cruel slaughter for the satisfaction of foreign markets.

Prior to 2006, USDA spent approximately $5 million annually for inspections at U.S. based horse slaughter plants.  If the USDA were to re-institute such expenditures in the face of these critical billion dollar budget cuts, it may very well lose and never regain the trust of the American people.

Press Contact:
Kate Dudley PR, WFLF
T: 310-439-9817
admin @ wildforlifefoundation.org

Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) grassroots nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines. The Saving America’s Horses Initiative is an international consortium of equine professionals dedicated to educating the public and raising awareness for responsible equine ownership, the preservation of America’s wild horses on open rangelands, and the protection of all equines from slaughter.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WFLF-SAH Call to Action - Mar 6, 2013



The USDA is taking steps forward to conduct horse slaughter inspectionsThe startling news is linked to the law suit that Valley Meats of NM, filed against the USDA.  If they are successful the first inspection could take place in a couple months time.
 
Help us stop the inhumane killing and obtain justice for America's horses by supporting our work.   

We work around the clock researching, documenting and exposing the true facts about the capture, removal, transport and stockpiling of both wild and domestic horses to be slaughtered for their meat. In order to effect change, we have combined the evidence we collect into multiple media educational materials, including the world's most powerful visual resource; cinema. "Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed", the acclaimed feature documentary film is a game changer for our horses.


Give now
US cover-up puts horses and people in harm’s way
See "Health Alert" (30 sec spot)

Watch: "Duped" (60 sec spot)
http://youtu.be/peP_78ATJwc

 Tax deductible donations can be made on line and by mail
http://www.savingamericashorses.org/donations.html

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD:

  • Call Gov Martinez for an Executive Order banning horse Slaughter in NM 505-476-2200


WFLF's Saving America’s Horses Initiative is an international consortium of equine professionals that stand together and are dedicated to educating the public and raising awareness for responsible equine ownership, the preservation of America’s wild horses on open rangelands, and the protection of all equines from slaughter. Stand With Us! 

SAVING AMERICA'S HORSES is an educational documentary film under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving wild and domestic equines through education, rescue and sanctuary.  Donations are tax deductible to the full extend permitted by law.

Mar 5, 2012
Los Angeles, CA USA
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Saving America's Horses