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Wild Horses and Burros should NOT be Managed by the States!

11 Jul

Fillies (TRIPLE B HMA) at Palomino Valley Center August 2011 photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

Fillies (TRIPLE B HMA) at Palomino Valley Center August 2011
photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

 

Representative Chris Stewart introduced this bill yesterday, July 10:

H.R.5058 – To amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to provide for State and tribal management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes.

This bill may also be cited as “Wild Horse Oversight Act” This is mid July and the 113th Congress ends in early January 2015. The House has 5 months to get this bill passed and we have 5 months to stop this bill from passing. The Cosponsors are: Representatives Rob Bishop [R-UT-1] and Tom McClintock [R-CA-4] This bill was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

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Migros Will NOT Be Buying Horse Meat from Bouvry in Canada

6 Jun

This is a good step in the right direction, but it doesn’t end horse slaughter since Migros will continue to look for other sources that comply with the Animal welfare laws in Switzerland. 

Migros Cooperative Association Press release :

(TRANSLATION BY GOOGLE)

Migros does not receive more horse meat from producer Bouvry from Canada

Zurich (ots) – The horses mast Bouvry from Canada does not meet the requirements of the Migros to the animal welfare. Therefore, the Migros stops the sale and will lead a reduced range of horse meat products until they find a new supplier who can comply with the Swiss animal welfare legislation.

The improvement of animal welfare at home and abroad is a central concern for Migros. In Switzerland, it is a pioneer with their labels TerraSuisse and Migros Bio. When importing, it has set itself the ambitious target within the Generation M to bring up in 2020, all foreign suppliers on the state of the strict Swiss regulations. In the area of ​​turkeys and rabbits, it is the Migros succeeded in Hungary together with its suppliers to build a production that act responsibly with animals and is the Swiss animal welfare legislation requirements. For its international commitment, Migros has recently received the Swiss Ethics Award.

When horsemeat Migros launched in 2013 a specific project to improve animal welfare. She defined clear guidelines for the producer Bouvry in Canada and supported him in the implementation. Various measures such as the construction of a modern abattoir were implemented. The supplier’s efforts but did not go far enough, especially in the origin of the horse and animal care. This was an independent control. Therefore, the Migros waived further collaboration with producer Bouvry. Migros respects existing contracts and stops the sale in a few weeks.

Migros is committed to finding an alternative. Foreign suppliers only come to train when they are able to comply with the Swiss animal welfare legislation. In the meantime, Migros will lead a reduced range, which comes from Swiss production.
Zurich, June 6, 2014

source: Migros does not receive more horse meat from producer Bouvry from Canada (PICTURE) | Press release Migros Cooperative Association.

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Canadian Parliament Defeats Food Safety Bill C-571

15 May

The Canadian House of Commons voted on whether C-571 should continue on to committee yesterday May 15, 2014,  for further consideration of the food safety laws and regulations in place regarding the slaughtering of horses. Most horses in Canada and all horses in America are not in the food pipeline. In America, horses are not regulated as food animals yet they still end up on the dinner plates in the global marketplace! C-571 could have stopped this and their reputation of safe food would not be sullied…sigh… it was defeated!

NDP Press Release:

PARLIAMENT DEFEATS FOOD SAFETY BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2014

PARLIAMENT DEFEATS FOOD SAFETY BILL

Alex Atamanenko, MP (BC Southern Interior) issued the following statement in Ottawa regarding parliament’s defeat last night of his Bill C-571 through which he hoped to overhaul the horse meat industry in the interests of food safety:

“I am very dismayed that my Bill C-571 did not get quite enough support in Parliament to pass on to Committee stage where it would have received thorough scrutiny and proper debate. I had hoped to follow an example set by the EU to have the same food safety standards, transparency and accountability applied to the horse meat industry as is required of all animals that are raised to produce food for the human food chain.

Horses are commonly and even routinely administered a long list of common medications labelled as toxic and not intended for use in food animals because no safe limits or withdrawals periods have been established.

Unlike the cattle industry where food production is its primary purpose, the horse slaughter for meat industry mainly exists to dispose of the industrial by-product from the equine sporting industry where abuse and overuse of drugs is rampant.

By presenting arguments based on food safety, science and legal accountability, renowned international equestrian Victoria McCullough and Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo recently effected a nearly unanimous and non-partisan decision in the US Congress to keep American slaughterhouses closed to horses. It is striking that Canada’s parliament just voted to ignore the same science and facts to give priority to industry profits.

I would like to thank all my MP colleagues that supported my bill. My warmest thanks go out to all those who worked so tirelessly to gather signatures on petitions and to the thousands of Canadians who signed those petitions or wrote their MPs in support of Bill C-571. A very special thank you to Sinikka Crosland of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition who together with Humane Society International / Canada have worked so hard to bring about action to clean up the shady and irresponsible practices of this unnecessary industry.

SOURCE:  HERE

Apparently the Canadian House of Commons could care less about their food safety issues…what a disappointment! We know it wasn’t the perfect solution, but if it had become law, at least the horses without an EID could not be slaughtered in Canada and the US Canadian border would be shut to imports of slaughter bound American horses.
Read about how the vote went in the Canadian House of Commons yesterday on:
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition 
Please be Our Voice!  ©2013 afroditi katsikis

Please be Our Voice! ©2013 afroditi katsikis

There is still a chance for the USA to shut it’s borders to exporting horses for slaughter by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013.
Open a POPVOX account to send a message to your US Representative and comment in support of the House Bill HR.1094  and then comment on the Senate Bill S.541 to send a message to your Senator!
Time is of the essence: In a few short months the USDA/FSIS defunding language will no longer be in place and S.541 & HR.1094 expire in early January 2015. To see what else you can do to help pass the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013 go HERE

 

Join the herd against horse slaughter in the USA photo ©2013 afroditi katsikis

Like this Facebook page: Safeguard American Food Exports Act S541 & Hr1094 to keep informed of the horse related legislation in the USA.

 

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Utah ATV protest peaceful

10 May

San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman briefs ATV riders Saturday morning at Centennial Park in Blanding, Utah, on a plan for a protest ride into Recapture Canyon east of town. photo by John Peel/Durango Herald

The ‘peaceful demonstration in Iron County today was advertised for the last two weeks or more. The BLM knew about the plan of the locals to ride their ATV’s through Recapture Valley which has an 11 mile stretch of land full of archaeological artifacts of the Pueblo who were the first to live on that land; this land has been closed off to ATVs and motorized vehicles since September 2007. 

“Also, a statement issued after the ride from BLM Utah Director Juan Palma said the BLM had documented those who rode Saturday into the area closed to motorized use.

“The BLM was in Recapture Canyon today collecting evidence and will continue to investigate,” Palma’s statement said. “The BLM will pursue all available redress through the legal system to hold the lawbreakers accountable.”

I’m surprised to learn that the BLM stood by and watched as these motorized vehicles drove through this delicate area! BLM has itchy fingers when it comes to wild horse advocates taking photos at roundups and has even arrested some advocates for doing so! Taking photographs are harmless, but destroying or disturbing ancient artifacts is a totally different situation.

“Part of Palma’s BLM statement:

“Regrettably, after a peaceful rally in Blanding, Utah, a number of individuals broke the law by driving ATVs through Recapture Canyon where ancient artifacts and dwellings may have been damaged by the riders.

“As always, our first and most important priority is the safety of the public and our employees, and our actions today reflect that. The BLM’s law enforcement presence today focused on recording and documenting individuals who chose to violate the law by traveling into the closure area on ATVs.”

 

If BLM was that concerned about the value of the artifacts in Recapture Canyon, why didn’t they stop the ATV ride through it before the ride began? Are they busy arresting wild horse advocates who are merely taking photographs?

Recapture Reservoir, Blanding,  Utah

Recapture Reservoir, Blanding, Utah (Photo credit: MortAuPat)

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BLM Extends Application Deadline for Submitting Research Proposals Aimed at Suppressing Population Growth of Wild Horses | Habitat For Horses

9 May HELL-A-CHOPPER rounds up wild horses at Triple B, Newark Valley

HELL-A-CHOPPER rounds up wild horses at Triple B, Newark Valley,  photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

 

The only science the BLM reads is that which proposes the use of surgical, chemical, pharmaceutical or intrauterine devices to control population growth. They still continue to ignore the NAS report that states clearly that the BLM’s roundups are spurring the growth of the wild horse herds. Now they are extending the deadline for research proposals … could it be that the BLM Wild Horse and Burro group have yet to receive any proposals?

READ MORE: BLM Extends Application Deadline for Submitting Research Proposals Aimed at Suppressing Population Growth of Wild Horses | Habitat For Horses.

The third band harrassed by the chopper continuously at the trap site! ©2011 Afroditi Katsikis

The third band harassed by the HELL-A-CHOPPER continuously while at the Newark Valley trap site!  photo ©2011 afroditi katsikis

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Wild horse herds with functional social structures contribute to low herd growth … Protect Mustangs™

2 May

  1. Triple B, Butte Valley trap site August 2011 ©2011 afroditi katsikis

    BLM has missed their chance to become authorities on wild horses by kowtowing to the welfare cattle ranchers. They have had since 1971 to study and learn about wild horse behavior and social structure but instead BLM spouts myths and lies about wild horses based on their knowledge of domestic horses. Wild horses are not the same as domestic horses since domestic horses rely on humans to care for them while the wild horses know and understand what it takes to survive in the wild.
    Read more: Study shows wild horse herds with functional social structures contribute to low herd growth compared to BLM managed herds | Protect Mustangs™.
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Comment to Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board April 2014

19 Apr

Wilkd Horses and Burro Advisory Board April 14, 2014 © 2014 afroditi katsikis

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board April 14, 2014

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting April 14, 2014 ©2014 afroditi katsikis

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board April 14, 2014

Comment sent to Bureau of Land Management,  Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting held April 14 & 15, 2014, Sacramento, CA

Dear Advisory Board Members:
I attended  the Triple B roundup in August 2011 at the Newark Valley and Butte Valley trap sites which spurred me on to continue observing and reading whatever is available online about the WH&B program and activities.I’m not affiliated with any wild horse non-profit group nor with ranchers. I have some concerns about the BLM Wild Horse & Burro program because I feel it is broken, not to mention a costly program that increases its budget by paying for research and then ignoring the analyses. Continue reading

Take Action: Congress Must Act to End Abusive Practice of Soring Horses | Animal Welfare Institute

15 Apr

 

End Abusive Practice of Soring Horses - Photo by Randall Saxton

”  The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) would finally remove these shortcomings by amending the Horse Protection Act, to end the industry’s failed system of self-policing, ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms needed to finally end this torture, including requiring meaningful USDA enforcement. This legislation already has the bipartisan support of more than 50 Senate co-sponsors and more than 260 House of Representatives co-sponsors.  “

 

This is not law yet …. please contact your Senators and Representatives and tell them to co-sponsor and vote for it.

Read the rest of this: Congress Must Act to End Abusive Practice of Soring Horses | Animal Welfare Institute.

 

 

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406/H.R. 1518) would finally remove these shortcomings by amending the Horse Protection Act, to end the industry’s failed system of self-policing, ban the use of devices implicated in the practice of soring, strengthen penalties, and make other reforms needed to finally end this torture, including requiring meaningful USDA enforcement. This legislation already has the bipartisan support of more than 50 Senate co-sponsors and more than 260 House of Representatives co-sponsors.

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It’s Not About Turtles?

11 Apr

English: Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) ...

English: Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada. Español: Tortuga desertica (Gopherus agassizii) en Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Never thought I would see the day that BLM would turn against a cattle rancher … but it looks like BLM has even better ways of destroying public lands.  Excessive cattle were bad enough but now the BLM must have some other more wealthy and powerful friends! This is more than about trespassing cattle … a realtor states that Bundy has had repeated offers to buy his ranch lands over the years since they are next to I-15. According to Rusty Hill, former NV Land Broker, the plans for this land are:

“Not about turtles, it’s about water. There are developers working for military contractors that want the land and water for mining weapons grade minerals for industry … they want to sell the land by the highway for real estate development because it’s close to I-15 and the Bundys have been refusing to sell what they actually own directly for over 20 years.  Many buyers sent me out there with crazy offers for that land for many years. It’s prime real estate not worthless desert. There is a natural gas pipeline going through there and lots of water underground too. Somebody connected to a military corporation is using political power and the BLM to muscle those people out”

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The ranchers in support of Bundy have asked the BLM what are the backhoes and dump trucks doing? This is calving season so the Bundy ‘militia’ feel that the cattle are being traumatized and killed because they aren’t used to being corralled; that cattle or new baby calves are dying as a result of BLM’s roundup; so typical that the cattle aren’t paired up with their calves — not surprising because of how BLM have treated the wild horses, is it?

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Pete Santilli describes the events at the roadside protest where a female cancer patient was thrown on the ground – BLM says it was to save her life from a truck…really? Trucks don’t have brakes? Typical BLM spin that we have all heard before that is usually farthest from the truth.

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This article published on March 25, 2014, Bundy declares ‘range war’ BLM to impound embattled rancher’s cattle there’s a short history describing the dispute between BLM and Cliven Bundy.  Bundy has not paid grazing fees since 1993 but has continued to graze his cattle on public land and,

“Among other arguments, the government says the rancher’s cattle are trespassing on federal land and eating vegetation that would otherwise sustain the desert tortoise, a threatened species.”  

Read the rest of the article HERE  

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But wait, there’s more to this story:

“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land. The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Senator Reid. Reid’s former senior adviser is now the head of BLM. Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests. BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor. “

See more at: The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment 

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Isn’t it odd that in August 2013 BLM threatened they were going to kill all the desert tortoises due to budget constraints, but now they want to protect them from cattle and spend millions of dollars rounding them up and so what if some cattle or their calves die in the process? How convenient that the BLM remembered that desert tortoises were a threatened species and needed protection from cattle.

Read more at BLM to kill hundreds of desert tortoises as its conservation center runs out of money

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By the end of April 9, BLM has rounded up 1077 cattle but no mention of how many cattle or calves died. Sound familiar horse advocates? Many cattle ranchers want all the wild horses removed from their lawfully given HMA’s and now BLM favors more lucrative revenues that don’t include cattle ranching. How does that feel cattle ranchers? I don’t agree with the brutality that BLM uses to round-up wild horses with HELL-A-CHOPPERS, it can’t be any good for the cattle and their calves either.  If Bundy had paid his grazing fees would this have happened.  

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I don’t like that the BLM rangers and their contractors have decided to treat the people who are protesting peacefully like they are armed to the teeth with deadly weapons when all they have are cameras. Horse advocates know all about the brutal acts of BLM and lack of humanity, not only for the wild horses but the people who have come to document the wild horse round ups.

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Impound Update HERE (Links also on this page to: Trespass Cattle, Daily Public Land Closure Maps, Frequently Asked Questions, Media Information, Public Notices and Court Orders)
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Monero Mustangs Urgently Needs Donations for Hay

1 Apr

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The El Rito Spanish Mustang ‘Luz Azul’ (Blue Light) One of the goals of Monero Mustangs is to preserve and protect the vanishing genetic pool of a historic colonial Spanish herd located in the rough mountain country of northern New Mexico (northwest of well known (Georgia O’Keefe Country) Abiquiu, NM).

Monero Mustangs needs donations for hay,  operating expenses, hauling and locating pasture permanently or temporarily. Sandi Claypool, Monero Mustangs founder, does nothing that is not connected to her horses everyday. Through some bad illnesses and without help at times, she has done a Herculean job of caring for and moving her horses as needed.

There is an anonymous donor who has pledged to donate a matching gift up to $2000.00 to help out in this crisis. This  means that for every dollar donated, two dollars will go to the horses.

Donate to Monero Mustangs click HERE

Sandi Claypool announced today that if the horses are not moved before Saturday, April 5, 2014, they will be penned up and fed in corrals starting Saturday. They will be kept in pens until suitable places for them to go can be found!

Earlier this week Sandy Claypool provided this information:

“Monero Mustangs is up against the wall right now. We had pasture for the horses till end of April, and people who would have been ready to take them then. Spring came really early here, earliest I have ever seen in 30 years of living here, and we have been told we need to move them from the winter pasture. The place they were to be moved to is not ready, and we have no where to go, and are running out of hay.

We desperately need places for them or at least temporary pasture. Would be willing to move them in small family bands, or in any way we could. We have around 90 horses needing a place to go, and are working on finding anything right now, but it has been slow. We have babies up to old horses, a couple of expectant mares, etc. Any help or ideas appreciated, we were told to be moving them by this weekend. We are pretty worried right now for the horses.”

 

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Sandi Claypool, Monero Mustangs founder

Background Info

In 2000, Sandi Claypool, founded Monero Mustangs with the help of her now deceased mother, Ila Bromberg.  In 2003, Monero Mustangs became a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Monero Mustangs mission is to keep alive the genetic pool of the original Spanish El Rito mustang by purchasing and selectively breeding horses to produce the genetically pure descendants of the original Spanish mustang. Additionally, Monero Mustang educates the public about the treasure of this regal and adaptive group of mustangs that helped build the west, through wild horse eco-tours and sponsoring select mustangs. A compassion to preserve and protect a small band of vanishing ‘El Rito’ spanish mustangs propelled the vision of Monero Mustangs.

In 2008, Monero Mustangs moved to ‘Yellow Hills Ranch’ in Tierra Amarilla NM, calling this ranch thier home. Over the years Monero has purchased more El Rito mustangs, and mustangs from other regions such as, the Placita’s, the Pryors, Salt River Maricopa Pima mustangs, along with Navajo mustangs and special individual mustangs.

Contact or Donate to Monero Mustangs click HERE

Learn more about sponsoring a horse click HERE

Purchase a Monero Mustangs branded item HERE

Show your support for Monero Mustangs on their facebook page HERE 

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