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House Veterinarians and Bipartisan Lawmakers Team Up to Make Soring a Thing of the PAST H.R. 3268 S. 1121

30 Jul

Support the PAST Act H.R.3298 S. 1121 © afroditi katsikis

Support the PAST Act H.R. 3298 and S. 1121 © afroditi katsikis

GOOD NEWS FOR THE HORSES!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

House Veterinarians and Bipartisan Lawmakers Team Up to Make Soring a Thing of the PAST

“Good news for horses: a bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress, evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, joined together as original cosponsors of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act introduced last night in the U.S. House. Led by Reps. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., who are both veterinarians and co-chairs of the House Veterinary Medicine Caucus, along with the leadership team of Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., David Jolly, R-Fla., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., this crucial legislation, H.R. 3268, aims to stop the intentional torture of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds just for ribbons and prizes.

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ACTION ALERT: OPPOSE Wild Horse and Burro Oversight Act S.1845 H.R.3172

25 Jul

       ” Today, I found out about something that is really bad, putting ALL of America’s Wild Horses and Burros in danger. For the last 3 months, we have been opposing SJR007, a Utah Senate Joint Resolution to have states lethally control Wild Horses and Burros. SJR007 is now a thing of the past, because today Representative Chris Stewart and Senator Orrin Hatch introduced an Act (The Wild Horse Oversight Act), that would amend the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Free Roaming Act to have the states and registered Indian tribes, manage our Wild Horses and Burros in America.

This would mean no more BLM management (that follows set HMA regulation standards), but rather the Fish and Wildlife Service managing Wild Horses and Burros along with the States. This would also mean that the States could set the numbers for the amount of Wild Horses and Burros removed from the lands, rather than the Federal Government. If you know how the States operate, you will know that the number of Wild Horses removed would rise drastically, which could result in no more Wild Horses and Burros. Not to mention, it has not been disclosed how the Wild Horses would be removed, if they will be adopted, or even if they will be sold to slaughter. This is an absolutely HORRIBLE THING that we ALL need to act on NOW!!! The main motive that Stewart has is – he thinks there are too many Wild Horses on the land. This is absolutely untrue and unproven! “
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~Elisa Nelson
Admin – Utah Animal Rights Advocates
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Safeguard American Food Exports Will End Horse Slaughter

18 Jul

2015 HorseSlaughter fb
The full text of the Senate version of the proposed legislation:

114th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 1214

To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 6, 2015
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Graham, Ms. Collins, and Ms. Mikulski) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL
To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “John Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act”.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds that—
(1) unlike cows, pigs, and other domesticated species, horses and other members of the equidae family are not raised for the purpose of human consumption;

(2) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with substances that are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;

(3) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with drugs, including phen­yl­bu­ta­zone, acepromazine, boldenone un­dec­y­len­ate, omep­ra­zole, ketoprofen, xy­la­zine, hy­al­uron­ic acid, ni­tro­fu­ra­zone, polysulfated gly­cos­ami­no­gly­can, clenbuterol, tolazoline, and ponazuril, which are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 512 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and

(4) consuming parts of an equine raised in the United States likely poses a serious threat to human health and the public should be protected from these unsafe products.

SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS.

Section 301 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 331) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(ddd) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section—

“(1) equine parts shall be deemed unsafe under section 409 of this Act;

“(2) equine parts shall be deemed unsafe under section 512 of this Act; and

“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

This is not the first attempt to ban slaughter of horses and exports of horses to be slaughtered. It’s time we got vocal to end this atrocity! Our legislators need to hear our reasons or personal stories for banning horse slaughter.

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CALL YOUR SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE: Safeguard American Food Export Act S541

7 Oct

What you can do to help pass the Safeguard American Food Export Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate S.541 and House of Representatives HR.1094:

WRITE A HAND WRITTEN LETTER TODAY!

 

If your Senators or Representative have not co-sponsored the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013, it is EXTREMELY important to CALL your SENATORS to support S.541 and your REPRESENTATIVE to support HR.1094 in their DC offices.  You may never get a returned call from the politician and less likely to talk to them directly when you call.  Ask to speak to the legislative aide assigned to these bills and leave a message.  You are more likely to get a call back from the legislative aide than your elected official.

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2751, the “F...

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2751, the “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act,” in the Oval Office, Jan. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) License on Flickr (2011-01-12): United States Government Work Flickr tags: WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This issue is about food safety and not about animal welfare.  If you start talking about how in-humane it is, they won’t listen, so you MUST talk about the potential toxicity because horses are NOT raised in the food pipeline.  Can a cattle rancher send cattle to slaughter if it’s not raised in the food pipeline? — NO!

Why should horses be added after they are grown? All animals raised in the food pipeline are not allowed to be given certain drugs or treatments and there is no way to ensure that horses not raised in the food pipeline are free from those products.  They can not test a live horse – they must slaughter it first before they can test it (yes I know, very upsetting).  This means tax dollars will be wasted if the carcass tests positive for the tested banned substances and another horse will be dead.

 

If you are not sure what to say, take a look at the comments in support of S.541 on popvox.com link below. Don’t use the arguments that discuss in-humane slaughter because this is a bill about FOOD SAFETY and export of horses to slaughter not raised for food.   Make a short list about what you are going to say – practice saying it a few times until you feel confident about what you are going to say.

 
Also take a look what the ORGANIZATIONS ENDORSING this legislation have to say in support and support them by following them on facebook,  webpages or via twitter:
 
ORGS ENDORSING

Review the statements made by organizations in opposition.  If you are a member of one of these organizations and disagree with their opposition, let them know you disagree with their position.

ORGS OPPOSING

When calling your Senators or Representatives, if the person you talk to tries to turn the subject over to the myth ‘too many unwanted horses’ in the USA, then you must remind them they are changing the subject to horse welfare — THIS IS A FOOD SAFETY ISSUE.  They are obfuscating the issue and that is not what this proposed legislation will regulate and has no business in the discussion.  They won’t listen to you when you bring up how inhumane horse slaughter is, so you must remind them this is not about horse welfare.
 
** Call BOTH your Senators if they have not co-sponsored! When you are done, call your Representative if she/he hasn’t cosponsored yet.
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Go public with your comments on Popvox.com and Govtrack.us .
Add your message to your Senator(s) on  Popvox  re:  S541  HERE 
 
Add your comments to your Representative on Popvox re:  HR1094  HERE
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You can also make comments on govtrack.us or call congress at these two links:
Log in to govtracks.us and comment in Support of S541 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s541#comments
 

Log in to govtracks.us and comment in Support of HR1094 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094#comments

 

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List of Senators that have co-sponsored:

Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]
Sen. Mikulski, Barbara A. [D-MD]
Sen. Boxer, Barbara [D-CA]
Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]
Sen. Lautenberg, Frank R. [D-NJ] (deceased)
Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]
Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT]
Sen. Begich, Mark [D-AK]
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]
Sen. Durbin, Richard [D-IL]
Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL]
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
Sen. Levin, Carl [D-MI]
Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]

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List of Representatives who have co-sponsored:

Young, W. Bill [R-FL13] (no longer serving)
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 UPDATE:
On November 12, 2014, ONE more Senator and TWO more Representatives have cosponsored:

S541:
Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] – 11/12/2014

HR1094:
Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] – 11/12/2014
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] – 11/12/2014

FoA’s Civil Disobedience Action for Wild Horses

19 Sep

It’s time everyone who loves the wild horses and burros and want them to continue to run free on their legally given land, stood up en-masse to put a stop to this madness by the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program. WE are their voices and MUST do everything we can to stop the BLM from raping the horses and burros off their home.

I’m considering organizing a tweetstorm for those who can not attend the Rock Springs protest in person on September 22 due to expenses of travel or too short a notice. I will know in a few hours whether I have the support necessary to start a tweetstorm event. We need to make as much noise as we can to support the wild horses and burros we love.

Exposing the Big Game

Wild Horse Photo Copyright Jim Robertson Wild Horse Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Monday, Sept 22, 10:30 a.m. Rock Springs, Wyoming-Press Advised to Call for Embargoed Details

In Wyoming 179 wild horses have been ripped from their families and rounded up this week-three have died as a result – due to the Bureau of Land Management’s criminal reign of terror, and hundreds more are set to be brutally removed off the land and imprisoned in barren holding facilities where many are then “adopted” and end up in slaughterhouses. Friends of Animals has had enough of the agency stealing horses from public lands and will organize a protest/civil disobedience action 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, in Rock Springs at a location to be disclosed to media upon request.

Edita Birnkrant, Friends of Animals’ Campaign Director says, “We refuse to allow the BLM to operate without disruption while these sadistic roundups are occurring, so we’re showing up at a…

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BLM Sets National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting for August 25 in Riverton, Wyoming

14 Aug

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

Wild Horses & Burros Advisory Board April 14, 2014 © 2014 afroditi katsikis

** UPDATE  August 22, 2014**

The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will be live-streamed at
blm.gov/live
at 8:00 am MST on August 25, 2014.

See links for agenda and other materials :
http://www.blm.gov/…/recent_news_and_information.html

Please note the other materials includes the previous meeting minutes, (93 pages).There will also be a press conference by Friends of Animals and The Cloud Foundation:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is poised to eradicate the last large wild horse herds in Wyoming during the coming months. Horses in other states are also being ripped from their families and only homes they know this summer.

Join FoA and the Cloud Foundation (Cloud the Stallion) in a protest of the BLM at the Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting on August 25th in at the Student Center Building of Central Wyoming College.


Join this Facebook event if you can go, if you can’t go, select maybe to show your solidarity with this issue:
Protest to Protect Wyoming’s Wild Horses
 

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We would all love to see many wild horse advocates attend this meeting but it’s not likely many people can attend because for most of us, they are too far away and costly to attend.  I called Ramona Delorme last week to ask about a link to a live feed of the meeting and she assured me there would be one and to keep checking the BLM website…so far no more information on this. 

Please take a moment now and read the agenda of the meeting which can be found in the Friday, July 25, 2014, Federal Register HERE and start preparing your comments that can be submitted by email to atwildhorse@blm.gov or mailed to:

National Wild Horse and Burro Program WO-260
Attention: Ramona DeLorme
1340 Financial Boulevard
Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147
 

There will also be a rally on that same day in Riverton, Wyoming. Please join this facebook event if you are going HERE. If you want to support this event and can’t go, click ‘maybe’ and start sharing it with your friends.

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Press Release Date: 07/31/14
Contact: Tom Gory, 212-912-7420


BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for August 25 in Riverton, Wyoming

The Bureau of Land Management’s National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet for one day in August in Riverton, Wyoming, to discuss issues relating to the management and protection of wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands. The meeting will take place on Monday, August 25, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time).

The upcoming Advisory Board meeting will be held in the Little Theater (SC 109), located in the Student Center Building of Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, Wyoming 82501, phone number 1-800-735-8418. The agenda of the meeting can be found in the Friday, July 25, 2014, Federal Register HERE.

The Advisory Board provides input and advice to the BLM as it carries out its responsibilities under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The law mandates the protection and management of these free-roaming animals in a manner that ensures healthy herds at levels consistent with the land’s capacity to support them. According to the BLM’s latest official estimate, approximately 49,200 wild horses and burros roam on BLM-managed rangelands in 10 Western states.

The public may address the Advisory Board on Monday, August 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., local time. Individuals who want to make a statement at Monday’s meeting should register in person with the BLM by 12:00 p.m., local time, on that same day at the meeting site. Depending on the number of speakers, the Board may limit the length of presentations, set at three minutes for previous meetings.

Speakers should submit a written copy of their statement to the BLM at the addresses below or bring a copy to the meeting.  There may be a Webcam present during the entire meeting and individual comments may be recorded.  Those who would like to comment but are unable to attend may submit a written statement to: National Wild Horse and Burro Program, WO-260, Attention: Ramona DeLorme, 1340 Financial Boulevard, Reno, Nevada, 89502-7147.  Comments may also be e-mailed to the BLM (atwildhorse@blm.gov); please include “Advisory Board Comment” in the subject line of the e-mail.

For additional information regarding the meeting, please contact Ramona DeLorme, Wild Horse and Burro Administrative Assistant, at 775-861-6583.  Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may reach Ms. DeLorme during normal business hours by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

The Advisory Board meets up to four times a year and the BLM Director may call additional meetings when necessary.  Members serve without salary, but are reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses according to government travel regulations.

See the press release at:

BLM Sets Meeting of National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board for August 25 in Riverton, Wyoming.

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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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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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Heinous BLM Roundup = Slaughter 4 #Mustangs

1 Apr

Wild Horses on the Range

Wild Horses on the Range (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t possibly tell you how angry I am to read Protect Mustangs™ blog post (link below) tonight … BLM continues to waste their budget — they are trying to make sure they spend all their budget so that they can ask for more in 2015. BLM staff continues to lie through their rotten teeth!

Read the news article discussed in the Hippies for Horses March 27, 2014 blog post: Helicopter roundup gets attention of horse advocates | Greybull Standard

Shortly after I published it, I got a message from a Cloud Foundation representative who asked me to pull that post for a few days while The Cloud Foundation tried to find and purchase all the horses rounded up in Wyoming round-up. So I un-published it in hopes that the Cloud Foundation could find and purchase those horses before they went to slaughter. 

Blow some steam first and then get on the phone – call your Senators and Representative to complain about how BLM sent wild horses to slaughter and about the waste of taxpayer funds.

No public comment period – no transparency – no opportunity for horse rescue organizations to save horses from a terrible fate.

Read all about it here: Heinous BLM Roundup = Slaughter 4 #Mustangs | Protect Mustangs™.

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Get the S.A.F.E. Act to the floor! 5 THUNDERCLAPS for HR1094 S541

29 Jan

Let's Get the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013 Passed

ORGANIZERprofile image

Nancy Watson @nansea94w

As a board member of Citizens Against Equine Slaughter and member of SAFE Act Supporters, I am a voice for the voiceless, fighting to protect our wild and domestic horses. Please join me!

“Get the SAFE Act to the floor!

WE The PEOPLE want #SafeGuardAmericanFoodExportAct2013

on HOUSE floor 4 vote”

Nancy Watson, Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, set up five Thunderclaps targeting the Chairs of the committees the S.A.F.E. Act is stuck in with the message above in quotes. Hopefully as a result it will spur people into action and call their Representative or Senators who have not yet co-sponsored the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013.

What is a Thunderclap?

A Thunderclap is when lots of people on Facebook or Twitter post the same thing at the same designated day and time. Just think of it as a one time unified shout out: “Neigh to Horse Slaughter!”

Watch this short video HERE to learn about a Thunderclap.

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First Thunderclap Feb 3, 2014

Representative Eric A. “Rick” Crawford, AR-1 (R), Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture: Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit. Continue reading

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