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Kirk-Udall Amendment passed the Senate: Defunds USDA Horse Slaughter Inspections

16 Jul

#Yes2SAFE

#Yes2SAFE photo by Citizens Against Equine Slaughter


Senator Leahy just tweeted to Citizens Against Equine Slaughter  
(@No_Slaughter) that the #KirkUdallAmendment passed and is now in the Senate Appropriations 2016 Fiscal Budget!!

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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

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting Sept 9 – 11 2013

1 Feb

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Washington, DC Sept 2013

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Washington, DC Sept 2013

After I finished the blog post I made a few days ago of the September 11, 2013 morning session of the BLM WH&B advisory board meeting, I wanted to see if the advisory board had selected new members of the board and I could not find anything about new board member appointments. Instead I found this page:

Advisory Board Minutes and Recommendations

So, I decided to spare myself the tedious hassle of finishing up what I started even though it’s 95% done and use the information I found on the BLM website.

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Video:

You Tube Videos of Meeting lists the following 8 videos of the meeting in Washington, DC on Sept 9 – 11:

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 1

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 2

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 3

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 4

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 5

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 6 (public comments)

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 7

Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board Meeting Wash DC 2013-09-09 Part 8

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Meeting Transcripts:

9/9/13 (43 pages)

9/10/13 (87 pages) public comments start of page 65

Elena Daley, Public Lands Foundation

Lisa Friday, Legacy Mustang, The Cloud Foundation

Denise deLucia, Robin Warren’s Mother

Danica Zubeck, Wildlife Society speaking for Blake Henning, VP Lands and Conservation Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

 Robin Warren, Youth Equine Alliance

Sandy Cattoor, Cattoor Livestock Roundup

Suzzanne Roy, American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

Dick Loper, Wyoming State Grazing Board, public lands counsel

Ginger Kathrens, Cloud Foundation

Chad Bigler, pilot

Rosalyn Morrison, Animal Welfare Institute

Jamie Dodson, LMP

Stephanie Boyles Griffen, Senior Director of the HSUS

Megan Berman, Wildlife Society

Neda DeMayo, Return to Freedom

Joe Pines, Cinefocus and Media Productions

Laura Peterson, National Horse and Burro Management Coalition

Diane Kazi, Cinefocus and Media Productions

Doug Burden, Safari Club International

Daryl Smoliak, Equine Welfare Alliance

Dr. Lester Castro Friedlander, Citizens Against Equine Slaughter

Paul Schlegel, American Farm Bureau Foundation

9/11/13  (55 pages)

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Presentations:

NAS Chapter 2:  

Estimating Population Size and Growth Rates; Foundational Data for Horse Management (68 pages)

NAS Chapter 3

Population Processes Michael Coughenour (33 pages)

NAS Chapter 4 

METHODS AND EFFECTS OF FERTILITY MANAGEMENT, Cheryl Asa, PhD Director, AZA Wildlife Contraception Center, Saint Louis Zoo (75 pages)

NAS Chapter 5

GENETIC DIVERSITY IN WILD HORSE AND BURRO POPULATIONS, Lori S Eggert, University of Missouri, Division of Biological Sciences  (20 pages)

NAS Chapter 6

Population Models and Evaluation of Models (37 pages)

NAS Chapter 7 

Establishing and Adjusting Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs) Lynn Huntsinger & Michael Coughenour (46 pages)

NAS Chapter 8 

Establishing and Adjusting Appropriate Management Levels Lynn Huntsinger (32 pages)

Navajo Nation

Feral Horse Round-Up 2013; The Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture In Partnership With Department of Resource Enforcement And The Bureau of Natural Resources/BIA, Navajo Nation Chapters Roxie June (29 pages)

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Wild Horse and Burro Advisory

Board Members as of Jan 31, 2014

Public Interest
Ms. Julie Gleason

7100 W. Smoke Ranch Road #100
Las Vegas, NV 89128
rubyredhorse@gmail.com
Term expires: 3/28/2014

Wild Horse and Burro Research
Dr. Robert E. Bray

726 Eagle Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
rebray@csupomona.edu
Term expires: 3/28/2014

Natural Resources Management
Mr. James Dale Stephenson
Yakama Nation Wildlife, Range
Vegetation Management Program
P.O. Box 151
Toppenish, WA
jstephen@yakama.com
Term expires: 3/28/2014
 

Wild Horse and Burro Advocacy
Ms. June Sewing 

Executive Director, National Mustang Association
P.O. Box 1367
Cedar City, UT  84720
mustangs@infowest.com 
Term expires: 1/27/2015

Public Interest
Ms. Callie Hendrickson

P.O. Box 837
Meeker, CO  81641
callie.whbab@gmail.com 
Term expires: 1/27/2015

Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Boyd Spratling
Starr Valley Route
P.O. Box 27
Deeth, NV 89823
bspratling75@gmail.com
Term expires: 01/27/2015

Humane Advocacy
Mr. Timothy J. Harvey
56 Beebe River Road
Campton, NH 03223
Term expires: 3/11/2016
Livestock Management  
Mr. John Falen
P.O. Box 132
Orovada, NV 89425
jlfalen@gmail.com
Term expires: 03/11/2016
Wildlife Management
Mr. Rick E. Danvir
4251 Donegal
Casper, WY 82609
rdanvir@ari-slc.com
Term expires: 03/11/2016
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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

No Equine Slaughter DONATE TODAY to CAES!

13 Dec

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As the president of CAES, let me say thank you so much for speaking out and sharing our information in order to put a stop to equine slaughter. As a former USDA veterinarian and USDA meat inspector, I have witnessed horrendous cruelties in the slaughter plants. As much as I tried to do my job in protecting livestock from inhumane treatment by these plants, I was thwarted at every turn until they fired me because I was costing the plants too much money.

Now we are faced with the task of preventing equines from being a part of this cruel industry, and the only way to put a stop to the possibility of equine slaughter opening up again for business is through the justice system by filing lawsuits against the USDA and the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

I have dedicated years to this cause, and I am still haunted by the specter of animals vocalizing in pain and agony, with no way of correcting these inhumane activities due to the unending pressure from supervisors and others. The violations of the Humane Slaughter Act that are committed daily in slaughter plants across this country are too diabolical to describe, but somehow, somewhere, We The People, We must make it stop.

Now they want to slaughter horses, mules, and burros and these animals are even harder to slaughter within the guidelines of the Humane Slaughter Act because, horses are flight animals and obtaining a correct target is difficult to do as their heads are moving from fright and panic. We must, all of us horse activists, join together, resources and all, to make sure our equines never have to endure the torture that will come to them if horse slaughter is allowed to resume in the US.

This is where you come in! With your monthly donation of $10.00, it will fund our lawsuits that will be needed to fight for the rights of our horses! Each and every horse activist that reads this message, becomes a monthly donor and spreads this message to others so they too can become monthly donors, will help us stop the prospect of horse slaughter resuming in this great country of ours.

How?

Our goal is to get 2000 donors with a $10.00 per month donation. This will bring in $20,000.00 a month which would give us a secure financial base to support our lawsuit and our work to stop the slaughter of equines.

We understand the financial burden everyone is under these days and the potential loss if we lose at trial so in asking a small amount of investment, equivalent to two Latte’s a month. We feel it’s a small sacrifice towards a potentially huge, exciting, and educational case against the cruelty which our government allows to continue. We want to expose to the American Taxpayer what is really going on in these slaughter plants across this country and what our equines will face if they don’t have the US citizens there to fight for them.

We are planning other lawsuits against the BLM for removing wild mustangs from their lawful Herd Areas. Only with your help can we can continue our grievances through trial courts and educational programs.

Thank you for your support!

Dr. Lester Friedlander

Go here to make a donation:
No Equine Slaughter DONATE TODAY! » No Equine Slaughter.

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No Equine Slaughter » Court win creates public transparency and ends two-year roundup plan

26 Sep

Court win creates public transparency and ends two-year roundup plan

September 26, 2013
Legal victory stops illegal USFS Gather Agreement that was sending horses into the hands of alleged kill buyers

RENO, NV. (September 26, 2013)–Protect Mustangs, the California-based nonprofit, dedicated to protecting native wild horses and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, the Oregon nonprofit, won their lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service. The groups fought for public transparency and to end the government’s two-year roundup agreement.

The United States Forest Service and the Fort McDermitt Tribe signed a Gather Agreement on May 30, 2013, which directed taxpayer dollars and federal personnel to illegally roundup unbranded, wild and free-roaming horses on Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest lands and tribal lands until May 31, 2015.

However, as a direct result of the lawsuit filed by Protect Mustangs and Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, the United States Forest Service terminated the Gather Agreement on September 3, 2013.

The groups specifically requested the court order “the USFS and the BLM to withdraw the Notice and 2013 Horse Gather Agreement until such time as the agency demonstrates to this Court that it has adequately complied with the law.” Instead of litigating the legality of their Agreement, the United States Forest Service did exactly what the two groups requested and terminated the Gather Agreement.

“The USFS-McDermitt roundup nightmare was the first of what could have been two solid years of heinous roundups authorized by the USFS Gather Agreement,” says Anne Novak of Protect Mustangs. “We are grateful our lawsuit resulted in the Forest Service terminating the agreement because so many horses were ending up in the hands of kill-buyers. Many were saved by equine welfare groups but sadly a lot of horses ended up allegedly being slaughtered.”

Go Here to Read more:

No Equine Slaughter » Court win creates public transparency and ends two-year roundup plan.

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting, September 10 (part 4 of 4) last session of the day

16 Sep

Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting, September 10, 2013

(part 4 of 4) last session of the day

Many people have sent the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board comments prior to this meeting. What follows below is the text I captured from the live-streaming meeting.  If you would like to share the comments you sent in before this meeting took place, please add them to the comments.  I think it helps us all to know what was sent to the advisory board.

Additionally, if you have screen shots from the live-stream or video of the live-stream (I’ve seen some floating around facebook over the last few days), please post a comment below the appropriate session’s blog post with a link to your video or screen shot.

For this last session of the meeting on September 10, I lost all the text I had captured; several of my friends knew what I was doing and sent me the text they had captured. Nancy Canarelli Watson had by far more than any of others who captured text that was  sent to me.  I also want to thank Diane Bozarth and Sonya Malaecky Spaziani and Pam York who tried to help me and sent me captured text from the last session on September 10, 2013

Note to my readers:

   AS I watched the live-stream and the captured text, I noticed various problems with the captioning. It is evident to me that voice recognition software was used to capture the text from the speakers instead of a professional transcriber like a court reporter.

 There are many words here that are not spelled correctly. When trying to read this captured text, and the word is unintelligible, trying saying the word out loud phonetically. I hesitated to change any text or make corrections as I did not want to be accused of modifying it to suit any particular persons benefit or detriment. Please consider this not as an essay, but more as notes and a guide for further conversations.

–  When you see this: >>   it means theres a change of speaker. Sometimes the live-stream captioning added the names of the speakers and sometimes it did not.

–  The multiple dash – means that live captioning dropped some text.

–  Sometimes the live captioning repeated the beginning of a sentence and sometimes whole sentences were dropped.

–  I added double stars  **  when I believe the speaker changed

–  Occasionally, Ive added bracketed text for clarification purposes Continue reading

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