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What Can YOU Do to Pass the SAFE Act to BAN Horse Slaughter in the USA?

11 Feb Please Don't Eat Me

CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!

What you can do to help pass
Safeguard American Food Export Act of 2015
in the U.S. Senate S.1214 and
House of Representatives HR.1942

If your Senators or Representative have not co-sponsored the SAFE Act of 2015, it is EXTREMELY important to CALL your SENATORS to support S.1214 John Rainy Memorial Safeguard American Food Safety Exports (SAFE) Act and your REPRESENTATIVE to support HR.1942 Safeguard American Food Safety Exports Act of 2015 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.

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 rancher send cattle, pigs, chickens to slaughter if it was a family pet?  NO, they CAN’T!

Why should horses be added to the food pipeline 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.1214 on popvox.com (links below). Don’t use the arguments that discuss in-humane slaughter, because this is a bill about FOOD SAFETY and is the ONLY argument that more legislators will understand and support since food safety has become a very big issue

Before you call, make a short list about what you are going to say – practice saying it a few times until you feel confident about what you say.

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...

Go public with your comments on Popvox.com. You must create an account before you can leave a comment which will be sent to your elected legislators. The comment will be visible to the public.

Add your message to your Representative on Popvox  re:  HR.1942 HERE 
 (94% of responses in support)
Add your comments to your Senators on Popvox re:  S.1214  HERE
(98% of responses  in support)
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You can check on status on govtrack.us or call congress at these two links:
Click here to go to govtracks.us to see current status of S.1214 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1214

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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This Is Horse Slaughter In Canada

22 Nov

A heart wrenching description of horse slaughter; no graphic photos but nevertheless, heart-wrenching! Many of the people who send their horses to auctions have no idea what happens to horses if they are sold to ‘horse traders’; many, if not all, are kill-buyers as was pointed out. Horse owners who love their horses need to be educated about the horse slaughter pipeline from USA to the abattoirs in Canada and Mexico.

Try as we might, not enough USA Senators have co-sponsored Senate bill S541 but many more Representatives have co-sponsored HR1094. However, neither bills have the support of the majorities in each chamber of congress. Some of the congressmen have said they would vote for the bills if these bill came to the respective floors for a vote. But the real problem is the committees in which these bills are stuck; the chairmen of the committees are against stopping horse slaughter in America. A little bit of hope since the midterm elections earlier this month – one more Senator and six more Representatives have co-sponsored – it’s a ray of hope that I never expected.

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bouvry protest October 2013 protest at the Bouvry horse slaughter plant just outside of Fort Macleod, Alberta

Written by: Brian

I’m not sure which horse is haunting me the most. There was Jack. Big part draft gelding, 23 years old. Skinny as skinny, with large white saddle sore scars. Someone used him hard and threw him away.

Ginger was 26, from the same place as Jack. Friendly and gentle. She came to the fence to say hello.

The Percheron filly was a black beauty. After her trip to Alberta she might be one of the chosen ones to be shipped live from the Calgary airport. If she survives the trip (sometimes all the horses arrive dead), she’ll be slaughtered in Japan and served up raw as a high priced delicacy.

Twenty year old Copper won’t be as tender. He had some hard miles on him.

The dunn mare was in her prime…

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Spin, lies and BLM’s advisor Boyd Spratling DVM

3 Nov

Spin, lies and BLM’s advisor Boyd Spratling D.V.M. | Protect Mustangs™.

Boyd Sprattling, DVM, BLM Wild horse and Burro advisory board member

Boyd Sprattling, DVM, BLM Wild horse and Burro advisory board member

Besides some of the comments made by ranchers, and Boyd Spratling DVM, BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory board member, I could not believe my eyes when I got to the end of the video and saw that Protect the Harvest and UNITED HORSEMEN made and produced this video! Continue reading

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 Myths and Facts are Twisted

19 Sep

Horses crossing a plain near the Simpson Park ...

Horses crossing a plain near the Simpson Park Wilderness Study Area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the lawsuit by the Rock Springs Grazing Assn against the BLM WH&B program – BLM caved in and agreed with the plaintiff more or less. However, it was the BLM WH&B staff that recommended the Rock Springs grazing association file a lawsuit against the BLM. That lawsuit has got to be the shortest lawsuit in which the BLM was named plaintiff. The lawsuits they aggressively litigate,  go on for years and are the ones that wild horse advocates have filed.

The BLM WH&B program has never followed the science, has never asked for or accepted help by those people who really care and know about wild horses and they have loaded their advisory board with ranchers and pro-slaughter folks and not with people who do NOT have affiliation with cattle ranchers or horse slaughter.

This board is totally jaded against wild horses roaming free. BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is an expensive farce and adds insult to injury by their recommendations – the latest one is to export 100 burros to Guatamala where they will become beasts of burden. The BLM has also misconstrued the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro act to suit the ranchers, frackers, miners, timber harvesters and solar farm industries but rarely honestly protect the animals they were charged to protect.

Last night while trying to locate the gather report for the Great Divide Basin I stumbled across this page on the BLM website:  Myths and Facts

Many of the ‘Myths’ and facts are BLM interpretations based on the NAS report that was given to the BLM in the summer of 2013.  They  misconstrued the NAS report that came out last year to fit the needs of their other ‘clients’ who don’t have the same federal protection as the wild horses and burros. Makes me wonder who is filling their pockets?

The BLM stated Myths that are facts and facts which are myths for the most part. Some of their references used below are not reliable sources of information.

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Myths and Facts

Contact: Tom Gorey, BLM Public Affairs (202-912-7420)

Updated as of August 15, 2014

Myth #1: A report issued in June 2013 by a 14-member research committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recommended that the BLM stop gathering wild horses and burros from Western public rangelands and let nature cull any excess herds.

Fact: These characterizations are completely erroneous. NAS’s Board on Agricultural and Natural Resources (BANR), which oversees the academy’s natural resource studies, issued a special-edition newsletter in July that said: “Some news accounts have incorrectly reported that the study found that the Bureau should stop gathers and ‘let nature cull any excess herds.’ In fact, the report recommends more intensive management of the horses and burros….” BANR then cited several management measures recommended by the report, including using scientifically rigorous methods to estimate the number of animals on the range; modeling the effects of management actions, such as the use of fertility-control treatments on mares and stallions and the removal of animals through gathers, on wild horse and burro health; and, following gathers, using the available one-year fertility-control vaccine (known as PZP) more widely and consistently to treat some mares.

The 383-page report itself, titled “Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program: A Way Forward,” makes it clear that to “let nature cull any excess herds” is not a viable option. The preface to the report, which does challenge the status quo of wild horse management, goes on to say in the very next sentence: “It is equally evident that the consequences of simply letting horse populations, which increase at a mean annual rate approaching 20 percent, expand to the level of ‘self-limitation’—bringing suffering and death due to disease, dehydration, and starvation accompanied by degradation of the land—are also unacceptable.”

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Myth #2: The BLM is selling or sending wild horses to slaughter.

Fact: This charge is absolutely false. The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management care deeply about the well-being of wild horses, both on and off the range, and it has been and remains the policy of the BLM not to sell or send wild horses or burros to slaughter. Consequently, as the Government Accountability Office noted in a report issued in October 2008, the BLM is not in compliance with a December 2004 amendment (the so-called Burns Amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act) that directs the Bureau to sell excess horses or burros “without limitation” to any willing buyer.

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Myth #3: Horses are held in crowded “holding pens.”

Fact: This assertion is false. The BLM’s short-term holding corrals provide ample space to horses, along with clean feed and water, while long-term holding pastures – large ranches located mainly in Kansas and Oklahoma – permit the horses to roam freely on approximately 289,000 acres of grassland.

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Myth #4: Since 1971, the BLM has illegally or improperly taken away more than 20 million acres set aside for wild horses and burros (from 53.8 million acres to 31.6 million acres).

Fact: This claim is false. No specific amount of acreage was “set aside” for the exclusive use of wild horses and burros under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. The Act directed the BLM to determine the areas where horses and burros were found roaming and to manage them “in a manner that is designed to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands.” The law also stipulated in Section 1339 that “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize the [Interior] Secretary to relocate wild free-roaming horses or burros to areas of the public lands where they do not presently exist.” Of the 22.2 million acres no longer managed for wild horse and burro use:

6.7 million acres were never under BLM management.
Of the 15.5 million other acres of land under BLM management:
48.6 percent (7,522,100 acres) were intermingled (“checkerboard”) land ownerships or areas where water was not owned or controlled by the BLM, which made management infeasible;
13.5 percent (2,091,709 acres) were lands transferred out of the BLM’s ownership to other agencies, both Federal and state through legislation or exchange;
10.6 percent (1,645,758 acres) were lands where there were substantial conflicts with other resource values (such as the need to protect habitat for desert tortoise);
9.7 percent (1,512,179 acres) were lands removed from wild horse and burro use through court decisions; urban expansion; highway fencing (causing habitat fragmentation); and land withdrawals;
9.6 percent (1,485,068 acres) were lands where no BLM animals were present at the time of the passage of the 1971 Act or places where all animals were claimed as private property. These lands in future land-use plans will be subtracted from the BLM totals as they should never have been designated as lands where herds were found roaming; and
8.0 percent (1,240,894 acres) were lands where a critical habitat component (such as winter range) was missing, making the land unsuitable for wild horse and burro use, or areas that had too few animals to allow for effective management.
(The percentages above were current as of July 25, 2011.)

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Myth #5: The BLM is managing wild horse herds to extinction.

Fact: This charge is patently false. The current on-the-range population of wild horses and burros (approximately 49,200) is greater than the number found roaming in 1971 (about 25,300). The BLM is seeking to achieve the appropriate management level of 26,684 wild horses and burros on Western public rangelands, or about 22,500 fewer than the current West-wide population. The BLM also actively monitors the genetics of each herd by sending genetic samples to Dr. Gus Cothran at Texas A&M University. Dr. Cothran furnishes the BLM a report on every sample with recommendations for specific herds.

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Myth #6: The BLM removes wild horses to make room for more cattle grazing on public rangelands.

Fact: This claim is totally false. The removal of wild horses and burros from public rangelands is carried out to ensure rangeland health, in accordance with land-use plans that are developed in an open, public process. These land-use plans are the means by which the BLM carries out its core mission, which is to manage the land for multiple uses while protecting the land’s resources. Livestock grazing on BLM-managed land has declined by 35 percent since 1971 (when Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act) — from 12.1 million Animal Unit Months (AUMs or forage units) to 7.9 million AUMs in 2013.

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Myth #7: The BLM lacks the legal authority to gather animals from overpopulated herds or to use helicopters in doing so.

Fact: This assertion is false. Section 1333 of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act mandates that once the Interior Secretary “determines…on the basis of all information currently available to him, that an overpopulation exists on a given area of the public lands and that action is necessary to remove excess animals, he shall immediately remove excess animals from the range so as to achieve appropriate management levels.” Section 1338 of the law authorizes the BLM’s use of helicopters and motorized vehicles in its management of wild horses and burros.

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Myth #8: Gathers of wild horses by helicopter are inhumane.

Fact: This claim is false. The BLM’s helicopter-assisted gathers are conducted humanely, as affirmed by three recent independent reports (see below), and have proven to be more humane, effective, and efficient than other types of gather methods when large numbers of animals need to be removed over wide areas or rugged terrain. Helicopters start the horses moving in the right direction and then back off sometimes one-quarter to one-half mile from the animals to let them travel at their own pace; horses are moved at a more rapid pace when they need to be turned or as they reach the entrance to the capture site. Helicopter pilots are better able to keep mares and foals together than horseback riders; pilots can also more effectively move the animals around such barriers as deep ravines, fences, or roads.

In Fiscal Year 2012, out of 10,350 wild horses and burros gathered, a total of 80 animals, or approximately three-quarters of one percent (0.77 percent), died or were euthanized during gather operations; of those 80, 22 animals, or about one-fifth of one percent (0.21 percent) of the gathered animals, died or were euthanized because of acute injuries. Acute injury deaths include all animals that died or were euthanized because of acute injuries, such as spinal cord or head injuries, fractured limbs, or other severe injuries that occurred during gathers. Total deaths include all animals that died or were euthanized for any reason during gathers, including acute or sudden injuries or illnesses, as well as chronic or pre-existing conditions that required euthanasia (such as limb deformities, lameness, and poor body condition).

Two reports issued in the fall of 2010 (one by four independent, credentialed equine professionals and one by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General), plus another report released in 2011 by the American Association of Equine (Veterinary) Practitioners, found — without any ideological or political bias — that the BLM’s gathers of wild horses are conducted in a humane manner. The Inspector General determined that the BLM’s gathers are “justified” and reported that the agency “is doing its best to perform a very difficult job.”

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Myth #9: If left alone, wild horses will automatically balance their reproduction rate with rangeland conditions.

Fact: There were an estimated 25,300 wild horses and burros in 1971, and those numbers rose to a peak of more than 60,000 before the BLM was authorized and able to effectively use helicopters for gathers. If left unchecked, Mother Nature would regulate the wild horse and burro population through the classic boom-and-bust cycle, where the population increases dramatically, food becomes scarce, and the population crashes through starvation or dehydration.

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Myth #10: The BLM overestimates the number of wild horses and burros on the range.

Fact: This assertion is false. Currently, most BLM field offices in the West use a “direct count” method that involves the counting of each wild horse and burro actually seen during aerial surveys. This method, the Government Accountability Office (in October 2008) and a National Academy of Sciences research committtee (in June 2013) concluded, results in an undercounting of herd populations. A BLM directive, known as an Instruction Memorandum, seeks to correct this undercount by using two principal methods of survey that account for a range of error. The two survey methods, which will be implemented in a multi-step process, are known as “simultaneous double-count” with sightability bias correction and “mark-resight” using photographs. The directive, prompted by the GAO report, can be accessed at this link.

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Myth #11: The Government Accountability Office, in a report issued in October 2008, found that the BLM has been mismanaging the Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Fact: This claim is completely false. The GAO made no such finding. The full report can be accessed here: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0977.pdf

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Myth #12: Wild horses are native to the United States.

Fact: This claim is false. The disappearance of the horse from the Western Hemisphere for 10,000 years supports the position that today’s American wild horses should not be considered “native.” American wild horses are descended from domestic horses, some of which were brought over by European explorers in the late 15th and 16th centuries, plus others that were released or escaped captivity in modern times. Over this 500-year period, these horses (and burros) have adapted successfully to the Western range. Regardless of the debate over whether these animals are native or non-native, the BLM manages horses and burros on public lands according to the provisions of the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which describes the animals as “wild” rather than feral.

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Myth #13: Two million wild horses roamed the United States in the late 1800s/early 1900s.

Fact: This mythical figure has no historical basis; it is complete speculation. In a book titled The Mustangs (1952) by J. Frank Dobie, the author noted that no scientific estimate of wild horse numbers was made in the 19th century or early 20th century. He went on to write: “All guessed numbers are mournful to history. My own guess is that at no time were there more than a million mustangs in Texas and no more than a million others scattered over the remainder of the West.” (Emphasis added.) Mr. Dobie’s admitted “guess” of no more than two million mustangs has over the years been transformed into an asserted “fact” that two million mustangs actually roamed America in the late 1800s/early 1900s. When it comes to the historical wild horse population, a substantiated and more relevant figure is the number found roaming in 1971, when the BLM was given legal authority to protect and manage wild horses and burros. That number was 17,300 wild horses (plus 8,045 burros), as compared to today’s estimated population of 33,780 wild horses (plus 6,825 burros).

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Myth #14: Under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, BLM-administered public lands where wild horses and burros were found roaming in 1971 are to be managed “principally but not necessarily exclusively” for the welfare of these animals.

Fact: The law’s language stating that public lands where wild horses and burros were found roaming in 1971 are to be managed “principally but not necessarily exclusively” for the welfare of these animals relates to the Interior Secretary’s power to “designate and maintain specific ranges on public lands as sanctuaries for their protection and preservation” — which are, thus far, the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (in Montana and Wyoming), the Nevada Wild Horse Range (located within the northcentral portion of Nellis Air Force Range), the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range (in Colorado), and the Marietta Wild Burro Range (in Nevada). The “principally but not necessarily exclusively” language applies to specific Wild Horse Ranges, not to Herd Management Areas in general. The Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR, Subpart 4710.3-2) states: “Herd management areas may also be designated as wild horse or burro ranges to be managed principally, but not necessarily exclusively, for wild horse or burro herds.”

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Myth #15: The Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR) specifies that the BLM is to allocate forage to wild horses and burros in an amount “comparable” to that allocated to wildlife and cattle.

Fact: The Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR, Subpart 4700.0-6) states that “Wild horses and burros shall be considered comparably with other resource values in the formulation of land use plans.” This regulation means that in its development of land-use plans, the BLM will consider wild horses and burros in a manner similar to the way it treats other resource values (e.g., cultural, historic, wildlife, and scenic, as distinguished from authorized commercial land uses, such as livestock grazing or timber harvesting).

 

SOURCE: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/whbprogram/history_and_facts/myths_and_facts.html

 

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 
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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

 

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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

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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Helicopter roundup gets attention of horse advocates | Greybull Standard

27 Mar

Horses1Helicopter roundup gets attention of horse advocates | Greybull Standard.

BLM says they weren’t wild horses so they had Cattoor round them up…but then Sara Beckwith said:

“These horses were very wild in their behavior, much wilder than the wild horses, actually. That is why a helicopter roundup was necessary,” said Beckwith. “Regular wild horses go willingly into bait traps.”

This article begs a lot more questions:

What is a regular wild horse?

Why is Beckwith comparing wild horses going into a bait trap when these horses were rounded up with Cattoor ‘HELL-A-CHOPTERS’?

Why did Beckwith state they weren’t going to slaughter when Bouvry Exports bought all of them and The Cloud Foundation was not allowed to buy them? 

Did the BLM decide they weren’t wild horses so they could be sold to kill-buyers because there is no more long or short-term holding space available and the cost of storing them in holding pens is eating up their budget?

Whose pockets are being lined with cash?

Speak up horse advocates or this will continue until there are no more wild horses in the wild. They will continue to be butchered at slaughter houses in Canada or Mexico, unless the borders are closed by the Safeguard American Food Export Act of 2013. Right now, the only hope there is that these horses will be saved is the EU will promptly close their borders to horses from the Americas altogether, in light of the recent developments in the Netherlands.

Don’t forget there is a BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting in Sacramento, CA beginning on April 14, 2014;  public comments will be allowed on April 14.

Read more here: Helicopter roundup gets attention of horse advocates | Greybull Standard.

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