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

11 Feb

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
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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 Responds To Wyoming Roundup Accusations via Utah Public Radio

3 Oct

How co-incidental the roundup began September 15, 2014?  That’s just a couple of weeks before the end of the fiscal year. If they do NOT spend the money allotted in the current budget, they will have a harder time asking for increases in the future, won’t they?  Using up their budget is more important to them, not the wild horses or burros especially not those in holding pens.  BLM’s humane standards for the horses in their care still hasn’t been published to the public yet … one more roundup, horses dead needlessly, and still BLM has no understanding of the horse much less about the wild horses.
 

Wild horse preservationists have called into question the legality of the wild horse roundup in the checkerboard area of Wyoming which began Sept. 15.

Shelly Gregory with the Wyoming High Desert District of the Bureau of Land Management asserts the Wild Horse and Burro Act allows private land owners to request the BLM remove wild horses from their property.

“The BLM is respecting the rights of private land owners to operate their land as they see fit,” Gregory said.

BLM Responds To Wyoming Roundup Accusations | UPR Utah Public Radio.

 

Why Did the 2010 Calico Roundup Occur in the Dead of Winter?

28 Sep

A Stallion’s Courage

 

Why Did the 2010 Calico Roundup Occur in the Dead of Winter?

Because the contractor didn’t get the holding facility finished until December, instead of September. A contractor with no experience at holding wild horses. The roundup alone cost over $1,000,000 to drive horses at high-speed, young or pregnant, over rocky volcanic ground for up to 10+ miles.

 

America’s Wild Horses: A Living Legend in Peril

21 Sep

Wild Horses on the Range

Wild Horses on the Range (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This photo is of a genetically bay horse, showing the faint dorsal counterstriping that is common on some bays. This horse is NOT a dun and this dorsal stripe does not reflect the presence of the dun gene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

     Watch and listen carefully as the video posses excellent arguments about the markings on some of the wild horses and debunks the myth that all the wild horses are descendants of the Spanish horses set free in North America. Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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,  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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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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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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How Wild is a Herd of Wild Horses If All the Stallions Are Gelded?

31 Mar

Four Horses © 2011 afroditi katsikis

Four Horses © 2011 afroditi katsikis

Personally, I don’t think a herd of wild horses, when the stallions are gelded, are truly wild horses. Gelding the stallions changes the dynamics of the herds. There will be no real wild horse herd interactions or family bands – family bands in the wild have foals to look after and the stallions will not compete for the mares if they are gelded. Eco- sanctuaries with gelded stallions may draw people to see wild horses behind a fence but actually they won’t see wild horses at all — just a bunch of horses not acting like the wild horses do in the wild.

I see right through these potential sanctuaries: tax dollars via the BLM budget will pay the sanctuaries to keep BLM wild horses every year and will charge for tours of the non-viable herds. Those who want to view the non-viable wild horses in ‘eco-sanctuaries’ will have to ‘book’ a tour in advance which may or may not be at a time or day that is convenient.

The way it used to be (I say used to be because this is getting harder to do as the vast majority of the wild horses and burros have been removed from their law given HMA’s for other interests such as mining, oil and gas production) is to go to those outfitters in the west who can lead you, sometimes on horseback, to the places that wild horses or burros live. There are several wild horse photographers who also know the habits of the wild horses and have taken people to view or photograph them in their natural habitats.

Basically these BLM sponsored wild horse eco-sanctuaries are long-term holding facilities – nothing more! The BLM sponsored wild horse eco-sanctuaries are just another way to make sure that all the wild horses and their bloodlines are lost forever.

If you want to take a tour of intact wild horses at a sanctuary that are not paid for with tax-dollars, spend your money to visit International Society for Protection of Mustangs and Burros or the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota.

(There may be other wild horse sanctuaries with viable herds that I don’t know about, please post in the comments if you know of one.)

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