The Rodeo/Horse Slaughter Connection, Bullfighting & More: Recent Action Alerts from SHARK

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

In cleaning out my inbox, I found the following action alerts from SHARK; I’m including them all here for simplicity’s sake (and because I cannot find them to link to on SHARK’s website). These are all from the group’s most recent enewsletter, dated October 14, 2009.

Rodeos Send Their Horses to Slaughter

Love is a Slaughter Line???!!!

Rodeos claim to care about their animals, so why do many of their worn-out bucking horses suffer the horror of a slaughterhouse? SHARK’s 141st YouTube video is one of the most graphic we have released, making the connection between rodeo and horse slaughter. We didn’t do it to sicken people. We did it to let people know just how cruel rodeo is, and how much rodeo animal victims are suffering. It brings into focus even more sharply the role of corporate sponsors such as Coca-Cola.
 
I hope you will watch this video, and then call Coke (800-438-2653/800-Get-Coke) and let the company know just what you think. It is because of big money from corporate sponsors like Coke that rodeo stock contractors are breaking their horses down, as well as overbreeding, and then casting the foals who don’t make the cut into the clutches of the horrific slaughter industry.
 
Foreign companies are killing America’s horses — many of them rodeo horses — to be sent abroad for human consumption.

Call your legislators and ask them to vote Yes on HR503 and S727 – Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009. For more information on what you can do, go to: http://HorseKillers.com

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On mares, wet nurses and shared exploitations.

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Photo via ImaginaryGirl

A few weeks ago, Jennie at That Vegan Girl wrote about a little-known practice of the horse racing industry in which genetically “undesirable” mares are made into “nurses” for the offspring of “thoroughbred” mares and stallions. When “prize” mares are prevented from nursing their foals themselves, they’re of more use to breeders, as they can be impregnated sooner. More babies = more product = more money. And it’s always about maximum profit, right?

In addition to severing the mother-child bond between the “prize” mare and her foal, this practice has even graver consequences for the “nurse” mare and her child. Remember – in order to produce milk, females must first produce a baby. So what happens to the “nurse” mare’s foal, the one for whom the “nurse” mare’s milk is actually intended?

Jennie explains:

The Jockey Club, which is the official governing body of Thoroughbred racing (the kind you see in the Kentucky Derby) does not allow embryo transfer or artificial insemination of horses. In order to have a baby every year, a mare must be re-bred directly after foaling, which means that she must be shipped to the stallion for breeding directly after having her own baby. It’s a process that usually takes three to four weeks in whole, and the foal is too delicate (and valuable!) to travel with his mother. Plus, if she nurses her own foal, she’s not going to come back into heat and thus cannot conceive. Since her whole purpose is to give the breeder potentially valuable offspring, she must be rebred, and since she cannot nurse her own foal and fulfill her “purpose”, a “nurse mare” is brought in.

In order to give milk, female animals generally need to be pregnant and have given birth (the oxytocin secreted during birth allows lactation to begin). In the “nurse mare” industry, like the dairy industry, the newborn foals become the byproducts of milk production. The nurse mares are generally horses of “lower quality” who are otherwise healthy and good milk producers. They are bred to inexpensive stallions for the sole purpose of being able to provide milk to the potential racehorse foals. But wait, you ask… what about their own foals? If you’re unfamiliar with horses, you might think she, like a human wetnurse, gets to nurse both her baby and the other mare’s baby. That doesn’t seem so bad, you might think. Not bad enough to provoke yet another horse “sport” related rant at least. However, if you are familiar with horses, you know that mares rarely produce enough milk to support two foals (one reason why twins are such a problem) and that you’d have to give the mare a substantial amount more feed and that the whole process would require extra attention, extra money. Since the point is to make the “valuable” foal grow up strong and healthy, and the extra foal has no “value”, there’s no chance that the mare’s real baby will get a share of her milk anyway, so what then?

Traditionally, these foals are killed.

That’s right. Like dairy calves, these sentient “byproducts” are killed because they’re not worth keeping alive. It’s not that you couldn’t. You could (and rescues do) keep them alive on formula. However, on large farms, there tend to be a large number and these farms are concerned not with life, but with their bottom line. It is time consuming and not cheap, per say, to do. So they kill them. Why? On the off chance that the foal that their mother nurses will fetch money at auction or win on the track or become a superstar stud (25% chance he will, 75% chance he’ll go to slaughter too). Because their mothers’ are more valuable pregnant than being able to properly bond with their children.

(By the by, this is but a small part of Jennie’s post; you should go read the entire piece, because it’s excellent. Don’t worry, I’ll still be here when you get back!)

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National Horse Protection League: Five words to stop slaughter

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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From: National Horse Protection League
Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 9:55 AM
Subject: Five words to stop slaughter

Can you spare a few words?

We were so impressed with the response to our recent Horse Hero alert that we decided to ask for your help with another project. This one doesn’t require your personal knowledge of any heroes in your area. It just requires your creativity.

We need five (or fewer) simple words that convey your disgust with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) for its support of horse slaughter. You may not know this, but AQHA — in large part because of its own active encouragement of over-breeding — has lobbied against legislation banning horse slaughter in the United States as well as legislation prohibiting the export of horses for slaughter and eventual consumption.

It is time we show them that the community of horse lovers in this country finds this completely unacceptable. So here is what we are going to do…

From November 7-22, the AQHA will be holding its annual World Show in Oklahoma City. As this show is taking place, we will ask our supporters to send protest emails to AQHA’s leadership. The subject line of the email will be a short phrase that conveys our collective opposition to AQHA’s support of horse slaughter. We came up with one idea but want to know if you can come up with something better. Here is our contribution to the effort:

Horse: It’s NOT for Dinner!

If you have a short phrase you think might work, send it to info [at] horse-protection.org, with the phrase in the subject line, by midnight on Sunday (11/9). We will pick our favorite and incorporate it into our action in a couple of weeks.

So put your thinking cap on. We look forward to seeing your phrases and will keep you posted about the progress of this campaign.

Sincerely,

Team NHPL

The National Horse Protection League is an online community dedicated to making every horse a wanted horse. Our mission is simple: to protect horses and help owners who can no longer care for their animals find a humane and loving alternative to cruel death or abandonment. Visit www.horse-protection.org and find out how you can show your love of horses.

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Kinship Circle: Call/Write To End Horse Slaughter For Good

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 11:18 AM
Subject: Call/Write To End Horse Slaughter For Good

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**H.R. 6598 passed the House Judiciary Committee and is now up for a vote by the full House…any day now. Please contact your U.S. Representative in Congress ASAP. See sample letter and phone call below.

10/2/08: Call/Write To End Horse Slaughter For Good
FOR A FORMATTED LETTER (WORD DOC), EMAIL: kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Easily modify letter. Copy/paste it into an email or print letter to fax or mail.

Kinship Circle - 2008-10-02 - End Horse Slaughter For Good

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Bill To (Finally?) End Horse Slaughter

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 4:32 PM
Subject: ACT/ Bill To (Finally?) End Horse Slaughter

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7/29/08: New Bill To (Finally?) End Horse Slaughter

EMAIL kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net FOR WORD DOC OF A FORMATTED LETTER.
Easily modify letter and copy/paste it into an email or print out to fax or mail.

Kinship Circle - 2008-07-29 - New Bill To (Finally) End Horse Slaughter

Horses Spared in U.S. Face Death Across the Border
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/us/11horse.html

Every 5 Minutes An American Horse Is Slaughtered For Human Consumption
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/death_clock.htm

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ BLM Wants To Kill Wild Horses

Friday, July 11th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM
Subject: ACT/ BLM Wants To Kill Wild Horses

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7/10/08: BLM Wants To Kill Wild Horses
EMAIL kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net FOR WORD DOC OF A FORMATTED LETTER.
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Photos via Utah~Dave AA7IZ

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The Animals Voice: Stop The U.S. Government From Shooting Thousands of Wild Horses

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

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From: The Animals Voice
Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 2:13 PM
Subject: Stop The U.S. Government From Shooting Thousands of Wild Horses

Equine Plight | Proposed Wild Horse Shoot

The U.S. Government is considering a plan to shoot thousands of wild horses

We’ve been battling the issue for years: saving wild horses from death in one form or another. We are asked to believe they are starving to death on the public range and need to be managed and controlled for their own good. We are asked to believe they are dying of thirst due to drought conditions in the West (despite that cattle have no trouble finding water sources). We are asked to believe wild horses are competing with “native” wildlife or endangered species and must be removed from public lands to protect the ecosystems.

And now we’re being asked to believe that the high cost of taking care of unadoptable wild horses is just more than the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) can bear (in 2008, less than 5% of BLM’s wild horse and burro program budget was allocated to herd management on the range, with the remaining 95% allocated to captures, holding and placement).

But these have never been the core root of the wild horse problem. Unfortunately, the above reasons HAVE been the truths even wild horse defenders have come to believe — but they are not. They aren’t even close to the truth.

Here’s the truth in a nutshell: Only so many hooved animal are allowed on public land per acre. Wildlife species like deer, antelope, elk, etc., are allowed to remain on public lands because preserving and killing them (they’re often preserved so they CAN be killed) makes somebody somewhere lots of money; in this case, the U.S. government (hunting license fees, wildlife management programs, etc.). Cattle, sheep and other domestic livestock are allowed to remain on public lands because raising them there is cheap for livestock growers and it makes the U.S. government money in the form of public lands grazing fees, not to mention that it makes livestock growers money on livestock sales.

But the wild horse doesn’t make anyone anywhere a single dime to remain on public lands — and since there’s only so much room on public land for so many hooved animals, the ones not making money are to be removed — under any excuse the government can find to justify the removals.

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HSUS & IDA: Reminder: Call TODAY to save horses!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Kinship Circle also sent out a sample script and some talking points, which you can read here.

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Jan 22, 2008 8:50 AM
Subject: REMINDER: Call TODAY to save horses!

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The Humane Society of the United States
January 22, 2008
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CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY AND HELP END HORSE SLAUGHTER FOREVER!

Today is the National Call-In Day for Horses! Together, we have closed all U.S. horse slaughter plants. Now we need to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) to end the transport to slaughter of American horses to Mexico and Canada.

It is a new year and a crucial time to make your voices heard. Let’s light up the phones on Capitol Hill to send the message loud and clear that we want a permanent ban on horse slaughter now.

We are tracking the impact of your calls, so click here to let us know you called your legislators.
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2008_horsecallinday/

Finally, please tell all of your friends and family to call their legislators today and throughout this week.
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/FED_2008_horsecallinday/forward/

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Kinship Circle: 1/22/08: CALL-IN DAY FOR HORSES

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Jan 19, 2008 4:31 PM
Subject: 1/22/08: CALL-IN DAY FOR HORSES

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1/19/08: January 22 Is National Call-In Day For Horses!
Unite To Save Horses From Transport To Slaughter In Mexico, Canada

http://www.KinshipCircle.org

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AN HSUS INITIATIVE — BRIEF BACKGROUND

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Mark your calendars for January 22, 2008, National Call-In Day for Horses!

The doors on the last remaining U.S. horse slaughter plants have been shuttered. Now, Congress must pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) to end the transport to slaughter of American horses to Mexico and Canada. Even when plants were operating within the U.S., several thousand horses were exported to Mexico and Canada annually. Brutally long trips end in grisly slaughter… The need for federal legislation has never been more urgent than today.

Kinship Circle - 2008-01-19 - CALL-IN DAY FOR HORSES

PHOTO: A one-eyed pony, center, huddles near another pony.

Photo: Sally Ryan for The New York Times. SEE: Horses Spared in U.S. Face Death Across the Border — http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/us/11horse.html

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Horses Agonize In Mexico As Federal Ban Stalls

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Oct 7, 2007 3:43 PM
Subject: ACT/ Horses Agonize In Mexico As Federal Ban Stalls

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10/7/07: Horses Agonize In Mexico As Federal Slaughter Ban Stalls
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

IN THIS ALERT:

1. SAMPLE LETTER: American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
2. Strategies To Stop Horse Slaughter In Canada
3. Help Swiss Activist Show Diners The Pain On Their Plates

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

U.S. ban on horse slaughter means a more gruesome death elsewhere

Slideshow – CAUTION: Graphic images

Horse slaughters taking place on the border

Congress asked to stop export of doomed horses

Shocking Undercover Footage of U.S. Horse Export to Mexico for Slaughter!

NEW FOOTAGE, from HSUS:

PETITION: Stop the Transport of Horses for Slaughter

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HSUS: Two steps forward, one step back for horses

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

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From: Humane Society of the United States – humanesociety [at] hsus.org
Date: Jun 5, 2007 4:29 PM
Subject: Two steps forward, one step back for horses

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Action Alert
The Humane Society of the United States
June 5, 2007

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TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK FOR HORSES

I have news to report to you on the issue of horse slaughter in the United States.

First, despite many threats that horse slaughter would be legalized by a stealth floor amendment in the final, intense days of the 2007 Texas state legislative session, we’re thrilled to report that the effort did not succeed. The flood of phone calls from you Texans really had an impact — we heard about them from every office. We were lobbying right up until the last moment and running ads in Texas newspapers, and the calls and letters made an enormous difference. (Note: View the ad at https://community.hsus.org/ct/i1S7Mss1hmhx/)

Second, Illinois passed a ban on horse slaughter for human consumption with the full support of the Governor and the Illinois Department of Agriculture! However, only a week after the victorious passage of this state bill, the owners of the horse slaughter plant in Illinois filed suit to overturn the law. An Illinois federal judge issued a temporary restraining order overriding the new state law, and that order will remain in force until a June 14 hearing. This means that horse slaughter can temporarily resume at the Illinois plant — which can butcher more than 500 horses a week. Our attorneys are fighting back in every way they can, but we need your help.

These state bans, and this temporary setback, once again highlight the urgent need for passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) — a federal bill to prohibit horse slaughter for human consumption and the transport of horses across the border for slaughter. We cannot sit back now while our horses are still being sent to Mexico and Canada for brutal slaughter in large numbers.

TAKE ACTION

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Kinship Circle: TODAY: CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Note: Additional alerts from SAPL, HSUS, and IDA are available here and here.

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Apr 24, 2007 12:47 PM
Subject: TODAY: CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Relief
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4/24/07: TODAY – CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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THERE ARE 3 ACTIONS TO TAKE IN THIS ALERT.
PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TODAY.
CONTINUE SENDING FAXES INTO THE EVENING.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Forwarded by Zelda, zpenzel [at] nyc.rr.com
Original Message: Bonnie Oliver, friesians2 [at] casinternet.net

Congress to consider two bills to protect horses this week
http://www.saplonline.org/Alerts/042007.htm

ACTION #1: Call/Fax KEY Senate Committee Members

4/24/07, from friesians2 [at] casinternet.net — Liz Craddock (assigned to Bill S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA), in Senator Mary Landrieu’s office) provided the following status and strategy:

Bill S.311 currently resides in the Science, Commerce & Transportation Committee. There are 11 of 23 committee members who will vote “YES” for this bill to be released for a vote on the Senate floor. That means one more vote is needed for this to happen Wednesday, April 25. We are ONE VOTE SHORT.

Since this vote is “too close to call” as far as a majority vote, there is a quick, simple strategy for us until Tuesday, April 24 (request to call the Senators below comes directly from Senator Landrieu’s office).

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IDA: Urgent – Bills to Ban Horse Slaughter Need a Push through Congress

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Note: Past alerts from SAPL and HSUS here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Apr 23, 2007 11:36 PM
Subject: Urgent: Bills to Ban Horse Slaughter Need a Push through Congress

Urgent: Bills to Ban Horse Slaughter Need a Push through Congress

Ask your elected officials to support important legislation to save equines today!

In our February 7th eNewsletter, we reported that two important bills to end horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S. had been reintroduced to Congress. Since then, these two pieces of legislation — the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA) and the Rahall/Whitfield amendment — have been steadily wending their way through the legislative process. Congress is scheduled to review both of these bills this week, so animal advocates can help ensure their passage by urging their federal legislators to support them.

1) The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 311): On April 25th, the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a mark-up for their version of the AHSPA (S. 311) during which committee members will decide on the language of the measure they expect to send on to the full Senate. Please “Take Action” to urge all committee members to vote in favor of the AHSPA and encourage Senate leadership to move the bill swiftly to the full Senate for consideration. Also follow up with a polite letter, phone call, or fax. If your own Senator is on the committee, it is especially important that you contact him/her directly. Find out the names and contact information for your Senators and then see if either of them is a member of the committee.

2) The Rahall/Whitfield amendment (H.R. 249): Members of the House of Representatives will have an opportunity to take a stand against the slaughter of wild horses when H.R. 249 comes up for a vote on Thursday, April 26th. Please “Take Action” to urge your Representative to vote Yes on this bill that would restore protections for wild horses. Also follow up with a polite letter, phone call, or fax. Get contact information for your Representative.

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DawnWatch: Horse slaughter halted in US — 3/30/07

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 30, 2007 7:20 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Horse slaughter halted in US — 3/30/07

There has been good news for horses this week. An editorial in the Friday March 30 Washington Times, a paper which has consistently taken a strong stand against horse-slaughter, is headed, “The horse is saved.” It opens with:

“It took a court order for Congress’ 2005 horse-slaughter ban to finally take effect. The last slaughtering facility closed its doors Thursday morning in DeKalb, Ill. after the U.S. District Court struck down a Department of Agriculture scheme designed from the start to circumvent the year-and-a-half-old legislation to outlaw the slaughtering of horses for human consumption. The whole episode shows the lengths to which federal regulators will go to disobey Congress if an agency stands to lose regulatory powers — or, in this case, a regulated constituency.”

It reminds us, “Congress stripped funding in November 2005 for USDA’s horsemeat-inspection activities. Without inspections, there’s no meat.” But, “In blatant disregard of congressional intent, the Agriculture Department devised a ‘fee-for-service’ scheme whereby the horsemeat industry, not taxpayers, would finance the inspections.” However, “The matter went to court, and finally this week the U.S. District Court threw out USDA’s attempt to get around Congress.”

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Kinship Circle: 1 Horse Plant Left…And Now There Are None?

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] brick.net
Date: Mar 30, 2007 1:41 AM
Subject: 1 Horse Plant Left…And Now There Are None?

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Relief
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If you receive this alert in duplicate, it is because you are subscribed to Kinship Circle Primary (animal issues worldwide) AND Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Relief. While these two separate mail lists rarely overlap, we apologize for this inconvenience.

3/29/07 — 1 Horse Plant Left…And Now There Are None?
NEWS + LETTER CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

COURT DECLARES HORSE SLAUGHTER TO BE ILLEGAL

Help Save Horses Right Out of the Gate

Court Declares Horse Slaughter in Texas Illegal

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http://www.saplonline.org/Legislation/USDAviolatedlaw.htm

For Immediate Release

COURT DECLARES HORSE SLAUGHTER TO BE ILLEGAL

Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2007) – In a 51-page opinion issued just hours ago, United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly held that the slaughter of horses in America violates federal law. In her opinion, issued in response to a lawsuit filed in February 2006 by the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) and other humane organizations and individuals, Judge Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct an environmental impact review of its decision to allow the continuation of horse slaughter.

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DawnWatch: NY Times op-ed "We eat horses, don’t we?" 3/5/07

Monday, March 5th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 5, 2007 9:57 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: NY Times op-ed “We eat horses, don’t we?” 3/5/07

The Monday, March 5, New York Times includes an op-ed by Christa Weil, author of “Fierce Food: The Intrepid Diner’s Guide to the Unusual, Exotic and Downright Bizarre.” The op-ed is headed, “We Eat Horses, Don’t We?.”

Weil opens:

“Recently, an official for American Horse Defense Fund, which is a fervent supporter of bills now in the United States Congress that would ban slaughtering horses for meat, declared that “the foreign-owned slaughter industry needs to understand that Americans will never view horses as dinner.”

“It’s a ringing statement, but it’s not an entirely accurate one. As much public support as the anti-slaughter bills have and as highly as we regard this animal as a companion, co-worker and patriotic symbol, Americans have made periodic forays into horse country, hungry for an alternative red meat.

Weil notes that Americans ate horsemeat when beef and pork were scarce during World War II, that one store in Oregon sold it during the recession in 1973, and that “Until the late 1970s, the Harvard Faculty Club served horse steaks as a regular menu item.”

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Kinship Circle: LETTER / Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress

Monday, January 29th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Jan 29, 2007 3:29 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress

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1/29/07 — Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Help Save Horses Right Out of the Gate

Court Declares Horse Slaughter in Texas Illegal

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SAMPLE LETTER & CONTACT INFO

Sample letters are prepared to give you ample background on an issue.

Try to change some words, pare down letters, and make them your own.

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HSUS writes: Congress receives a lot of email. It is very important to edit the subject line and the letter below with your own words so that your legislators know the email came from a constituent.

To identify your federal legislators and find contact info, try:

* Congress.org: http://www.Congress.org
* USA Senate: http://www.senate.gov
* USA House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov
* Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

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ASPCA: Big News from D.C.–Horse Protection Bills Revived!

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

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From: ASPCA – website [at] aspca.org
Date: Jan 28, 2007 5:00 PM
Subject: Federal Alert: Big News from D.C.–Horse Protection Bills Revived!

URGENT ALERT

Congress is back in session, and so are two crucial equine protection bills!

H.R. 503/S. 311 (The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act) will prohibit the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Americans don’t eat horses, but last year alone more than 100,000 U.S. horses were killed for their meat, which was exported to Europe and Asia.

H.R. 249 restores protections for wild horses and burros that were undone by the passage of the 2005 Burns Amendment to the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act.

If you recognize these bills, it’s because both of them were introduced in the 109th Congress in 2006. Although both had strong support and advanced significantly through the committee process, Congress unfortunately recessed for the year before either bill could be passed.

Both have been formally reintroduced, but the approval process now must begin anew. If you believe that horses are American icons who deserve a better end than ending up on dinner plates abroad, please contact your senators and representatives today and ask that they support these important bills.

Ask your legislators to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Ask your decision makers to support H.R. 249, legislation that would protect wild horses and burros.

Please visit ASPCA.org to take action on these initiatives today.

Thank you so much for your patience and your compassion.

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HSUS: Help Save Horses Right Out of the Gate

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

UPDATE, 1/21/07, via the HSUS:

Court Declares Horse Slaughter in Texas Illegal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit declared horse slaughter illegal in Texas Jan. 19. With two of the three foreign-owned horse slaughter plants in the United States located in Texas, just one plant, in DeKalb, Ill., will remain in operation once the court decision is final.

The HSUS filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case in March, 2006, arguing in defense of a Texas law barring the slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas.

On Jan. 17, federal lawmakers introduced legislation to end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas. The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act would also ban the export of horses for slaughter in other countries.

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Via the Humane Society of the United States:

Help Save Horses Right Out of the Gate

Representatives Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), John Spratt (D-SC) and Nick Rahall (D-WV) have teamed up to offer H.R. 503 in the House. They were able to secure the same bill number from last Congress, and along with Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV)—who have introduced a companion bill, S. 311, in the Senate—they are ready to move this legislation over the finish line.

Legislation banning horse slaughter made tremendous progress in the 109th Congress, but the bill stalled in the Senate and was not brought up for a vote before the end of the session.

Click here to read more and take action.

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Kinship Circle: ACT / Horse Slaughter Act Down To The Wire

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Dec 7, 2006 1:38 PM
Subject: ACT/ Horse Slaughter Act Down To The Wire

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12/7/06 – Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Down To The Wire
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Equine Advocates, info [at] equineadvocates.com
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From info [at] equineadvocates.com:

Monday, December 4, 2006 marks the day the U.S. Senate reconvenes for the last time in 2006, giving us approximately two weeks to pass S.1915, the Senate version of The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. The version that passed in the House of Representatives on September 7, 2006, H.R. 503, is already on the Senate calendar. In order for it to be brought to the full Senate before adjournment, a motion must be made to proceed so that it can come to the floor for a vote. If that happens, we believe it will pass easily. Then it can go to President Bush for his signature and take effect in 2007…

Please keep the pressure on for the next two weeks and urge your family and friends across the country to do the same. Repeat your calls, faxes and emails everyday or every couple days. This is a matter of life and death for America’s horses…

S.1915 currently has 33 cosponsors.

VIEW LIST & TEXT OF BILL: http://tinyurl.com/yzc43a

If one or both of your Senators are cosponsors, ask them to work hard to get this bill passed this year.

FIND PHONE, FAX, EMAIL FOR YOUR 2 U.S. SENATORS AT RESOURCES BELOW:
Congress.org – http://www.Congress.org
USA Senate – http://www.senate.gov
Project Vote Smart – http://www.vote-smart.org
Capitol Switchboard – 202-224-3121

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