Kinship Circle: Eight Belles Ran For Her Life…And Died

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, May 7, 2008 at 1:33 PM
Subject: Eight Belles Ran For Her Life…And Died

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5/7/08: Eight Belles Ran For Her Life…And Died

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE / PLEASE READ:

We ordinarily write all SAMPLE LETTERS. However in the recent death of young Eight Belles in the Kentucky Derby — we cannot out-write the magnificent letter PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk sent to presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton. Ms. Newkirk’s letter is presented as a sample letter below:

1. CHANGE AS MANY WORDS AS POSSIBLE, TO MAKE THE LETTER YOUR OWN.
Include a DISCLAIMER as shown (BELOW). Remember: You are NOT Ingrid Newkirk.

2. KINSHIP CIRCLE BELIEVES HORSE RACING, LIKE DOGFIGHTING AND COCKFIGHTING, SHOULD BE OUTLAWED. However, if you’d like to participate in a campaign that calls upon “the racing industry to suspend the jockey and trainer, bar the owner from racing at the track, and… stop using young horses susceptible to horrific injuries…” PETA provides a web letter here: http://getactive.peta.org/campaign/eight_belles/iiwn8g8227xnmxix

Kentucky Horse Racing Authority
4063 Ironworks Pkwy, Building B; Lexington, KY 40511
ph: 859-246-2040; fax: 859-246-2039
email: lisa.underwood [at] ky.gov, jim.gallagher [at] ky.gov

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LEFT PHOTO: Track personnel try to hold down Eight Belles after the 134th Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Eight Belles was euthanized after breaking both front ankles following a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)
http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=4784855

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RIGHT: Eight Belles and trainer Larry Jones walk before the Derby.
http://news.bostonherald.com/sports/other_sports/horse_racing/view.bg?articleid=1091901

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Horses Face Eradication In Nevada

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 7:53 PM
Subject: ACT/ Horses Face Eradication In Nevada

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4/22/08: Horses Face Eradication In Nevada

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LEFT: Wild horses graze outside Virginia City on July 6, 2004.
Photo by Cathleen Allison/Special to Review-Journal
http://www.lvrj.com/news/17543794.html

RIGHT: http://www.best-horse-photos.com/Wild-Horses.html

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ Take Horses & Donkeys Off Tel Aviv Streets

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

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Date: Feb 7, 2008 3:04 PM
Subject: ACT/ Take Horses & Donkeys Off Tel Aviv Streets

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2/7/08: Take Horses & Donkeys Off Tel Aviv Streets
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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.

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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
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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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Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Jul 6, 2007 5:41 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban

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Kinship Circle will be OFFLINE from July 13 to July 30, while presenting/exhibiting at AR2007 in Los Angeles. Please hold personal messages during these dates. We apologize in advance for emails that may bounce as our mailbox overloads while away.

7/6/07: Another Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Elizabeth Forel, coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com
Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
http://www.banhdc.org

*If you have witnessed any accidents or incidents concerning the carriage horses — or — have evidence of an HLE officer not doing his/her job concerning the carriage horses or showing bias to the drivers, please contact: coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com

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IDA: Urge U.S. Forest Service to Protect the Heber Wild Horses by 6/15

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Jun 11, 2007 8:51 PM
Subject: Urge U.S. Forest Service to Protect the Heber Wild Horses by 6/15

Urge U.S. Forest Service to Protect the Heber Wild Horses by 6/15

As we reported in our March 28th eNews, IDA and others took a significant step toward protecting wild horses in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, reaching a historic stipulated agreement with the U.S. Forest Service that was signed as an order by the Federal Court. The agreement, signed in good faith by all parties, stipulated that the Forest Service would conduct a National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) study on the horses and create a management program for horses in the Heber Wild Horse Territory and on surrounding lands in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

The agreement came after a lawsuit was filed by IDA and other animal protectionists in 2005 to make the U.S. Forest Service protect hundreds of wild horses in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests of Eastern Arizona and to prevent the horses from being sold at auction and most likely sent to slaughter in Mexico. This rare group of equines are descendents of horses whose roots can be traced back to the region as far back as 1699, and represent an important part of our national heritage that the courts have agreed should be preserved.

Yet, while the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have already begun their NEPA evaluation, people who attended the first two public comment meetings regarding management of the horses have already voiced some serious concerns regarding the Forest Service’s intentions. Please speak up for the horses to ensure that the Forest Service creates a plan to manage the Heber horses in a humane and benevolent manner.

Please “Take Action” to tell the Forest Service that the Heber horses should be protected and managed humanely. The deadline for comments is this Friday, June 15. Important talking points are included in the sample letter, but please edit the letter to express your personal viewpoint for maximum effectiveness: just remember to be polite and respectful. Also submit public comments via postal mail and email to the following officials and copy your legislators:

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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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IDA: URGENT — Sheldon Horses at Risk

Monday, May 14th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/21/07, via IDA:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) intends to skirt the issue of continued management of wild horses on the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in Northern Nevada by directing public attention to “gathering options.” The current Environmental Assessment (EA) does not address comprehensive options for managing wild horses and burros. We need your public comments to address the real issues and STOP the planned gathers of wild horses NOW! The deadline for comments has been extended to this Thursday, May 24th. Please submit your comments before that deadline.

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Previous alerts on this issue are available here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: May 13, 2007 9:29 AM
Subject: URGENT — Sheldon Horses at Risk

URGENT — Sheldon Horses at Risk

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) intends to skirt the issue of continued management of wild horses on the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in Northern Nevada by directing public attention to “gathering options.” The current Environmental Assessment (EA) does not address comprehensive options for managing wild horses and burros. We need your public comments to address the real issues and STOP the planned gathers of wild horses NOW!

To manage wild horses at Sheldon Wildlife Refuge, FWS must:

1. Suspend all gathers until a comprehensive conservation plan has been completed for the management of wild horses and burros at the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge.

2. Manage wild horses and burros as wildlife, not “feral animals,” and consider them a part of the bio-diversity of species on the refuge. Horses have resided in the area long before it was designated as a Wildlife Refuge, and are considered by the public and FWS as part of the visitor experience for “viewing wildlife.” They are also of historic significance and share habitat areas with adjacent wild horses and burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

3. Gather scientific data on all wild horses and burros, as would be done with any species managed by the federal government. Currently, there is inadequate data for the continued management of wild horses and burros at the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge.

Persons seeking more detailed information on the EA should visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website. A 30-day comment period on the EA began on April 17th, 2007. Written comments or questions should be e-mailed to sheldon-hart [at] fws.gov or sent to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 111, Lakeview, OR 97630. Comments must be received by May 17th, 2007. Please send a copy of your comments to Rep. Nick Rahall via an online comment form as well as to IDA, 3010 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901, fax to (415) 388-0388 or email Melissa [at] idausa.org.

Thank you for taking action on this important issue.

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DawnWatch: Entourage race horse rescue — Sunday, 5/6/07

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: May 10, 2007 7:02 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Entourage race horse rescue — Sunday, 5/6/07

Photo via ajstarks

I get to tell you about yet another animal friendly episode on a hot show! This past Sunday, May 6 (the day after the Kentucky Derby) the HBO series Entourage provided — in its usual funny and hip style — a glimpse at the dark side of horse racing and the animal-soft side of Vince’s brother Drama.

If you have HBO on demand, stop reading now and go watch! The episode is loads of fun. Then come back to this email so that you can click the link below to send your thanks to the show.

For those who have never watched Entourage: It is produced by Mark Wahlberg and about a hot young movie star named Vince Chase, and his entourage — his actor brother named Drama, his manager Eric, and their buddy Turtle, all of whom have been inseparable for years.

And for those who missed Sunday’s episode and can’t just wait for this one on DVD — because you need to send your thank you note to HBO today, here is a little recap:

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DawnWatch: Kentucky Derby celebratory coverage needs balancing letters — 5/5/07

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: May 5, 2007 7:57 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Kentucky Derby celebratory coverage needs balancing letters — 5/5/07

I write this as the Kentucky Derby blasts from the TV in my conference hotel room. As Street Sense comes up up from 19th place to take the race, it is hard not to get caught up in the excitement. But we remember Barbaro, who won the Derby last year, then went down in the Preakness. There are so many others we do not remember.

For the last few days, as the Derby has approached, we have seen, heard and read tributes to Barbaro. And sadly, those tributes have avoided discussing the truth about horse racing. On CNN Headline News this morning, Barbaro’s doctor said that the kind of treatment Barbaro got was not unusual in his practice. He thus gave the misleading impression that such treatment might be the norm for an injured horse. No doubt that veterinarian does do such treatments regularly, as he is surely one of the highest paid veterinarians in the industry who treats those horses who will be lucrative breeders if kept alive after an injury. But such treatment is hardly common. Days after Barbaro went down at last year’s Preakness, New York Times sportswriter William C Rhoden did a beautiful piece on the fate of the average horse injured during a race. (See http://tinyurl.com/2fpu5f for the summary of and link to that piece, headed, “An Unknown Filly Dies, and the Crowd Just Shrugs”.) An Associated Press article published last year told us that approximately 700 horses are put down in the United States and Canada every year after racing accidents. And a Newsweek article explained, “most horses with an injury like Barbaro’s would be destroyed, sometimes right at the track.” It discussed the fight to save his life and commented, “But the extraordinary measures taken on his behalf also served as a reminder that if Barbaro weren’t potentially worth millions of dollars, or if his owners weren’t wealthy themselves, the steps he took on the track at Pimlico very likely would have been his last.” (That article is still on line at: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13008304/site/newsweek/)

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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

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4/24/07: TODAY – CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

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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SAPL eAlert: Congress to consider two (horse-related) bills

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

UPDATE, 4/30/07, via the HSUS:

This afternoon (4/27/07), at 12:38 p.m., the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (277-137) to restore a 34-year-old ban on the commercial sale and slaughter of America’s wild horses and burros. Yesterday, the bill to ban the sale and transport to slaughter of all American horses cleared a critical Senate committee by a decisive 15-7 vote. These victories move us even closer to banning horse slaughter in the United States permanently.

Your calls and emails are key to winning this fight. Everyday this past week, as I walked the halls of the House and Senate with other Humane Society of the United States staff, shoring up support for these two votes, every office we visited said the same thing: “We are getting a lot of phone calls from our constituents about the horses.” Please help keep the momentum going:

+ Click here to urge support for restoring protections to wild horses and burros.

+ Click here to urge support for banning the slaughter of all horses.

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UPDATE, 4/23/07:

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a sample letter for H.R. 249 (item #2 in the SAPL email below), here (“Up This Week: House Vote on Saving Wild Horses and Burros”).

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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?

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3/29/07 — 1 Horse Plant Left…And Now There Are None?
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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 / Emergency Declared For 100s Abused On Millionaire’s Farm

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Feb 8, 2007 12:24 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Emergency Declared For 100s Abused On Millionaire’s Farm

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2/8/07 — “Emergency” Declared For 100s Abused On Millionaire’s Farm
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Kinship Circle - 2007-02-08 - 01 - Neglected Horses

Bita Honarvar/AJC – Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin says the state will declare the plight of these and other starving horses found on a farm near Macon ‘an acute emergency’ and take full charge of them.

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Starving horses to remain outdoors on Concord farm

State impounds horses; lawyer says animals fine

Horses, dogs, cattle removed from farm

Below is website on Roger Prater’s USDA Farm Subsidy

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Millionaires Starve Nearly 300 Animals On Their Property

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DawnWatch: Barbaro dies – a look at horseracing in the New York Times editorial 1/30/07

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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Date: Jan 30, 2007 5:06 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Barbaro dies – a look at horseracing in the New York Times editorial 1/30/07

Barbaro was euthanized yesterday, Monday January 29, eight months after suffering grave injury at The Preakness. His injury brought world-wide media attention and an outpouring of emotion since he had won the Kentucky Derby and looked like he could possibly win the Triple Crown.

The story is in every paper. The New York Times has run a sensitive editorial headed, “One Horse Dies” (January 30, pg 20).

It opens:

“Why should we feel so much grief at the loss of one horse? After all, this is a world in which horses are sacrificed again and again for the sport of humans. Barbaro was euthanized yesterday, eight months after he shattered his right hind leg at the start of the Preakness Stakes. After an injury like that, most racehorses would have been put down minutes later. But every race is a complex equation — a balance of economics, athleticism, equine grace and conscience. Conscience often comes in last, but not in this case. Barbaro’s owners gave that horse exactly what he had given them, which is everything. It was the very least they could do, and yet it seemed truly exceptional in a sport that is as often barbarous as it is beautiful.”

It discusses Barbaro’s grace, and comments, “And if his life caused us to pay attention to the possibilities of all horses, his death should cause us to pay attention to the tragedy inherent in the end of so many horses. Barbaro’s death was tragic not because it was measured against the races he might have won or even against the effort to save his life. It was tragic because of what every horse is.

“You would have to look a long, long time to find a dishonest or cruel horse.”

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