Equine Welfare News

  • Our biggest fear

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    We knew this was coming, and now our worst fears have been realized.

    Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its budget request to Congress for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and it literally places the lives of over 90,000 wild horses and burros in jeopardy.

    The Administration is asking Congress to lift the ban on killing healthy wild horses and burros or selling them for slaughter. The BLM wants permission to destroy “unadoptable” horses and burros as well as those it considers to be “excess” on the range. If Congress approves this request, the mass killing of the 46,000 wild horses and burros in holding facilities and the 46,000 “excess” animals on the range would begin.

    We must make sure Congress stands firm against slaughtering our national icons!

    This is going to be an intensive 4-6 month campaign to defeat this lethal budget proposal in Congress.

    Right now, we need you to do these three things IMMEDIATELY!

    1. Send a strong and unified message to Congress.

    2. #JoinTheBand to send a tidal wave of public support for wild horses and burros on social media on May 30

    3. Donate so that we can elevate our grassroots and legislative campaigns to the seismic level necessary to save our national icons!

    The fight is on to save our wild horses and burros!  We’re ready, but we NEED your help. Let’s protect our wild horses and burros from this Administration’s lethal plans… Take action today!

    In Freedom,

    Suzanne Roy, Exectuive Director

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  • Have You ‘Joined The Band’ Yet?

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    On May 30, we want to send out a loud message calling on legislators to protect America’s wild horses, and we will do so using a platform called Thunderclap. It’s a tool that allows people to pledge a tweet or Facebook post that will be posted along with thousands of other supporters on the same day. Think of it as a massive flash mob on social media with a collective message calling on the world to Stand With America’s Wild Bands. It’s completely secure and will post a single, one-time message on your behalf. If all of our supporters take part, we can reach millions of people on May 30 when the message is blasted out. Only the power of the people can save our national heritage animals. Spreading the word is absolutely critical, and now it couldn’t be easier! If you’re With The Band, please sign up today!

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  • Say NO to BLM Roundup of Wyoming Wild Horses

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    The wild horses living in the Red Desert Complex in Wyoming need your help! The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is proposing a massive roundup and removal of 2,096 horses, or 80% of the 2,620 horses residing in and around the Complex that includes the Antelope Hills, Crooks Mountain, Green Mountain, Lost Creek, and Stewart Creek Herd Management Areas. The BLM’s goal is to reach a low Appropriate Management Level of only 524 wild horses on 753,000 acres of public land.  Please take a minute and submit your comments urging the BLM to consider more humane and effective alternatives to the proposed removal of Wyoming wild horses from their homes on the range… Click below to take action today!

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  • Meeting with Navajo on Humane Wild Horse Management

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    On Monday, May 15, AWHC Executive Director Suzanne Roy accompanied Salt River Wild Horse Management Group President Simone Netherlands to Window Rock, Arizona, the capitol of the Navajo Nation, to present information on humane wild horse management options. Also presenting at the meeting was Leland Grass (pictured at center above) of Dine’ for Wild Horses & Seminars. Leland is a prominent wild horse advocate and member of the Navajo nation. The Navajo face a complex problem of managing a large popultion of domestic, semi-feral and wild horses on the 18 million acre reservation. Officials from the Fish and Wildlife, Agriculture and Natural Resources divisions attended the meeting and were very welcoming toward us and the information we presented.

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  • More Heartbreak and Some Happily Ever After at Chilly Pepper

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    The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

    Once again my heart feels like it has been shattered into a million tiny pieces.Early Wednesday morning, Matt backed in the trailer to our loading area and I went to get Frosty and Braveheart.

    To my horror, I noticed something was wrong with Braveheart. Just the night before he had been be-bopping around and feeling great. But this morning, something was terribly wrong. His poor little face was swollen halfway up, and you could tell he was done.

    It took a minute to realize that overnight he had become 100% blind. He was struggling horribly and extremely frantic at losing his sight. Of course I called Doc immediately, and she came out to see what had happened.

    The most likely explanation is due to the fact that his eye had been so horribly infected for so many months, (if not years), that he had probably had an abscess that for some unknown reason decided to burst during the night, and it caused the immediate blindness. Doc’s other thought was that it could have been an aneurysm, but in either case, the way he was standing with his head down would account for the swelling of the soft tissue.

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  • Wild Horses Extinct in Our Lifetime?

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Dear supporter,

    Disaster is looming for America’s wild horses and burros. Congress just called for accelerated roundups and removal of tens of thousands of mustangs and burros from their homes on the range.

    We have to save these cherished animals, and we can – but only with your help.

    Beginning in July, helicopters will again descend our western public lands to terrorize and traumatize these peaceful animals.

    Tiny foals will be stampeded for miles. Foals will be ripped from their mothers’ sides. Mares will be forcibly taken from their stallions… only to be separated forever and loaded onto trailers for their final ride.

    In our lifetimes, more wild horses could disappear from on our public lands.

    Contribute to the Wild Horse Crisis Fund to protect these innocent victims of government brutality.

    SAVE OUR NATIONAL ICONS.  Join The Grassroots Effort.

    Thank you for standing up for America’s wild horses and burros – only the power of the people can save them!

    – Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

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    The American Wild Horse Campaign is dedicated to preserving American wild horses and burros in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage.

    The American Wild Horse Campaign is 501(c)3 non-profit. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our work.

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  • This is it

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Dear Supporters,

    This is it: Your chance to stand with tens of thousands of citizens in defense of America’s iconic mustangs and burros. Sign up today to make your voice heard!

    On May 30, our collective voices will rise up on social media to take a stand against mass roundups and slaughter of these cherished animals.  As a champion for these national icons, you won’t want to miss the chance to join in this groundbreaking campaign. 

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  • UHC Members Meet in June

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    The following is from the Unwanted Horse Coalition:

    The UHC will be hosting its annual meeting in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum in Washington DC.  UHC member organizations and guests will hear program updates, review survey results and discuss the coalition’s objectives for the upcoming year.

    For a full list of members, visit www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org/member-organizations/ or to inquire about UHC membership and programs, contact the UHC office at uhc@horsecouncil.org.

     

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  • Omnibus Spending Bill Creates Danger for Wild Horses

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Danger for Wild Horses and Burros on Capitol Hill

    Congress just passed an Omnibus spending bill to fund the government for the next five months – until the end of Fiscal Year 2017. The good news: Congress maintained the de facto ban on domestic horse slaughter and the prohibition against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) sale for slaughter or killing of captured wild horses and burros. More troubling, though, is a provision in Section 116 that allows the BLM to strip wild horses and burros of federal protection and transfer them to state, federal and local agencies for use as “work animals.”  

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  • BRAVEHEART has his surgery & More! at Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang

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    The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

    It’s go time again at Chilly Pepper. (Although it seems like that is the norm nowadays.) But we are moving forward and y’all have helped save alot of horses.

    YOU are the reason this is all possible and we so appreciate the love and support.

    A quick summary of some of the purchases y’all made :)

    $ 2,800 for hay
    $ 2,500 Foal Lac Powder & Pellets
    $ 400 bedding
    $ 3,200+ vet bills
    $ 250 farrier expenses
    $ 750 Colostrum & misc

    Those are just some of the major expenses. There are lots of other miscellaneous costs for these kids, but you have made it all possible with your love and support, so Thank You! (At least you know we are not wasting a penny of your much needed donations.)

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  • Time is Running Out! Don’t Wait…Donate!

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue

    WE ARE IN THE HOME STRETCH!

    Big Day of Giving ends at midnight! We are about half way to our goal, but there is still time to donate.  Help us meet our goal in the last 4 hours!

    This year, our goal is to engage 200 donors and raise $10,000 to help us FILL THE BARN to help support our feed and care costs! 

    Do you know what your donation could do?  

    Last year it cost over $50,000 for feed, supplements and care for the horses at AAE! Your donation of any amount will help feed a horse, assist with the cost of veterinary care, or provide for other needs such as hoof or dental care.

    Help us care for these majestic animals and donate today!

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  • BIG Day of Giving: What Can Your Donation Do?

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

    It’s Finally Here!!  The BIG Day of Giving!!

    This event started at midnight and goes for 24 hours. This is a great opportunity to give local now and show the country that our region is #1 as the most generous community on this national day of giving!

    This year, our goal is to engage at least 200 donors and raise $10,000 to help us FILL THE BARN to help support our feed and care costs! 

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  • EMERGENCY ALERT: Danger on Capitol Hill

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    I’m sorry to have to give you some devastating news. In the wee hours of Monday morning, Congress released a 1,600+ page spending bill for 2017. Buried on page 804 is Section 116, which allows the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to strip wild horses and burros of federal protection and “immediately” transfer them to state and local governments for use as “work animals.”

    But with no definition of work animal, and no limit to the number of horses and burros that can be transferred, this language could provide a back door route to killing thousands of these national legacy animals. Although Congress added language prohibiting commercial slaughter and putting some restrictions on “euthanasia,” signalling its intent to prevent the killing of healthy horses. However, ambiguities and loopholes in the language leave it open to abuse. Especially at risk are the older mustangs and burros, now protected under federal law. Under the language these majestic, elder animals could be killed simply due to “advanced age,” a term that is undefined.

    We can’t let this stand…Congress should not be allowed to undermine the will of the American people and a unanimously-passed Act of Congress – the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act – through a last-minute spending bill. 

    We have just hours to make our voices heard… Please click below NOW to call and send a message to key appropriators asking them to strip this devastating provision that could result in the killing of thousands – and potentially tens of thousands — of America’s cherished wild horses and burros.

    If you do one thing for wild horses and burros, please do this now!

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  • H-2B Cap Relief to Be Part of Spending Bill

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

     

    Congress has reached a tentative agreement on a bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017.  Importantly, the bill contains limited H-2B cap relief and other H-2B provisions beneficial to users of the program like the horse industry.

    The H-2B program is used by members of the horse industry, principally horse trainers and owners who cannot find American workers to fill semi-skilled jobs at racetracks, horse shows, fairs and in similar non-agricultural activities.

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  • Efforts to Eliminate Soaring Continue

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

     

    Eliminating soring in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry has broad support in the horse industry and has been a priority of the American Horse Council (AHC) for the last several years.  The focus of these efforts for several years has been passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act or PAST Act in Congress. Additionally, last year the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) also began promulgating new regulations governing enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA), intended to strength regulations against soring.  President Trump’s government-wide freeze on all new federal regulations pending review has put an indefinite hold on these new HPA regulations.  Now many in the horse industry are wondering what is status of these efforts to eliminate soring.

    “The AHC continues to be committed to ending soring in the walking horse industry and believes it will take federal action either by Congress or USDA to end this cruel practice,” said Julie  Broadway AHC president. “The ‘big lick’ segment of the walking horse industry has had over 45 years to address this issue and it remains a problem.”

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  • Immigration and the Horse Industry

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    The Following is from the American Horse Council:

    It is no secret that many of the workers on the backstretch at race tracks, on breeding farms and at horse shows are foreign born. Horse industry employers have for many years found it difficult to recruit American workers to fill these jobs.  For this reason, American immigration policy has been a major concern of the horse industry and the American Horse Council has worked to ensure the H-2B non-agricultural and H-2A agricultural temporary foreign worker programs are a viable option for the industry. However, new pressures threaten the ability of the horse industry to hire these vital workers.

    “The industry has had long-standing problems recruiting workers to fill jobs helping to raise, train, and care for the industry’s horses. This was the case even during the recent recession when unemployment reached 10%,” said AHC Sr. VP, Policy and Legislative Affairs, Ben Pendergrass. “Now that the economy has recovered and unemployment has fallen to around 4.7% finding workers has become especially challenging, this and other factors have made it more vital than ever for Congress to take action to improve the inadequate current guest worker programs.

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  • Ears in the News

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    The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

    I think spring is finally here! The mules are shedding like crazy and I saw a little sparrow with a long piece of mule tail hair in its beak heading into the willow tree. The mud has dried up for the most part and we are in full swing getting things spruced up for our upcoming TENTH! Anniversary Open House on May 13th . I hope you can make it! Details are on the website and SYA’s Face Book page.

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  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Survey

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

     

    Horses in all segments of the equine industry are regularly transported both intrastate and interstate for a variety of purposes, both by individuals and businesses.   The ability to move horses easily for competition, breeding, sale, and recreation is of vital importance to the economic health of the industry.

    In order to ensure the American Horse Council has a better understanding of how enforcement of federal motor carrier safety regulations are impacting the industry, we request all members of the horse industry take the following short survey. The survey is anonymous and the results will be used solely for informational purposes.

    If you are an equine organization we ask that you please distribute this survey to your membership.

    The survey will remain open until May 20th. If you have any questions, please contact the AHC.

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  • Update: Lil’ Orphan Filly

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

    Our sweet little one is still moving in the right direction. She has made substantial improvement in her whole 10 days of life. Her first lab results for a muscle enzyme showed her values were off the charts. Normal is 800, and upon intake she was at 120,000, the highest level the equipment could read.  As of yesterday, her muscle enzyme levels and other blood levels were within normal range. She is still weak and unable to get up on her own, which is not uncommon, but once she’s helped to stand, her mobility is MUCH improved !!  Thanks to her docs at Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center, her hospitalization is winding down, and she will be home soon, but she has a long rehab/recovery to come and she’s not out of the woods by far.  To say her journey has been a rollercoaster ride is an understatement, but we thank you all so much for your support and assistance with this little gal.

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  • Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang Needs Your Help Once Again

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    The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

    The pain and heart break that is a part of rescue can sometimes be too much to bear, and you feel like your heart will never survive. Once again my heart was shattered into a million tiny pieces.

    Matt and I had been called to pick up an orphan foal, but about 120 miles into the trip were turned around as the baby seemed to be improving. She was nursing and her mom was protective and all seemed well.

    Two days later we were called on the same foal. Matt was in NV and I was in CA so he picked her up and we met and I started home. We both provided critical care, but when I stopped to treat her I opened the door to my worst heart ache. “Little Girl” had slipped from this world and was gone. I sank to the trailer floor and held her beautiful little body in my arms. Tears slid down my face as I couldn’t help but sob out the pain of losing this little one before I could even start to help her.

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