Equine Welfare News

  • Farewell to Our Guy, Magic

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    MAGIC (~1994 – 11/29/2017)

    “There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.”

    – Elizabeth Berg

    Magic, Oh Magic

    Oh, how I wish we could work a little Magic for you, sweet boy.

    You came to us in tatters, but no matter how hard we tried, time and again, you wouldn’t fixed.

    The year turned had just 2014.  You and you’re girl, Love, what a pair.  Together, abandoned and neglected.  Left to fend for yourselves.  Not only malnourished, but many aggressive sarcoids and a squamous cell carcinoma.  Fifteen in all was bad enough, but the conditions made them difficult to see.

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  • We can’t thank you enough

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Yesterday went better than we ever could have hoped.

    Across the country, supporters like you stepped up on Giving Tuesday in a huge way. We blew through our initial $25,000 goal, and got almost 1,000 individual donations. And because of our matching gift, all of those gifts will go twice as far.

    We can’t thank you enough for your support — and it couldn’t come at a more crucial time. Your donations will fuel these critical programs to save wild horses and burros:

    Litigation: Right now, our legal team is defending wild horses in two federal appellate court cases. We’re fighting to uphold our lower court victories against a rancher lawsuit seeking roundup and slaughter of Utah wild horses and the BLM’s attempts to destroy the Saylor Creek wild horse population in Idaho bysurgically sterilizing every stallion and mare living there. 

    On the ground: As you read this, the AWHC team is in the field to document a BLM helicopter roundup underway today in Utah. We’re showing the world what’s happening to our wild horses and burros in these remote regions of the West, and we’re generating the public support necessary to stop our government’s cruel treatment of these national icons.

    Advocacy: Our wild horses deserve the best possible representation in the halls of Washington, and that’s just what our bipartisan legislation team is doing — making sure that policies affecting wild horses are evidence-based, humane, and strictly enforced.

    We can’t do this work without you. Thank you again for your support this Giving Tuesday and every day.

    Sincerely,

    Suzanne & the AWHC Team

    PS. Didn’t get a chance to give yesterday? You can still chip in today to defend wild horses.

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  • CHR 2017 Holiday Open House

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    The following is from Colorado Horse Rescue:

    Join Us For a Day of Fun!

    Bring the whole family and celebrate the Holiday Season with CHR. Get some early holiday shopping done in the gift shop and gourmet market and check out some great deals in our thrift store. Sip on hot cider while you tour the rescue and visit the horses.

    S C H E D U L E   O F   E V E N T S

    10 – 11am:   Holiday Photos with a CHR Horse 

    11am:  Training Demo with Sarah Hofkamp

    1 – 2pm:  Volunteer Costume Riding Demonstration

    2:30 – 3:30pm:   Holiday Photos with a CHR Horse 

    See You There!

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  • Giving Tuesday Update: emergency matching fund

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    — Thanks to a huge outpouring of support, we’ve hit our $25,000 Giving Tuesdaygoal. Now, a major donor has agreed to provide an EMERGENCY match of $10,000 more — if we can reach that goal before midnight.

    Can you pitch in right now to help us raise $10,000 and unlock this emergency matching gift to fuel our work for wild horses and burros across the country?

    Thanks,

    Suzanne


     

    Today is Giving Tuesday, and right now our team is on the ground in Utah to document an abusive government roundup. Starting tomorrow, helicopters will hunt down and trap wild horses, robbing them of the two things they value most: family and freedom. Worse, the lives of every one of these proud mustangs is in danger, thanks to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to kill and sell for slaughter tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in holding facilities and on the range.

    A generous AWHC donor has agreed to match all contributions up to our Giving Tuesday goal of $25,000. That means you can double your money by making a contribution by midnight tonight!

    At AWHC, we’re working nonstop to keep wild horses and burros free and safe and to defeat attempts by the BLM to slaughter them.

    Last week, we achieved a major victory in that battle when the Senate rejected BLM’s lethal plans. But earlier this year, the House passed a spending bill that would allow BLM to kill tens of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros. That means the fight goes on as Congress negotiates to reconcile the two versions of the bill.

    We need your help to carry this battle over the finish line. Make your first gift of the year go twice as far and help us unlock this $25,000 matching gift. Give a tax-deductible gift of just $10 or more before midnight and DOUBLE your impact.

    In honor of Trey, the tiny pinto foal who was roped, hogtied, captured and separated from his mother at last year’s BLM roundup in the Cedar Mountains … and in honor of all the foals being captured right now in Utah, never again to feel the security of family or the freedom of the open range… please make your Giving Tuesday gift today.

    Together, we can build a better future for our magnificent wild horses and burros. Thank you.

    In Freedom,

    Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

    Photo by Caroline Christie

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  • #GivingTuesday is Here!!! Help Us Make A Difference!

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    The following is from All About Equine Animal Rescue:

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    Today we celebrate giving!  All About Equine is participating in this years #givingtuesday campaign.  We hope you can join us today and help make a difference!  This global day of giving is designed to give back to our communities and help those around us!  Be the change you want to see in the world and help AAE make a difference in the lives of our horses!  This year our goal is $2500.  This will help with ongoing operational costs including, feed, farrier and veterinarian costs for our horses, as well as needed maintenance.
    OUR HORSES NEED YOU!

    We can’t do this without your support and we THANK YOU for all you do!

    #GivingTuesday is here!

    Please take time to visit our website or Facebook page to make a donation.

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  • Help the UHC Jump Start 2018!

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    The following is from UHC:

    Will you help the Unwanted Horse Coalition on this #GivingTuesday?

    For the second year in a row, the UHC is participating in #GivingTuesday, but this time in two different ways!

    1. Donate to the UHC to help support our popular Operation Gelding program, which provides materials, guidance, and financial support to organizations that wish to host low or  no-cost gelding clinics. Our goal is to raise $2,000 which will allow us to provide funding for one clinic, or up to 20 vouchers for individual horse owners in need. Donate $20.18 to help us start 2018 off on a good note-Donate today!

    2. Help support your favorite 501c3 equine welfare organization for a chance to win them $500 in Operation Gelding vouchers by participating in our second annual #UNselfie contest on Facebook. To do this, take an #UNselfie with a previously “uwanted” horse, or a photo of that horse, while holding a sign with the name or logo of the 501c3 equine welfare organization you want to support on #GivingTuesday. We have extended the deadline to enter and the contest will run until midnight on November 28th. Photos can be posted on the original Facebook post here. 

    The UHC operates underneath the auspices of the American Horse Council Foundation. We are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 52-1760034.

    Yes, I want to help the UHC on #GivingTuesday!

     

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  • Double your money to help wild horses this Giving Tuesday

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Today is Giving Tuesday, and right now our team is on the ground in Utah to document an abusive government roundup. Starting tomorrow, helicopters will hunt down and trap wild horses, robbing them of the two things they value most: family and freedom. Worse, the lives of every one of these proud mustangs is in danger, thanks to a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to kill and sell for slaughter tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in holding facilities and on the range.

    A generous AWHC donor has agreed to match all contributions up to our Giving Tuesday goal of $25,000. That means you can double your money by making a contribution by midnight tonight!

    At AWHC, we’re working nonstop to keep wild horses and burros free and safe and to defeat attempts by the BLM to slaughter them.

    Last week, we achieved a major victory in that battle when the Senate rejected BLM’s lethal plans. But earlier this year, the House passed a spending bill that would allow BLM to kill tens of thousands of healthy wild horses and burros. That means the fight goes on as Congress negotiates to reconcile the two versions of the bill.

    We need your help to carry this battle over the finish line. Make your first gift of the year go twice as far and help us unlock this $25,000 matching gift. Give a tax-deductible gift of just $10 or more before midnight and DOUBLE your impact.

    In honor of Trey, the tiny pinto foal who was roped, hogtied, captured and separated from his mother at last year’s BLM roundup in the Cedar Mountains … and in honor of all the foals being captured right now in Utah, never again to feel the security of family or the freedom of the open range… please make your Giving Tuesday gift today.

    Together, we can build a better future for our magnificent wild horses and burros. Thank you.

    In Freedom,

    Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

    Photo by Caroline Christie

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  • SYALER eNewsletter

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    The following is from Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue:

    Ears the news…

    I apologize for the lack of newsletters. Between heading off to CA for the Donkey Welfare Symposium, coming home just long enough to unpack, wash my clothes and repack. I was then off to set up and (wo)man our booth at Equine Affaire along with great helpers Jennifer Molnar, Pamela Simmons, Joan Gemme, and Mike Dunham.  As always it was great to see many old friends who stop by every year to see what’s new for merchandise and to share stories of their donkey friends, many of whom were adopted from SYA! I also look forward to meeting new friends every year at this exhausting, but fun event.

    Just before leaving I had a call about a very sad donkey named Sal. Sal’s person suffers from mental illness and had left his home for parts unknown leaving poor Sal behind. A kind neighbor called to see if Save Your Ass could help. Of course we were happy to take him in.  This poor fellow had not had his hooves trimmed in a very long time. They were sadly overgrown and misshapen.

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  • Baby horse hogtied, separated from mother by BLM

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Giving Tuesday match: Give a gift of just $10 or more to protect wild horses by midnight on Tuesday and your donation will be DOUBLED.

    Separated from his mother. Hog-tied. Penned. This just a glimpse of what happened to to Trey, a 2-month-old foal, during a horrific Bureau of Land Management roundup of wild horses in Utah. Fortunately, Trey made it out — but not all horses are so lucky.

    These kinds of roundups occur routinely on our public lands. Wild horses are being harassed, abused, and even killed. But we’re making a difference: by documenting BLM activity, by saving individual horses, by advocating for humane policies like fertility control, and by fighting to stop the BLM’s plan to slaughter these innocent and iconic animals.

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  • Be A Star for America’s Horses!

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    The following is from the Equus Foundation:

    Be A Star for America’s Horses!
    It’s the Best Gift You Can Give!

    Whether you are a competing equestrian, a pleasure rider, or someone who loves horses – everyone can do something to ensure that America’s horses live in comfort and with purpose and dignity. Help protect America’s horses and inspire all horse lovers to become horse protectors!

    Join the #RideForHorses Campaign here

    All it takes is $25 to help ensure that America’s horses are safe and live in comfort with purpose and dignity.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving From AAE!

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    This is an update from All About Equine Rescue.

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  • I’m Grateful

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Photo by Kimerlee Curyl Photography

    Family. That’s what it’s all about.

    As I reflect on the coming holidays, I think about how important family is to our magnificent wild horses and burros, and how grateful I am for our community of advocates fighting so hard to save these incredible animals on our Western public lands.

    Your voice, your financial support, your dedication are the backbone of our work… the critical ingredient to our success.

    On behalf of the AWHC board and staff, I thank you and wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. May the grace, beauty and the untamed spirit of our wild horses and burros continue to inspire us during the Holidays and into the New Year.

    Thank you for being part of our herd!

    In Freedom,

    Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

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  • The latest update

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    We Won in the Senate … Now What?

    Monday’s news that the Senate Appropriations Committee has maintained protections for wild horses against killing and slaughter was a major positive development in the fight to protect wild horses and burros from Interior Secretary Zinke’s plan to destroy tens of thousands of these iconic animals in holding and on the range. But the fight’s not over yet. Here’s what’s next and what you can do.

    BLM Continues to Round Up Wild Horses as their Fate Hangs in Balance

    As the BLM waits to hear whether Congress will grant its request to kill tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in holding facilities, the agency is moving ahead with a handful of roundups. In a new twist, captured horses are being taken directly to private holding facilities, where the public is unable to see them to identify captured horses or ascertain their condition. Read more about the roundup pending in Utah next week and the one just completed in Nevada by clicking below.

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  • BREAKING: Senate protects wild horses (but fight’s not over)

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    Our team just got word after months of campaigning: the Senate has maintained protections for wild horses and burros in its version of the Interior Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018.

    Even better, the Senate directed the BLM to come up with “humane and politically viable” solutions to wild horse management. Clearly, our Senators realize that killing our cherished mustangs or selling them for slaughter is neither humane nor politically tenable. 

    This is a huge win! Your phone calls, emails, donations, protests, and petitions paid off. You were heard. Our strength was shown. Thank you.

    But the fight isn’t over. Here’s what’s next: the Senate (which included protections) must now negotiate with the House (which didn’t). This “conference” will determine the fate of wild horses and burros in our country.

    We’re actively tracking who will be in this conference and how we can impact the negotiations. We’ll be in touch as we know more.

    In the meantime, please consider an emergency donation to help us continue to fight for wild horses.

    You know the stakes: if protections are removed and slaughter or “euthanizing” begin, tens of thousands of wild horses will die. It would be an unprecedented mass slaughter. It would be tragic and defy the recommendations of scientists.

    You have done an incredible job of making that case. We’ve won a major victory, but the battle is still on. Please keep it up.

    Thank you for being with us,

    Suzanne Roy, Executive Director

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  • URGENT HELP NEEDED – ANOTHER 48 HOUR DEAD LINE – MORE BABIES – CAN WE SAVE THEM FROM SLAUGHTER ?

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    The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

    Hi all,

    I am home from the hospital and desperately hoping that we can make this Holiday one to be thankful for. Another “48 hour deadline is here”.

    We just got “the call”. _ As I write this, there are babies at risk of being loaded onto the slaughter truck tomorrow night if we do not step up and save them._ We need to let him know ASAP! if we will be there or if these babies die.

    However, the last time we got a call for 6, it was 14 babies two hours later and by the time Matt did the pick up it was 22. So we need to be prepared for a much larger number. We are praying it won’t be more, but we have never, ever, not had “more” babies upon arrival in WA.Right now it is 4-5??

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  • Contact Congress TODAY

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

    As Congress continues to negotiate a final spending package for FY2018, the horse industry and its allies have an opportunity to assure that lawmakers include H-2B guest worker visa relief in the final bill.   Federal lawmakers must address this issue prior to the expiration of the FY2017 appropriations measure, which occurs on December 8This creates a three week window to contact your elected officials in Washington and tell them you need common-sense, guest worker visa flexibility. 

    Please contact your federal lawmakers today! By clicking on the TAKE ACTION button below, you can urge them to support any provision that will provide H-2B visa cap relief within the context of FY2018 appropriations bills.

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  • UHC Roundup – November 2017

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    The following is from UHC:

    The UHC Roundup

    NOVEMBER 2017
    The UHC Roundup is an online publication that compiles news articles and events related to unwanted horses. It highlights UHC member programs and success stories spanning all breeds, disciplines, and regions.

    If you wish to share your story of unwanted horses becoming wanted again, contact the UHC atafurst@horsecouncil.org.

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    UHC NEWS

    UHC Publishes Estate Planning Guide for Horse Owners

    The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is pleased to announce a new publication, “Estate Planning: A Guide for Equine Owners,” is now available on the UHC website, and as a brochure.

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  • CHILLY PEPPER – MIRACLE MUSTANG – ONE broken leg, 3000 miles and 23 LIVES SAVED!!! by Y’all

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    The following is from Chilly Pepper – Miracle Mustang:

    Please forgive me if this is poorly written. I am sitting in the hospital (actually after care at Renown Skilled Nursing). There are some pain meds involved, so hopefully you will have patience with any grammatical errors.

    WOW – What an adventure. Matt and I were prepping to pick up the 14 babies y’all came through for. It was Sunday and we were maybe 10 minutes from pulling out of the driveway. I was in the office grabbing my purse when I took a step and “snap”. I had been on my crutches for about a week and my leg felt like it was going to snap every now and then. The last time it felt like this they had to add cadaver bone. I didn’t think it actually would break, but it did. Shown above you can see the initial hardware below the break.

    So instead of heading out with both trucks and trailers, we sat waiting for the ambulance to come. We still had to pull the babies, but obviously I wasn’t going anywhere. We immediately called my neighbor Ammy Gorsuch and she and her hubby came over right away. She would immediately take on providing Hope and Gypsum’s milk and their care.

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  • Senate Unveils Tax Reform Details

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    The following is from the American Horse Council:

    Senate Unveils Tax Reform Details, Doubles Estate Tax Exemption without Full Repeal

    On the heels of the House of Representatives’ release of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) last week, the Senate Finance Committee began to roll out details related to its tax reform bill on Thursday afternoon, not releasing text and an official revenue “score” until Thursday night.  There are some major differences between the two bills that both chambers must reconcile prior to presenting legislation to the president’s desk for his signature.   Notably for the equine and broader agriculture sectors, the senate plan would double the exemption for the estate tax without eliminating it altogether, as provided in H.R. 1. The Senate Finance Committee will begin to mark-up the legislation on Monday, November 13.    Please see the below highlights, outlining some key provisions that will impact the equine industry:

    Business Provisions

    • Corporate Tax Rate: The senate bill delays reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent until 2019. By contrast, H.R. 1 provides an immediate corporate tax cut, effective in 2018.
    • Expensing: The senate bill provides “100% bonus depreciation within five years,” which is similar to a provision in H.R. 1.
    • Business Interest: The plan states that small businesses will be able to deduct interest on loans intended to finance the growth of operations and inventory.
    • Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) – Like H.R. 1, the senate bill eliminates the unpopular AMT, which doubles the amount of time taxpayers must spend to calculate their business or individual tax liability within any given year.
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  • On the ground

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    The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

    I’m writing you today on-the-ground in Nevada where community organizations have been protesting outside the Governor’s office. 

    As you know, our organization was working with the the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) on a successful, humane wild horse management program. Two weeks ago, it was abruptly halted. We know our opponents prefer slaughter to seeing success in humane birth control. 

    Help us fight back. ADD YOUR NAME —> Tell Nevada Governor Sandoval: Tourism drives Nevada’s economy and we are the tourists who urge you to put science over politics. Keep humane wild horse management.

    It’s not too late to save this incredible program. Today, we’re presenting the results of the first year of humane birth control program. The results are overwhelmingly positive: at no cost to taxpayers, our partnership built a database of 2,700 Virginia Range horses, we prevented more than 146 births in 2017 using humane birth control, and we project more than 200 births will be prevented in 2018.

    There is no reason to halt this program. Earlier this year, the NDA Director noted how pleased he was with the program. The National Academy of Sciences recommends humane birth control. And our results in the field are validating that recommendation.

    Keep up the fight. With your help, we are optimistic about resuming work with the NDA to allow this very successful public-private partnership to continue.

    SIGN OUR PETITION: Keep the Virginia Range humane wild horse management program.

    Thank you,

    Suzanne Roy

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