Wild horse advocates post video in protest of Central Nevada roundup

Diamond Complex wild horses. BLM image.

This video has no sound; narration. The images speak for themselves. Americans, this is your taxpayer dollars at work. Despicable.

Read the story that goes with the above video at Channel 8, Las Vegas News Now »

The BLM states:

The current population estimate, which includes the 2020 foals, puts the HMA at approximately 712 percent of the established AML which is 210 wild horses for the Complex. The Diamond Complex is located directly north of Eureka, Nevada in Eureka, White Pine and Elko Counties.


The BLM is investigating the deaths of five wild horses with symptoms of colic, gastric distention and bloating.

More from the BLM here »

Is there a solution?

Yes. The Fund for Horses have a viable, surefire solution to the wild horse and burro situation. It is simple and will not cost a lot to do.

The Fund for Horses Wild Horse & Burro Plan was presented and rejected during the Obama Administration by his Interior Secretary Ken Salazar — in spite of the fact that the organization had gained the seal of approval in writing of every U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative from the States where wild horses and burros exist.

The Fund for Horses subsequently sought the support of the current Administration, also with disappointing results, and await to see what the upcoming election brings.

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Digital passport proposed to allow for free movement of horses after Brexit

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The International Sport Horse Confederation (IHSC) Taskforce for Brexit and European Union Animal Health Law has created a digital passport solution to ensure the cross-border movement of sport, racing and breeding horses from 2021.

The passport would allow for the free movement of horses between Britain and Europe following the end of the Brexit transition period in December and would also meet the requirements of the new EU Animal Health Law Legislation, which comes into effect from early 2021. 

The digital passport would provide EU authorities with information on the horse’s identity, movement and ownership details, while it would also contain up to date vaccination and medical records. Digital passports would be available and operational from 2021, and could even be used as an alternative to paper passports if approved by EU member states. 

The IHSC Task Force is the result of collaboration between the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the European Equestrian Federation (EEF) and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), as well as the International Thoroughbred Breeders Federation (ITBF) and the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Association (EFTBA).

“This is an unprecedented show of solidarity for the horse industry in Europe,” said FEI veterinary director and chair of the IHSC Task Force Dr Goran Akerstrom.

“Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the difficulties in implementing the new Animal Health Law legislation, as well as the problems created by the global pandemic stand to adversely impact a regional industry which generates an annual revenue in excess of €50 billion and provides employment for more than 500,000 people.

“Any obstacles to the cross-border movement of horses and associated personnel would result in huge economic losses to Britain, Ireland and France, as well as other EU member states such as Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Italy.

“It is imperative that we put in place systems and processes to ensure the efficient and safe cross-border movement of horses and this digital passport would play a key role in that.”

Sources: Racing Post. Getty Images.

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Jann Arden among those protesting live export of horses from Canada to Japan for slaughter

Blobal News Image. Horses await live ship to Japan to be slaughtered for gourmet meals.

Juno award-winning singer-songwriter Jann Arden brought star power to a protest at the Calgary International Airport on Tuesday, drawing attention to the export of draft horses to Asia for slaughter as a shipment prepared to depart.

Arden called the practice heartbreaking and gut-wrenching, saying the export of live animals has to stop across the board.

“We can hear some very beautiful horses… kicking in crates already,” she said.

“They haven’t even left the Calgary airport yet. They’ve got two days in turbulence on an aircraft. No food. No water. Not knowing what the hell is happening and a very unhappy ending.”

According to Statistics Canada, 2,720 live Albertan horses were exported in 2019, at a value of $19,674,481.

Of that, 1,449 live Albertan horses were shipped to Japan in 2019, totalling $13,166,132​.

Samson-French said Alberta has two internationally certified slaughterhouses, so if people want to eat horse meat, the animals should be slaughtered close to home. “This is not to feed the poor in another country; this is to feed the very wealthy,” she said.

Read more at Global News »

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Slaughterbound horse dies on Korean Air flight from Winnipeg to Japan, 1 Sep 2020, TuesHrs

Kazakhstan to begin exporting horse meat to Japan, 17 Jul 2020, TuesHrs

Tracking Canada’s horse slaughter trade from Alberta to Japan, 15 Jun 2017, TuesHrs

Horses are still being shipped live from Canada to Japan to make specialty sashimi, 25 Apr 17, TuesHrs

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U.S. legislation seeks to create an animal cruelty crimes unit in DOJ

Tennessee Walking Horses peers from his stall during search for proof of horse soring. HSUS image.

On August 14, 2020, the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act of 2020 was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.

The U.S. House version the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act of 2020, HR 8052, was introduced by Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO-2) with three originating cosponsors: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) and Rep Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA-1), and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Its companion bill in the U.S. Senate was introduced by Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), John Kennedy (R-LA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CN), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) in the Senate.

If enacted, the ACE Act would create a new Animal Cruelty Crimes section within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), housed within the Environment and Natural Resources Division. Examples of the type of crimes it might deal with are dogfighting and cockfighting, bestiality, the sale of animal crush videos and horse soring.

Could this be important to horses?

It could give a bit more bite to the current federal anti-horse soring law plus add some heft to punishment. The Dept of Justice certainly has more power than the USDA. But will they use it? We don’t think so, so this bill is not for us as horse advocates . . . .

“We support the passage of the PAST Act (S.1007) in the U.S. Senate to eliminate horse soring.” — The Fund for Horses

The PAST Act would end horse soring. The ACE Act would potentially give the federal government more power to enforce the current anti-horse soring law. There is no guarantee that it will.

Help sored horses now

The U.S. House version of the PAST Act won the U.S. House by an overwhelming vote of 333-96. Now on to the U.S. Senate to do the same. This is how you can help.

Check here to see if your two U.S. Senators have co-sponsored S.1007.

If they have, contact them and say thank you, and tell them how important it is to you that this bill becomes law and ask that they use their power to see that it gets a vote.

If they have not, contact them and ask them to cosponsor S.1007 and that they press for the bill to get onto the Senate floor for a vote.

Find your 2 U.S. Senators and contact them here.

History of horse soring

Soring began in the 1950s with gaited horse trainers who were looking to improve their chances of winning at horse shows. To do this, they developed methods to enhance the desired high action gaits to levels greater than that produced by traditional training methods. Thus began the use of irritants, including chemicals and physical objects, or abusive shoeing and hoof-trimming practices on the front legs. Attempting to relieve the pain in his legs, a sored horse lifts front feet off the ground more quickly, creating a flashier gait.

By the 1960s, soring had gained popularity, as horses so treated gained an edge in competition. However, public opposition to the practice also grew, and in 1966, the American Horse Protection Association was created in part to address the issue of soring.

Horse Protection Act

In 1969, Senator Joseph Tydings sponsored legislation to prohibit soring, leading to the passing of the Horse Protection Act in 1970, amended in 1976. While Tennessee Walking Horses, Racking Horses and other “high-stepping breeds” are generally targeted by these abusive practices, the Horse Protection Act covers all breeds.

Soring is defined by the HPA with four meanings:

(3)(A) an irritating or blistering agent has been applied, internally or externally, by a person to any limb of a horse,
(B) any burn, cut, or laceration has been inflicted by a person on any limb of a horse,
(C) any tack, nail, screw, or chemical agent has been injected by a person into or used by a person on any limb of a horse, or
(D) any other substance or device has been used by a person on any limb of a horse or a person has engaged in a practice involving a horse, and, as a result of such application, infliction, injection, use, or practice, such horse suffers, or can reasonably be expected to suffer, physical pain or distress, inflammation, or lameness when walking.

Thank you

Thank you for helping eradicate this horrible abuse.

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