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Horse Watch: Your links for Monday

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WILD HORSE MEAT STORY

This is not going away. And that’s good. -Ed.

Federal government busted for illegally selling captured wild horses to be processed as meat
by RawStory

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal agency tasked with sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands, has been implicated in a scheme to illegally sell captured wild horses to a Colorado rancher, who then sold the animals for slaughter.

The report indicated that Davis illegally bought 1,794 wild horses between 2008 and 2012 for $10 a piece, with federal officials spending over $140,000 dollars to deliver the animals to him.

This is a prime example of government math and subsequent absence of basic economic knowledge. They spend $140,000 to make $17,940, for a net loss of $122,060 — to slaughter wild horses.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/11/federal-government-busted-for-illegally-selling-captured-wild-horses-to-be-processed-as-meat/

Wild horses sold by BLM may have gone to N.M. ‘kill buyer’
by the Santa Fe Mexican

Some of the nearly 1,800 wild horses a Colorado rancher bought from the Bureau of Land Management and sold for slaughter — contrary to federal law — may have gone through a New Mexico livestock broker in Los Lunas who already has been in legal trouble for violating state livestock rules.

An Oct. 23 Department of the Interior report by the Office of Inspector General found thousands of horses were shipped by Southwest Livestock Auction in Los Lunas to slaughterhouses in Mexico. Some of those horses might have been BLM wild horses sold for $10 each to a La Jara, Colo., rancher named Tom Davis.

Read more: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/wild-horses-sold-by-blm-may-have-gone-to-n/article_8912fc41-2947-552b-83ea-2f642db9e0e7.html

Great links if you are new to this tragedy:
— Full report on the web http://www.doioig.gov/sites/doioig.gov/files/WildHorseBuyer_Public.pdf
— The 2012 ProPublica story that highlighted many of the allegations later investigated by the Deptartment of the Interior is at http://www.propublica.org/article/missing-what-happened-to-wild-horses-tom-davis-bought-from-the-govt.

HORSE SLAUGHTER

Horse Slaughter in the US — A Presentation
by John Atiya

To Be Reviewed. But go ahead and have a look at it. We are automatically suspicious when the writer makes the statement that there are arguments on both sides.

Read here: https://portfolium.com/entry/horse-slaughter-in-the-us-presentation

The Dawson Creek Horse Auction – A Supporter’s First-Person Account
by Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

Hubby and I had been thinking about finding a new mare since the passing of our 37 year old a few months ago. Our senior Percheron draft horses were looking a bit down, and after reading Joe Camp’s book – The Soul of a Horse – I was thinking that the herd might be happier with a mare. I heard about the Dawson Creek Auction – and thought I would join the Facebook site which had formed a few days before.

I called the Auction house on the Friday before and found out that I could bid through a “fieldman” that they only took cash or cheque, and that the hauler could pay that at the time they picked up.

Read more: https://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/the-dawson-creek-horse-auction-a-supporters-first-person-account/

HORSE RACING

Two Horses Test Positive for Opioid
by Blood-Horse Staff

The New York State Gaming Commission has indefinitely suspended trainer Roy Sedlacek for two positives in October at Belmont Park for AH-7921, a synthetic opioid the Association of Racing Commissioners International said can be as potent as morphine.

The NYSGC scheduled a hearing on the matter for Nov. 10. Samples from Bossmon, who finished second in the fourth race Oct. 11, and Literata, who won the second race Oct. 18, came back positive for the drug after tests performed by the New York Equine Drug Testing Program.

Officials said the hearing “may result in the imposition of any legally available penalty including a license suspension or revocation and a fine not to exceed $25,000.”

ARCI officials said it’s the first time the drug has been detected by a racing regulatory laboratory.

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/95869/two-horses-test-positive-for-opioid

and this

New Synthetic Opioid Found by New York Racing Lab
by The Horse | Edited Press Release

The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has put all racing regulatory agencies worldwide on notice of a finding by the New York Equine Drug Testing Program of the presence of AH-7921 in post-race samples taken from horses that recently ran at Belmont Park.

This is the first time AH-7921 has been detected by a racing regulatory lab. The drug is one of the novel psychoactive substances (NPS) that continue to emerge onto the designer drug market. Research has shown that AH-7921 can be as potent as morphine, yet its core molecular structures do not resemble morphine or fentanyl which have been detected in the past by racing regulatory labs.

These NPS drugs are believed to be compounded in order to avoid detection by human testing labs.

Read more: http://www.thehorse.com/articles/36700/new-synthetic-opioid-found-by-new-york-racing-lab

Melbourne Cup: The Race That Stops A Nation Should Be Stopped
by Jordan Sosnowski | NewMatilda.com

If you’re a lover of animal cruelty, then look no further than the ‘Sport of Kings’. Jordan Sosnowski explains.

The race’s royal pedigree is certainly a drawcard. But what I didn’t consider until recently, is that 20 minutes away from Flemington racetrack is Laverton knackery.

No place that kills animals is pretty, but I challenge anyone thinking of attending the Cup this year to sit through the whole of this undercover investigation. I couldn’t get past the two-minute mark.

Any prestige or lingering glamour that horse racing might once have mustered, died when I saw this footage. It shows horses at Laverton repeatedly being hit on the head and one ex-race horse being shot point blank.

The worst part is that thoroughbred “Nature’s Child” doesn’t die instantly. Her neck breaks on the steel kill box gate, she is dragged along the concrete whilst still alive and then finally, her throat is slit.

Read more: https://newmatilda.com/2015/11/08/melbourne-cup-the-race-that-stops-a-nation-should-be-stopped/

This is racing. You Bet. They Die. -Ed.

WILD HORSES

Canada

Born Free: Will Alberta’s NDP government keep capturing Wild Horses?
by Kevin Newman | CTV, W5

Sometime between now and the early winter months of 2016, Alberta’s new NDP government will face a test of its commitment to wildlife management. A decision has to be made about whether to authorize the capture of more of Alberta’s wild horses.

There are now, by the government’s admittedly limited count, around 700 left to roam free in the province, 200 fewer than this time last year. A tough winter and the occasional predator took most of them, while government-licensed trappers took 50. Some of those were sent to a no-kill auction in Innisfail. The government doesn’t know what happened to the rest, as it doesn’t track the horses’ well-being after they’re captured.

The capture and cull has been happening regularly in Alberta, almost every year as the number of wild horses fluctuates.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/born-free-will-alberta-s-ndp-government-keep-capturing-wild-horses-1.2646078

Russia

A legendary breed of wild horse returns to Russia
by Svetlana Arkhangelskaya | Special to RBTH (Russia Beyond the Headlines)

Zoologists say very few wild horses remain on earth, with the Przewalski horse counting among them. Of the less than 2,000 Przewalski horses left, 300 live in the wild and about 1,500 are in captive breeding programs and zoos. Le Villaret in France is one of the largest natural reserves for these horses.

Recently, six Przewalski horses were brought by plane from France to the Russian city of Orenburg as part of a new program to return them to their original habitat.

China and Mongolia launched their own reintroduction programs in the early 1990s. Also, a few horses were released, as an experiment, into the exclusion zone near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. There, they began to actively proliferate despite the radiation. Now, according to scientists, the Przewalski horse population in the Chernobyl zone amounts to about 100.

Read more: http://rbth.com/science_and_tech/2015/11/09/a-legendary-breed-of-wild-horse-returns-to-rusia_538635
Video included from 2009 introduction. See below.

I have been following this story. These horses were re-introduced to this area in the hopes that they would heal the scarred lands. And they have, and as you can see are thriving. In North America government authorities rob wild horses of their freedom and kill them. Range fires are the result of these atrocious removals. Then corrupt bureaucrats use the fires as an excuse to roundup and destroy the lives of more wild horses. This in addition to the devastation to the lands by cattle grazing. And on it goes. -Ed.

Links by Patsy Kelly
Edited by Vivian

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