Ovariectomy experiments planned again for wild mares

Warm Springs Wild Horse. Photographer unknown.
Warm Springs Wild Horse. Photographer unknown.

The Cloud Foundation and other wild horse advocate groups are once again fighting to protect the Warm Springs mares from ovariectomy experiments. Yes again. Shocking and immoral.

An ovariectomy is just what the term sounds like — the surgical removal of ovaries.

Despite having been stopped time and time again through the legal actions of wild horse advocates, the BLM have again revived their abhorrent plan to carry out cruel experimentation on mares rounded up from the Warm Springs Herd Management Area (HMA).

Read the BLM Paper — Spay Feasibility and On-Range Outcomes (pdf) »

One difference under this revised plan is that veterinarians would not operate on pregnant mares. Oh, well — what a concession. The inhumane lack of consideration for these horses by the BLM is as unconscionable and it is predictable.

The public comment deadline expired June 12th. However, we must keep raising awareness and protesting this dangerous and despicable plan.

Social Media Shout Out

Everyone reading this is active somewhere on social media. Let’s make a fuss that can’t be ignored.

Please take to social media but especially on Twitter (tweet and RT) to continue raising awareness. These mares need us to take action and continue to take action.

Share your ideas here in comments, such as sample tweets. Also, please share your suggestions on how to use Instagram effectively.


Most of us have used #BLM for many years. Black Lives Matter are using it for their social media outreach which is ever increasing.

The BLM’s  wild horse and burro “program” has its own hashtag — #BLMWHB. That is probably our best bet, but want to hear from you. Share your hashtag ideas in comments too. Let’s be creative. We want to reach as many people as possible.

The Department of Interior is on Twitter @Interior. Use #DOI.

Cloud Report

For further information, please see The Cloud Foundation’s “BLM Resurrects Cruel Plan to Sterilize Wild Mares” »

Thank you Tuesday’s Horse-ers!

Can a mixed vegan marriage work?

Couple having fun fight in kitchen. Freepix.

I think we can answer that question — with a YES!

Like all relationships, issues must be worked out. Some issues will get agreed on quickly and moved out of the way. Some issues will attend the whole life of the marriage, or partnership.

Food and Drink

What is more basic than what we eat and drink? Few things. I can’t even think of one while I am sitting here writing this, except breathing.

Food and drink keep us alive. Without life what else is there?

With vegans our perception of the value we place on life is different from the rest of the world’s in some very basic circumstances.

What is a Vegan?

The dictionary says:

a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

using or containing no animal products.
“a vegan diet”

That sums it up. Here’s a longer view. The Vegan Society defines being vegan this way:

“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, humans and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”

Born a Veggie

I was born to two hippy type, vegetarian parents. There was a bit of dairy around but not for me because I was allergic to it. I was a challenging baby for a mother who wanted to nurse her child.

Being a vegetarian was never an issue for me. At school I ate the vegetables and not the meat. The cafeteria ladies would give me extra veggie in place of the meat portion. I was lean, athletic and hardly ever got colds or flu.

In High School I wanted to join in at hangouts and order a burger like everyone else. But I just couldn’t do it. So I got my usual french fries and a coke.

When I got to college I went to a lecture where veganism was discussed and immediately got hooked. It sounded revolutionary, exciting — much more exciting than what I was already doing, and much more far reaching. I felt it could change the world in a way simply being a vegetarian didn’t. So I set off on my vegan journey from that very moment.

Enter the Carnivore

Then I met my husband to be, a carnivore if there ever was one. A totally dedicated carnivore too. He was puzzled about vegans; didn’t understand them.

His fear was that our totally different philosophy about food would destroy any future he hoped we would have. He knew he wasn’t going to ever give up meat. And he knew in his heart of hearts I for sure wasn’t going to start eating animals.

I still have a letter he wrote me about it after we’d been dating awhile.

He said:

“Some animals eat other animals, and some animals don’t — they graze. Looks to me that happens with people too. Some of us eat animals; some of us don’t. Maybe the animals who don’t eat animals, and the people who don’t eat animals, are higher up on the evolutionary scale, or higher thinkers, more spiritually evolved or something. I don’t know. What matters to me is, how much does it matter to you, because I love you and don’t want to live without you. So we’ve got to work this thing out.”

We discussed it quite a bit, but never really argued or anything. And we certainly never tried to convince the other one to change. It is just too basic to both of us. And I hate ultimatums, don’t you — if you don’t do this, or won’t do that, then we can’t be together. Especially when it comes to something like this, where no deals can be made. Or can they?

When my husband proposed marriage, we agreed to try this — we were going to have a mixed marriage. When it came to children we decided that we would start them out vegetarian until they were old enough to decide for themselves, then see.

We got married.


After a few months, it was obvious we needed to renegotiate the deal.

I couldn’t stand to have meat in my house, seeing dead flesh wrapped up and bleeding in the refrigerator made me nauseous, even though I tried damn hard to look past it. I just couldn’t. And of course there was no question I would ever be asked to cook it. My husband cooked it.  But still. The smell alone gagged me.

Then I got pregnant. That was a big game changer! So we decided to do things this way.

The house would be a meat and dairy free zone. He could have all the meat and dairy outside the house but none in it. This actually worked really well, because he only ate his evening meal at home which was vegan and which he really enjoyed, cause I am a really fine cook! Plus he isn’t anti vegan or anything, just didn’t want to do it all the time, day in and day out.

That was 13 years ago. It took a bit of ironing out, but it still works for us.

I’m not saying this is how anyone else should do it. Just giving our example. Hopefully it will inspire other couples and families to work out a deal of their own.

Friends and Family

Yes, what about friends and family? They know — all of them know — that they are getting nothing but vegan food and drink at our house. This hasn’t mattered one iota because as I said before, I am a good cook, and besides vegan food is truly delicious.

Astonishingly, my husband’s best friend, who is an athlete, just went vegan. But not his wife! He is the cook in their house, so it is so fun because we are always exchanging recipes.

My mother-in-law became vegan this year. Started off as a New Year’s resolution and she fell in love with it. My father-in-law is not too happy about any of it. Thinks it a load of “old tosh” and not healthy.  They are working it out at their house as we speak.

My daughter came out with these words of wisdom for him, “You can never hurt yourself by not hurting animals, Grandpa.” Out of the mouth of babes. Isn’t that the sweetest?

Oh. One last thing. I hate, HATE meat breath. So when my husband comes home with meat smells on his breath, I make him gargle with a big shot of whiskey before I let him kiss me, which he doesn’t mind at all.

H.R. 961 – Drugs, racing and toxic horse meat

Backstreet Bully. Toronto Star image.
Backstreet Bully. Toronto Star image.


H.R. 961, the “Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019, stipulates:

“(3) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with drugs, including phenybutazone, acepromazine, boldenone undecylenate, omeprazole, ketoprofen, xyalzine, hyaluronic acid, nitrofurazone, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, clenbuterol, tolazoline, and ponazuril, which are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 512 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;”

After looking at the drugs cited, I began to wonder how many of them are commonly used in horse racing since racehorses are given a laundry list of drugs while training and racing. Here are the drugs mentioned in H.R. 961 in order of reference. The ones with checkmarks are used in racehorses. You will be seeing a lot of checkmarks.

• phenybutazone (analygesic, painkiller) ✓

• acepromazine (tranquilizer, phenothiazine derivative, decreases dopamine levels and depresses some portions of the reticular activating system) ✓

• boldenone undecylenate (anabolic steroid) ✓

• omeprazole (treatment for ulcers) ✓

• ketoprofen (potent pain reliever, fever reducer, and anti-inflammatory medication) ✓

• xyalzine (sedative, analgesic and anesthetic) ✓

“In horses, the drug depresses the central nervous system and slows the respiratory rate; it is also a partial heart block,” Paulick Report, February 12, 2019

• hyaluronic acid (used to treat equine inflammation; helps delay onset of osteoarthritis in racehorses) ✓

• nitrofurazone (antibiotic treatment for surface bacterial infections of wounds, burns, and cutaneous ulcers for use on large animals such as horses; has been linked to cancer in humans) ✓

“Backstreet Bully was unloaded from a trailer after dawn and led by his halter into an abattoir in rural Quebec. Once owned and raced by Magna’s Frank Stronach, the chestnut thoroughbred was to be slaughtered then packaged for human food.”

SeeStar investigation: Ottawa refuses to say whether drug-tainted horse meat entered food chain”, Mar. 31, 2013, Tuesday’s Horse.

• polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, marketed as Adequan (used for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses) ✓

Clenbuterol. Photo: Benjamin Norman / New York Times.
A bottle of the drug Clenbuterol, also know by the brand name Ventipulmin.

• clenbuterol (a bronchodilator that is helpful for horses with heaves, an inflammatory condition that causes the airways to constrict) ✓

Banned in Quarter Horse racing in 2017; last year, the CHRB determined that “It can still be used for health reasons. However, it cannot be administered so close to a race that it can be detected in samples. [Arthur]* said the normal clearance time is three weeks to a month. See “CHRB Moves To Ban Presence Of Clenbuterol On Race Day”, Paulick Report, Oct. 26, 2018

• tolazoline (A vasodilator that apparently has direct actions on blood vessels and also increases cardiac output) ✓

• ponazuril (used for the treatment of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a debilitating neurological disease) — all horses

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Meat derived from horses treated with any of the drugs mentioned bars them from entering the human food chain. It is immoral and unethical to continue slaughtering American horses for human consumption, including the racehorse.

Please contact your U.S. Representative today to cosponsor H.R. 961. It will take you about 10 minutes. Go to step by step guideline »

And Thousands Like Him

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* California Horse Racing Board Equine Medical Director Dr. Rick Arthur, DVM

Citizens of Illinois — take action against horse slaughter

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — the “SAFE Act of 2019”

A big hello to the great citizens of Illinois.

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote?

Below are all of the U.S. Representatives from the State of Illinois. If they have already cosponsored they are marked with a big YES.

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do.

For those new to the process, here’s a link that walks you through it without leaving Tuesday’s Horse. Should take about 10 minutes. Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.


IL 1st district: Bobby Rush (D) (since 1993)

IL 2nd district: Robin Kelly (D) (since 2013)

IL 3rd district: Dan Lipinski (D) (since 2005) — YES!

IL 4th district: Jesús “Chuy” García (D) (since 2019)

IL 5th district: Michael Quigley (D) (since 2009) — YES!

IL 6th district: Sean Casten (D) (since 2019) — YES!

IL 7th district: Danny K. Davis (D) (since 1997)

IL 8th district: Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) (since 2017) — YES!

IL 9th district: Jan Schakowsky (D) (since 1999) – INTRODUCED H.R.961

IL 10th district: Brad Schneider (D) (2013–2015, 2017) — YES!

IL 11th district: Bill Foster (D) (since 2013) — YES!

IL 12th district: Mike Bost (R) (since 2015)

IL 13th district: Rodney L. Davis (R) (since 2013)

IL 14th district: Lauren Underwood (D) (since 2019) — YES!

IL 15th district: John Shimkus (R) (19th 2003–2013, redistricted in 2013)

IL 16th district: Adam Kinzinger (R) (11th 2011–2013, redistricted in 2013)

IL 17th district: Cheri Bustos (D) (since 2013) — YES!

IL 18th district: Darin LaHood (R) (since 2015)

• Source: Congress.gov — H.R. 961 Cosponsors by State in Alphabetical Order.

Magic Number — 290

We need a minimum of 290 cosponsors to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule which we can use to move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote regardless of Committee assignments.

H.R. 961 was introduced by your own Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D-IL-9]. As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 151 cosponsors.

Horse Slaughter & H.R. 961

H.R. 961 is not just eliminating toxic horse meat from the human food chain, as important as that is. It is also very much about eliminating the slaughter of horses on U.S. soil and transporting them outside the U.S. for the purposes of slaughter.

The language is quite specific. Under SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS it reads:


“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

Read full Bill text here »


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Last updated 6/19/19 7:56 a.m. EST


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