Horses and humans feel the same pain when whipped, study finds

Landmark research comes as Racing Victoria tables proposal to phase out the whip, saying rules on its use ‘no longer appropriate’ There is no significant difference in the way humans and horses experience the pain of being struck by a whip, according to a landmark study that researchers say should end the argument on the… Continue reading Horses and humans feel the same pain when whipped, study finds

In land of gauchos, Argentine filmmaker spotlights horse meat trade

Argentine horses. Photographer not specified.

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina is famed for its horses, whether excelling in polo matches or carrying gauchos through the Pampas farm lands. What’s less well known is what lies ahead for many horses after their best days are behind them: slaughter and sale as meat to gourmet buyers in Europe. In the investigative documentary… Continue reading In land of gauchos, Argentine filmmaker spotlights horse meat trade

“Big Lick” animal cruelty racket crumbles into disarray

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

SPECIAL REPORT BY CLANT SEAY Mike Inman out as Celebration CEO After eight years at the helm of the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, CEO Mike Inman called it quits Wednesday. Yes, you heard it right. Inman’s resignation was reported as “effective immediately” by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette. The Times-Gazette tried to reach Inman on Wednesday, leaving… Continue reading “Big Lick” animal cruelty racket crumbles into disarray

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

2020 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration attendance hits rock bottom

Tennessee Walking Horses competing with stacks.

Clant Seay is writing up what he witnessed at the 2020 Tennessee Walking Horse “Celebration” show, in this instance exposing the Celebration's numerous lies about attendance — with pictures to prove it. We are posting some of the highlights of his article below. Go here for Seay's full post and pictures. Seay states: In Shelbyville,… Continue reading 2020 Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration attendance hits rock bottom

Big Lick horses: Training babies

Image from 2015 HSUS Horse Soring Investigation.

When training horses for human-imagined and -staged competitions, it often begins when the horses are very young. It is no different with sored or “Big Lick” horses and heartbreaking. The jerky, unnatural high-stepping gait called the “Big Lick” is induced through what is called horse soring, achieved only by inflicting unconscionable pain on a horse's… Continue reading Big Lick horses: Training babies

NZ: Citizens taking their opposition to racing Govt bailout to the streets

Jordan Speith the racehorse. New Zealand. Golf Digest Image.

Press Release. Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. New Zealand 15th July 2020 Citizens against the New Zealand government's racing industry bailout will take their message to the streets this Saturday. "We will have teams in Wellington and Whanganui taking a stand against the governments $72.5 million bailout to prop up animal cruelty and gambling"… Continue reading NZ: Citizens taking their opposition to racing Govt bailout to the streets

Prescott rodeo going ahead despite record spike of COVID-19 cases in Arizona

Bucking bronco. Prescott Frontier Days, Prescott, Arizona. Image by Julie Jacobson (Associated Press).

Prescott Frontier Days in Arizona, billed as the “World’s Oldest Rodeo”, is going ahead June 29 — July 5, 2020 despite increased cases of COVID-19 across the US. A record spike has been reported in six states, including Arizona (see more below in Related Reading). In the meantime, Cowboy Resource Network states: “Tens of thousands… Continue reading Prescott rodeo going ahead despite record spike of COVID-19 cases in Arizona

Clant Seay video of baby “Big Lick” horses

Horse soring "stacks" on the front hooves of a Tennessee Walking Horse at Big Lick competition. HSUS.

To say horse soring is hideously cruel seems like the grossest of understatements. You may have already visited YouTube to see "Big Lick" horses in competitive action. We have, many times, but it never stops being nauseating. Baby Horses The video you are about to see, recorded by Clant Seay on the first day of… Continue reading Clant Seay video of baby “Big Lick” horses

How a bill becomes law

Interior of the Capitol Hill dome, Washington D.C.

Who remembers Government class or Civics? Or do they even teach them any more? It seems a large percentage of American citizens do not know how a bill becomes law. When we started, some of us at the Fund for Horses did, but most of us had very little clue. We were in good shape… Continue reading How a bill becomes law