Rodeos: Make electro-shocking horses illegal

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Rodeos across the nation are sold as fun for the whole family, but they often have a dark underbelly of animal abuse. 

Recent footage of a rodeo held at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park in Castro Valley, California, confirms that this event was no different. These horses, who are already under an immense amount of stress, are being electro-shocked when they don’t perform the way their riders and handlers want them to.

Right now, under California law, the heinous act of tazing a tame, trapped animal is punishable only by a measly $2,000. But in the same state, animal cruelty is a felony, punishable by imprisonment. This discrepancy is leaving vulnerable horses in danger. 

Sign the petition demanding that California State Legislature amend California Penal Code Section 597 to make the electro-shock of horses an act of animal cruelty, and charge those responsible accordingly!

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Handlers Caught on Video Cruelly Electro-Shocking Horses at Popular Rowell Ranch Rodeo, One Green Planet, 

 

 

Stop racehorses from being shipped to South Korea and slaughtered

Horses are shipped to Korea to be slaughtered.

by JUDY MOLLAND

Over the past six years, one third of the racehorses sent from Australia to South Korea has died, according to an analysis by Guardian Australia. One of those was the brother of the beloved racehorse Winx – Bareul Jeong was shipped to South Korea, then killed and likely eaten!

The Guardian adds: “A further 11% are listed in the Korean Racing Authority (KRA) records as “undecided,” an entry that often coincides with an abrupt end to their medical history, or the listing of an injury that is incompatible with racing.”

The problem is that these animals are exported to breed or race, and not for slaughter, so they are not covered by Australian laws that govern the live export industry. Once they arrive in South Korea, they are subject only to that country’s laws.

The cruelty that South Korea imposes on these horses has come to light thanks to footage filmed secretly at the one of the main horse abattoirs at Nonghyup on Jeju Island in South Korea.

It shows horses being trucked into a facility, hit hard with a poly pipe and then forced to enter a fenced-off channel where they are herded along with the pipes and enter the kill box to be stunned by a captive bolt device.

We must put an end to this.

Since South Korea has shown such despicably cruel treatment to these horses, Australia must stop exporting racehorses to South Korea.

Please sign my Petition

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People are signing this Petition from around the world. Please help. As of this writing, we only need 10,000 more signatures to meet our goal. Will you help?

Thank you!

 

Sign Petition telling Texas A&M to stop abusing and sending horses to slaughter

COMMERCE, TX — Horses are being exploited and abused at Texas A&M University including at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) reports One Green Planet.

Justice for Tina

According to a petition on Care2 written by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a horse by the name of Tina was brutally shot to death after being impregnated when she was suffering from a severe case of painful laminitis. Her foal was removed from her body and used for “educational” purposes at the school. (See Image. WARNING-GRAPHIC).

Reports showed that Tina’s laminitis had been neglected for so long that the pedal bones in her feet had “rotated through the soles of her feet,” causing “debilitating pain.”

It was also established Tina was not healthy enough to be impregnated.

This egregious cruelty was exposed by a whistleblower. Read more and sign Petition »

Horse Slaughter

Additionally, TAMUC has been known to sell horses online and send them to animal auctions, where their destiny is an almost-certain trip to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered.

Sign the Petition

If you love horses and are saddened by TAMUC’s treatment of them, please take a moment to sign this petition addressed to the university asking them two things: to instate a zero-tolerance policy for neglect and abuse of their horses, and to stop selling horses online and at auctions, where they are almost always purchased to be slaughtered.

Social Media

Shame them publicly on Twitter. Tweet them using @TAMUC. Example: I just signed the Petition at https://goo.gl/k2zx1l re horrible horse cruelty @TAMUC. It will also raise awareness.

See also their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tamuc/.

Texas A&M and Horses

The Department of Animal Science Horse Center at Texas A&M University supports the teaching, research and extension efforts of the faculty and students within the Department of Animal Science. The Horse Center breeds and sells horses throughout Texas, giving students a hands-on approach to the horse industry from breeding to management to marketing.

Texas A&M University–Commerce is a public research university located in Commerce, Texas. With an enrollment of over 12,000 students as of fall 2016, the university is the third largest institution in the Texas A&M University System.

Source: Texas A&M University’s website.

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Headshot of a horse at Texas A&M. From their website.

LAST UPDATE
5/10/17, 3:07 am

Wild horses are being pushed to extinction by cattle ranching

Wild horses Utah. AWHPC image. Photographer not cited.

WILD HORSES (Sign Petition) — Beef and dairy might be staples in most American’s diets, but did you know how ruinous beef and cattle production is for the well-being of the planet? These industries are heavily responsible for emitting large amounts of methane and nitrous oxide and for destroying rainforests and grasslands in order to create more space for grazing, all of which propels climate change. For us, and the planet as a whole, these hazards are slowly accumulating. But for other species whom the livestock industry considers either competition and/or pests, the dangers are both life threatening and extremely imminent.

Here in the United States, a whopping 155 million acres of public lands is reserved for the Bureau of Land Management’s grazing program. When combined with private lands allocated for the same purpose, we find that 41.4 percent of all land in the Continental United States is used for grazing cattle, compared to just 9.1 percent for urban and rural residential. Seems a tad out of balance, wouldn’t you say? And yet, for the nation’s cattle ranchers, this simply isn’t enough. They’re constantly digging into their deep pockets to sway the government to provide more space for grazing. Even worse, they’re also doing everything they can to forcibly eliminate the wildlife that naturally resides in these areas.

Wild horses and burros have been among their main targets for years, and if these ranchers get their way, these species will soon become extinct. According to a petition on Care2, the livestock industry is currently lobbying for the removal of 50,000 of the 67,000 wild horses and burros that remain on public lands. Moreover, they’re pushing for the slaughter of another 46,000 wild horses that have already been captured and are now being held captive in government holding facilities. Such actions would not only jeopardize the survival of these species, which are already outnumbered 50-to-1 by cattle but would also cause further detriment to our public lands.  Read more at One Green Planet »  Sign Petition »

SOURCE
American Wild Horse Campaign via One Green Planet. Article written by Kim Smith.

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Wild horses Utah. AWHPC image. Photographer not cited.

NOTE ABOUT PETITION
The Horse Fund is opposed to the use of PZP on horses.