“Tracks in the United States have significantly higher rates of death than tracks overseas. We need to determine what we’re doing wrong in this country and fix it. If we can’t, we need to consider whether horseracing has a future here.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for the famed Santa Anita Park outside of Los Angeles to be temporarily shut down after another horse died at the course over the weekend, the 26th such thoroughbred fatality there since Christmas.
California’s senior senator urged the drastic action after Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was euthanized Sunday, marking the third horse death in just nine days.
“How many more horses must die before concrete steps are taken to address what is clearly an acute problem?” a statement from Feinstein said.
She said track conditions and the history of each of the horses’ medications have to be carefully scrutinized. Continue reading »
The 26 deaths matches the same number of fatalities from Santa Anita’s 2017-18 season. But last year’s total came after a full season of 758 races and 5,960 starts by horses, according to the California Horse Racing Board.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 9, 2018) —Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Forest Service to halt the sale of wild horses in California until concerns over potential horse slaughter are addressed.
“I write to request that you provide details as to the wild horse roundup that is set to begin tomorrow on the Modoc National Forest,” Senator Feinstein wrote. “According to the Forest Service webpage for the Modoc National Forest, the removal of ‘approximately 1,000’ wild horses from Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in Northern California is set to begin as early as tomorrow, October 10th. According to the Forest Service, this is the first roundup of wild horses of this type in 13 years.”
Full text of the letter is as follows:
October 9, 2018
Acting Chief, U.S. Forest Service
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250
Dear Acting Chief Christiansen:
I write to request that you provide details as to the wild horse roundup that is set to begin tomorrow on the Modoc National Forest. According to the Forest Service webpage for the Modoc National Forest, the removal of “approximately 1,000” wild horses from Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in Northern California is set to begin as early as tomorrow, October 10th. According to the Forest Service, this is the first roundup of wild horses of this type in 13 years.
I understand that the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have a statutory obligation under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 to protect wild horses and burros on federal land. However, it is also possible that many of these animals will end up being sold to slaughterhouses. I ask that you promptly respond to the following questions and halt any sales of wild horses until I receive a response to the following questions:
How does the Forest Service determine the appropriate management levels (AMLs) for wild horses on the Modoc National Forest?
How does the agency meet the requirements of the 1971 Act to “achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance on the public lands”?
What steps has the agency taken to enhance the safety of these roundups?
What steps have been taken to enhance the likelihood of adoption or sale of wild horses?
Can the Forest Service certify that no horses that are sold will be transferred to third-party buyers who may end up slaughtering the animals for commercial use?
What are the funding needs to ensure that AMLs can be met in the future so the Forest Service doesn’t need to resort to roundups of this nature?
Thank you in advance for looking into this. I look forward to hearing from you.
What say you dear readers? Too little, too late? Who believes it isn’t going to matter who speaks out, these are dead horses? That seems to be the goal, and tragically not a new one. Sale or no sale. —Editor
We realize the weekend approaches, but please telephone her and ask her to intervene on behalf of the Twin Peaks wild horses and call on the BLM to halt the roundup immediately.
Senator Feinstein’s number is 415-393-0707
Sample Language (please use to write your own)
HALT the Twin Peaks roundup that started today. THESE are the last few herds left in California. BLM is lying about their motives. BLM is turning Californias beautiful pristine mountain wilderness into one giant filthy cowfarm scattered with mining pits and gas pipelines!!
Twin Peaks is a beautful pristine are where the horses have had a right to live since 1971…BLM has been charged with their protection, and instead they are managing them to extinction. They say the range cannot sustain the horses, but yet they think that 5 times that amount of cows have no problem sustaining themselves on that same land.
119 horses rounded up by BLM on Twin Peaks today. According to BLM Nancy no babies under 6 months old. According to advocates at least 12 babies under 3 months old, of which one barely a week old. Unbelievably BLM separated ALL babies from mares, only to try to re-unite them later.
PLEASE HALT the Twin Peaks Roundup that started 8/11/10 NOW!
120 protesters demonstrated yesterday in Los Angeles outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s district office against the cruel and unnecessary government roundups of America’s wild horses and burros.
Hosted by In Defense of Animals and The Cloud Foundation, the group of protesters called on Sen. Feinstein to intervene on their behalf and call for an immediate halt to all roundups of wild horses and burros and an investigation into management practices of the government’s wild horse and burro program.
A helicopter roundup removing an estimated 2,500 wild horses and expected to take two months is already underway in the Calico Complex area of northern Nevada. The remaining 500 horses will be treated with birth control, virtually decimating the herd. A wild mare and foal have already died, with hundreds of other horses at risk due the shock of capture and containment in wintry conditions and lack of shelter. A similar removal is scheduled next month near Ely.
Protests continue in major cities across the country. In the meantime, other wild horse lovers and advocates are inundating the White House with phone calls asking the President to order a moratorium on all roundups by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management until Congress investigates its handling of the wild horse and burro program.
You can contact the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 or leave a recorded comment at 202-456-1111. You can also fax a message to the President at 202-456-2461 or send him an email on the webform at this link.