Horses to benefit from Agriculture spending bill

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

Congress has begun its annual process of funding federal departments, agencies and programs, and last night two House subcommittees voted to include several crucial provisions benefiting animals in their FY2021 appropriations bills. Two issues in particular are noteworthy. They are: HORSE SORING. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee bill increases funding to enforce the Horse Protection Act… Continue reading Horses to benefit from Agriculture spending bill

Horse whisperer speaks up for sored horses

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

WVLT-TV reports that American Horse Trainer Monty Roberts has reaffirmed his commitment to end soring as Tennessee Walking Horse events prepare to resume. Soring is the act of intentional infliction of pain to a horse's legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Roberts, known as "the man who listens… Continue reading Horse whisperer speaks up for sored horses

Analysis of the “Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019”

Post by VIVIAN FARRELL Remember that 'fox watching the henhouse' feeling I mentioned concerning H.R. 1754, The Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2019? I was about to make a run at summarizing the lengthy reports I received from our own legislative and horse racing specialists on H.R. 1754 when the heavens opened and led me to… Continue reading Analysis of the “Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019”

Talking points about horse slaughter

It isn't right to assume that everyone has heard about horse slaughter and why it exists. We have been working against it for so many years, we sometimes forget that. So let's look at some talking points about the slaughter of horses for human consumption, with particular ones relevant to H.R.961/S.2006 (the "SAFE Act of… Continue reading Talking points about horse slaughter

H.R. 961 & S. 2006 — Idaho and Iowa

H.R. 961 Calling all you citizens and horse lovers of Idaho and Iowa. Are you ready to take part on behalf of horses and help get them the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961, The SAFE Act of 2019, out of Committee and onto the House Floor for debate and vote? When The SAFE Act… Continue reading H.R. 961 & S. 2006 — Idaho and Iowa

Horseshoes for Congress

Greetings. We thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the things we have done over the years. The Internet Archive people at the Way Back Machine have stored random selections from our original website ( It's amazing to look around there. Vivian started it all with a group called Texans for… Continue reading Horseshoes for Congress

Died in Committee

While our bills are dying in committees, our horses are dying in slaughterhouses. Here is a quick look at the bills filed in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001 banning horse slaughter with their resulting outcomes. They all "Died in Committee" bar one. Updated 5/22/19: People were having a hard time viewing the chart… Continue reading Died in Committee

Urgent Alert! Devil’s Garden wild horses need you

Cloud the Stallion watches over his territory. The Cloud Foundation. VIA THE CLOUD FOUNDATION Devil’s Garden Horses and Adopters need your help! Dear friends, Nearly 1,000 Devil’s Garden wild horses captured in October’s round up are in danger of being sold for slaughter. Despite public opposition and California law, which makes it a felony to… Continue reading Urgent Alert! Devil’s Garden wild horses need you

Ag Department nominee Perdue facing more delays

US Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue. Image source: NBC News.

WASHINGTON, DC — Farm groups are pushing the U.S. Senate to vote on Sonny Perdue’s confirmation as Agriculture secretary this week before senators go on an extended break, but the odds of Perdue getting cleared before the Easter break seem slim. The Senate is expected to spend the entire week grappling with the nomination of federal… Continue reading Ag Department nominee Perdue facing more delays

Mystery of Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — For horses a lot hangs on who is eventually appointed as Secretary of Agriculture. Former George Governor Sonny Perdue was reportedly nominated but confirmation hearings still have not been set. So Perdue remains unconfirmed. Although not a food animal in the US, the person appointed to head up the Agricultural Department will… Continue reading Mystery of Trump’s nomination of Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture