Summer vacation

White horse on beach. From Pinterest.
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The Horse Fund’s staff and volunteers work year round on behalf of horses, donating their many talents and putting in impressive hours despite having the pressures and responsibilities that go with daily life.

Twice a year we give them much deserved time off — during the summer and at Christmas time.

Everyone will be back in full force July 10th.

We are so grateful to these heroes.

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Our summertime recommended reading list for 2017 will debut next week.

State politicians savor the delights of returning horse slaughter to Texas

Horse in line on his way to slaughter in Texas.
Horse in line on his way to slaughter in Texas. The plants were closed in 2007 but there is talk among State Senators to bring it back.

It has been a long time coming, with one US State after another vying to win the title of Horse Slaughter Capital of America, but Texas is now talking about returning it to their State.

The slaughter of horses for human consumption overseas ended on US soil in 2007 when the remaining three plants closed, two in Texas and the other one in Illinois.

A debate took place on horse slaughter in a recent Texas State Senate Committee meeting.

Common to this discussion are the typical fallacies the pro-horse slaughter movement trots out to support the idea of killing horses for their meat.

Among the false arguments made are (i) the negative economic impact on the horse industry and (ii) the increase of abandonment and abuse of horses since slaughter plants closed in the US. Predictably they also refer to slaughter as “processing” blandly stating that it is a perfectly fine way to end a horse’s life and not inhumane.

We say false arguments because the fact routinely ignored that destroys these claims is that as many American horses are killed across US borders in Mexico and Canada per year as when they were killed for their meat on US soil. In fact, the numbers of American horses slaughtered annually may now actually be higher depending on whose statistics you rely on.

Another myth horse slaughter supporters are trying to sell is that cutting down on the distance to slaughter will reduce the abuses and cruelties inherent to it. This of course is not only an invalid but phony argument.

Horses transported to slaughter within US borders in many instances would have to travel perhaps an hour or two less than if they were sent to Canada or Mexico. Notwithstanding that, it still would in no way lessen the heinous conditions these horses on their way to slaughter are subjected to.

Also, it does not take into account horrific tractor trailer accidents where slaughter horses are maimed and sometimes killed. Horses who are injured in these deadly crashes are forced to continue their journeys to slaughter anyway; the ones whose bodies are too damaged for slaughter are turned away by the plants and abandoned to die on their own. None of this includes the many slaughter horses who must endure time spent waiting to be slaughtered in the most brutal of conditions in feedlots.

Additionally, it ignores the important fact that horses will continue to be sent across US borders to be slaughtered just as they were when plants operated on American soil.

:: Read the article about the State Senate committee meeting discussing the return of horse slaughter to Texas here.

Horse industry ponies up for political campaigns

Written by JAMES R. CARROLL
Louisville Courier-Journal

WASHINGTON (May 13, 2012) — America’s horse industry has contributed more than $8.7 million to state and federal campaigns and political parties since 1989, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.

Equine-related interests also have spent $2.2 million lobbying in Washington, the foundation said.

Political action committees connected to the Lexington, Ky.-based National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the American Horse Council, as well as horse breeders and owners, contributed to both parties, including the current president of the United States and his predecessor.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has collected more than $130,000 from the industry, making him the top recipient. Former President George W. Bush was second, with $129,000, and President Barack Obama is fourth at $72,000.

The analysis did not include contributions from the nation’s racetracks, including Churchill Downs, its other tracks and Lexington’s Keeneland, because Sunlight considered the tracks as parts of the gaming and casino industry. Read full report >>

:: Horse industry ponies up for political campaigns (report pdf)

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American (Quarter) Horse Council? (US)

Written by JADED MARE

Umm, Tuesday’s Horse gets emails from time to time complaining about me, saying I am a “mare” and a very “jaded” one at that. Heck yeah!

Seems people think I see a pro-horse slaughter whore behind every bush, and am linking all kinds of innocent people together with the bad ones, and don’t call people ugly names like whore and pimp and stuff.

Well, for those of you who think the American Horse[haters] Council is pro-horse, guess again. Just like the AQHA don’t look too partial to Quarter Horses to me, cos they keep wanting to kill them over and over for people to eat anywhere.

A slightly old AQHA press release (from Feb 9):

Cam Foreman Named Chair of AHC Horse Show Committee

The American Quarter Horse Journal, February 9, 2009 — AQHA’s Cam Foreman has been appointed chair of the American Horse Council Horse Show Committee. The AHC’s Horse Show Committee includes representatives of various AHC organizations in the horse show community and advises the AHC Board of Trustees on national issues important to horse shows, trainers and exhibitors.

Foreman is currently the Executive Director of Shows and Regional Services for the American Quarter Horse Association.

That’s nice.

He oversees the shows, amateur, professional horsemen, international, drug testing, and regional services departments of AQHA. He also serves as General Manager of the AQHA World Championship Show, Ford AQHYA World Championship Show, and the AQHA Bayer Select World Championship Show.

Wow, even nicer.

“I am very happy to be asked to chair this AHC committee,” said Foreman. “There are a lot of federal legislative and regulatory issues facing the showing industry that we need to be aware of and involved in.”

What kind of legislation is pending on how and where you show your pretty Quarter Horse? Just asking.

Oh, look where else they’re all incestuous and stuff, and not just with the QH pro-slaughter pimps. There are others.

Other committees that currently advise the AHC are the Animal Welfare Committee, the Health and Regulatory Committee, the Racing Advisory Committee, the Recreation Committee and the State Horse Council Committee. As a whole, these committees collaborate with the AHC to pursue legislation that is in the best interest of the horse industry.

Ugh, there’s blood all over that, horses’ blood. Course, they aren’t pretending, to be like, pro-horse — just pro-horse industry. That’s fair, right? Not much to the horse, without which they would have no fricking industry to make them wads of cashola. Who cares, they can just make more and more and more horses, all the time, with nobody to stop them. Well, not yet.

That makes me feel all sick and icky. I added that bold on there by the way. Going to rinse off now.