Canadians: Act now to stop live shipment of horses to Japan for their meat

According to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents obtained by the CHDC and provided to VICE, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) banned shipping draft horses—a breed that can weigh more than a thousand pounds. Canadian Horse Defence Coalition image.

Canada exports thousands of horses each year to Japan, a market where some consumers enjoy the meat as a raw delicacy. According to the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition, in 2020 1,606 horses were live-shipped to Japan for slaughter, down from 2,800 in 2019. This translates to about $11 million in revenue in 2020 and $17… Continue reading Canadians: Act now to stop live shipment of horses to Japan for their meat

The reunion of Phoenix and Ghost (video)

There’s no doubt that horses can remember individuals in their current social network; they recognize and treat familiar horses differently from one another. Individual recognition is widespread across all animals; it insures stability of the social group because each member can distinguish between allies, competitors, neighbors, and strangers. Unique “signature” cues communicate an individual’s identity… Continue reading The reunion of Phoenix and Ghost (video)

Ancient horse DNA reveals gene flow between North American and Eurasian horses

New findings show connections between the ancient horse populations in North America, where horses evolved, and Eurasia, where they were domesticated. By UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SANTA CRUZ MAY 19, 2021 Cross-posted from » A new study of ancient DNA from horse fossils found in North America and Eurasia shows that horse populations on the two… Continue reading Ancient horse DNA reveals gene flow between North American and Eurasian horses

Cave artists put horses on a pedestal

Rhys Blakely, Science Correspondent for the TIMES of London, writes: For 20,000 years Europe’s Stone Age artists focused on a particular menagerie. Using secluded caves as their canvas, they painted bison, mammoths, ibex, and wild ox. During all that time, however, one species occupied a special place in their thoughts — the horse. New research… Continue reading Cave artists put horses on a pedestal

Drag racing horses in Florida

POWERNATION TV writes: While horse racing is obviously nothing new, racing them down a highway isn’t usually where you find them. But if you’re on the east coast of the Sunshine State, where horse racing is especially popular at casinos, you may see owners training or racing their horses on the roads. As you can imagine this draws… Continue reading Drag racing horses in Florida

Wild horses, bison bring biodiversity

Wild horses gallop across a meadow at a wildlife sanctuary in Milovice, Czech Republic, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek).

MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive bovines called tauros and other heavy beasts now munch… Continue reading Wild horses, bison bring biodiversity

30 horses at Killarney Station in N Territory shot dead

Killarney Station where at least 30 horses were brutally shot and killed. They had been hired to shoot and kill feral animals.

THE DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA reports that 30 prized horses have been 'accidentally slaughtered' on a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory by members of a shooters club. Killarney Station manager Jamie Laurisson reported 30 of their horses, which were worth half-a-million dollars, were savagely killed. The two sports shooters entered the property without permission… Continue reading 30 horses at Killarney Station in N Territory shot dead

Budweiser Clydesdales’ moving 9/11 tribute remembered

Budweiser Clydesdale profile in close up. Budweiser image.

A bunch of horses made one of the greatest and widely remembered 9/11 tributes . . . in a Budweiser commercial featuring the company's iconic Clydesdales. Though it only aired once, during Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002, this Budweiser commercial has never been forgotten for the beautiful statements it makes about patriotism, unity, and the American spirit… Continue reading Budweiser Clydesdales’ moving 9/11 tribute remembered

When your dance partner is a horse

JoAnna Mendl Shaw by Jennifer Ferran (Courtesy of Shaw)

DANCE MAGAZINE By Kristyn Brady | 9 Sep 20 Visually stunning, sensitive and, yes, four-legged, horses make rewarding dance partners, says JoAnna Mendl Shaw, artistic director of The Equus Projects. Her company performs site-specific works that often bring dancers, horses and their riders into shared landscapes, from rural farm fields to urban parks. But her… Continue reading When your dance partner is a horse

France: Up to 30 horses killed, mutilated

Horse. France. Close Up. Photographer unknown.

PROBE UNDERWAY UPI reporting. By Sommer Brockaw. Aug. 29 (UPI) — French authorities said they're investigating the killing and mutilation of up to 30 horses and ponies in pastures across the country. Officers are looking into whether the motive for the slayings in recent weeks is linked to satanic rituals or an online challenge. The… Continue reading France: Up to 30 horses killed, mutilated