Getting it together

Hello again from The Horse Fund.

The Horse Fund has been conducting a massive reorganization based on our end-of year-review for 2017.  We also took a close look at 2016 where we had a particularly effective year. The time has zipped by.

Accordingly, we have streamlined and regrouped our staff and resources so that we are a leaner, meaner fighting machine.

We have focused a lot on leveraging our social media activities to the highest possible effectiveness in benefiting the horses we work daily to protect. Every day we have terrific people doing just that.

Social media is a constantly changing medium and we need do more then just keep up — we have to stay ahead of the game. More on how you can make your impact there later.

In the meantime, use our Contact Form and let us know what social media platform(s) you use most for advocating. Have you seen someone doing something particularly effective? Please share!

Give us your ideas. Tell us what is important to you as an advocate. In order to continue being a great team your feedback is crucial.

If you would like to donate we have a matching gift campaign underway. It has been active through the entire month of January and expires in a few days. Donate now here.

If any of you have a particular equine cause you would like to champion and write a guest post about, please let us know about it.

Thank you!

THE HORSE FUND

Featured Image: With gracious permission, Bob Langrish. 

This post has been updated.

Welcome to 2018

Hello and welcome to another year at Tuesday’s Horse.

We have a lot planned for 2018. Some old. Some new.

As we gear up to roll out those changes let us know what you would like to see, what you would like us to do more of, or less of. Anything. Everything. Regarding horse protection and welfare issues.

Your feedback is important to us. Email us at info@horsefund.org or leave us a message in comments.


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Let’s double up our efforts in Washington for our horses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Join us in doubling up our support of two bills pending in the U.S. House of Representatives (1) against horse slaughter and (2) against horse soring.

Double Up with Us.

If you have been following us you know we have been very busy in State legislatures across the U.S.

We are now working on bills pending in Washington D.C. that could significantly impact the health and safety of our horses.

Here are two ways you can truly influence legislation and make your voice heard. One involves cutting edge technology. The other is as old as Ma Bell herself.

Please take action by endorsing the following bills with your Representative in Washington.

• H.R. 113 against horse slaughter (the SAFE Act)

• H.R. 1847 against horse soring (the PAST Act)

We need to get at least a majority of the House to co-sponsor these bills — 218. Ideally, it would be highly advantageous to get 2/3rds so we can use a special procedure to bust them out of the Committees they are in and onto the floor for a vote.

We cannot continue to sit back and accept defeat as a given because of who is in office, or might be working against us, or that these are animal bills and not as important as the ones that impact human lives. They are important. Very important. The way we treat animals impacts their lives and the humans involved.

1. Sign up with POPVOX and endorse these two bills. That’s the cutting edge technology.

Legislators and their staff use PopVox. That means that they will see what you think and count your endorsements and oppositions.

And you will be able to follow the bills, see what others are saying, how many are who’s for or against them, a map showing support and opposition around the country, and more.

Or . . .

2. Telephone your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor these two bills. Yes, you heard us right. Call!

Calls are having more impact right now in Washington D.C. than any of us can recall and we’ve been at this nearly 15 years.

If you know your Representative call (202) 225-3121 for the U.S. House switchboard operator.

When you are put through, be sure to give your name and address to the person answering your Representative’s phone so they can identify you as a constituent. They may not ask! If you want a reply from your Representative you must request that too. It is not automatic.

Find your Representative here »

Whether via POPVOX or via the telephone you will get quicker action. Letters take forever. Automated pre-formulated messages often aren’t counted, or batched together and counted as one. Don’t waste your time.

And speak from the heart. That is what your legislators really want to hear. It may take a bit more time than a point and click message, but aren’t our horses worth the extra effort, especially considering how much is at stake with both of these bills?

From what we hear, some of you are doing both! We love it.

According to D.C. lawmakers who spoke at a rally last night, they are hearing from constituents in record numbers and they want more, not less — more. So let’s bring it on.

Remember these are bipartisan issues.

Double Up with a Donation

We have a dollar for dollar matching gift campaign going on right now that will help us put more boots on the ground in Washington D.C. visiting and talking with key legislators and their staff about these bills.

We have a big presence. Help us keep it and make an even bigger one.

Thank you so very much.

THE HORSE FUND
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RELATED READING AND ACTION

If you wish to take further action, please see all the horse related bills pending in Washington »

Like to help out as a volunteer? Go here »

See also Help Us Get 2/3rds of the House to co-sponsor the PAST Act »

OTHER BILLS

While you are on PopVox or speaking with your Representative’s Office you may wish to support another bill, H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017. This Act was introduced “To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption”.  It is sickening to think we need to prohibit this but sadly we do.

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Horse by Bob Langrish. Image created by Vivian Farrell.

Take a stand with us on horse legislation pending right now in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here is where The Horse Fund stands on horse legislation pending right now in the nation’s capital. We invite you to please join us.

THE 115th CONGRESS (2017-2018)

H.R. 113 — ENDORSE

THE SAFE ACT — Outlawing the slaughter of U.S. horses at home and abroad.

Committees: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce » Subcommittee on Health; Referred to House Agriculture Committee »  Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture (or essentially “four committeed”.

Co-sponsors: 86 (as of this writing).

Learn more and take action »  Or go straight to POPVOX and add your voice »

H.R. 1338 — OPPOSE

HORSE PROTECTION AMENDMENTS ACT

Introduced in the House on March 2, 2017 by:

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-4-TN)
2301 Rayburn House Office Building
(202) 225-6831
https://desjarlais.house.gov/

No Summary. See https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1338/text »

Committee(s): House Energy and Commerce » Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection

Co-Sponsors: 10 (*Originating Co-Sponsors)

Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Comer, James [R-KY-1]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. “Chuck” [R-TN-3]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Roe, David P. [R-TN-1]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5]* 03/02/2017
Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] 03/17/2017

OPPOSE H.R. 1338. The intention of this piece of legislation is to weaken the PAST (Prevent All Soring Tactics) Act by putting inspections in the hands of the abusers in the gaited horse community. The co-sponsors are all proponents of Big Lick competitions and therefore the egregious cruelty that goes hand in hand with it.

See Roy Exum: “Our Horses vs. DesJarlais“; The Chattanoogan; July 27, 2016.  See alsoAHC Opposes Horse Protection Act bill introduced by DesJarlais” on their website.

— Alternatively SUPPORT H.R. 1847 (see below or go here).

H.R. 1804 — Under Review

RACE HORSE COST RECOVERY ACT OF 2017

Introduced in U.S. House on March 30, 2017 by:

Rep. Andy Barr (R-6-KY)
1427 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4706
https://barr.house.gov/

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to modify the accelerated depreciation allowance for race horses to allow a three-year recovery period for any race horse. (Current law limits the three-year recovery period to race horses placed in service before January 1, 2017, and race horses placed in service after December 31, 2016, that are more than two years old when placed in service by the purchaser.)

Committee(s) — House Ways and Means

Co-Sponsors: 0

• H.R. 1805 — Under Review

EQUINE TAX PARITY ACT OF 2017

Introduced in U.S. House on March 30, 2017 by:

Rep. Andy Barr (R-6-KY)
1427 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4706
https://barr.house.gov/

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to the preferential tax treatment of gains and losses from the sale of depreciable property used in a trade or business, to eliminate “horses” from the definition of “livestock” (thus making the 24-month holding period requirement for livestock inapplicable to horses and allowing horses to be treated as capital assets subject to the existing 1-year holding period requirement).

Committee(s) — House Ways and Means

Co-Sponsors: 0

Comment: Isn’t it rich? While Kentucky State lawmakers rush a bill through reducing the status of Kentucky horses from that of a domestic animal to a livestock animal,  you have a U.S. Representative from Kentucky sponsoring a federal law that would “eliminate ‘horses’ from the definition of ‘livestock’ ” in the Internal Revenue Code. Which is it boys and girls?

Why can’t these brainiacs get together and give horses their own, unique and significant classification and build from there, not only elevating and protecting horses but also building in financial incentives for those who do so. Takers, anyone? —Editor.

• H.R. 1806 — Under Review

TO AMEND THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986 TO ALLOW THE EXPENSING OF RACE HORSES

Introduced in U.S. House on March 30, 2017 by:

Rep. Andy Barr (R-6-KY)
1427 Longworth House Office Building
(202) 225-4706
https://barr.house.gov/

No written summary. Go here to read the Bill’s full text »

Committee(s) — House Ways and Means

Co-Sponsors: 0

H.R. 1847 — ENDORSE

THE PAST ACT — Closes the loopholes in the Horse Protection Act that will eliminate Big Lick animal cruelty.

Committee(s): Referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Co-Sponsors: 2o8 Originating Co-Sponsors; 220 Co-Sponsors as of this writing.

Read more and take action »  Or go straight to POPVOX and add your voice »

• H.R. 2032 — Under Review

COROLLA WILD HORSES PROTECTION ACT

Introduced April 6, 2017 by Rep. Walter C. Jones (R-NC-3). Co-Sponsors: 0. Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Summary: This bill directs the Department of the Interior to enter into an agreement within 180 days with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Currituck County, North Carolina, and the state of North Carolina to provide for the management of free-roaming wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge.

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• Why do Kentucky lawmakers appear to despise horses? »

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