MOTHER’S DAY (U.S.) — Some gorgeous moms and their darling offspring. Happy Mother’s Day!
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FOTO FRIDAY — First let’s look at a few images then learn a bit about them. Revolutionary and spectacular.
ANDRIUS BURBA of Under-Cats tells us the following about his Under-Horse project on his Facebook page where’s there’s more.
Once I had a crazy idea to take a photo of a horse from underneath, today I have results from my most difficult photoshoot I have ever had.
It all started with a project Under-cats. After it reach a high interest I decided to make a far bigger project. I looked for different examples of what was done on the internet and after no similar results I decided that I have to do it and be the first person to shoot a standing horse from underneath.
As I started to organise the photoshoot of a horse I knew that all I needed is to get 600 kg horse on a glass, dig 3 meters in to the ground, put my camera under a big glass and take a shot. Even though it was the same concept as project “Under-Cats” it took two months to organise it all.
MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER (KENTUCKY) — Here are quotes from the Paulick Report regarding Kentucky state bill SB139 from groups and individuals openly excited about the prospect of Kentucky horses being reduced to livestock status. There is an Action Alert for Kentuckians immediately following.
From our experience many of them are pro horse slaughter. We don’t know any of them that are against it. They haven’t publicly said so that we can find. If they have and we missed it, please let us know.
Let’s start off with KEEP and the person who put the bill together and is pushing it through.
“Securing livestock classification of horses and equine has been among the top policy priorities of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), since being founded in 2004.”
Per Sen. Robin Webb of Grayson County who sponsored Senate Bill 139: “Our statutes have been historically inconsistent with the designation of the horse as livestock. We have the support of AAEP, which has taken this position publicly, as well as our major horse-industry groups,” Webb told her fellow committee members before their vote, referencing the American Association of Equine Practitioners, which represents veterinarians of all horse breeds and disciplines.”
The AAEP have been pro horse slaughter as long as we have been advocating for horses. We are in our 14th year.
Agriculture commissioner Ryan Quarles, who represented Scott County as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, applauded the action.
“As chair of the horse farm subcommittee in the Senate, I couldn’t vote any other way on this legislation,” said Sen. Steve West, who lives in Paris and whose district includes some of the most famous Thoroughbred farms in the world. “Basically, it’s equity and fairness for the horse industry.”
Said Thayer [Sen. Damon Thayer, the Republican’s majority floor leader from Georgetown]: “I think horses are livestock, and should be treated as such in the tax code. I’m hopeful some day, when we do tax reform, we can get tax parity for the equine industry. I think this bill is a good step in the right direction.”
All about the horse industry, never about the horses. More on that coming up.
In the meantime, listen to this joker.
Said Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson, whose district includes Ellis Park: “It just puts them all (livestock) in one classification. It’s an effort to make sure that horses are certainly not taken advantage of, but by the same token, it’s to protect our property. I was glad to be a part of it. It is a big thing for the Thoroughbred industry — and for all horses.”
Someone please explain to me why he and these others are so glad to see Kentucky horses reduced to livestock status? What more is going on here to make them all so joyous?
But here’s the worst of the bunch.
They is nothing benevolent about these folks. It sickens us that they use the word “horsemen” in describing themselves. They always seem to be for anything that is bad for the horse and against anything that is good. They have also been pro horse slaughter insofar as we have seen these many years.
“This legislation is a significant step for the horse industry and our membership,” said Martin Maline, executive director of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, which represents about 6,000 owners and trainers involved in horse racing in the commonwealth. “The livestock designation offers other important protections for everyone who owns and works with horses. We applaud members of committee, and hope Senator Webb’s bill sails through the full Senate and state legislature.”
“. . . protections for everyone who owns and works with horses.” Naturally.
If this is all about tax breaks, then why not simply prepare legislation now to bring this about?
Perhaps they are simply paving the way for this by getting the horses’s classification changed first. We simply don’t believe it.
Has it ever occurred to these geniuses that they could do something to benefit the horses for a change?
Where is their vision?
The horse industry could pave the way for a future that is kinder and more appreciative by giving horses their own unique status with all the tax perks and other entitlements they deserve — elevate their status not lower it. And still make plenty of money. Bushel loads of it.
What better place than Kentucky to set the highest possible standard for horses and reward everyone who is involved in their lives?
Simply put, it has not occurred to these people because the US horse industry including Kentucky is mired in callousness, greed and corruption. They care nothing about the horses they use. Absolutely nothing. Or they wouldn’t reduce the Kentucky horse’s status to livestock putting them more in harm’s way than ever removing precious protections.
To people of this ilk horses are just something they can grind out, use up, and destroy — preferably getting that last drop of blood money out of them on their way out.
By the way, look who else is excited about SB139 apart from the ones in the Paulick Report. Kentucky Food and Farm Files. Why is that? See http://kyfoodandfarm.blogspot.com/.
CALL TO ACTION KENTUCKY
We invite Kentucky residents to call (800) 372 7181 and leave a recorded message for your Kentucky State Representative (not your Senator this time) or use their contact form saying you OPPOSE SB139.
You must act right away. The clock is ticking. You can call or write to them online anytime day or night. How about right now?
If you need more information please go here: http://horsefund.org/ky-sb139.php.
Tip: We write down what we are going to say before we call. It is a very important issue and we want to present ourselves the best way we can on behalf of these horses. Speak from your heart as well as your head!
WHAT WE HEARD TODAY
We spoke with numerous Kentucky State Senators and Representatives today.
Nine of the 13 stated without prompting that they see how this change in status from domestic animal to livestock can pave the way for horse slaughter in Kentucky and felt this might be an underlying part of SB139’s goal, or at least a convenient byproduct. The other four when we asked them agreed with those sentiments to the letter.
All 13, even the ones who admitted they voted for SB139, stated that this change in status will negatively impact the standard of living of Kentucky horses without horse slaughter and of course definitely with it. And this in the self-proclaimed horse capital of the world.
Important! Some of them stated they voted for SB139 because they did not hear from a single constituent about it.
Get on the phone Kentuckians! Make your voices heard on behalf of the horses.
MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Social media is pretty much where the action is. But it’s not the only action. We are going to use everything available to us to “march against” horse slaughter.
We love social media because you can not only contact decision makers and legislators and express your views but also inform others that these issues exist because it is done publicly.
We are therefore asking you to make March Against Horse Slaughter the strongest campaign possible by taking a stand with us against horse slaughter wherever you are on social media.
A majority of you follow us on Twitter so we expect to see a lot of activity there. Of course we also expect to see horse advocates active on the two other most powerful social media platforms, Facebook and Instagram.
Letter writing is still very important. More on that a bit later. Let’s corral the contact information we need first.
Google any lawmaker or government official to find their Twitter name.
Twitter also has lists for contacting government officials and legislators. Here are the ones we have found helpful.
State Government — US
In the US, you will need contact information for:
1. State Representative (Find Your State Legislature)
2. State Senator (Find Your State Legislature)
3. US Representative (House.gov)
4. US Senators (Senate.gov)
5. State Governor (National Governors Association)
Why is your Governor important? Your Governor is where a successful bill will land to be signed into law. It will all have been for nothing if the Governor does not sign it!
Lobbying and “The Ask”
The best advice I ever received when I began lobbying over a decade ago was this — when contacting someone for help or support or even opposition, always start with your “ask”.
Begin every communication with exactly what you are asking for.
Sum up your ask in a few meaningful words.
This means your reader will know exactly why you contacted them at the outset.
If you leave your ask until the end they may never see it.
Always bear in mind those receiving your communication. Their task may simply be to record how many are for or against something and the give up factor is higher than ever.
Make your ask count! Always start with your ask.
Form letters will not do. Rachna Choudry of PopVox writes:
The average Congressional office receives thousands of letters from constituents a week. Most of these are “form letters”, sent at the prompting of an organization or association with identical text. In some offices, form letters get automatically grouped together as one letter. And, some Congressional offices don’t respond to form letters at all.
On Twitter it’s pretty much only about the ask. You don’t have many letters to say much more. But keep it to a line or two on Facebook and Instagram too.
Be sure to check out “How to Use Hashtags on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram” or use the links below.
I know we have given you a lot to think about and do, but once you have collected the information you need and put it in a safe, easy to access place, you will be able to take action on behalf of horses quickly and efficiently. Promise.
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