Getting it together

© Bob Langrish. Use by The Horse Fund with his gracious permission.

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.

Kentucky bill reducing horses to livestock sent to Governor to sign into law

FRANKFORT, KY — Take action. Contact Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin saying you OPPOSE SB 139 becoming law.

On March 15, 2017, SB 139, the Kentucky State Bill reducing horses to livestock — removing what precious few protections they have — was sent to the Governor’s Office to sign into law.

Kentucky already has an abysmal record when it comes to animal protection laws and enforcement. If this becomes law it may deliver a black eye to Kentucky that it may never recover from.

SB 139 passed both the Kentucky State Senate Agriculture Committee and Kentucky State House Agriculture unanimously.

We cannot find that a single negative vote was cast against a bill so insensitive to the well being of horses in the Kentucky State House or Senate although Kentuckians raised their voices in opposition to it.

The State legislator who introduced SB 139, Sen. Robin Webb (D-Grayson), and pushed it through is herself an animal abuser. In 2013 Webb was cited for violations of the Horse Protection Act for evidence of horse soring.

Another issue concerning SB 139 reducing the status of horses to livestock is that it paves the way for horses to be slaughtered in Kentucky.

Securing livestock classification has been among the top policy priorities of the Kentucky Equine Education Project since its 2004 creation. In horse circles KEEP is known to be pro horse slaughter.

A KEEP board member said, “I applaud the Kentucky legislature for their unanimous support of SB 139 and recognizing horses’ rightful place along side other agriculture commodities in Kentucky.”

Others in Kentucky’s horse industry who have cheered loudly and lustily in support of this move say it is only about tax breaks and incentives. However, they did not have to put Kentucky’s horses at risk to do this.

Kentucky lawmakers could have thought outside the box and elevated the horse’s status by giving them their own unique classification apart from other animals, then awarded members of the State’s horse industry with all the perks in the world, and at the same time set the standard for other States to follow.

However, this never occurred to any of them because they do not really value the horse at all.

How shameful.

All of this in a State who built its reputation on the back of the horse, is home to the Kentucky Derby and uses the horse in its logo.

CONTACT KENTUCKY GOVERNOR MATT BEVIN
State You OPPOSE SB 139 Becoming Law

Online Email Form

http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/contact.aspx

Twitter @GovMattBevin

Phone/Fax
Main Line: (502) 564-2611
Fax: (502) 564-2517​
TDD: (502) 564-9551

TRACK SB 139
https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB139/2017

Hope Your Christmas Has Been Merry and Bright

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Here’s wishing you continued good this Holiday Season.

Tomorrow it is back to business. We are working on a year in review touching on all issues.

In the meantime, what issue(s) impacted you the most in 2016? Tugged at your heartstrings?

What issue (s) do you feel have been overlooked or not getting enough of anyone’s attention?

You can email us or discuss them here in comments.

Many blessings and thank you for taking part. You are so important, more important than you may ever realize.

THE HORSE FUND TEAM

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