Thursday, June 17, 2010


EWA Press Release

June 17, 2010



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The Need for a Moratorium Clear after Wild Horse and Burro Meeting in Denver

CHICAGO, (EWA) - Wild horse advocates attending the much anticipated Bureau of Land Management (BLM) workshop on June 15 and 16 found the meeting a marked improvement from their past experiences with BLM, but still far from comforting.

The meeting was announced by BLM director Bob Abbey who promised a new direction in the management of America's wild horses. But distrust between the advocates, ranchers and the BLM run deep and have grown deeper as BLM has ramped up the removal of mustangs from the range under Obama's Department of Interior (DOI) director Ken Salazar.

Earlier attempts to launch Salazar's plan to neuter the wild herds and move them to "refuges" in mid-western states had been met with derision and anger among advocates who dubbed the concept the "Salazoo Plan".

Now, with Salazar facing ever growing criticism for his abject failure to bring about promised reforms in his Minerals Management Service (MMS) and for the unprecedented disaster in the Gulf, BLM appears to be taking a more conciliatory stance toward the issue. But BLM's claims about the wild horse population have proven no more trustworthy than the MMS and BP claims about the volume of the spill.

Arising from the meetings was the consensus among advocates that until current range assessments and an independent population count are performed, round-ups should cease. They argue that six months or one year will not create a crisis and will give the BLM time to move forward with accurate scientific data.

The cattle rancher contingent attending sang a repetitious song of removing the wild horses. Privately owned livestock on public land already number in the millions yet stockmen continue to ask for the removal of the few thousand remaining horses. Their comments consisted largely of the mantra that wild horses were overpopulated and that advocates were being emotional.

Advocates countered that the leasing fees of only $1.35 per cow and calf that ranchers pay are inadequate to even perform environmental assessments of the land they lease. Subsidies for the privately owned livestock on public lands cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars per year and the proposed "refuges" would cost the taxpayers even more money.

On the positive side, Abbey had set ground rules for the planning that stated sending the horses to slaughter "was not on the table". True to his word, when pro-slaughter radical extremist Wyoming Rep. Sue Wallis rose to propose they be slaughtered, she was promptly squelched.

Equine advocates came prepared with suggestions, comments and recommendations backed up by facts, figures and data. Cloud Foundation CEO, Ginger Kathrens, reached out for common ground to build upon. She suggested additional breakout sessions before any plans were developed.

Advocates were also encouraged when the Board indicated two open positions would be filled with individuals for animal welfare and a public representative with equine knowledge. In the past "welfare" advisors have often been handpicked to represent BLM's views, so judgment will be reserved until the individuals are named.

The meeting came in the wake of the disastrous round-up of Nevada's Calico mustangs which resulted in deaths of over 140 of the horses and foals. Foals had their hooves run-off and the exhausted mares aborted foals from being stampeded over frozen rocky ground by roaring helicopters.

Disjointedly, the board's Larry Johnson was clearly out of touch with current conditions. Johnson continually referred to outdated Animal Management Levels (AML) and other erroneous information.

On Monday, Johnson commented that the issues at Calico were the fault of the lawsuit litigants and advocates for delaying the round-up into late January, when in fact, the round-up started on December 28. During the public comments, one advocate suggested that Johnson resign and the room exploded in applause.

There remains a significant split on the mechanism and scope of the Salazar plan. As presented by BLM, the herds will not be productive and will die out in zoo-like settings. Advocates suggested using public lands where herds had been zeroed out so the family and social structure of the herds could be maintained. Naturalist Craig Downer presented a plan in which BLM would be restricted to minimal contact with certain herds that were to be left alone in the wild without human contact.

Although there appeared to be some collaboration between the two sides, the clock is ticking against America's wild horses. Moreover, BLM birth control policy is leaving many of the herds genetically bankrupt. A plan that preserves the herds at manageable levels must be developed and implemented before the last of our wild horses and burros are rounded-up and become a closed chapter in our American heritage.


The Equine Welfare Alliance is a dues free, umbrella organization with over 110 member organizations. The organization focuses its efforts on the welfare of all equines and the preservation of wild equids.



JUNE 17, 2010


OTTAWA - New Democrat Agriculture Critic, Alex Atamanenko (BC southern Interior) tabled a Private Members Bill (C-544) yesterday that would effectively shut down the slaughtering of horses for human consumption in Canada.

"The fact is that drugs which are prohibited for use during the life of any animals destined for the Human food supply are routinely being administered to horses," said Atamanenko. "It is irresponsible for Canada to allow the sale of meat from horses as a food item when they have never been raised in accordance with the food safety practices required for all other animals."

Atamanenko points to the inexpensive, easily available and widely used anti-inflammatory drug, phenylbutazone (bute), as one example of what is quite likely to be prevalent in horsemeat. Bute is a known carcinogen and its use is illegal in any animal that enters the food supply.

"It is more likely than not that the vast majority of horses will have been administered bute, or 'horse's aspirin' as it is commonly called," said Atamanenko.

According to Atamanenko, at least fifty per cent of the horses being slaughtered in Canada are imported from the US where horse slaughter has been banned. The meat is then sold to markets in Europe. There are no regulations in the US to prevent horse owners from administering banned substances because horses are not regarded or treated as food-producing animals.

Under pressure from the European Union (EU), Canada is set to introduce a new 'equine passport' system to track the health history and medical treatments of horses arriving at slaughterhouses, including those from the States.

Atamanenko believes that it will be impossible for CFIA to verify data in these passports and expects to see a high incidence of inaccurate records.

"Many in the US believe it should be our job to verify information from US horses since Canada is the only one slaughtering them for human consumption," concluded the Atamanenko. "It's a stretch to think that information on hundreds of thousands of unwanted horses that were never raised to be food, will be complete or accurate."
Here is Bill C-544, "An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act (slaughter of horses for human consumption)", tabled on June 16, 2010:
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Together We Are One

This is an AWESOME Video....Enjoy ! We have heard such good news today for our horses in Mexico and Canada !!......Lets thank GOD and continue fighting !!

by María Soledad Martínez

Together We Are One

Monday, September 7, 2009



Visit Our Blog -often- for Current Updates on Massive Roundup

Planned removals – all the Forest Service horses – which is wiping out an entire subpopulation.

Floyd, Fettucini, Half Moon, Gabrielle (December filly), Cassidy and Stiles, Halcion and her brand new foal, Summer

Older horses: Electra, (Cloud’s sister), Conquistador, Grumpy (Smokey’s mom), Eclipse, Quelle Colore

And from Cloud’s family which seems heavily targeted: Arrow, Image (Cloud’s grandson), Rain, Cascade, Cloud Dancer.


These are our wild horses living on our public lands!

HALT THE PRYORS ROUNDUP and all others across the west.
Please keep e-mailing & faxing President Obama, Vice President Biden & First Lady Michelle Obama. Please call the Montana Senators: Baucus 202-224-2651 & Tester 202-224-2644, and your State Senators - tell them to stop this unnecessary roundup. Please tell friends, family & media. We're trying to spread the word far & wide until this is stopped.

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Monday, August 31, 2009


Let's call Representative Nick Rahall too. Ask him to call President Obama and put a stop to the round up of Cloud's Herd. We have to call tomorrow Monday 8/31 the roundup is scheduled to start on Tuesday 9/1.

Washington Office
2307 Rayburn HOB
Washington,DC 20515
(202) 225-3452

Maybe we will get lucky and he will be in one of the district offices tomorrow.

Beckley Office
301 Prince St.,
Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 252-5000

Bluefield Office
601 Federal St., Room 1005
Bluefield, WV 24701
(304) 325-6222

Huntington Office
845 Fifth Ave.
Huntington, WV 25701
(304) 522-6425

Logan Office
220 Dingess St.
Logan, WV 25601
(304) 752-4934

USE ZIP: 25570

Please send this to your email list, post on message boards and blogs, etc.
ONE thing everyone needs to remember is these people that are answering the phones work for each and every one of us.
If you are treated rudely please speak up, politely and tell them so. A lot of these people don't even know they work for you.
If they try to pass you on to a different number tell them you want to leave a message for the person you are calling not the number to the BLM.
We must INSIST on leaving our name and number for the public leader that we call. Do not hang up without that person taking your information. If they refuse tell them thank you and call back. If the same person answers tell them you want to speak to someone that has time to take your information.
They work for us and anyone in DC that answers your call with rudeness is unacceptable.
Be professional but SPEAK UP!!!
Make sure the person you speak with knows that TUESDAY September 1st is the day the BLM will go into the Pryor Mountains with HELICOPTERS and will terrorize the small WILD AMERICAN HERD of less than 200 horses.
I would add ~ CALL VP BIDEN at the numbers for President Obama. Leave a message for both President Obama and VP Biden.
1.Call /write/fax President Obama as often as you can—this herd is a national treasure and should not be wiped out by a government agency. Please flood the phone lines with calls! Phone: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-9000 Fax: 202-456-2461
E-mail Obama

2. Ask Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to stop this round up
Call: 202-208-3100
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3. BLM Director Bob Abbey, tell him to halt this round up-- he must reconsider his agency's actions
Call: 202-208-3801 or 866-468-7826
Fax: 202-208-5242
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Thank you everyone : ) Lucille

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Opinion: Slaughtering horses, poisoning people; is the U.S. asleep at the wheel?

The Force of the Horse®

Opinion: Slaughtering horses, poisoning people; is the U.S. asleep at the wheel?

In Horse Slaughter on August 5, 2009 at 10:52 am

by R.T. Fitch

It’s out in the open, there’s no denying or running away from it now. The anti-horse people have been attempting to keep it under wraps for ages but, today, it’s staring them right in the face and there’s a great big draft horse standing in their living rooms; the EU now recognizes that the meat from American horses, slaughtered in Canada and Mexico, is toxic and dangerous for human consumption due to the equine medications it retains (Link).

New Hope for our American Horses

New Hope for our American Horses (photo by Terry Fitch)

For years Pro-Horse advocates have been telling us that besides being immoral and socially repugnant the business of horse slaughter was flooding the European and Asian specialty meat markets with tainted and toxic meat. Meat that is dangerous for humans to consume. Equine medications are clearly marked that they are not for use on food animals and horses have not and are not considered food animals by American society and government agencies such as the USDA. So what’s the deal?

If all of us had our eyes wide open, then why did we allow foreign owned slaughter plants to operate within our borders for years without any federal intervention? The majority of the U.S. public was crying out to stop this barbaric practice yet our government in D.C. appeared not to be listening. What does that say of our elected, federal representatives who continually dragged their feet and tied up pro-horse legislation in committees, year after year? The slaughter plants were closed in 2007 but, last year, we allowed 133,000 healthy American horses to be inhumanely shipped across our public highways and over our borders to be slaughtered in Canada and Mexico. Currently the bills H.R. 503 and S. 727 (The Equine Cruelty Prevention Act of 2009) designed to stop this practice, are going absolutely nowhere. “Hey boys and girls, we aren’t just talking about killing horses, here, we are talking about poisoning and possibly injuring human beings, now!”

It looks like there might be more than just the blood of horses on the hands of our government leaders. One thing is for certain, within the world community, there certainly is egg on their faces.

But all the blame does not sit in the lap of our federal government. What about the state governments that have, as of late, been trying to jump upon the “horse killing/people poisoning” bandwagon hoping and praying that all of that blood letting might net them an extra buck or two. Take Ed Butcher from Montana for example. Butcher (no intentional play on words) ramroded a partisan bill through his state’s government that not only opens the door to allow foreigners to come into the state to open horse slaughtering facilities but also impedes the rights of the public to protest the construction of such plants. Where is the moral compass in all of that mess? It sure doesn’t reside in the offices of Montana’s state government as it now appears that they publicly approve and endorse not only the butchering of a passive, companion animal but the poisoning of people in foreign lands.

We, the American public, do have the ability to turn this wagon train of destruction around and perhaps save some face in the opinion of the global community. We can pick up the phone, write an email or fax our elected representatives and tell them that we want them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 503/S.727 because enough is enough. The senseless butchering of our American icon has always been nagging at our soul but now the prospect of poisoning people is just going too far over the top. It’s time to put an end to this dirty, bloody secret and cleanse our spirits by standing up for what is right, morale and just. Talk to your representative and ensure that they understand your passion and your commitment to take back into control the political machine that has been heading down the mountain without any brakes. Give them direction, pledge your support and if you are snubbed or ignored, vote them out, it’s your right. That’s the only way we are going to clean this mess up, if they won’t listen and continue to ignore the voice of the people who elected them, then oust them at the very first opportunity.

It’s time to clean house, its way past time to stop the killing and it’s the perfect time to head off any further potential poisoning of human beings. Pick up the phone, make the call, we have the ability and the power to get this wagon train back on the trail. Let’s make it happen.

May the Force of the Horse® be with you.

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R.T. Fitch is the author of the much acclaimed book “Straight from the Horse’s Heart

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009


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She received an email from
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