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The following is from saigh_allaidh also posted at sacredhorse and lj user="horselistening"> reposted by me on my journal and horse_slaughter and on my MySpace and Tribe accounts:

I'm delayed in getting this stuff out as this week kicked my butt, so I'm doing one post. Sorry I'm not citing where these first came from, because most are from multiple sources and I've not been able to keep track. One I actually found on the site when I was checking it out:

Good news: The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act HR 6598 passed the House Committee. Please contact your Reps! If you don't know where your Representatives stand, and therefore whether this is a plea or a "thank you, btw can you do anything to get this moving?" then please check out The Compassion Index http://www.compassionindex.org/ LET'S GET THIS DONE!

Bad news: National Thoroughbred Racing Association withdraws support of Anti-Slaughter bill. http://www.paulickreport.com/blog/waldrops-waffle/

Good News: Suffolk Downs took action on their policy to not allow owners who use horse slaughter to run horses there! No, this was NOT just lip service. And this answers one key question many of us had "did this only mean those who directly sold to slaughter or include those who just clearly put their horses on the path to slaughter by selling at auction." They ousted an unnamed owner whose horses were found in the New Holland, PA auction pens. http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2008/September/20/Suffolk-acts-on-slaughter-policy.aspx

Sad news: Strong anti-slaughter voice is silenced: John Hettinge died on Sept. 6 at age 74. A Jockey Club member he was one of the key voices in the racing world to stop slaughter and to improve the conditions for horses. http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2008/09/045.shtml

A new study: A Study of Equine Slaughter/ Abuse Patterns Following Closure of Horse Slaughter Plants in US Good evidence to dispute the "we need horse slaughter to get rid of the unwanted horses or more horses will be abused." Like previous studies, this shows quite the opposite..that it's the demand for horse meat from Europe that is the reason for slaughter and that abuse and neglect are primarily determined by economic factors. Unfortunately, it also clearly demonstrates that, thanks to transportation to Canada and Mexico, horse slaughter has NOT decreased. http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/541


Cross-posted in all the usual places, please feel free to pass this on
Okay, this will probably throw most people as I usually only post on horse issues. I do care about the war issues, sometimes it is just so overwhelming that I can't take it on online. But South Ossetia is sort of my spiritual home. The people there are descended from the Alan branch of the Sarmatians. I've been concerned about this issue since I first got into exploring what Sarmatian religion might have been like and have been angry about the US alliance with Georgia all along, so since Georgia sent in troops this past week, I've not gotten a lot of sleep. I've started posts, but they're so angry that I can't keep things straight. So I'm reposting this. If nothing else, please look at the last link, okay? It's the Ossetians we should be caring about!

From saigh_allaidh

So, the US needs to "spank" Russia for "invading" another smaller nation. Yeah, because we've not done that a few times this century already (and while everyone reading this turns their thoughts to the Middle East, let me remind you also of Haiti http://www.democracynow.org/2004/4/7/witnesses_u_s_special_forces_trained). Even when it's mentioned, rather offhandedly, in national media, that Georgia had taken "an action" in South Ossetia, the fact that Russia itself, with some might argue more right to do so, was "spanking" Georgia for going in and murdering 2,000 civilians.

Now I'm not going to say that the way Russia handling of this wasn't "heavy-handed"....but it is certainly no more so that what the US has done with far less reason. And Georgia is certainly NOT a country that I feel should be seen as a victim here. The real victims are the people of South Ossetia, which has considered itself independent of Georgia since 1992. Now, either one agrees and should see Georgia as attacking a smaller nation OR one disagrees and Georgia set about to attack some of its own people (which the US keeps saying is a no-no too, as long as you're not an ally). But, of course, Georgia has been an important patsy ally in the invasion of Iraq not to mention other oil related deals, so all war crimes committed by Saakashvili and his government just don't exist as far as Bush and co. are concerned.

I think they should to the American people. Right there along with those of Bush and co. I think we all do need to keep aware that this is far more complicated than "oh...big bad Russia attacked little innocent Georgia with no provocation" that I have seen repeatedly posted on the internet.

Up to 2,000 Killed as Russia-Georgia Fighting Enters Fourth Day on Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/11/up_to_2_000_killed_as

What is NOT being seen, except in rare places, is the Ossetian peoples side of the story. You CAN find it on Ossetian Mourning. http://ossetianmourning.blogspot.com/
The following is from saigh_alladh:

I ask all concerned to please contact their Representatives about H.R.6598. This would amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.

What does that mean? It means another strike against the transporting of US horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter!

You can go to The Compassion Index http://www.compassionindex.org/ and type in your zip code to get find out if your Representative is a co-sponsor and if they're record shows they might support this bill. If s/he is not, no matter what his/her record says, please let her/him know you want them to support it. And, please, if s/he IS a sponsor, send her/him a note and/or give a call thanking her/him.

Yes, right now they are on break. Wouldn't it be great if their aides presented them with a pile of notes and phone messages regarding this when the return to session? We need to get this stuff through this year!

BTW, for those of you who do own horses, I have taken to including the fact that as a horse owner I currently live in fear that my filly could be stolen and sent to slaughter. Because, honestly, I DO! We do need to get rid of the fiction that it is "unwanted" horses that go to slaughter, that this is somehow a substitute for taking care of our animals and humane euthanasia. It is NOT. Every horse in America is in danger as long as this exists, horse theft is too prevalent and most horses stolen go to slaughter as it's the quickest way to get rid of the evidence...and the reason most horse thieves steal. Let's make it clear, ALL our horses are in danger!

Cross-posted broadly, please repost or otherwise pass on the message!
(cross-posted)

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Saigh or Kym ní Dhoireann
Date: Mar 3, 2008 2:33 AM


----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: mary
Date: Mar 2, 2008 7:36 PM


Please forward to friends ..

URGENT ACTION ALERT!

LAST CHANCE TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER IN THE US!

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO ENSURE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN HORSE SLAUGHTER
PREVENTION ACT

Dear friends,

Since it was reintroduced in January 2007, the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act (S. 311 - HR 503), a bill to ban the slaughter of US horses and
their exportation for slaughter abroad, has been waiting to be brought up for
consideration in both the Senate and the House where it was denied due process
by a group of pro-slaughter legislators who believe the profits of three
foreign-owned horse slaughter plants outweigh the welfare and safety of American
horses and horse owners alike.

This group of legislators, led by Senator Larry Craig (R – Idaho), has
successfully blocked the bill in the Senate, preventing it from being even
debated on the floor using procedural means and hiding behind a plethora of
myths and fabricat ed stories to support a “need for horse slaughter” while tens
of thousands of American horses continue to be exported for slaughter in Canada and Mexico under appalling
conditions.

As the legislative deadline of mid-September set up by the upcoming elections
approaches, the need to get the AHSPA passed increases dramatically, making
necessary to launch an all-out counterattack to break the pro-slaughter blockade
on the bills and proceed to their consideration in the corresponding chambers.
If the AHSPA is not at least passed by the Senate before mid-September it will
die since there would not be enough time in the brief “lame duck” session taking
place after the elections to move it through the rest of the legislative
process, forcing us to start all over from zero next year and spelling doom for
tens of thousands of additional horses that will be cruelly slaughtered abroad
until we have another chance.

To this end, horse owners and enthusiasts from all over the United States will
gather in Washington DC next March 4 and 5 to lobby their elected officials in a
desperate effort to break Sen. Craig’s blockade on the AHSPA and expedite its passage in both chambers.

In order to be effective, we need to show a massive grass roots support for
those lobbying the legislators on Capitol Hill and let them know that Americans
want the AHSPA passed as soon as possible to end this sordid trade. It is
extremely important that as many people as possible contact their
Representatives and Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 311 and HR 503 if they
have not yet done so and requesting them to press the Senate leadership and to
set S. 311 free from Sen. Craig’s blockade.

How you can help

During next Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5th please contact as many
times as possible both your two US Senators and all the Representatives of your
state reques ting them to:

a) Cosponsor S. 311 (Senators) or HR 503 (Representatives) in case they
have yet done so.

b) Ask the Senate Leadership to do everything possible to break Sen.
Craig’s blockade on S. 311 and expedite its passage in both chambers.

If they are already cosponsoring the bills, please praise them for doing so and
request them to keep their support commitment to the end.

Also, please forward this action alert to all your contacts, relatives, friends,
work and school partners asking them to follow it and contact their respective
Congressional delegations in support of the AHSPA. The more people contact
Congress the more chances we have to get the AHSPA passed!

An updated phone and fax directory for the 110th Congress showing information
about whether they cosponsor or not the bill as well how they voted in the past
on legislation to o utlaw horse slaughter in the US is available for download at
http://www.habitatforhorses.org/joincampaigns/docs/110directory.doc (requires
Microsoft’s Word).

You can also find who your legislators at
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html or
http://capwiz.com/compassionindex/home/

Additional information on horse slaughter and the AHSPA can be found at
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/index.htm and
http://www.commonhorsesense.net/.

Please remember this is virtually the last chance we have to lobby Congress to
get th e bill passed before it is too late: If S. 311 is not at least passed by
the Senate by mid-September we can take it for dead, forcing us to start from
scratch next year and dooming without recourse tens of thousands of American
horses to horrible, agonizing deaths in Canadian and Mexican slaughter plants.
Therefore, it is vitally important we employ all the resources we have available
to flood Congress with a continuous stream of calls and faxes during those two
days. Their lives depend on us.

Thank you for your help.
Daniel


--
Mary Martin
http://www.newenglandequinerescues.com
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.-Albert Einstein"
This was posted awhile back by The Horse Rescue Foundation, Inc. http://www.myspace.com/thehorsefoundation and many others. I'm reposting now closer to the date as a reminder. The horror is not ended, it's only not happening in the US but our horses are still being sent, more than ever, to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. As you can read below, the circumstances in Mexico are particularly horrible. We must finish this! We must get Congress to put a stop not only to slaughter in the US but transportation for slaughter to other countries!


PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

Hello!
We are spreading the word for the upcoming National Call-In Day to Protect Horses – and we need YOUR HELP! As you know, since the 7th Circuit Court shut down Cavel in Illinois just weeks ago, horses have been flooding over the boarders in record numbers & subjected to immense cruelty. The time is now for Congress to act--and only an act of Congress can halt this abhorrent practice.
The National Call-In day is Tuesday, October 16th! Everyone, please click on the link below where you can print out and distribute fliers: http://www.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/horse/Horse-Flier.pdf.
We are encouraging folks to ask for co-sponsorship of H.R. 503 & S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
Of course, if any one has any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks again for keeping these fires burning! PLEASE CROSS-POST & SEND BROADLY!
For the horses


Horse slaughters taking place on the border
Web Posted: 10/02/2007 03:20 AM CDT
Lisa Sandberg
Austin Bureau
CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The American mare swung her head frantically when the door shut to the kill box, trapping her inside. A worker jabbed her in the back with a small knife — seven, eight, nine times.
Eyes wild, she lowered her head and raised it as the blade punctured her body around the withers, again and again.
At the 10th jab, she fell to the floor of this Mexican slaughterhouse, bloodied and paralyzed, but not yet dead.
She would lay there a good two minutes before being hoisted from a chained rear leg so her throat could be slit and she could bleed to death.
Read the rest: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA093007.01A.horseslaughter.3496288.html
There is some worry among the anti-horse slaughter community that this doesn't mean Cavel is closed yet. When it will be enforced and if they will get another extension despite this so they can make further appeals is not yet know as far as I can tell.


From saigh_allaidh:

Yup, they lost their appeal! Please remember that horses will still be shipped to Canada and Mexico until we get the Horse Protection Act through....so please keep in touch with your reps on that!
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It's Final: Last U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant Must Close

September 21, 2007

Today, The Humane Society of the United States hailed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upholding the State of Illinois' decision to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Illinois is home to the last remaining horse slaughter plant in the country, and the ruling effectively ends all slaughter of horses for food in the United States.

"Today's court decision marks the end of the line for the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry in the United States," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "Now it's up to Congress to finish the job and protect American horses from being exported to foreign abattoirs in Canada and Mexico for human consumption overseas."

Go to http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/cavel_horse_slaughter_plant_closed.html for the whole story
This is from saigh_allaidh who

Got this from Mary http://www.myspace.com/marydmartin

PLEASE CROSS POST

Dear Friends of Wild Horses,

Sitting on the hillside last week watching the beauty of this very historic
herd galloping across the prairie, tears came to my eyes to know that soon
these horses may face the last days of their lives unless WE CAN HELP.

This herd, known as Wild Horse Annie's horses, will be removed next week.
If ISPMB cannot take these horses, they will be sold at auction and will
head to the thriving Canadian Slaughter Market. Can you help us save these
extraordinary horses?

THE STORY:

These wild horses, originating near Virginia City, Nevada, are one of the
most historic herds in the U.S. gaining notoriety in 1952 when Wild Horse
Annie pushed through the first law in Storey County to protect these wild
horses. By 1971 when Annie and ISPMB were successful in getting federal
legislation to protect wild horses and burros, these horses were not covered
because they resided on state land. Human encroachment from residential
development now threatens the Virginia Range herd.

In 2001, ISPMB took steps to save Annie's horses and placed 82 of them on
the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in SD. Today the herd has grown to 300
animals and the Tribe may soon lose their 22,000 acre ranch where the horses
roamed.

We have only a week to seek funding so we can keep these horses from going
to slaughter. ISPMB has no financial reserves since we paid two times the
normal price for hay this past year trucking it in hundreds of miles
enduring the worst drought in our history.

Our goal is to find upwards to 200 qualified homes for the younger horses
and then keep the base herd of 100 animals.

We will need to raise enough money to purchase $50,000 of hay for them for
several months until homes are found for the majority of animals.

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

* Can you help us find qualified homes for the younger horses
* Can you contribute http://ispmb.org/ or ISPMB- BOX 55- LANTRY
SD-57636 If everyone on our E-mail list would contribute a minimum of $25 -
we could raise enough funds to save these horses!
* Can you do a fundraiser in your area to save "Annie's Virginia Range
Horses".
* Can you pass our information on to all of your friends
* Can you Sponsor the Virginia Range Herd ($5,000) and spend a
wonderful three day weekend with us and our herds

ONLY WITH YOUR HELP CAN WE DO THIS! LET'S KEEP THEM RUNNING WILD AND FREE.

Karen A. Sussman

Karen A. Sussman
President, ISPMB
PO Box 55
Lantry, SD 57636-0055
Tel: 605.964.6866
Cell: 605.430.2088
Saving America's Wild Horses and Burros since 1960

http://www.ispmb.org

Become a member of ISPMB today!
http://www.ispmb.org/membership.shtml

Cross posted widely, please do the same

The 3 rescue horses are doing great!

I should have gotten here to send this earlier so you all know and to thank you all who helped. These are the latest two postings from Tedi of The Horse Rescue Foundation http://www.myspace.com/thehorsefoundation about the three horses she WAS able to rescue thanks to the help of many generous people:

Sep 5, 2007 10:39 PM

OUR 3 slaughter bound horses are SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

We DID it!!!!!!!!!!!
My 3 slaughter bound horses are safe...they will be picked up by my transporter @ 7:00 am and taken to our quarantine facility!

As soon as I can, I'll get photos of them up...I'll post a bulletin when I do that!

THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO SAVED THESE YOUNG, BEAUTIFUL LIVES...

Now I need to stop balling my eyes out! lol
I'm a wreck after this! lol

YOU GUYS ALL ROCK,
Tedi / THFinc

Sep 7, 2007 12:15 AM

I saw our 3 horses after work today!

I saw our 3 horses after work today!

They are fine, healthy and seem a lot more relaxed than last time I saw them!!!

So again, I want to thank all of you for your efforts and opening your wallets to save these lives!
I'll have pics up when I see them again in a couple weeks...I wont forget!

I gave them all lots of kisses and hugs from everybody,
and they loved it! Lots of sweet neighing....

We have named them as well:
Kahlua - for the dark bay
Phoenix - for the dapple
Brody - for the chestnut

My son was with me and just about pee'd when he saw how gorgeous they are in person!
I cant wait to get new so you can all have another peek at them!

And, I slept sooooo good last night! It felt great.....

And I am off to dreamland again tonight....so goodnight to all of you,
Tedi / THFinc
From The Horse Foundation:

UPDATE: EXTENSION GRANTED.
I now have until 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept 5th bail the horses
Thanks to all of you for your prayers .... and donations.

I finally have photos of the horses we are working to save....

Go to:
http://www.TheHorseFoundation.com/current.html



We still need $1180.00 to "bail" them, I have homes for them, along with a quarantine facility and transport arranged....this is all included in the $1180.00 that we need to bail / rescue them.

We have 3 horses in Chicago that are slaughter bound, time is running out.
They are set to be on the truck Thursday morning, I need to post their "bail" on Wednesday at the latest!
Won't you please help us rescue these beautiful horses?
Anything would help ... PLEASE HELP THEM!

1 - 4 year old dark bay ... 15.3 hands - he is sound
2 - 4 year old gray dapple ... 16 hands - sound
3 - 3 year old chestnut ... 16.2 hands - sound

Their only "crime' is that they are 2 slow, so they are
being thrown away like yesterdays newspaper.

They are all so young, I want to save them BAD.
I know the guy who grooms them, thats how I found out about them in the 1st place.

Thanks so much,
Tedi / The Horse Foundation, Inc.
donate@thehorsefoundation.com

http://www.myspace.com/thehorsefoundation
http://www.TheHorseFoundation.com
http://www.TheHorseFoundation.org
Once again I get away from the computer for awhile and the horror starts again. I was so sure that this was over!

Last US Horse Slaughter Plant to Reopen
By TARA BURGHART | Associated Press Writer
9:05 PM CDT, July 19, 2007

CHICAGO - The nation's last horse-slaughtering plant can reopen while it challenges a state law that forced it to close twice in the last two months, a federal appeals court ruled.

To read the rest http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/west/chi-horseslaughterjul20,0,6190741.story