Petition: Feds to Round Up America’s Most Iconic Wild Horse Herd… Say no!

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The Onaqui wild horses near Salt Lake City, Utah, are among the most famous and widely-photographed wild horses in the world. These horses have been protected for 48 years, but now the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning a brutal roundup and removal of 80% of these horses. Our nation would lose a priceless natural wonder, and these horses would lose their freedom and family bands forever.

Sign and share today to stop the BLM from cruelly rounding up the Onaqui wild horses.

The Onaqui horses are beloved neighbors in the Utah community, and their loss would be devastating: both to the economy — they are a popular ecotourism resource — and to the people of Utah. In fact, several of these horses have become so well-known, they’ve been given names – like the beloved “Old Man”, a 28-year-old stallion uncommonly enjoying his elder years with the herd.

The roundups are also devastatingly cruel — using helicopters to run horses and sometimes even foals (babies) for miles until they’re exhausted. Many break limbs, crash into fences and die of exhaustion. Moreover, animal loving taxpayers are unknowingly paying millions for this abuse. While proven, humane, and cost-effective management solutions already exist. In fact, the American Wild Horse Campaign has offered to work with the BLM to create and fund a proven fertility control program.

Tell the BLM to stop the roundup and removal of the Onaqui horses. We want them protected and preserved on our public lands now and for generations to come.

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SIGN: STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF AMERICA’S WILD HORSES

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Petition Target: Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen

America’s iconic wild horses are in grave danger of being sold off to meat slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada — where torture and painful death await.

U.S. Forest Service has just built its first corral for wild horses, where it is holding 260 animals rounded up from Modoc National Forest in Northern California. The horses’ fates hang in the balance as they may soon be shipped off to foreign slaughterhouses and brutally butchered for meat.

For decades, wild horses and burros have been protected by a ban on the slaughter of healthy animals or any sale that results in their harm. This is because federal law prohibits any such actions by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

But by building their own pen instead of following the usual protocol of sending the horses to BLM-operated pens, Forest Service is sidestepping the only protections that could save these animals from the kill floor.

Instead of brutally killing America’s horses, the government should enact cruelty free population control measures, such as reducing births. Better yet, they should protect the public land on which these majestic creatures roam free.

Sign the petition to urge US Forest Service not to send one single wild horse or burro to slaughter. These majestic animals must not be sent to their death.

https://ladyfreethinker.org/sign-stop-slaughter-americas-wild-horses-2/

Animal Legal Defense Fund Appeal Dismissal of Groundbreaking Lawsuit for Abused Horse

Straight from the Horse's Heart

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Lawsuit Argues Animals Have the Right to Sue Their Abusers in Court

A photo from March 2017 shows Justice, an American Quarter Horse, in Cornelius emaciated from months of little food or shelter. His owner was later convicted of animal neglect and now the horse is being represented in a lawsuit against the ex-guardian seeking damages for pain and suffering. (Animal Legal Defense Fund)

Hillsboro, Oregon – On January 22nd the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, appealed an Oregon state court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a horse named Justice against his abuser. Justice’s lawsuit seeks to recover the costs of his ongoing medical care and his pain and suffering caused by the abuse.

 Washington County Circuit Court Judge John Knowles dismissed the lawsuit in September 2018, holding that a non-human animal lacks legal standing to sue on his…

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Petition: Stop Forcing Horses To Run Through Fires – It’s Terrifying And Cruel | Take Action @ The Animal Rescue Site

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Stop Forcing Horses To Run Through Fires – It’s Terrifying And Cruel | Take Action @ The Animal Rescue Site
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No ritual or celebration is worth harming innocent horses with a senseless trial by fire.

Las Luminarias is an annual festival in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. During the nighttime event, multiple huge bonfires are lit throughout the town. The smoke is thick and engulfing, and the embers naturally spark and sail into the air. Participants douse their horses with water, and then ride them directly through the raging flames of multiple bonfires.

Ironically, the tradition is supposed to purify the horse for the coming year, preventing illness or injury. But the flying embers singe fur and skin[1], fear and pain could easily cause a horse to misstep and come to harm, and inhaling the heavy smoke can damage their lungs.

Though the mayor of San Bartolome claims that the horses “don’t suffer anything at all,” their fear is obvious from the festival photographs[1]. Even if the horses make it through the festival physically unscathed, they experience intense terror when forced to jump through the flames. That terror is ignored as the rider steers the horse to the next fire[2].

Forcing a frightened animal to leap through the flames to “protect” them for the year is a ridiculous superstition and a cruel tradition. Tell the mayor of San Bartolome to end the use of real bonfires during Las Luminarias. If they must continue this tradition, stop terrorizing the horses and use symbolic fire instead.

Sign now to protect the health and welfare of innocent horses!
The Petition:

https://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/clicktogive/ars/petition/horse-bonfires?utm_source=ars-reminder&utm_medium=email&utm_term=01142019&utm_content=ta-f&utm_campaign=left-out-in-the-cold679&oidp=0x4a568a63ec7cab2cc0a82937

To: Mayor Maria Jesus Martin Gomez:

The longstanding tradition of Las Luminarias is marred by the cruelty of riding horses through the bonfires lit throughout town. Horses are frightened by fire, and forcing them to leap through the flames is clear animal abuse.

These horses experience psychological trauma directly caused by forcing them to leap through raging bonfires. Las Luminarias needs to be changed to reflect modern times. A cruelty-free festival could easily be accomplished by simply using symbolic fire that doesn’t frighten and singe the horses. I understand the festival has taken place for 500 years, but the world has progressed, and so should the town.

Forcing a horse who is fearful of fire to leap through it for a festival, and exposing their lungs to smoke inhalation and their skin to burns from flying embers, is unacceptable. No tradition is worth harming a fellow creature. Please make the right decision and protect the welfare of the horses in your town.

Your swift action is appreciated!

Sincerely,
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Feds Begin Selling Wild Horses Captured in California for $1 Each

Straight from the Horse's Heart

as published on EcoWatch by Lorraine Chow

“The Forest Service is treating these national treasures like trash by selling them for one dollar a piece…”

About 200 horses are available for adoption and sale until Feb. 18. The fee for purchase “with limitations” has been reduced to $1 per horse, down from the original price of $25. The fee for adoption is $125.

“With limitations” includes a stipulation that prohibits using the horses for human consumption. Other requirements include appropriate transportation, adequate space and healthy accommodations for the animals, according to Ruidoso News.

The horses now up for sale and adoption are all 10 years and older. They were among the 932 mustangs that were gathered via helicopters in the territory near Alturas, California between Oct. 10 and Nov. 8.

The gathering of wild horses has prompted fierce debate about how to control populations. On the one hand, the…

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Legal Battle Continues; a herd in danger

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LLeigh_OutsideMag - 1 (13) Winter Velvet; His herd is in serious danger

(Informal short update on the legal fight against mine approval). Reading list at the bottom of the page.

This summer many of you remember the way we found out about the Canadian Fiore Gold project? It was a bit of a shock after BLM announced an “emergency” that would afford absolutely no transparency of the removal of wild horses in a subset population of Pancake.

We had to engage legally to simply be able to observe wild horses held at temporary, that BLM placed on reservation land (always makes me suspicious and can often indicate some other project where a bit of “cash in pocket” can create a more conducive climate for agreements). Then BLM cancelled the operation and was supposed to notify if it resumed. BLM did not notify. BLM did not create a tour of the Broken Arrow (Indian Lakes)…

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Urge New York City To Pass Legislation After Yet Another Horse Collapses While Pulling A Carriage – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
November 28, 2018
Photo from NYCLASS

Another horse became the latest victim of the cruelty endured by animals that are forced to work and pull carriages in NYC.
The heartbreaking incident took place yesterday when a distressed horse fell on a busy downtown street in New York City while pulling a carriage. This incident has animal advocates around the world outraged.

“We strongly urge the Health Department to investigate the condition of this horse, and make sure that he or she is not put back out on the streets,” Edita Birnkrant, executive director of NYCLASS, said in a statement, further explaining that a witness sent the nonprofit a video and photos of the horse while the driver and others were ‘pulling and dragging’ it for several minutes. “This latest incident highlights the desperate need for reform legislation to be passed as soon as possible by the City Council.”
As per the organization, the exploitation of these carriage horses includes being forced to work through brutal conditions during snowstorms, torrential downpour, and heatwaves.
Birnkrant also pointed to the death of two horses last month who died of colic in their tiny stables where they lacked any access to pasture or turnout areas as another indicator of the need to pass legislation to help other animals who are tragically kept in unacceptable conditions.
NYCLASS, which stands for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets, was founded a decade ago to save NYC carriage horses, enact animal rights legislation into law, and elect pro-animal candidates to office.
Currently, the nonprofit organization is working on a new bill that will keep carriage horses out of the chaotic Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Lincoln Square. It will also guarantee them a safe retirement, increase stall sizes, and many other commonsense reforms that will drastically improve their conditions.
If you live in the five boroughs of NYC, please call your council member today and urge them to support the new NYCLASS bill. A list of relevant council members is available here…

https://worldanimalnews.com/urge-new-york-city-to-pass-legislation-after-another-horse-collapses-while-pulling-a-carriage-in-nyc/

 

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Breaking News-Why Has The Ontario SPCA Announced A Plan To Stop Investigations Of Animal Cruelty Involving Horses & Farm Animals? – World Animal News

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By Lauren Lewis –
November 2, 2018

There seems to be confusion and controversy brewing around the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA).
Per the Canadian Press Service, the local animal welfare agency has stated that it needs to restructure, beginning with stopping investigations into animal cruelty cases involving farm animals and horses.
Lack of funding and years of financial losses are reportedly the reasons for OSPCA’s controversial need to restructure.
The organization wants to shift the investigations to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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The government, which reportedly pays the OSPCA $5.75 million each year to handle all animal welfare issues, was not aware of the change that some insiders are calling “immanent.”
Under their current agreement, OSPCA is responsible for maintaining “a call center to respond to animal cruelty tips, a major case team to investigate complex cases, a registry of zoos and aquariums and specialists to investigate those facilities.”
OSPCA is also tasked with maintaining animal cruelty coverage of First Nations, an indigenous American Indian community in Canada, as well as Northern Ontario.
The OSPCA Act also gives the OSPCA officers the power to impose legal charges for both provincial offences and animal cruelty charges, as well as the authority to “inspect premises where animals are kept for the purposes of exhibit, entertainment, boarding, hire or sale.”

WAN contacted Melissa Kosowan of the OSPCA communications department to try to gain some clarity on the situation.
Kosowan sent WAN the following official statement:
“The Ontario SPCA would like to assure the public that we continue to investigate animal welfare concerns relating to livestock and horses.
In addition to the charitable programs the Society provides for the welfare of animals, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is under contract by the Province of Ontario to enforce provincial animal welfare legislation. The Society is here to serve animals and we want to do what’s in their best interest. To do that, we need to consider adjustments to provide the best possible protection of animals within funding provided by the Government of Ontario.10454231_10153233439816648_2952583822718898039_o-632x420230748713.jpg

One consideration includes restructuring our role in cases that occur with large animals in rural areas. Our hope is to become a supporting agency to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to provide urgent and ongoing care to animals while Ministry personnel focus on enforcing government legislation.
As these discussions have yet to occur, we cannot provide additional details at this time. However, the Ontario SPCA has always been a resource for animals across the province; this restructuring will identify ways animals can be better supported within the resources provided by the government.”
Meanwhile, as per CBC News, Ottawa police said in a statement that “officers have the authority to investigate animal cruelty complaints and lay charges, but would not address whether officers have the proper training to investigate those complaints.”
“Investigating abuses of livestock is specialized and it’s unlikely most police forces across the province have that type of training,” Ottawa Humane Society executive director Bruce Roney told the media outlet. “Police certainly have their hands full with human crimes and always in that situation, we’re worried that crimes against animals will be given a low priority.”
While Roney has had his own issues with the OSPCA taking away the Ottawa Humane Society’s powers to investigate animal cruelty in 2016, his current concerns regarding this situation seem to be valid.

https://worldanimalnews.com/why-has-the-ontario-spca-announced-plan-to-stop-investigations-of-animal-cruelty-involving-horses-farm-animals/

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Stop Terrorizing Animals at Drunken Horse Festival

Horses are whipped, kicked and terrorized at the “Drunken Horse Festival” in Japan. Horses should not have to suffer for such a barbaric tradition. Sign this petition to demand an end to the Drunken Horse Festival.

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Petition · Stop the Government’s Brutal Treatment of America’s Wild Horses · Change.org

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Petition · Stop the Government’s Brutal Treatment of America’s Wild Horses · Change.org
American Wild Horse Campaign started this petition to President of the United States and 5 others
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In Wyoming’s Red Desert, a tiny wild horse foal flees a menacing helicopter chasing him. The little colt tries as hard as he can to catch up to his mother, just yards ahead of him. But finally he stops, unable to go farther. His mother turns around to look for her foal, then bravely defies the helicopter to run back to him. When the wranglers come after her on horseback with ropes, she charges them, trying desperately to save her baby. Finally, they rope her and drag her in to the trap, then bring in her exhausted foal. The foal photographed later in a holding pen lying lifelessly on the ground. By the next morning, he’s dead.

This tiny colt is the third foal run to death in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundup underway right now in Wyoming. So far, over 1,000 wild horses have been captured and permanently removed from our public lands. They will never know freedom or see their families again.

Most Americans have no clue what’s happening at the hands of our government and paid for by our tax dollars. Worst of all, it’s totally unnecessary. The Red Desert wild horses being rounded up today aren’t starving or overpopulating… they are in extremely healthy condition, some are even fat!

The sad truth is that these iconic American mustangs are being run off our public lands to make room commercial livestock grazing that is subsidized by our tax dollars, even though it provides less than 2 percent of America’s beef supply. There’s a way to manage our wild horses and burros of the American West and this is not it. Please speak up today.

https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-government-s-brutal-treatment-of-america-s-wild-horses

Petition: New York City’s Carriage Horses Suffer Under the Scorching Sun

by: Care2 Team
recipient: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

31,103 SUPPORTERS – 35,000 GOAL

The city of New York has been experiencing a heatwave in recent weeks. So much so that the city took the rare step of issuing a heat advisory, warning New Yorkers of the dangers of the scorching hot summer sun and providing tips on how to avoid overheating.

But while the two-legged residents can decide whether or not they want to brave the heat, many of NYC’s four-legged citizens don’t have that luxury.

Earlier this month, video of an NYC carriage horse suffering under the blazing sun went viral. As One Green Planet says in the video “the poor horse is tense, breathing heavily, and almost looks as if he may collapse at any moment.”

What’s worse is that the video was taken early in the morning, before 10 am, meaning that the horse likely had to work for several more hours and it wasn’t even the hottest part of the day yet.

Indeed the heat advisory recommended that, on hot days, people should work out before 7 am and walk their pets in the early mornings or late evenings. Unfortunately, this horse’s owner ignored the message.

Sadly, NYC is one of many American cities that still allow the wholly unnecessary and completely inhumane practice of horse carriage rides to persist in spite of protests. Throughout the country, from Charlotte to Cleveland, horses are forced to pull tourists — sometimes through harsh weather like the recent heat wave in NYC — all the while unaware the real cost to the horse.

This practice needs to end today. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio should take action now and end this antiquated industry. Sign the petition and say no more carriage cruelty.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/562/432/435/

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Breaking! Colorado State University Withdraws From Plan With BLM To Conduct Surgical Sterilization Experiments On Wild Horses – World Animal News

By WAN –
August 9, 2018

Following substantial public outcry, Colorado State University (CSU) announced yesterday that it was withdrawing from a joint plan with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct surgical sterilization experiments on wild horses.
More than 10,000 citizens, including numerous equine veterinarians, joined the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), and other humane and horse advocacy organizations in opposing the proposed mare sterilization research.
The withdrawal of CSU from the experiments strikes a major blow to the BLM’s plan to round up by helicopter all wild horses in the Warm Springs Herd Management Area, and then force 100 of the captured mares to undergo ovariectomies via colpotomy—a particularly dangerous surgical procedure in which a mare’s ovaries are severed and pulled out while the animal remains conscious.
Since the wild horses cannot be handled, they would not be provided with the required post-operative care, including restricted movement, adequate pain relief, and antibiotic treatment for infections. Shockingly, part of the stated experimental goal is to quantify how many pregnant mares would abort foals as a result of the procedure.
“CSU made the right decision to listen to veterinarians and the public and dissociate itself from these inhumane and barbaric wild horse sterilization experiments,” Brieanah Schwartz, AWHC government relations and policy council said in a statement. “There is a way to manage wild horses and removing the ovaries of wild mares is not it. It’s time for the BLM to stop wasting tax dollars and start following the advice of the National Academy of Sciences to manage horses humanely on the range using the proven PZP birth control vaccine.”
In 2016, the BLM proposed similar mare sterilization experiments in conjunction with Oregon State University, but canceled them after massive public opposition and a lawsuit filed by AWHC and The Cloud Foundation. This summer, the agency revived the proposal, partnering with CSU.
Last week, AWHC and AWI submitted extensive comments outlining the numerous ethical, constitutional, legal, and scientific problems with the new proposal. The groups notified the agency that they would pursue legal action if necessary to halt the experiments and protect these animals from abuse.
“We commend Colorado State University for reconsidering the decision to work with the BLM on this bizarre and barbaric plan that would subject wild horses to risky, inhumane and unnecessary sterilization surgeries,” said Dr. Joanna Grossman, AWI’s equine program manager. “Advocates across the country made it abundantly clear that using federally protected wild horses as test subjects is ethically and legally unjustifiable. Our hope is that the BLM will recognize that any effort to ovariectomize wild mares is toxic and must not move forward.”
AWI and AWHC are urging the BLM to permanently drop plans to conduct the ovariectomy via colpotomy procedure on wild mares.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-colorado-state-university-withdraws-from-plan-with-blm-to-conduct-surgical-sterilization-experiments-on-wild-horses/

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Petition: Stop Starving the Oostvaardersplassen Animals!

by: Margherita B
recipient: State Forestry Service, Oostvaardersplassen Park

29,033 SUPPORTERS – 30,000 GOAL

Oostvaardersplassen is a 56 square km park in The Netherlands that is home to an array of animals, including red deer, an ancient breed of cattle and wild horses. Those who run it have opted for a natural management, which basically means that nature is allowed to take its course. However, there are no predators and the only thing that limits population growth is food – being fenced in, the large herbivores have eaten all they can and in recent months they have been starving to death.

Activists are trying to feed them anyway, risking jail sentences and heavy fines, by throwing bales of hay over the fence: they can’t bear to see the emaciated horses dying before their eyes.

We believe that if Oostvaardersplassen park must mimic nature, then all variables should be provided: predators and the possibility to migrate in search of food. Seeing as this isn’t possible, the animals present should be treated ethically and either culled or be fed. Not allowed to die of starvation!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/519/509/913/

 

Petition: This Horse Camp Let Kids Paint on This Rescue Pony!

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Hípica de Brasília

55,547 SUPPORTERS – 60,000 GOAL
An equestrain camp in Brazil allowed children to color and paint all over a poor horse. Apparently they thought it would be a fun and cute idea to encourage interaction between the children and the horse. It’s not fun or cute. It’s gross.

Sign the petition to demand the camp ends the “activity” of kids coloring on animals.

When teaching kids about animals, it’s so important to teach them that they are living beings who deserve respect and good treatment. Coloring all over them does not send that message. Not to mention the horse must have been so stressed out with the kids doing this.

The camp clarified that the pigments used were non-toxic, which is great. But letting kids color a horse still sends the wrong message.

If the camp wants to expose kids to horses, great! They could teach the kids to brush the horses, ride them and feed them. They could teach the kids that horses take care and love and responsibility. Not that they are play objects like a piece of paper.

Please sign on to the petition to demand the camp ends this horrible activity!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/460/889/695/this-camp-lets-kids-paint-all-over-ponies/?TAP=1732

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Horses Reportedly Forced to Eat Dirt and Wood to Survive Deserve Justice

Two horses allegedly died of starvation in an unfortunate case of animal cruelty. One surviving horse reportedly ingested large amounts of dirt and wood due to overwhelming hunger. Demand justice for these poor horses.

Source: Horses Reportedly Forced to Eat Dirt and Wood to Survive Deserve Justice

Breaking! After More Than 150 Years, Montreal Bans Horse-Drawn Carriages; New By-Law To Be Enacted On December 31, 2019 – World Animal News

By WAN –
June 15, 2018

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The City of Montreal has announced the adoption of a by-law prohibiting the use of horse-drawn carriages on its territory.
Unfortunately, the new by-law will not come into effect until December 31, 2019.
“The Montreal SPCA has been fighting against the use of horses downtown for nearly 150 years,” attorney Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA, which congratulated Mayor Valérie Plante and Projet Montreal for adopting this long-awaited measure, said in a statement. “The end of this industry represents an important victory for our organization and demonstrates just how much our relationship with animals is evolving.”
Carriage horses are often forced to work nine or more hours per day, seven days a week, are subject to potential collisions with vehicles, loud noises that can spook them and also endanger humans in their vicinity, extreme temperatures and years of walking on unnaturally hard surfaces, which often causes lameness.

The phase-out period would allow the City of Montreal to work with horse owners, the Montreal SPCA, and horse rescues and sanctuaries to place all the horses in homes adapted to their needs, where they will be able to live out a peaceful retirement.
“The Montreal SPCA already has a solid network of foster homes and horse rescues and would be more than willing to help with proper placement of the City’s carriage horses, as we have already done for some individuals in the past,” said Elise Desaulniers, Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA. “We hope to have the opportunity to work with the city and rescue groups to place these horses with loving and attentive caretakers.”
By putting an end to this antiquated and inhumane industry, Montreal will be following the lead of several other world-class cities, such as London, Paris, Beijing, and Toronto.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-after-more-than-150-years-montreal-bans-horse-drawn-carriages-new-by-law-to-be-enacted-on-december-31-2019/

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Petition · Fort Worth City Council: Horse Drawn Carriage Regulations in Fort Worth to Protect Horses in Temperature Extremes · Change.org

Brandi Cole started this petition to Fort Worth City Council

I witnessed obvious animal cruelty in Fort Worth on June 2, 2018, at a popular tourist destination. It was 102 degrees with a heat index of 113 and there was a heat advisory. There were horses pulling carts full of tourists with no immediate access to water or adequate shade. The horses were not rested between tours, as far as I could tell. They were overheated, exhausted, and overworked. Fort Worth currently does not have any rules that protect the horses during temperature extremes.

Obviously, we have very hot summers in North Texas. I want to ensure that the working animals (specifically horses pulling carriages) are treated humanely at all times but especially during temperature extremes. Several cities have recently placed regulations on the horse carriages including San Antonio, Charleston SC, Savannah GA, New York City, and Chicago.

I’m not opposed to working animals and I’m not asking to have the carts banned indefinitely; I am respectfully requesting that the City of Fort Worth enact regulations to ensure working horses (and all animals) are treated humanely at all times.

Fort Worth (and other North Texas cities) need regulations regarding temperature extremes immediately. At the very least, animals need immediate access to water at all times, adequate shade, and mandatory rest between tours.

Let’s follow Savannah Georgia’s example and put policies in place to protect carriage horses in extreme weather.

https://www.change.org/p/fort-worth-city-council-horse-drawn-carriage-regulations-in-fort-worth-to-protect-horses-in-temperature-extremes?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13250402&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAP5TygAAAAAAWx7WJw1FH7Q5ZmZmYzU0Yg%3D%3D

Petition: Demand Justice for Horses Starved to Death

by: Michael Taylor

151,900 SUPPORTERS – 160,000 GOAL

The pain of starvation is horrific. It is a prolonged suffering where death comes slowly with a myriad of painful symptoms throughout each stage of physical deterioration.

Starvation is terrible, but to be starved out of apathy is morally abhorrent. For 169 horses at the army unit in South Africa, the nightmare of starvation was only too real.

Sign the petition to demand the people responsible for this crime against living creatures are brought to justice.

An initial loss of body fat is followed by muscle loss and atrophy and, ultimately, organ failure. In long-term starvation, degeneration of the liver, cardiac changes, anaemia, and skin lesions may develop. The brain, which relies on chemical signals to function properly, begins to deteriorate, along with the heart and other muscles. A coma follows soon after, and then death.

The horses had no food, and had nothing to eat except soil and their own faeces. Food was only provided to the horses after the NSPCA forced the army unit into taking emergency action to secure adequate feed for the animals.

Starvation wreaks havoc on an animal, and to put an animal through something that terrible is unquestionably evil, especially when you have the means to feed them, but just decide not to. Such was the state of these horses that twenty-five had to be euthanised, the others healthy enough to be relocated to another facility.

The NSPCA said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the SANDF in 2016 regarding the care of animals, but that the army had continually reneged on the agreement, showing that they are incapable of looking after animals, and should not be entrusted with any.

General Solly Zacharia Shoke, the men under your command have shown they are incapable of looking after animals, and despite an agreement with the NSPCA your men have consistently failed to provide adequate care for these horses. Now twenty-five are dead, and the others will never be the same.

We demand criminal charges be brought against those responsible. This is cruelty at its worst and we will not allow this to go unpunished. Sign this petition with me and let’s make sure this cruelty does not go unnoticed or unpunished.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/357/770/211/we-demand-criminal-charges-against-those-responsible-for-starving-horses-to-death/?TAP=1724

 

Trainers: Stop Hurting Horses For Show Tricks! – The Animal Rescue Site

Goal: 30,000 • Progress: 21,07

Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

It’s a sad fact that for many horse trainers, torturous practices like soring are part of the job.

Horse soring involves whipping, burning, shocking, or otherwise irritating a horse’s forelegs to get the animal to step higher when presenting in shows and auctions. Other horse trainers shove weights or shims between the hoof and the shoe. Some do both, while wrapping heavy chains around their horse’s caustic chemical coated legs.

The barbaric practice has been condemned by government agencies as well as animal activists alike. And while the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been historically responsible for overseeing horse training operations at a federal level, and fining those found guilty of horse soring under the Horse Protection Act, recent decrees from the Trump Administration have severely restricted the Act’s efficacy.

A strengthened Horse Protection Act was scheduled to be put into the Federal Register in January 2016, but a White House order on President Donald Trump’s first day in office brought it and many other regulations back for review.

Through interviews with convicted horse abuser Barney Davis, the Humane Society has helped to expose the horrific popularity of soring among horse trainers. “Every trainer sores horses,” said Davis, who pled guilty to violating the Horse Protection Act on several counts in 2016. “You have to, to get them to walk…you’re not going to win if you don’t sore [horses].” Davis not only recounted the gruesome truth about soring — bloody forelegs and horses wailing in pain — he also indicated that judges and inspectors at many horse exhibitions are paid to look the other way.

There is no excuse for horse soring to continue in the United States. The federal government and law enforcement has the authority to end this practice and protect our horses.

Sign below and tell the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that the Horse Protection Act needs to be strengthened and enforced.

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Breaking! NSPCA “Horrified” To Find Hundreds Of Horses Starving To Death On South African Military Base – World Animal News

Breaking! NSPCA “Horrified” To Find Hundreds Of Horses Starving To Death On South African Military Base
By Lauren Lewis – May 8, 2018

Inspectors from the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) were horrified to discover that horses in the care of the South African Army Special Infantry Capability (SAASIC) unit of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) were starving to death.
According to a statement released by the organization and a post on its Facebook page yesterday, “25 horses on the army base were in such emaciated condition or compromised state of health that to prevent further suffering they had to be euthanized.

In 2013, the SANDF and NSPCA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which was formally signed in May 2016, but the SANDF has continually reneged on the agreement, particularly the SAASIC Unit, with regards to their responsibilities to adequately care for the animals in their control.
Their failure to secure suitably qualified personnel or adequate facilities, combined with a non-empathetic infrastructure that has repeatedly failed the animals in their care, has resulted in a complete breakdown in the welfare conditions afforded to the horses.
The main herd had no food, the horses had no other option but to eat soil and their own feces. Food was only provided to the horses after the NSPCA forced the SAASIC unit into taking emergency action to secure adequate feed for the animals due to process restrictions.
Further investigations revealed that prior to this inspection, the Military Veterinary Institute (MVI) had to step in and euthanize starving horses and treat others as a result of ongoing neglect.
A further 169 horses are currently being kept on the Potchefstroom property in the North West Province which is overstocked, has inadequate shelter, and is a hazardous environment for these animals.
The NSPCA will be laying criminal charges against the persons responsible for the suffering of these horses.
The NSPCA is an organization which struggles with funding and receives no assistance from the government, we rely on the public to continue the much-needed work that we do. The NSPCA will need to continually check on the remaining horses to ensure that they are being adequately cared for. This is a huge strain on already scarce resources that come from the generous public – these resources should not have to be spent on ensuring that the government upholds the law.
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Petition: Justice for Cindy – Find the Abuser Who Threw Acid in Her Face!

by: Care2 Team
target: Clowne, Derbyshire Constabulary

131,231 SUPPORTERS
140,000 GOAL
Why did someone throw acid in an Cindy the horse’s face? That is the question officials in Clowne, Derbyshire, United Kingdom are trying to answer after rescuers found her dumped on the side of the road. According to one animal rescuer, the poor 8-month-old foal had the “worst acid burns” they had ever seen, leaving her with skin peeling off her face and head.

“The injuries sustained by this poor horse are absolutely appalling…”

At the moment no one knows who committed this act of cruelty against Cindy, but what is known is that the person or persons isn’t just a danger to animals, but to people as well. There are plenty of studies that show an irrefutable link between violence against animals and and violence against people. Many of the world’s most heinous violent criminals got their start torturing or killing animals.

We must demand that animal abusers like Cindy’s attacker are taken off the streets.

Please sign the petition and let’s ask Clowne officials to do all they can to find Cindy’s abuser and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

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Stop Competitive Horse Fights Where Rape is the Trophy in Philippines

Horses are subjected to bloody, barbaric cruelty in fights known as “derbies” in the Philippines, in which males are made to fight to the death and females are raped as the ‘prize.’ Fifteen horses die in these fights every year, and despite the best efforts of animal rights groups, the fights continue. Sign this petition to put a stop to this horrific violence in the Philippines.

Source: Stop Competitive Horse Fights Where Rape is the Trophy in Philippines

Oppose Trump’s BLM Plan Using Mass Sterilization & Slaughter to Manage Horse Population · Change.org

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Petition Opposing BLM’s Extinction of Wild Horses & Land Decimation

Join The Movement – American’s Against BLM Plan Threatening Wild Horses And Public Lands

Cana Foundation calls upon citizens, animal and environmental advocates to sign petition opposing any BLM Plans that threaten wild horses with extinction and give preferential treatment to public lands livestock grazing over the sustainability of our environment.

The BLM plan includes mass sterilization, sale without limitations and even slaughter to curb an exaggerated over population issue instead of using more creative and less costly programs such as REWILDING America’s Wild Horses onto available lands. This devastating plan places our Wild Horse Nation further at risk and continues to give preferential treatment to public lands livestock grazing over the wellbeing and stability of our wildlife & environment.

Our Horses & Habitats Need Your Help!

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Tourism-Fuelled Animal Abuse on the Gili Islands

Backpackers, honeymooners, and other tourists visit Indonesia’s Gili Islands to bathe in the blue seas and relax under palm trees, yet this idyllic resort has a dark, ugly side: more than 500 small, exhausted horses are forced to cart heavy loads of tourists and supplies around the islands every day.Whipped and Beaten

 

According to local animal advocates, the horses are badly neglected and often mercilessly beaten as they are literally worked to death.

Thirsty and Exhausted

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Despite the sweltering heat, they’re rarely given water to drink, relief from their harnesses, or the opportunity to rest – and they’re worked long into the night, until the last tourists have left the bars.

Gili Carriage Horse Support Network (GCHSN), a local group working to end the exploitation, has stated that, in some cases, the equipment isn’t removed when the shift is over, so the horses are strapped to carriages all day and all night.

Although horses’ average life expectancy is 25 to 30 years, those on the Gili Islands typically live a mere one to three years.

An Endless Cycle

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Local people and welfare groups such as GCHSN are trying desperately to end this misery, but until tourists speak out and refuse to pay for rides, the horses’ exploitation and suffering will continue.

What Can You Do?

If you’re travelling to the Gili Islands, please refuse to take carriage rides, and remember to leave reviews highlighting the cruelty on a variety of travel websites. When tourists stop contributing to this cycle of abuse, authorities will be forced to replace horse-drawn carriages with alternative means of transport.

Please also let your friends and family know about the plight of these horses – the more people who know, the better our chances of ending the cruelty.

https://www.peta.org.uk/blog/gili-islands-horses/?utm_campaign=ENT%20bali%2018horses&utm_source=ENews%20Email&utm_medium=Promo

RIP Lilbitluso: Horse Dies on First Day of Grand National Festival

The 10-year-old gelding was euthanised after falling at the Canal Turn fence.

Source: RIP Lilbitluso: Horse Dies on First Day of Grand National Festival

Petition · Ban Cruel Horse-drawn Carriage Rides in Birmingham · Change.org

Ban Cruel Horse-drawn Carriage Rides in Birmingham
John F started this petition to Mayor Woodfin and 10 others

Birmingham should be a city of compassion instead of abuse which can be achieved by banning horse-drawn carriage rides.

Horse-drawn carriages are cruel to horses by forcing them to pull oversized loads, constantly breathe in noxious exhaust fumes and suffer from serious hoof ailments due to walking on hard pavement past the point of exhaustion – no matter how hot the weather is.

Horse-drawn carriages are a disgraceful exploitation that does not represent the wholesome and progressive image of Birmingham.

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Petition update · ANIMAL MISTREATMENT

Apr 18, 2018 — Please Click Here To Sign This Petition:

https://www.change.org/p/bill-cantrell-jeffrey-howard-eliminate-all-two-year-old-tennessee-walking-horse-classes-big-lick

The Tennessee Walking Horse is the ONLY equine breed in the World which shows TWO YEAR OLDS wearing approximately EIGHT POUND SHOES with CHAINS hitting the sensitive skin above the horse’s front hooves.

We have over 25,000 signatures supporting the end of this.

Let’s get to 50,000 signatures!!!

Please Sign and Share With Everyone You Know.

Here is the “Story of CCABLAC, “WE, The People”, (Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty … Speaking FOR “The Horses”

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Petition: Demand the maximum sentence for the one who left 70 horses to starve on top of a mountain

by: Jasmina Tzvetanova
target: https://ec.europa.eu/anti-fraud/home_en; http://www.babh.government.bg/en/; http://www.justice.government.bg/; http://www.vss.justice.bg/en/page/view/2068; dfz@dfz.bg; https://www.prb.bg/en; http://www.nij.bg/Default.aspx?lang=en-US; http://kjustendil.cou
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33,002 SUPPORTERS
35,000 GOAL

This man has decided to keep horses. Applied for European funding and received it. Yet he abandoned them on a high mountain, in 5 feet of snow, with no food or shelter, at least a couple of months ago.

According to the volunteers who managed to reach the place on motor sleds yesterday, it was a mournful sight. At least 40 of the horses were dead, the rest bearly alive, buried in the snow, with eyes pecked out by birds of prey, and worse; not able to stand up or chew the food that was brought to them.

There is an Animal Protection Act here in Bulgaria. The maximum penalty in it is 3 years imprisonment. However, the local courts are extremely lenient towards animal abusers. There have only been a couple of mild sentences for the past 7 years since animal abuse was classified as felony. Despite the fact that this type of crime is widely spread! 😦

My friends and I are going to make sure that charges are pressed but fear that it will result in just another slap on the wrist. And this is neither just nor acceptable. Sign and share, please! Your help is highly appreciated!

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/297/960/016/demand-a-harsh-sentence-for-the-person-who-left-70-horses-to-starve-on-top-of-a-mountain/?TAP=1724

Update #33 days ago
Friends of the Horses, I don’t have good news today. Apparently, the government agency in charge of animal welfare, http://www.babh.government.bg/en/, refuses to seize the surviving horses. For lack of setting they say. Lack of common sense whatsoever I’d say, as volunteers and activists offer their help to organize both transport and shelter. What will happen to the horses when the perpetrator goes to prison! Please, keep sharing this cause! Change will have to happen!
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Update #26 days ago
2000 signatures and counting! Thank you all! An investigation is taking place. Though rumour has it that a prison sentence is not guaranteed. Please spend another minute and share our cause again. This petition may turn out to be the key to justice being served in this outrageous case.
Best Regards, Jasmina
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Update #19 days ago
Thank you, kindred spirits from all over the world. ❤ For your time, for your care and for your support! We reached more than 1000 signatures in 24 hours. What a great response! Please keep sharing our cause! We will not let this criminal slip through the system! Best Regards, Jasmina

Petition: Demand Edmonton Airport stops supporting the shipment of horses to Japan for slaughter.

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by: Voice For Animals
target: Tom Ruth – EIA President and CEO, Traci Bednard – VPMarket Development, Myron Keehn – VP Commercial Development, Rob Malli – Strategy/Financial Officer, Maureen McCaw – Board of Directors Chair, Norm Richard – Director of Air Service Developmen
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100,000 GOAL

Insist that Edmonton stop allowing live horse shipments out of Edmonton International Airport EIA. They must make the ethical choice to not support live export!

Edmonton Airport supports this industry by allowing Korean Airlines and other live shippers such as Nippon Air and Atlas Air to operate out of it’s facility. Edmonton Airport is complicit in this violent and unsavoury industry by making money from the take off and landing fees paid by these air cargo companies and airlines.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition has been working to expose the horse slaughter industry and the live shipment of horses to Japan from Canada. Work by animal advocates and investigators have been helpful in exposing this practice which is abhorrent and not supported by the majority of Canadians and other countries around the world.

It has been revealed that the shipments occur out of Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg International Airports. What has also been revealed is the lack of adherence to shipping regulations put forth by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Images and video footage captured at Calgary and Edmonton Airports fully support the allegations of non-compliance. Horses overcrowded in crates, crates that are often too small for the height of the horses and lack of food and water for many hours. The horses are permitted to be denied food and water for up to 36 hours within Canada and the time begins when they are loaded at the feed lot. Horses spend many hours in transit by truck and then in crates at the airport waiting to be loaded and then being loaded into the aircraft; shipments happen in all kinds of weather. Unfortunately, the Canadian regulations cease to be in effect when the horses leave Canada. Their confinement and lack of food and water can continue for much longer than the prescribed 36 hours as they face at least another 10 to 13 1/2 hours of flight time and add to that, ground transfer time in Japan.

The Canadian government continues to do nothing about the infractions and is actually working to remove the regulations that have been put in place to protect these horses.

Since horse slaughter is unfunded in the U.S.A. and has essentially ended there, horses from the racing, rodeo and pet trade as well as feral horses who have been sent to auction are purchased by kill buyers who ship them to Canada for the meat and live export trade. Canadian horses are also exploited and slaughtered in this industry. This is a lucrative, secretive industry worth upwards of 80 million dollars in Canada.

Buyers in Japan purchase the animals, strongly preferring draft horses for a delicacy called basashi, thinly sliced raw horsemeat, eaten like sashimi. Our horses are being turned into a food fetish.

Insist that Edmonton stop allowing live horse shipments out of Edmonton International Airport EIA. They must make the ethical choice to not support live export!

Targets -Tom Ruth – EIA President and CEO, Traci Bednard – VPMarket Development, Myron Keehn – VP Commercial Development, Rob Malli – Strategy/Financial Officer, Maureen McCaw – Board of Directors Chair, Norm Richard – Director of Air Service Development, Alex Lowe – Mgr of Cargo Business Development.

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Yesterday, On National Horse Protection Day, 60 Wild Horses’ Lives Were Spared From Being Hunted At Navajo Nation In AZ – World Animal News

http://worldanimalnews.com/yesterday-national-horse-protection-day-60-wild-horses-lives-spared-hunter-navajo-nation-az/

By Lauren Lewis –
March 2, 2018
Last week, the lives of up to 60 wild horses in Arizona were threatened by a hunt to kill the “excess” feral animals in a local trophy hunting area.
Fortunately, on March 1st, which was National Horse Protection Day, the planned massacre was canceled and the horses are safe for now.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye acknowledged on Tuesday that while the growing population of feral horses on the Navajo Nation is a problem that has to be addressed, he determined it would not be resolved with a wild horse hunt.
“We understand the concerns of the people,” President Begaye said in a statement that was in part a response to the outrage expressed by animal advocates. “We know the issue of horses is an emotional one with strong feelings on all sides. My administration will not condone a horse hunt for controlling the overpopulation of feral horses. But we do need to implement a management plan to preserve and protect Navajo land for future generations.”
The president’s statement comes on the heels of a 2018 Horse Hunt Proclamation issued last week by the Navajo Department of Fish and Wildlife (DNR). Since that proclamation has been rescinded and the hunt will no longer take place, Fish and Wildlife now are working to pursue alternate methods of feral horse management.
Sadly, some of their alternative approaches such as trapping, castration and birth control, sill equate to inhumane methods to many animal advocates. Adoptions of the feral horses is a much more welcome plan.
“All of these methods, together, will address the problem of overpopulation that is causing extensive damage to our ecosystems,” President Begaye said. “If we don’t take action now, the overgrazing will have major impacts on drought conditions that we anticipate in both the short and long-term.”
The Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management on Monday approved a new State of Emergency Drought Declaration. The commission is anticipating large-scale drought conditions this summer, which will create a critical shortage of water and range feed for livestock, resulting in the poor physical condition of livestock and an increase in disease.

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