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January 13, 2017
Washington – The USDA announced today that new rules prohibiting the use of padded shoes, chains, action devices, and other methods of soring horses have become law. The rule states, in part “Amend the regulations to prohibit use of pads, substances, and action devices on horses at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions…” Horse owners have 30 days to comply after publication of the final rule to cease using all action devices, except certain boots, at shows, sales or auctions. Pads and wedges are outlawed starting Jan 1, 2018.
The Office of Management and Budget finalized their review of the proposed changes to the 1970 Horse Protection Act on January the 10th.
As previously reported, those who show and participate in Walking Horse shows stated “The USDA proposed rules will severely negatively impact every aspect of the horse community,” a worker at the Bedford Tack booth told News of the Horse. When asked if padded shoes and chains are necessary for the Walking Horse show, he replied “No comment.” Celebration Show Staff refused to comment on the proposed USDA rules, other than to say they had never heard of them.
While Animal welfare activists are celebrating the rule changes, no doubt those in the Walking Horse industry are preparing lawsuits to file against the rule changes.
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More than $20,000 raised in Washington DC in support of elephants, worldwide ivory sales ban
Friends of elephants united on October 4 – World Animal Day – across the globe.
In the U.S. capital Elephants DC, a fledging nonprofit dedicated to ending the ivory trade and advancing elephant well-being, held its first ever fundraiser, WILD for Elephants, at Studio Gallery DC following the second annual International March for Elephants to the White House.
The evening reception raised more than $20,000. Approximately $16,000 has been donated directly to field organizations in Africa dedicated to saving orphaned elephants from extinction and protecting majestic wildlife from poachers. 40 percent of the proceeds were donated to Big Life Foundation and 40 percent to The David…
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld California’s ban on foie gras, refusing to hear an appeal against the state’s kibosh on products made by “force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond a normal size,” Reuters reports.
Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is made by force-feeding corn to ducks and geese, a process that animal rights activists have described as cruel and unethical. The birds’ unnaturally enlarged livers are then harvested for high-end dining.
A Los Angeles-based restaurant group, a foie gras producer in New York, and a group of foie gras farmers in Canada had challenged the ban, calling it a violation of federal protections barring states from interfering in interstate commerce, Reuters says.
The ban was passed in 2004 but went into effect in 2012, according to the Los Angeles Times.
For years, experts have known that animal experiments are unreliable, unnecessary, and often extremely cruel. Animals are physiologically different from us, and their bodies react to chemicals differently than ours do. Because of these differences, there have been numerous products and drugs that were tested on animals, declared safe, but that then went on to cause serious illnesses and even death in people.
Animal experiments are so unreliable and cruel that certain tests have been outlawed in the European Union, Israel, and India. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulate cosmetics and household products, and neither agency requires companies to test their products on animals. Despite this, and despite the physical differences between animals and people, many companies continue to perform cruel experiments on more than 100 million animals every year.
Here are just a few types of completely…
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OR7 – dual citizen of California and Oregon (:
October 9, 2014
Even though, officially, there are no known gray wolves in California, the state extended endangered species protection to canis lupus today. This is critically important, since the USFWS plans to rubber stamp a national wolf delisting plan, removing all federal protections for wolves in the lower 48. Without state protections, wolves across the country will face tremendous risk.
Gray wolves are subjected to persecution in Montana,Idaho, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, even Washington and Oregon, where they remain listed. Wyoming wolves, until recently, could be shot on sight in 80% of the state. Last week, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, placed Wyoming wolves back on the Endangered Species List. Her ruling was the result of a lawsuit challenging the state’s faulty “wolf management” plan, specifically the predator zone, where wolves could…
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Without legal protection, innocent animals are defenseless against those who would do them harm. That’s why our laws need to represent the myriad needs of animal protection. For example, our companion animals — our beloved cats and dogs — may be harmed from abuse or neglect, hoarding, dogfighting rings, or “puppy mills,” where they are treated like disposable breeding machines. Wild animals, on the other hand, face harms like being penned, hounded, trapped, or shot. Meanwhile, exotic animals like bears, tigers, and lions are trapped in pathetically inhumane conditions at roadside zoos. All animals need the strength and consistency of protection through our legal system.
That’s why all across the nation Americans are speaking up for our nonhuman friends by signing the Animal Bill of Rights to support laws that protect animals and the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s goal is to collect one million…
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