August 1, 2013
(This first story is amazing – mankind’s attempt to restore what we almost lost. The second story is a rehash of the breaking news this week – politicians, payoffs and corruption surrounding the life of the horses. Placed together, these stories say far more about the human race than most people want to hear. In most disagreements there’s a middle ground, a place of compromise. In our relationship with the horse, we either love and respect it or use and destroy it.
On the lighter side – whatever you do, don’t tell the BLM about this baby. They will have helicopters chasing it by tomorrow afternoon, claiming that there is no water at the Smithsonian – Jerry)
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – The birth of a rare wild horse is being celebrated at the Smithsonian. The female Przewalski was born on July 27th and is the first of her kind to be born via artificial insemination.
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute say the Przewalski’s horse is considered the last wild horse on the planet and the birth is a huge breakthrough for the species.
The filly and her mother are said to be bonding and in good health.
The Przewalski’s horse is native to China and Mongolia. The species was declared extinct in the wild in 1969. There are only 1500 of them living in zoos around the world.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the United States Congress, and it is under investigation for fraudulent reporting in relation to horse welfare.
The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and theAnimal Law Coalition (ALC) announced on July 31, 2013 that they have evidence that the reports have been found to fraudulently indicate that abuse and neglect were on the rise. These reports supported funding for the reinstatement of the equine slaughter industry, and the resulting scheduled openings of multiple “for human consumption” equine slaughter plants across the U.S.
A Roswell, New Mexico based slaughter house, Valley Meat Co,. filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., against USDA officials for failing to provide inspections for horses that were intended for human consumption. This has left the town of Roswell in an uproar as many citizens oppose this business. On Tuesday, July 30, 2013 the Valley Meats plant that was preparing to open, indicated that its opening will be postponed due to claimed arson reports on its premises.
In addition, the legalization of horse slaughter, has caused an increase in horse theft as well as “kill buyers” posing as a purchaser and attempting to trick people into selling them or giving them their horse. Often these horses can be a family pet, and a family can be seeking a new home if they have fallen on difficult times.
While collecting data for equine abuse and neglect rates across the country, the EWA began discovering discrepancies. “We were looking for the correlation between various factors such as unemployment, slaughter and hay prices on a state by state basis,” explained EWA’s John Holland, “and when we looked at the Colorado data, we were reminded of its mention in the GAO report.”
The GAO report contained incorrect dates, which consequently showed an increase by 60% in Colorado alone. The report indicated that the veterinarians they surveyed, showed that abuse and neglect were rising across the country in the wake of the ruling, which closed U.S. slaughterhouses.
The EWA further states that evidence it found indicated the opposite was in fact true. Abuse and neglect were declining, even during the worst part of the economic downturn between 2008 and 2010.
The EWA filed a complaint, requesting the GAO report be withdrawn. However, the GAO refuses any requests and stands behind its report.
In addition, the very people that requested this GAO study were the same people that were responsible for the Monsanto Protection Act, which prompted a world-wide march on Monsanto in May.
The Obama Administration has asked Congress to reinstate a ban on horse slaughter. Lawmakers haven’t yet, although the appropriations committees in the House and Senate have voted to eliminate funds for inspection of horse slaughter facilities.
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