Horse Advocates Fight Federal Government


August 26, 2013

Why has it been left to the equine rescue community to represent the will of the people against a government that supports the interest of foreign meat companies? The demand for horsemeat in foreign countries is the sole reason for horse slaughter, yet the financial burden of defending the horses in court comes only from advocates who oppose their slaughter. Doesn’t make sense, does it? 

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Federal Government Wants to Skip Preliminaries in Horse Slaughter Challenge


navarro4Government attorneys representing USDA’s top three food safety officials say it’s time to end the court battle that has temporarily banned horse slaughter in the U.S. They’ve asked the U.S. District Court in New Mexico to move immediately to an expedited hearing and ruling on the merits of the case.This would eliminate the next step that had been anticipated in the case – a hearing on whether to grant the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction. They had already won a temporary restraining order.And, in another motion, Robert G. Dreher, acting assistant U.S. attorney general, has asked the court for permission to file a so-called “surreply” to respond “to Plaintiff’s numerous accusations that Federal Defendants and the United States have acted in bad faith in opposing Plaintiffs’ motion to modify the temporary restraining order and objections to Magistrate Judge Scott’s imposition of a bond requirement ….”

In his request, Dreher cites a dozen specific instances where the plaintiffs, led by the Humane Society of the United States, made accusations that he claims are “unfounded and untrue, and easily refuted. In one, the Plaintiff’s say the U.S. hopes to divert funds from ‘important animal rescue and sheltering’ and ‘other public interest cases challenging federal agency abuses.’ CONTINUED… Read more at The Food Safety News

National groups join effort to spare N.D. wild horses from slaughter

Patrick Springer, Forum News Service, Grand Forks Herald 

FARGO – National organizations working to save mustangs are lending a hand to find caring homes for wild horses that will be rounded up at North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park and sold at auction.

The Cloud Foundation and Legacy Mustang Preservation are two groups that are joining forces in an effort called Operation Badlands Mustang Rescue, made up of volunteers who have been spreading the word of the Sept. 28 auction of more than 100 park horses in a campaign to spare them from slaughter.

“We’re just trying to provide the safety net so none of these animals get bought by the kill buyers,” Ginger Kathrens, executive director of The Cloud Foundation, said Friday.

In partnership with the affiliated Legacy Mustang Preservation organization, the groups have pledged to buy as many as 24 of the horses, if no other private owners step forward, to save them from being sent to a slaughterhouse. CONTINUED… Read more at The Grand Forks Herald


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Sue

    I’m sure Teddy R. would be totally pissed and sign an Executive Order stopping these unnecessary round ups!

    August 26, 2013
  • Jan Schultz

    It should be obvious. The fact that USFS, BLM, tribes – any entity with open range and horses on it are not managing the populations except to round them up, brutally, and sell them at auction. Why else would slaughter be an option still? The government wants it, they cannot manage the horses to keep the numbers in check. Despicable of them really. For as many citations they hand out for this and that. Of course, civil servants are not accountable for their actions and they know it. Look at the proposed euthanization of an entire population of desert tortoises by USFS because they have “run out of money.” Well, maybe paying CAtoor 10,000 a day to stand around looking like cowboys isn’t such a good idea. Has anyone gotten to th ebottom of the reports of horses coming in with broken bones, and other horrrible injuries which requires separate handling and killing once received at Fallon. The contract provided the animals were to be euthanized on site (on BLM land and USFS land) if that is where the injury occurred.

    August 26, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    This is crazy, absolutely asinine. If someone wanted to open a new restaurant on a certain date but didn’t have their business up to code in time, the burden of losing out on profit should be on them, right? Those two meat plants aren’t up to code yet, because they haven’t disclosed where they plan to dump the horse blood, is that correct? Why should the HSUS have to reimburse them for lost profits? Why were those meat plants granted permits to operate anyway, if they weren’t ready? Have I missed something here?

    August 26, 2013
    • Sharon Jacobs-Salinas

      Robynne, I’ve been wondering the same thing and feel exactly the way you do. Couldn’t have said it better!

      August 26, 2013
  • Judy Wendt

    Yes, AMERICAN horses are to be slaughtered on AMERICAN soil which is fouled by stooges who take foreign money to produce a product for foreign entities. Meanwhile, the air, water, and soil of an American community is contaminated with the local tax payers having to clean it up – if such stench can ever be cleaned. Also, our tax money pays for the inspections, so these foreign entities are just using us and laughing all the way to their banks.

    Now the courts have taken a bond from OUR humane groups to defend OUR animals from these foreign backed businesses. This is money from good hearted American donors that is intended to care for animals – not be squandered by greedy lawyers and horse slaughtering profiteers. Americans, by large majorities according to several polls, are against horse slaughter, and our government works for us! What do they not get?????

    August 26, 2013
  • Linda Taschereau

    are not even satisfied to sop with horses/burros , now it is tortoise !! They need to be stopped before our land is nothing but a pile of rubble !!

    August 26, 2013
  • Sioux

    Well, you see what it took to get the horses out of Fallon! HOw many horse welfare agencies where there that got together , even at the last minute, to save what horses that managed to not get stolen away before the sale! Kudos to all of you for banding together! I thought things would change when we got Salazar out of there, but I think it may turn worse as they are sellling off top lands for gas and oil rights! And where is Salazar????Yes, sitting at the table with Obama! The most pristine lands in the mid west states will be ruined by humans, not horses! They just need to get all the horses off the land and they don’t care how they do it! If we don’t start standing up against those who are walking over the laws they have put up to protect the land and the animals there will be no future for any life!

    August 26, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      Ken Salazar actually now works for Wilmer-Hale, an international law firm out of their Denver office. It is a private entity. However, he works on cases involving the energy industry.

      The Keystone pipeline – to send tar sand oil from Canada to China through America down to ports in the gulf – may be a death nail to our wild horses. With both far below market leases to graze cattle on our federal lands, and the demands of the energy industry, there will be even more pressure to round up our wild horses. It is all about the Benjamins ($$$$$).

      August 26, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    OUR Public Lands will be NO MORE if this Bureaucracy continues.. The Land as we have known it will not exist, and all those cattlemen will have NO LAND either, GOOD I SAY but the end result will be a disaster, barren land, no animal’s no vegetation and certainly NO HORSES, just like the movies, you can bet on it…

    August 27, 2013
  • Nancy B

    All of this is such a disgrace, just disgusting. “They” would like us all to just give up, give in and go away. That’s what the huge amount of cash to even keep the fight going is all about, as well as anything and everything else they can possibly come up with to back us off. It’s a very dark and powerful force we’re up against. But I do believe that goodness, light and love are always stronger. Together we are far more powerful!

    This may sound naive, I dunno. With all that is coming to light as far as the future use of our (formerly) public lands, after all of the animals are finally removed, could we somehow just get all the horses and burros that are left the hell outta there? The ones in holding facilities/prison as well as the few remaining free before they’re all rounded up, terrified, injured, abused and locked in miserable, overcrowded prison pens where they’re neglected and further harrassed to eventually die or be killed. Is there enough private land, or resources to acquire private land, to turn them loose on to live out their lives naturally, fending for themselves, in peace? You know, the way they are supposed to be able to do now, right where they are. Then again perhaps this thought is just another way of giving up.

    August 27, 2013