Keep sending us photos of your horses for our photo contest: http://www.habitatforhorses.org/habitat-for-horses-2015-summer-photo-contest-entry-page/. This week in the news, the Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a proposal that would place wild horses on the endangered species list. Republicans have stopped an amendment that would defund inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States. This put us on step closer to having horse slaughter facilities open up here in the United States. The fact that American horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico to be processed as meat is terrible enough. And finally a small update on the Conroe, Texas horse seizure. The woman who helped bring light to the media and law enforcement on the terrible horse neglect / abuse taking place at Calico Dairy Farm claims her life is being threatened by the Hoffmans. See more on all these stories below.
From: RGJ News
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a proposal to list the North American wild horse as a threatened or endangered species.
Friends of Animals and The Cloud Foundation filed a petition last summer seeking Endangered Species Act protection for tens of thousands of mustangs they say are threatened with extinction on federal lands across 10 Western states.
The conservationists argue the horses constitute a distinct population segment that has evolved as a native species over thousands of years separate from domesticated horses.
From: The Hill
GOP defeats amendment on horse slaughter
Republicans narrowly blocked an amendment to a spending bill Wednesday that would have defunded inspections of horse slaughter facilities.
The amendment from Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) would have prohibited funding for the inspection of horse slaughter facilities, which would effectively prevent them from operating.
GOP appropriators defeated the proposal in a 24-24 vote during a markup of a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.
For the last three years, Farr said the USDA has asked Congress to defund the practice in its budget requests.
“Supporting this amendment does not stop the slaughter of horses,” said Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the bill.
From: ABC News 13
CONROE, TX (KTRK) — An investigation is underway after a man suspected in a massive horse cruelty case has a run-in with a whistleblower in the case.
In a frantic 911 call, you can hear JJ Hill scared and crying for help.
“I thought he was going to shoot us. I’ve got my babies in the car,” said Hill. “He blocked the whole road of League Line and was screaming. I didn’t know if he was going to pull his gun or not. He was just waving his hands.”
Hill has been a longtime whistleblower and lives near the Calico Diary farm, where Montgomery County investigators seized more than 200 horses on allegation of cruelty. The horses owner, Herman Hoffman, and his wife were arrested on cruelty charges last month. Hoffman bonded out of jail on June 25, the same day Hill made the 911 call.