Update on horses in the news

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.

Wild horses

Wild horses

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.

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From: The Hill

GOP defeats amendment on horse slaughter

These horses are awaiting to go to a Mexican horse slaughter plant.

These horses are awaiting to go to a Mexican horse slaughter plant.

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.

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From: ABC News 13

Woman who triggered Conroe horse farm probe says she fears for her life.

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.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
1 Comment
  • Daniel Cordero Fernandez


    Unfortunately, money and cheap nonsensical ideology won the day yet another time.

    It is worth nothing that the new GOP-controlled Congress took the first opportunity they ever had to defeat the defunding inspections language, even if it was irrelevant to the GOP political program.

    Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), the responsible for this defeat, is in the payroll of AQHAPAC (Political Action Committee). Nobody wins anything by removing the USDA defunding language that prevents horse slaughter plants to open up in the US; it was simply removed to please AQHA and the agribusiness lobby; all because of the same old, moldy ideology that insist in the wrong, mistaken idea that allowing the killers to keep murdering equines has something to do with commercial opportunities and “freedom” of capital investment, which is the only freedom they care about.

    I will never get tired of stress this fact: This is the sad consequence of voting the wrong people, no matter which party they are affiliated with, into office. The ultimate responsible for returning horse slaughter to the US, and perpetuating the massacre, will be each one of you, each one of us.

    I know certain ideologies have a very deep influence in the way people vote candidates -ideologies in most cases they don’t know what actually stand for-, but we need to get rid of that hindrance and realize that, those who often claim to protect “traditional values”, those who voted NO today to keep the USDA defunding language, are actually protecting their their share of PAC donations, megabuck capital investment and, of course, their lust for money and power.

    It is not known whether the defunding amendent that was defeated today could be addded later when the appropriations bill is called for a vote but, at any rate, we must start calling our Reps right now and ask them to vote for the USDA horse slaughter inspection defunding language, if it is offered again on the House floor.

    July 8, 2015