Horse slaughter on hold

Share the Awesome News!!! Congress passed the spending bill last night. There will be no funding for USDA inspections. Horse slaughter for human consumption is on hold. We’re so happy, but we all have more work to do! Now let’s get the SAFE Act (HR 1094 and S 541) passed, to ban horse slaughter in the United States, as well as transport of horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter!

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Photo of Nevada wild horses © Irma Novak Photography, all rights reserved. Web: www.IrmaNovakPhotography.com & Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irma-Novak-Photography/133789930094234

BREAKING NEWS: San Francisco protest against U.S.A. horse slaughter today

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New Mexico Attorney General Gary King

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King

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BREAKING NEWS:  San Francisco protest against U.S.A. horse slaughter today

Outrage over plant scheduled to open in the West

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (January 10, 2014)–Concerned Americans protest in downtown San Francisco against slaughtering domestic and wild horses for human consumption in foreign countries. They stand with Attorney General Gary King in New Mexico who is fighting against horse slaughter plants opening in the West. King’s case will be heard in court Monday.

“Majestic horses must not be cruelly slaughtered in America to be served on a dinner plate abroad,” states Anne Novak, executive director of Protect Mustangs. “We hope Gary King will be able to fight horse slaughter in court and win.”

“Native wild horses and domestic horses are at risk of slaughter if the New Mexico plant opens,” explains Kerry Becklund, outreach director for Protect Mustangs. “80% of Americans are against horse slaughter. It’s disgusting.”

San Francisco Protest Info:

When: Friday January 10th from Noon – 1pm

Where: Corner of Market & Montgomery, San Francisco

Info: www.ProtectMustangs.org

Protect Mustangs
is a San Francisco based non-profit devoted to protecting native wild horses. Their mission is to educate the public about the indigenous wild horse, protect and research American wild horses on the range and help those who have lost their freedom.

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Media Contacts:

Anne Novak, 415-531-8454, Anne@ProtectMustangs.org

Kerry Becklund, 510-502-1913, Kerry@ProtectMustangs.org

Photos, interviews and video available upon request

Links of Interest™:


New Mexico AG sues to stop horse slaughter: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/19/new-mexico-ag-sues-to-stop-horse-slaughter/4133191/



Judge blocks horse slaughter for at least 48 hours http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/state-judge-in-new-mexico-blocks-horse-slaughter-at-least-for-48-hours/#.Us7pEvas1Nc



Countersuit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/06/us-usa-horses-slaughter-idUSBREA0518720140106
Wild horse roundup footage & abuse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF49csCB9qM

Protect Mustangs www.ProtectMustangs.org

Protect Mustangs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs

 

San Francisco protest against horse slaughter ~ Friday, January 10th

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Come to the San Francisco Protest Against Horse Slaughter! We are coming together to stand against slaughtering domestic and wild horses. We stand with Attorney General Gary King ( @NewMexicoAGO) in New Mexico who is fighting against Horse Slaughter plants opening. King’s case will be heard in court Monday.

When: Friday January 10th from noon – 1pm
Where: Corner of Market & Montgomery, San Francisco, California
Bring: Handmade Signs and friends to hold them!

Questions? Email us at Contact@ProtectMustangs.org

Check back here for updates and on Facebook.

Links of Interest™:

New Mexico AG sues to stop horse slaughter: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/19/new-mexico-ag-sues-to-stop-horse-slaughter/4133191/

Judge blocks horse slaughter for at least 48 hours http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/state-judge-in-new-mexico-blocks-horse-slaughter-at-least-for-48-hours/#.Us7pEvas1Nc

Countersuit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/06/us-usa-horses-slaughter-idUSBREA0518720140106

Farmington teen organizes awareness event against horse slaughter: http://www.daily-times.com/four_corners-news/ci_24864867/farmington-teenager-organizes-awareness-event-about-horse-slaughtering

Gary King: http://www.garykingforgovernor.com/

Protect Mustangs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProtectMustangs

Temporary restraining order to prevent horse slaughter plant from opening filed by Gary King

From Gary King

Dear Equine Advocates,

Gary King

Today I announced that I have filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent Valley Meat Company, the proposed horse slaughter plant in Roswell, from opening in two weeks.

Valley Meat has a very poor track record of compliance with environmental and safety laws, racking up literally thousands of violations over the years, and we have no reason to believe they plan on improving their practices. These violations pose serious dangers to public health and safety. For example, the company has requested a state permit that is required before it can discharge wastewater, but has now stated publicly that it will begin operating on January 1, 2014, whether or not it receives the permit.

The slaughter of horses, no matter how it’s done, presents a genuine risk to New Mexicans’ health and to our natural resources. Horses in the US are not raised to be eaten, and therefore are administered drugs that are banned for use in food animals. These drugs are either harmful to humans or their effects are unknown. Combined with the risks to our groundwater, I simply cannot stand by and let this plant open.

Thank you for standing with me on this important issue. Please visit my website to find out how you can help in this continuing fight. Together we can do what’s right for New Mexico.

Best,

Gary King

20 Nevada horses are slated for slaughter in NM January 1st

Despite overpopulation myths and fear tactics that wild horses must be sterilized and given restricted use pesticides in the form of birth control, slaughtering wild horses is against the law and must be upheld. Please donate to our legal fund to fight to keep America’s mustangs safe from slaughter.

We are working hard to keep wild horses out of the clutches of Kill Buyers. Our lawsuit was very effective. http://protectmustangs.org/?page_id=5144 Our settlement stopped 2 more years of Ft. McDermitt wild horses from being rounded up and sold to slaughter under their agreement. They will try to round up the wild horses with a new agreement and we need to be ready. Please help donate to our legal fund. Write “legal fund” on your donation. It takes a village to save wild horses! 

December 18, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico horse slaughter plant plans to open Jan. 1 after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept the Roswell facility from beginning operations.

According to KOB-TV (http://bit.ly/1eqMdg1 ), Valley Meat Co. owner Rick De Los Santos says the plant will start off slow, but already has multiple meat contracts lined up.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 13 lifted an emergency order that blocked the opening of the Roswell plant, another in Gallatin, Mo., and one in Sigourney, Iowa, that has converted to beef.

Animal protection groups have been trying to block the slaughtering of horses.

De Los Santos says Valley Meat has employees ready to work and 20 horses from Nevada for slaughter.

Note in this newscast (http://bit.ly/1eqMdg1) Rick De Los Santos says he has a huge contract with China for horse meat. The Asian market is only going to skyrocket so we must fight for our wild horses to stay off their dinner plates. Please donate what you can. Thank you very much!

This has been cross-posted for educational purposes.  Please leave respectful comments so we can publish them. Thank you.

News reports from Carson City Protest

 

 

 Protesters ask Sandoval to halt wild horse auction Las Vegas Review Journal

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking News: Horse lovers from around the world unite to save Nevada’s wild horses from kill-buyers

Advocates were bidding against auction house staff who kept raising the bids

Virginia Range Wild Horses @ Peace (Photo ©Anne Novak, all rights reserved.)

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RENO, Nevada (September 20, 2012) –Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund spearheaded and saved 23 historic Virginia Range wild horses from going to the kill-buyers last night. The herculean effort lead by Shannon Windle, president of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund. Country singer Lacy Dalton’s non-profit, Let ‘Em Run Foundation, also raised funds for the rescue.

“We are very grateful everyone joined together to save the horses from Wild Horse Annie’s herd,” says Shannon Windle, president of Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund.

Last night many wild horse advocates and groups from the greater Reno area joined forces to help with transportation and foster care to make this rescue effort a success. The list includes the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Let ‘Em Run Foundation, Least Resistance Training Concepts (LRTC) Horse Power and The Starlight Sanctuary with support from many other groups in the West. The efforts were coordinated through the Alliance of Wild Horse Advocates.

California-based Protect Mustangs joined in to help with outreach, raise awareness about the issue and contact Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval to stop the sale.

Donors contributed from across the USA and abroad to save Nevada’s indigenous wild horses from being sold to kill-buyers who sell the horses to slaughter plants for human consumption in foreign countries.

A staff member of the auction house was bidding as well as a kill-buyer against the wild horse advocates. Is it legal for the house to drive up the bids?

“How much did the auction house make with the owner driving the price up? ” asks Windle “Is this illegal?”

During the auction, a thin Virginia Range wild horse mare sold for over $500. while a stocky domestic buckskin sold for $200. A wild mare and foal sold for $1000 which is grossly abnormal at a livestock auction frequented by kill-buyers.

Advocates paid more than $11K to save the 23 wild horses–more than three times above market value.

31 additional wild horses will arrive at the auction house next week. More than 60 wild horses have been rounded up and face a horrific end if more foster homes, adopters and donors are not found quickly.

Essential donations are also needed to feed the wild horses rescued last night who will live in foster care until they are adopted or accepted into a sanctuary.

Send donations to the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund here: http://hiddenvalleyhorses.com/main.php?c=donate

Governor Brian Sandoval ignored public outcry and took no action to save America’s iconic wild horses from going to an auction frequented by kill-buyers tonight.

“We hope Governor Sandoval realizes that outside of Nevada 80% of Americans are against horse slaughter,” explains Anne Novak, executive director of California-based Protect Mustangs. “This could be a pivotal point in his political career–the point where he tarnishes himself to the extent that he will never win the hearts of the 80%. He still has time to take action and become a hero and we hope he does.”

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Follow Protect Mustangs on Facebook for updates

Media Contacts:

Anne Novak, 415-531-8454, Anne@ProtectMustangs.org

Kerry Becklund, 510-502-1913, Kerry@ProtectMustangs.org

Links of interest:

News 4 reported on the story last night: http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/default.aspx

News 4 reporting continues: http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/Wild-Horse-Advocacy-groups-go-through-bidding-war/k57ef-ffOkq2QbDJKkhPEg.cspx

Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund: http://hiddenvalleyhorses.com/main.php

Let ‘Em Run Foundation: http://www.letemrun.com/index.html

Lacy Dalton bio, president of Let ‘Em Run Foundation: http://www.letemrun.com/Lacy-Bio.htm

Least Resistance Training Concepts: http://www.whmentors.org/

Starlight Sanctuary http://thestarlightsanctuary.webs.com/

Governor Brian Sandoval: http://gov.nv.gov/

Plea to Governor Sandoval to stop Nevada from selling wild horses to killer-buyers at auctions: http://protectmustangs.org/?p=2459

Information on the Virginia Range wild horses: http://www.aowha.org/war/virginia_range0901.html

Protect Mustangs: http://www.ProtectMustangs.org

Nevada policy change sells its wild horses by the pound

 Cross-posted from The Examiner
By Carrol Abel
Some of the Virginia Range horses to be sold at auction by the pound
Some of the Virginia Range horses to be sold at auction by the pound
Photo credit: S. Bains
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Not many people are aware that the state of Nevada is the legal owner of all wild horses in the state except those on public lands. Fewer yet are aware that Nevada will be making their horses available at a September 19th livestock auction where they will be sold by the pound.

“A livestock auction sale yard does not differentiate whether a person is a horse lover or a kill buyer that’s the unfortunate part of this,” stated Ed Foster , Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) spokesman, on a News 4 broadcast in Reno, Nevada.

Kill buyers transport horses to slaughter across the border. The meat then ends up on dinner plates in other countries.

Late in 2011 NDA Director, Jim Barbee, created a policy in which horses removed from the range were offered to the public on a first come first serve basis for a price of $90 each. These sales were open to “anyone with a checkbook”, but most attendees were wild horse advocates.

The announcement of a change in policy resulted in an overwhelming number of calls to Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval. Most of the calls were referred to Mr. Foster. Governor Sandoval’s office had not responded to this mornings Examiner.com questions at the time of publication.

In conversation with Examiner.com, Foster cited the reason for a change in policy centered around the third public sale at which the advocates did not buy the horses from NDA, but waited and purchased them at auction. “They kind of jerked our chain a little bit”, said Foster. “I think the Director had a very reasonable offering to the groups to have these horses before anybody else had a chance to. They basically spit on that and I don’t think the Department was willing to go through this little exercise again with them.”

Advocates cite questions regarding the legality of the paperwork involved at that particular sale and say they were advised by their attorney not to participate.

There were subsequent sales in which the advocates purchased all the horses made available to them. Why would Director Barbee change policy after successful sales?

Foster stated he was not aware of any subsequent sales and was doubtful they had occurred, but promised to look into it.

The 23 horses involved in the auction were removed as “nuisance” horses along the Virginia Range foothills of east Reno. Foster indicated in the broadcast that Virginia Range horses were coming down into residential areas of Reno because they were starving. When asked about emergency planning by Examiner.com, he stated, ” There is no emergency plan for the horses due to the drought… The big picture is, and this is the rule of the planet, it’s survival of the fittest.” Foster spoke of the lack of funding and went on to point out, “There’s nothing other than for us to respond to citizen complaints regarding the horses.”

Don’t butcher American icons

“The profiteering pro-slaughter gang wants to eliminate our wild horses of the West . . . kill and cut them up into meat for wealthy foreigners to eat . . . sell them to China and elsewhere. I say NO!” ~Anne Novak, Executive Director of Protect Mustangs

Petition to Stop USA Horse Slaughter

“America’s wild horses are particularly vulnerable to slaughter.  They live in remote regions where they can be rounded up and sold by thieves to slaughter,” explains Novak. “They aren’t filled with chemicals like domestic horses so their meat could be in high demand abroad. There isn’t enough manpower in the BLM to prevent thieves from taking advantage of plants opening in the West. We must stop horse slaughter.”

Join us to petition President Barack Obama and Congress to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, S.B. 1176/H.R. 2966—to make sure all horses in America are treated humanely.”

http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-usa-horse-slaughter