Meet Carmel: Saving America's Horses' Hero for Horses Ambassador
Carmel is a Thoroughbred racehorse with a winning track record, but she, like 1000's of other Thoroughbreds in the U.S. was not provided protection, safety and welfare following the end of her career.
Carmel was sold at auction for slaughter, but just before being shipped she was rescued by Wild for Life Foundation. Though she was underweight and traumatized from the ordeal, she has made a full recovery.
Meet Carmel, SAH's Ambassador Hero for Horses
Thanks to the generous donations of supporters like you, WFLF's Lifetime Equine Refuge has been able to provide Carmel the guarantee of lifetime care.
Lifetime Equine Refuge together with the Saving America's Horses initiative is proud to welcome Carmel as the new Ambassador of the Hero for Horses campaign which will help launch the landmark film, "Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed" into the mainstream.
Thousands of America’s horses — all types and disciplines, continue to suffer on U.S. soil; wild horses are being stampeded down icy lava fields by helicopter, all breeds stockpiled into feedlots, and crammed into double-deck cattle trailers for days on end, in record freezing temperatures without medical care, food or rest. Only a federal ban can protect our horses from the violent and destructive predatory trade of horse slaughter.
Saving America's Horses is an intelligent and hard hitting expose` that will wake up and shake up the public so that they will take the action needed to get the federal protection bills passed.
Plans are being put into action to bring this extremely compelling film resource to the policymakers and to the public at large with distribution targeted for 2012. Wild for Life Foundation is asking for your help to bring this landmark film recourse to the public release with a donation today.
For Immediate Release Wild for Life Foundation Los Angeles, CA Dec 13, 2011
IMPACT, a profound new trailer from Wild for Life Foundation's "Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed" is sending a staggering wake up call to U.S. policymakers. Horses are not the only ones in danger due to the lifting of a ban on USDA inspections for horse slaughter. Production for "Saving America's Horses", a documentary film slated for public release in 2012, is releasing a brilliant trailer straight from the title sequence of this film. This powerful trailer exposes the scathing truth about what is in store for America if horse slaughter plants reopen on U.S. soil.
It's no coincidence that this commanding trailer is being launched on the National Day of the Horse, a day set aside to celebrate the dignity of this loyal partner to mankind. This award winning film explores the human-animal bond of horse and man through an illuminating humanitarian lens.
"Film North presented Katia Louise, Director of 'Saving America's Horses' with the RBC/Film North Best Environmental Film Award, because no film in this year's program has moved and impacted on the audience more. At Film North we believe that there is power in films. 'Saving America's Horses' brings the plight of an endangered species to the forefront of awareness. Morally, intellectually and environmentally, mankind is obliged to evolve in the direction of preserving the equine. We congratulate and salute Katia and her dedicated team for championing and persevering this worthy cause in the face of horrendous obstacles." - Lucy Wing, Director Film North, Canada
"'Saving America’s Horses' helps spotlight what is becoming an urgent global humanitarian crisis – the pollution of fresh water. The RBC Blue Water Project is our commitment to protecting the lifeblood of this planet that we all need to share. Join the wave, and help us create a blue water future." - Jeff Boyd, Regional President, Ontario North and East, RBC Royal Bank
"We applaud RBC's leadership role toward fostering a greater commitment to water stewardship in Canada and abroad," says the Katia Louise, Filmmaker of "Saving America's Horses". The launch of this trailer sends a red flag alert to policymakers about the critical need to protect the environment and our world's fresh water resources.
In addition to the environmental disaster, and the legacy of cruelty this violent industry leaves behind, anyone considering the reopening of horse slaughter must beware of the “$42million in losses attributed directly to horse slaughter” as stated by Henry Skjerven, the former director of the recently debunked Natural Valley Farms, Canada.
Natural Valley Farms was a former beef slaughter plant that had converted over to slaughtering horses. In a public statement by Henry Skjerven, he said "Natural Valley Farms died the day the decision makers chose to kill horses… most notable was our failure with the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)". As can be noted on the CFIA website, they’re "dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy." (The CFIA removed the company's operating license)
Proponents of horse slaughter are urging U.S. cattle producers to convert their operations to killing horses, but some meat producers remember all too well Henry Skjerven's cautionary tale. Ted Pohlman of Pohlman’s Meat Processing, Indiana told WTHI TV "if a slaughterhouse starts killing horses.. they’ll lose all their beef and hog business.” Even Pohlman believes many people have too many emotional attachments to horses to consider killing and eating them. Pohlman also stated concerns about the safety of horse meat given the toxic substances they receive.
"Saving America's Horses" is an educational project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501 c3 nonprofit charity with a mission to save, protect and preserve equines.
For Immediate Release Wild for Life Foundation Saving America's Horses Los Angeles, Ca Dec 7, 2011
Never before has there been a need so great to ban together for the greater good in the protection of one of our most precious and historic natural resources, the horse.
The recent lifting of a ban on funding for USDA inspectors at horse slaughter plants in the U.S., fueled by pro slaughter propaganda has led to a proverbial media frenzy with reports based on proponent anecdotes rather than reality, or actual fact checking.
Documented evidence of egregious violations and a lack of enforcement by the USDA in U.S. slaughterhouses led to the defunding of USDA inspections in 2007, but in the absence of federal ban on horse slaughter, our wild and domestic horses continue to be shipped across federal borders where they are slaughtered just as inhumanely to this very day.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, S.B. 1176, amends the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to prohibit the sale or transport of horses or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent of processing for human consumption. The House version of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is known as H.R. 2966.
Regardless of why, we as a culture, are so repulsed by the thought of consuming horse flesh, and the reasons are many; if we fail to uphold our fundamental moral and social responsibilities, we are in effect dooming the fate of our own humanity.
If you are concerned about the inhumane treatment of animals, or concerned about serious threats to human health, or concerned about sustaining our environment, support Saving America's Horses. Only a federal ban can protect us from the destructive and predatory trade of horse slaughter.
“Saving America’s Horses, A Nation Betrayed is a loud wake up call for every American,” says Laura Allen of Animal Law Coalition. This international award winning documentary film is the single most comprehensive and compelling resource ever made available, and it features many leading equine welfare professionals in the U.S.
"The beauty of the cinematography lay in stark contrast to the dark truths that the film so painstakingly and irrefutably laid bare. The public must see this film!" —John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance
We invite all those that wish to uphold the integrity in doing the right thing, to come stand with us. Join us in support of saving, protecting and preserving America's wild and domestic equines. Support the "Saving America's Horses" initiative and not only be part of the solution, but also take part in this powerful vehicle for change.
Sincerely, Katia Louise
Wild for Life Foundation
Saving America's Horses
Wild for Life Foundation
"Saving America's Horses"
Nov 30, 2011
We don't eat our horses for many reasons. We respect the bond of their love, they are sentient beings and they have earned an honorable place in our society and deserve dignified and humane treatment through to the end of their lives.
Should Americans spend over $5Million in tax payer dollars a year toward toxic pollution, increased crimes rates, promoting tainted meat products and endorsing barbaric cruelty to animals?"
What about the scientific evidence that reveals the serious health risks and lethal effects when people consume toxic substances banned from the human food chain?
"Saving America's Horses" provides a platform for the leading equine welfare organizations in the U.S. that have been working to ban horse slaughter for over the past decade.Please help support our work by telling your friends about this important film project, and donate by mail or on line by visiting our website: www.savingamericashorses.org
"Saving America's Horses - A Nation Betrayed" is an intelligent and touching expose` that can raise the public outcry needed to pass a federal ban on horse slaughter. This documentary film is in post production with public release slated for early 2012, but funds are needed to pay for special processing in order to get "Saving America's Horses" to final print.
Big Ag wants to bring horse slaughter back to the U.S. and they've got deep pocket special interests helping to pave their way. If America doesn't speak out to stop it, Big Ag could open a horse slaughter plant near you, next year!
Since 2006, Congress has prevented horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funds for inspections of horse meat from its annual Agriculture Appropriations bill, but the fate of America's horses has now been undermined in one swift move. There has been overwhelming support by the American public, the horse community and the House of Representatives to include de-funding language in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill but special Conference Committee members Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA), Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), just removed that language from the final bill. Obama signed this bill into law on Nov 18th, 2011.
"Saving America's Horses" is film project under Wild for Life Foundation, a 501 c3 nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting, saving and preserving wild and domestic equines. Donations to Wild for Life Foundation are tax deductible to the full extend permitted by law.
Awards and Accolades:
BEST IN FESTIVAL: Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival
BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FILM: FILM NORTH International Film Festival, Canada
ACCOLADE MERIT AWARD: Indie Fest, for Advocacy, Visuals, and Investigative Journalism
AWARDED FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY, ADVOCACY, EDITING & CONSERVATION MESSAGE: International Wildlife Film Festival
"Masterfully presented!" – Larry Lindner, New York Times best-selling writer
“Fantastic! Powerful and compelling” — Greg MacGillivary, MacGillivary Freeman Films (IMAX)
“It’s the freight train that will roar through our country awakening, engaging and empowering the public." – Jo Anne Normile - Founder of CANTER, former racing breeder, owner, and BOD of the MI HBPA & M-TOBA
“It blows the lid off the abysmal horse slaughter industry in America.” — HarrisonHeldStarMedia
“Brilliant and heartbreaking exposé.” — Laura Allen, Attorney – Animal Law Coalition "It raises the bar for animal welfare in this country.” – Shelley Abrams, racehorse owner, Co-Founder AAHS
Please help Saving America's Horses by forwarding this important message to your friends.
For the horses and burros~ Katia Louise and the Team at Saving America's Horses
Thanks to the amazing support from caring people like you Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) and Saving America's Horses, the movie has gained many new fans. WFLF just participated in the Chase Giving contest where local charities vied for a chance to win a share of over $3Million in grants. Facebook members could vote one time for up to ten charities, and it was up to the charities to get those members to vote for them.
Though we didn't make it into the top 100, we are extremely pleased with how far we came in such a short period of time. The contest began on Nov 8 and ran 14 days. With YOUR amazing support we rose to a ranking of 193 out of thousands of charities in just four days! Thank you again for your amazing support!
It's NOT okay to abuse, slaughter or eat our horses. Our horses need this intelligent and touching documentary film so that the American public can find out what's happening... what's really going on. Please stand with us, cast your VOTE today and make a difference for all wild and domestic equines tomorrow.
We received the following information about 8 wild horses in NV. Since they were trapped on NV Ag lands they do not have the same protection as the wild horses on BLM lands and are instead considered feral. Feral horses trapped and removed by the NV Dept of Ag are subject to sale or auction. However the NV Department of Ag will be making them available for adoption for a limited period of time. If you can help one or more of these horses by adopting them please contact Jim R Barbee, Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture, directly at the number provided below.
We have no further information at this time but will update details as they become available.
Message received: We have picked up 8 horses through our traps, they will be advertised through Mason Valley Newspaper. In summary we will offer them for adoption at $90 per horse based on the cost of feed and processing. Any horses that are not adopted will be sent to the Fallon livestock Sale. All adoption will require the horse to be removed from the warm springs facility on the day of adoption. Ownership will be transferred to the adoptee on the day of the adoption. I will follow up on the exact date when I receive the final draft of the advertisement. Thanks Jim
Jim R Barbee
Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture
405 S. 21st Street
Sparks, NV 89431-5557
Lifetime Equine Refuge
Wild for Life Foundation
Saving America's Horses
For Immediate Release
Nov 16, 2011
Wild for Life Foundation,
Los Angeles, CA
Since 2006, Congress has prevented horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funds for inspections of horse meat from its annual Agriculture Appropriations bill, but the fate of America's horses has now been undercut by three members of Congress in one swift move. There has been overwhelming support by the American public, the horse community and the House of Representatives to include defunding language in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill but special Conference Committee members Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA), Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), just removed that language from the final bill.
The extensive evidence of insidious cruelty when horse slaughter was permitted in the U.S. underscores the crucial need for protective legislation, but the truth about the misuse of humane guidelines by the proponents of slaughter has been a powerful device in their deceiving campaigns. "One of the biggest challenges in getting protection against the cruelty of horse slaughter is the constant misinformation propagated by proponents of horse slaughter and then circulated by the media," said Katia Louise, Founder Wild for Life Foundation, Director "Saving America's Horses".
"The action to restore the federal program will cost Americans at least $5 million a year and pull limited USDA inspectors from ensuring the humane treatment and safety of our nation’s food supply,” said Chris Heyde, deputy director of AWI’s government and legal affairs department.
We are calling on everyone who cares about the welfare of America’s horses to demand that Congress pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act immediately.
We need your help reaching out to Congress on behalf of our nation’s horses. Until a few years ago, there were a handful of foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the U.S. that butchered horses for markets in Europe and Asia, where horse meat is considered a delicacy. Americans spoke out against this practice, and since 2005, Congress has prevented horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funds for inspections of horse meat from its annual Agriculture Appropriations Bill.
Even though the current Congress prides itself on reducing government spending, some members are arguing that we should resume funding inspections for equine slaughterhouses—a step that would allow them to reopen on U.S. soil!
Please call one of special conference committee members that's currently debating the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. This committee will play a pivotal role in determining whether horse slaughter returns to the United States. You are in a key position to impact this decision!
What You Can Do
Place a brief, polite phone call and say: “Please retain language in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that bans the use of tax dollars to fund horse slaughterhouse inspections.” Making the call will be fast and easy, and could make a real difference for thousands of American horses while we work to pass a permanent ban on horse slaughter.
Alabama: Senator Richard Shelby (202) 224-5744
Arkansas: Senator Mark Pryor (202) 224-2353
Arizona: Representative Ed Pastor (202) 225-4065
California: Senator Dianne Feinstein (202) 224-3841
Connecticut: Representative Rosa DeLauro (202) 225-3661
Florida: Representative Bill Young (202) 225-5961
Georgia: Representative Jack Kingston (202) 225-5831
Hawaii: Senator Daniel Inouye (202) 224-3934
Iowa: Senator Tom Harkin (202) 224-3254
Kansas: Senator Jerry Moran (202) 224-6521
Kentucky: Senator Mitch McConnell (202) 224-2541
Massachusetts: Representative John Olver (202) 225-5335
Maryland: Senator Barbara Mikulski (202) 224-4654
Maine: Senator Susan Collins (202) 224-2523
Missouri: Senator Roy Blunt (202) 224-5721
Mississippi: Senator Thad Cochran (202) 224-5054
North Carolina: Representative David Price (202) 225-1784
North Dakota: Senator John Hoeven (202) 224-2551
Nebraska: Senator Ben Nelson (202) 224-6551
Ohio: Senator Sherrod Brown (202) 224-2315
Pennsylvania: Representative Chaka Fattah (202) 225-4001
South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson (202) 224-5842
Texas: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (202) 224-5922
Virginia: Representative Frank Wolf (202) 225-5136
Washington: Representative Norm Dicks (202) 225-5916
Wisconsin: Senator Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653 (Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is Chair of the Ag Appropriations Subcommittee which has jurisdiction over the USDA'S BUDGET. Senator Kohl will play a key role in deciding whether horse slaughterhouses can reopen in the United States.)
WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge Quarterly News October 2011
Princess B had seven starts placing 1st and 3rd once and she came in 2nd two times, with a total earnings of $32,960 over a two year spread. This gorgeous mare wanted to please and win for her owners, but just didn’t have it in her to make it to the top. After racing she was retired as a brood mare for several years, but then was later sent to auction and was sold for slaughter. Lifetime Equine Refuge partnered with Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue to save Princess B just before she was shipped. When Princess B arrived Lifetime Equine Refuge we could see that she had not been treated like a Princess for some time. Her feet were long overdue for trimming; she was very thin, depressed, worn out and traumatized.
Thanks to your generous donations WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge will be providing lifetime care for Princess B through our Garden of Equine Sanctuary program. We are happy to report that Princess is starting to put on weight and the old injury to her left front leg that was discovered upon intake doesn’t seem to bother her with light to moderate exercise. As an older horse with such good manners and a sweet personality she is also considered as a string potential candidate for therapeutic programs.
Healing Hearts of Horses
Lifetime Equine Refuge’ officially launched its Garden of Equine sanctuary and an enrichment program this summer, featuring our rescued horses. Through this program we provide humane education and compassionate mentoring with equine assisted learning to children and adults. Through the healing hearts of horses the Garden of Equine program inspires compassion and respect for animals while instilling hope, love and reverence for wild and domestic equines.
Molly is a beautiful spirit with a sweet heart. Before being rescued she served for many years at a riding stable but endured the hardships of neglect along the way. When we found her she had gone blind in one eye from an untreated injury and the other eye was severely inflamed, her feet had not been done in over two years and there were no vaccine records for her. Today, Molly’s story together with her wise and gentle manner is helping special needs youth to open their hearts to hope for a new future.
URGENT! Calls needed to your Senators to stop appropriations for horse slaughter
A full senate vote is scheduled this week; time is of the essence. Please call your senators and tell them you do not want funding for horse inspections. The senate bill should mirror the house bill by removing inspections for horses.
This is a financial bill therefore the economics are the important point to make. Comments should be factual and to the point. Humane issues are addressed with the bill to end horse slaughter - S 1176.
Points to make:
Don't waste valuable tax dollars to inspect animals that are not regulated as food animals. The limited funding dollars available for inspectors should be used to inspect our own food supply. Also it's a violation of the federal meat inspection act for the slaughter plants to pay for their own inspections.
The same number of horses are being slaughtered as when the plants were open proving there is no correlation between increases in neglect or a drop in horse prices and the availability of horse slaughter.
Horse slaughter encourages over breeding of horses that continuously feeds the slaughter pipeline. The insignificant revenue from horse slaughter that represents 3 cents on every $100 earned, does not impact the horse industry.
Locate your Senators here:
"Saving America's Horses" director, producer tells it like it is in the July 2011 issue of True Cowboy Magazine
"Most people would be surprised to know that there are those in our government including the USDA, that actually support horse slaughter." - Katia Louise, Saving America's Horses, Wild for Life Foundation
July 2011 Issue, pages 28-31. Check it out and please share!
Posted on ASSOCIATED PRESS
SCOTT SONNER APNewsBreak:
RENO, NV (July 19, 2011) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management was given the green light on Tuesday to move ahead with a controversial horse roundup in Nevada when a federal appeals court lifted a temporary injunction blocking the gather of more than 1,700 mustangs.
An animal rights group, the Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, had sued to stop the roundup. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the group had failed to show it likely could prove during future hearings that the roundup is illegal and that removal of horses from federally protected public rangeland would cause irreparable harm. Continue reading >>
For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, CA
July 15, 2011, 7PM PST
Wild for Life Foundation
Compassionate Animal TV
America's Wild Horses Under Siege
Wild for Life Foundation is deeply concerned for the welfare of the Triple B Wild Horses. Despite a lawsuit filed by wild horse advocates to protect the horses from cruel removal, BLM's planned round up and removal of at least 1,726 wild horses from 1,682,998 acres herd management areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada will go forward.U.S. District Court Judge Howard McKibben issued a decision in favor of the BLM which allows the BLM to proceed with the Triple B round up to remove wild horses beginning on Saturday, July 16.
There are 975 acres per wild horse is this HMA; yet BLM claims that the wild horse population is five times over the minimum appropriate management level. Horses will be stampeded by helicopter chases in deathly high summer temperatures. Many mares are pregnant and will most likely be unable to keep up the pace for the long distance stampede. Many foals have died in the process of previous round ups because their hooves fall off while trying to keep up with their mothers. 1000's of horses have died after being rounded up and placed in BLM holding facilities.
The BLM blames wild horses for poor range conditions where the land is actually overgrazed by cattle.
Lifetime Equine Refuge is the lifesaving equine protection program under Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF), a CA 501 (c)(3) volunteer based charity dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving horses in need. Our educational program is dedicated to raising awareness about the equine welfare issues with a focus on the preservation of America's wild horses and the need for protection of all horses from slaughter. WFLF's award winning documentary, "Saving America's Horses" is the 1st and only feature length educational film resource with a focus on protecting both wild and domestic equines.
Lifetime Equine Refuge rescues horses in need and provides them with medical care, food and love. Our rehabilitation and sanctuary program, Garden of Equine provides permanent residency for horses that cannot be re-homed. Visitors benefit from a hands on learning and healing experience. WFLF's equine programs provide social guidance and education about the need for compassionate and humane treatment of all horses and burros.
PLEASE help if you can - we need help to replenish the emergency hay fund which covers one month feed for the Lifetime Equine Refuge horses. Hay can mean the difference in life or death to a horse. Hay is one of the most important continuing expenses we must fund-raise for. Remember NO donation is too small!
Before these innocent wild and domestic horses were rescued they were victims of horrible abuse; severely under weight and traumatized from America’s slaughter pipeline. I know because work with each of the horses that come into our shelter myself. Many of these horses were rescued during the course of investigating the CA slaughter pipeline during the making of the film, "Saving America's Horses". They needed hay to begin their recovery and they needed love to gain back their self worth.. But it doesn’t end there. A balanced nutritional diet must be maintained to keep horses healthy.
Hay prices doubled this last winter and they have yet to drop back down to normal. It's costing twice as much to feed the rescue horses than before. We are asking supporters to consider making a donation - no amount is too small or too large - to help us feed the rescue horses.
Your donation of as little as $10 can help us make the life of a once slaughter bound, neglected or abused horse a lot brighter. Horses at Lifetime Equine Refuge know they were rescued and they appreciate every meal; morning, noon and night. Help us provide these loving and innocent horses with a lifetime of security by making a donation to our hay fund today!
You can donate on our blog and website, or you may click HERE to donate to the hay fund through our website. Donations are also accepted through our Cause page on Facebook.
You may also mail a check to us at
WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge
19510 Van Buren Blvd, Ste F3236
Riverside CA 92508
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please share with others and help us get the word out about our hay drive!
Volunteer Executive Director
Wild for Life Foundation
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Animal Law Coalition
Lifetime Equine Refuge
Saving America's Horses
Wild for Life Foundation
A lawsuit has been filed to try to stop BLM's planned round up and removal of at least 1,726 wild horses from 1,682,998 acres of the Triple B, Maverick Medicine and Antelope Valley herd management areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.
Plaintiff The Cloud Foundation describes, "The wild horses of the Triple B, Maverick Medicine and Antelope Valley HMAs are free-roaming on the remote high desert mountains and valleys of east central and northeast Nevada--north of Ely, south of Elko on the Utah border. They have been characterized as a diverse, colorful, intermingling herd with some possessing old mustang origins. Many wild horses descend from an old Shoshone Indian herd known for pintos and paints, as well as a number of medicine hats, horses sacred to Native Americans".
Only 472 horses would remain after the Triple B roundup, and the mares would all be treated with an immunocontraceptive drug, PZP, to prevent pregnancy for up to 2 years. This would leave an unnatural sex ratio of 60% male.
46,000 cows and sheep would be allowed to remain to graze.
According to the Bureau of Land Management, the 1,726 wild horses, with about 975 acres per horse, are destroying the range. But apparently 46,000 cows and sheep are having no effect at all on the condition of the range or water. The BLM refused even to consider the effect of so many cows and sheep on the range, let alone reducing their numbers.
As the Complaint filed by Plaintiffs The Cloud Foundation, Craig Downer and Lorna Moffat explains, "Those that are not re-released (about 1,700) would be transported by big rig trucks to long term holding facilities in the Midwest of the United States, where they would live out their lives in confined, zoo-like conditions, separated by sex or sterilized, wild and free-roaming no more. "Family members would be permanently separated-stallions and mares from each other, and mares and stallions from their foals. Long-term family bonds would be forever severed. Incarcerated in long-term holding facilities in the Midwest, stallions would be gelded, mares would typically be separated from the gelded stallions, and the acres per wild horse in these fenced facilities would be only a tiny fraction of what it is in their natural homeland in the HMA."
The BLM is required to justify its brutal roundups and removal of wild horses and burros from the range in Environmental Assessments called EAs. Under the National Environmental Policy Act, "whether by Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment, the agency must ‘study, develop, and describe appropriate alternatives to recommended courses of action in any proposal...'" 42 U.S.C. §4332(E). The implementing regulations provide that this consideration of all reasonable alternatives is "the heart of" the environmental analysis. 40 CFR §1502.14.
EAs when issued in cases recommending roundups of wild horses and burros are typically cookie cutter reports go something like this: The few wild horses and burros, as in this case, are causing degradation of the range and water sources; the range cannot support the horses and most or all are "excess" which must be removed.
Typically, these EAs fail to mention the numbers of livestock that are more likely the culprit of any range degradation or lack of water. There are any number of cases where the evidence establishes that, in fact, the range can support the few wild horses that under the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, 16 U.S.C. §§1331 et seq., are supposed to be protected from "capture", "harassment" and "death" and managed at "the minimal feasible level". Only "excess" horses, those that represent an overpopulation, can be removed. The goal is to maintain a "thriving ecological balance".
In this case the Decision Record ("DR"), Finding of No Significant Impact ("FONSI"), and Final EA ("FEA") were issued on May 17, 2011. True to form, BLM claims the few horses are degrading the range. As the plaintiffs' point out, "the BLM [fails to] explain how any noncompliance with land standards ...is not primarily the result of livestock grazing, which is about eight times higher and more intensive than grazing from wild horses". Complaint, par. 36.
The roundup was to have begun by now but the BLM delayed it pending a July 14, 2011 hearing before the Nevada federal District Court on the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the roundup and removal. (read complete article here)
The nation’s anniversary is once again upon us; a time to celebrate and a time to reflect. We hope that you'll take a moment to remember America’s horses for whom America's freedom may not have been possible.
The freedom of America’s wild horses from a life of torment and cruelty may only come through a violent and barbaric death. Right now, thousands of America’s horses—including show horses, racehorses, wild horses, companion horses, and others—are suffering on U.S. soil; hundreds of wild horses stampeded down lava fields by helicopter, all breeds stockpiled into feedlots, and crammed into double-deck cattle trailers for days on end, in record high temperatures without water, food or rest. Their days are spent in agony and some won’t even survive this final journey as they cross federal borders to be butchered alive for wealthy dinner plates abroad.
“Saving America’s Horses”, a cause driven film just started the festival circuit, and has already won multiple awards including BEST OF FESTIVAL at its first showing in Los Angeles and is getting rave reviews but… the slaughter of our American Horses may never end unless our horses are able to tell their story.
Wild for Life Foundation is dedicated to saving, protecting and preserving these majestic animals who are being abused and killed against the wishes of the American people. Thousands of horses are exported every year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for their meat, but "Saving America's Horses" is the life saving film that can change all that for our American horses. Horses been there for us when we needed them most and it’s time for Americans that care about these animals to help in Defending Their Freedom and Saving Their Lives.
Thank you for all that you do toward raising compassion for these and all animals. Our successful work would not be possible without the benevolence of people like you.
Wild for Life Foundation
Lifetime Equine Refuge
Saving America’s Horses
BTW, Please remember to help these horses and burros who are suffering all over the country this 4th of July, especially those being killed in the brutal slaughter pipeline. Please help us tell the world that America’s horses are not food by donating online right now!
Senator Kirk Introduces Bill to End Inhumane Transport of Horses Via Double Deck Trailers
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Washington, D.C. Late Monday night, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2011 (S. 1281) to ban double deck trailer transportation of horses in the United States. Senator Kirk has worked to end the use of double deck transports for hauling horses since serving in the House of Representatives, following a horrific double deck trailer accident that took place in his state.
Double deck livestock trailers on the road today were built to meet the specific design and engineering requirements of short-necked livestock species, like cattle, sheep, and swine. Unfortunately, a few irresponsible haulers have used these trailers against manufacturer intent to transport horses, leading to inhumane travel conditions for equines and unsafe roadways for drivers. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the National Agriculture Safety Database (NASD) have recommended ceiling heights no lower than 7-8 to transport horses safely, while average double deck trailer ceiling heights range from 4'7"-5'11". The U.S. Department of Transportation only requires bridges to have a vertical clearance of 14' in both rural and urban areas, making it impractical to build or modify a trailer large enough to transport equines on two levels.
Besides being an inhumane way to transport horses, double-deck trailers pose a major safety threat to the drivers of the imbalanced, oversized vehicles, as well as to other motorists, said Senator Kirk. Unfortunately, crashes due to these factors have occurred, and the results of the accidents are devastating. Following an accident in 2007 in Wadsworth, Ill., authorities worked for five hours before they were able to free the horses from the wreckage.
Today, most professional horse haulers believe double deck trailer transportation of horses has been banned. While there are a few state laws prohibiting the use of double deck trailers, there are no federal guidelines regarding the humane transport of horses, other than those going to slaughter. Even those are flawed; current USDA regulations banning double deck transportation only cover horses heading directly to a slaughterhouse. Horses bound anywhere else, or en route to a midpoint in their journey (such as an auction house or feedlot) legally may be hauled in a double deck trailer notwithstanding the cruelty. The USDA has expressed a desire to strengthen regulations banning this inhumane practice, but has yet to take action on the matter.
The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2011 (S.1281) is necessary to protect horses from being transported across the United States in a trailer having more than one level. To learn more about this issue or to write a letter to your Senator in support of S. 1281, please visit http://www.compassionindex.org/.
Wild for Life Foundation Americans Against Horse Slaughter
For Immediate Release June 28, 2011
Life Saving Film Launches Campaign to Go Far and Wide
“Saving America’s Horses”, a cause driven film just started the festival circuit, and has already won multiple awards including BEST OF FESTIVAL at its first showing in Los Angeles and is getting rave reviews but…... the slaughter of our American Horses may never end unless our horses are able to tell their story.
Thousands of horses are exported every year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for the purpose of wealthy dinner plates overseas, but "Saving America's Horses" is the life saving film that can change all that for our American horses.
“A powerhouse narrative.” – Paula Bacon, Former Mayor Kaufman Texas
“A brilliant and heartbreaking exposé.” — Laura Allen, Executive Director, Animal Law Coalition
"Masterfully presented and balanced rather than filled with graphic images." – Larry Lindner, New York Times best-selling writer and former columnist for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe
"It’s a life changing film!"—Michael Bailey, Producer/ Director Planetviews Productions, Environmentalist
"Transcends the finest investigative journalism... A passionate reverence for all animals" —Debra Lopez, AAHS, Animal Advocate TV
Emergency funds are currently being raised so that horses don't go hungry. We rescue slaughter bound, abused, neglected, displaced and otherwise at risk horses, We provide them with medical care, feed, shelter and turn out during their rehabilitation and then find them new forever homes. Donations are at an all time low for horse rescues and shelters across the country due to the economy; many animals are being deprived of food or left behind when people lose their homes. But we are here to help! Emergency funds are needed right now to feed these hungry rescue horses. Your support is crucial to ensuring we can fulfill our mission.
Lifetime Equine Refuge is the equine rescue program under Wild for Life Foundation. We are dedicated to serving the needs of slaughter bound, abused, neglected, displaced and otherwise at risk horses. Lifetime sanctuary is provided through our Garden of Equine program to horses that cannot be permanently re-homed. Your support is crucial to ensuring we can fulfill our mission. When you donate to WFLF's Life time Equine Refuge, you make our successful programs possible! Donations are tax deductible.
On May 30th, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the FY2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill that prevents your tax dollars from being used to fund inspections of horse slaughter facilities. This bipartisan language has been included in every Agriculture Appropriations bill since 2005. Without this important provision, foreign investors will be able to reestablish horse slaughter in the U.S. at the expense of taxpayers, our own food safety, and the welfare of horses.
The full House of Representatives will vote on the FY12 Agriculture Appropriations bill this Wednesday, June 15. An amendment may be offered to remove the Committee-approved language prohibiting the USDA from spending your tax dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities. Maintaining the USDA language defunding inspections of horse slaughter facilities as currently included is vital to protecting our horses. It is critical that you call TODAY and urge your legislator to strongly OPPOSE ANY amendment to restore horse slaughter.
Please call your Representative immediately, urging opposition to any attempt to restore horse slaughter.
You can call the main Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative's office by your state and zip code.
For immediate release: June 11th, 2011, 10PM
The 2011 Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles has been rescheduled to be held August 18-20 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. These dates represent a change from the July 8-10 dates. The venue will remain the same.
The Artivist Film Festival reports that the date change is necessitated by unforeseen logistics. The Festival has extended a sincere apology for any inconvenience this date change may have caused.
Please be sure you are subscribed for updates through the Saving America’s Horses website or blog. We will be sending out an announcement as soon as we know more details.
Emergency funds are currently being raised so that horses don't go hungry. We rescue slaughter bound, abused, neglected, displaced and otherwise at risk horses and find them new forever homes. Donations are at an all time low for horse rescues and shelters across the country due to the economy; many animals are being deprived of food or left behind when people lose their homes. But we are here to help! Emergency funds are needed right now to feed these hungry horses. Your support is crucial to ensuring we can fulfill our mission.
Lifetime Equine Refuge is the equine rescue program under Wild for Life Foundation. We are dedicated to serving the needs of slaughter bound, abused, neglected, displaced and otherwise at risk horses. We provide feed, medical care and shelter to horses in need. Lifetime sanctuary is provided through our Garden of Equine program to horses that cannot be permanently re-homed. Your support is crucial to ensuring we can fulfill our mission. When you donate to WFLF's Life time Equine Refuge, you make our successful campaigns possible! Donations are tax deductible.
Jun 10, 2011
By Laura Allen
WFLF Lifetime Equine Refuge BOD
Animal Law Coalition
Just as U.S. Representatives Jim Moran (D-VA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) are calling for an end to horse slaughter, a bill to make that happen is introduced in the Senate. Here is what Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the sponsors, have released about this bill:
The Problem: Somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 horses/year are exported from the United States each year with the intent to slaughter for human consumption.
There are no horse slaughterhouses in the United States, and there is not a demand for horse meat in the United States. Two out three Americans believe the practice of horse slaughter is unnecessary and inhumane. Transport to foreign slaughterhouses is lengthy and cruel.
Horses in the United States differ from other livestock in that they have never been raised for the purpose of slaughter. As such, they are frequently treated with drugs that are toxic when ingested by humans and not approved for use in animals raised for human consumption.
Additionally, we have no system in the United States to track which medications a horse has received throughout its lifetime, which makes horse meat a serious food safety/American food export risk. The Solution: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, S.B. 1176, amends the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to prohibit the sale or transport of horses or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent of processing for human consumption.
The bill, filed on June 9, already has a number of co-sponsors.
Washington, D.C. -- A bill to ban horse slaughter was reintroduced in the United States Senate today. Sponsored by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the "American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011" will end the slaughter of American horses here and, most urgently, will stop these horses from being exported abroad for slaughter. The sponsors, who have long championed the cause, have the bipartisan support of 14 colleagues who are co-sponsoring the bill.
"As a lifelong horse lover and rider, this practice is appalling to me, and more importantly, the majority of Americans oppose it. We raise and train horses to trust us, perform for us, and allow us on their backs, and as such, they deserve to be treated with human compassion. When horse owners are faced with the sad reality of having to put their animals down, it should be by humane euthanasia," said Senator Landrieu. "I intend to work with Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and my other colleagues to get this bill passed and permanently end the slaughter of our American horses."
Good news! Great work! Thanks for your calls :) Funding for inspections of horse slaughter in the U.S. will not take place. We still need to protect our horses from being shipped over federal borders though and strong support is needed to make that happen.
The proposed bill does not include a provision de-funding inspections for horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. The proposed bill does not prohibit use of funds to inspect horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. The subcommittee report does not mention it.
It is the de-funding of these ante-mortem inspections in appropriations measures that has prohibited commercial horse slaughter for human consumption in the U.S. since 2007. Now, if the subcommittee bill passes, it could mean the return of commercial horse slaughter to the U.S. Go here for more on the de-funding and the court decision that upheld it.
This meeting will be webcast. Audio and video of the hearing will be available by clicking here. Audio only will be available by clicking here.
Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-2131 or the Committee's number at (202) 225-2638, (202) 225-2771 for Republicans and (202) 225-3481 for Democrat members. Here are the names of committee members to ask for when you call. Go here to find the direct phone numbers of committee members and for your own U.S. representative.
Tell committee members and your own U.S. representative: Vote no on the appropriations bill unless the committee retains the language defunding inspections of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption.
Please forward this message to your friends and ask them to do the same.
Sincerely, Katia Louise President Wild for Life Foundation Director, Saving America’s Horses
Laura Allen Animal Law Attorney BOD: Wild for Life Foundation Advisory Board Member: Saving America’s Horses Founder, Director: Animal Law Coalition
For Immediate Release:
(Los Angeles, CA, May 16, 2011) – Saving America’s Horses A Nation Betrayed well received by IWFF!
Saving America’s Horses A Nation Betrayed came away with four awards from the 34th annual International Wildlife Film Festival.
Winner: Cinematography, Editing, Conservation Message and Advocacy; Filmmaker Katia Louise was honored with these prestigious awards for her work amongst some of the most renowned wildlife television and film producers in the world. The film was very well received by viewers.
“Powerful and compelling” - Greg MacGillivary, MacGillivary Freeman Films
“A must see film” – Michael Blake, “Dances With Wolves”
“Hard hitting and well done” - Janet Rose, Executive Director of IWFF
The International Wildlife Film Festival shared a strong focus on the wild horse issue as presented in the film Saving America’s Horses A Nation Betrayed. The festival was attended by Missoula's moviegoers, elite fine arts community, humanitarians and philanthropists together with an international cross section of award winning wildlife filmmakers and conservationists. During the festival’s symposium and panel presentations there were passionate and somewhat heated discussions on the topic of wild horses versus feral horses. However nobody challenged the inhumane treatment of equines through the slaughter pipeline or of wild equines during their capture by the BLM.
Several local advocates attended Saturday's screening and came back prior to Tuesday’s screenings with their horses to hold a rally downtown for the purpose of raising awareness about the film and the cause. Montana Senator Dave Wanzenried attended the rally and walked along side filmmaker Katia Louise in sync with the local advocates.
Saving America’s Horses - A Nation Betrayed is a compelling compilation of expert testimony, undercover footage and true life stories shot against the dramatic backdrops of the American countryside. Viewers will adventure across the nation's sweeping landscapes to witness the magnificence, power and free spirit of one of America’s most treasured icons, the horse.
The facts unfold in a story about the underdogs and their fight to protect today's wild Mustangs and yesterday's Thoroughbred racehorses. The untold truth as reported by the nation’s top equine experts, celebrity and grassroots horse advocates draws a sharp contrast to misleading information initiated by proponents of slaughter and propagated by the media. This film presents a focused look into an unseen world of both wild and domestic equines; an investigative exposé that unravels multiple layers of conflict with a revealing look into the hidden pipeline of horses. Great hope is presented through an inspiring and diverse call to action leaving viewers with the inspiration and knowledge to effect change and convey the same to others.
Featuring appearances with Paul Sorvino, Michael Blake, Willie Nelson, Tippi Hedren, Linda Gray, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Ken Wahl, The Barbi Twins, Amy & Raelyn Nelson, Jennifer Pryor and more!
Awards to Date:
Winner: Best of Festival - 2011 Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival
Winner: Award of Merit for Visual, Editing & Advocacy - Accolade Competition
Winner: Cinematography, Editing, Conservation Message and Advocacy - 34th Annual International Wildlife Film Festival.
The film will screen next at the Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles which runs July 8th- 10th 2011.
Many animals are often sent away or left behind when their owners cannot afford to keep them. Oftentimes these animals become homeless and have no way to survive. Yesterday's loving and faithful family pet pony, today's treasured prize event horse and even America's wild horses are finding themselves displaced and in dire need. Once they've been designated at auction as food animals, most will never know human kindness again. These magnificent animals are doomed without your help.
Lifetime Equine Refuge and Garden of Equine, the equine rescue and sanctuary arm of Wild for Life Foundation rescues and provides horses in need with the feed, medical care and shelter as long as they need it. We work to rehabilitate and find new forever homes for these animals as well. We need your help and continued support so we can guarantee that these well deserving horses will always be safe. Please help by giving a donation to support their needs. Your donation today will be the gift of life tomorrow for these once slaughter bound horses.