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Published December 21, 2012 by delia1979

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Orangeville Banner by Chris Halliday

horsesThe Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has closed its probe into complaints relating to the health of a herd of hroses in Erin, without charges being laid.

“Our investigation concludd that the animals were not in distress,” agency spokesperson Alison Cross said in an email.  “As such, the Ontario SPCA has no further jurisdiction into the matter.”

Conincidentally, members from both sides of a dispute surrounding the herd of Tennessee Walking Horses on 8th line in Erin are pointing fingers of blame squarely at the OSPCA.

Lynn Hindmarsh, one of those local equine enthusiasts concerned about the horses’ health, argues the OSPCA should itself be investigated.

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Published December 17, 2012 by delia1979

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Word is spreading that Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, is being considered by U.S. President Obama as a nominee for U.S. Ambassador to either the United Kingdom or France. Wintour would be a horrible choice to represent the U.S. with either country.

Anna Wintour is directly responsible for the killing of millions of animals. She has aggressively promoted the egregiously cruel fur industry for decades. She shamelessly peddles fur in every issue of Vogue and often insists that the young designers she mentors use fur.

Each year over 50 million animals are killed for their fur worldwide.

Anna Wintour’s lack of compassion and open support of animal cruelty make her a particularly poor choice to represent Americans in either of these countries which, like the United States, are nations of animal lovers. Join with IDA and the British group…

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Published December 17, 2012 by delia1979

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Europeans are eating American horses – but should they?

by Jack Rodolico

Ken Terpenning of Lexington, Kentucky has owned over two-dozen racehorses.  But one in particular made a big impression.

“Silky Shark was everything you’d want in a racehorse,” says Terpenning.  “He was vibrant, fiery, a very happy horse.  On the racetrack, he was a total professional.  He earned over $100,000 in his career.”

Like any athlete, there was an arc to Silky Shark’s career.  But the downward slope was faster than Terpenning could have imagined.  The horse had some medical problems that led to lost races, and then Terpenning fell on tough times financially.  He sold the horse to a man he trusted, but it didn’t take long for Silky Shark to wind up in the “slaughter pipeline.”

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Published December 17, 2012 by delia1979

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Silky videoOn December 11, 2012, Jack Rodolico of Latitude News reported on the story of Silky Shark, a Standardbred racehorse who was slaughtered and slipped through the system to dinner plates, when his carcass should have been condemned.

The CHDC provides evidence of phenylbutazone entering the human food chain in Proof of CFIA Failure.

The report ends with a list of emails for concerned people to contact within various Canadian government organizations.  Here are some talking points when you write with your concerns:

– Horses are not raised as livestock for human consumption.
– Horses come from unknown points to auctions and feedlots and, therefore, cannot be properly traced.
– The majority of pleasure and sport horses have received banned veterinary drugs during their lifetime.
– The EID program does not ensure reliable tracking history for horses.  Owners are only required to declare “to the best of their knowledge” that their…

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Published December 17, 2012 by delia1979

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Last week, the U.S. Senate passed two important provisions that would help protect animals. The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (S. 1947/ H.R. 2492) would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight. It also increases the penalty for bringing a child to an animal fight.

The Senate also passed an amendment to the Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2013 for Military Activities, allowing the Secretary of Defense to establish and maintain a system to provide for the veterinary care of retired military working dogs.

In this year of congressional inaction, please take a moment to encourage the U.S. Congress to do the right thing for four-legged military heroes, and punish those who watch animal fights by taking action.

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As a constituent, I urge you to pass H.R. 2492 to crack…

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Published December 17, 2012 by delia1979

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Tamara Elliott, Global News : Tuesday, December 11, 2012 3:16 PM

CALGARY – They’re majestic creatures with a link to the Wild West, but the fate of Alberta’s wild horses is now in the hands of the province.

About 800 wild horses roam the hills, descendants from early settler’s farms.

“They live in the wild, they reproduce in the wild, and so are considered feral,” explains Jessica Potter, from Alberta Enivornmental and Sustainable Resource Development.  Last year the government licensed the capture of over 200 feral horses, claiming they compete with native species by eating about 25 pounds of food each, every day.

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Published December 17, 2012 by delia1979

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Animals’ Angels have released an important report confirming what the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition had shown previously in the report titled “The True Faces of Horse Slaughter – Inside Alberta’s Horse Feedlots” released in August 2012.

“In a lengthy and in-depth investigation conducted in October 2012, Animals’ Angels documented conditions at Bouvry Exports’ various locations in the US and Canada.  Investigators alternated between locations throughout this investigation to document as much as possible.

Due to the sheer length of time this investigation encompassed, we have merely summarized the investigation in this newsletter but we encourage you to read the full report for detailed day to day information.”

(Please note that the full report is a 6MB download.)

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