Follow Up to ‘Urgent Request To Help Save Lives’

PMR foals

Dear Friends of PMR (Pregnant Mare Rescue),
The update is as accurate as I can provide and it isn’t pretty. It is an enormous overwhelming task trying to pull and get to safety JUST the mares in foal, and babies that have just lost their mothers. It is heartbreaking, expensive, and can feel very defeating if not for the community of people like you!

The trappers have finished pulling in the horses, and have given potential ‘purchasers’ Sunday to PHYSICALLY be present to pick up your ‘paid for saves’. Yes, it’s harsh, yes, it’s frustrating, Yes, it happens way to fast with hardly any notice….Ugh…welcome to rescue on the front lines. There are many pregnant mares and soon to be orphaned foals by this Sunday (This means they expect the mares to foal in the next 30 hours and will throw them onto the truck headed for slaughter, and let rescuers keep the babies.) Why can’t we keep the mares too? Room…we need trailers to pick up mares and their newborns. We need funds to pay the ‘meat price’. Babies are a by-product, and a person can fit 6-8 babies in one trailer…This is why the mares lose..Brand new moms never even getting to know their babies.

If you are EAST of The Dakotas and want to help, Call Sarah Robinson (701) 580-5960. She may be able to pick up and lay over horses until you can get to her…or hire help to pick them up.

These horses are located outside Yakima, Washington. They are culled from native american herds, they are small horses, mostly bay, chesnut and greys. If you can drive to pick up…(outside Yakima Washington State) then please call:

Helen Ardire 360 432-3484. She has details. PLEASE only call if you can be certain you are going to be of help:) Perhaps she can recommend haulers to bring horses to you.

We believe in our hearts that every mare in foal deserves to become a mother. We believe that every action taken, every effort made to help these lives is a worthwhile cause.
I hope you can help these lives in the balance.
Thank you for reading, thank you for caring ~ Foaling season is brutal.
Lynn

Interior Secretary threatens to “punch out” Colorado Springs reporter

Cloud Foundation Director snubbed by Salazar
 

Colorado Springs, Colo. (November 12, 2012) – On Election Day, at an enthusiastic gathering of Obama supporters in Fountain, Colorado; Dave Phillips, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, had just finished an interview with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar about his controversial policies for managing America’s wild horse populations. Just after Secretary Salazar answered final questions about the future safety of wild horses and he turned to leave the interview, he unexpectedly approached Phillips and told him, “If you set me up like this again, I’ll punch you out.”  Standing nearby was Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of the Cloud Foundation, a Colorado-based wild horse advocacy organization. “I was stunned by the Secretary’s rude and clearly hostile comment toward Dave,” said Kathrens.  

 
Kathrens, who had had been granted permission by an Interior law enforcement official to take pictures at the rally added, “ Salazar walked past me, refused to shake my hand, and told me, ‘You know, you should never do that.” It was unclear to Kathrens what he meant. “These threats would have been inappropriate coming from anyone, but the fact that it came out of the mouth of the Secretary of the Interior is alarming,” stated Kathrens. “I can’t believe that a top official in Obama’s cabinet could be so defensive.” 
 
Phillips’ interview with Salazar was a follow-up to a story he had written in September about the sale of wild horses to Tom Davis, a Colorado killer buyer who purchased over 1,700 wild horses from government holding facilities. The horses ended up in south Texas and it is believed they were trucked over the border to Mexican slaughterhouses. Secretary Salazar acknowledged that an investigation of Davis’ activities is currently underway.  
 
Salazar’s anti-wild horse stance came to light in 2004 during his successful run for the U.S. Senate. After a town hall meeting in Greeley, Colorado, wild horse advocate Barbara Flores asked him what he thought about our wild horses. Candidate Salazar responded, “They don’t belong on public lands.” Salazar vacated his Senate seat in 2008 to take his current position as Secretary of the Interior.
 
The BLM removes far more horses from their legally designated home ranges than can be adopted out to the public. The massive roundups have resulted in the stockpiling of animals in government facilities and privately contracted ranches.

Nearly twice as many wild horses are housed in these costly holding operations than currently roam free, leaving most wild herds under populated and vulnerable to inbreeding and die-off due to a lack of genetic diversity.

 
“You know, this isn’t just about wild horses,” explains Kathrens. “America needs leaders in Washington, and the President needs cabinet members who respect citizens, respect the laws, value discussion and working toward mutual solutions. Ken Salazar displayed none of this on Tuesday.”
Media Contact: 
Lauryn Wachs
(617) 894-6939
Links of Interest:
Media & Interviews available upon request

The Cloud Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wild horses and burros on our Western public lands with a focus on protecting Cloud’s herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana. 

News from our friends at the ANIMALI FARM.

Horse Slaughter News

Young PercheronThere are no equine slaughter facilities open in the United States at this time. North American horses (USA & Canada) are being “processed” in Canada and Mexico. Much of the meat is then shipped to Europe for human consumption.

In 2009 nearly 63,000 horses were shipped from the United States to Mexico or Canada for slaughter. 2007/08 were much worse with over 200,000 horses making the trip from USA to Canadian/Mexican slaughter facilities. This makes sense as 2007/08 were very difficult for horse owners. Hay prices skyrocketed and the economy was at it’s worst. Many horses ended up in auctions, sold to the killer buyers, when their owners could not keep them.

Now new rules are impacting horses bound for slaughter, and because of these rules some horse owners are rushing to sell their excess horses to the killers.

Starting July 31,2010, in Canada, all equines killed for human consumption  must be presented with a completed and acceptable Equine Information Document (EID) at the time of slaughter. Slaughter facilities handling equines will need at least a six month history of medication use for each horse brought to the facility starting July 31, 2010. If the horse has been administered any non permitted drugs in the prior six months it will not be slaughtered.  Instead it will have to go to a feedlot for up to six months before being slaughtered.

With the July 31, 2010 date looming many horses are being sent to the killers now. Ranches that need to downsize are selling now, knowing that their horses do not qualify to go to the killers after July 31, 2010.

There is still a large overseas market for horsemeat. People in at least 35 countries eat horsemeat. Horses born in North America are slaughtered, and their meat shipped all over the world. These new rules are meant to protect the people that are consuming these horses. They are not in place to protect the poor horses that are headed for slaughter. Unfortunately for the horse it will mean less health care, if any at all, for those that might be sold at auction, or directly to the killers.

THE ANIMALI FARM

Dedicated to finding loving homes for horses coming out of the PMU Industry.

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