Tag Archives: In Defense of Animals

Freedom for Sale: Wild Horses to Be Slaughtered

The wild horses and burros of the American West, symbols of American freedoms and values we share and hold dear, are under threat of losing the federal protections that keep them alive.

Protections defined by the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act are at tremendous risk since the Act was unanimously passed by Congress in 1971. The House Appropriations Committee has voted to allow the Bureau of Land Management, the federal body responsible for the care and stewardship of these animals, unlimited sales of captive wild horses and burros as part of the proposed 2018 budget. Now the Senate Appropriations Committee, followed by a joint House-Senate conference, will decide their fate. We have reason to believe that America’s mustangs are already being shipped for slaughter to Canada and Mexico – and as far afield as Japan where they are butchered and served as sushi.

It’s inexcusable. Unconscionable! And unless we press our lawmakers, the nightmare scenario of mass horse slaughter will become reality.

Taxpayer dollars would be used to fund and facilitate the roundup and sale of these animals from federal lands to a vicious and cruel slaughter. Federally funded horsemeat inspections and programs would pave the way for the return of barbarous horse slaughter to US soil.

If the proposed budget moves forward in its current form, as many as 96,000 captive and wild horses would be deemed “excess,” as if they were mere objects to get rid of. Mustangs and burros who are not already languishing in holding pens would potentially be gunned down on the very lands that were promised to sustain them decades ago.

To save America’s horses and burros from export and certain slaughter, we need your help and your donation of any amount to In Defense of Animals Wild Horse Campaign today.

In Defense of Animals has joined with the National Academy of Sciences and 40 other national organizations to propose humane, sustainable solutions for managing wild horses and burros on public lands. We are countering the ridiculous claims made by the Bureau of Land (mis)Management to smear the horses. Wild horses and burros have been made into scapegoats by the extractive and cattle industries which the BLM allows to exploit the very lands that were legally mandated to nurture our nation’s mustangs over 45 years ago – and all at taxpayer expense!

Your donation today will help In Defense of Animals fund and support practical solutions for the continued peaceful existence of our nation’s majestic mustangs.

Urgent action is needed! Our voices must be heard, and your donation today makes that happen.

Marilyn Kroplick, MD
President, In Defense of Animals

P.S. Our democratic process is being hijacked by wealthy special interests, and wild horses and burros are paying the price! More than 45 years ago, we promised as a nation to be stewards of these symbols of freedom. If we do not act soon, that promise will be broken and these living, feeling, majestic animals will be gone forever. Please fight for our nation’s horses and burros with your contribution to our Wild Horse Campaign now.

In Defense of Animals is involved in many projects to protect animals’ rights, welfare, and habitats. Money contributed to In Defense of Animals supports ALL of our worthy programs and gives us the flexibility to respond to emerging needs. Thank you for your support and consideration.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Urgent: Stop Wild Horse Experiments

Your action is urgently needed to prevent the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) plans to conduct cruel and unethical sterilization experiments on wild horses this spring, including painful and life-threatening surgeries on pregnant mares and young fillies in non-sterile environments.

The timing is critical. BLM will publish its Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact on the first of these proposed research projects on Friday April 22, which ironically happens to be Earth Day. The agency will use what it calls “population suppression research” as a model for sterilizing wild horses and burros in corrals and on the range going forward.

The first sterilization experiments are slated to occur in partnership with Oregon State University. Unless halted, experiments will begin in May. 225 mares and young fillies, some barely over 8 month old, are already being held at BLM’s short-term holding corral in Hines, Oregon. The surgeries will be overseen by the University’s Veterinary School.

If we all act immediately, there is a fair chance of persuading Oregon State University to back out of participation in these barbaric procedures. Just days ago, the University’s Vice President for Community Relations, Steve Clark, stated that the University has “not determined whether we will proceed with this research.” This week, the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee will decide whether to go ahead or not.

Click here to take action.

By Lisa Levinson

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Stop Wild Horse Wipeout in Wyoming

The existence of wild horses in the US is in jeopardy. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is at it again, continuing to support the interests of ranchers, and its latest plans involve rounding up horses in Wyoming’s Checkerboard lands.

The 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act requires that the BLM remove wild horses from private land, if requested by the land owner. However, the BLM is perverting the Act to remove wild horses from not only private lands, but also from public lands.

If a round up goes forward in Wyoming’s Checkerboard lands, the BLM could argue that it should be able to round up wild horses anywhere, when it is absolutely illegal to do so!

Once captured, horses can suffer greatly in the confinements of the BLM. In the past several years “at least 100 horses were killed during the roundup itself or in the months following their capture in the BLM’s holding pens,” according to American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

Along with the cruelty and threat to the makeup of the US wild, there is a huge financial burden to taxpayers for the program. It has been stated that, “Congress appropriated more than $77.2 million to the Wild Horse and Burro Program in fiscal year 2015. Of the total $75.1 million spent, holding costs accounted for $49 million. Roundups and removals cost $1.8 million. Adoption events cost $6.3 million.” You can read more about the atrocities happening in Wyoming here.

This simply cannot go on.

Click here to take action.

By Ryan Murphy

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Colorado Rancher Illegally Kills 1,794 Wild Horses

Last October, a report surfaced which shows that a Colorado rancher and livestock hauler purchased 1,794 wild horses and willingly and illegally sold each of these magnificent wild animals to suffer a brutal death at slaughterhouses in Mexico.

The rancher, Tom Davis, bought the horses through the Wild Horse and Burro Program, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. This government agency spent more than $140,000 to transport wild horses to Davis between 2008 and 2012. This means that $140,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent toward illegal horse killings.

The Bureau has responded, stating, “Both the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and the State of Colorado Conejos County District Attorney’s Office have declined civil and criminal prosecution.” They also add: “Accordingly there is no further action that the BLM may take specific to Mr. Davis.”

The BLM is attempting to wash its hands clean of the blood of thousands of wild horses. Justice must be obtained for the victims of this mass slaughter.

The Department of the Interior and the US Department of Justice have given little response so far. We must show them that horse killers like Davis must be prosecuted.

Click here to take action.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Horse Racing = Injury and Death for Horses

Annual Melbourne Cup Brings Another Devastating Outcome

Another year has come and gone again in Australia, and with it, the passing of another November. For Australians, it’s the time to get dressed up in your classiest clothes, take a day off work to meet up with friends or colleagues, and bet on horses… many of whom will end up dead or injured as a result.

Onlookers at the Melbourne Cup, one of Australia’s biggest horse racing events, were torn with mixed emotions after this year’s race. There was excitement over the first ever female jockey winning the Melbourne Cup, but for many animal rights activists and spectators alike, the real focus was on a ‘fan favorite’ horse, Red Cadeaux, being injured. Luckily, Red Cadeaux was not injured enough to be killed. But this injury should come as no surprise to spectators watching this cruel and inhumane “entertainment.”

Two horses died after the 2014 Melbourne Cup. Admire Ratki collapsed shortly after the race with a heart attack and died. Araldo, shattered his leg in the race, and was then killed due to the injury. Many more horses are ‘euthanized’ once their race days are over.

Click here to read more and take action.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Stray Stallion Saved!

Among the many calls that In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals Coalition receives are those requesting aid for stray and abandoned animals. While these cases are often not direct cruelty cases, they can sometimes turn into such a case fairly quickly.

Most communities in the area of Mississippi where we are located have no animal shelter and those that do cannot facilitate the care of large animals, so people have few places to turn to when attempting to aid stray animals. People peeved at the presence of a strange animal on their property can resort to acts of violence to get the animal to leave, or even try to kill the animal. In a recent tragic case, a rescued horse had to be euthanized because she’d been mortally shot.

Earlier this week, we used our experience with stray and abandoned animal law to aid a young stallion who had run loose in a community for over a week. The danger was great because of traffic and potential for abuse. We arranged for the friendly and handsome horse to be taken in and neutered so he could join a pasture of mares and geldings.

After making all the arrangements, we received happy news that someone in the community had decided to give the horse a haven and home, if needed. Cruelty was averted!

If the horse’s guardian comes forward, In Defense of Animals staff will use our years of experience and great discretion to ensure that this horse has adequate facilities and care.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Defend Wild Horses from the BLM

The wild horses of Water Canyon in Nevada need your help! Please stand up for them and make your voice heard by commenting before the looming June 15 deadline regarding the wild horses in the Water Canyon area of the Antelope Herb Management Area (HMA) of Nevada. Their lives are at stake!

America’s wild horses are continually under threat and their numbers dwindle yearly. Many of us have seen the photos and videos of the helicopters chasing down these majestic horses in order to round them up and gather them into long-term holding pens. This practice is inhumane and terrifying for the horses who are chased until they can barely stand. Countless horses flee in desperate fear, many of whom become severely injured or killed in the horrific process… and all so that the land they need to survive can be used instead for livestock ranchers and the big business that is the meat industry.

As the number of wild horses continues to diminish, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely, Nevada District Office would have the public believe that a “fertility control pilot program” for the horses in the Water Canyon area is of necessity, while the true intent is to remove even more horses from the area in lieu of grazing for sheep.

Under the guise of this program, the BLM’s proposal would only allow 25 wild horses to remain in the area. Those 25 horses would be on the same public lands as Hank Vogler’s “Need More Sheep Company” and his more than 6,000 livestock. The livestock would be left and allowed to graze at embarrassingly low taxpayer-subsidized rates. Unfair? You bet it is!

The BLM and the ranchers would have wild horses eradicated from public lands in favor of sheep and cattle grazing. This grazing is for the sole purpose of fattening up the unfortunate cows and sheep who are then brutally slaughtered and finally consumed. The direct link between cattle and sheep ranching with wild horse roundups is real and will continue until we humans take responsibility for our palates and refuse to financially support the industry. Horse roundups would not be deemed “necessary” if not for sheep and cattle ranchers whose meat businesses bring in the money that allows them to influence policies that are corrupt.

This plan is unacceptable for the wild horses and the public who care for them. The BLM is again outwardly showing preferential treatment for commercial livestock industries while the fate of our wild horses continues to hang in the balance.

Tell the BLM you do not support this program and you want the BLM to discontinue its use of helicopters to capture horses and to only use bait trapping to capture horses or remote darting for application of a humane program using PZP birth control as an alternative to removal, as removal is unacceptable. No additional horses should be removed and relocated to holding facilities where many wild horses languish for years with no hope of adoption.

The BLM must institute the reduction of livestock grazing so that the wild horse population in the area is accommodated equally without removing horses under the guise of a fertility program. American wild horses have just as much right to be on these public lands. Let the BLM know that removing our wild horses in lieu of grazing sheep for the livestock industry is not acceptable!

Thanks to American Wildhorse Preservation Campaign for contributing to this alert.

Click here to read more and to take action.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Horses and Donkeys Need You Now

With the help of our dedicated supporters, In Defense of Animals is able to be the ‘boots on the ground’ organization in cases of neglect and abuse throughout Mississippi. Your support has literally meant the difference between life and death for horses and donkeys in Mississippi. For Dodger the donkey, the road ahead is now full of hope as he begins the long process of healing and recovery, but sadly others may not be so fortunate. It is difficult and costly to be all places at once. For every case of neglect and abuse in which IDA has intervened, countless others continue unchecked. Your support has also meant that as well as operating “in the field,” IDA also operates in the courtroom. We seek to be a voice for those abused animals who have no voice, waging the legal battles necessary to ensure justice is served. Without your help none of it would be possible. Thank you for your continued generosity.

If you have not made a contribution to help Dodger and the horses yet this week, please consider doing so today. If you have already stepped forward and joined the chorus of support, please share or like us on our Facebook page. Help us to get the word out that we will not stand for abuse and neglect!

Please help today.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Two Horses Not Forgotten

Near the end of February, we told you about the rescue of a herd of seventeen starving horses by IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) in Mississippi. Several days after their rescue, two additional starving horses were found in an adjacent pasture. It was not immediately clear if these were animals from the same cruelty case or not; however, the investigator who assisted in the seizure later confirmed the two horses were the responsibility of the same individual.

The black stallion could barely move. His legs were hugely swollen and it looked like it would be impossible to put him in a trailer to move him. The mare he was with was discovered to be almost totally blind. Her eyes were diseased and the difficult decision to euthanize was considered.

Luckily, on March 4th, the two horses were successfully moved to HAS despite all odds. IDA was granted custody of the pair later that month. The stallion, Rafael, is slowly recovering and the hope is that he will make it. Gelinda, the mare, is totally blind in her left eye and sees only shadows with her right eye in certain lighting. Both are incredibly lucky to have been rescued from the nightmare they were living and we are grateful to have them in our care at HAS.

Without your support of our efforts, this rescue would not have been possible. Thank you.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org

Horse Slaughter Plant Approved in New Mexico

In a disturbing move that opens the door for horse slaughter to resume across the U.S., a federal court ruling just gave a New Mexico slaughterhouse the green light to kill horses. This is the first time a horse slaughter plant has been approved to operate on U.S. soil since 2007. Companies in Iowa and Missouri also plan to open horse slaughterhouses. While the Court of Appeal granted a temporary injunction, we need to push for an all-out ban.

Now, more than ever, your legislators need to hear from you in support of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act! The SAFE Act would ban horse slaughter in the U.S., as well as banning the export of horses to other countries to be slaughtered for human consumption. Please contact your legislators today to urge them to support the SAFE Act. It is important that legislators know that their constituents support the humane treatment of America’s wild and domestic horses.

In Defense of Animals
3010 Kerner, San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel. (415) 448-0048 Fax (415) 454-1031
idainfo@idausa.org