Rick De los Santos says he is tired of sitting in southern New Mexico and watching countless truckloads of horses en route to Mexico for slaughter. "We've upgraded our knocking chutes for giving them that lethal hit."
He says he can't understand why everyone is so upset. Americans kill cows; why not horses? "My wife says horse is on the menu all over Europe, but the moment you mention horse slaughter in the U.S., you've got a problem," he says.
Yes, Rick, you have a problem. No way are we going to sit around idle while you push to get approval to start killing horses.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION!
Contact your senators and urge them to pass S 1176 and your representatives to pass HR 2966. Also contact New Mexico government officials.
WHO TO CONTACT:
-Find your local senator: http://tinyurl.com/ck7be
-Find your local representative: http://tinyurl.com/3dqxrqm
-Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico: http://tinyurl.com/cm4s3bj
-Bingaman, Jeff - (D - NM)
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Web Form: www.bingaman.senate.gov/contact/
-Udall, Tom - (D - NM)
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Web Form: www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact
Read full Resolution: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/sres452
The Humane Society of the United States calls upon the Bureau of Land Management to implement its long overdue Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program
The Humane Society of the United States is calling on the Bureau of Land Management to implement its long-awaited Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program to ensure the well-being of wild horses and burros at roundups and in government facilities. This request comes after several incidents this gather season where wild horses and burros were treated inhumanely and severely injured.
“The Bureau of Land Management needs to demonstrate a commitment to reform by making the implementation of its Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program to protect America’s wild horses and burros a top priority,” said Holly Hazard, senior vice president of Programs and Innovations for The HSUS. “Many of the horrific problems the public has witnessed over the last two years could have been prevented if the agency had kept its pledge and acted sooner.”
2012 Gather Season Facts:
The Bureau of Land Management introduced the idea of the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program in its proposed strategy for the Future Management of America’s Wild Horses and Burros in February 2011. Since that time BLM has gathered more than 15,000 horses and burros and there have been many instances of inhumane treatment both during gather operations and in government holding facilities. The welfare program was scheduled to be implemented in July 2012, however, the agency has still not finalized it.
In July 2011, The Humane Society of the United States issued a detailed report recommending improvements to BLM’s standard operating procedures at wild horse gathers. As a result of recent incidents, The HSUS is calling on BLM to implement the Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program immediately, to ensure America’s wild horses and burros are treated humanely at roundups and in government holding facilities. The HSUS also calls on the agency to review previous HSUS requests to develop and implement a Humane Observer program that would allow a knowledgeable, objective witness to intervene at
gathers to prevent inhumane treatment from occurring during gather operations.
Source: BLM Press RoomCañon City Wild Horse Facility
Cañon City, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is investigating the deaths of 19 wild horses at its Cañon City Wild Horse Inmate Program facility. The BLM discovered dead horses in a pen on Dec. 3. Several other wild horses in the same pen exhibited signs of illness. The BLM is working with veterinarians including state and federal animal health authorities to investigate the cause of the illness.
Veterinarians have euthanized those horses in the most severe condition with a poor prognosis for recovery. Autopsies were performed on three of the dead horses at the facility, with additional horses and samples sent to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
“As a precaution, we have quarantined the facility and will not ship animals out this week,” said Fran Ackley, BLM Colorado Wild Horse and Bureau Program Lead. “We are working with a veterinarian to determine the cause of the illness and prevent any potential spread to other wild horses at the facility.”
There is no estimate of when the lab analysis will be completed. In addition to the autopsies, the BLM sent water and hay samples to a lab for testing. The horses and burros are currently being fed hay from a different source as a precaution.
The BLM will release additional information as it becomes available.