What About Bill?

What About Bill?

There isn’t a movie Bill Murray has acted in that I don’t love!  From Ghostbusters to Groundhog Day to Scrooged to (yes) The Razor’s Edge, I just love the man’s face, voice and mannerisms!  What About Bob may be my favourite but frankly, every one of them is good…

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Memorial for Horses Lost to Norval Slaughterhouse

Norval Meats, the last of the horse-slaughtering plants in Ontario, was finally and permanently closed.  The Canadian Horse Defense Coalition (CHDC) held a Memorial Service which is now on youtube.  These were some of the offerings by those who attended the service.

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Horse meat: A Deadly Mouthful

Horse meat:  A Deadly Mouthful

On ne mange pas son ami! shouted the citizenry of Montréal at a raucous demonstration held around Christmas time in 1759 after the Catholic Church had enjoined parishioners to eat their horses during a time when beef was scarce.  “One doesn’t eat one’s friends” arose from a set of rural values which held that your horse was essential to your livelihood as a farmer—as necessary to your survival as agrarian-friendly weather.  Still, traditional recipes passed down from one generation to the next show that at least some Québécois ate their horses, for whatever reason, at some point in Québec history.  In the early 1950s, my own mother’s obstetrician ordered her to eat horsemeat to “enrich her blood”, the very lean meat considered a natural remedy for anaemia.  Today, proponents of horse slaughter for human consumption argue that horse meat is healthier for you than beef, and at the end of his life, a horse can serve yet another human purpose:  to feed the hungry.  

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May Equine Awareness May 14 thru 29th/2011

M (May 14 through 29) is a two-week awareness and education campaign profiling everything equine.  Two Equine Fairs are being held in Ontario:  Uxbridge on May 14 (Everything Equine Fair), and Lindsay on May 28/29 (All About Horses Fair).  Celebrations of the horse by artists, in music, film and literature will be featured alongside updates on horse rescue and welfare initiatives, auction and feedlot realities, and information on European Union (EU) policies and pending anti-slaughter legislation.  Email info@defendhorsescanada.org for details and visit The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition blog at http://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.wordpress.com or go to the CHDC site:  www.defendhorsescanada.org

 

Apart from the Fairs, supporters (horse-lovers, breeders, riders, trainers, owners) are asked to participate in Daily Campaigns including:

  • contacting local stores and restaurants that sell horsemeat for human consumption (see A Deadly Mouthful, below);
  • Contacting European and Canadian stakeholder agencies and industries regarding how the horse slaughter industry plans to comply with the EU’s Commission import requirements for horsemeat from Canada;
  • Becoming aware of the risks of sending your horse to auction, or even selling your horse to owners intent on auctioning the horse off to the nearest kill-buyer;
  • Spreading knowledge about phenylbutazone and the many other drugs given exclusively to horses (which are not raised for food purposes) that are banned in human consumption;
  • Promoting horse rescuers and horse welfare initiative programmes.

 

Please support the initiatives of May Equine Awareness by taking action in person, by email or by any of the social media available to you.

 

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I Do Try to Talk about Everyday Things…

I Do Try to Talk about Everyday Things…

I know…my blog isn’t typical.  I’ve seen other blogs where people talk about their vacations, their work, their relationships, their hobbies, their kids; how they celebrated Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas.  Mine is a bit, um, different, in that I talk about causes I am passionate about, statistics that grab and hold my attention, and of course, anything which I think needs to be changed, improved, or revolutionized.  I am a creature of the sixties, after all.  One can talk over coffee or over the phone about the above-mentioned things any day or any time of the week.  Maybe it’s just a question of category:  horses are abused and slaughtered all over the world every day God gives, so that’s an everyday thing, too.  Women and children are starving every day.  

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