As a young Catholic, I learned that the month of May was consecrated to the Virgin Mother of God, Mary. Every May, I set up a small shrine in my bedroom, and recited a decade of the Rosary to the Mother of God every night. I was very sincere and, like so many tweeners, hoped that my prayers would be answered, or at least, make my life more palatable, if not purer. As we enter the month of August, I try to remember which saint or god it is devoted to: Augustus Caesar? ”August” occasions are grandiose affairs; the Queen celebrates her birthday in August although she was born under the sign of the Bull, Taurus (I think); one may have an “august” presence, I suppose, and preside over an equally august occasion. I don’t get it. The month of August, following too quickly on the steps of July, signifies the onset of Autumn…and then, you know…w i n t e r. W I N T E R…you know, THE season of winter tires, minus 35 Celsius, snow piled as high as my head, 40 minutes scraping the ice off your car, wearing men’s underwear under your layers and layers of undershirts, tops, sweaters, ski pants, scarves that fall to your feet, hats that make you look like a mobile condom or a smurf, and coats that so disguise the human form that the difference between you and a stick figure completely disappears. As the barometric pressure changes and strange weather patterns take centre stage, my joint pain flares and migrainous headaches begin to preoccupy my psyche.Read More
September 26 thru 28th, 2011, the Animal Law Coalition and the Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) will co-host the International Conference on Equine Welfare. I will be there with bells on! Click here to go to their website.
Dr. Ann Marini, co-author of the Food and Toxicity Report I refer to in my article, “A Deadly Mouthful” (see earlier blog post), Lonita Stewart, VP of the CHDC, and Sonja Meadows of Animals-Angels USA are keynote speakers, among many other equine welfare specialists and advocates. There will also be a screening of “Saving America’s Horses. A Nation Betrayed” featuring Tippi Hedren and Paul Sorvino, a documentary I refer to in my Links section. I’m so excited…I can hardly wait. The Conference is being held in Alexandria, Virginia. The end of September is two months away. Needless to say, I’ll remind y’all as the time grows near.Read More
I found out quite by chance about a month ago (through Evelyne Villers’ excellent Chronique in Premiere Edition) that my own cousin’s daughter, Olivia D’Errico, has qualified for the Quebec Equestrian Games which will be held at Bromont on the 16th to 18th of September. Bravo, Olivia. I’ll see you at Bromont! (Meanwhile, I asked Rico, my cousin and her proud Dad, to let me use some photos on this blog site…let me know, cuz!)…and so he did. Unfortunately, the great jump pic that I wanted was “security-enhanced” so I couldn’t publish it here. But I have found another! Brava, Olivia and “She’s the One”, your lovely mare! I’ll see you at Bromont!Read More
I was alerted to this information on the Cdn Horse Defence Coalition blog. A heartfelt thank-you to the two reporters, Robert Cribb and David Graham, who researched this article and to The Toronto Star for making it their front-page feature! I was particularly grateful to learn from the video that the reporters actually followed a horse transport to see whether the horses had been fed or watered at any point. (We know they aren’t, but having it published by the mainstream media has an impact.) I read some of the comments from Star readers and it fascinates me that the ratio of pro-slaughter to anti-slaughter is almost two-to-three. Since some of them claimed to be horse-owners, you’d think that the article would compel them to do their own research, but then again, the level of ignorance about nature in general was appalling, eg. “oh yeah…it’s less cruel than to let them be eaten in the wild by bears and wolves.” Huh? Then there was the horse-owner who never gives bute to his five horses…well, not never…well, only three of five…or two of four…or, not in the past four years anyway…or…I got dizzy with the changing stats. Then there were Americans who slammed Canada (“we don’t do it in our country”)…um, no, you send them to us so we can do it for you (shame on us!). Some Americans rightly pointed out that their ban on slaughter didn’t help since so many horses are now left to die, abandoned by a roadside. Overbreeding, anyone? Unable or unwilling to euthanize, anyone? Those with a good appetite revelled in their regular diet of horsemeat: bute a l’orange, anyone? Here are the links:
for the YouTube video:
and for an exceptional study of, and keen statistical analysis of horse slaughter in the States, go to:
I’ll blog more on the above shortly. In the meantime, I’ll keep hoping that The Montreal Gazette will feature something similar; after all, the Massueville Abattoir owned by Viandes Richelieu Meats is one of the worst offenders in terms of the manner in which they slaughter horses.
I managed to transfer many of the pix taken at Deb’s Place in Abbotsford, BC, and some taken at the Pacific Canadian Horse Show in Maple Ridge, BC. Go to Photos on the left-hand Menu and click on CHHAPS for the Show and At Deb’s Place. I’ll be posting more pix taken in Ontario between 2005 and 2009–all horsey ones, of course–so stay close.Read More