War Horse & PETA

Contrary to the excesses (on- and off-set) of the new TV show, Luck, the producers of War Horse (the movie, not the play) ensured the safety of the horses on-set. According to PETA, Spielberg and co-producer Kennedy, did everything to accommodate the horses, using computer-generated graphics in many cases.  In contrast, PETA’s appeal to the producers of Luck (one of whom is Dustin Hoffman), went for naught, and at least one horse had to be euthanized on-set after the filming of a dangerous scene.  We have the technology, people, why don’t you use it?

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Refuge RR Winter Fundraiser

Refuge RR Winter Fundraiser

I just read on the CHDC blog that Refuge RR for Horses needs help to continue their water and hay feed supply for the winter.  I worked as a volunteer with RR for a couple of years, and I can vouch for its owner, Rose, and the wonderful work she and her family (and her devoted volunteers) do.  Located in Alexandria, Ontario, a great number of RR’s rescued horses come from Quebec.  Go to their website and donate money, blankets, feed, hold a fundraiser, become a sponsor or anything else you can think of to help out.  Plus que 98 pourcent de leur rescapes viennent de la province du Quebec.  SVP aidez Refuge RR a soigner les equides mis a cote, ignorer, negliger…surtout ceux qui ont passe leurs vies en service et maintenant meritent une retraite tranquille au lieu de l’horreur des abattoirs. God will bless us for taking care of His magnificent creature…one with whom his other creature, Man, has always had a special relationship.

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Urgent: Horses Dying from Cruelty in L’Île D’Orléans

UPDATE: Peaceful demo to be held Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 3:00pm at St-Pierre De Lile Dorleans, QC.

I just read this on Celine Tremblay’s “potin” (blog) about a colt dying because of random and cruel neglect on Ile d’Orleans.  This is from Céline’s post:

Cette semaine, j’aimerais vous parler d’un cas de cruauté envers les chevaux à L’Île D’Orléans.  Plusieurs plaintes semblent avoir été faites auprès de la MAPAC, la SPA Anima-Québec et la Sûreté du Québec sans grand succès.
Promesse est un poulain frison de 2 ans dont la cote de chair est actuellement de 0, tout au plus 1. Visiblement affaibli, ses jours sont comptés avec l’arrivée de l’hiver.
Les plaintes au MAPAQ n’ayant rien donné et l’impuissance de la Sûreté du Québec  à intervenir, forcent mon appel au public.
Dans le creux de son oreille, j’ai fait la promesse au poulain de me battre pour lui (et pour la horde).  J’ai nommé ce petit cheval « Promesse ». Merci de contribuer à mon effort de sauvetage, car il y a urgence.

I wish I’d seen this sooner because apparently a demonstration was held today, December 3rd.  This, after appeals to the Sûreté du Québec, Anima-Québec, and MAPAQ (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Production of Quebec) got nowhere (what else is new?).  Pour vous joindre aux combattants pour Promesse et ses amis, communiquez avec Louise B. à l’adresse suivante louise.branchaud@videotron.ca   That’s the email to write to, to offer help or to join up with these advocates or visit les écuries Diabolo or click on the link above, Promesse.  This is urgent so please help if you can.  In the meantime, I’ll try to get more information.  Every minute counts for this 2-yr old baby whose body grade is less than one.

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Temple Grandin’s Opinion of Canadian abattoirs

The CBC report with Dr. Grandin supplied by the CHDC.   It strikes me that Dr. Grandin’s clarity here contrasts with her statements elsewhere that the standard practices involved in slaughtering prey animals are as appropriate as for non-prey animals (I won’t touch the extreme argument that all animals who are eaten can be considered “prey” because that would be putting too fine a point on a debate already fraught with complexity).

I must look up Dr. Grandin’s remarks specifically addressing the mode of slaughter for prey animals so I can add the link here.  I think they may be cited in Forbes Magazine’s series on Thoroughbred slaughter.  I’ll check and get back to you.

 

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Primer: the Last Part (possibly)

Next question:

All right…so if all of this is true, what is the CFIA doing about it?  I have cousins in Europe and they’ve told me that there was a spot in the news that the EC (European Commission) put out a not-so-favourable report on Canada’s handling of food animals, especially pigs and horses:  what’s the story there?

Before I answer this question, I do want to caution readers that the government’s (that is, any government’s) private password for “we can’t legally fine, admonish or shut you down, but really this is borderline below-standard” is the word, “adequate”.  I’m not making this up; I did work in our nation’s capital for a short time, and, needless to say, I learned a lot.  “Adequate” saves a government agency from taking action which might give some bigshots’ or lobbyists’ heartburn, and/or might affect the economy in negative ways.  This is what you might call a circumspect view, an all-things-considered, all-things-being-equal position, not unlike the notwithstanding clause in the Meech Accord, or like last year’s redundant declaration by the federal government that ‘Quebec is a nation in its own right’ (as if we didn’t know that)…but I digress.

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An Empire of One

I don’t mind getting spam on this blog; my readers will never see it because I have an excellent spam-catcher selected by my excellent webmaster, Tyler.  Just lately, however, there have been comments sent by really rude, and clearly, ill-informed people who think expletives make their message stronger.  They don’t.  Let me respond to you all such now:  this blog is an Empire of One; I’m the Empress, animator, chief cook and bottle-washer, which basically means that all comments go to me for moderation (‘sober, second thought’) and I decide whether the comment appears on this blog.  Hey, one has so little power in this universe, it gratifies me to have even that little pocket of power over my own blog.

As such, any of you who are pro- horse slaughter and wish to intelligently, thoughtfully, and politely respond to my Primer with a civil tongue in your head, you are more than welcome to comment here, and I will be happy to cross swords with you.  Those of you who have the IQ of a gnat, the verbal skills of a three-year-old, and the anger management of a serial killer, are not welcome to comment.  I trust my description helps you identify yourselves. Got it?  Good.  Now let’s get on with the final few questions of our Primer.

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