Alert! US Abattoir Being Readied to Open

Horse Harbor, a horse sanctuary in Washington State, has just published this in The Stablewoman Gazette.  UPDATE:  I removed the link as it’s clear that this was a false alarm.  Still, let’s all remain vigilant.

Since this is a “re-posting”, I’m not sure whether it was imminent at the time or was someone jumping the gun based on rumour.  Either way, Bouvry certainly isn’t one to let the grass grow under his feet.

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Animals Angels’ Light Up the Sky

Every year, Animals’-Angels USA holds a vigil by candle light that lights up the sky with the love of humans for animals.  Let me put that another way:  lights up the sky with the love we hold for the others we share this planet with.  I sent a very, very personal missive to AA last year about the horses I grew up with…horses whose very presence lightened a childhood and adolescence fraught with, well, personal and family contradictions I agonized over.  I wasn’t much different from people my age, some of whom knew worse, I’m sure.

Here I offer words I wrote when the CHDC held a Memorial when the Norval Slaughterhouse in Ontario was finally and permanently shut down; the Memorial was held on May 1, 2011 (I posted on that somewhere; look thru my Horse posts).  These slaughtered equines–horses, minis, donkeys, mules and burros–were all owned equines whose service to us went unthanked, ultimately unappreciated to the point of not mere death, but a peculiarly human-engineered death…that of the terror of transport away from safety and love and human kindness to the cruel, unfeeling pathology of the abattoir.  AA’s Vigil is on December 10th of this year:  send your personal tribute to the animal(s) of your choice now.  Herman Melville said:  ‘Silence is the voice of God’…maybe so, but He can see alright, and our candles will be a beacon of love He can hardly miss.

And so I wrote to, and for, the horses who passed through Cerberus at the Norval Horse Slaughterhouse…

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An Aside to the Primer on Horse Slaughter

ALERT:  Several of the email alerts I received yesterday stated that the US has decided to re-instate monies so that USDA workers can “inspect” horse abattoirs if and when they re-open for business.  Go here http://www.awionline.org/content/handful-legislators-condemn-horses-usda-approved-abuse    or here   http:///horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/12598  for more information.  AMERICANS, go here to learn how your own state can combat this backward thinking: lauraallen@animallawcoalition.com

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Jesus Rode a Burro

Jesus Rode a Burro

There’s a massacre of sorts going on in Texas.  While at the Virginia conference, I met Marjorie Farabee, founder of the Wild Burro Protection League, among her many other titles.  I spotted Marjorie just as she arrived at the Equine Conference; she was easy to spot.  She was wearing a magnificent, hand-made sort of pauncho-vest, the kind you’d only see in Texas, or maybe New Mexico.  When I complimented her on it, she replied:  “Well, I’m from Texas, after all….”  Right on.  Texas is an almost iconic state among the many in the States.  (How many Westerns did you watch as a child celebrating the mystique of the West, the cowboy, and a love of the land and all its indigenous critters that made the Lone Star state into what it is today?)  That’s why I was horrified to learn

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