Viking: Quebec’s Poster Horse

Joël Le Bigot, who hosted the Radio-Canada broadcast today featuring Chamie Andorette, owner of Refuge Galahad, is a deft interviewer with an impish sense of humour.  More to the point, Mr. Le Bigot asked pertinent questions of each guest–and, best of all, he had clearly done his own research (in contrast to the reporter on Bien dans son assiette’s recent two shows on horse slaughter).

Chamie did a good job describing how Refuge Galahad works with, and gives financial support to, selected, supervised foster homes.  There is a great deal of support for Galahad in Quebec which is great.  However, I would have liked Joël to know

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A Horse of a Different Colour

One of my very favourite scenes in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, is when the merry group led by Dorothy and Toto finally reach the Emerald Kingdom.  They are greeted at the door by a horse-and-carriage…and every time the camera lands on the horse, he is a different colour–sometimes, black, sometimes orange, but each time, different.  It was a charming literalization of the old English saying:  “…well now, that’s a horse of a different colour”…in the same way, you’d say “…now that’s a different kettle of fish”…when the topic of conversation goes off-topic.  And, when it comes to championing horses or animals generally, going off-topic happens quite often.

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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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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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Association Québécoise pour la Protection des Equidés

hhttp://www.lerefugedegalahad.com/english.htm

That’s where you will find the Quebec Association for the Protection of Equines.  Located in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Refuge Galahad does wonderful work.  I nearly copied an image of a poor beauty, 4 years old, off their site…but my heart couldn’t take it, and I thought yours couldn’t either.  Please visit their site and help in any way you can.

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A Continuum of Deceit & Cruelty

The CHDC has released a grim report on the gruesome realities at La Petite Nation’s slaughterhouse in St-Andre-Avellin.  The undercover investigation was conducted in July 2011.  La version française est aussi disponible.  Warning:  the video segments are graphic.

“Beauty in the lap of terror” (The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe, 1794)

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