When Reporters get it Wrong…

Boy, they really get it wrong!  Jacques Laramee, NH horseman and horse advocate, nearly ate his steering wheel yesterday while he listened to a Radio-Canada talk show yesterday called, “Bien dans son assiette” with interviewer, Claude Brunet.  Jacques put his social media into high gear, and Radio-Canada got an earful of comments.  You have to wonder what Brunet was thinking when his only guest was a kill-buyer.  Maybe Brunet had to fill the time slot in a hurry; maybe he did do some research but the cat peed all over it, so it was illegible; maybe he was on work-to-rule so decided doing research would be too time-consuming.  I’m just say’n….

You’d think with all the brouhaha over the Huffington Post bringing to Quebec its tag cloud of bloggers that real journalists would sit up, straighten their ties, and be even more fastidious in their work than usual.  Apparently, Mr. Brunet missed that memo.  The long and short of it is that (call me crazy) a kill-buyer is not the best source of information on the subject of horse meat as a safe food source for human consumption.  After all, horsemeat is his, um, bread-and-butter, his livelihood.  It’s like inviting a white slaver or a cocaine dealer to talk about the safety and economical value of their stock-in-trade.  Hey, maybe the show was meant to parody the horsemeat industry, you know, like Jonathan Swift’s essay on solving the problem of the Irish starving in the 1700s by suggesting they eat their babies…maybe Brunet was having a bad hair day…maybe…. Hell, this one’s a real head-scratcher.

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Filière cheval du Québec: Bravo

Filière cheval du Québec:  Bravo

Pendant que les organismes hors QC s’associe aux groupes américaines ainsi qu’en Europe, Filière cheval du Québec (FCQ) propose “un mariage moderne et constructif” entre nos chevaux et l’agriculture.  Leur mémoire présenté à la Commission de l’agriculture, des pêcheries, de l’énergie et des ressources naturelles le 24 août 2011 souligne les raisons pour lesquelles l’industrie équine du Québec doit prendre une place intégrale en milieu agricole. Le texte du mémoire n’est pas très long et je vous encourage de le lire.

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A Sucker Born Every Minute

Français a suivre.  UPDATE/MISE A DATE :  Chad, the lovely young QH above has been placed in a good home with a couple of colts for company.  Merci a tous ceux qui ont demande des nouvelles de Chad qui vit maintenant la belle vie avec un nouveau propriétaire grace au diligence de Helene !

Even wealth and position won’t protect you or your horse from unscrupulous buyers–while horse racing commissions look the other way.   Kill-buyers  have testified to the many lies they tell owners desperate to place their beloved horse in a good home (check out Chad below, a 6-yr-old waiting for his forever home).  So why be shocked that it happens all the way up the ladder?  An upscale sucker is still a sucker and the deceitful buyer may be wearing a Rolex rather than jeans.  In this case, the lying buyer simply ignored the contract of sale which clearly states that injured Star Plus, was never again to be used in racing.  Obviously, he knew he could dupe the owner and get away with it, knew that the racing commissions wouldn’t intervene.   The owner is doing everything he can to get this horse back (get him off the racetrack especially since he is a danger to himself, jockeys and other horses) yet the American racing commissions are doing nothing to help him stop this unconscionable breach of contract, criminal endangerment, and criminal animal neglect.

On a less publicized scale, we have Chad, a good-tempered, calm and quite lovely dun QH of 6 hrs old who needs a home.  Chad (see pix) has just a touch of arthritis, enough to keep his loving and responsible owner from ever again showing him in dressage or eventing.  He can be used for light trail riding or as a learner horse for youngsters or as a stabilizing companion for another horse.  His owner needs to place him by the end of February.  If Chad speaks to you, contact me at cynthia@cynthiaderrico.com and I will put you in touch with his owner.  Her plea follows:

j’ai un beau quarter horse enregistré à donner dans une bonne famille. Il a 6 ans, mesure 15,3 mains et est de couleur Dun. Il est très beau et calme. Depuis la fin de l’été, il boîtait un peu et on a découvert qu’il faisait de l’arthrite. Il a été injecté aux jarrets et ça va mieux mais il reste quelque chose au grasset droit encore. Je ne peux plus l’utiliser pour faire du dressage et encore moins du saut depuis le mois de septembre. Je le monte encore 4ou 5 fois par semaine de façon légère (pas,trot,galop) et il fait de la trail. J’aimerais qu’il continue à avoir une belle vie avec des gens qui vont en prendre soin car il le mérite vraiment. Ça pourrait être un bon compagnon pour un autre cheval et il pourrait être encore monté pour de la trail ou des petits cours aux débutants. Il vit au box et est sorti tous les jours.J’ai contacté le refuge Galahad mais ils n’ont pas de place avant la fin mai car ils inspectent les futurs centres d’hébergement et ça va prendre du temps. En principe, j’aimerais qu’il parte pour à la fin de février. C’est dur mais je dois me résoudre à cette éventualité!
merci beaucoup!

Hélène

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Shaming the Devil

Tell the truth and shame the devil!  Does anyone remember that old chestnut?  That’s exactly what Sonja Meadows does in the attached video.  The video (also on Youtube) was produced by Animals-Angels USA and was intended for general audiences, although some viewers have already alerted me that it is, in fact, disturbing…towards the end, just a little bit, not very but enough to make one cringe, etc.  Les images sont peu perturbantes mais les ames sensibles sont averties.  Remember that, according to the USDA’s own figures, nearly 92 per cent of horses sent to Canada for slaughter are young and healthy.  What a waste when these horses could be recycled into the live horse industry–a vibrant and thriving industry here in Quebec…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvWBtoQ3C8E&w=420&h=315]

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from the Stupid to the Sublime

It’s not often I encounter someone whose IQ is so low that I consider their existence to be a waste of space.  My definition of stupidity is:  “Stupidity is the unwillingness to learn” because I didn’t believe in “stupidity” per se.  In this particular case, I’d also add one of my favourite quotes by the poet John Donne:  “No man is an island…ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”  I’ll explain shortly why that last quote is so relevant to this rant by a livestock owner who is only at the top of the food chain by accident of birth or, um species, and certainly not for any other saving grace.  Note that the emotional, almost hysterical, tone adopted by this, um, writer is exactly what the pro slaughterers claim is what horse advocates indulge in…reminiscent of Anita Bryant or Pa Kettle (well, to be fair, Pa was thick but kind-hearted).  Hmm…read on and decide for yourself.  Then go on to read two responses, one from another farmer, and one from Animal Advocates of Michigan.

In answer to a politely written Letter to the Editor of farmanddairy.com located in Salem, Ohio, he writes:

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No More Quebec-Bashing

Go here:  Ontario hippophagy  page 15

This is from a gourmet food magazine published in 2005*.  There are so many errors in it about horsemeat that I have to report it here.   Like all good gourmets (that’s “gourmet”, not “gourmand”), they suggest the proper wine to go-with.   Tragically, a Quebec abattoir provides for this clearly upscale market in Ontario:  once again, Quebec is the lapdog of others who furtively buy their product while openly maligning the supplier province.  One of the points I made to a fellow horse advocate this week was that you can’t come in Quebec’s back door, take videos of our abattoirs, and then stand aside remotely with your arms folded and watch our reaction.  It’s akin to your neighbour telling you that you have a dead rat in your backyard and then, offering no help at all, watching you try to deal with it.  I think they got the point:  there’s more French in their material than I’ve ever seen before (though no links but they’ll come around). I try not to engage in internecine or intramural squabbling whenever I can, but I am always made aware (especially when dealing outside Quebec) that I am not “white”, and “ethnics with money” are not welcome at the meetings; they’re only welcome at the accountant’s office.  For my part, I try to stay focused on the horses, whatever is going on.

We need help here.  Distancing yourself from what happens in Quebec just because we speak a different language is not a valid (or useful) option to pursue in the saving of our horses.  Anyway, I think this hedonistic nonsense below speaks for itself.

They Eat Horses, Don’t They?

Quit your squirming. The French don’t seem to mind

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