Sunday, January 31, 2010

America's Horse Slaughter Trade Faces a Massive Hurdle


America's horse slaughter trade faces a massive hurdle as Canada takes the first steps in complying with tough new European Union rules, effective from July 31.

From January 31, horse owners selling animals directly or indirectly to slaughter in Canada must complete and sign a form detailing the medications used in the preceding six months.

While there is list of medications that require a withholding period of six months, others such as the common anti-inflammatory drug, phenylbutazone, or bute, cannot be given to horses at all if they are to enter the human food chain.
The new Canadian requirements, especially as it relates to bute, is likely to hit so-called kill buyers hard, who may struggle to obtain the background of each animal to satisfy European Union requirements. (clicke here for the entire article)

Monday, January 25, 2010


Horse Slaughter Proponents Begin 2010 Disinformation Campaign

South Dakota's legislature has already this session passed a resolution, H.C.R. 1003,  calling for the return of horse slaughter to the U.S.  The resolution,   exhorts Congress to defeat the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Join Me In the Campaign to End Horse Slaughter and the Transport of our Horses across our borders
to be slaughtered for the sole purpose of wealthy dinner plates overseas!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Dear Friends,

Last week we sent you a statement that was issued to Americans Against Horse Slaughter by Chairman John Conyers Jr. stating that the transportation and slaughter of horses for human consumption is cruel and inhumane, and that he intends to continue his efforts to stop this terrible practice.

As you can see from the alert below, Chairman John Conyers Jr. is keeping his promise. Let's continue to support his efforts and Rise Up for our Americans Horses!

Watch for more information from us in the very near future on how you can provide some additional help for the cause.

Please see the alert below courtesy of Animal Law Coalition. 
A hearing has been set on Feb. 2, 2010 before a Congressional subcommittee on H.R. 503, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, a bill that would stop the export of American horses to foreign slaughter houses for human consumption and basically end the commercial trade and transport of American horses for slaughter for human consumption.   Go here for more information and how you can take action to help pass this bill:

Thursday, January 14, 2010


(Courtesy Animal Law Coalition)

Stop IL state Rep. Sacia’s effort to repeal the IL ban on horse slaughter for human consumption! Despite failing in 2008 and 2009 to pass a repeal of the IL ban on horse slaughter for human consumption, Rep. Sacia is trying again. Go here for more information and how you can help stop this latest bill.

Katia Louise (WFLF) Appointed West Coast Regional Coordinator For AAHS

New West Coast Regional Coordinator for AAHS

Philadelphia, PA (Americans Against Horse Slaughter) Jan. 13, 2010

American's Against Horse Slaughter Welcomes Katia Louise from WFLF As Our New West Coast Regional Coordinator

AAHS is very pleased to announce the appointment of Katia Louise as our West Coast Regional Coordinator. "With the AAHS membership growing by leaps and bounds, we find it necessary to implement Regional Coordinators." said Shelley Abrams co founder of Americans Against Horse Slaughter. This year promises to be very active in our fight to end horse slaughter and having someone the caliber of Katia Louise in this position will prove to be a great asset.

As highly regarded spokesperson and champion for the health and welfare of both wild and domestic equines, Katia's been working to end horse slaughter since 2004. Ms Louise is a Broadcast Journalist, Talk Show Host, Filmmaker, Actress and a lifelong animal advocate. Earlier this year she produced "Saving America's Horses" an audio documentary for international radio which in part inspired the making of the film currently in production, “Saving America’s Horses – A Nation Betrayed”. As Executive Director of WFLF Humanion Films, she formed a national coalition of the top anti-slaughter equine experts and pro-horse specialists which in 2009 officially teamed up efforts with AAHS to raise even more awareness for this cause.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter is thrilled that Katia has agreed to join us as the West Coast Regional Coordinator. She is looking forward to working with our members.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non funded, grassroots national movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter and the transport to slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas. Americans Against Horse Slaughter has no other agenda, other than to stop the brutal slaughter of American horses.

Contact: Americans Against Horse Slaughter/www.americansagainsthorseslaughter.comemail:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010




Americans Against Horse Slaughter launches a new public awareness campaign inspired by pet lovers and concerned citizens from across the country.

Philadelphia , PA (Americans Against Horse Slaughter) January 11, 2010 - Americans Against Horse Slaughter was contacted by hundreds of concerned citizens, and other animal advocates after their recent discovery of American horses being slaughtered for the sole purpose of human consumption. The meat is then shipped to foreign countries overseas to be served as a high price delicacy.

"Are our dogs next?" says Lori Colon of Wadsworth IL . "This is unbelievable and a disgrace! I thought horses are considered our pets, our companions! We don't eat horse meat here!" continued Colon.

"I think the recent press about the wild horse roundups has shed light on our country's dirty little secret, horse slaughter", said Shelley Abrams, co founder of AAHS. “The wild horse advocates and organizations that have worked for so many years to protect the wild horses have done a wonderful job of creating mass awareness to the general public through the media and that has inspired the lay person to learn more.” Abrams added.

While the wild horses are in the forefront right now due to the unconscionable round ups taking place around the country which also put them at risk for slaughter, it is important to remember that our thoroughbreds, quarter horses and all breeds of horses are currently being inhumanely slaughtered for human consumption every day.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter is calling on all animal lovers and animal advocates to rise up against this brutal practice of horse slaughter by voicing their concerns to their Congressman and their two U.S. Senators and asking them to co-sponsor The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act; House Bill HR503 and Senate Bill S727.

Chairman John Conyers, Jr. issued a statement today thanking all the members of Americans Against Horse Slaughter (AAHS) for their unwavering support of HR503, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.:

“The transportation and slaughter of horses for human consumption is cruel and inhumane, and I intend to continue my efforts to stop this terrible practice. We now have 176 cosponsors to H.R. 503,and support for the bill continues to grow. The support of Americans Against Horse Slaughter (AAHS) is critical to passage, and I appreciate and commend their efforts.”

AAHS would like to thank Congressman Conyers Chairman of the Judiciary committee for his recognition of our efforts and assure him that we will continue to work closely with his office to pass HR503.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter is a non funded, grassroots national movement comprised of supporters of a federal ban on the slaughter and the transport to slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas. Americans Against Horse Slaughter has no other agenda, other than to stop the brutal slaughter of American horses.

Contact: Americans Against Horse Slaughter (


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Freedom for "Freedom!"


Media Contact:
Makendra Silverman
Tel: 719-351-8187
For Immediate Release
Icon of FreedomWild Black Stallion Escapes BLM Capture
Winnemucca, NV (January 6, 2010)—Today the Cloud Foundation honors the Calico wild stallion, named “Freedom” —an inspiration to mustang roundup protestors worldwide. On January 2nd Freedom escaped Bureau of Land Management (BLM capture) by fighting his way out of the roundup corrals, jumping a six-foot fence, and smashing through a barbed wire fence to run fee again in the wild. A storm of protests is growing following on the heels of Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago and Ketchum Idaho last week with more planned in Los Angeles and Lexington today, Denver and Albany, NY on Thursday, Boston on Friday and Las Vegas on Sunday. Protests in New York City, London, Santa Barbara, Toronto and Rome are being planned.
Still photos and the corresponding report from Elyse Gardner, humane observer, with ecologist Craig Downer document Freedom’s capture as well as his escape and are available on line. Link here.
“This was an awe-inspiring, do-or-die effort demonstrating the wild horse’s loathing of captivity and his primal need for freedom,” said Craig Downer, Nevada Wildlife Ecologist.
"This wild stallion's defiance calls us to back him up by telling Congress we refuse to have such actions done in our names,” says Terri Farley, celebrated children’s author of the Phantom Stallion series. "Congress must attach strings to BLM's budget so that the Bureau is forced to cowboy up and admit our remaining mustangs are not responsible for the damage to the range."
The Cloud Foundation with 190 other organizations, celebrities and scientists joined by thousands of members of the public from coast-to-coast have called on the President to stop this high-jacking of our American mustangs by a rogue government agency. 
“Freedom’s escape has rallied horse advocates across the globe,” says Lise Stampfli Torme, a San Francisco Bay Area Mustang backer adding, “His example is a lesson in values. Just as Freedom has boldly fought for liberty, we will continue to fight the BLM’s outrageous and inhumane roundups as well as their broken range management system that favors ranchers and other commercial interests, placing them above the law and the will of the American people. This must stop. The People's horses must remain wild and free.”
Despite their federally protected status on legally designated ranges, and an Act of Congress that states the lands on which they roam should be managed “principally” for their use, the Bureau of Land Management is continuing the roundup in Calico. The agency expects to remove more than 2,500 wild horses from Nevada’s last wild horse stronghold—the Calico Mountains.
Wild horse advocates assert that BLM is rushing to roundup 12,000 wild horses and burros based on faulty census figures and what may be a deal made with the builders of a massive natural gas pipeline project—the Ruby Pipeline.  Even BLM personnel have said that the Calico wild horses are not impacting the range as expected, despite their numbers exceeding what they (BLM) term “appropriate management levels.“ Cloud Foundation and other mustang and burro advocates dispute the BLM horse levels citing an internal system that is deeply flawed, arbitrary and indiscriminately applied without benefit of proper environmental review. (Full report and link to testimony online here).
“The BLM is spending more than $30 million dollars to quickly eradicate an irreplaceable piece of American living history. I ask myself, what’s the rush? Is it only pressure from ranchers? Does the BLM fear the ROAM Act will pass? Is it to clear the land for the Ruby Pipeline project, or is it something else?” asks Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director, The Cloud Foundation.
President Obama continues to stonewall on the issue, with only a “no comment” from his spokesperson following months of requests from the American public for his intervention.
Links of interest:
Freedom’s Escape & Roundup Report:
12.28.09 USA Today: “Activists Decry Wild-Horse Roundups” 
Mestengo. Mustang. Misfit. 
America’s Disappearing Wild Horses
Frequently Asked Questions on Wild Horses 
Ruby Pipeline Information
Stampede to Oblivion: An Investigate Report from Las Vegas Now  (          
Crunching Calico- An American Herds Report
Updated 2009-2010 Roundup Schedule
Unified Moratorium letter and signatories
Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971

Photos, video and interviews available from:
The Cloud Foundation