Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Is it possible for PETA to make sense?

Here is an interesting listen from SF NPR affiliate KQED.

Nothing earth shattering (as usual), but it is worth a listen for more points of view.

Nothing continues to get done in this industry and Alan expresses this sentiment as I would liked to have. I find myself building up more and more anger (in my belly) as the days continue to move forward.

There is so much to do, and so much talk. WHEN CAN WE DO SOMETHING? HOW CAN WE DO SOMETHING?

It is a shame, disappointing and very disheartening.

What we need is money behind us, to help make a substantial push towards creating change.

I am not a great writer, and would love to put my thoughts into words. I am more suited to verbalizing and look forward to be being afforded the opportunity to express my thoughts in a coherent manner.

BTW, our own Tote Board Brad makes an appearance on the show (first call of the day).

Nice work, Brad.

KQED's "Forum" with Michael Krasny can be found here.


Anonymous said...

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great piece keep it up,



Anonymous said...

The fate of too many horses: the bleed tank.

Get the Facts about Horse Slaughter

What types of horses are being slaughtered? Aren't these old, sick horses?

According to 2001 field studies conducted by Temple Grandin, 70% of all horses at the slaughter plant were in good, fat, or obese condition; 72% were considered to be "sound" of limb; 84% were of average age; and 96% had no behavioral issues. Slaughter plants do not want old, sick horses for obvious reasons.

How many horses are slaughtered each year?

Prior to the closure of all three foreign-owned plans in the U.S., over 100,000 horses were being slaughtered in the United States and processed for human consumption. Now, tens of thousands of live horses are transported across the border to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. After these horses are killed, their flesh is shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption. Their owners are often unaware of the pain, fear, and suffering their horses endure before being slaughtered.

What kinds of horses are auctioned at these sales?

Thousands of horses are auctioned each year, including healthy pleasure horses and ponies, racehorses who didn't make it at the track, draft horses, donkeys, mules, and others.

Horses are still being crowded into trucks, enduring hours without food, water and rest, and driven to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311), introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), John Spratt (D-SC), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Nick Rahall (D-WV), and in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV), closes this loophole and prevents the exportation of American horses to slaughter plants in foreign countries. It also ensures that horse slaughter is permanently banned in the United States. People need to take action and stop this brutality

Watch Our Undercover Footage of U.S. Horses Exported to Mexico for Slaughter -- Then Take Action

Sites of Interest:

Watch Our Undercover Footage of U.S. Horses Exported to Mexico for Slaughter -- Then Take Action,

End Horse Slaughter Permanently,

Grisly End for American Horses,

Supreme Court of the United States Declines to Hear Appeal on Illinois Horse Slaughter Ban,

Horse Slaughter Facts,