Thursday, December 11, 2014

MORE Managing For Extinction?

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Observation by Grandma Gregg
What the ‘ell strategy is BLM using now?  Their internet adoption in the past has been for ADOPTION of wild horses and burros with a minimum bid of $125 and a written promise that the adopter would not sell the wild horse or burro to slaughter for at least a year – but now it appears that they are auctioning off our wild horses online for $25!
We know that in the past, the BLM has sold older sale authority horses and burros for as little as $10 each – with free delivery if you bought a trailer load – and we also know that many of these have gone to disappeared into the BLM’s never seen again pipeline – but now they are auctioning them off online for as little as $25 to prospective kill-buyers?
Below are two examples of older mares captured last summer from Sulphur Utah that BLM just auctioned offto someone in Oregon for $25 with free delivery to misc. sites – including some VERY questionable locations that have been known to have kill-buyers lurking.
Does anyone actually believe that these beautiful older mares are going to find happy, healthy and safe “forever homes”???
Or will it be the same kind of “home” that Tom Davis gave the 1,700 that BLM sold to him and conveniently “disappeared”?

Recent Sales Figures
Fiscal YearMustangsBurrosTotal

The BLM’s sale authority figures have dropped WAY WAY down since the article came out in Sept of 2012 about BLM selling hundreds and hundreds of our wild horses to Tom Davis who could not account for the horses and burros whereabouts or well-being. (see chart)
Did that “discovery” actually slow the sales to questionable buyers way down?
Did that “discovery” just channel the BLM to get rid of them with a different plan?
Such as … selling from LTH by the truck load and not including those in the “sales” chart?
Are they experimenting with selling our older horses on the internet for a mere pittance?
Selling them from Palomino Valley (and Fallon etc.) with no brands? (I have seen them at P/V with no brand or tag#)
Not to mention selling them directly from the range when nobody is looking?
Current Time is Dec 6, 2014 10:39:57 PM Central Time
Bidding is now over.
Category: Delta, UT

 Mare1Sex: Mare Age: 16 Years   Height (in hands): 14Necktag #: 5350   Date Captured: 08/01/14Color: Dun   Captured: Sulphur (UT)Notes:
#5350 – 16 yr old dun mare, captured August 1, 2014 in the Sulphur HMA, UT (Freezemark:98745350 Signalment:HF1AAAABM).Her foal is #5358, an 7 mo old gelding, that will be weaned and adopted separately.For more information on the Sulphur HMA: (must copy & paste link into browser).This horse is located at the Delta Wild Horse Corrals, Delta, Utah. For more information please contact Heath Weber or call 435-864-4068.Pick up options (by appt): Delta, UT;Elm Creek, NEPauls Valley, OKPiney Woods, MS.Other pick up options:Brandon, FL (Jan 30); DeRidder, LA (Feb 20).Adoption confirmation for this animal must be finalized no later than Noon Nov 20th.
We will be offering mare #5350 up for adoption at a reduced rate due to her age through the Internet Adoption on Nov 4-18.
Number of Bids: 1
Winning bid: $25.00
High Bidder: OR7783
Category: Delta, UT
 Mare2Sex: Mare Age: 12 Years   Height (in hands): 14.1Necktag #: 5345   Date Captured: 08/01/14Color: Dun   Captured: Sulphur (UT)Notes:
#5345 – 12 yr old dun mare, captured August 1, 2014 in the Sulphur HMA, UT (Freezemark:02745345 Signalment:HF1AAAAAM).Her foal is #5356, an 8 mo old gelding, that will be weaned and adopted separately.For more information on the Sulphur HMA: (must copy & paste link into browser).This horse is located at the Delta Wild Horse Corrals, Delta, Utah. For more information please contact Heath Weber at or call 435-864-4068.Pick up options (by appt): Delta, UT; Elm Creek, NE; Pauls Valley, OK; Piney Woods, MS.Other pick up options: Brandon, FL (Jan 30); DeRidder, LA (Feb 20).Adoption confirmation for this animal must be finalized no later than Noon Nov 20th.
If gelding #5345 is not adopted during the November 4-14, 2014 Internet Adoption, she will be available for adoption starting Dec 1st on a first come, first serve basis $125.00 with pick-up ONLY at the Delta Wild Horse Corrals in Delta, Utah.
We will be offering mare #5345 up for adoption at a reduced rate due to her age through the Internet Adoption on Nov 4-18.
Number of Bids: 1
Winning bid: $25.00
High Bidder: OR7783
 Sale Program
Sale ProgramBLM Wild Horse and Burro Sale Information
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Mare1I don’t trust BLM any further than I can throw them.And yet these beautiful wild mares are in BLM’s “protection”! Mare2

Monday, December 8, 2014

Europeans Suspend Horsemeat Imports From Mexico – Deal Huge Blow to North American Slaughter Operations

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December 08, 2014

Europeans Suspend Horsemeat Imports From Mexico – Deal Huge Blow to North American Slaughter Operations

The horse slaughter industry has been dealt the biggest blow since The HSUS led the fight in Congress, the states, and federal courts to shut down the three operating horse slaughter plants in the United States in 2007. Today’s game-changing news: the European Commission has suspended the import of horsemeat from Mexico to the European Union (EU) due to food safety concerns.

Mexico accepts tens of thousands of American horses for slaughter and shipment to Europe. Photo: The HSUS

Mexico not only kills thousands of its horses for export to the EU, but accepts tens of thousands of American horses for slaughter and shipment to Europe. This announcement could prove to be an earthquake for the North American horse slaughter industry, since Belgium, France, Italy, and other EU nations are major consumers. 

HSI EU executive director Jo Swabe and I have personally appealed to senior EU regulatory leaders multiple times on this issue. I have long wondered how the Europeans could tolerate the rampant abuse and drugging of horses endemic to the North American trade, given their rigorous adherence to humane food safety standards for other species. The regulatory correction to the situation in Mexico has now finally occurred.

The suspension follows a series of audits by the Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) – the most recent one was published last week. The audit is a shocking account of significant animal welfare concerns that riddle the entire horse slaughter pipeline, from the United States to Mexico. The audit also details serious concerns about the traceability of horses slaughtered in EU-certified equine slaughterhouses in Mexico; 87 percent of these animals originate from the United States.

The Commission’s decision reflects exactly what The HSUS and HSI have been saying for years – there are serious food safety issues regarding horsemeat that originates from U.S. horses because they are not raised as food animals. Horses are our companions and partners in work and sport. As a result, horses are commonly treated with drugs such as phenylbutazone and other substances long deemed unfit for human consumption. And, as the audit shows, American horses lack lifetime medical records and do not meet EU food safety regulations.

While the audit focused on food safety, it also documented appalling suffering in the United States and Mexico. It details downed, sick horses slaughtered for human consumption despite being ill, horses suffering in export facilities on U.S. soil, and horrific welfare problems during transport. The audit confirms the cruelty of the horse slaughter pipeline that The HSUS has repeatedly exposed through undercover footage. The FVO even acknowledges that the information received from groups such as The HSUS and HSI accurately depicts the extremely poor conditions in which horses are transported. Special thanks to Animals Angels for its tireless work to document this trade.

The predatory horse slaughter industry is singularly concerned with making a buck, by snatching up young and healthy horses at auction, often outbidding legitimate horse owners and rescues. For these interests, it’s never been about euthanizing old, sick horses – that’s been a fiction since the start of this debate. This lust for profit is precisely why the industry and its legions of lobbyists have fought so hard to block federal legislation that would end horse slaughter.

We’ve long argued that Congress should enact the SAFE Act (Safeguard American Food Exports Act), to halt the transport of horses for slaughter within the United States and also to our North American neighbors. With Congress last year defunding slaughter in the United States, and the EU’s action to shut down imports from Mexico, there really is no rationale for not banning this trade.

The people of the United States do not see horses as a source of food, and despite all the scrutiny and pressure coming to bear on the horse slaughter industry, it has shown itself to be consistently reckless, unsafe, and inhumane. There’s no redeeming it, and the details documented in the European Commission announcement make that plain.

Ask your legislators to help protect our nation's horses through the SAFE Act.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Company Eyes Horse Slaughter in New Mexico

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Company has ties to Valley Meat, AG says

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ROSWELL, N.M. —Processing horse meat for human consumption may still happen in New Mexico, but state officials are fighting to stop that.
For years a Roswell company called Valley Meat tried to slaughter horses in New Mexico and ship the meat overseas for people to eat. The company gave up the fight after years of court battles and a judge’s decision forcing it to stop.
Now a new company is trying to do the same thing, and the Attorney General is trying to stop it.
“Many of the same people who were behind Valley Meat are behind this new enterprise,” said Assistant Attorney General Ari Biernoff.
The AG argues the new company, called D’Allende Meats, is using the same plant and is proposing the same plan. Officials said the judge’s decision to stop the old company should stop the new one.
The attorney representing D’Allende Meats said none of the accusations by the AG’s office are true, and the new meat company has a right to go through its own process.
The attorney said this new company doesn’t have that history. He believes dirty politics, not the law, are driving this new fight.
The AG’s office is asking a judge to quickly make a decision. The state’s Environment Department said the new meat company has requested a permit and is now in the normal review process.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pulsar device detects if beef is actually a horse (meat) of a different color

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Pulsar uses nuclear magnetic resonance to differentiate between horse meat and beef
Although eating horse meat is normal in many parts of the world, in other places, such as Britain, it rates almost on the same level as eating the family dog. So when it was discovered last year that horse meat was being passed off as beef, it literally put a lot of people off their dinner. To prevent a repeat of the episode, the Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich and Oxford Instruments have developed a portable detector that can differentiate between horse meat and beef in about 10 minutes, yet is inexpensive and simple to use.
When the horse meat scandal broke in 2013, it was a major story that rocked the agricultural sector and the British government. Horse meat was found in frozen beef burgers and a number of other foods, such as frozen lasagnas. It forced the recall of millions of pounds worth of meat products and sparked a major review of government regulations of the food industry, safety testing procedures, and the vulnerability of food chains extending into Eastern Europe to corruption and adulteration.
The scandal demonstrated that some sort of scientific test was needed to back up the government regulations and organizational controls to ensure that the meat inside a package matches the label. Regulations can have gaps in them and a chain of supply can show all the proper forms signed, the boxes checked, and the t’s crossed, yet still conceal a fraud. What was needed was an objective way of spot checking the meat itself to make sure it’s what it is claimed to be.
The usual way of telling beef from horse meat is by DNA testing, but the procedure is slow, expensive, prone to contamination, and not suitable for a high-volume business like meat processing. Worse, the procedure was hardly portable.
Developed by IFR and Oxford Instruments under funding from Innovate UK and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the detector, called Pulsar, is based on the fact that cattle and horses have different digestive systems, so they produce different triglyceride fats that show up in their meat. Pulsar is a high-resolution, bench-top 60 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscope that’s based on standard MRI technology, but unlike conventional MRI scanners used in hospitals, the Pulsar has permanent magnets instead of supercooled coils, so its design is much simpler, smaller, and portable.
Operation is relatively simple. A sample of meat, which can be fresh or thawed, is put through a simple chloroform-based extraction technique. Then the sample is inserted into the Pulsar, where the magnetic resonance signature of the target fats are recorded and analyzed in a few minutes by software developed by IFR.
According to IFR, tests of the Pulsar were carried out at a leading, but unnamed, meat processor, where Pulsar turned out to be as accurate as DNA screening, but faster, cheaper, and suitable for high-volume testing of raw meat at the abattoir. In future, the team hopes to widen the range of the the detector, so it can identify other meats, such as pork and lamb.
“It’s a stroke of luck really that some of the most important meats turn out to have fat signatures that we can tell apart so easily with this method,” says Dr Kate Kemsley of IFR. “It’s been very satisfying to see results from a real industrial setting sit right on top of those we generated in our two labs. We think this testing method should work well at key points in the supply chain, say at meat wholesalers and processors.”
The team’s findings were published in Food Chemistry.
Source: IFR

A shocking case of leniency from the courts

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The Case of Don Gatz, Patterson, CA 12/01/14

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 13:15
Investigation Category: 
Don Gatz is a California horse trader who has been buying and selling horses for the last fifty years. Based in Patterson, CA, Gatz frequents auctions in Turlock, Madeira and Escalon as well as in New Mexico.
Known to provide horses to several kill buyers, Gatz also has a history of abusing and neglecting horses. On May 19, 2011, Deputy District Attorney Mehlert initiated 30 counts of felony animal cruelty charges against Gatz.  In November of 2011, Gatz plead “no contest” to three felony animal cruelty charges involving 10 horses each and was ordered to serve three years of probation, 480 hours of community service and pay a $10,000 fine as well as $4,000 in victim restitution. The probation also included the condition that Gatz would not be allowed to buy, sell, trade or own any more horses.
The charges against Gatz were filed after law enforcement discovered 30 horses in distress on his  property, among them 1 horse down/dying without assistance, 1 horse with a large open wound (which had never been treated), and 1 horse with hooves so overgrown that it had difficulty walking. Several others were suffering from strangles infections, had tumors, or were severely emaciated. Of the 30 horses found, 15 had to be euthanized.
In February of 2012, Animals’ Angels inspected his premises in Patterson and found several extremely emaciated horses as well as two horses dead. All the evidence was provided to law enforcement, however, nothing was done.
In March of 2012, Gatz complained about the condition that restricted him from owning horses, arguing that he needed to buy and sell horses in order to make a living. Shockingly, the Superior Court for Merced County agreed with him and waived the restriction. Additionally, the 480 hours of community service were removed and replaced with a one-time payment of $3,000.
In May of 2012, a Merced County Probation Officer visited Don Gatz to inspect the horses on his premises.  The Officer noted that there was an “elderly, thin Appaloosa with skin cancer,” as well as two lame horses and one horse with overgrown, splitting hooves. She also noted that the pasture was bare and there was only one stack of poor quality hay visible. Once again, as indicated in the public records provided to Animals’ Angels, no further action was taken.
On February 20, 2014, a hearing was scheduled for a violation of probation.  However, records obtained by Animals’ Angels from the Superior Court for Merced County indicate that, while Gatz admitted to the allegation in the affidavit, Judge Marc Garcia still decided to terminate his probation. The judge even went so far as to clarify: “So we're clear, Mr. Gatz, there's no further obligations you have with the Court with regard to this case.
However, it gets better…Gatz then filed a petition for dismissal of the case against him (CA Penal Code 1203.4) in order to “clear his name” and obtain relief from potential negative consequences. His petition was granted on August 20, 2014.
Animals’ Angels visited his property again on August 30, 2014.  It should be noted that public records indicate that Gatz also leases 45 acres of land adjacent to his property from the city of Patterson for $600/year.
The investigators spotted a group of approximately 20 horses in a barren field next to Gatz’s property. The dusty field was surrounded by barbed wire fencing and was partially covered with broken pieces of concrete. The temperature that day was 96 degrees Fahrenheit and the group was seeking shelter underneath one of the very few trees visible.
Among them were several mares with foals by their side and some of them appeared to be pregnant once again. Several others were very thin with rib and hip bones clearly showing. One mare had a large tumor on the right side of her neck.
So what does all of this show us? It shows us that Don Gatz will never change -- he will continue to buy & sell horses until the day he dies and countless horses will suffer under his abusive hand. He will continue his cruel and inhumane operations knowing that he is protected by weak animal cruelty laws and lenient judges.
It is up to us, the people who care about animals and the way they are treated, to ensure that Mr. Gatz is held accountable for any future act of animal abuse or neglect. Animals’ Angels will continue to monitor Mr. Gatz’s activities very closely…very closely indeed.  

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Breaking News!

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Breaking News!

We were just informed that Michael Scannell, Director of the Food and Veterinary Office of the EU Commission, announced publicly that the EU Commission plans to STOP all horse meat imports from Mexico and further restrict all horse meat imports from Canada! 

The announcement was made during the recent European Parliament's Intergroup meeting in Brussels where issues regarding horse meat imports from third countries were discussed.

Animals’ Angels is very excited to see this development, we have worked tirelessly together with our EU partners to provide the EU Commission with best information available regarding the horse slaughter industry in Mexico, Canada and the United States, such as the complete lack of traceability, the fraudulent identification paperwork as well as the incredible amount of cruelty involved in the trade. AA’s Swiss partner organization, the Tierschutzbund Zurich, was present at the Intergroup meeting and again showed our investigation videos and reports to representatives of the EU Commission and an international audience.

After the Tierschutzbund Zurich presentation, Michael Scannell announced that the EU Commission was “very close” to imposing a formal ban on all horse meat imports from Mexico. He admitted that the transport conditions were completely unacceptable and that animal welfare concerns had certainly influenced the Commission’s decision.

We will keep you posted on any further development. Should Europe really ban all exports from Mexico, the Mexican plants will lose their main market for horse meat, which will make the exports of US horses to Mexico for slaughter obsolete.

Thank you all for all your incredible support and your tireless efforts on behalf of our horses, without you none of this would have been possible.

You can listen to the entire meeting here:
(Select latest meeting) The announcement of a potential ban is at min 53:00

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