It's Not American. Its Not Our Culture.The most up-to-date information on what is going on with Horse Slaughter Legislation.
WFLF’s film label, Humanion Films is in production on a series of feature documentary film, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES which is in part inspired by the successful documentary audio program produced under WFLF’s radio label, WFL Endangered Stream Live. centering on the advancement of compassion to animals. Production began earlier this year on a
About the Film
"Healthy vibrant horses are disappearing, never to be seen again. Find out where they are going, how they're getting there, what's really happening to them, and who's responsible.
The mission of Saving America's Horses, the film, is to inspire the apathetic and disposable mindset of today’s unassuming society into taking protective action for horses. This festival bound film follows the life stories of a few horses in a journey through time while taking a focused look into the
business. This movie seeks to advance compassion for horses, raise awareness for their suffering, and expose the corrupt driving forces that serve to misinform the public. It's a potentially life changing film presentation that speaks to a broad demographic through inspirational anecdotes, riveting investigative reports, stunning audio/visuals and compelling solutions."
We have a compelling and riveting film in the works which promises to arouse strong public outcry in support of America’s horses. The film is attracting the attention and support of with several of the country’s most renowned and prominent horse experts on board and others still joining in.
Advisory Board members include Laura Allen, Dr. Nena Winand, John Holland, Paula Bacon, Shelley Abrams and Julie Caramante.
This feature presentation is anticipated to receive strong reviews and is moving forward quickly.
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Winner of 20 Sports Emmys® in 13 years, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 134th edition debuts
If you missed the Debut show on May 12th then you can catch it on one of the other dates below or on HBO on Demand! This is a MUST SEE!
Hidden HorsesFew casual horse racing fans are aware that many former racing horses are slaughtered for profit. When a thoroughbred race horse reaches the end of its career or is simply no longer profitable on the track, it is often taken directly to auction and sold for meat. Because horse slaughter is no longer practiced in this country, these thoroughbreds are now being shipped by "killer buyers" to slaughterhouses abroad, which are frequently less regulated and less humane than former U.S. slaughterhouses. Correspondent Bernard Goldberg, who recently won the 2008 Sports Emmy(r) for Outstanding Sports Journalism for his 2007 REAL SPORTS story on the NFL concussion crisis, traces the disturbing journey many of these young and healthy horses take from the track, to auctions, to slaughterhouses, and finally to the plates of European and Japanese diners who pay top dollar for the delicacy.
Other HBO playdates: May 12 (5:55 a.m.), 13 (7:00 p.m.), 16 (8:00 a.m., 8:00p.m.), 18 (8:00 a.m.), 22 (1:00 p.m., midnight), 24 (11:30 a.m.), 28 (4:30 p.m.) and 31(4:40 a.m.)HBO2 playdates: May 17 (1:30 p.m.), 20 (6:15 p.m., 2:30 a.m.), 23 (3:00 p.m.), 25(7:00 p.m.) and 29 (11:00 a.m., 12:05 a.m.), and June 2 (5:00 p.m.)HBO On Demand availability: May 19-June 9http://www.hbo.com/realsports/stories/2008/episode.134.s1.html
The Tampa Tribune
Published: May 25, 2008
TAMPA - All eyes smile on Big Brown as the chestnut beauty races toward a possible Triple Crown.Others will become featured entrees on foreign dining tables. Meanwhile, at lesser tracks across the nation, forgotten has-beens are finishing out of the money. The lucky ones will settle into pastoral retirement as reward for their moneymaking years.
It's the dark side of the horse racing industry, and it's just beginning to catch the public's attention, horse rescue activists say. This month, HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" focused on the sale of faded racehorses to dealers working for Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses.
The program included graphic footage of a horse surviving several head blows from a bolt gun and another being stabbed in the spine to paralyze the animal and make it easier to slaughter.
In memory of Barbaro, the late, lame Kentucky Derby champ, Tampa lawyer Vanessa Nye is doing what she can to help stop the practice. A part-owner of five thoroughbred racehorses, Nye is a member of the national group Fans of Barbaro, which promotes legislation to ban transporting horses for slaughter.
A number of other organizations, among them singer Willie Nelson's Society for Animal Protection Legislation, are pushing for reforms, raising money for rescue and trying to establish funds to assure that thoroughbreds can retire to pasture.
All kinds of horses end up in slaughterhouses, from work horses to pets. But it’s an extremely common fate for thoroughbreds, Nye says.
"I think to a lot of people, they're commodities. The horse gets older, injured, isn't producing, coming in third, and they don't want it anymore," she says. "Get a better one. Get rid of this horse."
If owners have no alternatives, they can at least pay to have a veterinarian humanely put down the horse. That would cost about $60. Some owners would rather make $300 at an auction.
Last year, more than 100,000 horses were sold for slaughter in the United States, says Barbi Moline of Americans Against Horse Slaughter. The meat is especially popular in Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland
and Japan. The demand for it becomes clear on a Google search for horse meat recipes: 221,000 hits.
A Winner's Nearly Dinner
A 5-year-old gelding, Little Cliff was headed for the dinner table in March, 10 days after the thoroughbred' s last race, until Pennsylvania rescuer Christy Sheidy saved him from a slaughter pen. Little Cliff, once a stakes-class horse trained by the famed Nick Zito and winner of $202,762, had placed seventh in a low-level claiming race - where horses can be purchased up to a few minutes before the race starts. No one had "claimed" him, and his showing earned only $170 for the trainer-owner.
The Thoroughbred Times reported that Little Cliff was turned over to what the industry calls a "meat man" despite a notice in his file from Zito and his wife offering the horse a home in retirement.
The trainer-owner said he gave the horse to a man he thought would provide it a good home, says Sheidy, co-founder of Another Chance 4 Horses rescue in Bernville, Pa. The man sold it to a meat man, she says.
"It's a real common shuffle - 'Oh, they didn't know,'" Sheidy says in a telephone interview. "I can't tell you how many times I've heard that."
The public watched in horror this month as Eight Belles, the filly who broke two legs in the Kentucky Derby, was euthanized on the track. Members of the racing industry have called it a rare tragedy in the sport.
"What they fail to mention is that the race industry has thousands of fatalities annually - in the form of slaughter," Sheidy says.
In the past few years, individual states have closed down this nation's last horse slaughterhouses. Representatives of Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses outbid others at auctions and transport the animals out of the country, horse rescue activists say.
Legislation Proponents, Opponents
Many times, Nye says, the horses are ferried under cramped conditions and given no food or water. Her group wants people to pressure legislators to pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would ban the transport of living American horses for slaughter. House Bill 503 and Senate Bill 311 are stalled in Congress.
Barbi Moline of Stuart is a Florida group leader for Americans Against Horse Slaughter, which is pushing for the law. Moline, who has two retired rescued thoroughbreds, says the lawmakers blocking the bills come from big beef states.
The chief opponent, activists say, is Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho. A group called the National Horse Protection League has put an appeal on its site to "Stop the Larry Craig Stall," referring to his arrest on charges of soliciting sex from an undercover officer in an airport men's room.
The beef industry is fighting it, Moline says, because beef sellers fear it will jeopardize practices for slaughtering cattle and pigs.
"They fail to realize that horses are and always have been companion animals," she says. "They're bred to be companions. Slaughtering horses is the same, basically, as slaughtering dogs and cats."
The possible domino effect of the horse bill is a concern of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, spokesman Joe Schuele says. Some members oppose the law because they use horses in their operations and
need a way to dispose of old, injured and unmanageable animals, he says.
When horse slaughter was allowed in the United States, laws required that the animals be humanely killed. Also, horses didn’t have to be transported long distances.
Not everyone can have a horse humanely put down and buried on the farm, Schuele says, and rendering plants, which turn horse carcasses into products - including pet food - charge to remove the horse.
Banning transportation for slaughter would leave the country with too many old animals to care for, he says.
Nye insists, however, that if enough thoroughbred owners take the time, most can find a home for their retired horses. The animals can be used in psychological therapy and prison rehabilitation programs, for example. If necessary, rescue groups will take them.
"Being a thoroughbred owner, it's so sad when you see horses coming in last at low-level claiming races," Nye says. "You know any day that they will end up in auctions."
Reporter Philip Morgan can be reached at (813) 259-7609 or
Animal Rights Advocate Touched Many Lives
By Larry Liddell, Publisher Emeritus – The Clarksdale Blue Star
Back in 2006, a horse by the name of Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby.
I felt like he could be the next triple-crown winner and I looked forward to The Preakness. However, something went terribly wrong in the gate and the three-year old broke
through the gate prior to the start of the race.He was placed back in the gate and the gates opened and he began his charge for the second jewel in the crown. A few feet from the gate, he pulled up, his right rear leg dangling helplessly. His jockey, Edgar Prado, immediately jumped off his mount and held him steady and kept him calm while help arrived. Prado momentarily saved his horse’s life with his timely action. Barbaro survived the breakdown for eight months. His leg healed but just before he was allowed to put weight on the injured leg, he developed laminitis, first in his left hind leg and, finally, in his front two hooves, and his owners and veterinarian decided to put him down on Jan. 29, 2007. Shortly after that day, I wrote a column on the gallant little horse that had become my hero. The week after my column appeared, I received an E-mail from an address called “Potlucky” that turned out to be a woman calling herself “CJ”. It seems that she had Googled Barbaro to see what people were saying and had come across my column. She felt obliged to contact me and compliment me on my love for all animals, horses in particular. We E-mailed ever since. She enrolled me in a group known as Americans Against Horse Slaughter in the United States and provided me with statistics and facts she felt important for citizens to know. Eventually, I had enough to write a column on the horror that was going on in this country involving the legal business of slaughtering perfectly healthy horses. When Congress introduced legislation making it illegal to slaughter horses in the United States, AAHS's lobbying efforts helped gain support on Capital Hill for this legislation that would also make it illegal to transport horses to slaughter. Then, those involved in the business (and make no mistake about it, it was big business) of slaughtering horses to provide food for consumption overseas, began totruck the horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. “CJ” and her group then began another campaign to make this practice illegal. Now, they are a watchdog for these lowlife scumbags, reporting suspicious activities to authorities. They are also campaigning to save the wild horses that remain in the country.Unfortunately, “CJ” will not be around to help save the wild horses.This weekend, I received an E-mail from AAHSUS informing me of “CJ’s” death after a long battle with cancer.“She spoke very highly of you,” the E-mail said simply. We never met but her E-mails kept coming. Always informative and never self promoting, “CJ” just touched base every so often over the past three years informing me of what was happening with AAHSUS. She expressed her disappointment in my inability to travel to Washington , D.C. last July to attend a rally on the steps of the U.S. Capital in support of the wild horse campaign. Her name was Carolyn Jaffe and she lived in Indiana . She has been an advocate for horses, especially those who had been abandoned for whatever reason. She began finding places that would take them in. There was no money involved in her effort; she did it out of love for horses. And she continued to do it until the day she died. Debra and Shelley, co founders of AAHS have written a tribute to “CJ” that I wish I could share with you, but I cannot download it However, I have viewed it and it is an accurate description of her life and love of not only horses, but of her love of her fellow AAHSUS members. More importantly, perhaps, it is an accurate description of the love held for her by her fellow AAHSUS members. Her unselfish service to unfortunate abandoned horses did not go unnoticed by anyone who knew her. I remember when her favorite adopted horse passed away, she E-mailed me to tell me that, just like a human one has known and loved so long, you are never prepared to let them go.And then she said something that I will always remember. She wrote: “One day, I will be with him again and that will be the happiest day.”The tribute is written to the background music of “Wildfire,” a song about a wild horse. Now she is with her “Wildfire” again, without the pain of the disease that took her from us.I will always miss “CJ”— Carolyn Jaffe, the horse’s — and my — champion.