You may have heard Conference Committee Chair Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI), Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) voted to reject de-funding of inspections for horses bound for slaughter for human consumption. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) was the lone supporter of continued de-funding of the inspections.
On November 18, 2011 President Obama signed this federal ag bill into law.
What does that mean exactly? That means that horse slaughter plants could possibly reopen in the United States of America.
How could this have happened when millions of Americans are opposed to horse slaughter? Simple, the pro slaughter lobby is a well funded machine thriving on the blood money of the accidental industry of brutality and horror - horse slaughter.
Proganda like this United Horsemen newsletter have helped allow this atrocity to occur. (See my reply to their original email to Angel Acres and their "rescue plans" - HERE.)
In my opinion, they have been able to package horse slaughter to the non horse savvy public to appear as a public service that benefits horses and provides a service to horse owners.
Horses suffer at every step of the process - from transport to killing floor - many anti slaughter websites have undercover video of the horrors & inhumane treatment taking place at slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico.
We have been watching the hits to the billboards companion website Stop Slaughtering US increase DAILY everywhere there is a billboard up! We are up to 12,000+ hits per week. This means we ARE making an impact and raising awareness, one state at a time.
Horse slaughter is NOT harvesting, processing, rendering; it is horrifically and brutally slaughtering innocent horses who have given their lives (in more cases than not) for their owners.
The Angel Acres Anti Horse Slaughter Awareness Campaign is a grassroots effort designed to change that, one driver and one billboard at a time. This one is URGENT - PLEASE HELP by DONATING today!
We receive no federal, state or corporate funding for this awareness and now, even more important educational effort.
PLEASE help us raise the funds needed to get more billboards up, NOW.
You can click HERE to donate securely online to the campaign - Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization & all donations are tax deductible.
Angel Acres PO Box 62 Glenville, PA 17329
Have a great weekend ahead and THANK YOU for helping us spread the word,
Our 3rd Annual Angel Acres Decorate the Tree Event has begun!
As little as a $1 (even in today's economy) will help horses in dire need of that Holiday Cheer and a renewed life in the years to follow...How do you ask?...By reaching the masses...Well sort of like that shampoo commercial of old...by you telling one person and them telling one person, and so on...
Most importantly though, YOUR donations help horses like Grace, shown below on the day she was siezed by local authorities last month. The 1st photo shows her being removed from the location where she was apparently denied food and water, and kept locked up...literally locked in a very small building.
The photo below is AFTER One month's care in quarantine at the local animal control farm - still looking really thin, probably wormy and in need of SERIOUS TLC. She is shown arriving on Thanksgiving Day to the Angel Acres training/rehabilitation facility. (you can click her picture below to see her facebook post & leave a comment for her, too)
YOUR support makes a HUGE difference in the lives of the horses we touch each day. Please help fill our tree and the bellies of starving and neglected horses this holiday season.
Our tree has 6 cards so far - but we are hopeful it will fill up soon!
If you would like to help us get past the Charlie Brown Christmas tree look, send your card, with yourholiday gift of a $1 or more and we will joyously post YOUR first name along with a photo of YOUR Card displayed within one of the many available branches via our daily blog updates!
If you would like to do even More...Consider being a Secret Santa for one of the many horses currently being cared for at our facility or a sponsor for an incoming horse in need. The average cost to provide vet, farrier & dental care, hay, feed, blankets, etc., runs approximately $2500 annually per horse.
Please send your card to us at:
Angel Acres PO Box 62 Glenville, PA 17329
THANK YOU for your help & have a super happy Saturday!
There seems to be some confusion about somethings that have happened in the past and I am very unhappy that Christy Sheidy chooses to continually post inaccurate information about me in a public forum. So - here is a direct response to comments posted by Christy Sheidy about me in a yahoo group today - my answers / replies are in black her comments are in blue.
This is post by Christy Sheidy of Another Chance 4 Horses in this group her questions / comments are in blue -
Vet options – you chose and tell us what is to be done – we don’t bundle it. This is not done at New Holland – I see very opinionated and lack of education Jo D aka “rescue” posted a comment that she gets hers for $20.00 that is AT New Holland auction – it clearly states in RED that the horses are not there. Can’t you read Jo? Yes, Christy I CAN read, I have a college degree - do you? I stated I get Coggins tests pulled at NH for $20 not the $55 you claim to have to pay. I don't read your page so I don't know where you get them done - I just other people posts their cost and I post what I pay.
She identified a kill buyer, Don Nickerson to the ASPCA when on a field trip to the auction – surprise the kill buyer, Don Nickerson- wasn’t there- who did she misinform the ASPCA about being a kill buyer? Don’t know. You know exactly who it was, she was at your place the day before and you had invited her to go along with you but she already had arrangements to meet with us. I identified the correct people.
She had a horse disappear from the auction that was purchased- never to be found, - I got a call from MidAtlantic Horse Rescue who was at the sale that day and was asked if I could take in a horse THEY (not us) JUST BOUGHT and I said sure and sent our hauler to get him, when our hauler arrived he was gone. I ended up paying for that horse (because I gave my word to MAHR that I would take him and did take on the responsibility) and looking all over the country for him and I NEVER EVEN SAW HIM however; we did find out he was stolen but no proof so I have to sit and stew about it.
Sold saved TB mares as broodmares- NO, another inaccuracy you keep posting, we were contacted to help save 4 older broodmares that were being shipped to slaughter THAT DAY - we got a few HOURS notice - and we posted for them to find homes - we did not sell them, we never even saw them. We did help arrange transport to new homes and screened folks the best we could in the little bit of time we had before they were shipped to slaughter, - it’s on ABR and didn’t know about the kill pen close to New Holland actually said we were lying about it– Alex Brown went to verify and we pulled My Little Bean who was then the spokes horse in DC for American’s Against Horse Slaughter. I cannot even respond to this comment because I do not know what she is talking about.
Jo then left ABR after looking like a fool and takes every opportunity to bash AC4H when it was her own ignorance that put her in that position. I quit ABR because of the scamming and lying that is allowed to go on there. I am guessing you are referring to the day you ran into Jill Curtis, her mother and I at the door and said, and I quote "anything in their today?" We told you about a chestnut mare we saw. This was at 2 - 3pm AFTER the sale was over. ABR is home to so many scammers and rip off artists we left because of that, not because of anything else. We were in the kill pen ALL DAY with Alex Brown - and a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer - you were not there that day, if that is the day you are referring to.
What I want to know is what does she have to lend to the HSUS steering committee? What does she know? I evidently have something to offer as I was asked to be on the committee and work hard to help horses behind the scenes. Were you asked to be on the committee?
She doesn’t even attend the auction with regularity, doesn’t know locations of kill pens and can’t identify kill buyers either. No, I don't go regularly, I have the rescue horses and work to attend to here and we do not need to go to the auction - we have another rescue and a volunteer that goes as often as she can and we get direct to kill / underground horses - so, no need to go and beg for money to pull them from the pen when they are delivered to us by haulers paid for by trainers that need places for their horses to go. They know they are coming to a clean facility, we won't go online and berate them and we will get them placed into homes. So, that saves them from going to the sale in the first place.
I do know who the kill buyers are and can identify them - I have cancelled checks to prove it.
What does she do??? Well, let's see I am putting up billboards around the country raising awareness about horse slaughter, I am taking in starving horses that are being seized by AC in Maryland and Pennsylvania, I am training and reschooling horses to be adopted out into loving homes, I am accepting horses BEFORE they get to the auction (see above note), I am helping people that are in need around the nation via Mattie's Legacy Fund. I also speak with people who believe their only option is to send their horse to auction...I work from the time I get up to the time I go to bed, all day every day.
Oh I know she sits on her computer all day voting for herself in various contests. Yes that was sarcasticI don't sit on my ass all day, I can sure tell you that. That's why I love my smart phone ;o) Those various contests have enabled our rescue to save more lives without emotionally blackmailing our readers by screaming the truck is coming. Those contests didn't ask for anything more than a vote from our readers and will enable us to now have a truck that starts when I turn the key and many more horses were saved as a result of those contest grant awards without begging for money because "the truck is coming"...how about you?
This is Socks - a pony mare rescued by Jody and her family - she was starved and so weak she could not walk for water and hay. Jody had to take water and food to her.
AND she was pregnant & severely foundered at the time of rescue...the farrier believes with proper care & maintenance she will be able to remain comfortable and live a long life.
1st picture is at the time of her rescue and the one below is after being rescued and living with her rescuer, Jody. We are assisting Jody and Socks with farrier care via Mattie's Legacy Fund. We have helped many, many families in need of assistance via Mattie's Fund.
It is because of our supporters that we are able to provide help to Jody, who says this about Socks, "She is a very good pony and I just want to give her the life she deserves. I just need the help to get her through this pregnancy and give her a loving place to the rest of her life."
If you've donated to Mattie's Legacy Fund, then you've helped us help horses like Socks and literally hundreds of others.
Please share our story and help us help more horses by donating today - I've made Mattie's Legacy Fund my holiday wish and am hoping my friends, family and readers will donate whatever they can to my wishso that Angel Acres can continue to rescue and help horses and horse owners in need of assistance this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
Big thanks from the entire Angel Acres Gang & cute pony mares and other horses in need thank you, too! Special thank you to Jody for saving Socks and reaching out to Angel Acres, we are honored to help her help this lil girl!
The above screen shot is a conversation between self proclaimed horse eater Wyoming Representative Sue Wallis and a few of her readers. Are people pushing for horse slaughter to return to the USA REALLY heroe's? I don't think so...This post shows folks cheering because what happened today could clear the way for horse slaughter plants in the USA to reopen - learn more by reading this article in the Huffington Post by Mark Markarian.
In the article, Mark Markarin, Chief Program & Policy Officer, The Humane Society of the United States, states, "it could cost U.S. taxpayers about $5 million annually to subsidize government inspections of foreign-owned horse slaughter plants."
This should make ANY horse lover angry - pro slaughter groups have been able to package horse slaughter to the non horse savvy public to appear as a public service that benefits horses and provides a service to horse owners.
The pro slaughter lobby's efforts to hide the true horror of horse slaughter by using terminology like "processing", "rendering", "harvesting" have allowed this atrocity to happen. You might be thinking - HOW could this have happened? Easy, a large majority of the American public is unaware of what is happening to our horses. It's the reason we started the billboard campaign and the non graphic companion website.
You know that horses suffer at every step of the process - from transport to killing floor - many anti slaughter websites have undercover video of the horrors & inhumane treatment taking place at slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico. Many Americans do NOT know this.
Horse slaughter is NOT harvesting, processing, rendering; it is horrifically and brutally slaughtering innocent horses who have given their lives (in more cases than not) for their owners. Slick advertising by the pro slaughter side has made it seem "ok" for horses to be slaughtered, it's NOT!
The Angel Acres Anti Horse Slaughter Billboard Campaign is a grassroots effort designed to change that, one driver and one billboard at a time. It is bringing more and more people to our non graphic educational website each day - we are averaging more than 10,000+ hits per week - and folks are learning that horse slaughter is NOT humane & that EVERY person can do something to stop horse slaughter from ever coming back to the USA.
We receive no federal, state or corporate funding for this awareness and educational effort - we have undertaken this nationwide billboard campaign to expose the horrors of horse slaughter...we are a grassroots effort, the pro slaughter side would love to see us fail, so we cannot let that happen. We need your help to continue to raise billboards & awareness around the country.
You can help us - just click HERE to donate securely online to the campaign - Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization & all donations are tax deductible. You can also help us by sending a donation to:
Angel Acres PO Box 62 Glenville, PA 17329
Want to do even more? You can click HERE to learn how to become a board sponsor!
We have received the first Christmas / holiday cards of the season!
One from Rosemary and one from Fran P in honor of her pony she just lost to laminitis.
Big thanks to Rosemary and Fran for thinking of the horses in need this holiday season...all funds raised will be used to help horses and horse owners in need around the country via Mattie's Legacy Fund.
So...without further ado here is the VERY FIRST picture of the Angel Acres Tree for 2011!!! YEAA!!!
Send in your card, with a $1 donation and help us get over the Charlie Brown Christmas tree look, today! Send your card to us at:
Angel Acres, PO Box 62, Glenville, PA 17329
A special note to Fran P...thank you Fran for thinking of other horses in need at such a sorrowful time...other horses will benefit because of your kindness... Jo