If you want to see how the killing is done, there are videos on You Tube. Who would want to see this I can't imagine. I had to stop watching it, it was hell for these animals but if you can watch it. it may give those of you who right now could care less about saving horses a dose of the reality all animals, not just horses, go through at slaughter houses. Factory farming, assembly line slaughter are barbaric.
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Update 8/19/13 from American Wild |
I wanted to send you a final update from the Fallon slaughter auction, which
I attended on Saturday with my colleague Deniz Bolbol and many other horse advocates.
Late Friday night, we received a Temporary Restraining Order, as a result of our lawsuit
against the federal government, to block the sale of all unbranded horses at the auction.
All of the horses had been captured from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone
Reservation and surrounding public lands. The horses were separated -- branded
from unbranded -- on Saturday morning. After visually inspecting every pen,
we ensured that approximately 149 unbranded horses were pulled from the sale.
The horses remain at the livestock auction, now in the care of the U.S. Forest Service,
while we continue to fight to have them returned to the range. A federal court hearing
on our case is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21.
A special thanks to those of you who have given to our legal fund in the past. You make
litigation like this possible and play a critical role in helping us save these 149 horses
and ensure that their federal legal protections are upheld.
Please consider pitching in to our legal fund today to ensure that we have the resources necessary to keep fighting for these horses.
Sadly, until the SAFE Act is passed to ban horse slaughter, there is no legal way to
protect privately owned horses sold for slaughter. In the end, approximately 316 horses
were sold at Saturday's auction. The kill buyers got about 200, while about 100 or so
branded horses were rescued.
Kill Buyer Ole Olsen drives off with branded
stallions purchased from the
Fallon Livestock Auction on 8/17/13.
Our lawsuit saved 149 unbranded horses
from this same fate - at least for the moment.
young foals pulled from them -- sold in lots to the kill buyers. We saw very lame horses, horses
with what appeared to be spinal injuries barely able to stand, horses with gaping wounds
on their chests, bloody faces, orphaned foals.
There is no mistaking what a tragedy this was. But we also have to think about what has
been achieved so far.
Before we got involved, the Forest Service was going to round up 700-1000 horses and send
them to the slaughter auction. This was a backroom deal to launder federally protected wild
horses through a tribe and use federal dollars to send them to a slaughter auction, allowing
the tribe to reap the profits. We stopped this action, and took a stand against these kinds of
sordid backroom deals.
Thanks to our legal and public relations efforts, the Feds pulled out of the roundup, and far
fewer horses -- approximately 467 -- were actually captured. Of those, 149 unbranded horses
were pulled from the auction, and another 100+ horses were saved by hard working rescue groups.
We'll continue to fight for the unbranded horses whose fate will be decided at Wednesday's
Will you continue to fight with us?
We need your help to ensure that we have the resources to take on the Feds in the courtroom this Wednesday. Will you please donate to our legal fund today?
We are proud to be joined in this litigation by our founding organization Return To Freedom,
The Cloud Foundation, Western Watersheds Project and Laura Leigh of Wild Horse Education.
But AWHPC alone bears the financial burden for the substantial legal bills we are accumulating
to help these horses.
This weekend was a strong reminder not only of the unfinished business we have before us, but
also of what we can accomplish when we all work together. We hope that you will continue to
stand with us, and we thank you very much for your compassion, caring and support.