Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

US, Mexico, to Strengthen "Meat Connection"

FSIS Announces Signing Of Procedural Agreement With Mexico

Congressional and Public Affairs
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Adrian Gianforti

WASHINGTON - April 27, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the signing of a procedural agreement with Mexico's National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Agro-Alimentary Quality (SENASICA). The "Terms of Reference" is a documented procedure for the way in which FSIS engages with its Mexico counterpart, SENASICA. The document has been a collaborative effort between the governments of Mexico and the U.S., and represents a new level of interaction and cooperation between FSIS and SENASICA.

"FSIS has been working diligently with SENASICA on this agreement to improve how we work together," said FSIS Administrator Al Almanza. "Through the cooperation of SENASICA, we can jointly continue to enhance our efforts in ensuring food safety and protecting public health."

The ceremony brought senior representatives from SENASICA to Washington, D.C. to sign the document, "Terms of Reference for the Operational Relationship of the Mexican National Service of Health, Food Safety, and Agro-Alimentary Quality and the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service in the Trade in Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Between the United Mexican States and The United States of America" with FSIS officials. The document focuses on matters of equivalence, audit procedures, the listing and delisting of eligible establishments for export to the two respective countries, and establishing more effective means of communication in areas of public health. FSIS Administrator Al Almanza and SENASICA Director in Chief Enrique Sanchez-Cruz signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments.

The agreement was intended to provide an opportunity for improvement of established procedures. FSIS and SENASICA worked together after SENASICA's request to FSIS for written standard procedures by which the agencies interact on matters of food safety and public health.

To view the full written procedural agreement go to the FSIS Web site at:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Terms_of_Reference_Mexico_US.pdf

USDA Issues New Compliance Guide for Mobil Slaughter Units

Encouraging small scale red meat and poulty producers to apply for their services;

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Compliance_Guide_Mobile_Slaughter.pdf

USDA to Conduct National Slaughter Study

USDA: Availability of poultry slaughter facilities
5/28 May 2010

The US Department of Agriculture has released a preliminary study revealing existing gaps in the regional food systems regarding the availability of slaughter facilities to small meat and poultry producers.
The study by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a first attempt to identify areas in the US where small livestock and poultry producers are concentrated but may not have access to a nearby slaughter facility.

"To support consumer demand for locally produced agricultural products, meat producers need to have access to local or regional slaughter facilities, and the study we are releasing shows that there is often a shortage of facilities needed to bring food to market," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

"The 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative is working to address various shortcomings in the food supply chain on behalf of our country's producers and consumers. If there is a stronger, closer link between production and consumption, there is often an economic benefit," he added.

The data creates a county-by-county view of the continental US, indicating the concentration of small farms raising cattle, hogs and pigs, and chicken, and also noting the location of nearby state slaughter facilities and small and very small federal slaughter establishments. The USDA defines "small slaughter establishments" as those having between 10 and 499 employees, and "very small slaughter establishments" as having fewer than 10 employees or less than $2.5 mln in annual sales. For the purpose of the study, small livestock and poultry producers are those who have annual sales of $250,000 or less.

The presentation "Slaughter Availability to Small Livestock and Poultry Producers – Maps". These findings are released as part of USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, which emphasizes the need for a fundamental and critical reconnection between producers and consumers.

Source: USDA

http://www.worldpoultry.net/news/usda-availability-of-poultry-slaughter-facilities-7506.html

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Frontier Meats" a Front for Beltex

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/no-2-horsemeat-trade-frontier-meats

Killbuyers Feedlot, Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards in Mexico, Missouri

Where Mo KB Terry Broocke purchased the horses that later crashed in Ok on its way to Frontier Meats in Tx - a pitstop enroute to a horrible death in a Mexican Slaughterhouse

Name: Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards
Street: 1120 Market Drive
Mexico, mo 65265-3518
Phone: (573) 581-2250

Write a review here;
http://web1.userinstinct.com/25743664-midwest-exchange-regional-stockyards.htm

Frontier Meats in Morton, Tx Wants Your "Un-Wanted" Horses

Pit-stop to the Mexican horse-slaughter houses;

http://www.frontiermeats.com/

Why dont we call these guys and ask if they have any horsemeat?
We need to shut this place down!

The Oklahoma Trailer Accident / "Victims List" & a Potential Case of Fraud

Notice there is a couple of babies and a pony on that slaughterbound truck. Killbuyer Terry Broocke, Jonesborough, Mo.

Broocke, Terry (Terry Broocke Co*)
Jonesburg, MO 63351
Phone: (636) 488-5219


Article; http://newsok.com/article/3463110#disqus_thread

Victims List / Vet Report; http://s3.amazonaws.com/content.newsok.com/documents/2010%20Highway%20Accident.pdf

I noticed a discrepency in the vets report. There is a space where you put a check-mark for the "reason for purchase" and although slaughter is an option to check, the reasons actually checked are "other." This is a falsified document and the vet should have known they were slaughterbound. Someone should check that vets credentials also.

Working for "Frontier Meats," Morton, Tx
http://www.frontiermeats.com/

This place is still standing? Road Trip Time.

Longriders Needs a Lesson from The Anti Horse-Slaughter Camp

Will "we" give it to them? Sounds like they are believing the pro-slaughter hype.

http://www.lrgaf.org/slaughter/equine_slaughter.htm

Here is something they should know;

Here is a 08' report from the USDA showing that the closing of the USA horse-slaughter plants had no effect on the number of American Horses going to slaughter;

http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jan08/080115a.asp

Monday, May 24, 2010

EWA "Tootin Their Own Horn" on All That They Have Done to End Horse Slaughter and Why They Wont Do More

OK so I am not too popular in the anti horse-slaughter advocate / rescue world, mostly for what is perceived by some as my "extremist" views, see;

Not Really Rescue Yahoo Group;
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/NotReallyRescues/?yguid=242504510

and also for my own "rescue rules" I have set for my own little rescue operation, simple rules that set us apart from (see above)that not many other "rescues" will agree with. Wonder what their problem with these few rules could be? Check them out in the link below to see;
http://mulekist.webs.com/rescuerules.htm

but still, the war to end horse slaughter is not about "person" or persons, or "rescue rules" or not,....its about getting the war against horse slaughter won. We must get over our petti differences and UNITE for a common cause which is ultimately, to end horse slaugher once and for all and forever by getting our federal bill (HR 503) passed...or so I thought, though by message in EWAs blurb below, looks like I am wrong again....just like when I said there is no such thing as an unwanted horse and then I find (through these same EWA folk) that there is..........

Excerpt from Article, "Sensible debate over unwanted horses would help anti-slaughter lobby" by John Holland, Gail Vacca ( a breeder of race horses) and other anti horse-slaughter "advocates."

Are any horses "unwanted"?

"..Yes, and this is where I depart from the conventional wisdom of some of the anti-slaughter community. There are horses that are old, infirm, dangerous or an insurance and economic liability and simply need to have their lives ended..."

(by slaughter?!)

Full Article;
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/features/horseslaughter-152.shtml

So there you have it, from "our anti horse-slaughter leaders,"...so guess they dont really want to see it end. According to what they are saying here,...horse slaughter is a necessary thing! There are "unwanted" horses whos lives "need" to be ended in this way!

(by slaughter?!!)

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Anti-Horse Slaughter Advocates Poo-Hoo Idea of Boycott

It is said that those who think they are doing enough will not do more. I think in this case it is true. Why are not the "Mother Orgs" who claim to be dedicated to the goal of passing our Federal bill NOT supporting The International Boycott of "All Things" Pro Horse-Slaughter and/or encouraging others to do so,...until HR 503 is passed?

http://www.freewebs.com/friendsofequines

Could it be cause it wasnt their idea? (a lil' bit o' Pettiness and/or jealously perhaps? It wouldnt be the first case of it in the anti horse-slaughter / rescue camp!) Or do they like eating meat or going to the racetrack or rodeos and/or breeding so much that they know they could never give such things up,..not even just for awhile,..for the horses sake,.. until we pass our bill? I just fail to understand.

Why wouldnt the "Mother Orgs" (our leaders) want to do everything possible to see an end to American Horse Slaughter? They equate the anti horse-slaughter movement to a war,...that must be attacked on "many fronts" ---which of course is true BUT you must have a main line of defense....(or offense, as the case may be) you must have a continuous FRONTLINE battle against the main forces opposing us, so WHY wouldnt they support an International Boycott of "all things" pro horse-slaughter while the little "side-battles" go on and on? I just dont understand why they wouldnt want to utilize EVERY weapon available to us in the battle to see it end, can you? Why are they holding back their "big guns" which is the power they have (if united) to boycott "all things" pro horseslaughter on a grand scale, to hit the enemy (the meat and horse-racing and breeding industries and all that support them) hard where it hurts?

Well here is the latest blurb from EWA telling of all the good that they have done, but still have yet to end horse slaughter (every five minutes, remember, an American Horse is Slaughtered, and if we dont pass HR 503 soon, our American Mustangs will go there too;) Time IS of the essence I say...what are we waiting for? Boycott "Everything" pro horse-slaughter NOW and put a quick end to it all with a UNIFIED show of power. Nothing less will do.

http://www.freewebs.com/friendsofequines

From Equine Welfare Alliance
5/24/10;

The question was asked about how we at EWA feel about our progress against horse slaughter this year.

Please understand that we regard this whole process as an analogy to war. It is not fought on a single front or with a single strategy and there are many operations that we cannot talk about without giving away our advantage. Sometimes we can divulge things later, and sometimes not at all. For example, you probably now know that we worked hard to get the town of Harding access to the pollution and sewer records from Cavel, Dallas Crown and NVF. We did not go to them and say "please don't build a plant that kills our beautiful horses." We showed them that a plant would be bad for the community and we also showed them that there was no pot of gold.

So federal legislation is only one battlefield. The bad guys have high paid strategists and last year they unveiled their strategy. It was to use the heavily agricultural state legislatures to push for horse slaughter legislation. They knew these state laws could not in themselves allow them to bring back slaughter, but the idea was to make it look like a backlash was growing in the country's ag belt. In politics, momentum is everything. Since they too kept their plans secret until the last moment, they had early successes. Almost all military attacks that are kept secret have early success, and this was no difference. We had no defenses or plans to stop them.

But the bad guys squandered their advantage with truly stooopid laws like Ed Butcher's in Montana. And in every state where laws were introduced last year, horse friendly people quickly began coming together to fight them. This year was a total and complete zero for the pro-slaughter legislation. More over, Sue Wallis has begun to wear thin on her own state residents.

There are many aspects, as I have said. We continue to push the federal legislation, but please recognize that it does not even need to pass to be important. As long as a federal ban is a real possibility, no businessman in his right mind is going to build a horse slaughter plant in the US. All this talk out of Wyoming and Montana is just that, and the press is beginning to realize it.

After Butcher got his bill passed in Montana, he began bragging to the press that he was going to bring a wonderful horse slaughter plant to the town of Hardin and that he was talking to investors with Chinese business contacts. He had originally said last year that he was talking to the "Belgians". So his change of nation told us that Velda has decided this is not a good place to put a plant.

Anyhow, it was devastating for Butcher to go to all that trouble only to be told by the community he was "trying to help" that they wanted no part of it. This is all his own doing since he never really looked at the history of these plants and what they do to communities. He just blew it all off as "two bit hippies". Moreover, his bill protecting horse slaughter plants from law suites was based on his misunderstanding of what had closed the US plants. None was closed by law suites over environmental concerns (although they should have been). The reporter that covered Butcher's bragging was shocked to get our release saying the town had blocked the plant over a month earlier.

We did the same kind of work when some Canadian politicians tried to get the First Nation tribe of Carry the Kettle to take over and restart the slaughter plant at Natural Valley. We got them the finances of the previous plant showing them it was a disaster and we showed them the environmental mess that they would be responsible for. The old Chief who wanted the plant lost his vote and then the next election. The man opposing him on the issue is now Chief.

We have taken the same approach with the Europeans. We don't tell them that they shouldn't eat our horses because we love horses, instead we worked on exposing the health risks involved in horse meat.

Do I feel good about this year? Darn right I do, but do I feel comfortable? No. We must watch and be ready for new moves and ploys and we must all have our noses in the wind. We are all wondering what will happen after July when the new EU regulations kick in.

Still, the work of all the groups from AC4H to AAHA, CHDC and many others has been absolutely marvelous.

John
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If you want to take the fight against horse slaughter father than you have ever have before, if you believe in the power of well-organized, UNIFIED, sustained boycotts, join up and be counted here, in the Friends of Equines International Boycott Campaign; We will show "our leaders" how to do it, and once it takes off, maybe they will join US then, when they see how effective it is; It is THE ONLY way to pass our bill. (Remember we have been trying "politely" for over ten (10) years! - Dont you think its time to get SERIOUS for a change and make some real sacrifices of our own to do it? )

Imagine if all the anti horse-slaughter groups (in the link below) could "come together" and support an International Boycott of "all things" pro horse-slaughter,....dont you think UNITED we could get the job done, in a hurry?

http://friendsofequines.webs.com/americansagainsthorseslaughter.htm

Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter Yahoo Group;
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/FriendsOfEquinesSociety/?yguid=242504510

Sunday, May 23, 2010

International Boycott Picking Up Steam

Conversations with a (converted) skeptic on the power of boycotts;

R.T. Fitch said...
I agree, completely, on the issue of boycotts being ineffective. And even though this was posted on our blog, I defer from commenting, there. The piece was written by our good friend Steven Long of Horseback Magazine and we hold a great deal of respect for Steve...plus, there is so much frustration centered around the stupidity of these two-bit, small time thugs that the discussion of boycotting SOMETHING allows our readers a chance to vent some steam.

I am too old and seen too many boycotts do nothing, but if it helps to encourage our equine advocates, then I am all for it.

R.T.
May 10, 2010 9:19 AM

Mz.Many Names said...
R.T., With all due respect, boycotts are only ineffective when not enough people commit to the particular cause. I would be interested to know more about your boycotting experiences. What were you boycotting and how many partook and how long did the campaining go on? Were you asking for reasonable things? We should not be content with any idea simply because it would allow the venting of steam, for that would accomplish nothing but the release of a lot of hot air. If that is the only goal you will have great success there. The goal, I thought was to get our Federal anti-horse slaughter bill quickly passed. If the advocates need to vent steam (and I know they do cause I am one of them, as you know!) let them vent in the right direction where they will can "do the most good" and have a least some hope of attaining our ultimate goal which is to pass our federal bill. Think about it for a minute. How many advocates do you suppose there are spread out across the whole North American Continent, even so THE WORLD. It doent have to be a National thing. It could very well go global as I know we have a lot of support in other countries who might want to join in. Now I know you cant expect them all to commit, but imagine if we could get just a small portion of those numbers to quit buying meat until HR 503 is passed! You really dont think if we could "pull off the numbers," that a sustained, intense boycott on all meat products and "everything pro-slaughter" wouldnt be effective, wouldnt hurt the opposition economically and/or pressure them into NOT opposing our bill? This is the greatest most effective weapon we have! Its is not a matter of "boycott failure" but rather a failure of COMMITMENT & OF uNITY. Imagine if all the "mother orgs" would ENCOURAGE (instead of ignore or poo-hoo) the idea of a MAJOR boycott against meat and "all things pro-slaughter," No one can argue that the meat industry is the most powerful lobby against us in Washington, DC. And we are ignoring them and NOT targeting them with anything! Just lettin 'em right off the hook! Sometimes, just SERIOUSLY getting the word out, ...just the threat of a well organized, well publisized boycott will do the trick. Just MHO but I think I am right on this, however "unrealistic" anyone might think it would be. UNITY and COMMITTMENT to the singular cause of costing the meat industry is what it would take and so, perhaps I am expecting too much from people but, after hearing thousands upon thousands of people over the years who say that they sooooooooooo want to see it end, I thought it might be a "do-able" thing. So just shoot me if I am wrong. lol

May 10, 2010 9:47 PM
R.T. Fitch said...
You are not wrong, Mz. Many Names and the only thing that I intend to shoot, here, is my foot.
May 11, 2010 7:28 AM

May 29, 2010
OldMan Thoroughbred Thank god they are boycotting....it seems as if that is the only way :( to stop this. Signed and shared)


May 15, 2010
windhorse songs said...
Boycotting is VERY effective - Yes, I've sworn off all meat and dairy, all products and services made in Mexico, China, Korea, Canada, and more!

In short, ANY CORPORATION, STATE OR COUNTRY WHICH PUTS PROFITS BEFORE ANIMAL WELFARE DOES NOT GET A PENNY FROM ME UNTIL THEY CLEAN UP THEIR ACT!

People, please shop with a conscience!

Walmart's "Great Value" brands are made in Mexico, by the way. If you oppose horse slaughter, please boycott products and services from any state or country which consumes or processes horsemeat!


More on the International Boycott of "All Things" Pro Horse-Slaughter; http://www.freewebs.com/friendsofequines

Oklahoma Turnpike accident involving horses offers rare look at animal rights issue



Horses involved in Turner Turnpike accident were eventually bound for meat slaughterhouse in Mexico.

BY SONYA COLBERG Oklahoman Published: May 22, 2010


When Christopher Dobbin crashed his big rig into the median of the Turner Turnpike, he gave the public a rare look at an issue that enrages animal welfare groups.

Thirty horses were packed in the truck, on their way to a feedlot in Texas to be fattened for slaughter in Mexico for meat.

The last U.S. slaughterhouse for horses closed three years ago. Now thousands of the animals are trucked out of the country every year to be killed for food.

A veterinary inspection permit obtained by The Oklahoman shows the destination of the horses in Dobbin’s truck as Frontier Meats, a feedlot in Morton, Texas, for ultimate shipment to a Mexican slaughterhouse.

After the accident at 6 a.m. Tuesday on the turnpike near Interstate 35, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Jerrad Real shot some of the injured animals and a veterinarian had to euthanize others.

In all, 11 horses died. The surviving animals were put in a temporary corral set up near the interstate and ultimately released to the owner, Terry Broocke of Jonesburg, Mo. Broocke did not return a phone call for comment for this story, and it’s not clear where the animals are now.

Troopers issued a reckless driving citation to Dobbin, 28, of Missouri, which is where the horse shipment originated. He allegedly fell asleep at the wheel of the truck.

Catherine English, division manager of the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Department, said horse shipments of this type are fairly common.

"Slaughterhouses in the United States were closed down for very good reasons,” she said. "So now the people who are selling horses for slaughter to eat, primarily in European markets, are going to Canada and Mexico.”

More than 90,000 American horses yearly get hauled out of the country for this purpose, according to statistics compiled by The Humane Society of the United States.

"Transport to slaughter is part of the cruelty of that industry,” said Cynthia Armstrong, Oklahoma state director for group. "This is unfortunately a common side effect of the horse slaughter industry and an inevitable one.

"When we allow people to haul horses through our state with little or no care for their welfare because they are going to be sold for human consumption in foreign countries, we can expect serious cruelty and abuse to occur.”

Papers were in order

Dr. Michael Herrin, assistant state veterinarian, checked the health certificates for the horses that were involved in the accident. The papers were in order, and there have been no allegations that any laws were broken.

It’s fairly common for slaughter horses to be shipped like cattle to Texas to be fattened for slaughter, even though many cattle trailers are unsuitable for horses’ size and temperament, he said.

Many of the horses had auction tags.

There are about 15 horse auctions that operate every week or so in Oklahoma and many more that only occasionally sell horses, he said.

Members of the public have been calling the Central Oklahoma Humane Society asking to adopt horses involved in the accident. Armstrong said she’s working on trying to get the owner to consider that option.

Meanwhile, Natalee Cross, co-founder of Blaze’s Tribute horse rescue in Jones, said the incident may serve as a sad reminder to the public.

"This particular situation happens on a daily basis. As far as horse owners go, they need to educate themselves that slaughter still goes on. If you’re taking a chance of selling your beloved horse at a sale barn, it’s not always the best ending,” Cross said.

Pending federal legislation would prohibit the export of American horses for purposes of slaughter in other countries. (Support HR 503)

Read more & See Vid: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-turnpike-accident-involving-horses-offers-rare-look-at-animal-rights-issue/article/3463110?custom_click=headlines_widget#ixzz0okko5bpV

http://newsok.com/oklahoma-turnpike-accident-involving-horses-offers-rare-look-at-animal-rights-issue/article/3463110?custom_click=headlines_widget

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Axe Falls On 38 PMU Ranches




There were once 400 equine ranches on the eastern Prairies

Gordon Mason, an equine rancher for over four decades, stands with his favourite saddle horse on his ranch near Killarney. The contract for his 66-head operation was among those cancelled in the latest round of cutbacks in the
PMU industry.

“It was a steady income… You knew what you were going to get a year or two in advance. There’s not too many commodities in agriculture you can do that with.”

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On a cloudy afternoon, Gordon Mason asks his wife Gladys for help finding his cowboy hat.

“Going out in style,” she says with a faint smile.

He drops it onto his head, grabs a pretty halter and leather shank, and heads out the door to fetch his favourite saddle horse.

With a broad valley of hardwoods in the background, and a pen full of Double G Ranch’s fine quarter-horses filling out the background, Mason, 67, stands for a picture.

The land around these parts was settled by his ancestors, who first arrived in the 1880s. They even left a written account of their early struggles hauling hay with a team of oxen and making trips on foot to Brandon for supplies.

GOOD LIVING

In 1966, he started out with 17 mares on the line, as one of the first producers of pregnant mare’s urine, from which the hormone replacement drug premarin is derived.

Over the years, they added more mares as their contracts grew. Last winter, they had 66 mares in the barn.

“If you don’t overspend, it’s a good living,” said Mason. “It was a steady income. You knew what you were going to get a year or two in advance. On the contract, you knew right to the nickel. There’s not too many commodities in agriculture you can do that with.”

The Masons were among 38 PMU ranches that received notice last week from Pfizer, the company that bought out Wyeth last fall, that their contract wouldn’t be renewed.

They and other producers are to receive compensation worth 75 per cent of their last year’s production, and assistance with marketing and trucking costs in selling their animals.

DOWNSIZING

He plans to keep at least 10 horses around the place. The rest of the horses will have to be sold, because there’s not enough income from selling foals to make a go of it, he said.

Even if the owner breaks them himself, the training process takes a lot of time.

“If you get $3,000 for a horse, you’ve got that much in him by the time he’s three (or) four years old. It costs about $700 a year to keep a horse,” he said. “You’d make about five cents an hour. It takes a lot of riding to make a horse good.”

In recent decades, the PMU industry came under fire from animal rights activists. The industry responded with ever-tighter rules and regulations enforced by field managers who verified that the horses were being given proper feed, access to water, sufficient bedding straw, and regular exercise outside the barn during the winter collection season that ran from late October to March.

WELFARE CONCERNS

Also, in response to criticism that too many of the foals produced were going to the slaughter market, the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC) created cash incentives to encourage PMU producers to raise top quality animals for a wide variety of work, recreation and sport uses.

“As far as those mares in the barn, they were all treated pretty good,” he said. “I’d rather be a PMU mare standing in a warm barn than one standing out in the bush somewhere.” (Wow..no consideration for the fact that mares are stalled so tightly that they cant turn around, let alone lay down if they want, and they are kept standing there six or eight months at a time and never get to see the sun. No mention is made here either of the fact that the mares are standing in constant pain due to a tube being shoved up into their urinary tract to catch their pee. Take a look at one of those contraptions wedged between their thighs 24 hours a day 7 days a week...the cause of much pain and discomfort not only due to chaffing and the like but oftentimes infections due to uncleanliness. PMU mares are not "happy horses" at all as this PMU farmer trys to portray....do not believe the hype. PMU mares have a TERRIBLE life,...the least of which is to have their babies torn away from them the instant they are born and are generally "thrown out back" and left to die, ..their fresh-dead young bodies sold to renderer / leather sellers so they can sell them to hi-end leather markets so fashion designers like Gucci make their "pony-skin" bags and shoes and stuff. The whole business is disgusting and there is no way to sanitize it.I am glad to hear more of these terrible places closing but the fear is, of course, what will become of these horses? We must keep our eyes on them and try to keep them from harm.)

But a 2002 study by the Women’s Health Initiative which uncovered adverse health effects from premarinbased hormone replacement therapy (HRT) sparked a steep decline for the PMU industry, and a switch to lower doses reduced demand for estrogen used for treating post-menopausal symptoms.

Lisa Ross, a spokesperson for Pfizer-owned Wyeth Canada, said in an emailed statement that a recent review of inventory requirements found that a 60 per cent cut in the number of PMU producers was necessary.

The reduction will also affect 15 per cent of the 170 workers at Wyeth’s Brandon plant, as one of three production lines is shut down.

“The company is committed to treating employees and ranchers fairly and reasonably and to helping make this transition as smooth as possible,” she wrote.

SHARP DECLINE

Greg Little, a PMU rancher from Decker and president of NAERIC, said that the news May 12 was “sad.” After last year’s cutbacks, which saw seven ranches exit, many hoped that supply and demand would stabilize.

The plan to cut back by 60 per cent that was announced recently came as a shock to many, he added, given the reduction from the peak of over 400 ranches in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota in 2003. The latest round will leave 22 ranches in the province, and four in Saskatchewan.

His ranch, Little Valley Quarter Horses, was spared.

“Most of the ranchers have a lot invested in their operations and everybody feels for their horses,” he said. “I think we can find homes for them in productive markets. It’s going to take some work, but nothing comes easy in this world anymore.”

Some PMU ranchers who received bad news last week declined to comment.

Marylin Warkentin, 58, was one of the few who were willing to talk. She and husband Rob have run a 78-stall operation near Virden since 1992 with a mix of registered Belgian, Percheron and Spotted Draft horses.

Everyone in the industry has been “living on the edge” since the first big cuts in 2003, she said.

A day after being informed that their contract was being cancelled, she was undecided about what they might do, or how many horses they might keep.

“We’ve gotten used to having horses around all the time,” she said. “When we first got in, we bought seven heavy horses at a sale. Now, to go down to say 20 mares would seem like not too many horses. I guess we just have to take our time to figure it out.” daniel.winters@fbcpublishing.com


http://www.agcanada.com/Article.aspx?ID=22848

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

HoofPac II - Resurrection NOW!

http://friendsofequines.webs.com/aresurrection.htm

New Study Shows Processed Meat a Health Risk: AMI Disputes

By Julie Steenhuysen Julie Steenhuysen – Mon May 17, 6:23 pm ET

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Eating bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats can raise the risk of heart disease and diabetes, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that identifies the real bad boys of the meat counter.

Eating unprocessed beef, pork or lamb appeared not to raise risks of heart attacks and diabetes, they said, suggesting that salt and chemical preservatives may be the real cause of these two health problems associated with eating meat.

The study, an analysis of other research called a meta-analysis, did not look at high blood pressure or cancer, which are also linked with high meat consumption.

"To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should consider which types of meats they are eating," said Renata Micha of the Harvard School of Public Health, whose study appears in the journal Circulation.

"Processed meats such as bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs and processed deli meats may be the most important to avoid," Micha said in a statement.

Based on her findings, she said people who eat one serving per week or less of processed meats have less of a risk.

The American Meat Institute objected to the findings, saying it was only one study and that it stands in contrast to other studies and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

"At best, this hypothesis merits further study. It is certainly no reason for dietary changes," James Hodges, president of the American Meat Institute, said in a statement.

Most dietary guidelines recommend eating less meat. Individual studies looking at relationships between eating meat and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes have had mixed results.

But studies rarely look for differences in risk between processed and unprocessed red meats, Micha said.

She and colleagues did a systematic review of nearly 1,600 studies from around the world looking for evidence of a link between eating processed and unprocessed red meat and the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

They defined processed meat as any meat preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or with the addition of chemical preservatives. Meats in this category included bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs or processed deli or luncheon meats.

Unprocessed red meat included beef, lamb or pork but not poultry.

They found that on average, each 1.8 oz (50 grams) daily serving of processed meat a day -- one to two slices of deli meats or one hot dog -- was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of developing diabetes.

They found no higher heart or diabetes risk in people who ate only unprocessed red meats.

The team adjusted for a number of factors, including how much meat people ate. They said lifestyle factors were similar between those who ate processed and unprocessed meats.

"When we looked at average nutrients in unprocessed red and processed meats eaten in the United States, we found that they contained similar average amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol," Micha said.

"In contrast, processed meats contained, on average, four times more sodium and 50 percent more nitrate preservatives," Micha added.

Last month, the Institute of Medicine urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the amount of salt added to foods to help Americans cut their high sodium intake.

The FDA has not yet said whether it will regulate salt in foods, but it is looking at the issue.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100517/hl_nm/us_heart_meat

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Florida Passes Anti Horse-Slaughter Bill!

http://www.sportsfeatures.com/presspoint/pressrelease/51315/florida-horse-protection-bill-signed-by-governor-on-friday

AHC Soliciting for Donations to "Help" Reduce "Un-Wanted" Horses

DO NOT SUPPORT this group: They are the ones lobbying against our anti-horse slaughter efforts. It would be interesting to know in just what particular way they are using these donations to help keep the equine population down,...besides supporting horse slaughter;

http://www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org/?id=6

Letters to Urge a Vote on HR 503

Daily Writing Campaign to help pass H.R. 503 American Horse Slaughter Prevention ActShare. Yesterday at 3:44am
Wild Horses...idea thank you

Please join our daily writing campaign to help pass H.R. 503 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
We are asking that everyone help in to keeping the momentum going after the victory in Missouri

This is a group collaboration writing campaign to help pass H.R. 503 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Please post and share to all your friends and those concerned in ending horse slaughtering for ever.

PROJECT: H.R. 503. Every day we shall post only 1 member from the subcommittee who will be involved in HR503. Please write/fax and /or email and ask the subcommittee member for that day to please pass H.R.503 to Ban Horse Slaughter in America.

American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, H.R. 503
H.R.503: To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes.

http://animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/567

First subcommittee member for Monday May 17, 2010 (16 total)
http://judiciary.house.gov/about/subcrime.html

#1 Hon. Bobby Scott, Chairman
1201 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-8351 | FAX (202) 225-8354 See More
(D) Virginia, 3rd
Enter Virginia, then zip code: 23219
https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
________________________________________________________________________

ALL 16 Subcommittee Members:
House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

MY HR 503 SUBCOMMITTEE CONTACT SHEET May 17th 2010
vertical listing
ALL 16 Subcommittee Members:
House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

#1
The Honorable Bobby Scott ( D - VA 3rd District )
United States House of Representatives
1201 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4603
DC Phone: 202-225-8351 DC Fax: 202-225-8354

no email, if you find one please let me know.
Enter Virginia, then zip code: 23219
1. https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
http://bobbyscott.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=272&Itemid=60


District Offices:
400 North 8th Street, Suite 430
Richmond, VA 23219-4805
Voice: 804-644-4845 FAX: 804-648-6026
or
600 Washington Avenue, Suite 1010
Newport News, VA 23607-4317
Voice: 757-380-1000 FAX: 757-928-6694

2#
The Honorable Pedro Pierluisi (D - PR )
United States House of Representatives
1218 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-5401
DC Phone: 202-225-2615 DC Fax: 202-225-2154

http://pierluisi.house.gov/english/contact-us.html
http://pierluisi.house.gov/english/home.html

#3
The Honorable Jerrold Nadler ( D - NY 8th District )
United States House of Representatives
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3208
DC Phone: 202-225-5635 DC Fax: 202-225-6923

Email Address:
http://jerroldnadler.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/
http://nadler.house.gov/

#4
The Honorable Zoe Lofgren ( D -CA 16th District )
United States House of Representatives
102 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0516
DC Phone: 202-225-3072 DC Fax: 202-225-3336

http://forms.house.gov/lofgren/webforms/contactzipauth.html
http://www.lofgren.house.gov/

#5
The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee ( D -TX - 18th District )
United States House of Representatives
2160 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4318
DC Phone: 202-225-3816 DC Fax: 202-225-3317

http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov/Contact/
http://www.jacksonlee.house.gov/

#6
The Honorable Maxine Waters ( D - CA 35th District )
United States House of Representatives
2344 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0535
DC Phone: 202-225-2201 DC Fax: 202-225-7854

Email Address:
https://waters.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm
http://waters.house.gov/

#7
The Honorable Steve Cohen ( D - TN 9th District )
United States House of Representatives
1005 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4209
DC Phone: 202-225-3265 DC Fax: 202-225-5663
http://cohen.house.gov/index.php?option=com_email_form&Itemid=111
http://cohen.house.gov/

#8
The Honorable Anthony Weiner ( D - NY 9th District )
United States House of Representatives
2104 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-3209
DC Phone: 202-225-6616 DC Fax: 202-226-0218

http://weiner.house.gov/email_anthony.aspx
http://weiner.house.gov/

9#
The Honorable Mike Quigley ( D -Il 5th District )
United States House of Representatives
1319 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1305
DC Phone: 202-225-4061 DC Fax: 202-225-5603

https://forms.house.gov/quigley/contact-form.shtml
http://quigley.house.gov/

#10
The Honorable Ted Deutch ( D - Fl 19th District )
United States House of Representatives
2241 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
DC Phone: (202) 225-3001 DC Fax: (202) 225-5974

https://teddeutch.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/default.aspx
http://deutch.house.gov/contact/write-or-phone-my-offices.shtml/
http://deutch.house.gov/

Margate Office
Representative Ted Deutch
5790 Margate Blvd
Margate, FL 33063
Phone: (954) 972-6454 Fax: (954) 974-3191

#11
The Honorable Louie Gohmert ( R - TX 1rst District )
United States House of Representatives
511 Cannon House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515-4301
DC Phone: 202-225-3035 DC Fax: 202-226-1230

http://gohmert.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=36&itemid=13
http://gohmert.house.gov/index.html

#12
The Honorable Ted Poe ( R -TX 2nd District )
United States House of Representatives
430 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4302
DC Phone: 202-225-6565 DC Fax: 202-225-5547

http://poe.house.gov/contact/contactform.htm
http://poe.house.gov/

#13
The Honorable Bob Goodlatte ( R-VA 6th district )
United States House of Representatives
2240 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4606
DC Phone: 202-225-5431 DC Fax: 202-225-9681

http://goodlatte.house.gov/contact/index.shtml
http://goodlatte.house.gov/

#14
The Honorable Dan Lungren ( R-CA 3rd District )United States House of Representatives
2262 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0503
DC Phone: 202-225-5716 DC Fax: 202-226-1298

http://lungren.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=146&
http://lungren.house.gov/

#15
The Honorable J. Randy Forbes ( R-VA 4th District )
United States House of Representatives
2438 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4604
DC Phone: 202-225-6365 DC Fax: 202-226-1170

http://randyforbes.house.gov/Contact/ZipAuth.htm
http://randyforbes.house.gov/
#16
The Honorable Thomas J. Rooney ( R- Fl 6th District )
United States House of Representatives
1529 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0916
DC Phone: 202-225-5792 DC Fax: 202-225-3132

http://rooney.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=7§iontree=47
http://randyforbes.house.gov/





PLEASE REMEMBER TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE AND URGE THEM TO PASS H.R 5O3

https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Please read:
http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/ChambersofCarnage.html
http://www.journeysendranchanimalsanctuary.org/slaughter-of-horses-facts.html
http://www.manesandtailsorganization.org/captive_bolt.htm

Please Sign Petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/view/prevention_of_equine_cruelty_act_hr_503s_727?js_fb

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kinship Circle Behind the Fight to Keep Horse Slaughter Out of Missouri

..and warns us, that the battle there IS NOT over yet, that is why we must make a GREAT PUSH NOW to pass our Federal Anti Horse-Slaughter Bill (HR 503) That is why Americans Against Horse Slaughter must join the International Boycott NOW;

http://kinshipcircle.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/win-no-horse-slaughter-plants-in-missouri-for-now/

Thank you Kin!

Read more about the International Boycott here;
http://www.freewebs.com/friendsofequines

Sunday, May 16, 2010

MARE REPRODUCTIVE LOSS SYNDROME, EQUINE - USA: (KENTUCKY)

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Four dead late or full-term foetuses taken for examination at the
University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Centre showed
signs consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The
syndrome is linked to the accidental ingestion of eastern tent caterpillars.

The university warned in mid-April 2010
() that
caterpillar numbers were up for the 3rd consecutive year and advised
horse owners to reduce the chances of pregnant mares ingesting the
caterpillars.

The disease centre said the fetuses and foals had lesions and
bacterial isolates consistent with the syndrome. "All were either
term-foals or late-gestation fetuses," it said. "The cases occurred
as single losses on different central Kentucky farms. The 1st case
was submitted on 1 May 2010, and these cases correspond temporally
with MRLS cases occurring in prior years."

During the 2009 foaling season, about 12 cases of MRLS foal losses
were diagnosed.

Kentucky horse owners have been advised to check wild cherry and
related trees for eastern tent caterpillar activity to determine
whether management is necessary.

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[Mare reproductive loss syndrome is a real syndrome which remains
somewhat elusive but which has come to be recognized as strongly
associated with the eastern tent caterpillar.

This syndrome includes early fetal loss, late fetal loss, uveitis,
pericarditis, and encephalitis, [from] tissue penetration by septic
barbed setal fragments (septic penetrating setae) from eastern tent
caterpillars (_Malacosoma americanum_). Once ingested, these barbed
setal fragments migrate through moving tissues, followed by rapid
hematogenous spread of bacteria, bacterial emboli, and/or septic
fragments of setae (septic penetrating setal emboli), collectively
referred to as septic materials.

Pathogenic bacteria, therefore, enter the horse as hitchhikers on or
in the caterpillar setal fragments, and MRLS is caused by 1) the
barbed setal fragments' ability to penetrate moving tissues,
including blood vessels, releasing septic materials which rapidly
distribute hematogenously; 2) the high sensitivity of the pregnant
mare to bacteria from such septic materials introduced into the
uterus, fetal membranes, or fetal fluids; 3) the unusually broad
spectrum of bacterial pathogens carried on or in the setal fragments;
and 4) the less effective antibacterial responses in certain
susceptible extracellular fluids (e.g., fetal, ocular, pericardial,
and cerebrospinal fluids).

These caterpillars are very small and easily consumed in the grass as
they drop off the trees surrounding the pastures. Some years are
worse for these caterpillars than other years. However, it takes 10
or less of these extremely tiny caterpillars to affect a 680 kg (1500
lbs) pregnant mare.

The eastern tent caterpillar occurs throughout the eastern United
States west to the Rocky Mountains and north into southern Canada. It
is native to the region, and references to it as a tree pest date
back to early colonial times from the mid-1600's. However, references
to it as a problem for horses seem to have begun about 2000-2001. A
photo of the caterpillars may be seen at:
.

The eastern tent caterpillar is largely resistant to many
insecticides. This creature is a pest to many, especially the equine industry.

Portions of this comment have been extracted from
and
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- Mod.TG]
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EQUINE INFECTIOUS ANEMIA - USA (MONTANA)

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Date: 14 May 2010
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Because 2 horses recently tested positive for equine infectious
anemia (EIA) in Montana, the Montana Department of Livestock's Animal
Health Division has scheduled a 17 May 2010 meeting in Gallatin
county to update local horse owners on the situation.

EIA, also called swamp fever, was reported in Gallatin county on 26
Apr 2010 after a horse tested positive following a routine Coggins test.

"The horse was going to be traveling out of state, which is how the
positive came up," said Tahnee Szymanski, DVM, a staff veterinarian
for the Department of Livestock. "As a result of the positive test, 2
more horses on the premises were tested, and we found one other positive."

50 nearby horses were also tested. As of 13 May 2010, about 45 of
those tests had come back, all negative, said Szymanski. She expected
the rest of the test results in the next day or so.

Because of the infectious nature of EIA, horses testing positive must
be euthanized or quarantined for life. The 2 positive horses were
quarantined for transport to an EIA-positive herd. Szymanski
explained that these herds are bled monthly for lab efficiency testing.

"In that way, these animals can contribute to our understanding of
the disease, and they do not have to be euthanized," she said.

EIA is spread by biting insects and through contaminated needles,
said Szymanski.

"We recommend annual testing and like to see horses that travel for
equine-related events tested twice a year," she said. "While Coggins
tests are routinely required for horses traveling out of state, some
boarding facilities and events now require negative Coggins tests as
well. Some farms also require a negative test to bring an animal in
for breeding."

The 17 May 2010 meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Gallatin
County Fairgrounds, Building 4.

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[EIA is a viral disease (EIAV) of members of the horse family.
Identified in France in 1843 and first tentatively diagnosed in the
United States in 1888, it has commanded a great deal of attention
over the years.

EIA is the 1st retrovirus-induced disease proven to be transmitted by
insects (Stein et al. 1942). And EIAV is the 1st persistent virus for
which "antigenic drift" was defined (Kono 1972). (Antigenic drift is
the virus's ability to change its form sufficiently so that it is no
longer vulnerable to existing antibodies.) Finally, EIA is the 1st
retrovirus-induced disease for which a diagnostic test was approved
(Coggins and Norcross 1972).

More recently, the EIAV has been recognized as a lentivirus, the type
that causes slowly progressive, often fatal diseases. It is a close
relative to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). In fact, EIAV was the 1st
virus shown to be related to the HIV through cross-reaction in tests
of blood serum (Montagnier et al. 1984). These 2 lentiviruses share
many structural and biochemical features, and EIAV is thought to
serve as a useful model for many aspects of HIV research, especially
for discovery of common mechanisms of immunologic control (Montelaro
and Issel 1990).

An effective test for antibodies specific to EIAV was described in
1970 by Leroy Coggins, D.V.M. for collaborators (Coggins and Patten
1970) and was rapidly adopted by authorities around the world. The
agar-gel immunoddiffusion (AGID) or Coggins test was shown to
correlate with horse inoculation test results for EIAV and,
therefore, could be used to identify EIAV carriers (Coggins et al.
1972). Because only members of the horse family were shown to be
infected, programs based on serologic testing were designed and
adopted to help control the spread of EIAV (Campbell 1971).

When horses are exposed to EIAV, they may develop severe, acute signs
of disease and die within 2 to 3 weeks. This acute response is rarely
seen in natural situations, where blood-feeding insects transmit low
doses of virus.

Nonetheless, this form of the disease is the most damaging and the
most difficult to diagnose because the signs appear rapidly, and
often only an elevated body temperature is noted. At this early stage
of the infection, the horse usually tests negative for antibodies to
EIAV, and blood samples must be collected at a subsequent date
(generally 10 to 14 days later) to confirm or exclude EIA as a
diagnosis. During this period, it is prudent to quarantine the horse
(or the farm) if EIA is strongly suspected on the basis of history or signs.

The clinical signs of the acute form of EIA are rather nonspecific,
and in mild cases, the initial fever may be short lived (often less
than 24 hours). As a result, horse owners and veterinarians may not
observe this initial response when a horse is infected with EIAV.
These infected horses often recover and continue to move freely in
the population. The 1st indication that a horse was exposed to and
infected with EIAV may well be a positive result on a routine annual test.

Fever - An infected horse's temperature may rise suddenly to about
105 F or, rarely, as high as 108 F. Then, it may drop back to normal
for an indeterminate period until the onset of another episode.

Petechial hemorrhages - Minute, blood colored spots appear on the
mucous membranes.

Depression - The horse appears more or less dejected (head hangs low)
and generally listless.

Weight loss - The horse may refuse feed or may eat an inordinate
amount but still continue an obvious decline from normal weight.

Dependent edema - The horse may develop swelling, evidence of fluid
collecting under the skin in the legs, under the chest and other
underbody surfaces.

Anemia - The horse's blood may have a marked drop in its red
corpuscle count and appear thin and watery. The animal may also have
an irregular heartbeat, and a jugular pulse may become evident.

The horse with chronic EIA is the classic "swamper," who has lost
condition, is lethargic and anorexic, has a low hematocrit, and
demonstrates a persistent decrease in the number of blood platelets
(thrombocytopenia), especially coincident with fever induced by EIAV
(Clabough et al. 1991).

EIA is considered a classic blood-borne infection. People have played
an important role in EIAV transmission over the years by using
blood-contaminated materials on different horses. Although this mode
of transmission was more prevalent before serologic tests to identify
EIAV carriers were available, it is wise for owners and veterinarians
to apply the same universal precautions that are used to reduce the
risk of spreading blood-borne disease agents in humans (U.S.
Department of Labor 1992).

The EIAV most frequently is transmitted between horses in close
proximity by large biting insects, such as horse flies and deer flies
(tabanids), which inflict painful bites (Issel and Foil 1984). The
bites from these tabanids stimulate defensive movement by the horse,
which often results in an interruption of the blood-feeding. When
interrupted, the fly is motivated to complete the feeding as soon as
possible. It then attacks the same or a 2nd host and feeds to
repletion. In this manner, any infective material from the blood of
the 1st host which is present on the mouthparts of the insect can be
mechanically transmitted to the 2nd host.

Controlling the spread of EIAV involves minimizing or eliminating
contact of horses with the secretions, excretions, and blood of
EIAV-infected horses. This has been accomplished in most areas of the
world by testing and segregating test-positive horses from those that
are test-negative. When this separation is done, it is imperative to
retest the test-negative band at 30- to 60-day intervals until new
cases fail to appear. Once the reservoirs of EIAV are identified,
separated, and maintained a safe distance from other horses, the
transmission of EIAV is broken. This sounds easy, but until all
horses are tested, one must assume that each horse is a potential
reservoir of EIAV and take precautions to commingle only horses whose
background is impeccable, i.e., they come from farms where only
test-negative horses are found and have never been exposed to
test-positive horses or other equids.

This comment has been extracted from:
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- Mod.TG]

[see also:
Equine infectious anemia: resources available 20100415.1226
2007
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Equine infectious anemia - USA (NM ex TX) 20070831.2872
2006
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Equine infectious anemia - USA (VA) 20060803.2154
2002
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Equine infectious anemia - USA (Georgia) 20020825.5148
Equine infectious anemia, law change - USA (Texas) 20020501.4062
2000
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Equine infectious anemia - USA (Montana) (02) 20000624.1040
Equine infectious anemia - USA (Montana) 20000619.0998
1999
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Equine infectious anemia - USA (New York) 19991129.21032
Equine infectious anemia - USA (Utah) 19991127.2092
Equine infectious anemia - USA (Penn.) 19991104.1978
Equine infectious anemia - USA (Virginia) 19990921.1684]
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FOES Letter to AMI

http://friendsofequines.webs.com/lettertoami.htm

Letter to AMI frum FOES

http://friendsofequines.webs.com/lettertoami.htm

"Ostrich" Camper Wounds Mulekists "Inner Child"

Yell at her for posting anti-horse slaughter plea;

--- On Sat, 5/15/10, Mule Kist, soliciting "aSK A vET," "yahoo-horse-groups" for support; http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/askavet/
Mods Place in KY;

CAT RIDGE (1998)
(Storm Cat - Jewell Ridge)
2010 Stud Fee $2,500 (Live Foal) Minimum Bid is $625
ELMHURST FARM
2741 Winchester Road, Lexington, KY 40509
Donated by CAT RIDGE, LLC


She should have known better as the group is made up mostly of wanna be vets and breeders who are, apparently, "A-OK" with horse-slaughter (of course they are are!How else would they so easily dispose of their breeding "boo-boo's and get paid for them too!)

Mulekist wrote:

The International Boycott of "All Things" Pro Horse-Slaughter has begun; http://www.freewebs.com/friendsofequines
Wont you join us?

Cat (Mod) Responded

Re: ADVERTISEMENT

On Sat, May 15, 2010 at 11:06 AM, bigblueno1 wrote:

I RULE THIS ROOST AND IF U CAN'T ABIDE BY THE RULES...U WILL BE BOOTED!!
INSTRUCTIONS WERE POSTED WHEN U JOINED!!...IT CLEARLY STATES NO ADVERTISING...THIS IS FOR ASKING QUESTIONS ON CARE OF HORSES ONLY...HORSES U OWN/LEASE/CARE FOR...NOT SOMEONE ELSES'....GET IT!!
I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS PETTY CRAP!!...POLITICS IS NOT ALLOWED!

Mulekist Wrote;

From: Mule Kist
Subject: Re: ADVERTISEMENT...
To: "bigblueno1"
Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 11:09 AM

Then I guess you wont be joining in the boycott to end horse slaughter?
roflao

CJ

Cat (Mod) to Mule
1st off..there is no horse slaughter in the states...and we in the states have NO RIGHT to dictate what other countries can do...thats how wars are started...as for the slaughter of horses themselve...i wouldn't do it to my horses...that is my take on it...however...i have more important things to do these days including raising 2 kids as their father is in the hospital and i'm now a single mom...don't have time for politics!!...
again...this forum is for asking specific questions on the health of horses only!..i.e. injuries, illnesses, behavioral issues...abide by these rules or out u go...kat

Mule to (Kat) Mod;
You obviousy dont know that American Horses are going to slaughter in numbers greater than before; http://www.freewebs.com/mulekist/horseslaughterfacts - and wars are started over oil, gold or gods,,..... not horses.

American horses aree still being killed for slaughter, only now they are being shipped to Mexico & Canada,.....We dont slaughter horses in the USA anymore but we are still the worlds largest exporter, and We DO have a right to insist that America NOT be the worlds supplier of horsemeat. If other countries want to eat horses let them eat their own...its all about policitcs so we cannot "leave it alone>" You are under no obligation to partake in this action, ...but there is no "nutrality" here....you are either part of the problem or part of the solution, and you obviously are not committed enough to your "professed" aversion to horse slaughter to do anything about it. We all have our own personal problems in life but are obviously more talented then you in our ability to "multi-task" and are more passionately commited to the cause then you cause you are not willing to do anything to help end it. No what else causes wars or at least allows for them to happen and go on and on? Burying your head in the fucking sand

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

International Boycott Against "All Things" Supporting Horse Slaughter Officially Begins Today

http://friendsofequines.webs.com/

OldMan Thoroughbred Thank god they are boycotting....it seems as if that is the only way :( to stop this. Signed and shared)


windhorse songs said...
Boycotting is VERY effective - Yes, I've sworn off all meat and dairy, all products and services made in Mexico, China, Korea, Canada, and more!

In short, ANY CORPORATION, STATE OR COUNTRY WHICH PUTS PROFITS BEFORE ANIMAL WELFARE DOES NOT GET A PENNY FROM ME UNTIL THEY CLEAN UP THEIR ACT!

People, please shop with a conscience!


Walmart's "Great Value" brands are made in Mexico, by the way. If you oppose horse slaughter, please boycott products and services from any state or country which consumes or processes horsemeat!

Euro-MPs Urge Tightning of Animal Welfare Rules

11 May 2010

More frequent inspections and tougher penalties will be needed to enforce the next EU Animal Welfare Action Plan, says a resolution adopted by the European Parliament last week.
The current 2006-10 plan has worked well, in particular the measures taken to reduce harmful antibiotics in animal feed, but there is still room for improvement, say MEPs.

A high level of animal welfare, from breeding to slaughter, can improve product safety and quality, to the benefit of all EU consumers, argues Parliament, and welfare requirements should be mainstreamed into all relevant EU policies.

The resolution, drafted by Marit Paulsen (Sweden) and approved by show of hands, reviews the European Commission's action plan for animal welfare for 2006-2010 and suggests improvements for the next plan.

First and foremost, Parliament emphasises the need to enforce properly the existing rules, such as the ban on battery cages for hens and the rules on the protection of pigs and the transport of geese and ducks.

Imports to comply with EU standards

EU budget funding is needed to enable the Commission to monitor implementation of the law. MEPs add that animal products imported into the EU, such as meat, must also comply with welfare requirements.

For the future, MEPs call on the EU executive to propose general animal welfare legislation "to achieve a common understanding of the concept of animal welfare, the associated costs and the fundamental conditions applicable".

In addition it proposes laying down a "common basic level of animal welfare" across the EU to ensure fair competition in the single market.

Progress on antibiotics

Parliament welcomes the decline in the use of growth-promoting antibiotics since an EU-wide ban was introduced in 2006 to protect human health.

However, MEPs ask the Commission to investigate the use of animal health products further and to study the growing resistance to antibiotics in animals.

European network for animal welfare

Parliament also backs the idea of a European network for animal welfare, as envisaged in a Commission paper of October 2009.

This could help provide assistance, including training to food chain actors, and facilitate the testing of new techniques.

Original article in World Poultry News;
http://www.worldpoultry.net/news/euro-mps-urge-tightening-of-animal-welfare-rules-7438.html

European Parliment Adopted Text;
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?language=EN

Monday, May 10, 2010

All About Boycotts; a History, Successes, & Tips for "How To Succeed"

What is a Boycott: A Historical Background;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycott

Montgomery Bus Boycott;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Bus_Boycott

Farm Workers Boycott;
http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/systems/agentsheets/New-Vista/grape-boycott/History.html

More Successful Boycotts;
http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/Boycotts/successfulboycotts.aspx

Labor to Boycott Arizona;
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/96457-

Tips from a Believer for a Successful Boycott;
http://boycott-thieves.blogspot.com/2005/11/boycotts-famous-ones-tips-for.html

EQUINE VIRAL ARTERITIS - ARGENTINA (02): (BUENOS AIRES) OIE

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Source: OIE, Paris [edited]



Equine viral arteritis, Argentina
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Information received on 7 May 2010 from Dr Jorge Nestor Amaya,
Presidente, Presidencia, SENASA, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina

Summary:
Report type: Immediate notification
Start date: 9 Mar 2010
Date of 1st confirmation of the event: 31 Mar 2010
Report date: 7 May 2010
Date submitted to OIE: 7 May 2010
Reason for notification: Reoccurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence: 2006
Manifestation of disease: Clinical disease
Causal agent: Equine arteritis virus
Nature of diagnosis: Clinical, Laboratory (advanced), Necropsy
This event pertains to: the whole country

New outbreaks:
Summary of outbreaks: Total outbreaks 8

(AVE 1): San Antonio de Areco, Villa Lia, San Antonio de Areco, BUENOS AIRES

Date of start of the outbreak: 9 Mar 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (141) Cases (80)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population: A farm with sport horses (jumping and races).
The 1st sign was abortions in mares that were with jumping mares
artificially inseminated (30 to 40 days before the abortions).
Animals from this farm went to other farms, where investigations are
on-going; in some of them, serologically positive animals have been
found. This is the index farm.

(AVE 2): Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, CAPITAL FEDERAL
Date of start of the outbreak: 11 Mar 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (120) Cases (97)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population: A farm with sport horses (riding) where mares
were inseminated with infected semen.

(AVE 3): Pilar, Pilar, BUENOS AIRES
Date of start of the outbreak: 27 Apr 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (141) Cases (5)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population: A closed district with sport horses (jumping and
polo) where animals from an infected farm (AVE 2) arrived.

(AVE 4): Ranchos, Gral. Paz, BUENOS AIRES
Date of start of the outbreak: 27 Apr 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (100) Cases (2)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population: A farm with sport horses where mares were
inseminated with infected semen.

(AVE 5) Suipacha, Suipacha, BUENOS AIRES
Date of start of the outbreak: 27 Mar 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (21) Cases (4)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population: A farm with sport horses where a mare from the
index farm arrived.

(AVE 6): San Vicente, San Vicente, BUENOS AIRES
Date of start of the outbreak: 22 Apr 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (80) Cases (1)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population: A farm with sport horses where a mare was
inseminated with infected semen.

(AVE 7): Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, CAPITAL FEDERAL
Date of start of the outbreak: 30 Apr 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (195) Cases (2)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population: A club with jumping horses where animals from an
infected farm (AVE 2) arrived.

(AVE 8): Zarate, Zarate, BUENOS AIRES
Date of start of the outbreak: 10 Apr 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (10) Cases (5)
Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Affected Population A farm where horses from the index farm came to graze.

Summary of outbreaks:
Total outbreaks: 8
Total animals affected: Species (_equidae_) Susceptible (808) Cases
(196) Deaths (0) Destroyed (0) Slaughtered (0)
Outbreak statistics: Species (_equidae_) Apparent morbidity rate
(24.26 percent) Apparent mortality rate (0.00 percent) Apparent case
fatality rate (0.00 percent) Proportion susceptible animals lost*
(0.00 percent)
* Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction
and/or slaughter

Epidemiology:
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection: *Unknown or
inconclusive Epidemiological comments: A health alert has been
declared across the country, and movements of horses are prohibited
in the city and in the province of Buenos Aires. All detected cases
are related to mares inseminated with semen from the same stud;
investigations are underway.

Control measures:
Measures applied: Quarantine; Movement control inside the country;
Screening; Vaccination prohibited; No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied: No other measures

Diagnostic test results:
Laboratory name and type: Virology Institute, INTA-Castelar (National
laboratory)
Tests and results:
Species / Test / Test date / Result
_equidae_ / reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)
/ 19 Apr 2010 / Positive
_equidae_ / seroneutralization test (SNT) / 05 Apr 2010 / Positive
_equidae_ / virus isolation / 31 Mar 2010 / Positive

Future Reporting:
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

Map of outbreak locations
Location of current outbreaks [see website for map] Click on map to zoom in.

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[see also:
Equine viral arteritis - Argentina ex Holland 20100509.1513]
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GLANDERS, EQUINE - BAHRAIN (02): OIE

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Glanders, Bahrain
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Information received on 10 May 2010 from Dr Salman Abdul Nabi,
Director of Animal Health Directorate, PO Box 251, Ministry of
Municipality Affairs and Agriculture, MANAMA, Bahrain

Summary

Report type: Immediate notification
Start date: 12 Apr 2010
Date of 1st confirmation of the event: 12 Apr 2010
Report date: 10 May 2010
Date submitted to OIE: 10 May 2010
Reason for notification: 1st occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease: Clinical disease
Causal agent: _Burkholderia mallei_
Nature of diagnosis: Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to the whole country

New outbreaks
Outbreak 1: Shakhora, NORTH
Date of start of the outbreak: 12 Apr 2010
Outbreak status: Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit: Farm
Affected animals:
Species / Susceptible / Cases / Deaths / Destroyed / Slaughtered
_equidae_/ 10 / 6 / 0 / 6 / 0

Affected Population:
The 1st 2 horses which were positive without clinical signs to
glanders originated from Syria and Kuwait and arrived 6 months ago.
They were of mixed breed. After testing, the other horses in the same
stable became positive with clinical signs.

Summary of outbreaks
Total outbreaks: 1

Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection: Introduction of new
live animals

Epidemiological comments
The horses in the stable showed no clinical signs, and 394 serum
samples were sent to the OIE reference laboratory (CVRL). 35 were
confirmed positive by CFT, most of them without clinical signs.

Control measures
Measures applied: Control of arthropods, Control of wildlife
reservoirs, Quarantine, Movement control inside the country,
Screening, Zoning, Disinfection of infected
premises/establishment(s), Dipping / Spraying, Modified stamping out,
No vaccination. No treatment of affected animals

Measures to be applied: No other measures

Diagnostic test results:
Laboratory name and type: Central Veterinary Research Laboratory
(CVRL), United Arab Emirates (OIE's Reference Laboratory)
Tests and results
Species / Test / Test date / Result
_equidae_ / complement fixation test (CFT) / 12 Apr 2010 / Positive

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[The diagnosis of glanders, a zoonotic disease, in Bahrain was
reported by ProMED-mail on 28 Apr 2010. It is encouraging to see this
significant event eventually officially notified to the OIE. There
are several discrepancies between the notification and the
media-derived information dated 17 Apr 2010, in particular the
information about mortality of 2 horses, allegedly triggering the
epidemiological and laboratory investigation, as well as the relevant
timetable (see 20100417.1241).

Glanders is a reportable disease in Kuwait not reportable in Syria.
In both countries, the year of its last occurrence is unknown. Both
countries have already duly submitted their annual reports for 2009
to the OIE, from which the said information is derived. - Mod.AS]

[see also:
Glanders, equine - Bahrain 20100428.1364
Undiagnosed deaths, equine - Bahrain: RFI 20100417.1241
2007
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Glanders, equine - Iran ex Iraq 20071129.3854
Glanders, equine - Russia (Chita) 20070707.2167
2004
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Glanders, equine - United Arab Emirates: OIE 20041019.2836
Glanders - Brazil (South) 20040815.2265
2000
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Glanders, human - USA (Maryland) (04) 20000630.1085
Glanders, equine - Brazil (Alagoas) (02) 20000605.0895
Glanders, equine - Brazil (Alagoas) 20000529.0858
Glanders, human - USA (Maryland) (03) 20000526.0842
Glanders, human - USA (Maryland) (02) 20000516.0769
Glanders, human - USA (Maryland) 20000515.0760]
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"Facebook" to Boycott Missouri Over Horse-Slaughter Bill

http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/missouri-facing-internet-boycott-that-could-go-viral/

...and here is my thoughts about that:

WTF? What are you proposing to “boycott?” Politicians? What are ya gonna do, not vote for them next time around? Bombard them with emails? Gonna boycott “everything pro-slaughter?” in Missouri? Will that include the buying of meat? Why dont you take that “astronomical” donation and erect a billboard in EVERY STATE that wants horse-slaughter and let them know you are not going to buy any MEAT products until HR 503 is passed – then you wont have to worry about these never-ending state-by-state battles. Remember, once the first one re-opens in ANY state there will be NO HOPE for our federal bill. Erect a billboard alright,..and boycott of course but use your BIG guns to go after the largest contingency working against our cause, the most powerful weapon we have is our ability to put a BIG dent in their meat sales as they are the main industry holding up our federal bill;

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/us-against-horse-slaughter-2-boycott

My gut feeling is that that $$$ could be better spent on a boycott to pass our federal bill, ..and since when do you have to get the “ok” from anyone to boycott anything. Geez. You dont ask,…you just DO!
















Sue Wallis v. the world;



Frum her United Organizations of Horse Slaughterers, a "works-in-progress" list of people she and her bloodthirsty slaughterhappy crew are proposing to "harm" by boycotting them (for CARING about horses!)








HSUS Sponsored Organizations

� United States Equestrian Federation

� Parelli Horse Training - Pat Parelli



HSUS Supporters

� Maria Conchita Alonso

� Ed Asner

� Alec Baldwin

� Ed Begley, Jr.

� Shari Belafonte

� Jessica Biel

� Elayne Boosler

� Berk Breathed

� Ron Burns

� Kelly Carlson

� Dixie Carter

� Mary Chapin Carpenter

� James Cromwell

� Jenna Elfman

� Mike Farrell

� David Foley

� Sara Gilbert

� Bill Goldberg

� Whoopi Goldberg

� Cathy Guisewite

� Steve Guttenberg

� Anne Heche

� Tippi Hedren

� Anjelica Huston

� Kevin James

� Diane Keaton

� Vicki Lewis

� Ali MacGraw

� Bill Maher

� Wendy Malick

� Dave Matthews

� Peter and Mary Max

� Rue McClanahan

� Patrick McDonnell

� Mandy Moore

� Mary Tyler Moore

� Frankie Muniz

� Kevin Nealon

� Alexandra Paul

� Victoria Principal

� Leah Remini

� Christina Ricci

� Ally Sheedy

� Alicia Silverstone

� Britney Spears

� Jerry Stiller

� Maura Tierney

� Joan Van Ark

� Betty White

� Montel Williams

� Robin Williams

� Carrie Underwood

� Ellen Degeneres



PETA Supporters

� Mary Kay Cosmetics

� Pam Anderson

� Alec Baldwin

� Bill Maher

� Paul McCartney

� Eva Mendes

� Christina Applegate

� Jack Ass's Steve O

� The Office's Lucy Davis

� Pink

� Charlize Theron

� Alyssa Milano

� Jamie Lee Curtis

� Heather Mills

� Joaquin Phoenix

� Lisa Rinna

� Ryan Seacrest

� Alan Cumming

� Moby

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

� Alec Baldwin

� Noah Wyle

Farm Animal Reform Movement(FARM)

� Bob Barker

� James Cromwell

� Bill Maher

Farm Sanctuary

� Alec Baldwin


Wild Horse Advocates, Habitat for Horses, Et Al...

� Willie Nelson

� Sheryl Crowe

� Viggio Mortensen

� Barbi Twins

� Lacy J Dalton

Madeleine Picken's Saving America's Mustangs Foundation Advisory Board

(so what makes a bunch of football jocks, musicians, and film makers experts on wild horse management...we can't help but wonder???)

Troy Aikman - NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

Mark Cuban - Owner, NBA Dallas Mavericks

June Jones, Chairman - SMU "Mustangs" Head Football Coach

Michael Blake - Academy Award-winning Screenwriter

Mike Ditka - NFL Hall of Fame Tight End & Head Coach

Jerry Jones - Owner, NFL Dallas Cowboys

Jenny Craig - Founder, Jenny Craig, Inc.

David Foster - Grammy Award-winning musician

Henry Kapono - Award winning & grammy nominated singer songwriter

T. Boone Pickens - Legendary Businessman

Mike Post - Grammy & Emmy Award-Winning Composer

Rudy Ruettiger - Notre Dame Football Lengend

Junior Seau - Legendary NFL Linebacker

Emmitt Smith - Legendary NFL Running Back

Roger Staubach - NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

Barry Switzer - Hall of Fame Football Coach

Thurman Thomas - NFL Hall of Fame Running Back

Doug Williams - Super Bowl MVP



http://www.unitedorgsofthehorse.org/old_site/index_files/boycott