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CHATHAM, N.Y., May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The fourth annual 2015 American Equine Summit will be held on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. Horse slaughter; the transfer of PMU (pregnant mares’ urine) production to China; alternatives to ERT/HRT drugs made from horse urine; and wild horse and sporting horse issues highlight this year’s Summit. Featuring presentations from highly respected equine and medical experts in North America, the Summit includes a statement by famed writer and political activist Gloria Steinem calling for an end to the 73 year-old PMU industry.
“I want to thank you for helping to alert the public to the dangers — to horses as well as to women – that have come with the use of pregnant mares’ urine as a source of human treatment,” Steinem wrote.
A preview of the new film, “One Day,” by Victoria Racimo about the rescue of 1977 Thoroughbred champion Our Mims promises an emotional conclusion to Saturday’s schedule.
The Summit, which will be held at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary (www.equineadvocates.org) in Chatham, N.Y., was first held in 2012 in response to the threat of horse slaughter returning to the US. A meeting between Summit presenter, equestrian and philanthropist Victoria McCullough, and Vice President Joe Biden resulted in Biden adding language to the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act to defund horse meat inspectors.
A 2010 toxicology report proved that individuals who consumed the meat of equines treated with the common anti-inflammatory drug Phenylbutazone could be at risk for life-threatening diseases. “The 2010 report and other studies about toxicity in horse meat changed the way our government and the EU view the slaughter of American-bred equines for food,” said Equine Advocates President, Susan Wagner. “It’s not only unethical, it also poses serious risks to human health and food safety.”
Presenters for the 2015 American Equine Summit include (in alphabetical order):
Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates is a national non-profit equine protection organization based in Chatham, N.Y. Its mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines through education, investigation, rescue operations, the dissemination of information to the public and through the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected equines. For more information, contact email@example.com or (518) 245-1599.
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The Summit is by invitation only, However, if you are interested in attending, please email email@example.com with your name, affiliation & contact information and you will be placed on the waiting list. We will certainly let you know if space opens up. Thank you.
Four VIP Tickets to “LIVE with Kelly & Michael” to benefit Equine Advocates!
You and three guests will be members of the live studio audience for the show in New York City. You will also be on the VIP Guest List for preferred seating. Please go to CharityBuzz to bid on this fabulous gift. Bidding closes Tuesday, March 17th, and all funds raised will go toward our Equine Rescue & Sanctuary Programs – Thank you!
by Susan Wagner, President & Founder of Equine Advocates
The Grande Dame of Equine Advocates has passed.
Friday, February 13, 2015 will be remembered both as a very sad day but also as a day of reflection as we bid farewell to Ladybelle who died just 39 days before her 34th birthday. We had been planning a Big Barn Birthday Bash for her here at the sanctuary on March 24th, the day she was born in 1981.
Although Ladybelle’s situation and the fact that she needed to be rescued is sadly not uncommon for many equines, her life and story have been an inspiration to all of us who have had the privilege of knowing and caring for her. In the spring of 1999, I received a frantic call from a woman in Enon Valley, PA which is not far from the Ohio border. She was horribly upset that a special horse slaughter auction was about to take place in her town for the first time. She had been calling every organization she could think of, but no one responded…But then somehow she found Equine Advocates. She explained the circumstances, but we had only been in existence a little over three years and we did not have a lot of resources. However, with the help of a foundation and two dedicated friends, I was able to raise some money. I went there and purchased 14 of the 21 horses who went up for auction that day, bidding only on the ones the killer buyers wanted. One of them was an eighteen year-old Standardbred Mare, named “Ladybelle.” I found out that she had raced under the name of “Sterling K,” but her treatment after her racing career was over was anything but sterling. Like so many Standardbreds who could no longer race, she had been sold to an Amish farmer as a Buggy Horse, and then when she could not work anymore, was about to enter the slaughter pipeline.
That was a very difficult time for us because we did not establish our horse sanctuary in Chatham, NY until 2004…so I kept Ladybelle in several foster homes which is where she stayed until we moved our first group of twenty horses here on June 1, 2004. Ladybelle was a class act. Despite all that she had been through before we got her, she was just so kind and sweet, as though nothing that happened before mattered. She just always seemed to know that we were there to make sure that she was safe, loved and received the care that she deserved. Ladybelle had lots of friends and fans who adored her, especially her two sponsors. Our dedicated staff who cared for her every day just loved her. She was one of the few horses here with whom we could teach new volunteers about how to groom and handle a horse since she was so friendly and patient. She seemed to love her role as the head of the Main Barn and being in the company of her best friend, Ally, a Thoroughbred Mare who just turned 29.
Over the past few years, Ladybelle began to experience trouble with her back end and especially her rear right leg. She actually had problems with it from the day I got her. She literally had been run into the ground and received what I can say absolutely was substandard care, given the poor condition she was in when I rescued her nearly sixteen years ago.
Ladybelle thrived in retirement and seemed to love her life as we managed her physical issues over the years. However, over time, her condition grew worse and she was having a harder and harder time getting up. This had nothing to do with the winter, as she really loved eating hay in the snow surrounded by her pasture buddies. On Friday, we knew it was “time” and I called the vet. We all held her as we said our very tearful goodbyes. She went peacefully and very fast.
It is difficult to go into the barn without seeing our Ladybelle. She just was always there. More importantly, she is the reason we do the work that we do. It is the whole issue of horses going from “one job to another,” only to be discarded when they are older and/or outlive their usefulness. I love old horses and if there is anything we can teach people, it is that you don’t get rid of an equine just because that animal cannot perform any more. Every animal deserves a safe and kind existence in life and a peaceful dignified end. Ladybelle’s existence was useful and meaningful until the day she died in ways that some people will never understand.
On second thought, I think we will have that birthday party for her on March 24th, after all. What a perfect time to commemorate her life and what she meant to all of us!
Think Spring! Here’s our 2015 Open Day Schedule. Please put us on your calendar if you are in the area or find yourself traveling to this part of New York!
Come spend a few hours walking around and meeting our 86 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, most of whom were rescued from slaughter, abuse and/or neglect.
To kick off the holiday season, please consider making a donation to Equine Advocates to help us care for our rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. For more details, please use the link below and thank you for your support!
If you haven’t already selected us as your charity through the below link to the AmazonSmile Foundation, please take a minute to do it now. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Equine Advocates and eligible items also include e-book downloads and movie rentals! There are only a few easy steps to set this up and you would be helping out a great cause and making 82 equines very happy!
Once you’ve clicked on the link below, you’ll be re-directed to the regular Amazon site and can shop as normal. As you shop, you’ll be able to see which of your items are eligible for the Amazon Smile donation.
Please take some time to read this important column by Roy Exum which appeared in yesterday’s Chattanoogan about the barbaric “Big Lick” and horrendous treatment of Tennessee Walking Horses. Despite the fact that most Americans are against horse slaughter and all forms of equine abuse, including the horrors that these poor Tennessee Walkers have to endure, there are some influential members of Congress who are standing in the way of stopping the cruelty. It is mind-boggling that anyone could possibly be in favor of this kind of abject equine torture, but shockingly there are. We all have to make our voices heard to stop it. Here is the link to Mr. Exum’s column which includes important information and names names:
Our gallant Bobby II Freedom continues to gallop through cyberspace spreading the word of his momentous rescue from slaughter back in 2010 and the plight of urban carriage horses. A two-minute video we produced about him at that time has taken on a life of its own over the past two weeks, going from 5,000 views back in 2010 to more than 100,000 during the week of 10/17/14 and now to over 145,000 views! We do not know what inspired this kind of interest in this video again after all this time…But we are delighted that Bobby’s moving story is helping to educate the public about the cruelty involved in the urban carriage horse trade, especially in big, over-crowded cities like New York which is where he labored for years before being scrapped for slaughter. If Bobby could talk, he would say, “Horses do not belong in traffic!”
Just this past Saturday, one teenager was killed and three others injured when a car hit a horse-drawn buggy in Kentucky. (We learned Tuesday, 10/28 that the horse was injured, but do not know at this time whether or not the animal survived.)
We hope that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the mayors of other cities will act to ban horse-drawn carriages to prevent other senseless tragedies like this from occurring.
Once again, here is Bobby’s now famous video, which we have nicknamed, “The Great Escape!” Enjoy!
Scarlet, born around 1996, was in foal when we purchased her at a Canadian slaughter auction back in 2000. She gave birth to Bebe in 2001, who resides at the sanctuary.
We called Scarlet, “our little chipmunk” because she had adorable cheeks that were one of her most endearing physical characteristics, along with her brilliant color. However, her personality was like no other equine. She was just this beautiful, sweet, kind creature. She had not a mean bone in her body.
Scarlet had to be humanely euthanized due to a long-time degenerative condition stemming from the neglect she suffered on a Canadian PMU factory farm.
We, and her boyfriend, Presley, are devastated by the loss of our sweet Scarlet. We loved and adored her. It will never be the same here without her.