VIP Set Visit for Two for The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulies

Please go to CharityBuzz to bid on an exclusive VIP Set Visit for Two for The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulies to benefit Equine Advocates!  You and your guest will have an amazing experience!

All funds raised from this fabulous gift will go toward our equine rescue & sanctuary programs.

Thank you!

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In Loving Memory of Banner

Banner, one of the loveliest horses ever at the sanctuary, sadly passed away on August 9,  2014 at the age of 29.

Banner, formerly Bloodstock, had been foaled on May 9, 1985 in Kentucky and raced 71  times. Although he was not a major stakes winner, his bloodlines were impressive as he was from Graustark’s last crop. After his racing career was over, he was used as a cheap stallion until the the age of seventeen. He was in Ohio and was two days away from going to the slaughterhouse when we heard his story and rescued him by purchasing him before he was sold to a killer buyer which had already been arranged. That was in 2002. We immediately sent him to Ohio State University Hospital to be gelded.

Banner was one of the most elegant and kindest equines we have ever known. We immortalized him in bronze for our Safe Home Equine Protection Award that is given out at our annual Gala. The old expression about class – “you know it when you see it” – that was Banner through and through. He personified class. He lived a very happy life with his two buddies, Harry, 22 and Freddie, 23, in the section of the sanctuary we call “The Grumpy Old Men.”

We will sorely miss you, Banner. RIP sweet boy!

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In Loving Memory of Max Weintraub

Max was a great friend to Equine Advocates and we are so saddened by his passing. He loved horses and cared deeply about their well being. He was a sponsor of our beautiful, Dolly, a rescued Percheron mare. One was very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend time with Max. He was an incredibly kind and compassionate person. Max, you will be sorely missed. RIP

We are reprinting his obituary from the New York Times -
Loving and beloved father of Aviva Weintraub, and father-in-law of Gordon Tapper, Max Weintraub has died at the age of 92. Max was a WWII veteran (CBI Air Transport), retired adman, avid participant on horseback trail rides in Arizona, longtime public school volunteer, off-off-Broadway music impresario, and so much more. A lifelong New Yorker who loved spending summers in Vermont, he never forgot his roots on the Lower East Side. Sweet, generous and kind, friend to many, and devoted to his extended family, he was a gentleman and a gentle man.

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2014 American Equine Summit Newsletter

All video presentations are also now available

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Blood-Horse Article on the 2014 American Equine Summit

Bill Heller, for the Blood-Horse, also attended and wrote the following article about our 2014 American Equine Summit.

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Susan Salk from Off-Track Thoroughbreds Writes about the 2014 American Equine Summit

We thank Susan Salk from Off-Track Thoroughbreds for coming to and writing about our 2014 American Equine Summit.

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2014 American Equine Summit Agenda

April 26th & April 27th

The conference is now full.
Please be advised that we will be videotaping all presentations and will post them on our website for your information and interest.

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In Loving Memory of Jilly

Jilly, a Mule, passed away on April 6, 2014. She was one of the sweetest, gentlest equines we ever rescued.

In 1999, Susan Wagner went to a special Mule Sale at New Holland slaughter auction in Pennsylvania. That day, there were 500 mules for sale. We could only afford to buy seven of them that included Jilly, along with her brother, Jack. The auctioneer announced that they were a team that used to pull a plow at an Amish farm where Jilly had sustained an injury. Susan had to bid against the killer buyers to save them and luckily she was the highest bidder. She bought them both so not to separate them.

Jilly has been happy and healthy for the 15 years she was with us, but on the morning of her passing, she was clearly in a lot of discomfort. Our veterinarian determined that she had an impaction in her small intestines and at age 30 (+) she was not a candidate for surgery. She was humanely euthanized in the field with her brother, Jack, at her side, along with us and the other six equines that lived with her in the area we call “Mule Town.” She went very peacefully. Jilly was a delight to be around and will be sorely missed. We are so pleased to have given her a second chance at life when the alternative would have, otherwise, been devastating.

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In Loving Memory of Jeremy

Jeremy, a Quarter Horse, passed away on February 21, 2014. He was in his late twenties.

Jeremy was one of two severely emaciated & neglected horses that came the sanctuary after they were seized by police during a cruelty case in upstate New York in 2007.

In early 2014, Jeremy started to experience lameness in his right hind. Our veterinarian recommended that he go to Tufts University Equine Hospital for a bone scan after he was unable to isolate the problem. The results could not have been any worse – they found an inoperable malignant bone tumor on his right femur (hip).  According to the doctor, this kind of tumor is extremely rare in horses.

We brought Jeremy home and moved him into the barn. Restricting his exercise and having him on pain meds helped to keep him comfortable. He had a voracious appetite and, of course, we all spent extra time with him and fed him lots of treats. We knew his time had come when he had trouble getting up. Everyone stayed with him until the vet arrived. Jeremy was humanely euthanized and went very peacefully.

Jeremy lived seven happy years here at the sanctuary. We loved him and were so glad to be able to give him such a good life after living such a horrific existence before.

We will always miss our sweet Jeremy.

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Equine Advocates Thanks Great Americans for Ending Horse Slaughter in the U.S.

CHATHAM, N.Y., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Equine Advocates would like thank these key players in expediting the end of horse slaughter in the United States:

  • Victoria McCullough, horsewoman and head of Chesapeake Petroleum
  • Vice President Joseph Biden
  • Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo

It is because of their tireless and dedicated efforts that horse slaughterhouses will be prevented from opening in the U.S. once Congress passes the “Omnibus” bill by this weekend.  The last time horses were slaughtered in the United States was in 2007, when state bans in TX and IL succeeded in closing the last three remaining plants.  Since then, Congress’ defunding of slaughter inspections in the federal budget is the main reason why slaughter plants have not opened in states that do not ban slaughter outright.

“Victoria McCullough announced at our first American Equine Summit in 2012 that she would take on the challenge of ending horse slaughter in the U.S.,” said Equine Advocates President, Susan Wagner.  “She took the lead from the experts speaking at the Summit, each of whom had invaluable information and experience, and helped contribute to the resolution of this hard-fought issue. She used her own funding and dedicated countless hours to get this done.”

McCullough used the data and documentation presented by John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance; Paula Bacon, former Mayor of Kaufman, TX; renowned equine veterinarian Dr. Kraig Kulikowski; Caroline Betts, PhD, professor of economics at USC and others. Much of the necessary documentation was there, combined with Dr. Ann Marini’s brilliant study on the potentially dangerous effects the drug Phenylbutazone can have on people who eat horse meat, and subsequent studies including Holland’s scathing analysis of the misinformation in the 2011 GAO Report (#11-228).

Said Wagner, “That GAO Report was like a fixed race.”

While horse slaughter is opposed by more than 80% of Americans, the GAO Report claimed it was necessary for reasons which have been soundly refuted by Holland’s study and other experts.

“This is the first major hurdle that needed to happen so that a complete federal ban on horse slaughter can now be passed,” Wagner added. “We are grateful to Vice President Joe Biden, along with the support of congressional leaders, for adding the defunding language to the Omnibus bill. Robert Redford also needs to be thanked because he has been actively involved since he first signed the Voter Card for the passage of the California Initiative banning horse slaughter back in 1998. His support through the years has had a tremendous impact on this issue. I know I speak for most Americans when I say that horse slaughter is wrong and has no place in our culture.”

The focus now moves to passing a federal ban on the transport of equines across U.S. borders into Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates ( is a non-profit equine protection organization based in Chatham, NY.  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 the operation of a horse sanctuary for slaughter-bound, abused and neglected equines. Email or call 518-245-1599 for more information.

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