Historic win for animals in laboratories!

Dear Bent,

Today, thanks to your ongoing support and generosity, I have exciting news to share about a very big win for animals: Humane Society International has just secured the biggest reduction in animal testing requirements in history!

Our science team has been hard at work for more than two years, negotiating with companies, government authorities and elected officials in Brussels for major changes to European testing requirements for pesticides and biocides -- among the most heavily animal-tested products in existence.

Until now, dozens of different animal-poisoning tests have been required by law before a pesticide is approved for sale. In some cases, more than 13,000 animals are killed for a single new pesticide ingredient.

But together, we’ve made great strides toward convincing European authorities to say goodbye to outdated animal tests and to take up the very latest animal replacement and reduction alternatives. Going forward:

Twelve-month dog-poisoning studies: gone.

Lethal dose skin, inhalation and injection tests on rabbits and other animals: on the way out, no longer an absolute requirement.

We've just secured the first-ever legal acceptance of alternative test methods and strategies that reduce animal use by 40 to 70 percent.

And that's just the beginning. Next up? After this enormous victory for animals and humane science in Europe, we’re moving into the world’s other major pesticide markets -- the United States, Canada, India and Brazil -- to make sure animals everywhere benefit from these advances.

We can only do this work because of support from people like you. Thank you so much for all you do for animals.
Andrew Rowan, President & CEO, Humane Society International

Tränare opererade travhästen själv
Travhästen hade ont i benet och den danske amtörtränaren ville lindra besvären.
Då opererade han djuret själv – utan bedövning. – Det är djupt förkastligt, säger veterinären
Ole Bjørn Jensen blev kallad till stallet i Danmark under onsdagen. Den sexåriga hästen blödde våldsamt från det ena frambenet, rapporterar TV2 Nord. – Jag tvivlade aldrig att någon hade skurit hästen i benet. Snitten var rena, pulsådern var av och blodet sprutade ut då jag tog bort förbandet, säger veterinären till TV-kanalen.  Han har nu anmält händelsen till polisen och amatörtränaren misstänks för grovt djurplågeri. – Det här är det värsta jag sett någon göra mot ett djur, säger veterinären. På kuskens hemmabana ser man allvarligt på händelsen.
– Det är det värsta som jag upplevt under min tid här som direktör. Det är mycket tveksamt om han får ställa upp i lopp igen. Vi vill inte ha djurmisshandlare på banan, säger direktören på banan till TV2 Nord

Danska Travsportens Centralföbund vill inte utesluta att amatörtränare kört sitt sista lopp någonsin.

 Friends of Animals

Support Free-Living Horses

Horse Advocates Demand an End to Capture and Slaughter

Darien, Conn. – In the past two weeks, 41 wild horses have been slaughtered under a new law that makes it easier to round up older horses and kill them.

The recent killings began on the 18th of April, when Dustin Herbert of Oklahoma seized upon a statute signed by President Bush in December, and purchased six horses in Colorado. The former rodeo clown said the horses would be used for a church youth program. Those horses were later sent to the Cavel International slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Illinois. This week, 35 more horses were killed at the same plant.

Friends of Animals, an international animal advocacy organization supported by about 200,000 members, calls for a full moratorium on the government-sanctioned round-ups, sales and slaughter of free-living horses.

The group asks for a repeal of the Burns Amendment, which reversed a 34-year prohibition on the slaughter of wild horses. The Amendment, attached to the 3,000-page 2005 Appropriations Bill, enabled the Bureau of Land Management to sell off horses older than 10 who are not able to be adopted. Over 9,000 horses are currently at risk of being sold to slaughter.

The Bureau’s officials are under pressure from the Department of the Interior to cut herds in half by the end of 2005. About 37,000 wild horses compete with almost 95,000 cows on public lands, according to the Department of Agriculture, and ranchers are lobbying for more expedient round-ups.

Said Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral:

Increasingly, our society only accepts other animals if they can be made into commodities – even if that means their death. So free-living horses are deemed unacceptable, particularly where they compete with ranch lands for water, space and sustenance. For those who respect free-living animals, it’s simply not enough to express outrage at their deaths: We must also stop supporting the profits of ranches. It’s time we acknowledge the connection between horsemeat and hamburgers.

Recommendations for action from Friends of Animals:

Go to the root. The most important step any single member of the public can take in support of horses is to adopt a plant-based diet.

Demand public accountability: Demand a moratorium on the round-up and slaughter of free-living horses. Letters to your congress member should begin by clearly protesting the Burns Amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act. Urge representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 297, introduced by Reps. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY). Urge senators to co-sponsor S. 576, introduced by Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV).

Senator Conrad Burns (fax: 202.224.8594) introduced the wild horse slaughter amendment, and found support from Nevada Senators Harry Reid (fax: 202.224.7327) and John Ensign (fax: 202.228.2193). Concerned people everywhere should protest their move to privatize animals on federal lands.

At this time, action by the Bureau of Land Management is stalled in the controversy. Keep the pressure on. Write to Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W. , Washington DC 20240 (fax: 202.208.5048); Robert Abbey, Nevada State Director, Bureau of Land Management, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502-2055 (fax: 775.861.6606); and Kathleen Clarke, Director, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW Rm. 406-LS, Washington, D.C. 20240 (fax: 202.452.5124).

To track legislation and locate your Congress Members online, visit: http://thomas.loc.gov



Dear Bent Bay,

With your help, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to ban horse slaughter in the United States. All of your great work was essential to these dual victories in Congress.

But that work is in danger of being undone!

We fear that the horse slaughter ban is going to be stripped during final passage of the Agriculture Appropriations bill. We cannot allow this outrageous action -- which would violate the overwhelming majorities in both the House and the Senate. If the horse slaughter ban is dropped, nearly 100,000 horses will be slaughtered for human consumption overseas next year.

We have only days left before this issue is decided.

Reach for your phone now and call your two U.S. Senators and Representative in Washington, D.C. and urge them to oppose the final Agriculture Appropriations conference report if it doesn't contain the horse slaughter ban.

Worried about making a phone call? It's simple! Your call will take no more than two minutes. You will speak to a staff assistant who will take your message and pass it along to your Representative or Senators. You can reach your members of Congress through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. If you need to to find out who represents you, click here.

Not sure what to say? Here's a sample phone call script:

"Hello, I'm calling from [your town and state] to let you know I've heard that the ban on horse slaughter in the Agriculture Appropriations bill is being stripped by the conference committee. After landslide votes in both House and Senate, that is an outrage. I want [your Representative or Senators' names] to oppose any Agriculture Appropriations conference report that doesn't include the ban on horse slaughter. Thank you."

We need a massive outcry in the halls of Congress immediately if we hope to save our horses. Thank you for your fast action on this critical issue.

Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States




New Anti-Slaughter Amendment: What Does It Mean for Horses?

28 October 2005 - In four months' time, under an amendment passed with the 2006 agriculture appropriations bill,[1] the U.S. Department of Agriculture will no longer be allowed to provide the inspection necessary to process horse meat for human consumption. The measure also deems shipping horses to other countries for slaughter illegal, although there is no penalty for doing so. Animal welfare groups are ecstatic, calling the legislation a "historic victory on behalf of country’s beloved horses."[2]

For certain horses, that might be true. But others won't be so fortunate.

Once enacted, the amendment is only valid for one fiscal year; in October of 2006, horse slaughter will be up for Congressional debate once again. In any case, horses not saved from human consumption may be rendered for zoos or for pet food.

While two of the three horse slaughter plants in the United States may see a dip in sales come February, the Beltex Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas will continue to stay in the business of processing wild boars, ostriches, and bison. [3]

The slaughtering of horses is decried, in part, for its foreignness. Much of the horse flesh is shipped to places abroad such as Belgium and Italy; the three slaughterhouses exporting, we frequently hear, are also foreign-owned.

Yet it is the U.S. government and U.S. ranchers, relying on U.S. demand for beef and other animal products, who remain unwilling to give up their use of public land. And that is what really pushes wild horses and burros off the land and into slaughter. With less land given to the ranching industry, the 41wild horses found slaughtered in the Illinois plant earlier this year might still be alive.

In addition, private owners across the United States will still discard lame, old, outgrown, and otherwise unwanted horses. Horses used for sport and other large commercial purposes also outlive their usefulness and are discarded. An estimated 15,000 horses are actually conceived as throwaways by the menopausal hormone industry each year. Because the legislation does not address the root of the problem, the Congressional debate will continue.

Horses serve us all of their lives, say the animal welfare proponents, and thus we ought to stop slaughter. But it is precisely because we do see horses as put on earth to serve us that we wind up with the issue of how to dispose of them. That won't go away so easily.

Until we stop seeing horses as an item to be privatized and traded -- whether for sport, for companionship, or even for their iconic value as symbols of romantic western ideals, killing is inevitable.

Starting with the few free-living horses still roaming the plains and islands, an enlightened society would ask how we can begin to respect these animals on their own terms.

By Laurel Lundstrom

Friends of Animals

[1] House Amendment 236 of House Resolution 2744.

[2] “Ban on horse slaughter survives Republican effort to kill it,” Associated Press (26 Oct. 2005), quoting Nancy Perry, vice president of governmental affairs for the Humane Society of the United States.

[3] Personal Interviews, Beltex Corporation, Cavel International and Dallas Crown Slaughterhouses (28 Oct. 2005).

Dog Risks Life To Save Injured Friend !

That happend on a Highway in Chile. When people do nothing,  a dog is helping  his friend. See Video.

Auf einer Autobahn bei Santiago de Chile wird ein Hund von mehreren Autos angefahren.
Kein Fahrzeug hält an, um zu helfen. Ein anderer Hund läuft auf die Fahrbahn, riskiert sein eigenes Leben und zieht den schwerverletzten Artgenossen auf den Pannenstreifen.
Taschentücher beim Anschauen dieses beeindruckenden Videos nicht vergessen – das ist Liebe pur.

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