Friday, November 28, 2008

China to Re-Introduce HorseRacing after 60 Years!

This IS NOT good news for the horses!

Fecha: jueves, 27 noviembre, 2008 1:56

As we all have seen the markets of racing horses it has also created problems to promote horse slaughter and abuse and neglect. China is getting ready to promote the same goals as America has. Sadly China does eat horses so there slaughter numbers could drastly increase. France and other countries may rely on there retired and injured horses for lunch...Here is the story....... ...
Horse racing returns to China after 60 years

November 27, 2008

Horse racing will return to the People's Republic of China on Saturday after a 60-year absence.
No race meetings been held in the republic since its formation in 1949.
The racing at Wuhan, which is approved by the government, will feature seven races and has a total prize pool of 120,000 yuan ($NZ32,000).
It is hoped the meetings will be held weekly and is part of the first steps to explore the potential commercialisation of racing in China.
Bets will be modest and at set prices, and are being called a "horse lottery".
Wuhan was a thriving centre for horse racing before 1949.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Childhood & Adolecent Gambling

Journal Article

Familial and Social Influences on Juvenile Gambling Behavior
Journal of Gambling Studies
Publisher Springer Netherlands
ISSN 1050-5350 (Print) 1573-3602 (Online)
Issue Volume 13, Number 3 / September, 1997
DOI 10.1023/A:1024915231379
Pages 179-192
Subject Collection Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
SpringerLink Date Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Familial and Social Influences on Juvenile Gambling Behavior
Rina Gupta1, 1 and Jeffrey Derevensky1

(1) McGill University, Canada

Abstract Social learning theory maintains that individuals model, learn and maintain behaviors that are observed, appealing and reinforcing. As such, parents and family members can often serve as significant models for gambling. Four hundred and seventy seven children between the ages of 9 and 14 completed a questionnaire inquiring about their gambling activities, including where and with whom gambling occurs, as well as information concerning their perceptions of their own gambling behavior. Results indicate that 86% of children who gamble regularly reported gambling with family members. Fifty-three percent of students who gambled within the previous 12 months reported gambling with their siblings, 40% gambled with their parents, 46% gambled with other relatives, and 75% gambled in their own homes. Students' responses also indicated gambling with their friends (75%), gambling alone (18%), and with strangers (8%). As children's age increases they tend to gamble more at friend's homes and at school. Prevalence rates indicated that 81% of the total sample had gambled at one point in their lives and 52% of those children reported gambling once a week or more. Eleven percent reported that gambling makes them feel important, 27% feel they gamble more than they desire to do so, and only 10% of the grade 8 students fear being caught gambling, suggesting gambling activities to be a socially acceptable behavior. Several clinical and research questions are addressed.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

"After the Finish Line," NBC Covers OTTBs to Slaughter, Canter & Suffolk Downs

More exposure! Yeah!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hoosier Park Joins "0" Tolerance Tracks!

While this did not make major headlines and hit the wires to be distributed nationally, there was a footnote attached to the ITOBA Hoosier Park Sales Catalogue for their Paddock Sale:
(the information below is directly copied and pasted from the website)

Perhaps not the most attention getting way to announce this, but nevertheless, BRAVO Hoosier Park for being a class act!

Please note the following Hoosier Park policy: Any trainer or owner stabling at Hoosier Park who directly or indirectly participates in the transport of a horse from Hoosier Park to a slaughter facility or to an auction to sell horses for slaughter will be prohibited from having stalls at the track.

Posted by Holy Racehorse! at 5:10 PM

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Jockey Club Initiates a Matching Funds Program to Benefit Racehorse Retirement

The Jockey Club Initiates a Matching Funds Program to Benefit Racehorse Retirement

The Jockey Club will offer a voluntary checkoff program for all North American owners and breeders who submit their foal registration applications on or after January 1.

The Jockey Club also will match the checkoff up to $200,000 with proceeds and matching funds distributed to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Thoroughbred Charities of America.

“We applaud the efforts of these two organizations through the years to retire, retrain and find suitable homes for Thoroughbred racehorses,” said Alan Marzelli, The Jockey Club president. “We are confident that the creation of this checkoff program will further those efforts and encourage others to take similar steps to ensure the well-being of our Thoroughbred athletes when their racing careers are over.”

The TCA raises funds and distributes grants to non-profit organization focused on improving conditions for horses and people in the Thoroughbred industry. The TRF works to provide humane retirement options for racehorses at the end of their career and operates vocational training in equine care to inmates at nine correctional facilities nationwide.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

"Friends of Equines" Beseech Congresss

Click on title above to see the petition we have sent to our US Representatives, just to give them a warning about things to come in the Halls of Congress next year, and beseeching them to support our proposals to amend the farm bill and the economic stimulus act to give some of the $444 million dollars in tax-break money bestowed upon the equine industry back to the horses for rehoming and retirement. We think this is a good idea. Dont you? If not, why not? We would like to know.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Suffolk Serious About Slaughter Ban - FLYS to the Rescue of Several Horses & Bans the Violating Trainers

The tale of five horses from the Suffolk Downs backstretch that recently ended up in the kill pen of the infamous New Holland, Pa., livestock auction demonstrates the challenges the East Boston, Mass., racetrack has in enforcing its “zero-tolerance” horse welfare policy that will ban trainers or owners who sell their horses for slaughter.

The five Thoroughbreds discovered at New Holland were saved from an ignominious death in a Canadian slaughterhouse, one that typically follows a cramped and uncomfortable van ride with other livestock. Instead, these five horses are being placed in retirement or retraining facilities. Because of the incident, however, five people, including trainer Pam Pompell and owner Albert Michelson, have been told they are no longer welcome at Suffolk Downs.

The story begins Oct. 26, when the New England division of CANTER (Communications Alliance to Network Ex-Racehorses) held its third annual Suffolk Showcase to bring potential horses and adopters together. The Suffolk meeting, which ends tomorrow, has a number of horses whose future in racing has been compromised by physical infirmities or lack of competitiveness. They are among the population becoming known as "unwanted horses."

Trainer Pompell was one of those who attended the CANTER showcase. Two days later, it is alleged, she approached trainers Gerry LeFleur and Tony D’Angelo and said she had good homes for horses each of them brought to the Suffolk showcase, either at a Boy Scout camp or another charitable program for special-needs children. LaFleur gave Tercia de Reinas to Pompell, and D’Angelo gave Storm Up Front to the trainer. Owner Michelson, who raced a few horses at Suffolk with Pompell during the meeting, filled out some paperwork and vanned them off the track property. No money is said to have changed hands.

Five days later, on Nov. 1, Michelson is alleged to have vanned three more horses out of Suffolk (Tiny Target, Jimmy the Gov and Arrested Gatorgirl) that had been trained by Wayne Sargent. Pompell allegedly told Sargent the horses were going to CANTER. Again, the horses were said to have been donated at no cost.

On Sunday, Nov. 2, a CANTER volunteer was tipped off that some Thoroughbreds were en route to the notorious auction at New Holland where “killer buyers” have been operating for years. CANTER notified Sam Elliott, vice president of racing for Suffolk Downs, and he made arrangements the following day with the auction company to buy the five racehorses for $2,700, with financial assistance from the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. The horses were subsequently placed with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

How the horses went from supposedly being donated to a Boy Scout ranch or to the CANTER program and ending up in the kill pen destined for slaughter is where the story gets a bit fuzzy. Pompell and Michelson told the Paulick Report they donated the horses at no cost to a horse trader named Dave Costa, who owns Chipaway Stables in Acushnet, Mass. Costa, however, said he paid Michelson for the horses and intended to send them to his farm in Florida, where he hoped to sell them as polo horses in the toney Wellington area of Palm Beach County.

Costa said he sent the horses to New Holland to “overnight” before someone he hired would drive them to Florida. Costa changed his mind when he got a call from the van driver who said someone was willing to pay $1,500 for the five horses. The new owner then sold them by the pound to the auction company and put them in the kill pen, the area designated for horses not being auctioned off but sent directly to the Canadian slaughterhouse.

That’s where they were when Elliott of Suffolk Downs rescued them. When track management put the story together, Pompell and Michelson were notified that Suffolk Downs was exercising its right to exclude them from the property. LeFleur, D’Angelo and Sargent have also been excluded.

“Suffolk Downs did me dirty,” Pompell said when contacted by the Paulick Report. “CANTER put me on to three horses that were owned by Wayne Sargent. They said to take them and give them to Costa and make them into polo ponies. The horses looked like they hadn’t been fed, hadn’t been cleaned. Those stalls had at least a half a inch of shit on the ground. When we took the horses from Sargent he was happy. Then Suffolk accused me of sending horses to the killers that I had no knowledge of. Costa is a legitimate horse dealer and trainer. These horses did not go to no killers. We gave the horses to Costa. I will not kill a horse for anybody for any money.

“I was doing a favor to Sargent,” she said. “He pretty near begged us to take the horses.”

Michelson insists he received no money from Costa when he turned the five horses over to him. “I never sold them nothing,” he told the Paulick Report. “I’m 80 years old. I’ve raced horses, my father and grandfather raced horses. We are not in the killer business. My father was on the board of the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for 25 years. We’ve never had a citation for abusing animals.”

Costa said he did pay Michelson for the horses, but wouldn’t disclose the amount. “He got a little money, but he didn’t get much,” Costa said.” I bought them as polo prospects, and dropped them off at the (New Holland) sale barn, where they were supposed to be picked up and driven to Florida. But the kid who was going to haul them off sold them.”

Costa claimed that he had never heard the term “kill pen” before. “All this is a bunch of b.s.,” he said. “What’s a kill pen? I’ve seen pigs in that pen, cattle, saddle horses. It was the only pen available, and the guys receiving cattle said to put them in that pen. The horses may have even been marked to keep them out of the sale.”

No matter how the horses wound up in the kill pen, hours away from the final ride of their lives, one thing seems certain: Suffolk Downs is serious about enforcing the anti-slaughter rules adopted under the leadership of Richard Fields, who bought controlling interest in the track last year. The policy was a bold move that a handful of other tracks, including those owned by Magna Entertainment, are adopting.

Pompell and Michelson have been banned from the property, effective immediately, as were the three other trainers, even though they may have believed the horses were going to be used for legitimate purposes.

"Regrettably, for the second time this year we have had a violation of our anti-slaughter policy and we intend to exercise our rights to restrict the access to our property by individuals involved,” said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer for Suffolk Downs. “These horses were sold with deliberate disregard for their ultimate disposition. They didn’t end up at the auction months after they left here but hours later. There are lots of different stories, but the individuals involved should have known better.

“Both Suffolk Downs and the state of Massachusetts expect that the people who stable here will adhere to standards of decency and will uphold their obligation to the animals in their care,” Tuttle said. “The vast majority of the Suffolk Downs horsemen work with us and with accredited retirement programs to ensure safe and healthy second careers for their athletes."

Michelson didn’t seem bothered by the ban, saying, “I wouldn’t race there again if they paid me to come.”

Copyright © 2008, The Paulick Report

A "New Dawn" for Animals: Dog Racing Out - More Humane Farming In!

Horse racing industry beware! You may be next IF you dont straighten up your act!

The People Have Spoken—Victory for Animals in CA and MA!

Tuesday was an historic day in America in more ways than one. With resounding victories for California’s Prop 2 and Massachusetts’s Ballot Question 3, voters on both coasts sent a clear message that preventing animal cruelty is a national priority.

In California, the factory farm-related Standards for Confining Farm Animals Act (ballot Proposition 2) won in a landslide, with over 60 percent of respondents voting “yes” to mandate an increase of confinement space for veal calves, breeding pigs and egg-laying hens. On the Act’s effective date, January 1, 2015, these animals will have their rights to turn around, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs guaranteed by state law. Violators will face a fine up to $1,000 or six months in county jail.

The Massachusetts ban on dog racing has been a long time coming—in 2000, a similar ballot measure was narrowly defeated, and attempts to get the question included on the 2006 ballot were unsuccessful. With the ban’s passage this week (57 percent to 43 percent), commercial dog racing will be phased out in Massachusetts by 2010. There are two dog tracks in the state—each of which is believed to currently house about 1,000 greyhounds. Because the phase-out will occur over a period of 14 months, greyhound advocacy groups such as Grey2K USA are confident that they will be able to find homes for any racing dogs who become available for adoption.

Great job, California and Massachusetts animal advocates! The ASPCA strongly supported both proposals, and promoted them to members of our Advocacy Brigade. If you would like to be alerted when animal-friendly legislation is being considered in your state, please sign up to receive email alerts from the ASPCA—the alerts are targeted to your area, and taking action is easy, fun and free! Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade now.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

FREE Thoroughbred Adoption Site Launched

Well we are thinking this could be a good and a BAD thing for the horses. What an "ideal" place for killbuyers to browse for "FTGH" horses....How carefully will owners screen the potential "adoptors," and are contracts going to be required? We doubt it.
From "The Horse.Com"

Thoroughbreds are great athletes, and they also are great pleasure and companion animals for those who love horses. and are teaming up to bring Thoroughbreds in need of homes to the attention of hundreds of thousands of horse owners across the United States. Creating this database was the brainchild of Antony Beck of Gainesway Farm.

With the Thoroughbred Adoption Services, any registered Thoroughbred, of any age, is eligible to be placed on this database of FREE horses. The database will be housed on and will be promoted in the Thoroughbred industry by The Blood-Horse and and in the pleasure horse and sport horse industries by The Horse and

In these tough economic times some Thoroughbreds need to find other homes and careers. This database allows Thoroughbred owners, breeders, and trainers to place a description of a Thoroughbred in front of horse industry participants with the objective of finding a good home for that horse. Any transactions will be the responsibility of the owner of the horse, who will be contacted directly by those interested in adopting that horse.

If you--or someone you know--has a Thoroughbred in need of a new home, please visit Links to the database will be on the home page starting Friday, Oct. 31.

Or you can visit Add A Horse to add a horse or Horses Available to view horses seeking new homes.

We recommend anyone giving away a horse, whether to a private individual or a welfare/rescue organization, learn as much as possible about that person or group prior to giving the horse away. There have been unscrupulous individuals and groups who take horses under the pretense of giving them good homes, then sell them for slaughter. (See article "Rescue Highlights Danger of Free Horses".)

The article "Horse Rescue Organizations: Questions to Ask" offers some tips on making sure the person or group who takes your horse has good intentions.

There also are some very good organizations that are recognized throughout the Thoroughbred and horse industries as being legitimate places to donate your horses, especially the sound horses looking for other careers. The article "Options for Ex-Racehorses" will give you the names and contact information for some of these groups whether you are interested in donating or adopting a Thoroughbred. offers an online directory of welfare and rescue organizations, as does the Unwanted horse Coalition.

Please spread the word to help Thoroughbreds find new homes and career

Click on title above to see article.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mountaineer Ban: From the Rescuers Point of View or, "The Rest of the Story"

Well you will have to read back a few posts to follow this thread, but it started with the Announcement that Mountaineer was iniating a "No-Kill" policy at their track, and it wasnt two days later when TB rescuers found at least one horse from Mountaineer in a Pa Killpen.. The story goes when the rescuers called Mountaineer for help with this horse, Mountaineer either couldnt or would not help. We contacted Mountaineer to inquire into the matter and their response is in the post entitled "Mounaineer Responds" which is the post just below this one. As a result of Mountaineers response, the rescuers involved responded, us, and here is the rescuers "rest of the story," and of couse, our reply to that.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2008 6:12 PM
Subject: Re: [againstslaughter] Mountaineer Replys to Inquiry re:Sugarcreek TB Saves


Indeed there are two sides to every story and since I am the person who called Rosemary Williams last Monday to inform her that Hopi's Lolo (a Mountaineer Thoroughbred who had just raced on Oct. 24th) was in a kill pen at New Holland, I would like for everyone to know the real story and not only the half truth reported by Ms. Williams.

The fact is that when I called Ms Williams, she relayed my call to Tamara Pettit who is the Marketing Director at Mountaineer. I informed Ms Pettit that one of their horses was in a kill-pen at New Holland and asked her what if anything they would be willing/able to do to help us get her out of there. Ms. Pettit's response was that Mountaineer had already made its charitable expenditures for 2008 and that we should submit a request for 2009. Well, suffice it to say that I informed Ms. Pettit that Hopi's Lolo need help NOW and that offering to help in 2009 would be far too late for Hopi as she would be DEAD IN 48 HOURS!!

It was disgustingly evident during my conversation with Ms.Pettit that Mountaineer was going to do NOTHING to help us save Hopi. So when I had another call come in via call waiting and realized the call was from someone who would actually STEP UP to help us save Hopi, I quickly ended my conversation with Ms Pettit.

The funny thing is that while Ms Pettit and Ms Williams were busy giving me excuses as to why they couldnt help their horse, I was in the process of recovering 5 TB's from a zero tolerance racetrack that actually does STEP UP for their horses. In fact, it was the track who paid for the horses, paid for their transport, and will pay a fee per horse to the TRF to care for them until they can be rehomed. This track is putting its money where its mouth is and is truly concerned that their horses are NOT sold to slaughter and that they are humanely treated once they leave the racetrack.

Mountaineers policy of banning trainers from sending horses to slaughter at Sugarcreek is NOT a zero tolerance policy. It is pathetic attempt on the part of Mountaineer to fool people into believing that they are protecting their horses from being sold to slaughter. The truth is that in singling out Sugarcreek they have left the door wide-open for trainers to send the horses directly to kill-buyers lots who will then transport the hroses to other kill auctions. Hopi is a perfect example. She was originally purchased at Sugarcreek on Oct. 31st and then transported to New Holland where the kill buyer was gathering more horses before heading them off to slaughter. This kill buyer will simply pick the Mountaineer horses up at Rudibaughs now (bypassing Sugarcreek) and will take them to New Holland where they will still be sold for slaughter.

Mountaineer's ban on horses being sold at Sugarcreek does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to protect them. It is all Mountaineer smoke and mirrors. Until they implement a zero tolerance policy on slaughter and until they put in place a plan to transition horses from the track and provide the funding to do so, there is no reason whatsoever to "thank them" or to pat them on the back. Nothing has changed for Mountaineer horses. Just ask the ones we couldnt save who went to slaughter last week.



The announcment wasnet a day old when this NH incident occurred, and I think you probably caught them off guard, not quite ready to deal with the instant "backlash" as a result of the announcment. There is no plan or program yet but they are working on one. Yes, you are right, we do need to warn them about places like the Mel Hoovers of Pa and the Rudibaughs of Oh., and YES also to get them to adopt a strong "O" tolerence slaughter policy like the others.
However, I DO feel thanks are in order for them for finally going public, whatever their reason or ultimatium may be, for taking a stance against slaughter. Even if it is only lip service for now, it is something we can work with them on, now that they have professed to be on the right is a statement they DID NOT HAVE to make at all....they could have stayed with the arguement like so many other horse-loving folk do, that slaughter is a "necessary evil" or "humane euthansia." . At least they proport now to be on the anti-slaughter side, so we can work with them. It will take time and good people like yourself & Anne, Canter and other good TB rescues to guide them and "grow with them," and show them the best way. I can very well understand your frustration in not getting any help from Mountaineer for that emergecny,...I have been in that position before numerous times, when there was no help to be had for an animal from those responsible for its condition or situation, or in authority to act. It is very frustrating indeed. I have learned to accept that we are really all "on our own" in this business when it comes right down to it, yes, "Friends," "networks" and coalitions are nice to have and provide much needed support, but what happens when the support is not there, what can we do? Move on and do our best with what we have...and HOPE that support will come eventually someday "to stay," at least in some cases.
Now I dont know Ms Williams personally but she seems sincere in her desire to do the right thing. It is a new policy and they havent worked out all the kinks yet....and she is asking for help with setting up a program to help. She is talking with Canter whom I believe will be working with Mountaineer to help rehome some of the horses, and you dont think that is something to appaud and celebrate or to be thankful for? You do not think that is "progress?" We do!
Thanks for caring.
And then this, from us to Mountaineer re: the rescuers "rest" of the story;


We received this from the TB rescuers involved in that NH case where a Mountaineer Horse showed up. Apparently they were not happy with your reply and have responded to it through us. They do not think you (Mountaineer) are sincere but "Friends of Equines" has defended you, cause we believe you are. Time will tell and we hope we are right.

Here is a link to their blurb and our reply;

Together, we CAN make a difference!


CJ, aka "MuleKist," Founder,
Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter
"Because We Care"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mountaineer Responds to TBs Found in Pa. Killpen

Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 11:06 AM
To: Rosemary Williams
Subject: Mountaineer TBs Found @ Sugarcreek

Dear Ms Williams,

We were just in the process of writing you a thank you letter for initiating a new "No Slaughter" policy at Mountaineer Track, when we got this message this morning through our emails,

Click on title above to read alert;

and the rescuers are claiming that they spoke with someone at Mountaineer who said they cannot help.

We are hoping that at least you will follow through with sanctions against the owner or owners who bought these horses to SugarCreek Auction directly from your track, whomever they may be.

Please advise.


Christine Jubic, Founder,
Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter
"Because We Care"

* “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people’s minds.”--Samuel Adams

* "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress"-F. Douglas

"To Stand and Do Nothing When We Should be Protesting Makes Cowards of Us." - A. Lincoln



This horse left our grounds way before the policy of not sending horses to Sugar Creek was implemented. It is my understanding that the horse had a Sugar Creek tag on it and it somehow was found in New Holland. The trainer was put on notice.

Our PR department took the call on this horse and the caller demanded money. Our worker explained there was a process and the caller hung up on her. So there again half truths are circulating.

Rose Mary Williams
Director of Racing
304-387-8303 fax


Thank you Rose Mary,

Of course there is always two sides to a story. I dont see why they would have demanded money of the track as it is the owners who are responsible,...not the track.
You still have a letter of thanks coming from "Friends of Equines" and we will add you as a "Friend" of Racehorses on our websites along with the Suffolk and the Magna Tracks people.

Of course the problem remains of what to do with all these OT horses and who will care for them, but we have an answer for that! We hope you will support our

"Tax Break Money to Go to the Horses" petition, and you can read more about it here;

Thanks for Caring!

Christine A Jubic. Founder,
Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter
"Because We Care"


There will be a release out later this week. We just set Mountaineer up with the Canter program. They appear to be very well intended.

Rose Mary Williams
Director of Racing
304-387-8303 fax


Thank you Rose Mary,

Yes Canter is a good outfit. There will be more help for you as we go aong, until we can get the industry to free up some real money for rehoming and retirement......

Also, we thought you might like to know as you are probably getting them also, we have received a few "hate mails" and "Letters of Concern" from owners and breeders worried about the ban,....and have posted one of the more "polite ones" here;

We hope you wont let the turkeys get you down. You are doing the right thing, and we are encouraging our betting friends to only play at the No-Kill Tracks. We anti-slaughter folk ARE winning this war but we need the Industry to help us do it.

Thank you for taking the horses side!


Mountaineer TB Found in Pa. Killpen & Mountaineer Wont Help?

5 TB'S at Sugarcreek needs help

Mon Nov 3, 2008 11:49 am (PST)

They had a team of people at New Holland this
morning to recover 5 TB'S from a ZERO slaughter tolerance track. They
recovered all 5 and they are safe and headed to a TRF facility.

During the process they found 5 more TB'S in the direct to kill pen.
2 are injured. One of the injured horses just raced at Mountaineer on
October 24th. They have contacted Mountaineer and they are
unwilling/unable to help.

-End of Report

I am wondering who they talked to at Mountaineer and who was the owner who sent them to SugarCreek? The LEAST we can hope for here is that Mountaineer will keep its word and prosecute the offenders.

Monday, November 3, 2008

TB Owners in an UpRoar Over New Mountaineer Ban!

Letter of concern received today, and our reply;

Monday, November 3, 2008

Christine A. Jubic, Founder
Friends of Equines
FOE of Equine Slaughter

Re: Mountaineer Racetrack Memo

Dear Ms. Jubic:

On October 31, 2008 all Horsemen received a memo from Rose Mary Williams (in a nutshell and paraphrazed) stating that any horse going to Sugar Creek Auction, the last trainer of the horse would suffer stall loss and management exclusion. Well, as you can imagine, all horsemen are up in arms over this memo. You have succeeded in your effort to stop the hauling and should consider this quite a victory for all the animals.

I personally do not believe in horse-slaughter and my horses have a home to come to after racing. I am fortunate enough to be in a position that MY horses have a safety net after racing being retrained/reschooled and going on to other careers hopefully as sound plausible mounts. I have the time it takes to wait for safe homes for my horses that can no longer race and need another career. Most of the trainers at the track do not. They make a living training horses and that is how they support their families. Their horses don't have an 80 acre farm to go to and rest, relax and recuperate. Their horses "run for the money" every time they come out of the stall. I don't have to like it or agree with it, but it is HOW they live. It is their WAY OF LIFE. I don't know if it is right or wrong because I've thankfully, never been in their shoes, wondering what is like to know if I don't have a horse win "something" I can not buy feed or buy one of my children a coat for the winter. I don't know this kind of life.

But what I do know now, Mountaineer has NO resources or rescue set up to take these "unwanted horses", house them, get them out of those trainers stalls, so they can go on making a living, how they see fit. So, the horsemen are retaliating by coming up with ideas on how they can "rid themselves" of these horses they want to get out of their stalls, now that they can not have them picked up for the sale. Now, their "ideas" horrify me greatly and will really effect MY horses.

Some of the ideas that have been "overheard" are: They will give them a sedative and "run them into the river to drowned" and wash someplace down stream after they cut their lip off.

One horseman has a part-time backhoe business. He will make a fortune off track people and is already gearing towards this possible "new income".

Selling them to labs around the country for experiments, rat poison etc. The list went on and on to more crazier to down right ludicrous.

Most of these "ideas" are bred out of anger and resentment in changing the way they have always done business and I don't think they would follow through with them, BUT, the one "idea" that I am most concerned about that they can and will follow through with is-- if they can't get them out of their stalls, they will juice up their unsound horses and run them until they break down on the track and then it will be the tracks responsibility to "get rid of them". We are talking slab fractures, busted knees, sheared ankles, the most frightening forms of life threatening leg problems. They will numb these horses or freeze them up with whatever means necessary and send them out to race against healthy horses and if they breakdown in the middle of the pack, not only are they going to be trampled but any horse around them and the riders also are going to be hurt or killed. Now, it is everyone's concern and a scenario that is and will happen. I'm put in a position that I am going loose my horse that I've raised from a baby, trained, put thousand of hours into, planned a future for long after racing due to lack of communication between two groups of different people. You folks and Trainers. I'm going to be what the military regards as "civilian causalities". And I'm not sure who the thank for that.

I believe in the petition you sent to Rose Mary Williams, you stated "just ask and we will come", well, it's time to get the ball rolling with some help for these horses. I've contacted an arm long list of rescues and have received basically the same response. "WE ARE FULL" due to the economy horses aren't selling or being placed. Now, don't judge me to harshly, I've got 6 of my own horses that can no longer race that are in pasture and being fed, taking a toll on our barn too, so I do my part with those and I am willing to help with what I can. I don't know what the solution is or if there is a right or wrong answer in this situation, but I know more horses are going to be jeopardized and meet a terrible fate if a solution isn't worked out.


Sherri Snyder

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Sherri, we are glad the anti-slaughter movement is finding support from industrymen (and woman.) We will ALL have to be sure and write Ms. Williams a GREAT BIG thank you letter for stepping up for the horses and joining the ranks of industrymen(and woman) who sincerley care about the life-long welfare of the horses. Many many people, thousands upon thousands of horse lovers, protectors, advocates, rescuers and people who just admire the horse, have worked very hard over many years to get this far. These are the "small victories" we must content ourselves with until which time the federal ban against horse slaughter is finally enacted and we wont have to worry about any American horses going to slaughter anymore and can concentrate on putting programs in place to take care of the "unwanted" ones.

Your concerns about "alternatives" to auction-house disposal or slaughter are real, and thank you for bringing them to the fore, but I am thinking cannot these owners afford to euthanise their industry "unwanteds?" We are thinking if not, perhaps these "poorer" industrymen should find a new line of business that would provide them a more steady and sure source of income? Also, dont the owners get a write off for the "losers" they have to dispose of?

Having NOTHING to do with the recent Mountaineer ban, In the New Holland Pa area, many racehorse owners are no longer bringing their horses to New Holland Auction (Pa.'s version of Sugarcreek) for fear they will be rescued by people who will discover that they were racing their horses lame, such as the case with Jerry Hollendorfer and "Heavenly Perfect." You can read all about there here:

Trainer of the Year Runs Horse Near to Death then Ships Her Off to Slaughter

Instead of bringing them to the NH Meat-Market Auction, some of the owners are now bringing them to Mel Hoovers Stable, a private livestock dealer just down the road from NH Auction, where Mel promices that their horses will not be rescued but will be sure to go to slaughter; EVIDENCE DESTROYED. Guaranteed. No problem.

Exposing Mel Hoover;

It is imperative that it is made clear that it is not just Sugarcreek that the owners should avoid in seeking to "dispose" of their retired athletes. Yes as I have been saying, there are THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of equine advocates, rescuers and protectors out there that would love nothing more than to be able to help re-home and retire ALL of these industry unwanteds, but our finances and facilities are stretched to the limits already, and we CANNOT do it on our own, we simply must find a way to work all together towards that goal, and there is only ONE way we can do it, we are certain of this, and it is only With the help of the industrys FINANCIAL support. The biggest producers and promoters, the "Millonaires Club" puppy-millers of the equine world need to start contibuting in a really big way. We will need LOTS of money not only to care for the horses but to buy more LAND for new facilities and/or expansion of already exisiting ones. They make money every day but they dont make land and what we have left is fast disappearing to development and FOREIGN investment. We need to start buying land NOW while there is still some left.

If we could get the proposed amendments to the Farm Bill & the Economic Stimulus Act in place, there would be PLENTY of money to do this. The rescuers, protectors and advocates will be there to help but we need the Industry to help us to be able to help them, and that is by having the BIG TOP 10 Producers & Promoters sacrifice only a small portion of their multi-million dollar tax-breaks for the rehoming and retirement of their horses.

I will pass your blurb along to some TB rescues in our area in hopes that some help will be found for the Mountaineer OTTBs, but yes you are right, most all rescues are strained and unable to take any more horses. The Finger Lakes TB Adoption program nearest us helped in the rescue of 85 starving TBs from a breeder. The rescues CANNOT do it alone - that is why we have engaged in our "Industry Accountability" Campaigns. We cannot do it without the financial backing of all who have a hand in registered horse production. Of course, we need to get the industry to get breeding under control, and one way to do that is to create breeding "dis-incentives" by making them contribute to the long-term care of their unwanteds. Did you see our "Tax Break Money to Go to Equine Retirement" petition? There is the ONLY answer. Nothing less with do;

Industry Tax Break Money to Go to Horses

Thanks for caring and keep up the good work for your animals.
IF everyone were as responsible as yourself, there would be no "artificial" "need" for equine slaughter


Mountaineer to Go "No-Kill?" Wow!

We ARE making GREAT strides in the "No-Kill" Stable Revolution! Mountaineer going "No-Kill" should make a BIG dent in the number of TBs Showing up at SugarCreek Cruelty Auction House!

By Ray Paulick

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in West Virginia has notified horsemen they will lose stalls and may be excluded from the track if any horses racing at Mountaineer end up at the Sugarcreek auction in Ohio, the Amish-run livestock sale where many horses end up in the hands of killer buyers and headed for slaughter facilities in Canada or Mexico.

The new policy appeared on aTuesday overnight entry sheetat the Chester, W. Va., track. Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Mass., was a pioneer in instituting a policy to prevent horses going to slaughter auctions, and Magna Entertainment recently adopted a company-wide policy at its tracks.

Mountaineer also is instituting a ban on toe grabs in excess of two millimeters in height on the front feet. That policy takes effect Dec. 1.

Thanks to the Paulick Report reader who brought this new policy at Mountaineer to our attention.

vicki tobin|
The only way to stop excessive breeding is to take away the financial incentive that slaughter
provides and then to back rigid enforcement of existing cruelty laws. We cannot wish our way
out of abuse and neglect any more than we can slaughter our way out of it.
~ John Holland

Sunday, November 2, 2008

STOP the WholeSale Industrial Killing of NewBorn Baby Horses / Exposing the Nightmare of Nurse Mare Farming

Click on title above to read all about the racing industrys "other" dirty little secret.

Racing Industry Greed Disguised as "Civic Good"

Guess by now we have all heard of the horse racing industrys new "marketing campaigns." I am particularly annoyed with the proposal to promote the horse-racing / gambling industry to our communites, our family's and youth as a "civic good." They are encouraging their members to contribute to local charities, to participate in such programs as Habitait for Humanity, and to promote the creation of local funding for civic events, particularly geared towards our children such as with their charitable work with the children and the Ronald McDonald folk. This is racing industry greed at it worst, as it is putting our youth at risk by promoting gambling as "a good thing." Dont the industry brainieacts that came up with that idea know gambling is a vice and is the ruination of many familys' and youths and is something NOT to be promoted as a benefit to society? Duh. For shame on them for trying to disguise their own self-interest in the
guise of "civic duty & pride!"

Read more about it here;

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Workable Solution that Would END 95% of Horse Slaughter in the USA!!

Greetings Fellow Equine Lovers, Protectors, Advocates & Rescuers!

Here is an idea we think is a very good one and will REALLY help the

Please read it over and see what you think, and if you agree that
this is a good idea, please sign and pass it around.

Click on title above to see the plan;


CJ/MK, Founder,
"Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter"
"Because WE Care"

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate,
tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people's minds."
--Samuel Adams

* "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those
whom they oppress.If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress"
-F. Douglas