Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I'm Baaack

I have been out of town for the past few days. I was on my second honeymoon for our 10th anniversary and bringing home, what else, some new equine family members. I also got a chance to meet some of the horses at our foster facility, who are some GREAT animals if you are looking for a new friend .

I say this not to solicit any comments or congratulations, however if you would like to send presents... No, wait that isn't what I meant to say, I was just explaining why things had been quiet for a while around the AHDF. Anyway, I came back to a load of work, YEAH! I like being busy. What is not happy is that during my trip so much info has been coming out about so many abuses of our 4 hooved friends. Not such a happy holiday present.

During my trip news has come out about Park Rangers in Big Bend State Park in Texas shooting the burros that reside in the park. The reason? Because they carry diseases that may affect the Park's horses and those around the park and the normal they destroy the environment and compete with other species for forage. Basically these little burros are picking on the big horn sheep and "aggressively" attack other animals at the water holes that they have spent all day fowling with their poo and urine. Wow, these dirty little buggers are sure a pain aren't they? To justify their lethal shooting of these horrible animals, whose numbers are incredibly low, they quote the pro-hunting group the Sierra Club. I am sure many of you may be surprised to learn that the Sierra Club is VERY supportive of killing burros and our wild horses to "control the numbers of these invasive species". If you doubt my word look at their website. What this park is doing is similar to the slaughter of burros in the Grand Canyon where hundreds of burros were shot and killed to "protect" the environment. It took public outcries to stop that slaughter and it will take the public's outrage to stop this horrific slaughter of these burros. Burros are under a greater attack than our wild horses and at this point our wild horses will be non-existent in the wild by 2010 at the rate they are being removed and having PZP and other birth control methods applied. Please make your comments to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, clicking the link will take you to their webform or you can call 1-800-792-1112.

Anyone who is connected to the world knows that we are in full swing of the 2008 presidential election. There are a number of issues to consider when picking a candidate to support. One of those that may interest those that read this may be the candidate's position on animal welfare. As a non-profit the AHDF cannot endorse or criticize any candidate for office, but there are places where you can find out where a candidate stands on animal welfare. The Humane Society Legislative Fund has contact information for all the the major candidates and are putting their answers along with their records on their website in a blog format. You can read about it here.

Lastly, the American Horse Publications is taking nominations for their Equine Visionary Award. These awards are for recognizing outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contributions in the equine industry. Deadline for nominations is January 11, 2008. You can make your nominations by requesting a nomination for by emailing them at ahorsepubs@aol.com or by calling (386) 760-7743. You may nominate anyone you feel is qualified, but may I suggest posthumously nominating Katrina "Trina" Bellak the founder and former president of AHDF? Trina had a wonderful vision for the world of horses and is sorely missed. It would be wonderful for her to receive a nomination and votes, even after we lost her. If you need info about Trina for the nomination just Google her name, there are a number of wonderful resources to quote. Finalists from 2007 will be automatically nominated, so there is no need to nominate them once again.

If I don't post again or if you are heading off on your own vacation and won't read the posts again I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy and prosperous holiday season. Again presents for me can be sent... Ooops I did it again.

Happy Holidays from the AHDF!!

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