National TV ad campaign seeks backing for anti-soring bill

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“In my opinion the only real way to outlaw this cruel sadistic practice; is not to have shows like the ‘Big Lick. After all, it’s the prize money most are after, do they really care about the horrific injuries & burns, they inflict on the horses?”

Urge Congress to End Horse Soring

Published on 17 Mar 2014

New TV ad campaign by The Humane Society of the United States calls on federal lawmakers to support H.R. 1518/S. 1406, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.

A national television advertising campaign backed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the latest strategy in promoting a federal bill aimed at toughening regulations and penalties around the illegal practice of soring horses.

The advertisement is pushing for the passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518/S. 1406.

It urges viewers to call their federal lawmakers and ask them to pass the bill.

It began airing in Kentucky on Sunday, urging viewers to call Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and ask them to support the PAST Act.

The ad campaign would expand to other media markets around the country in the coming weeks, the HSUS said.

The commercial is the latest effort by the HSUS to urge Congress to pass the bill against soring – the illegal practice of inflicting pain to horses’ legs and feet to force them to perform an exaggerated high-stepping gait known as the Big Lick.

The Senate bill has been introduced by their Republican colleague, Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire, and it has 51 cosponsors. The House bill has 268 cosponsors.

The bill will fortify an existing federal law, the Horse Protection Act, which was passed in 1970 to eliminate the abuse of Tennessee walking horses and other similar breeds.

The HSUS says the bill is so weak that cheating and violations have been rampant for decades. The PAST Act would end the failed industry self-policing system; ban the show-ring use of chains, stacks, and excessively heavy shoes (devices that used in the soring process); and increase penalties for violators.

Kentucky is the heart of horse country in the US, and Senators McConnell and Paul should support this critical legislation to protect horses from the cruelty of soring,” said Pam Rogers, Kentucky state director for the HSUS.

“No other breeds are subjected to this kind of intentional form of torture, and it is a disgrace that it exists anywhere.

“Only an upgrade of the federal law will put an end to the horrible horse abuse that still plagues the ‘Big Lick’ show world.”

The PAST Act is endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (and every other state veterinary medical association), the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Horse Council, along with a host of other national animal protection, veterinary, and horse industry organizations.

In 2011, an HSUS investigation into Tennessee walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell’s stable in Collierville, Tennessee, revealed shocking cruelty to horses to a national audience, which led to the introduction of the PAST Act.

The investigator recorded horses being whipped, kicked, shocked in the face and intentionally burned with caustic chemicals. The new commercial shows footage from this investigation.

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GRAPHIC VIDEO: Breaking News: Pork Industry Turns Pigs Into Shit Eating Cannibals

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 “Please sign the petition below; no animal should be treated in this horrific way, then sold to the public!”

20th February – Posted By Matt Rice

TodayThe Humane Society of the United States released horrifying hidden-camera video footage of pigs being fed diarrhea and the ground up intestines of their own piglets at a factory farm in Kentucky – Iron Maiden Hog Farm.

Although the practice of feeding pig guts and shit to other pigs is common on industrial farms across the country, it is illegal under state law

The video, which was profiled by The New York Times, also shows mother pigs crammed into filthy metal cages so small they can’t even turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives. Seemingly without irony, the facility is named after a medieval torture device by which human victims were confined in a metal box barely larger than their own bodies.

Watch the graphic undercover video here:

Viewer Discretion – Pigs Suffer at IRON MAIDEN

Published on 20 Feb 2014

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An undercover exposé of Iron Maiden Farms in Owensboro, Kentucky revealed that sows confined in cramped cages known as gestation crates were fed intestines from ground up piglets who had recently succumbed to a highly contagious diarrhoeal disease.

Like a medieval torture device, the use of gestation crates by the pork industry is perhaps the cruellest form institutionalized animal abuse in existence.

In fact, these crates are so cruel they have been banned in nine states and the entire European Union. In the last couple years, more than 60 major food providers, including Costco, Target, Safeway, Kroger, and others, have committed to phasing gestation crates out of their supply chains. Even major pork producers like Smithfield and Hormel have recognized the need to do away with cruel crates.

Unfortunately, Walmart, the largest pork retailer in the world, continues to support factory farms that keep pigs in gestation crates. Multiple undercover investigations by Mercy For Animals at Walmart pork suppliers have revealed thousands of pigs crammed inside these metal torture boxes. As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart has the power and the responsibility to put an end to this horror once and for all.

Please visit WalmartCruelty.com to take action and find out more. OR sign the petition here:http://www.walmartcruelty.com/#petition

While grocery retailers can help put an end to some of the most egregiously cruel factory farming practices, consumers can also help prevent needless cruelty to animals every time they sit down to eat by adopting a healthy and humane, vegan diet.

News Post:-http://www.mfablog.org/2014/02/

Video: Tethered Duct-Taped Bait Dog Found Tied To Fence

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“WTF…It never ceases to amaze me just how cruel humans can be; it is we humans that are the animals!. Somebody knows who this dog belonged to, they don’t just bloody appear from know where.  Please, If anybody knows anything about this case, please do the right thing & inform those below. Please keep this sweet dog in your prayers; so that he may make a full recovery. His leg may have to be removed but lets hope he will come through this & find a forever home!”

A one-year-old pit bull was rescued in Kentucky after having been found tied to a fence with his snout duct-taped shut. A reward is being offered for information on who did this.

Duct-Taped severely wounded, Frodo was found tied to fence

It is believed he was being used as a bait dog because he is covered in bite marks.

He clearly, in my opinion, was a bait dog and this is not the first time being thrown into a ring,” said Rebecca Eaves, director of The Arrow Fund. “Basically, a dog got him here, broke his canines and pushed them in.”

The pup, now named Frodo, is being treated at the Blue Pearl Animal Hospital, where he is being pumped full of antibiotics and painkillers. One of his legs will have to be amputated because of injuries, but staff say he’s lucky to be alive.

“It’s a shame what they do to these animals, and I’m emotional because I’m sick of this,” Eaves said. “This is a sweet, sweet puppy, that was just shown a life of horror.”

Frodo was found on the 2600 block of West Kentucky Street in Louisville. Investigators have no idea who tied him to the fence, and are urging the public to come forward.

“Right now, we want to plead to the community,” said Donald Robinson with Louisville Metro Animal Services. “You can remain anonymous. Please call our tip line, let us know if you’ve seen anything, if you’ve seen this particular animal out in that particular neighbourhood.”

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) involved.

We want to put this person behind bars,” Eaves stated. “Dog-fighting is rampant here in Louisville and everybody needs to be serious about it. Don’t be afraid. Turn them in.”

News Link:-http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/07/tethered-duct-taped-bait-dog-rescued/

Reward offered after dog found tied to fence with mouth duct taped – Viewer Discretion Advised

Published on 3 Jul 2013

An extreme case of animal cruelty and neglect has Louisville Metro Animal Services asking for the community’s help.

WOMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY ABANDONED CHIHUAHUA PUPPY ARRESTED

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“”Many thanks to @tamstum on Twitter for letting me know this bitch had been caught!!”

The woman who allegedly abandoned a 5-week-old puppy Tuesday has been identified and arrested. 

She’s charged with second-degree animal cruelty

County Attorney Rick Sparks said Franklin District Judge Chris Olds issued an arrest warrant for Stephanie Cooper late Friday afternoon.

Cooper, 43, is charged with second-degree animal cruelty.

Frankfort Sewer Department employees Tuesday morning discovered an abandoned puppy on Kentucky Avenue, according to a Thursday press release from the Frankfort Police Department.

Employees said they saw a 5-foot-2-inch to 5-foot-6-inch white female with blonde hair and slender build in a parked silver Chevrolet SUV near the entrance to the plant, according to the release.

Employees said the woman got out of the vehicle carrying a box, which she left on the bank of the Kentucky River.

When employees retrieved the box, they found a female Chihuahua puppy inside.

A veterinary examination determined the puppy was 5 weeks old and most likely would have died if left in the box.

The Franklin County Humane Society took in the puppy, and has placed it in a foster care home. One of the sewer department employees who found her is planning to adopt her, according to the Humane Society’s Facebook page.

Cooper will be lodged at Franklin County Regional Jail on a $5,000 bond and is prohibited from possessing any animals if she posts bond, Sparks said.

Sparks said he thanks the efforts from Frankfort police and the community for identifying the suspect in the case.

It is unknown when Cooper will appear in Franklin District Court for her charge.

News Link:-http://www.state-journal.com/local%20news/2013/03/22/woman-who-allegedly-abandoned-puppy-arrested

Kentucky Authorities Seek Help To Identify Woman Who Threw Chihuahua In River

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“WTF…my…how I would like to have words with the bitch that left that poor baby; what if nobody had seen her leave the box, the poor little pup would have surely died. I guess this makes me so flaming mad because I have a chihuahua, who is my best friend, where ever I go, he’s there with me; he’s the only one, out of my dogs that my horse actually likes! No animal deserves an end like this could have been. So if anybody knows who did this, please contact the number below; if an animal is ill, there are way’s & means to deal with it, you don’t just leave it in a bloody box to die a slow painful death. I hope this bitch has nightmares every night about leaving that baby…I hope karma really fxxxs with her head!!”

It was on Tuesday that a blond haired woman between 5’2″ and 5’6″ got out of a late model silver Chevy SUV carrying a small box and walked to the side of the Frankfort Sewer Department on Kentucky Ave. towards the river.

A short time later, the woman returned to her car without the box and left.

According to wkyt.com, witnesses immediately went over to the area and picked up the box. In it was a tiny female chihuahua puppy no more than five weeks old.

Rescuers can't imagine how someone could abandon this tiny five-week-old puppy. She is now recovering from Parvo and one of her rescuers hope to adopt her. Credits:   Franklin County Humane Society Facebook

Rescuers can’t imagine how someone could abandon this tiny five-week-old puppy. She is now recovering from Parvo and one of her rescuers hope to adopt her. Credits: Franklin County Humane Society Facebook

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the woman. The woman faces second degree animal cruelty charges if found guilty.

Meanwhile the little puppy is being cared for at a foster home for the Franklin County Humane Society where she is now being treated for Parvo. One of the women responsible for the puppy’s rescue is hoping to adopt the adorable canine once she gets well.

Did the woman who was seen leaving the puppy at the sewer department abandon the puppy because the pup was sick? Parvo is a very contagious virus transmitted from dog to dog and can be fatal for puppies. It is very important to have puppies inoculated against the virus early in life.

It is never permissible to abandon an animal because they are ill. There are many options available to pet owners, other than leaving a defenceless animal to languish in pain until they die.

The disease presents with vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and lethargy. Early treatment increases the survival rate.

If you have any information on the identity of this person, please call the Frankfort Police Department at (502) 875-8523 or call Crime Stoppers at (502) 875-8648.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com/article/kentucky-authorities-seek-help-to-identify-woman-who-threw-chihuahua-river

Kenton Co. man faces 175 animal abuse charges

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“This man faces 175 animal abuse charges, yet he was arrested & then immediately released on bond! What’s the bloody point in arresting him in the first place if sod all is going to be done about. I’m presuming he could just go straight back home & carry on neglecting or abusing other animals that he seems free to be able to purchase…Just a wast of time & tax payers money…stuff the bond business, get him in jail now so he doesn’t harm other animals…it just crazy!”

COVINGTON — A man faces 175 charges in Kenton County’s second-largest animal-cruelty case in memory, said Dan Evans, the county’s director of animal services.

Randolph D. Brinkman, 59, appeared for a pretrial conference Thursday in Kenton District Court, in the case that led to removal of 175 animals from his property on Decoursey Pike, Evans said. Several years ago, more than 200 animals were taken from another property in the county, Evans said, making Brinkman’s case the second-largest in the county, to Evans’ knowledge.

An attempt to reach Brinkman for comment Thursday was unsuccessful.

Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson, said, “He wanted a lawyer, so the court has appointed him a public defender.” Edmondson didn’t know which public defender would be appointed. The charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine each, Edmondson said. He wouldn’t comment on how much jail time Brinkman would realistically face.

The case dates to July, when one of Brinkman’s neighbours called to report a pony was on the loose, Evans said. The neighbor thought that the pony belonged to Brinkman. When an officer went to Brinkman’s home, he saw a variety of other animals and had concerns about them, Evans said. That led to a search warrant.

On July 11, authorities found animals living in “deplorable conditions,” Evans said, including cages that were too small and lacking food and water. “Some were living with dead animals,” he said.

The animals were mostly chickens, roosters and rabbits, along with a few cats and dogs, Evans said.

During the search, authorities also discovered several marijuana plants, leading to marijuana-cultivation charges against Brinkman, Evans said.

On July 20, Brinkman failed to appear in court; authorities issued a warrant for his arrest and held an emergency hearing regarding custody of the animals, Evans said.

The animals were placed at four different farms. Brinkman was arrested but was released on bond, Evans said.

His next court hearing is set for Oct. 4.

News Link:http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20120913/NEWS01/309130155/

ASPCA Endorses New Legislation to Prohibit Cruel Practice of Horse Soring

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NEW YORK, SEPT. 13, 2012 — H.R. 6388 strengthens Horse Protection Act to better protect horses

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today applauds Reps. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) for introducing legislation to amend the federal Horse Protection Act of 1970 to eradicate the abusive practice of horse soring. H.R. 6388 will enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) ability to enforce the Horse Protection Act by eliminating self-policing inspection practices, increasing penalties, and designating additional soring practices illegal.

Currently illegal under the Horse Protection Act, soring involves using painful chemicals and devices to inflict pain in horses to compel an exaggerated show-ring gait so desirable in the multimillion-dollar Tennessee Walking Horse industry.

Soring is a particularly cruel form of abuse as the horses are forced to endure years of chronic pain throughout their show career,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “The Horse Protection Act was specifically enacted in 1970 to prohibit this abhorrent practice, and yet it continues to pervade the gaited horse industry four decades later. We thank Representatives Whitfield, Cohen, Schakowsky, and Moran for introducing legislation to protect these gentle animals and bring an end to horse soring.”

“Far too often, those involved in showing the Tennessee Walking Horse have turned a blind eye to abusive trainers, or when they do take action, the penalties are so minor, it does nothing to prevent these barbaric acts,” said. Rep. Whitfield.  “This amendment does not cost the federal government any additional money and is essential in helping to put an end to the practice of soring Tennessee Walking Horses by abusive trainers.

“In Tennessee, soring horses is illegal and unacceptable,” said Rep. Cohen. “Those responsible for abusing these horses should be punished severely and banned from the sport.  How we treat animals is a direct reflection of our character, both as individuals and a nation.   There is no ribbon, no prize nor championship worth the price of one’s humanity.”

The training method known as “soring” involves the deliberate application of pain-causing chemicals, cuts or foreign objects to a horse’s limbs or hoof pads to cause such agony to the animal’s front limbs that any contact with the ground forces the horse to fling its leg back up into the air.  Additionally, trainers may attempt to mask soring by “stewarding” Tennessee Walking Horses, which conditions the horses to remain still by beating, torturing or burning them.

In 2010, the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit of the horse protection program, finding that trainers in the industry often go to great lengths to evade detection rather than comply with federal law and train their horses using humane methods. The OIG made several recommendations, including stiffer penalties and abolishing the self-policing practices currently allowed, where the Horse Industry Organizations are able to assign their own inspectors to horse shows. 

H.R. 6388 will eliminate the current self-policing practices by requiring the USDA to assign a licensed inspector to a horse show. Second, it will prohibit the use of action devices on the various horse breeds that have frequently been the victims of soring.  Action devices, such as chains that rub up and down an already sore leg, intensify the horse’s pain when it moves, so that the horse quickly jolts up its leg.  Lastly, the amendment increases the penalties on an individual caught soring a horse.

For more information about the ASPCA’s efforts to protect horses and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.

News Link:-http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/09/13/4261408/aspca-endorses-new-legislation.html

“It doesn’t matter how many times I watch this video, it always makes me cry! To purposely inflict pain on an animal,  just to win a prize is sickening; its legal abuse, just like rodeos! Why hasn’t it been stopped before now, they know it’s still happening, the majority of punters know it happens…but it all boils down to money, & when animals are involved, it is they, who always pay the highest price! Corrupt judges, vets, trainers, handlers…from the top down, their all in on it…they are nothing but sad, evil greedy bxxxxxd’s!! (excuse my French).

“My horse went lame over the weekend…my daughter brought back video of her…I haven’t stopped crying since viewing it! Watching her try to walk on 3 legs, bless, she must have been in agony…it was bloody heartbreaking to see; I felt so useless not being able to get to her due to my usual pain! Anyhow, vet thinks she pulled her stifle muscle, so she is on box rest with medication for pain & swelling, which is gradually getting better daily…got vets bill yesterday… £328…I knew it would be high because it was an emergency call out, but it’s not about the money, as long as she will soon feel better & be back to her old cantankerous way’s…I don’t care how much it will cost! 

“That’s what you do when you love your animals, I would sell the clothes off my back if need be, to pay for further treatment for her! Yet some turds in this industry purposely torture their horses, so they step higher, out of pain… just for a bloody rosette or tin cup!! They shouldn’t be anywhere near horses, or other animals for that matter…because they clearly don’t give 2 tits about them or their welfare, their only in it for the money they will make, out of the animals they abuse! So don’t ever believe them when they say ‘Oh, I just love my horse, he’s the best’… because their bloody lying!” 

 

Published on 17 May 2012 by 

The Humane Society of the United States released undercover video on Thursday, May 17, 2012, of a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer in Middle Tennessee abusing the animals in order to accentuate their well-known high leg kick.

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