Why did Victoria (Australia) police shoot four faithful horses

THE AUSTRALIAN AUGUST 30, 2014 12:00AM
Cameron Stewart
Associate Editor
Melbourne

JUST after dawn on a bone-cold morning in June, a knackery truck rumbled onto the ­property of the Victoria Police Mounted Branch in Attwood, on Melbourne’s northern outskirts.

Mambo in centre 2012 protest

Mambo in centre 2012 protest

Four police horses were led, one by one, from their paddock towards the man with the gun. The first horse brought forward was Hear That Bell. Before his long police career he had come sixth in the 1994 Melbourne Cup at 16/1, far better odds than he faced on this day. The second horse to die was Gold Start, known as Goldie. A single shot through the forehead brought the 21-year-old down, ending his police service, along with the hopes of two young children whose family had agreed to let Goldie live out his days on their farm.

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Reminder! 2014 EWA Conference is quickly coming up!

2014 International Equine Conference
Wellington, FL

September 19 – 21, 2014

Are you ready? It’s time to join us for the 4th Annual International Equine Conference. Here’s an updated list of presenters including the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition.

You’ll learn about what has been going on behind the scenes, programs in the horse industry and everything you wanted to know about horse slaughter as well as the latest news on our wild horses and burros.

Join us as we get together with friends and colleagues.

There will also be a sneak preview of the upcoming documentary “Kill Pen”.

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Horse Killer Finds God, Makes Apology

Posted on August 24, 2014 by

horse-like-joeCanadian horse advocates will almost certainly recall the bizarre case of horse-decapitator Darrell Mowat. In 2012, in a scene straight out of “The Godfather,” the Niagara Falls, Canada man went full-out Don Corleone when he killed and decapitated a draft horse and left its head in the pickup bed of an acquaintance. The remains of the two-year old Percheron, known as “Joe” were later found by Niagara Regional police on a hobby farm in rural Niagara Falls, where Mowat volunteered as a farm hand.

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SOUND OF SILENCE: HORSEMEN VOICE CONCERN OVER EQUINE MEDICAL RECORDS TRANSFER

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From the Paulick Report

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record.

 

When horses are transferred from barn to barn, veterinary records and medication treatments do not follow

When horses are transferred from barn to barn, veterinary records and medication treatments do not follow

Legally, an animal’s medical history belongs to its owner, but a change in ownership of the animal does not result in a change in ownership of the records—meaning a previous owner and trainer do not have to disclose to a new owner what they did with the horse if they don’t want to. At last month’s Grayson-Jockey Club Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, trainer Gary Contessa expressed frustration with the lack of medical records disclosure in the claiming game.

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Breeder takes starved T-bred home in tears

By Susan Salk on August 21, 2014

Silver and Smoke was seized by the Miami-Dade Police Department in early August, and turned over to the South Florida SPCA. When the filly’s breeder found out about the situation, she raced to the SPCA to take the horse back.

Silver and Smoke was seized by the Miami-Dade Police Department in early August, and turned over to the South Florida SPCA. When the filly’s breeder found out about the situation, she raced to the SPCA to take the horse back.

When the broodmare Quiddich, whose name was derived from the Harry Potter books, delivered a delicate gray filly, her breeder Danzel Brendemuehl knew that life wouldn’t necessarily be a fairy tale for the little foal she named Silver and Smoke.

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Richelieu Website Tells It Like It Is…

Attached is a screenshot from the “About” page for the Richelieu slaughterhouses website.  CHDC applauds them for their ironic sense of truth in advertising.  Their website used to advertise horses as all being purpose-bred and living on pastoral country farms.   Here they willingly acknowledge that “This is where the horses are slaughtered and cut up.  All the horses come from auctions in North America.”

Thankfully,  the text is not clouded in euphemisms such as “harvested,” “processed,” or even worse – “the equine terminal marketplace.”  They tell it like it is – “slaughtered and cut up.”  We wish all entities engaged in the slaughter empire were this honest.

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Cuts to Canadian Food Inspection Agency risk food safety

by GAIL JOHNSON on AUG 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

little girl pointing to horse image in butcher shopDESPITE A RECENT announcement from the federal government that it’s shoring up the country’s food-inspection system, not everyone has confidence in the safety of what Canadians are putting on their plates.

On June 17, the Harper government declared that it had installed “inspection verification teams” within the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to target food establishments such as slaughterhouses and other meat-production facilities.

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