Edmonton Lawyer Who Left Belle and Sundance Behind to Die Says He Did All He Could

The Edmonton lawyer who abandoned the two horses who were rescued by a group of volunteers from McBride, British Columbia on December 23, revealed his identity and gave an interview in which he said he did all he could for “Belle” and “Sundance” before he left them in the mountains to die. Frank Mackay said … Continue reading

“Belle” and “Sundance” Are a Rorschach Test of What Horses Are to Humans

A motley group of volunteers spent six days wielding hand shovels in the bitter cold in the days leading up to Christmas to dig a trench more than half-a-mile long through three-to-four foot high snow drifts to rescue two abandoned horses.  The successful effort brought out all the usual suspects, including the “Hang the guy who … Continue reading

“Veterinarians for Equine Welfare” Oppose Horse Slaughter and the Horse Meat Industry

Despite overwhelming public support for legislation to outlaw horse slaughter and horse meat for human consumption in the United States, the two most prominent veterinary trade associations–the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)–are persistent and vocal in their opposition to any such legislation. I knew the AVMA and AAEP … Continue reading

The “Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008” Would Ban Horse Meat for Humans

When the U.S. Congress reconvenes in 2009, it may consider H.R. 6598, “The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008,” a bill sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of Judiciary, and Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., that would make it a crime punishable by up to three years in prison to possess or transport horse … Continue reading

Horses Have a Right to be on Public Land (and Not in Your Freezer)

There is an excellent commentary on wild horses by Craig C. Downer, a wildlife ecologist who lives in Nevada, in the December 3 issue of  The Record-Courier online.  Downer, author of “Wild Horses: Living Symbols of Freedom,” discusses the plight of wild horses, the efforts of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and ranchers to eradicate or remove wild … Continue reading