Nonprofit Horse Rescue Group Leads the Fight Nationwide to Prevent Horse Slaughter and Protect the Public

SANTA FE, NM, February 4, 2016 - Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER), a national nonprofit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education, in collaboration with the Attorney General of New Mexico, has obtained a court order that permanently ends any possibility of horse slaughter for human consumption at Valley Meat slaughterhouse in Roswell, New Mexico.

The court's order, issued by Judge Francis J. Mathew in Santa Fe today, is the culmination of three years of legal efforts by FRER, local residents, and the state to prevent horse slaughter in New Mexico.

The order permanently banning Valley Meat and any associated company or individual from slaughtering horses originated in a 2013 lawsuit initiated by the Attorney General's Office, joined by FRER and four residents of Roswell whose health, safety, and enjoyment were threatened by Valley Meat's operations. This suit successfully obtained an injunction against Valley Meat's horse slaughter operations.

FRER was the first group to discover that Valley Meat was applying to slaughter American horses, and FRER's investigations exposed the company's decades-long record of violating environmental and animal welfare requirements. Over the course of two decades, Valley Meat has accumulated more than 5000 violations of state laws protecting the environment, groundwater, rivers, and other waterways.

Among the most egregious of its misconduct, Valley Meat operated a cow slaughterhouse for nearly three years without any state approval to discharge water at all, thereby avoiding any oversight that might have helped monitor any damage being done. For years, Valley Meat illegally dumped and buried cow carcasses and pieces of dead animals, despite repeated requests from state regulators to cease and desist and clean up its mess.

"We have been working for years through the courts to stop the illegal, inhumane, and toxic practice of horse slaughter," said Hilary Wood, President of FRER. "This is a critical precedent in that effort because prospective horse slaughter operations will not be accepted by this state, and, with the support of other like-minded people, we will fight to ensure that no other American state allows the slaughter of horses for human consumption."

Facts:
• More than 135,000 American horses are exported for slaughter each year.
• The USDA has documented the abuse and misery horses suffered at U.S. slaughterhouses.
• Virtually all horses used for meat spend most of their lives as work, competition, or sport horses, companion animals, or wild horses, and are not raised or regulated as food animals.
• During their lives, owned horses are subject to a constant regimen of drugs and other substances which are either illegal for food animals, or are potentially dangerous to the health of consumers.

For over a decade, FRER has worked to prevent the slaughter of American horses, and intends to continue its efforts until the practice is permanently outlawed.

About Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER)
Front Range Equine Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue and education. Since 1997, FRER has assisted thousands of horses through its rescue and educational programs. Many of FRER's rescued horses are obtained directly from livestock auctions and feed lots, which without FRER's intervention would have shipped to slaughter. For more information see www.frontrangeequinerescue.org.
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Bill will also improve animal welfare standards in federal research

WASHINGTON— The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) today commends Congress for crafting an omnibus spending bill that will effectively continue a federal ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. as well as improve animal welfare standards at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) and other federally-operated agricultural research centers.

“The ASPCA applauds Congressional Leadership for taking the critical and necessary steps to protect animals through this omnibus legislation,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations.  “Congress has rightly voiced their support to continue the long-standing ban on horse slaughter in America as well as to require USMARC to improve its animal welfare standards. The ASPCA thanks Congress for standing up for these important animal protection issues. If signed into law, these will be two huge victories for our nation’s animals.”

Whether horse slaughter occurs in the U.S. or abroad, methods used to slaughter horses rarely result in quick, painless deaths, as horses are difficult to stun and often remain conscious during their butchering and dismemberment. The majority of horses killed for human consumption are young, healthy animals who could otherwise go on to lead productive lives with loving owners. In addition, meat from American horses is unsafe for human consumption since horses are not raised as food animals. Horses are routinely given medications and other substances that are toxic to humans and expressly forbidden by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in animals intended for human consumption.

The omnibus package also includes a robust provision requiring the USDA to ensure that all research conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and other federal agricultural research locations adheres to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including necessary inspection and reporting requirements, linking $57 million of USDA’s budget to this mandate.

For more information about the ASPCA, or to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Celebrity-Driven Headlines & Global News Premieres Country Newcomer Callie Twisselman's"Hung Me On The Line" Music Video 

 

Nashville, TN (October 26, 2015) - Celebrity-driven Headlines & Global News premieres Country newcomer Callie Twisselman's new music video, "Hung Me On The Line,"today, as the young star begins a two week stint as guest host on the popular television show Country Fix through November 8.

 

The video concept centers on a classic Western theme with modern-day twists.  Filmed primarily on the Twisselman family ranch in Cholame, California, additional locations include the Varian Ranch and Parkfield Café (Parkfield, CA), "Hung Me On The Line" features a saloon, horses, grasslands and loose women.  A gunshot echoes at the close of the clip, which fades out with shots of Twisselman, playing the cowgirl, riding away.  "Hung Me On The Line" is Callie's current single, following her recent Top 30 MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart hit, "Breathe."    

 

 
 

Producer/Director Sam Schneider (Super Bowl, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Memphis May Fire) assumed acting duties as well.  His appearances in the movies "Soldiers Horse," "David and Goliath" and the upcoming "Aquarius" served him well and his experience made for a powerful love interest-pairing with Twisselman, whose previous acting roles includes the movie, "Almost Salinas."   

  

Acting, singing and songwriting aren't Twisselman's only talents:  the young entertainer recently launched her own clothing line, Sassy Girl, and is wearing one of the label's signature white dresses in the video's opening scenes.  "We're new, and so we're always adding new pieces," explains Callie.  "Fall means wonderful neutral and earth tones - and I love fringe, so it's a real mix of stylish colors with a dash of fun." Sassy Girl features dresses, casual tank tops, blouses, vests and sweaters as well. 

The busy blonde will enter 100 MILLION households this week via Country Fix; fans can catch Callie on DISH NetworkBlue Highways TVHeartland TVAngel TwoThe Family Channel and AMG.  "There is so much going on right now," Twisselman admits.  "To have my video debut on Headlines & Global News the same day that the Country Fix shows begin airing is just incredible.  Folks are liking my music.  I am thrilled, excited, over-the-moon happy."

ABOUT CALLIE TWISSELMAN

Raised on her close-knit family's seventh-generation grain and cattle ranch in California, this petite blonde grew up riding horses, roping and competing in rodeos.  Callie's Mom sang in a Country band, and this star-in-the-making names Dolly Parton, George Strait, Johnny Cash and Shania Twain as musical influences.  Callie caught her own case of "stage fever" at the age of 10, and she's been performing ever since.  A talented singer/songwriter, she has entertained music lovers at Fairs and Festivals throughout California and Nevada, and graced the stage at Nashville's famed Bluebird Café.  She's opened for top-tier acts Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and Frankie Ballard, and with the Top 30 (MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart) success of her debut single, "Breathe," and now"Hung Me On The Line,Callieis spreading her wings and expanding her own touring base.  She just launched a new clothing line, Sassy Girl, and supports the Oral Cancer Foundation charity.  Twisselman enjoys shopping, songwriting and baking. 

Fans can purchase Callie's music at Amazon and iTunes.

Stay social with Callie:

Website:www.callietwisselman.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/CallieBobsinMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/callietwiss

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Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, Hayley Barnhill, Jessica Springsteen, Stacia Madden and Jennifer Gates will help raise awareness about equine welfare and pet adoption

NEW YORK—For the ninth consecutive year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) will partner with the Hampton Classic Horse Show to raise awareness of critical animal welfare issues and find loving homes for local shelter animals, including dogs, cats, and horses. The ASPCA will be joined by ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors and top international riders Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, Hayley Barnhill, Jessica Springsteen, Stacia Madden and the newest ambassador, Jennifer Gates. The group will host two events during the week-long horse show, held in Bridgehampton from August 23-30: ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day on Monday, August 24, and the “Be Their Voice” ASPCA Equine Welfare Town Hall on Wednesday, August 26.

“We are proud to team up with the Hampton Classic Horse Show once again to raise awareness about critical equine welfare issues and help find loving homes for animals in need,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission since our founding nearly 150 years ago and we look forward to partnering with our Equine Welfare Ambassadors to share that passion with the equine community and spectators of the show to encourage them to serve as a voice for animals."

The ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors will join award-winning animal advocate and network correspondent Jill Rappaport to host the Sixth Annual ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day on Monday, August 24. This event will focus on helping rescued horses, dogs and cats find permanent homes, and several local animal shelters and rescue groups will have animals on site throughout the day, including formerly wild mustangs who now serve as ambassadors for wild horses. Participating groups include:

  • Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue
  • Ruff House Rescue
  • Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF)
  • Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation
  • Tails of Courage
  • Last Chance Animal Rescue
  • Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
  • Kaeli Kramer Foundation Horse Rescue and Sanctuary
  • SquirrelWood Equine Sanctuary, Inc.
  • Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
  • Spirits Promise Equine Rescue Program
  • Our Farm Equine Rescue
  • The Cana Project
  • Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue
  • Second Chance Thoroughbreds, Inc.

“It means so much to be a voice for animals who need our help, and I am excited to join the ASPCA at the Hampton Classic this year to raise awareness, inspire action and find homes for animals,” said Jessica Springsteen, ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador.

The newest ASPCA Ambassador, Jennifer Gates, said, “As an equestrian and life-long animal lover, I am honored to lend my voice to this worthy cause.”

At the ASPCA’s “Be Their Voice” Equine Welfare Town Hall on Wednesday, August 26, the Ambassadors will join ASPCA experts to discuss critical issues impacting horses today, including horse slaughter, homelessness and neglect, inspiring attendees to help make a difference.

Other highlights during the week include the ‘Jump for the ASPCA’ fundraiser, sponsored by a generous donor, which will trigger a donation to the ASPCA to help animals in need every time a rider clears the ASPCA fence on the show grounds. Visiting public figures and top riders are invited to join the ASPCA throughout the week at the “ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station” located near the VIP parking and across from the public grandstand of the Grand Prix Ring, where they can take part in ”#Voices4Horses selfies” to raise awareness and inspire action for horse welfare.

The ASPCA’s long history of equine protection includes supporting equine welfare through legislation, advocacy, rescue, and targeted grants. In 2014, the ASPCA awarded over $1.1 million in grants to support 169 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grants were primarily awarded as part of the ASPCA Equine Fund, which provides life-saving resources – including financial assistance, in-person and online training, and sharing of best practices – to support non-profit equine welfare organizations.

To learn more about the ASPCA or to join the Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org

For more information on the Hampton Classic, please visit www.hamptonclassic.com.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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BEND, Ore., July 9, 2015 - Efforts to protect wild horses on public
lands intensified as Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER), a national nonprofit
working to end the abuse and neglect of horses, today appealed a federal agency
decision to round up and remove wild horses from their homeland in Eastern
Oregon. FRER contends that BLM is engaging in an illegal breeding operation, and
that removing these horses from their native rangeland will impact critical
genetic diversity and reduce herd populations to dangerously low levels, in
violation of federal law.

As early as this month, the U.S. Department of the
Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to round up wild horses from a
small population in Eastern Oregon's Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management
Areas. After the BLM contractor's low-flying helicopters round up the herds of
approximately 237 horses, the majority will be removed to BLM holding
facilities. Approximately 80 will be released, resulting in diminished herds
with insufficient genetic diversity which threatens the horses' survival.

In
its appeal, filed with the Department of the Interior's Board of Land Appeals,
FRER says the BLM's calculated breeding efforts irreparably damage the Kiger and
Riddle Mountain herds, and violate the language and spirit of the Wild
Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which gave the BLM a mandate to
protect the health and welfare of all wild horse herds on public lands.

The
Kiger and Riddle Mountain regions are home to Kiger mustangs, a famous and
unique strain thought to be partly descended from horses brought to the West by
Spaniards. Horse aficionados value Kiger mustangs for their distinctive coloring
and characteristics. Kiger mustangs are popular at BLM auctions, sales, and
adoption events. The BLM typically returns some Kiger mustangs to the rangelands
to continue their desirable traits in the breeding population. However, the Wild
Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act does not permit greater protections for Kiger
mustangs than it does for other wild horses.

"The roundup and removal of
horses from these herd management areas is a misguided attempt to create and
control a narrow selective breeding stock of Kiger mustangs, while removing less
genetically desirable non-Kiger mustangs from the herds," said Hilary Wood,
President of FRER. "Returning only a small number of horses to the range is far
less than what the BLM's own policies state is a healthy size for a normally
reproducing herd - a move that can only harm the herds' chances of
survival."

BLM management guidelines say that a healthy herd size to ensure
genetic diversity is around 200 horses. Herd sizes for the Kiger and Riddle
Mountain Herd Management Areas have been set at 51-82 and 33-56 respectively,
far smaller than required to maintain genetic viability.

"Reducing the
population to the very bottom threshold of the BLM's recommended management
levels, and well below what it knows is necessary for genetic diversity, will be
catastrophic for this population," said Wood. "At a time when Oregon state
officials are taking action to improve genetic diversity of other wildlife,
these planned BLM roundups will vastly reduce the overall wild horse population
in these areas and be disastrous to herd health over time."

About Front Range Equine Rescue
(FRER)
Front Range Equine Rescue, based in Larkspur, Colo., is a 501c3
nonprofit working to end abuse and neglect of wild and domestic horses through
rescue and education. Since 1997, FRER has assisted thousands of horses through
its rescue and educational programs. Many of FRER's rescued horses are obtained
directly from livestock auctions and feed lots, and would have been shipped to
slaughter without FRER's intervention. Through its legal advocacy, FRER has
effectively prevented horses from being slaughtered for human food in the U.S.,
and is actively involved in preventing unnecessary and unlawful roundups or
removal of wild horses and burros from public lands. For more information see
www.frontrangeequinerescue.org.

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Seven equine rescues receive grants to recognize their efforts to protect horses

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today revealed the seven winners of the 2015 ASPCA Help a Horse Day contest, a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the year-round work they do to save and care for at-risk horses. The three grand prize winners received $10,000 each, while the runners up were awarded $5,000 to support their ongoing efforts to protect horses. The winning groups include:

$10,000 Grand Prize Winners:

  • All About Equine Animal Rescue, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  • Horses of Tir Na Nog, San Diego, Calif.
  • The Pegasus Project, Ben Wheeler, TX

$5,000 Prize Winners:

  • Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, Owings, Md.
  • Horse Haven of Tennessee Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Livestock and Equine Awareness and Rescue Network (LEARN), Meggett, S.C.
  • RVR Horse Rescue Inc., Riverview, Fla.

“In only its second year, the ASPCA Help a Horse Day celebration has grown to include even more groups, and we are thrilled to see the energy and effort that went into engaging their communities and spreading their message about how to protect horses,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “The winning rescue groups embody the spirit and hope behind ASPCA Help a Horse Day and we are pleased to award them these grants to help pay for the vital services they provide every day of the year.”

More than 100 equine rescue groups held events across 33 states during the weekend of April 24-26, and the winners were selected based on the creativity of their events, as well as their success engaging their local communities. This year’s winning events included a Ponypalooza event for families with games and prizes, which also featured members of the U.S. Air Force and local Boy Scout troops engaging in a shelter construction project; a family carnival with pony rides and a “Muggin’ with the Mule” photo booth; the creation of a Help a Horse Posse and Sponsorship program that allowed community members to sponsor horses; and Dancing for the Horses, which paired local celebrities with professional dancers to compete in honor of a rescued horse. One group even hosted an aviation festival in keeping with their theme of giving rescue horses their wings.  Participating rescues also worked to recruit new volunteers, expand their support base, collect donated supplies, and find homes for adoptable horses.

ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission ever since, which includes supporting equine welfare legislation, public advocacy, professional development, horse rescue, and targeted grants.

In addition to the grants contest, the ASPCA also launched a petition on TakePart.com, which has generated over 24,000 signatures, urging the U.S. Congress to pass a federal ban on horse slaughter. Each year, approximately 150,000 American horses are purchased and trucked to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption. The vast majority of these horses (92 percent, according to the USDA) are in good physical condition and could go on to lead productive lives in loving homes. Horse slaughter is especially inhumane because horses, skittish by nature, are extremely difficult to render unconscious before slaughter.

For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to protect horses, please visit http://www.aspca.org/get-involved/horses.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Animal welfare organizations support Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2015) — Federal lawmakers today introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Legislative Fund announced their enthusiastic support for the legislation.
Last year, more than 140,000 American horses were slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. The animals often suffer long journeys to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico without adequate food, water or rest. At the slaughterhouse, horses are  brutally forced into a “kill box” and shot in the head with a captive bolt gun in an attempt to stun them before slaughter—a process that can be inaccurate due to the biology and nature of equines and result in animals sustaining repeated blows or remaining conscious during the kill process.
“For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride,” said Rep. Guinta. “To that end, horses are not raised for food – permitting their transportation for the purposes of being slaughtered for human consumption is not consistent with our values and results in a dangerously toxic product.  This bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”
“Horses sent to slaughter are often subject to appalling, brutal treatment,” said Rep. Schakowsky. “We must fight those practices. The SAFE Act of 2015 will ensure that these majestic animals are treated with the respect they deserve.”
“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is an absolute travesty that must be stopped,” said Rep. Buchanan.  “This bipartisan measure will finally put an end to this barbaric practice.”
"Horse slaughter is an inhumane practice that causes great pain and distress to the animals, and poses numerous environmental and food safety concerns,” said Rep. Lujan Grisham. “The vast majority of my constituents oppose horse slaughter. I'm proud to support the SAFE Act to ban this cruelty once and for all."
The SAFE Act would also protect consumers from dangerous American horse meat, which can be toxic to humans due to the unregulated administration of drugs to horses. Because horses are not raised for food, they are routinely given hundreds of toxic drugs and chemical treatments over their lifetimes that are prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in animals intended for human consumption. Those drugs, although safe for horses, are potentially toxic to humans if consumed. In December 2014, the European Union (EU) announced its suspension of imports of horse meat from Mexico after a scathing audit of EU-certified Mexican horse slaughter plants, which kill tens of thousands of American horses each year. Additionally, the discovery of horse meat in beef products in Europe shocked consumers and raised concerns about the potential impact on American food industries.
The ASPCA, AWI, and The HSUS encourage the public to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act, H.R. 1942, in order to protect America’s horses and overall consumer health from horse slaughter.

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About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About AWI The Animal Welfare Institute (www.awionline.org) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people.  AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and other important animal protection news.

About The HSUS The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated most effective by our peers. For 60 years, we have celebrated the protection of all animals and confronted all forms of cruelty. We are the nation’s largest provider of hands-on services for animals, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year, and we prevent cruelty to millions more through our advocacy campaigns. Read more about our 60 years of transformational change for animals and people, and visit us online at humanesociety.org.

ASPCA #HelpAHorse contest will award $50,000 in grant prizes to equine organizations across the country

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the participants in its 2015 ASPCA Help a Horse Day grants contest. The nationwide competition of equine rescues and sanctuaries is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to care for local at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless. Participating rescue groups will be competing for the chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist their efforts to protect horses. The groups will be judged on the creativity of their events, as well as their ability to engage their local communities. This year the contest has expanded to recognize seven winners.

“The equine rescues and sanctuaries that step in to care for abused or neglected horses give them a much-deserved new lease on life, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to expand the contest this year to recognize even more groups for their hard work,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of last year’s participants, and look forward to seeing what new ideas our repeat participants incorporate into their ASPCA Help a Horse Day events.  We are also excited to welcome many new groups who will be participating for the first time.”

This year, 110 groups will be hosting events across 33 states during the weekend of April 24-26. Activities include open houses, education programs, spring festivals, hoe-downs, barn raisings, 5K walks and other fun-filled events.  ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission ever since, which includes supporting equine welfare legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

The ASPCA has also launched a petition on TakePart.com, urging the U.S. Congress to pass a federal ban on horse slaughter. Each year, approximately 150,000 American horses are purchased and trucked to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption. The vast majority of these horses (92 percent per USDA) are in good physical condition and could go on to lead productive lives in loving homes. Horse slaughter is especially inhumane because horses, skittish by nature, are extremely difficult to render unconscious before slaughter. Horse slaughter is a cruel, predatory industry, and as long as sending American horses to slaughter for human consumption abroad remains a legal option, thousands of equines will be vulnerable at local horse auctions where kill buyers are present.

Last year, the ASPCA awarded over $1.1 million in grants to support 169 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grants were primarily awarded as part of the ASPCA Equine Fund, which provides life-saving resources – including financial assistance, in-person and online training, and sharing of best practices -- to support non-profit equine welfare organizations.

For more information about ASPCA Help a Horse Day or to see if there is an event near you, please visit www.aspca.org/helpahorse.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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