Walking horse defender BillyGoboy never slowed down in fight against the “Big Lickers” OXFORD, Mississippi––Citizens Committee Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty founder Clant Seay, 76, remembered by fellow campaigner Marty Irby as “quite a character and in my opinion the greatest anti-soring advocate of all time,” died on March 6, 2023 in Oxford, Mississippi. […]
Four black leaders who built the humane movement––long before MLK!
Long before Martin Luther King Jr. had his enduring influence, more people recognized William Key, John W. Lemon, Richard Carroll, & F. Rivers Barnwell in their own time than would have recognized ASPCA founder Henry Bergh INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana––“I am the only colored speaker on the program, and in fact I have not seen a […]
Court returns Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act to the starting gate
Newly formed Horseracing Integrity & Safety Authority loses turf battle to state & industry agencies NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana––Horse advocates and the horse racing industry across the U.S. are somewhat belatedly beginning to realize that a November 18, 2022 unanimous decision by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has returned the Horseracing Integrity & […]
“Cultural” defenses for charreada & cockfighting crumble
Two charreada promoters busted in Boone County, Illinois; Burmese cockfighting ring busted in Wells County, Indiana; Los Angeles close to banning bucking straps & prods GENEVA, Illinois––Suspecting persons involved in an October 23, 2022 charreada rodeo had been charged with cruelty, but previously unable to obtain the details, Showing Animals Respect & Kindness on November […]
Anti-“Big Lick” soring PAST Act passes U.S. House; goes to Senate
And California voters dump horse racing bail-out measure WASHINGTON D.C.––The U.S. House of Representatives on November 14, 2022 for the second time passed the PAST Act, short for Prevent All Soring Tactics, and sent it to the U.S. Senate, where for the second time it is likely to pull up lame. But maybe not. Before […]
Horse defenders ask, “Where are the Cheshire cats of equine advocacy?”
Barn-sour big groups leave the hard work to Lone Rangers Fighting the horse’s rear ends promoting the horse racing industry, rodeo, and “Big Lick” horse exhibition, Political Animals founder Sherry DeBoer, Action for Animals founder Eric Mills, Showing Animals Respect & Kindness founder Steve Hindi, and Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty founder Clant […]
Walking horse industry waits for the other (weighted) shoe to drop
“Big Lickers” hold out hope for a Congressional reprieve SHELBYVILLE, Tennessee––A legal showdown may be coming soon over enforcement of a new USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service rule meant to protect show horses, but not just yet. The mood midway through the 2022 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, supposed to climax on September […]
Why was a sick horse, too old to work, pulling a New York City carriage?
Opossum piss may have made the horse sick, but why didn’t the 35-year driver see it? NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.–– The New York City Transport Workers Union might be said to have invoked the “Ernie Paragallo defense” on behalf of carriage horse owner/driver Ian McKeever, 54, who during the evening rush hour on August […]
Did the Omak Suicide Race start with a horse massacre & the KKK?
Uncovering the nasty origins of an ugly event OMAK, Washington––The 88th edition of the bizarre and often deadly “World Famous Suicide Race” held annually in Omak, Washington, is to conclude on August 14, 2022, as the final event of the annual Omak Stampede Rodeo. Bizarre as is the race itself, down an extremely steep […]
Horses die by the hundreds on pilgrimage to honor the Hindu “God of all animals”
What if 600 horses died climbing Pikes Peak? DEHRADUN, Uttarakhand, India––One might imagine that the annual pilgrimage to Kedarnath, a temple in the Himalayas built in honor of Lord Pashupatinath, the Hindu god of all animals, might be undertaken with particular attention to animal welfare. But then, one might also expect all four legs of […]
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