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23 HORSES DIE ON SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

IS FEDERAL DRUG TESTING OF HORSES ON THE HORIZON?

ILLEGAL DRUG USE ON HORSES, A RACE TO THE BOTTOM!!

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For Allaboutcutting.com

March 18, 2019

ARCADIA, Calif. (KABC) — Santa Anita Park is scheduled to resume horse racing on Friday, racetrack officials confirm. 

The track is set to reopen after a deal was made Saturday by track officials and the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Part of the deal includes a ban on the drug Lasix, which will now be delayed until next year. Lasix is a diuretic that helps prevent horses from hemorrhaging, according to the Daily Racing Forum. Racing at the Park had been suspended indefinitely after the number of Thoroughbred deaths started to skyrocket since late December. A total of 23 horses have died due to injuries on the track. 

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that it is joining an investigation surrounding the 23 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park.The DA confirmed that it has assigned investigators to work with the California Horse Racing Board. Meantime, there is a call for a congressional committee to investigate treatment of racehorses. Congresswoman Judy Chu wants the House Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the treatment of horses, not only at Santa Anita but at racetracks across the country.

The park announced this week that the track would ban race-day medication and the use of riding crops. The Lasix ban was one of several changes to Santa Anita policies announced. But the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the California Thoroughbred Trainers — which both support the use of Lasix — balked at the ban, according to the DRF, and it will now begin with next year’s crop of 2-year-olds. Additionally, race-day administration of Lasix will be reduced from a maximum of 10 CCs to 5. 

PETA issued on statement late Saturday, saying Thoroughbred owners are like Lasix addicts and “if one more horse dies, there will be blood on the owners’ hands and hell to pay.” California Thoroughbred owners and trainers are like Lasix addicts, but they’re shooting up the horses instead of themselves. No horses outside the U.S. and Canada race with Lasix in their systems, and the owners’ claim that its use must be phased out and not ended outright, is transparently bogus. 

PETA is relieved that Santa Anita has finalized its ban on some of the cruelest racing practices, including injection of joints with corticosteroids, painful shockwave therapy as well as whipping and has enacted medication rules that will end the use of Phenylbutazone 24 hours before a race and most other drugs in the week before a race, among other changes. PETA will be watching very closely to see that these changes are implemented, and the public will join us in watching what happens to the horses. If one more horse dies, there will be blood on the owners’ hands and hell to pay.

Santa Anita Park has been plagued by horse fatalities since the winter season opened on Dec. 26, this being the 22nd reported fatal incident.

The track was closed for racing on Tuesday March 5, pending further evaluation of the surfaces. It was reopened for galloping and jogging, but not timed workouts, yesterday, Wednesday, March 13, following retesting of the surface by veteran trackman and previous Santa Anita superintendent Dennis Moore.

“Everything went well,” Moore is quoted as saying in a press release. “The main track is good. All of the test data support what we experienced.”

A reported 196 workouts were completed Wednesday without incident, prior to this morning’s fatality.

However, it was later reported that Princess Lili B, a 3-year-old maiden filly  broke both forelegs following the end of a half-mile workout Thursday morning at Santa Anita Park and was euthanized, according to her trainer David Bernstein and reported in the Daily Racing Form by Brad Free.

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, is quoted as saying, “We are devastated.”

A spokesperson is quoted as saying a major corporate announcement  is planned for midday Thursday.

The problems have altered the racing schedule and have had an impact on prep races for The Kentucky Derby with the cancellation of the San Felipe Stakes (G2). Santa Anita Park is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup Championships Nov. 1–2. This is an evolving story.

THE “MECHANICAL HORSE,” A HORSE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS

I authored the following  article on Aug.6, 2014 in response to an ever-increasing use of drugs in the horse industry, by horse trainers.  The primary motivation driving drug use in the horse industry is “Money”.  As the old adage states, “Money is the ROOT of all evil.”  In this article, I made a myriad of “Ominous Predictions” about the effects of drug use on horses both, during training and exhibition, that unfortunately, for the horse, is coming full circle and “IS” becoming a stark reality.

Also, the article includes my prediction of the eventual federalization of equine drug-testing programs in the private sector. Simply put, “If the private sector won’t police itself, the Federal Government will do it for them.”  Obviously, from the foregoing, the race horse industry isn’t doing such a hot job of eliminating drug use.  The impending investigation by the DA in the foregoing matter as well as a hearing by Congress are certainly steps in the right direction for a coup. As a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs training school, my experience as a 16-year Drug Enforcement Agent and being certified as an Expert Witness in both Federal and State Courts on drugs of abuse, I know all too well, the effects drugs of abuse has on the anatomy.

The detriment to the horse, attributed to drug use either during training, exercise, or performance, far outweighs the money made by individuals using unscrupulous methods to cheat ones way through the industry.

To read the entire article click on the following link:

☛ Mechanical Horse Under the Influence 8-6-14

THE LEGALITY OF DRUG TESTING

The legality of drug and alcohol testing for humans, in the private sector, was established back in 1987.  Over-the-years, I’ve authored a myriad of Drug and Alcohol Testing programs for the private sector which includes a litany of Fortune 500 and other companies to include, but not limited to,:  Exxon Company, USA, Gulf Oil, Pennzoil, USA, Chevron, USA, Kerr-McGee Corporation, Marathon Oil Company, ARCO Oil & Gas, etc.  A few of the established legal precedents included language emphasizing “SAFETY” instead of incarceration for the violator.  Therefore, the courts have overwhelmingly approved and upheld the rights of a private company, to include in their hiring criteria, the ability to drug and alcohol test as well as performing a cursory search or inspection of an individual employee, his or her personal effects, individual private vehicles as well as their packages “on Company premises or properties” as a condition of employment, in order to provide and SAFE and PRODUCTIVE work environment.  

Also, as a condition of employment is a provision authorizing the Company to inspect Company provided owned or leased property to include Company provided housing.  The primary use of drug and alcohol testing as well as individual searches is to provide a “Safe and Effective work force” and the general public, in general.

The key to a successful drug testing program is to design one that accomplishes the main goal, i.e., to provide a safe and productive work environment without using this program to circumvent or violate an individual’s constitutional rights, e.g., 5th Amendment Rights:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Simply put, the employee’s employment status is terminated rather than summoning law enforcement to effectuate an arrest.  Therefore, the employees civil rights are maintained and aren’t violated.  The US COAST GUARD included an additional punishment for licensed marine individuals who fails a drug or alcohol test to include:  A suspension of their licenses until such time as they successfully complete a drug rehabilitation program and agree to unannounced or random drug and alcohol testing thereafter, for a specified time period. 

PRIVATE SECTOR HORSE ASSOCIATIONS

Private sector horse associations use present-day horse testing programs which are modeled from the foregoing program criteria, or the 1987 model. Authors of these programs, myself included, always incorporate the same or similar language when designing a drug testing program for a private horse association.  After all, the language and criteria in the 1987 model is already a proven and judiciary winning model.  Some additional language in the private sector horse associations programs include monetary fines, penalties, and suspensions from the association for the individual violating the drug testing rules.  

The key to this authority is to provide, in writing, to the prospective member, that complete adherence to the associations horse drug testing rule is required by same as a condition of individual membership into the association.  Another key, is to provide the member with a copy of the penalties the individual or individuals will be subject to for violating such rules and regulations. 

HORSE SAFETY AND THE SLAUGHTER PIPELINE

One of the adverse effects of using a certain class of drugs on a horse either, during training or exhibition, can become detrimental to the safety and well being of the horse and rider.  A horse is not designed to operate under the influence of drugs.  As we know, a horse has a very sensitive system which will allow a horse, on a particular medication, to easily become impaired during exercise or performance.  It’s this impairment capability of certain drugs which become a “RISK FACTOR” and perhaps detrimental to the safety and well being of the horse and rider.  Accidents can happen and if the injury, to the horse, become a debilitating one and contributive to unauthorized or illegal drug use, the horse usually ends up in the sale pen and perhaps the foreign horse slaughter plant.  An otherwise healthy horse, just becomes another victim to the greed and morale decay of humanity.  

Therefore, the “breed more, kill more” cycle of some horses lives continues to become a reality and feed the horse slaughter pipeline. Perhaps the horse industry is to corrupt to police itself and a federalized drug testing law is the only way to eliminate drug use and abuse among horses.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Freelance Writer & Author
Phone (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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ASCPA LAUNCHES NEW CONTEST FOR EQUINE SHELTERS

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

ASCPA LAUNCHES NEW CONTEST FOR EQUINE SHELTERS

 

$150,000 IN PRIZES AND TONS OF OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE EXPOSURE AND SAVE HORSE LIVES

Press Release from ASCPA
March 13, 2019

Exciting things are afoot at the ASPCA. Last year we launched a brand new contest for equine shelters, rescues and sanctuaries aimed at helping find more homes for at-risk horses. We wanted to test a model of a national contest to increase awareness of the great horses who simply need a transition to their new home—and boy, did the equine community lean in!

Equine organizations adopted out more than 1,000 horses during the two-month “Help a Horse” contest period, proving they have what it takes to find more homes for horses. The contest launched on Help a Horse Day, which is held every year on April 26, and ran for two months.

To build on this success, the 2019 challenge has been reimagined and renamed – Help a Horse Home: The ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge – to help save even more lives. With $150,000 in prizes and tons of opportunities to increase exposure and save lives, the challenge is a tool that can help change the face of horses in rescues.

And here is where we need you!  Registration for organizations to participate in the contest closes on April 4, 2019. Help us spread the word to shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries and to the greater equine community. 

The more groups that participate, the more horses we can save together.  Click this link to share on your social media channels or share via email to your contacts (or even better, do both)!

The contest will once again launch on April 26, Help a Horse Day, and will run until the end of June.  We will be reaching back out to you once the full list of participants is finalized and hope you will be able to support your local organization though adoption, foster, promotion of adoptable horses or volunteering. Thank you!

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IS BLM LISTENING TO HORSE LOVERS?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

IS THE BLM LISTENING TO HORSE LOVERS?

 

BLM IS SEEKING OFF-RANGE WILD-HORSE PASTURE BIDS THROUGH MAY 3, 2019

 

March 13, 2019
Information from “The Horse”

As of March 1, 2018, the wild-horse and burro population on public lands was estimated at 82,000 animals, which is more than triple the number of animals the land can support in conjunction with other legally mandated land uses (which also includes the grazing of privately-owned cattle, sheep and goats). 

According to a March 4, 2019 press release, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is seeking bids from contractors for off-range pastures to provide a free-roaming environment and quality care for wild horses that have been removed from Western public lands. 

Bids will be accepted through May 3, 2019, from Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas Panhandle (north of Hwy 82 and 84), Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The area west of the Cascade mountain range in Oregon and Washington is excluded.

Applicants who are new to conducting business with the U.S. Government must obtain a Dun and Bradstreet number at dnb.com and register at sam.gov to respond to the solicitation. No fees are involved and the solicitation describes what to submit to the BLM and where to send it.

The BLM will award multiple contracts that can accommodate 200-5,000 head of wild horses, with a four or nine-year renewal option. All contracts require supplemental feed for a minimum of four months to ensure that the animals maintain a quality body condition throughout the dormant months of the year.

To obtain a contract, go fedconnect.net and click on “Search Public Opportunities.” Under the search criteria, select “Reference Number” and enter the solicitor’s reference number: 140L0119R0002. Click “search” and once the solicitation’s information appears, download the information on the right. 

For assistance and general questions, contact Kemi Ismael at 202-912-7098 or e-mail him at kismael@blm.gov. For frequently asked questions go to www.blm.gov/whb.

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GOOD VERSUS EVIL; THE HISTORY OF THE HORSE

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 13 comments

GOOD VERSUS EVIL

 

THE HISTORY OF THE HORSE

 

March 11, 2019
By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For allaboutcutting.com

The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, called an Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today.  Humans began domesticating horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC.  Horses’ anatomy enables them to make use of speed to escape predators and they have a well sense of balance and a strong fight-or-flight response.  Related to this need to flee from predators in the wild is an unusual trait: horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down with younger horses tending to sleep significantly more than adults.

Most domesticated horses begin training under saddle or in harness between the ages of two and four.  They reach full adult development by age five, and have an average lifespan of between 25 and 30 years.  Horse breeds are loosely divided into three categories based on general temperament: spirited “hot bloods” with speed and endurance; “cold bloods,” such as draft horses and some ponies suitable for slow, heavy work and “warm bloods,” developed from crosses between hot bloods and cold bloods, often focusing on creating breeds for specific riding purposes, particularly in Europe.  Today, there are more than 300 breeds of horse in the world, developed for many different uses.

Horses and humans interact in a wide variety of sport competitions and non-competitive recreational pursuits, as well as in working activities such as police work, the competition show pen, agriculture, entertainment and therapy.  Horses were historically used in warfare, from which a wide variety of riding and driving techniques developed, using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. Humans provide domesticated horses with food, water and shelter, as well as attention from specialists such as veterinarians and farriers. In the United States, the history of the horse is entwined in the founding of our nation and the very existence of our ancestor evolution and survival.

THE MAJESTY OF THE HORSE:

As Winston Churchill once stated, “The outside of a horse, is good for the inside of a man.”  Horses have played a central role in human societies for millennia.  To the horseman, the majestic horse is the epitome of grace and elegance. Simply stated, a horse embodies the soul of both man and woman. Horses possess character, intuition, a soul and emotions.  They anticipate storms and earthquakes. When they’re happy, they drop their heads, flop them high, maybe make a high and full skyward circle with their noses.  Their behavior is eager, interested, alert, playful and responsive.  They will reply to you with raised head, arched neck and their muzzle down. They’ll prick their ears forward and might even take off at a dead run.  When they’re angry, their ears will lie back and their tail swishes as if at a fly. When they’re angrier their hindquarters are tense, their ears flatten against their skull, they swish their tail more vigorously and their rear hoof raises slightly.

They show pride by prancing with their ears straight forward, nostrils flaring, tail up, head pointed downward on an arched neck. They show interest when their nose, eyes and ears, point straight ahead at an object of interest, circling with curiosity. Horses have a natural competitiveness built into their DNA.  They are kind and gentle creatures who have captivated our minds and hearts through time and memorial. Horses illustrate affection by being around and gently nuzzling their human counterparts. A horse develops life-long bonds with other horses as well as humans. After all, they are herd-oriented animals. In my opinion, horses aren’t meant for the kitchen table; however, it’s a fact that many of these majestic creatures are destined for the foreign slaughter plants once man discards them when they are of no further meaningful use to their owners.

OVER POPULATION OF HORSES IN THE U.S.A.:

Today, in the USA, the dilemma facing the horse is unequivocally “overpopulation”.  A myriad of reasons attribute to the overpopulation phenomenon. For example, an excess of wild horses is mainly due to catastrophic and ill-advised herd management plans implemented by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to control the wild mustang populations on public grazing lands. More specifically, BLM devised a plan to remove predators from our public grasslands to accommodate complaints by domestic cattle and sheep grazers. Therefore, BLM created its own problems with a wild mustang overpopulation by trying to alter nature.  An article depicting the role the BLM is playing in trying to eradicate the wild mustang, via, the horse slaughter pipeline can be viewed by clicking on the following January 15, 2019 AP news link:

Click for article regarding eradicating the wild mustang>> 

Essentially, this ill-advised plan allowed wild horses to populate unrestricted due to a lack of predation which normally controls horse populations through attrition. The irony, in the foregoing Associated Press article illustrates how the Federal Government is using the tax-paid Department of Justice lawyers to fight to kill a protected species under the 1971 Wild Horse and Burros Act.  The other irony is:  President Donald J. Trump authorized this atrocity in his budget but was stopped by Congress.  Other contributing factors affecting over population are: Overbreeding, backyard breeding and  unorthodox breeding methodologies such as: frozen semen, multiple embryo transfer, cooled transported semen, etc. by horse association non-profits. They all contribute to the over population of horses.  Another contributor is non-profit horse associations with high-paying 3-year-old futurities and incentivized early-age horse races. 

COMMON DENOMINATOR:

A common denominator, in the U.S. horse industry, directly tied to horse ownership, is the economy.  In a good economy, investors and horse ownership spirals up and declines in a bad economy. The down-turn wake leaves a glut of horses on the open market with no one to care for them. It’s an inherent component, in the industry. Unfortunately, for the unwanted horse, sale pen locations are exactly where “kill buyers” sit idly by. They are likened to vultures waiting for their next meal, readily buying healthy and robust horses for the foreign slaughter house plants.  The unsavory aspect of “kill buyers” is that although it’s a disgusting profession, it’s not illegal in the USA to transport a trailer load of horses across our borders to slaughter houses in Canada and Mexico. However, there are currently no horse slaughter plants in operation in the USA, due to the fact it is illegal to slaughter horses in the USA “for human consumption”.

KILL BUYER EXTORTION TACTICS:

Extortion is a favorite tactic used, by “kill buyers” to sell horses to enhance their financial status.  More specifically, once bought, the “kill buyer” advertises sale barn-bought horses on their social media page(s), stating they have a number of horses bound for the slaughter plant and it’s going to cost X amount of dollars to bail them out of the kill pen before they are shipped out. To reinforce the direness of the horses position, the “kill buyer” uses psychological reinforcement to attract prospective buyers by appealing to each individual’s sense of charity, decency, pity and willingness to help the horses in distress. For example, the “kill buyer” usually places a time-line on the prospective buyers before the horses ships out to the slaughter horse plant where their killed, dismembered and butchered for human consumption in foreign markets. The psychologically induced time-line, illustrates the horses’ seemingly hopeless situation with an added sense of urgency.

Another favorite tactic used by “kill buyers” is to show a group of mares with foals or weanlings and yearlings, by themselves, to bait the buyer trap.  After all, mares with foals and young horses directly appeal to everyone’s sense of protection, rescue and charity, except the “kill buyers,” who are in the business for the money and nothing more. In my opinion, they could care less about the poor horses who finds themselves in such a deplorable state.  In essence, they laugh all the way to the bank.  One way or another, “kill buyer’s” are going to be paid.  Either at the foreign slaughter horse plant or from the individuals bailing them out of the kill pen.

HORSE RESCUES: ARE THEY ANGELS ON THEIR SHOULDERS OR EVIL IN THEIR MIDST?

The law of physics states, “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.”  Such is the same with horse-rescue types. Horse Rescues comprise two distinct categories:  Legitimate and Fraudulent.”  

LEGITIMATE HORSE RESCUES:

The legitimate horse rescue is usually comprised of one of two categories: a Federal 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit or a State Non-Profit. The commonality for each is simple: To some degree, both receive a tax-exempt status. However, the public financial reporting and disclosure status is different. More specifically, the Federal 501 (C) 3 is required to report its financial status on the IRS 990 form, in conjunction with their annual filed tax return. A particular 501 (C) 3 Non-profit IRS 990 can readily be viewed on Guidestar.org.

Equally, each state-organized non-profit horse rescue is required to adhere to a particular state’s, public financial reporting and disclosure requirements.  To review a particular state’s non-profit public financial disclosure requirements, simply visit the state’s Secretary of State to ascertain public non-profit financial disclosure adherence laws. Legitimate horse rescues are actually “angels on their shoulders” who endure a lot of pain and suffering while rescuing abused, abandoned, unwanted or unaffordable horses.  

However, their devotion to the horses care and rehabilitation is unwavering.  Horse rescue operators endure long hours, arduous labor and, in some cases, very little, if no, pay for their efforts. Primarily, they do it for the love of the horse and the passion in their heart. In a litany of cases, the horse rescue owner is overwhelmed while dealing with rescued horses who are sick, abused or diseased horses requiring significant financial cash outlays for treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of the horses.  Once a horse is recovered, the owner of the rescue is left with the task of trying to re-home the horse. Statistics indicate that the largest hurdles for a rescued horse to overcome are psychological and physiological trauma caused by the abuse of unconscionable human interaction.

My research indicates that there’s only a few ways the horse rescue is able to sustain itself.  Private donations are: business donations, charging an adoption fee for rehoming a particular horse, charitable raffles, etc.  At the end of the day, if the horse rescue is blessed with a cash surplus the owner is allowed to take a salary for their timeless effort spent in the business but not a non-taxable profit. In order to acquire donations for the horse rescue, they need to advertise on a myriad of social-media platforms as well as other advertising sites. The key to running a legitimate horse rescue is absolute transparency, as required by law, in its business dealings with the general public.  

However, the horse rescue is limited in the types of disclosures they are required, by law, to make. My research indicated that the only types of disclosures a horse rescue are required to make, by law, are financial reportings derived from their annual tax return.  Other disclosures, such as: when a horse arrives, leaves and who adopted it, is not required as is opening up the horse rescue’s accounting books for general inspection. For example, the horse rescue’s financial accounting such as the chart of accounts, ledgers, balance sheets, etc., are closed, except on special occasions such as during an IRS audit, a state audit or an investigation with the issuance of a subpoena.  

The general public is not entitled to a general inspection of a horse rescue’s individual donations.  The exception to the foregoing, is predicated by specific state or federal statue requirement. However, the donor can request to view the horse rescue’s facility to observe how the facility looks and cares for the rescued horses in their care.  Most horse rescues readily accommodate the inquirer. My only personal experience with horse rescues happened during my Risk Analysis of the Rick and Sherri Brunzell “Dual Peppy Saga” in Colorado several years ago.  Two horse rescues that performed miraculously were:  Harmony Equine Center and Blue Rose Ranch.  Without their assistance, it’s very possible, none of the remaining rescued horses would have survived such a grizzly ordeal.

FRAUDULENT HORSE RESCUES:

The fraudulent horse rescue is one that mimics the legitimate horse rescue in every respect, except their motive is entirely different.  Their goal is to acquire a horse by deceptive means for the sole purpose of selling the horse to the horse slaughter plant for a profit, instead of providing care and rehabilitation.  However, once their evil operation is made transparent by discovery, their demise is met with arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment. It’s a high price to pay for earning a few hundred dollars selling a horse to a slaughter house.

A FINAL NOTE:

Unfortunately, in the USA, the slaughtering of horses in foreign slaughter plants will continue until the overpopulation of horses is reduced and brought under control to a manageable level by changing the mindset of the general population.  The USA, unlike Europe, operates on the “Free Enterprise Market.” Therefore, horse breeding is open to anyone, for any reason. In Europe, some countries have breed wardens who control animal populations by limiting the number of authorized breeding animals and produced young, by permit.

Another mindset requiring change to reduce horse populations is the De Facto breeding practices of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), as well as other horse non-profits offering futurities for 3-year old horses and incentivized “early age” horse races. It’s these early-age events that drive the annual breeding of potential participants.  Unfortunately, until the “almighty dollar” is replaced with compassion, sensitivity and respect, this archaic, “breed-more, kill-more” philosophy will continue and horses are going to continue to be disposable and “throw away items” in our society.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email:  richardedennis@yahoo.com
Web Site:  http://www.richardedennis.net

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THE OMINOUS SIDE OF HORSE RESCUES

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 4 comments

THE OMINOUS SIDE OF HORSE RESCUES

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For ALLABOUTCUTTING.NET
March 4, 2019

FEEDING THE HORSE SLAUGHTER PIPELINE:

Through time and memorial, I’ve written a litany of articles on horse slaughter, horse abuse and the many sufferings horses are subjected to in their often-times short lifespan.  Perhaps, the most unsavory of them all is:  The FRAUD associated with individuals posing as legitimate horse rescues which turn out to be nothing more than FRAUDULENT SCAM ARTISTS whose sole purpose is to acquire horse(s) from owners under nefarious pretenses, in order to supply the horse-slaughter pipeline with fresh horse meat for their own greed and monetary reward.

Over the years, my research has revealed a myriad of reasons why the once revered and adored household pet (the horse) ends up in a foreign slaughter house. However, the primary factor can be contributed to economic hardship for the private owner.  Once the owner can no longer sustain the financial responsibility of owning and caring for a horse, the owner undergoes a gut-wrenching dilemma of what to do with their revered and adored pet.  On one hand their emotional attachment to the horse demands that the horse be cared for, while on the other hand they have no idea how to find that forever-caring home for their pet. Primary care of the horse is the viable option, while the foreign horse slaughter house is viewed as an abhorrent alternative.  After a period of vacillation, the owner eventually explores the “HORSE RESCUE OPTION.”

There are a lot of reasons why horses enter the foreign horse-slaughter pipeline but the primary contributing factor is the over population of horses in the United States.  As a Quarter Horse breeder, my opinion is that “Over population is primarily motivated by greed and big money”.  Each spring, a new supply of foals are born, with each one having a chance of entering the foreign horse-slaughter pipeline due to their inability to become a superstar in the show pen arena or on the race track. Other factors include accidents or injuries during training or showing. The success versus the washout ratio is very high with the “washout factor” being an important component to the equation.

UNORTHODOX BREEDING METHODOLOGIES:

Scientific advances in horse breeding is another contributing factor in the over-population of horses in the United States and include:  Frozen semen that allows stallions to breed from the grave long after they’ve crossed over the rainbow bridge; multiple-embryo transfer that allows a single mare to produce multiple foals in a single year, as well as shipped cooled semen that allows a single stallion to remain stationery in a single geographical location while breeding mares in multiple states as well as in the international marketplace.

ILLEGAL DRUG USE:

Another motivating factor for a horse’s entry into the foreign slaughter horse pipeline is illegal drug use.  In order to have a horse perform at a higher pace, run faster and jump higher, the unscrupulous trainer incorporates a regiment of illegal cocktail injections or ingestions into the horse’s daily training regiment.

However, these illegal concoctions actually do more harm to the horse in the short term than in the long run.  To quantify this assertion, I previously authored an article on the subject entitled:  THE MECHANICAL HORSE, A HORSE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.  Essentially, illegal drug use allows the musculature of a horse to develop faster than the bone structure; therefore, the horse’s bone frame can’t withstand the energy exerted on it by the powerful built muscles attributed to illegal drug use.  This is the direct causative factor for broken bones, ruined hocks and stifle ligament damage. Click on the following link for a review of the article:

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HORSE RESCUES:

As the name implies, Horse Rescues are privately owned organizations whose mission statement and objective is to provide a sanctuary for unwanted, neglected, abused and/or abandoned horses.  A horse rescue usually occupies one of three business categories:  1) Non-profit, 2) 501 (C) 3 non-profit and 3) privately owned.  As previously discussed in a previous article, the Federal 501 (C) 3 is a charitable organization with tax exempt status, the Non-Profit is a state-organized entity with tax-exempt status and the privately owned business has no tax exempt status. Of the three categories, the only one which affords a tax write off is the 501 (C) 3.  

However, each one has to adhere to either state or federal [public] financial disclosure laws.

The fact of reality is:  There are a lot of professional organizations in existence who meet or exceed their mission statement and objective. However, on the other hand, there are a lot of unscrupulous individuals in existence whose sole purpose is to defraud the horse owner out of his or her horse under false pretenses and for personal gain.  The “scam artist” is usually a very smooth-talking and accomplished individual who could sell ice cream to an Eskimo “so-to-speak.”  Of late, the Internet is reporting an increase in arrests, prosecutions, convictions and imprisonments of individuals who have been identified by law enforcement as being the “fraudulent type”.  The reported cases do not occupy one specific geographical location or region in the United States. Instead, they comprise a litany of states. Two such cases are identified as follows:

HAL PARKER:

According to a Union Parish, La.  Sheriff’s Office press release printed in The Blood Horse: “Horseman Tied To Rescue Outfit Faces Cruelty Charges”, Hal Parker, a Louisiana man involved with a controversial horse-rescue operation, was arrested Feb. 19 and charged on multiple counts of cruelty to animals and theft of a horse. To read the entire article click here: Link:

Hal Parker, 60, of Marion in northern Louisiana, near the Arkansas state line, was taken into custody following a five-week investigation into his involvement in acquiring horses, mostly Thoroughbreds, from auction houses known for selling animals for slaughter, that Parker would then re-sell,

Parker was charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, two counts of simple animal cruelty and one charge of theft related to allegations that a woman in Iowa paid for a horse she never received, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  Parker’s bond was set at $250,000.  The investigation is currently on-going.

FALLON BLACKWOOD:

Another  example was reported by FOX NEWS on Jan. 17, 2019. A third-year veterinary school student in Alabama was arrested Saturday after allegedly promising to care for rescue horses but instead selling them to slaughterhouses in Mexico.

Fallon Blackwood, 24, was taken into custody at a rodeo in Blount Count, Alabama, three months after she was indicted on 13 counts for bringing into the state, property obtained by false pretense elsewhere.

The 24-year-old was also arrested at a veterinary school in Macon County, Alabama, eight months ago on an outstanding North Carolina warrant on similar charges, according to the Birmingham News.  Blackwood is accused of telling owners of older horses that she would take their horses to live on her farm in Boaz, Alabama, according to the criminal complaint.  But many of the owners said that instead of providing a place of refuge, the 24-year-old sold the horses to slaughter houses in Mexico for meat. The previous owners filed complaints with authorities after Blackwood could not account for their horses. To read the complete article, click on the following link:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/alabama-veterinary-student-arrested-accused-of-selling-rescue-horses-to-slaughterhouses-in-mexico

FORENSIC AUDIT OF A RESCUE:

The primary instrument used by law enforcement to reconcile a horse rescue’s books during an investigation is by the use of a “forensic audit”. A forensic audit is an examination and evaluation of a firm’s or individual’s financial records and information for use as evidence in court.  A forensic audit  can be conducted in order to prosecute a party for fraud, embezzlement or other financial crimes or claims.  As a Risk Manager and Risk Analyst, a forensic audit is my primary tool of choice to reconcile a set of books during a Risk Management Audit.  It’s concise, complete and separates the wheat-from-the-chaff, so to speak.  

In Drug Enforcement, I used this exact same investigative tool to dismantle a myriad of illegal drug cartels. I can personally attest to its effectiveness.  I was trained by the IRS and the FBI.  Therefore, my advice for any horse rescue is: Maintain an impeccable set of financial records to ensure he or she can pass a forensic audit if the need arises.  Every donation, horse, horse-related expenditures and adoption records should be accounted for.  If not, the end result could be dire for the owner of the horse rescue.

There are a lot of very fine horse rescues out there; you just have to find one.  My recommendation for the prospective individual requiring the services of a horse rescue is to perform a due diligent search, including Guidstar, to ascertain they are really a 501 (C) 3 non-profit, and ask for references as well as checking with the local law enforcement to ascertain whether or not any animal-abuse complaints had been filed against the facility.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Wind River Company LLC
Freelance Writer and Author
Phone (985) 630-3500
Email:  richardedennis@yahoo.com
Web Site:  http://www.richardedennis.net

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FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AND STATE NON-PROFITS

Posted by on Mar 2, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 6 comments

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL 501 (c) AND STATE NON-PROFITS

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
for Allaboutcutting.net
March 2, 2019

Since my last article,  “WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NON-PROFIT AND A 501 (C) 3 NON-PROFIT,” released on February 24, 2019 on http://www.allaboutcutting.net, I’ve received a flurry of phone calls requesting guidance on acquiring financial information on a specific non-profit organization about whether it’s a Federal 501 (C) or a state-organized non-profit.  More specifically, the main topic of concern can be summed up into one question:  “Exactly, what financial records are nonprofits required to disclose to the general public, including donors?”

My research revealed that essentially, non-profits are broken down into two distinct categories: Federal non-profits and State non-profits. Federal non-profits are generally tax exempt, charitable organizations and are assigned the 501 (C) designation along with a number after the “C” such as (3) which correlates to its exact Federal non-profit classification.  For example, the 501 C (3) designation correlates to a charitable organization.

State non-profits are comprised of being either a Sole-Owned Proprietorship, a Limited Liability Company, a Corporation, etc. In most cases, the privately owned non-profit may choose to not apply for a Federal tax-exempt status and elect to remain a State non-profit.  For the record, each type of non-profit enjoys some tax-exempt status.  However, the main difference between the two non-profit organizations is that “each one adheres to different financial disclosure laws and requirements, but the Federal non-profit allows for tax write-offs”.

FEDERAL 501 C NON-PROFITS:

The Federal 501 (C) 3 etc., is only required to disclose to the general public certain financial records, via the IRS Form 990, which can be found on Guidestar.org. An excellent IRS publication on the subject can be found by clicking on the following link:

 

STATE-ORGANIZED NON-PROFITS:

The state of the organization of a non-profit will list each state’s specific requirements pertaining to the disclosure of financial and other information to the general public, if any. Generally, and as stated in the foregoing, state-organized non-profits are generally comprised of private ownership; therefore, disclosing finances to the general public are limited, if at all, and in some cases non-existent.  A privately held non-profit absent of the 501 C moniker, such as a Limited Liability Company, a Sole-Owned Proprietorship or a Corporation, enjoy the same privacy and nondisclosure laws as a private citizen owning a business of the same type, except in certain circumstances when state funding comes into play and requires reporting and an audit.  However, the non-profit moniker may subject the non-profit to a completely different set of parameters.  The safe avenue to proceed, in regard to investigating a specific non-profit prior to donating, that is in a specific state, is to contact the Department of Revenue or the Secretary of State in the state of its organization for the correct answers and guidance.

The “National Council of Non-Profits” has an excellent article on the subject entitled, “STATE LAW NON-PROFIT AUDIT REQUIREMENTS”.

Click on the following link and review this excellent article on the subject:

NEFARIOUS ACTS:

As previously reported, the Internet is chock full of examples of cyberbullying, harassment and nefarious acts,  including, but not limited to threats, extortion, coercion, slander and harassment of private individuals and horse rescues.  My queries included a myriad of social media examples of this unorthodox, criminal and in some cases, “the perception of possibly libelous behavior”.  However, in my few exchanges with such individuals, I determined their allegations to be completely unfounded and without legal proof or merit, In fact, most of my reviewed character assassinations were being disseminated by erroneous  “rumor-mill linguistics” and were not based on any factual, legitimate and legal proof of their reporting, which is simply harassment and cyberbullying at its finest. In fact, some of the methods used by certain individuals could be likened to the tactics used by the KKK or a terrorist organization.  In an abundance of caution, I would suggest for such individuals to cease from this unorthodox behavior prior to someone taking them to task with legal action – more specifically, having him or her arrested for criminal acts, filing a lawsuit against him or her or both.

As a former Drug Enforcement Agent and Law Enforcement Officer as well as a current Private Security Professional and Risk Manager/Analyst, my professional standings, in the community has dealt with a fact or fiction mentality. It’s sort of like a woman being pregnant:  Either she is is or she isn’t. There’s no in between.

However, it seems their “cover story” is that they are performing such nefarious acts for the sake of and welfare of the horse.  As a freelance writer, I’ve written a lot of articles on the subject of horse abuse as well as horse slaughter and not once have I ever “crossed-the-line” and succumbed to this type of nefarious and in some cases criminal and perhaps libelous behavior to make a point in a conversation.  More specifically, accusing an individual of specific allegations absent of legitimate or legal proof while using a “rumor-mill linguist,”cyberbullying, threats, harassment and extortion to ruin a person’s reputation is very much, and without question, violating the law.  All of my reporting has been performed with verified legal backup.

It’s also against the law to use unfounded allegations to character assassinate the owner of a non-profit horse rescue, in order to recommend a favorable rescue of their choice. 

HOW TO PICK A HORSE RESCUE TO DONATE TO:

In picking a horse rescue for donations, my main concerns would be:  How long has the rescue been in business, who owns the rescue, determine whether the horse rescue is a Federal 501 C non-profit or a state-organized non-profit, as well as the length of service in the business.  It would be prudent to visit with the rescue itself, (i.e.) on-site, as well as interviewing the owner. Also, it would be prudent to ask for a list of randomly picked references who could enlighten the prospective donor of the professional character of the organization.

Another prudent proposal to the donor is to suggest that he or she contact law enforcement and inquire whether or not any horse-abuse or animal-cruelty complaints have been filed against the rescue or the owner. The same goes for animal shelters and animal organizations in a particular area. If, by chance, the donor is contacted by one of these so-called self-proclaimed animal rights activists for the sole purpose of discouraging an individual from donating to a particular horse rescue, the donor should immediately request legal proof from the activist substantiating all allegations to corroborate his or her claim(s). If proof positive can’t be delivered, the donor should discard this information as being non-factual and non-relevant.

In order to verify a particular businesses 501 C or state non-profit status, simple Google Guidestar.org for Federal Tax Exempt status or the Secretary of State in the state of organization.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Copyright 2019, All Rights Reserved

RICHARD E. “RICK” DENNIS
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
MANAGING MEMBER
FREELANCE WRITER AND AUTHOR
PHONE:  (985) 630-3500
Email:  richardedennis@yahoo.com
Website:  http://www.richardedennis.net

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