Meet Jemma!

Jemma arrived at Equine Voices November 19, 2015.  Jacob and JJ were very happy to see her as they had been separated for the last three weeks while Jemma’s hooves were being tended to.  All three are here today thanks to Celine Meyers of Ark Watch Foundation who saved them from a feedlot in Texas.

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Meet Jacob and JJ

Jacob and JJ arrived on October 31, 2015.  They were saved from a feedlot in Texas by the Ark Watch Foundation and transported here to be temporary visitors to Equine Voices.  After the long trailer ride, they just couldn’t help but drop and roll!  Kind of like “Kissing the Ground” in equine speak.  Stay tuned as their little friend Jemma should be arriving on Wednesday the 18th of November.  She is healing at an animal hospital in Texas.

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Dominic is Reunited with his herd!

Today, Dominic was reunited with his herd mates, Kona and Bindi Sue.  He is still healing from being gelded but as soon as it is safe, he will be turned out into the Burro Habitat with the girls. Rosie will also be added to their herd just as soon as her little feet are ready!

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Rosie’s Story

RosieRosie is one very lucky burro.  She was rescued by Celine Myers of Ark Watch Foundation from a feedlot in Texas right before she and her baby “Bunny” were going to be shipped to slaughter.  The feedlot was filled with other pregnant Jennies and Jennies that had already foaled. Rosie suffered from severe abcsesses in all four of her feet. The left rear was the worst one. Rosie’s baby, “Bunny” died shortly after her rescue. Rosie spent seven weeks at a vet clinic in Texas where she was treated every day.  Rosie arrived at Equine Voices on August 10th, and will be a sanctuary burro. Once she is healed, she will be integrated with Bindi Sue and Kona, and live her life in our new burro habitat. We are looking for sponsors to help us feed and care for Rosie. Won’t you consider sponsoring her?  To read Rosie’s full story please click Rosie’s Story as written by Celine Myers of Ark Watch Foundation.

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Thank you for the shout out Evention!

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Big Ben’s Walk

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The Costs of Greed: The Premarin Industry

To the Rescue Premarin Industry

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One thank you from each of the 10 million farm animals in Arizona

A letter from Cathy LaSusa who was a leader in the charge against the animal cruelty law. 

Deep gratitude to each of you who took action to fight HB2150, the farm animal cruelty bill, which was vetoed yesterday afternoon by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. It was his first veto since taking office, and it was to stand up for over 10 million animals!


Despite the power and wealth of the agriculture industry lobby here, the pressure from his own party caucus, and the bill passage in both the state House and Senate, Governor Ducey made the just, courageous, and compassionate decision to veto HB2150. If passed, this legislation would have eliminated or weakened all but one of  Arizona ’s current laws against cruelty to farm animals, among many other devastating effects. Led by the local and national humane and animal activist coalitions, assisted by other local, regional and national groups, and supported by thousands of advocates on the ground and nation-wide, our collective voices were heard and made the difference.

Please take a moment today to thank and share your appreciation with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey for his compassion and leadership on this issue. For your information and to share, attached is his veto letter transmitted to the legislature yesterday.

Deepest gratitude,


(516) 459-5189 cell

p.s. For those of you who didn’t participate or take action this time around, your voices are still needed for the other current and future battles on behalf of billions of voiceless and defenseless animals, so please speak up.

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contact info below
Shocking but true, Arizona legislators have passed through the House and Senate a bill that strips the animal cruelty laws.  In a stealth attack and under heavy pressure from the meat and dairy industries,  elected officials succumbed to the input from ranchers to slide this bill through.   This bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration.
If turned into law, this bill would strip 11 acts of farm animal abuse, such as medical neglect and abandonment,   effectively cutting this protection  out of the  current anti-cruelty code which has been protecting companion animals and farm animals for years.
Farm animals would be placed in their own, new cruelty code, separated from dogs and cats, and numerous cases  of farm animal cruelty would no longer be crimes.  
Arizona  horses, cows, pigs, chickens and sheep will be left vulnerable and defenselessLaw enforcement will be helpless to prosecute, leaving people committing these abusive acts to  go completely unpunished. For some other acts of cruelty, the penalty will lessen from a felony down to a misdemeanor. 
Even if you have taken action on this bill before, please contact Arizona Governor Doug Ducey immediately and urge him to veto HB2150, the farm animal cruelty bill.
Get everyone you know to contact the Arizona Governor now, especially state residents.
Please be polite, but firmly let Governor Ducey know that you OPPOSE HB2150.
HB2150  also contains a dangerous “ag-gag” provision. It would require undercover investigators working on factory farms or slaughterhouses to notify the state Department of Agriculture Director “of any investigation of an alleged violation” of farm animal cruelty, thereby jeopardizing the investigations and exposing the whistleblowers.
Now HB2150 goes to Governor Ducey for his consideration. The Governor has 5 days to make his decision. If he doesn’t act on the bill in that 5 day window, the bill automatically becomes law. His other options are to sign the bill, at which point it becomes law, or, to veto the bill.
Contact Arizona Governor Doug Ducey immediately. Spread the word.
Urge him to veto HB2150, the farm animal cruelty bill.
By phone:  M-F 8am-5pm MST; (602) 542-4331 Phoenix office; (520) 628-6580 Tucson office
(dropdown subject “Legislation/Bills”, “House”, Bill Number “2150”, OPPOSE)
By Twitter: @dougducey;
Optional sample language:
“I urge Governor Ducey to veto HB2150. This unnecessary, misrepresented bill would weaken our laws against animal abuse. It removes many acts of farm animal abuse, reduces felony penalties for some other acts of cruelty, and prevents local municipalities from enacting reasonable cruelty ordinances. If Arizona ’s agriculture industry cares about their animals, why are they pushing this bill? Arizonans don’t want the food on our plates to come from abused farm animals. Please veto HB2150. Thank you.”
Please email or call me with any questions, or if I may help you in any way. Let’s do this!
Warmest thanks,
Cathy LaSusa

(516) 459-5189 cell
p.s. Please spread the word far and wide, especially in Arizona .
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US judge rejects Nevadans’ bid

US judge rejects Nevadans’ bid to dispose of excess mustangs

March 12, 2015 9:39 pm  • 

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by a coalition of rural Nevada counties that wanted to force the government to sell or otherwise dispose of tens of thousands of mustangs in U.S. holding facilities.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du in Reno ruled in favor of wild horse advocates who said the effort backed by the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation was organized by ranchers who want a bigger share of forage for their livestock. They said it would have forced the sale of federally protected mustangs for slaughter.

Du said in a nine-page opinion dismissing the lawsuit that it was an unsubstantiated, broad attack on the Bureau of Land Management’s overall wild horse policy effective in 10 western states. She said the suit lacks specifics needed to order BLM to round up more horses and get rid of the ones the agency says it already has gathered in compliance with the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

The Nevada Association of Counties filed the suit against the U.S. Interior Department in December 2013 and asked for an injunction to force BLM to immediately roundup excess horses on public lands, determine statewide population levels every two months, “sell or dispose of” excess animals in government holding, and “stop interfering with Nevadans’ water rights,” Du wrote.

“Plaintiffs essentially ask the court to compel compliance with the act and refashion the federal defendants’ management of wild horses and burros in Nevada,” she said. She cited a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Utah case that she said established they “cannot seek wholesale improvement of this program by court decree.”

BLM also had asked the judge to dismiss the case. Du said that motion was moot now that she’s granted the dismissal sought by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, Reno-based author Terri Farley and wild-horse photographer Mark Terrell of Dayton, Nevada.

“The frivolous bid by cattlemen to roundup and slaughter America’s iconic wild horses to clear the public lands for commercial livestock grazing has now been soundly rejected by the federal court,” said Suzanne Roy, director of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

The case had made the BLM and horse advocates rare allies in a larger, ongoing legal battle over the mustang roundups that the horse advocates argue are illegal and should be stopped. Nevada Bighorns Unlimited had sided with the Farm Bureau and the rural counties.

Lawyers for the BLM said in their motion to dismiss the case in January that they agreed with the ranchers’ contention that current herds are overpopulated and threaten the ecological integrity of the range, much of it suffering from multiple years of drought. But they said the agency is hamstrung by budget cuts, and a congressional ban on the sale of excess horses for slaughter has pushed their holding facilities to the brink of capacity.

BLM estimated that as of March 3 there were 40,815 horses roaming BLM lands from Colorado to California — nearly twice as many as the agency maintains the range can sustain. More than 47,000 mustangs that have been gathered in recent years remain in holding facilities — an estimated 31,250 in long-term pastures and 16,203 horses in short-term corals, according to the BLM’s website.


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