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!

BE SURE TO READ GOV DUCEY’S VETO LETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SEE ATTACHMENT AT BOTTOM

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.

https://www.facebook.com/dougducey

http://azgovernor.gov/engage

Deepest gratitude,

Cathy

(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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SUCCESS FOR ANIMAL SUFFERING IN ARIZONA

PASSING THIS IMPORTANT INFO ALONG WITH THE REQUEST THAT YOU PLEASE HELP
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; https://twitter.com/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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Burros rescue Moms and babies

 

Here are the last 2 Mom’s and baby burros that are adopted and will be leaving soon for their new forever home.

These burros were part of the twelve burros that were recently rounded up by the BLM. These burros were roaming the streets in the town of Pahrump, near Las Vegas Nevada.
The twelve we saved are now all adopted and have safe forever homes with the help of
others.

Thank you for helping and supporting this effort.

Below are some really good photos of the Mom’s and babies. Photo credit goes to Liz Lutz for such beautiful pictures. Thank you Liz…

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Meet our latest rescue “Patches”

 

Patches is about 4 years old. Patches is very sweet and needs training. Patches is available for adoption or for sponsoring.

Patches was found in an area called “Dogpatch” where she was left abandoned and malnourished. She was picked up by Livestock and is now safe at Equine Voices.

 

 

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Equine Voices Save the Date!‏

Equine Voices is planning a very special Spring Event celebrating ASPCA Help a Horse Day. There will be an Open House featuring the new property and barn, and dancing to the country-western band Clear Country. We’ll have displays, demonstrations, children’s games, tours, artists, crafts and food vendors. Gulliver’s Store will be open for shopping. You can purchase many items in his store to include hats, socks, t-shirts, denim shirts and much more with “Gulliver’s” logo.There will be food by Quesadillas & More, TruStory Kettle Corn, Mrs Piggy’s Tummy Yummies and Green Heart Bakery.

This is a Fun Filled Day For All Ages “Not Just For Horse People”.

So mark your calendars and tell your families, coworkers and friends!

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The Joy Of Napping

 

Joy catching 20

 

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Ariana Meeting New Friends

Ariana getting aquainted

 

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Millions For Tucson 2015 Mustang Raffle

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You could be the lucky winner of a brand new 2015 Ford Mustang, 50th Anniversary Edition worth approximately $48,190.00. We are selling raffle tickets for this car.

Purchase your raffle tickets today. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Click Here to visit our homepage or Click Here to visit our Events page for raffle ticket purchase information. Hurry and get your tickets today, as tickets are limited. The best part of this is that we get to keep 100% of all the proceeds for the raffle tickets we sale.

Please be sure and read the terms, conditions and guidelines when purchasing your tickets.

Thank You, “Gulliver”

 

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