Animal Welfare (June 2011)

Time to put short transport vehicles for horses into park

One of the quintessential American activities is riding horses. Yet there are some who, despite claiming to love Flicka, mistreat their animals and subject them to inhumane conditions. One of the cruelest practices is the use of double-deck trailers in transporting horses. This involves cramming the animals into a trailer with ceilings too low to allow an adult-sized horse to stand upright. This practice is not only inhumane and insensitive, but also dangerous to truck drivers and nearby motorists. 

We must act fast to restore marine life

Remember the tragic tsunami of 2004 in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 200,000 people throughout 11 countries? Remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which wreaked complete chaos and utter devastation on New Orleans and surrounding areas? Remember the cyclone in Burma in 2008, which took the lives of some 100,000 Burmese? What is significant about all three natural disasters is this: Had the oceans been healthier, the damage done on land would not have been so detrimental. 

Include pets in preparedness plans for climate-related disasters in US

Imagine being forced to evacuate your home during a tornado, flood, hurricane or other severe weather event with the knowledge that it might not be there when you return. At least you can take comfort in the fact that you will get your family to safety — most of it, at least — all except for your dog, your cat or your other family companion. Regrettably, this scenario has increasingly become a reality for Americans faced with natural disasters all around our country. And, thanks to climate change, it could only get worse. 

Horse slaughter, off the radar for too long, needs congressional attention

Horse and burro protection occupies a very special place in the big idea known as “animal welfare.” Wild horses embody the Western spirit that has animated our national conversation about protecting animals and open spaces. Horses and burros form some of the strongest bonds with humans found anywhere in the animal kingdom.

US should get out of the horse meat business

Since 2006, horse slaughter has been banned in the U.S. In the annual agriculture appropriations bill, language with bipartisan support has been carried that eliminates federal funding for any activity involving the inspection of horse meat for human consumption. This restriction has effectively closed horse slaughter for human consumption facilities in the U.S. But this year the language was not included by the subcommittee for the first time in five years.