As shared by our two guests, there are both ethical and health concerns associated with a newly signed law that allows wild horses to be slaughtered for food.
Joni Dahlstrom’s Bio
The former wife of a Brit who was heir to a large gambling fortune, Joni Dahlstrom traveled the world extensively and hobnobbed with royalty. Later, she served as Regent for the National Federation of Republican Women. Employed as a web designer and public relations specialist, Dahlstrom came up with the idea of starting the Tea Party in Arizona and set up an organization that helps local residents learn how to take back control of what they eat.
Click here to listen to an excerpt of Joni Dahlstrom’s Nov. 15 appearance on the radio show where she and John Heuer were interviewed by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster.
John Edmonds’ Bio
John Edmonds provides a loving home for abandoned dogs and horses via his tax-deductible 501(c)3 chartered organization called Hopeful Hooves, Inc. that is located in Rainbow Valley, AZ. He is always looking for volunteer help at the ranch and can be reached by phone at (623) 386-7328.
Click here to listen to an excerpt of John Edmonds’ last radio appearance on Dec. 2.
The price of hay has skyrocketed over the past year! Please support John’s work with your generous donation at this most critical time. Click here for the email address to send your PayPal donation.
Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971
Public Law 92-195
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed unanimously by Congress and signed by President Nixon on December 15, 1971. This law mandates that wild horses and burros within designated territories on both Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands are managed in a thriving ecological balance with the land and are part of the natural landscape.
How many wild horses are left in the U.S.?
As of February of 2007, the Bureau of Land Management estimated that there were 28,500 wild horses and burros on lands that they managed. It is likely that there are fewer than 25,000 horses and fewer than 5000 burros left on 34 million acres of public land managed by the BLM. That’s one horse for every 1360 acres!
Association of phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter: A public health risk
by Nicholas Dodman, Nicolas Blondeau, and Ann M. Marini
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
Click here to download a PDF copy of the phenylbutazone research paper.
Thanks To Obama and Congress, Horse Slaughter Is Again Legal In US
Howling for Justice
Nov. 30, 2011
During the (2008) campaign, Obama co-signed a bill banning horse slaughter in the US and was asked, “Will you support legislation … to institute a permanent ban on horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption“? He answered in the affirmative.
The following article hints at the underlying reason why the horse slaughter ban was lifted last month: oil and gas companies want to use this land occupied by wild horses and burros to engage in fracking activities.
Through the lens of wild horses, a view on salvation
Monterey County Weekly
Jul. 28, 2011