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Manes & Tails OrganizationJuly 2007 Newsletter

California Horse Racing Board Approves Plan to Help Fund Retirement of California Thoroughbreds

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'Secretariat' had a truly wonderful retirement as was befitting of him. 'Big Red' was foaled on March 30, 1970 and was euthanized on October 4, 1989 due to having developed laminitis. 'Secretariat' was treated like a King, and he knew it. Not all racehorses are as fortunate.

On July 20, 2007, the California Horse Racing Board announced that they will request a paltry 0.3% of a purse to be donated to fund retirement homes for horses that race in California. To the state of California's credit, horse slaughter was banned there in 1998. Despite that, progress remains slow for improved welfare of all retired Thoroughbred racehorses.

Of course, this very promising idea originated with author Bill Heller as he established the 'Ferdinand Fee.' However, there is an 'out' clause regarding these small fees; they are voluntary. The miniscule amount being requested is akin to loose change. The fees should be larger and absolutely mandatory. The Thoroughbred industry can and must do better.

Source: Bloodhorse

Section 123 of the House of Representatives Version of the FY 2008 Agriculture Appropriations Bill Stripped

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On July 19, 2007, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Fiscal Year 2008. In a previous House draft of the FY 2008 Agriculture Appropriations bill, the Livestock Subcommittee inserted Section 123, with language so broad that would it would have preempted states and localities from passing regulations pertaining to food safety or GMO crops that were stricter than those put in place by Federal agencies.

Section 123 would also have prevented states and localities from passing any laws prohibiting commercial use of USDAinspected products. Additionally, if the measure had been approved, agribusiness would have been able to accomplish what it could not achieve in state legislatures: the immediate repeal of state laws that protect horses from slaughter and a host of other democratically approved animal welfare reforms. The Farm bill - H.R. 2419 was passed by the House of Representatives on July 27, 2007. It did not include a horse friendly amendment as the HSUS had hoped. The Farm bill has yet to be reconciled with the Senate version before it is signed into law by President Bush. Farm bills are reviewed and rewritten every five years.

Cavel Lawsuit: On Again

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7th Circuit Court Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook

On June 28, 2007 District Court Judge Frederick Kapela reversed his decision of June 1st, 2007 and denied Cavel International's motion to extend the temporary restraing order. On June 28th, 2007, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a one paragraph order granting Cavel International an injunction while the case makes its way through the appeals process. The three member Circuit Court panel decided that "in light of the irreparable harm that will come to the plaintiffs if the motion is not granted, and the degree of novelty raised by the appeal, the motion is GRANTED. The defendants are ENJOINED from enforcing Public Act 95-0002 pending a resolution of the appeal."

Cavel is able to slaughter again until their appeal is decided. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals indicated that the appeals process in this case would be expedited. Amicus Curiae briefs are being submitted to the Court detailing that no irreparable harm will befall Cavel International and its parent Company Velda.

S.311 Has at Least Two Holds on it!

In the 109th Congress, it was thought that Senator Frist had a hold on S. 1915. This, in fact, was not the case. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) were two Senators we know of that placed holds on S. 1915. To date, there are only 29 cosponsors for S. 311. Efforts should be focused on gaining cosponsors for this bill. Latest Major Action: 4/25/2007: Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

If your Senator has not yet cosponsored S. 311, please call his or her District Office for your area, send a letter as well (handwritten letters carry more weight than faxes) and don't forget to contact every member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation who has not yet cosponsored.

Any American may contact a committee member, so do not allow the aides to tell you that because you are not a constituent that you may not call. Remember when calling to get the aide's name, and ask for a written response regarding your call. That is how you can be positive that your information was properly logged.

Willow is Coming Home Soon!


After a month of delays due to her owner's summer vacation activities, Willow will finally be moved to her new home. We are very excited about having rescued Willow and we are certain that Willow will choose her 'perfect' person. Like many of our rescues, Willow will be free leased to an experienced advanced rider with an interest in Dressage. Willow prefers not to take fences, and Dressage is a discipline at which she excels. There are only happy times, excellent care, tons of TLC (and perhaps some ribbons) in Willow's future. We extend a debt of gratitude to all whom have been sponsoring Willow.

For a change of pace, enjoy more beautiful racing videos including 'Rags to Riches' winning the Belmont Stakes. This directory also includes films of 'Barbaro' and 'Ruffian.' The videos can be downloaded by right clicking on the link, or viewed locally by clicking on the link. Depending upon your internet connection, the videos may not play until they are downloaded. All files are mpgs.

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