There is a dirty and abusive underworld of animal auctions that is not often reported on in the news. It’s a subculture that completely disregards the health and well-being of the poor animals being sold and instead almost revels in the inhumane treatment it dishes out. We’re talking about “spent” dairy cows, who, after a short, yet horrific life at a dairy farm, face the further tragic fate of being auctioned for meat despite dreadful condition and debilitating injuries.
The “spent” cows our investigators see at livestock auctions throughout the country are simply heartbreaking. Many are what the industry call “downer” cows. “Downers” are non-ambulatory cows that are unable to rise, to stand, or to walk without assistance. Some cannot move at all and simply lay or sit in one spot in grave pain. They may be non-ambulatory for a number of reasons: Dislocated hips, broken leg bones, infected hooves, or simply severe exhaustion due to a lifetime of milk production.
The crimes against these docile animals are largely unknown to the general public, but if there were more visibility into the problem there would certainly be a large outcry over the atrocious treatment these cows are victims of – the public’s conscience would demand it!
“Spent” dairy cows are sold at auction to meat buyers after they can no longer be used for milk production. Instead of being euthanized humanely by their owners, they are dumped at the auctions no matter what sickly or injured state they may be in after years of being pumped dry. These cows are callously shocked with electric prods if they can’t walk, in a vicious attempt to get them to move. When this doesn’t work, they are brutally pushed by a forklift, hauled by rope, or dragged by chains.
Many times, the cow dies before the auction can even be concluded — left alone, laying on the asphalt of a parking lot or in a manure filled back pen, languishing in pain from its injuries, one can only imagine the terror the suffering cow goes through.
It is against the law to sell downed cows yet these crimes are committed every day at auctions across the country. We at Animals’ Angels are out in the field every day standing up for the rights of these innocent creatures. Our motto is “we are there with the animals.” We investigate these kinds of auctions, conduct thorough investigations into the illegal activity that occurs, and try to put a stop to any unlawful practices we uncover. We have been successful in our past efforts, but there is still so much more to be done and we need the funds to do it. Only you can make it possible. We need your help.
Our goal is to raise $5000 to support an in-depth, multi-state investigation that will help put a stop to the abuse of these innocent cows.
Someone needs to speak up for these abused animals. Please add your voice to ours! Our goal is to bring these atrocities to light so that people know exactly where their food is coming from and the grossly unethical means that went into getting their dinner on the table. These auctions deserve to be held accountable! These perpetrators deserve to be convicted! These poor animals deserve to be treated humanely!
We need you. More importantly, the animals need you! Help us to help them. Be a voice for the voiceless! Please donate today!
Many devoted animal advocates often attend events and demonstrations that support the cause we’re all backing and we cannot thank you enough! It may be as a part of a strong picket line or a peaceful protest outside a political office, or the storefront of a place that supports inhumane treatment of animals. These activists have the amazingly powerful ability to get together, swap stories, meet each other, and engage earnestly with other members of their like-minded community. They give much needed support to each other and are alleviated of any fear of isolation by being reassured that there are many others who feel just as strongly about the cause as they do. There is a group all too often unable to attend such events but who nonetheless are just as adamant in their stance for animal rights. Of course we’re talking about horse rescues.
The people who run horse rescues are just as passionate about securing fair treatment for horses as any other hardened advocate you can find – we know first-hand what the horses have gone through and want more than anything for positive change to occur. But unfortunately our ability to attend these events is more limited than most. No matter how much we would love to clap at a well orated speech from a coalition leader, or to attend rallies with like-minded folk, we often can’t leave our horses behind. They need us. It’s not a simple operation that can be easily handed off to just anyone. It’s a taxing and often impossible task to find someone with the necessary experience who is willing to come and adequately look after our horses. And the qualifications of such a caretaker is even more stringent because many of the rescued horses have special needs that must be attended to, such as stress, dietary restrictions, and chronic medical issues.
Then there’s the expense involved. Running a rescue takes a lot of money. We would give anything to sit front row at an advocacy meeting, or perhaps march with picket sign in hand, side by side with other advocates, but our bank account simply doesn’t allow for it. Sadly a willing spirit and full heart isn’t currency. Ahhh…but if it were! We’d all be golden! An undying love for the well-being of abused horses simply doesn’t pay for plane tickets.
Oh, we’re not complaining at all – we love what we do! What we’re doing – taking in these horses all of us care so much about, safely rehoming these beautiful animals, the effort of making what remains of their lives as comfortable as possible – is what we gladly contribute. We just wish sometimes that we could do it all. As we’re sure many of you can understand.
So this is a message from all of us rescuers to all of you wonderful, amazing advocates out there letting your voice be heard and making impacts wherever you go: We hope you can feel our presence at these events and understand why we can’t always find a way to attend. Our absence is not through any lack of devotion and we hope that our decision to often stay with our animals and spend money on their well-being is a worthy contribution to our shared goal. We are rooting for you from afar and we hope you can feel our love. It’s frustrating not being able to stand by your side but we so greatly appreciate those of you who are out there serving as the collective, powerful voice of our rescue community’s efforts. So thank you! Thank you for standing up for the horses!
The horse as he is. How many people actually really know the horse as he is? This is the more important question. A lot of people think that in nature horses are reactive animals, always in an emotive inner state, searching for their leader to have guidance. False. Horses become highly reactive/emotive due to human breeding, management and activities. In nature horses are cognitive/emotional animals. They are thinking animals. Each their own balanced individual, capable of belonging to something bigger as a herd.
But what does cognition really mean? Cognition usually refers to the cognitive mechanisms involved in learning, memory, perception, decision-making and other. Cognitive ethology starts from the animal as sentient being. In the same way, the zooanthropological philosophy starts from considering animal as dialogical subject and not as passive object.
Equitation, modern or classical, more or less “natural”, using negative or positive reinforcement, has always seen the horse as a…
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Would I want to know what an animal has to say about humans and the abuse? I probably would not be able to handle their truth emotionally. But all the same, it would be a very important conversation.
HUMAN ANIMAL AND NON-HUMAN ANIMAL BRAIN INTERFACES
“If a Lion could talk, we wouldn’t be able to understand it” (Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations p. 235)
In his recent paper Harish Shah a futurist speculated on the possibility of developing human to non-human brain interfaces as a means for humans to communicate with other non-human animals. He even speculated on animals of different species using the same technology to communicate with each-other. Shah was talking about a really interesting area of research. He quiet correct to note that our ability to control a mechanical arm using brain interfaces does indeed imply that we should be able to use similar technology between humans and non-human animals.
However I would like to sound a brief note of caution to his optimistic speculation. Firstly one needs to be very careful when one uses the word ‘communication’ to avoid using the same word in different contexts…
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What a great model to follow. This needs to be duplicated in every State!
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Finally, some good news!
We have so much work on the desk every day of the week. Wild horses and burros live in the midst of public land management. The range work, learning curves with court issues, roundups, rescue and all the rest often leave one feeling like this is a “battle” that will never be won. The victories are hardly recognized as the next challenge barges through the door.
Today we just want to take a moment to reflect… and say “thank you” for the strides we are making… before taking the next steps. Ten things to be “thankful for:”
1. In just weeks we will have the first humane handling policy in the history of the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act. BLM will be announcing a Comprehensive Animal Welfare Program (CAWP) that will be an official working document. There will be room for improvement, but it will be a document…
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