CHDC News & Notes On AR Conference August 3-6, 2017

Most people have no understanding just how powerful a platform Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have on recruiting advocates to speak for farm animals, but especially equines. This was a brilliant post and worth every second of your time. If we as advocates want to add more eyes to this issue, it is imperative that we speak, share and talk about this issue with everyone. “What you allow is what will continue”

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition sent two directors to the Animal Rights Conference in Alexandria VA in August. This event is geared to the vegan community as well as animal welfare and rights.  We wanted to see how equine slaughter would fit into this advocacy.

Horses were not represented at all with one exception.  That was a booth from Ban Horse Draw Carriages who are based in Chicago.  We spoke with them at length about the plight of carriage horses as we know that many may end up with the Amish and then on to the auction and into the slaughter pipeline. We met many great animal advocates and attended many forums on animal welfare, and here’s a quick breakdown of our observations.

Loni meets Richard Couto

Loni’s Observations:

Horse slaughter, as mentioned previously, is very under-represented at these types of events.  You as a horse defender should consider exhibiting at…

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Unknowable – \ˌən-ˌnō-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ lying beyond the limits of human experience or understanding

1 Corinthians 13:11

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

Most if not all of us have relied on our parents to teach us the unknowable ways of the world, the ability to learn how to behave, interact and discover the world around us along with clear instructions on how to be decent, caring, loving individuals.

Religion indeed has played no small part in our lives as well, more in some than others. Religious instruction in my childhood was based on humility, compassion towards all beings, i.e., how to be a caring neighbor, a law abiding citizen and more importantly respect for others but especially to animals. Thanks to this knowledge I have become an adult that not only my mother is very proud of, but Heaven above as well.

Like many people of my age, the 50’s and 60’s in America were filled with Sunday and Wednesday church services, without fail.  The goal of any religion of choice was to direct our lives to be more in line with the teachings of Jesus, and to use his wisdom as the moral compass, blueprint if you will, in which to lead those lives.

Here are just a few scriptures taught in bible study classes in America:

To adhere to the Golden Rule, “Luke 6:31 records Jesus saying,
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Romans 12:10
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Phillipians 2:3
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”

Titus 2:7
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness”

1 Corininths 10:33
“…even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”

These are the words that guide the American people to make good decisions and more importantly deeds through action when coming up in the world, to adhere and practice this wisdom daily whether at school, church, but especially in the home and abroad.

In those words of wisdom were instructions on how to navigate the unknowable – the pitfalls of the world, rely solely on our ability to make good choices, to defy decisions of moral turpitude. Our Republic continues to rely on the Biblical Principles of the Ten Commandments as the basis for which American Jurisprudence relies heavily upon.

“Democracies and republics are not Biblical principles, but instead styles of governance. The principles being referred to that are in the U.S. Constitution are how our laws were inspired by the moral principles of the Ten Commandments, and how the Blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity (principles of freedom) were inspired by the biblical principles of free will, individualism, personal responsibility, moral conduct, and so forth.”  U.S. Constitution and Biblical Principles By Douglas V. Gibbs

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However, there is something quite amiss within our government today.  Republican Politicians must have forgotten much of what they were taught as children within the confines of the unknowable, yet as adults continue to behave in a manner more aligned to the legal principle of moral turpitude:

“”an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community””

Moral Turpitude. A phrase used in Criminal Law to describe conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty, or good morals. Crimes involving moral turpitude have an inherent quality of baseness, vileness, or depravity with respect to a person’s duty to another or to society in general.


I care not to dwell upon the moral or immoral righteousness of others, except when it directly affects people that I deeply care about……my family, friends and more importantly the air, water, environment and animals that are directly impacted by the moral decrepitude that has invaded our social consciousness along with our conversations.

The People’s Will is Sovereign and yet, continually ignored in lieu of corporate greed, pollution and debased cruelty against people of color, animals and our environment. We were warned repeatedly by Jefferson.

“Jefferson wrote in 1825 to William Branch Giles of “vast accession of strength from their younger recruits, who having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of ’76 now look to a single and splendid government of an Aristocracy, founded on banking institutions and monied in corporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.”
The end of democracy…(Spurious Quotation)

Republican’s (which includes the 45th President) force their will upon us daily, a continued assault on our guarantee under the Constitution of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which were assuredly paid in spades by our ancestors with their blood, sweat, treasure and tears to assure our freedom to be just that, free from tyranny.

Black, brown, yellow or red, all gave some, some gave all. Each and every American today has suffered to make America in the image of a godly being, and which has closely aligned to that of a egalitarian society. Egalitarian Society is in my opinion, one in which all prosper, not just a few.

Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” clearly shows that everywhere else in the world that abides by America’s gift of clarity by our founding fathers works,  but just not here. That is shameful and absolutely should never stand!

But continued assaults, using ungodly laws, illegal appointments and legal doctrine using a debased ideology of how we should return to “days gone by” that were immoral and unjust to this day demand not only justice but outrage!

From authoritarian President Trump implying that law enforcement should injure individuals while putting them in their vehicles (anyone remember this….the Presumption of Innocence, “the presumption that anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty” to VP Pence encouraging the demise of Planned Parenthood and the many benefits it offers to women and children. This administrations continued assault on women, children and minorities looks nothing like near our weekly instructions in the bible. This is NOT what a Christian looks like, it resembles absolutely nothing that I was taught in Sunday School or in the Church.

Another example, by installing Gorsuch to the bench and ignoring the Will of the People, Jefferson warned us again…..

“The Constitution… meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” –Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1804. ME 11:51

“The monetization of laws, health care, education, pre-election campaign, etc. puts citizens in obviously unequal conditions.” I would go a step further.  Privatization of our Commons, such as public lands, roads, elections, water, prisons, healthcare and now with DeVos, education, has left our democracy shattered thanks in part to our dishonored Congress, Supreme Court and Executive Office.

“Tragically, this wealth is being stolen in the name of economic efficiency and global competitiveness. As the disparity between the world’s richest individuals and everyone else grows, a massive takeover of the commons is occurring. Through privatization schemes, land grabs, excessive copyright and patenting claims, no-new-taxes policies, neocolonial globalization and the gutting of government services, we are losing what is rightfully ours. These radical policies inflict economic pain but also diminish the natural world, our sense of community and the ability to participate in decisions affecting our future.”

From 2011 Headline:

Study Confirms Wealth Distribution in United States is Most Unequal Among Industrialized Nations Democracy Now

This is not the America I grew up in. It looks nothing like the America that I know and love after the 60’s age of enlightenment. We can thank our current Republicans hiding behind Christianity under the guise of evangelists for this now diluted form of governance, along with Nixon, Reagan, and Bush Sr and Jr. Their crimes are vile and reprehensible.

Dispute this truth…..

Comment by Ronald Waller, “Why I don’t Vote Republican”

“During a civil political conversation “I made a comment recently where I claimed that Republican administrations had been much more criminally corrupt over the last 50 plus years than the Democrats. I was challenged (dared actually) to prove it. So I did a bit of research and when I say a bit I mean it didn’t take long and there is no comparison.
When comparing criminal indictments of those serving in the executive branch of presidential administrations, it’s so lopsided as to be ridiculous. Yet all I ever hear about is how supposedly “corrupt” the Democrats are. So why don’t we break it down by president and the numbers?

Obama (D) – 8 yrs in office. Zero criminal indictments, zero convictions and zero prison sentences. So the next time somebody describes the Obama administration as “scandal free” they aren’t speaking wishfully, they’re simply telling the truth.
Bush, George W. (R) – 8 yrs in office. 16 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 9 prison sentences.

Clinton (D) – 8 yrs in office. 2 criminal indictments. One conviction. One prison sentence. That’s right nearly 8 yrs of investigations. Tens of millions spent and 30 yrs of claiming them the most corrupt ever and there was exactly one person convicted of a crime.
Bush, George H. W. (R) – 4 yrs in office. One indictment. One conviction. One prison sentence.

Reagan (R) – 8 yrs in office. 26 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 8 prison sentences.

Carter (D) – 4 yrs in office. One indictment. Zero convictions and zero prison sentences.

Ford (R) – 4 yrs in office. One indictment and one conviction. One prison sentence.

Nixon (R) – 6 yrs in office. 76 criminal indictments. 55 convictions. 15 prison sentences.

Johnson (D) – 5 yrs in office. Zero indictments. Zero convictions. Zero prison sentences.

So, let’s see where that leaves us. In the last 53 years, Democrats have been in the Oval Office for 25 of those years, while Republicans held it for 28. In their 25 yrs in office Democrats had a total of three executive branch officials indicted with one conviction and one prison sentence. That’s one whole executive branch official convicted of a crime in two and a half decades of Democrat leadership.

In the 28 yrs that Republicans have held office over the last 53 yrs they have had a total of (a drum roll would be more than appropriate), 120 criminal indictments of executive branch officials. 89 criminal convictions and 34 prison sentences handed down. That’s more prison sentences than years in office since 1968 for Republicans. If you want to count articles of impeachment as indictments (they aren’t really but we can count them as an action), both sides get one more. However, Clinton wasn’t found guilty while Nixon resigned and was pardoned by Ford (and a pardon carries with it a legal admission of guilt on the part of the pardoned). So those only serve to make Republicans look even worse.

With everything going on with Trump and his people right now, it’s a safe bet Republicans are gonna be padding their numbers a bit real soon.
So let’s just go over the numbers one more time, shall we? 120 indictments for Republicans. 89 convictions, and 34 prison sentences. Those aren’t “feelings” or “alternate facts.” Those are simply the stats by the numbers. Republicans are, and have been for my entire lifetime, the most criminally corrupt party to hold the office of the presidency.

So those are the actual numbers.”

Very well said! add one more fact to this list…the largest economic damage that has been done to the American people has been solely on the shoulders of Republicans. 9 of the last 10 recessions have been caused by this party. 


Lastly, Republicans are working furiously to implement a plan to exterminate the last of the Great American Icons, our taxpayer owned Wild Horses and Burros, through a devious plan to kill well over 67,000 with a bullet or worse, ship to slaughter.

Slaughter in Mexico and Canada are excruciatingly painful ways to kill a sentient animal and cruel beyond imagination.  Don’t believe me….watch these videos and tell me I am wrong.

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Any one person and I mean anyone who states they are a Christian, believes in America and considers themselves a devout patriot and yet, continues to allow this party carte blanche to maim, kill and destroy any animal, including humanity, our habitat which includes our air, water, environment deserves to be removed from any sphere of influence immediately.


THE TRUTH #2 – Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation investigation: the paper trail of wild horses to slaughter – from authorization for sale by BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program Division Chief, Dean Bolstad to kill buyer Tom Davis, to kill buyer Dennis Chavez, then to Mexico for likely slaughter

Straight from the Horse's Heart

SOURCE:  Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Wild Horse Freedom Federation issues THE TRUTH to share Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents and information with the public.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog on the home page of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, so that you can receive email alerts.


THE TRUTH #2 – Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation investigation uncovers paper trail:  BLM’s current Wild Horse & Burro Program Division Chief, Dean Bolstad, authorized the sale of wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis, soon after, these horses were owned by kill buyer Dennis Chavez, and Chavez sent these horses over the Mexican border to likely slaughter.

Dean Bolstad authorized sale of 15 wild horses and 15 wild burros from the Litchfield BLM holding facility on 6/7/2011, to kill buyer Tom Davis.  Note freezemark numbers 98608643, 98608656 and 99608705:

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Wild Horse Freedom Federation launches a new series, THE TRUTH, making BLM FOIA records available to the public

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is launching a new series on our website called THE TRUTH, to share BLM Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents with the public.  Be sure to subscribe to the Wild Horse Freedom Federation blog on the home page of Wild Horse Freedom Federation, so that you can receive email alerts.

The Department of the Interior is currently attempting to cut the fat from its 2018 Budget by killing off up to 46,000 wild horses & burros in BLM holding facilities and even more “excess” wild horses & burros on the range.  In truth, the BLM has a long history of knowingly putting our wild horses & burros at risk for slaughter.  In The Truth #1, the BLM’s intent was not even hidden.

#1on THE TRUTH – BLM FOIA records reveal that BLM Marketing Specialist Sally Spencer was willing to sell 10,000 wild horses to…

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Cover Letter: White Paper on BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program

Go team! This is your one and only chance to get this out to your reps and show them the facts instead of fake news on this issue. This is going to be the one thing you can brag to your grandchildren about, that you were one of the thousands of advocates who fought back against the administration that will kill all wild horses in burros with a bullet if this gets passed. I don’t know about you, but when my generations to come look back and want to know what I stood for, it will be a legacy to be proud of. They will have the ability to see Wild One’s in their lifetimes because of what we did. Proud to know you will step up in this crucial period and protect these vulnerable animals from a cruel, inhumane fate. Neigh On!

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Cover letter from R.T. Fitch ~ President and Co-Founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“Howdy Team, remember last week, in one of these forwards, I alluded to the fact that we were going to give you a tool for your Advocate toolbox; well here you go. 

We just gave you a BLM Factory Tool, one Big Friggin Hammer (BFH). 

The five year project of the White Paper was compiled and written FOR Legislators, Lawmakers and Government leaders in an effort to pry their eyes open to the fact that the BLM has been generating false numbers and has been skewing the facts for years, they are doing it right now, as you read this.  So even though this was not geared towards public consumption, put together by one of the finest Animal Law Attorneys in the universe, we are hoping that advocates will download it, become familiar with the facts…

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“Fake News” and Lies Fuel Debate to Violate Federal Law and Kill Wild Horses and Burros

Straight from the Horse's Heart

‘In my most Outraged Opinion!’ by R.T. Fitch

“Is it just me…?”

Secretary Zinke and BLM Plan for Wild Horses and Burros

For years we U.S. Taxpayers, who have decried the excessive removal of protected wild horses and burros from their rightful range, have been deluged with bogus numbers, bad science and just plain bull crap by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and their deep pocketed bed-fellows. Today, we are seeing it reach new heights and becoming even more toxic for the wild horses and burros; it has to stop

It’s bad enough that we have a long time horse slaughter advocate, Ryan Zinke, appointed as Secretary of the Department of Interior, (Remember back in 2009 when Montana Rep. Zinke promoted “Red” Ed Butcher’s bill to legalize horse slaughter plants in Montana? Now he has the reins of the DoI and already is attempting to send wild…

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Why Would the US President Lie?

Imagine this scenario:

Republican Red State voters believe that Democrats/Obama took their benefits away from them under 45’s new budget. They are no longer able to receive govt. subsidies and start failing. Without food, medicine or basic needs, they will need a scapegoat, and it will not be 45.

Trump voters would be among the biggest losers in Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan

45 consistently lies and continues to get away with those lies, as no one is holding him accountable. So it is very conceivable that Fox News, Alex Jones and other right wing hate sites will use their fake news platforms to bolster 45’s claim that it was Democrats and Obama’s fault for their misery.

Bannon has stated:

“We’re at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict,” President Trump’s chief strategist

Salon Headline:

MONDAY, JAN 30, 2017 03:36 PM EST
“President Trump’s right-hand man Steve Bannon called for Christian holy war: Now he’s on the National Security Council”

Sadly, we already have an army of Right Wing Republican Christofacsist ready to go. They have been secretly working the poll booths, knocking on doors and breeding like rabbits.
“I Was Trained for the Culture Wars in Home School, Awaiting Someone Like Mike Pence as a Messiah”

Why would he appoint DeVos’ in the first place?  Her brother is also in charge of one of the largest private militias in America. Did you know this?

“Also it is interesting to note that Trump is the figure head for the evangelicals presently, but far more importantly, Vice President Mike Pence is the mentee of Betsy DeVos’ brother, Erik Prince, whose long game is to see Mike Pence become President, and propagate the Christian Supremacist agenda, eradicating forever any notion of a division between church and state.  The church will be the state on Erik Prince’s watch.  The Christian Supremacists are rabidly white-biased and patriarchal and they fully support the New Right agenda and seek to take the United States back to the Dark Ages, with the gays back in the closet and the women back in the kitchen, and woe betide the blacks, browns, or disabled.

And if you doubt for a moment that the “ultra-liberatarian militia” groups mentioned above are very much alive and well, know that Christian Supremacist Erik Prince’s militia group, which he called a “security agency,” is named Blackwater and that a federal jury in Washington convicted four former Blackwater guards in the 2007 fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad. If anybody in this country was going to lead a “cultural war” or Holy War it would be ex-CIA agent and former Navy SEAL Erik Prince.”

Now imagine this, 45 continues to blame Democrats/Obama and agrees with the RW Red State voters to get out on the streets with their guns blazing and make those who committed that crime to pay.

How many times did we see him advocate violence in his rally’s? Can you imagine what will happen next?

Using Devos’ plan to dismantle the Dept. of Education, and giving out higher subsidies to those who choose Christian educations, expect to see the continued rise of #Christofacists who will be ready to fight in a few short years.


Trump’s education secretary pick has spent a lifetime working to end public education as we know it.

So another possible reason why Bannon and 45 are talking up Russia….they may need additional backup against the millions of voters who did not vote for them and why 45 will not support the 73 million who voted against him (remember….he holds grudges.).

Since we allowed a Russian ship off the coast of the United States and have ignored that threat, 73 Million American’s did not vote for 45. 63 Million voters did, what would be the reason for that ignorance?

Here is the evidence:

If you need to research this, just google “Christofacsists” or “Christofascism” you will not believe what you read.

Red America vs. Blue America: State Maps Illustrate the Difference

Until we understand how we have a climate change denier POTUS in office, appointing people that we all know will do more damage to our animal ethics, environmental policies, and damage to our society in general, we must learn how we got here and more importantly, #resist.

With the current transition team directing the coming administration actors, policies, etc. if we are not careful in where we fight our battles, we will never be able to win the war. This important fight will be for our very lives and the lives of the most vulnerable among us, along with the generations to come.

Researching why Republicans were able to take over our government, I found this amazing research by Josh Sager that will explain the insane rhetoric that made this madman the next President of the United States, based solely on lies in order to manipulate these vulnerable, impoverished fellow Americans.

We must education and do our level best to expose this fraud. Knowledge is indeed our power against the ignorant.

The Progressive Cynic

© Josh Sager – March 2014

As Justice Brandeis said, the individual states are laboratories of democratic policy. Instead of doing everything at the federal level and trying to pass standardized policies over diverse populations from different states, our system of government allows states wide latitude to implement their own ideas. Sometimes, these ideas travel to other states or the federal legislature (ex. Massachusetts’s RomneyCare was reborn as the federal ObamaCare) and sometimes they die because they are ineffective.

In this article, I will present many maps, detailing widespread trends including everything from education and health to income equality and happiness. These maps will draw a clear and distinct pattern, where states with conservative leanings tend to have poorer societal outcomes and states with more progressive leanings tend to have better policy outcomes.

…but first, we need to identify conservative and progressive leaning areas.

Microsoft Word - NEW Conservative States_FINAL.docx

Before looking at the coming maps…

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EPONA Vehemently Opposes Trump Administration!

Let me explain why this page is now discussing politics so vehemently and give the evidence as to why we will oppose this administration. Each link will take you to evidence to explain this position.

For well over 16 years, let me repeat this…for 16 YEARS advocates (along with very minimal bi-partisan efforts,) have worked tirelessly, begged, pleaded, cajoled our Congress to put protections in place to stop wild and domestic equines from not only ending equine transportation as a toxic food commodity to Mexico and Canada, which is shipped out to the unsuspecting Asian and European market, but to also put in permanent protections to end equine slaughter and exploitation in our country once and for all and to redress the many violations to animals in general. The vast and overwhelming majority of opposition? Republicans.

We have asked our Congress to stop the cruelty and torture of Tennessee Walking horses, and it has fallen on deaf ears repeatedly. Equine Preservation of North America – EPONA and many others do not believe that any animal should ever be tortured as a luxury food, nor for a ribbon, prize or prestige. One of the people that has held up legislation for the PAST Act is Marsha Blackburn (R) out of Tennessee. She will now sit on Trump’s transition team. Other top picks is a Who’s Who in animal cruelty and exploitation for profit.

Republican State and Federal representatives continue the assault on our public lands, public lands where most, if not all, of our wild equines’ live, along with other vulnerable populations of animals which are virtually without any protections in place against the alt-right agenda which historically is made up of an all-white male coalition. The Alternative Right are also entrenched in many of our police and sheriff departments, non-governmental orgs, and federal agencies, they just happen to hide it very well. However, with the recent exposure of officers killing or maiming minorities, without compunction, and usually acquitted of those crimes by jurors which are solely made up by usually an overwhelming white majority and picked by the officers’ defense attorneys’, will walk away unscathed. Same outcome is happening with violent animal abusers.


Recently, there was an important article which exposed many of dangers posed by men that are entrenched in the Alternative Right movement, also know as “patriots.” Many of these so called “Patriots” are also responsible for Trump Phenom. These men have become more of a danger in our society due to long standing indoctrination by our educational system which teaches them that the only protected class is the white males, which claim to have founded this country alone, which of course is nonsense.
This group is extremely dangerous to minorities including blacks, women, children, but also animals and more dangerous than any Islamic group combined. Incredulously, they are our fathers, brothers, uncles, our fellow citizens, and live in every community in the Nation. EPONA has proven repeatedly that this demographic poses real and viable risk to us all, but more importantly to innocent and defenseless women, children and animals.

One of the most disturbing acts perpetrated on an animal is how a mare is bred.  It is extremely cruel, and as usual, perpetrated by mainly white individuals who are seeking to find a goldmine in racing, (in which these young animals are ran to death,) rodeo, urine, blood, tissue, etc. Mares are bound, usually by both legs in order to allow a dangerous stallion to mount her, in which he becomes so aggressive, the mare is harmed irreparably.  These hostages have no voice and these acts are authorized by our own government, using our tax dollars. PMU Mares are also victims of exploitation and abuse.  These mares are kept in a constant state of pregnancy, and once they foal, their baby is shipped off to slaughter.

Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are many, many more ways equines and other farm animals are exploited for profit, and there are really no minimum care requirements in place to protect them from this continued exploitation, cruelty or abuse.

With the previous evidence that has been presented here, and the clear and present danger from this new administration, it will be crucial to become the ears, eyes and voice for these animals and people.

Epona will never stop exposing equine exploitation for profit, nor will it stop exposing the criminal elements in our government. If you are not interested in learning about these schemes, then please go where you can. It is going to take every one of us to speak out and against any and all atrocities against not only our innocent animals, but women, children and minorities that are at greater risk now than ever before.