Archive for April, 2014

V. Eckhoff: Former Forbes Reporter + S. Forbes: Cow Farmer = FIRED?

April 30, 2014

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Forward by R.T. Fitch ~ president/co-founder of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“They dumped her because of WHAT?”

Vickery EckhoffThe word is out across the Blogosphere; Forbes’ equine “in your face” reporter Vickery Eckhoff was canned just 10 hours after writing an insightful article critical of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and their good ole boy “ Welfare Ranchers “and only hours before speaking to international equine professionals at this year’s Equine Advocates Annual Summit. What the heck gives?

First thought that crossed my mind was that her article was so in-depth and accurate on the undoing and destruction of our wild horses and burros at the hands of the BLM that Big Brother truly did have a far reaching hand that could, and would, strangle mainstream, honest media. I was salivating at the opportunity to prove that this was the case as the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro program has…

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Cliven Bundy Ended My Forbes Gig

April 30, 2014

When ever you tell it like it is…you run the risk of someone trying to silence you…Rave on Vickery Eckhoff

Vickery Eckhoff

Stewart and Bundy So, the word is out.

On Friday, April 25, 2014, at 10:39 PM, after a great run publishing 23 articles and three photo galleries on horse slaughter, horse racing and wild horses on Forbes.com, the powers that be cut me loose.

Not quite sure why.

The timing was certainly odd, coming the night before I was a featured speaker at the American Equine Summit, along with Victoria McCullough, Frank Biden and Senator Joe Abruzzo, and too many other national experts to mention. (See Victoria’s presentation here).

My topic for the summit: Disinformation in the Media. How’s that for irony?

I’d never gotten a word from Forbes editors that there were problems with any of my stories until Friday at 4:53 pm, when I was driving Jane Velez-Mitchell to the summit to be keynote speaker. (see Jane’s keynote speech here).

My editor, Jane Lee, who’s been very supportive and…

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Updated – Canadian Horse Slaughter Influences & Enablers 2014

April 28, 2014

Posting on Conservative Bruce Stanton’s page…so sad to see the Humane societies of Alberta & Saskatchewan supporting this inhumane industry…they need to change the names of their organizations…humane should not be in their title…

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

Heather Clemenceau has, once again, provided an easy to read map of who’s who in the slaughter game.

Written by:  Heather Clemenceau

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This infographic (downloadable here),  updated over my original 2012 version, exposes the hand-shaking and back-patting relationships, endorsements, and interconnectivity between the US and Canada.

Please read the complete article here.

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New video from the CHDC

April 25, 2014

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

This video was prepared by the CHDC for the Hudson Valley Community College’s anti horse slaughter conference on April 16, 2014.

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The Fancy Hat Veneer

April 25, 2014

so sad…but true…

heatherclemenceau

Audrey Hepburn Last year I was contacted by first time author Joyce Anderson,  who was researching and compiling information for her first book on horse racing.  “ The Fancy Hat Veneer ,” is the result of her research; it is a compilation of information proving the undeniable responsibility the racing industry and Thoroughbred breeders have for thousands of racehorses being sent to slaughter every year.  Joyce chose the  title because,  for many horse racing fans,  fancy hats have become a fashion statement by women attending famous races such as The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.  The fine clothing of the spectators is the biggest tradition in thoroughbred horse racing,  while the brutality and horrors of the  racing world are kept from the public….well hidden by “The Fancy Hat Veneer.”   As we know, a “veneer” is a thin layer of wood that covers what is under it, so the actual commodity itself appears…

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Equine Canada – Slaughter Promoters?

April 13, 2014

I know longer support Equine Canada & all their affiliates…we no longer show A circuit….

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

cropped-grof-feedlot1.jpg In 2010, Equine Canada released a study on the horse industry in Canada.  Some facts that came out of it are that the live horse industry contributes  375,248  full-time jobs to the economy and the total capital investment in the pleasure riding sector generates $3,727,568,223  to the economy, much more than the minute $90 Million that the slaughter industry generates for a small number of interests.

Also from the Equine Canada 2010 report: Canadian horse owners incur more than $6.5 Billion annually in expenses to maintain their horse operations which is spent supporting other local and national businesses.  More than $4.8 Billion is represented by unpaid labour provided by horse owners, or family members for the care of their horses.

Once a horse is slaughtered then that horse is gone, support for his care no longer contributes to the economy.

In the last debate on March 31st, one MP said…

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