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Animals’ Angels 11th Annual ‘Light the Sky’ Fundraiser

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Together We’ll Light the Sky with Love for the Animals
Animals’ Angels will celebrate our 11th annual Light the Sky event on November 16, 2019. I was inspired to hold this year’s event just before the Thanksgiving holiday since the season of gratitude is the perfect time to honor the animals in our lives who have given us so much joy and love. And there’s no better time to remember and honor the innocent animals that have touched our hearts during this year’s many investigations.
The lighting of candles is always an emotional event for me and the Animals’ Angels investigators and board members, who care so deeply about the animals we seek to help. Seeing all the candles sponsored by our dedicated supporters means the world to us; the flames are a powerful reminder that we aren’t alone in the dark as we work to end the suffering of the animals.
This year I hope you, as one of our most ardent supporters, will let us light a candle in gratitude for your contributions and offer a loving tribute to the special animals in your own life. With a donation of $10 or more we will light a candle for an animal you’d like to honor and add their story and photo to our Tree of Hope, which proudly stands as a tangible testament of our love and compassion for all the animals that touch our lives.
One of the many messages on our Tree of Hope

 

We invite you to make your donation in the name of a beloved pet who lives in your home, or a dearly missed animal who continues to live on in your heart. Your gift to Light the Sky will honor your special animal while supporting our on-going investigations on behalf of all the horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, and puppies that so desperately need our help.
One hundred percent of your donation to the Light the Sky event will be used in the coming year to help Animals’ Angels investigate and expose the abusers, hold criminals accountable, and work to create and enforce laws that stop the suffering of the animals.
I hope you’ll make a gift today and add the flame of another candle to our Light the Sky event. We’ve set a goal of lighting at least 3,000 candles and raising at least $30,000, and we need your help.

And, as a special “thank you” to our donors during this season of gratitude, we will also be giving away an original work of art. For every $50.00 donated to the Light the Sky event, you will receive one chance to participate in the drawing for the stunning 20 x 24 inch oil on canvas titled “Mare & Foal”. The lucky winner will be announced the evening of the event.

Mare & Foal Painting
Our work on behalf of the animals is made possible by the ongoing support of kind-hearted and compassionate people like you. I hope you’ll join us by sending in your candle request. Together we can “Light the Sky” with love for the animals!
On behalf of the animals, thank you – from the bottom of my heart,
Sonja Meadows, President and Lead Investigator
 
 
©2019 Animals’ Angels, Inc. | 133 E. Main St, Suite 1B | Westminster, MD 21158 |
443-821-3343 | animalsangels.org

Animals Angels issues new report on horse slaughter in Uruguay

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The Production of Horsemeat in Uruguay
An investigation carried out in cooperation with Tierschutzbund Zuerich/Animal Welfare Foundation
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Photo:  Horse showing strong signs of fear
Uruguay is a small country but nevertheless has an estimated population of approximately 500,000 horses. More than 37,000 horses were slaughtered in 2014 so the meat could be exported.  Like people in the U.S., Uruguayans do not consume horsemeat; they consider horses as companion, sport and work animals. Horses are not commercially bred for meat production and there is no traceability regarding drugs that have been administered to the horse during its lifetime.  The last owner of the horse simply has to sign an affidavit and confirm that the horse has not been given any restricted substances during the last 6 months.  In addition, Phenylbutazone and many other drugs can be readily purchased without prescription for owners to administer to their horses. Uruguayan law also mandates that sport horses are specifically excluded from slaughter for human consumption, but it remains uncertain if this is truly the case.

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Animals’ Angels President to be a “Horse Defender” Panel Member at the Equus Film Festival

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c306dc3e28a5940f2e916cdf2cb168f4Animals’ Angels President and Lead Investigator, Sonja Meadows, will be a “Horse Defender” Panel Member at the Equus Film Festival in New York this November. The Horse Defender Panel will convene on Saturday, November 21st.  With her vast experience and expertise in the fight against horse slaughter, Sonja will be a perfect addition to this panel of speakers.  In addition to being a panel member, Animals’ Angels participated in or provided extensive footage for three fantastic films included at this year’s Equus Film Festival: Saving America’s Horses, Kill Pen, and Their Last Ride.  We wish Katia Louise, Sharon Boeckle, and Neta Rhyne nothing but the best of luck at the Festival!

http://www.equusfilmfestival.net/panels.html

Learn more about Animals Angels investigations HERE.

 

 

Animals’ Angels 7th Annual Light the Sky Fundraiser ~ 2015

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Join us in this poignant memorial for the animals!

Help us to Light the Sky in their honor!

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This is a night you will never forget when you see the sky come alive in beautiful light that honors the lives of so many cherished animals! The date is: December 5, 2015.   

Read the stories of people whose love for animals has no bounds…share your own! The kind generosity of our supporters allows us to investigate and end animal cruelty year-round.  The proceeds from the Light the Sky fundraiser will fund our 2016 investigations. Take this opportunity to help us cast a light upon the hidden darkness that all too often torments so many needy animals.   

Show your Love with a Candle

On December 5, 2015, Animals’ Angels employees and friends will gather together to light candles to honor all the pets who have brought us, and you – our loyal friends – such joy and love over the years.  Our four-legged family members touch our lives in a way that is forever imprinted on our hearts. They share in our joys, our failures, our celebrations, our breakups, our new jobs, our new babies, our mourning, and our happiness. Now is our time to honor their lives and just what they meant to us.

Won’t you join us in remembering your pets during this special event, by donating $10 for a Remembrance Candle on their behalf?  This is your chance to tell your beloved pet’s story and share their photo for our Tree of Hope.

This year’s “Light the Sky” is to honor our pets, but think of all those animals – horses, calves and cows, pig, sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys who never had anyone as compassionate and kind as you to love them or care for them – those who never felt the nurturing hand of a loved one. This is your chance to reach out and help those unfortunate, lost souls who weren’t blessed with a family of their own, and instead have only known the cruel and callous side of humans.

Donate another candle, a Candle of Hope, to remember these animals as well, and to help Animals’ Angels continue our work to bring hope, a promise of a better future, to these forgotten animals in the coming year. 

For this year’s event, if you donate 10 candles, you will receive a commemorative 5 x 7 photo of your memorial story on the Tree of Hope signed by the Animals’ Angels family along with our limited edition horse-shaped key chain. Those donating 25 candles, will receive the signed photo AND a beautiful one-of-a-kind, handmade horse-hair bracelet made from the hair of a rescued horse.

Be an Animal Angel this holiday season by joining us in lighting these Candles of Remembrance and Hope! We would be honored to include your loving message about your pet or any animal that has touched your life and your heart.  Help us illuminate the darkness for so many others that depend on us all for a brighter future. 

How it Works

Please register today and secure your personal candle!  Share with us for whom you want to light the candle and your story or personal message of hope. You can also share a photo if you’d like! 

During the event, all of the stories and photos will adorn the “Tree of Hope.” We will light all of the candles donated – our goal this year is 3,000!  Please help us to reach this goal! Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help finance our 2016 investigations.

Remember, if you donate 10 candles, you will receive a commemorative 5 x 7 photo of your memorial story on the Tree of Hope signed by the Animals’ Angels family and our special, limited edition key chain. Donate 25 candles and you will receive the signed photo AND our gorgeous one-of-a-kind, handmade horse-hair bracelet.

Animals’ Angels work is only possible because of you, your candle, and your support.  AA investigators are “there with the animals” to fight cruelty and improve lives thanks to kind-hearted and compassionate people like you. The animals need us now more than ever.  Help us to light the sky and continue the fight against animal cruelty!  Together we can make a difference!

Light the Sky!

Animals’ Angels
PO Box 1056
Westminster, MD  21158 

www.animalsangels.org

Kill Buyer Ole Olson trucks 224 stallions to Dennis Chavez, likely into the slaughter pipeline

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Shipment of Stallions to Dennis Chavez 1/15/15
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Well known Nevada Kill Buyer ships 224 Stallions to Dennis Chavez!

Animals’ Angels has received confirmation that on January 15, 2015, Ole Olson transported 224 stallions to the New Mexico’s largest and most notorious kill buyer Dennis Chavez.  Records obtained from the New Mexico Livestock Board indicate that the agency inspected the 224 stallions and 64 mares at the Los Lunas Feedlot.
While it cannot be confirmed that these horses are indeed a part of the Dann Sister herd, it is possible.  However, regardless of the origin of these horses, it is important to question how these stallions were shipped. The Commercial Transport of Equines to Slaughter Regulations require that every stallion is segregated inside the trailer to avoid fighting and the risk of injuries. Given the fact that Olson shipped 224 stallions, it is unlikely that this requirement has been met.
One can only imagine the chaos inside the trailers with so many stallions packed together fighting for dominance. The risks for injury during slaughter horse transport is always great but given the sheer number of stallions Olson was transporting, the danger for grave and debilitating injuries, not to mention the horrific distress, would have been tremendous.According to the New Mexico Livestock Board’s inspection form, the horses were consigned to Dennis Chavez – we’re all too familiar with his operation, so we know where these horses are potentially headed and the conditions under which they may suffer at his feedlot. While the horses may be sold at his auction, it is also possible that they will end up in Mexico.  It remains to be seen if Chavez will trouble himself with gelding the stallions (a requirement if he wanted to export them as slaughter horses), or if he will ship them straight to Mexico labeled as “work horses”.AA investigators have seen the sad results of Chavez’ clumsy gelding procedures during previous feedlot visits; yet another reason our heart goes out to these poor souls caught in the pipeline. While we continue to keep an eye on Dennis Chavez and his Southwest Livestock Auction for abuses that can be reported to the authorities, we are also going to take measures to hold Ole Olson accountable for the recent shipments. Animals’ Angels has filed a complaint with the USDA and has urged IES to launch an investigation into the true purpose of these transports and the final destination for these stallions.

Animals’ Angels 2013 fundraiser

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Saturday December 7, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST

Contact:   Sonja Meadows        

Animals’ Angels USA

 

443-821-3343 sonja@animalsangels.org

This is an invitation to a night you will never forget when you see the sky come alive in beautiful 447light that honors the lives of so many cherished animals. Listen to the stories of people whose love for animals have no bounds…share your own.

“The symbol is so beautiful. The work Animals’ Angels does is vitally important.” – Melody H.

“Thank you, Animals’ Angels for the truth you bring to us. We need you!” – Anne S. M.

Animals’ Angels employees and friends will meet on this night with thousands of candles to Light the Sky for the animals—to symbolically alleviate suffering by casting a collective light against the darkness. This is a heartfelt opportunity to reflect upon our humanity and our respect and concern for the animals, and the conditions of their lives. It is all of us, coming together on a beautiful night to proclaim our message of hope and commitment.

Light the Sky is also a time when our investigators remember the animals who have touched their lives during 2013—the many horses, cows, calves, pigs, sheep, goats, chicken, turkeys, and dogs they met at auctions, feedlots and, slaughter plants. And it is a time to renew our resolve to never forget them.

We hope you will take part in this night with a small donation of $5 per candle. We would be honored to include your personal message and light your Candle(s) of Hope.

How it Works

Please register today and secure your personal candle. Share with us for whom you want to light a candle, and your story or personal message of hope.

During the event, all the flyers and photos will adorn the “Tree of Hope”. We will light all the candles donated –our goal is 6,000! Proceeds will be used to help finance 2014 investigations.

Animals’ Angels work is possible because of you, your candle, and your support. AA investigators are “there with the animals” to fight cruelty and improve lives—thanks so much to you.

Light the Sky!    CLICK HERE to register.

Groundbreaking Horse Welfare Training Provided to Texas Law Enforcement

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SOURCE:  Animals Angels

Flashback to September 21, 2012. It’s 92 degrees on a Friday afternoon, and four slaughter transport trucks are packed full waiting to cross the border into Mexico. Two horses go down inside one of the trailers. One recovers its footing, while the other gets trampled by the horses around it. Animals’ Angels investigators attempt to communicate with the driver, but he doesn’t speak English. More

Horse Slaughter: EU Consumer awareness campaign continues

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                               Did you know that Argentina is the largest exporter of horsemeat in the world?

Animals’ Angels has remained dedicated to the horses and the fight to end horse slaughter.  We were gratified that the amendments to defund USDA inspections at horse slaughter plants passed the House & Senate Appropriations Committees last week. However, our horses remain in danger.  They can still be transported into Canada and Mexico for slaughter.  We are hopeful that the SAFE Act will pass which would help to ensure the safety of our horses.  However, we cannot slow down while waiting for this legislation to get passed.  The momentum against horse slaughter must continue unabated. 
There is no doubt that spreading awareness affects the choices of the primary consumer of horsemeat – we maintain that if we can end the demand, the supply aspect naturally dries up as well.  Our expose that aired in Mexico, like the reports that aired previously on Swiss TV have created a firestorm of interest and outrage against the horse slaughter industry and have already had a widespread impact. (EU Campaign)   However, the fight is far from over. 
Animals’ Angels EU consumer awareness campaign continues and a follow up investigation at slaughter plants in Argentina was conducted.  If we want to end the demand for horsemeat, it’s imperative that these issues remain in the forefront of the consumer’s mind. 
 
Equinox, one of Europe’s largest horsemeat importers is the owner or co-owner of the horse slaughter plants Lamar and Indio Pampa, located in the Buenos Aires area.  Both of these slaughter plants are approved by the EU to export meat to the European Union.
It should be noted that Equinox also imports meat from the Viande Richelieu plant in Canada as well as the Empacadora de Carnes de Fresnillo plant in Mexico.  US horses are shipped for slaughter to both of these locations.
In 2010, the Belgian animal welfare organization GAIA investigated the Lamar and the Indio Pampa plants and documented horrible conditions.  The photos below indicate the abuses found during this investigation.
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The aim of our recent investigation was to determine if conditions had improved since 2010 and whether or not these plants were now in full compliance with EU regulations.   More

Wild Horses sold to Kill Buyer by BLM Contractor

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new-logo25Debbie Coffey

PPJ Investigative Reporter

Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation               

Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Photo by Kurt Golgart

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Debbie Coffey and Wild Horse Freedom Federation thank Animals Angels for their assistance with this investigation.

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In a telephone conversation with Jim Reeves, when asked about the 72 horses he bought as pack animals, he said “I’m told not to talk about this kind of stuff.”  He said “I can’t talk about this” and “That’s BLM business.”

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Wild Horses sold to Kill Buyer by BLM Contractor

While the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been trying to convince the public that the BLM does not sell wild horses to slaughter, Wild Horse Freedom Federation has obtained proof that a BLM Long Term Holding contractor sold wild horses directly to kill buyer Joe Simon, who is well known for sending horses to slaughter, and who owns JS Ranch (“Farms”) in Perkins, Oklahoma.wh-nyt-roundup-kurt-golgart-blm_12-31-09

To give you a little background, the BLM uses lame excuses to remove wild horses from their federally protected Herd Management Areas while letting other “uses” take over.  For instance, BLM claims wild horses cause “degradation” to the range, but then allow oil and gas drilling (and fracking) on the same land.  The BLM uses helicopters to round up the wild horses, then puts the horses in short term holding facilities, maintenance facilities, and ultimately, ships horses to same-sex long term holding pastures, where the public is led to believe the horses spend the rest of their lives.

Jim Reeves and Lyle Anderson own Spur Livestock, and have a contract with the Bureau of Land Management for a long term holding pasture for wild horses on private lands within the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, as well as on Indian Trust Lands administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  This facility is the Whitehorse Wild Horse Long Term Holding Facility.

Wild Horse Freedom Federation received records from the South Dakota Brand Board that reveal on 11/8/2008, while under contract with the BLM, “owner” Spur Livestock sold 34 horses with “BLM tattoos” to JS Farms, owned by kill buyer Joe Simon.

Animals Angels has written about kill buyer Joe Simon (scroll down to the 2nd article “What is the Price Tag for Suffering”) here                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           It is important to note that state brand boards do not “recognize” BLM freezemarks  

(which BLM puts on the left side of wild horses’ necks after they are captured) as official “BRANDS,” so the state brand board inspectors may completely ignore the BLM freezemarks and instead, note that wild horses have “NO BRAND.” More

Recent Investigation in Mexico Reveals Continuing Non Compliance with EU Standards

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Animals’ Angels investigators observed harsh conditions in EU approved Mexican slaughterhouses during an intensive investigation conducted in September 2012. The goal of this follow up investigation was to check if any improvements had been made since the 2007/2008 investigations had revealed abhorrent conditions. Animal welfare investigators are accustomed to observing the most egregious treatment of animals. Even the slightest improvements are welcome, but do not bring a cease fire to the battle for humane treatment of all animals transported to slaughter.

EU inspections of Mexican slaughter houses are scheduled in advance, clearly giving notice to the slaughterhouses to comply with regulations on that one day of inspection.

Animals’ Angels arrived unannounced at several of the EU approved plants as they observed multiple trucks carrying horses from the US to slaughter. Horses were jammed into transport trailers, resulting in biting and fighting among them. The common use of trailers with no roof is cruel as the intensive sun in the transport areas beats down upon horses already over-heated due to over-crowding and long waiting times inside parked trailers at US broker offices and the border. (Please read more about this issue here…) Animals’ Angels works to improve conditions for farm animals. We closely cooperate with law enforcement and government agencies to fight animal cruelty. Our investigators are out in the field nationwide, visiting auctions, feedlots and slaughter plants.

Link to full length investigation report

Watch the video filmed at the Camargo horse slaughter plant

 

WARNING! Report and video contain extremely graphic images that might be disturbing to some viewers. More

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