The winter sport season is in full swing – but it’s not often you see a crow trying to get involved. This video which went viral on YouTube shows the thrill-seeker bird as comfortable on the slopes as it is in the air. The bird appeared to be using the lid of a jar as an improvised snowboard.
Act Now to Save Horses From Slaughter!
Although the last horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. closed in 2007,
approximately 100,000 U.S. horses are crammed into trailers every year and
trucked to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. After a long and frightening
journey, these horses—some of whom are former racing champions—are shot with a
rifle or a captive-bolt gun, hoisted by one leg into the air, and have their
throats slit so that their flesh can be sold to other countries for human
consumption. Thoroughbred racehorse Coming Home was hours from being trucked to a slaughterhouse
when a PETA investigator rescued her. PETA found a permanent home for this
gentle mare, who is just 6 years old, with a PETA member, but the fate of tens
of thousands of other cast-off racehorses is terrifying and gruesome. PETA’s
undercover investigation of a Japanese slaughterhouse, where American thoroughbreds end up
when they’re sold to Japan for breeding, revealed terrified and confused horses
trying desperately to escape the facility before they were killed. The American
Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (S. 1176) would prohibit shipping,
transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or
donating horses and other equines for human consumption. If passed, it will
effectively end the use of U.S. horses for food—here and abroad.
Please tell your senators today that you support the American Horse
Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 (S. 1176) and urge him or her to vote in favor
of this critically needed legislation.
The use of drugs in thoroughbred horses by the racing industry is widespread and deadly. Trainers and veterinarians frequently give horses legal drugs to mask the pain from stress or injury in order to keep them on the track when they should be resting, not racing. A powerful diuretic called Lasix (or Salix) is widely used, supposedly to stop horses’ lungs from bleeding—even if the horses aren’t prone to bleeding—because horses on this drug run faster and have a greater weight advantage (because of increased urine production) over other horses. Lasix also has the ability to mask the presence of other—often illegal—drugs by “flushing out” the system. Lasix is banned in most countries on race day, but more than 90 percent of thoroughbreds in the U.S. are given the drug just hours before a race.
In 2008, the overwhelming consensus at a congressional hearing on horseracing, for which PETA supplied testimony, was that drugs were at the root of many of the animal welfare issues in the racing industry. Horses are given drugs to make them run and turn a profit. The Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011 (H.R. 1733) would prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in racing horses and would require the first-place winner and one other randomly chosen horse to be tested for drugs at all races.