Horses Count Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 844,531 Showing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,718,954 Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,906,923 Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,752,439 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,222,847 Note: “Other” activities include farm and ranch work, rodeos, carriage tours, polo, police work and informal competitions. Source: The Equestrian Channel; U.S. stats (ASPCA), April 26 is Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grant competition. Last year, some 100 U.S. equine rescue groups held events to recruit volunteers, gather donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses (Tinyurl.com/ASPCA-HelpAHorseDay).
Call to Action
Although a U.S. law now bans slaughterhouses for domestic horses, each year 120,000 are sold at auction for as little as $1 each and transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, their meat destined for human consumption in Europe and Japan or for carnivores at zoos. Horses can legally be confined to a trailer for up to 24 hours without food or water during shipment. Two-thirds of all horse rescue operations are either at or approaching capacity. Almost 40 percent turn away animals because of lack of space or money. Many horses are ill, underweight or injured, which raises the cost of care. “We need foster homes and volunteers. We need the time and skills people can donate; not everything is hands-on, so those that like horses but don’t have handling skills can still help,” says Williams. “Bluebonnet, for example, has many volunteer jobs that can be done remotely. Office work, social media to spread the word, gathering donations—everything helps.” Rescue groups ask that concerned horse lovers donate time, money and land to help and lobby for legislation to ban the export of horses for meat markets.
Local Horse Rescues F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Horse Rescue 19801 Sheridan Street SW Ranches, FL 33332 954-492-0168 Peaceful Ridge Rescue 2995 Peaceful Ridge Road, Davie, Florida 33330 www.peacefulridgerescue.org South West Florida Horse Rescue, Inc. 14811 Florida 31 Punta Gorda, FL 33982 (239) 567-4111 https://sites.google.com/site/ swflahorserescue
Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue 4348 145th Ave N, Loxahatchee FL 33470 US 1-561-951-2108 Hidden Springs Horse Rescue (HSHR) 4883 Bevan Lane Marianna, FL 32448 (850) 766-2334 www.floridahorserescue.com
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