“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never
be a time when we fail to protest ”. ― ELIE WEISEL
We intervene and advocate on behalf of horses in one way or another every working day — and a lot of nights and weekends, and yes holidays too. That is the nature of this kind of work.
We owe much to the commitment and diligence of our skilled and knowledgeable staff and volunteers who:
(1) answer questions (2) interact with media to help expose incidents concerning horses in the most highly accurate way, and (3) work hard to find creative and workable solutions to abusive systems and situations.
We are gratified to say that these efforts typically yield a victory in some small way.
Of course, there is so much more that needs to be done, and often requires larger and more structured efforts.
Launched in 2003, our original website at fund4horses.org was the most visited horse protection website with more than a million unique visits. Our site was so widely trafficked, the Wayback Machine selected it for archival where much of it can still be seen. We moved here when the old website reached more than 1,000 pages.
As the Int'l Fund for Horses we were the first and only horse protection organization to alert EU officials of drug violations which were resulting in the export of adulterated horse meat for human consumption from North America to its member countries.
Our exposure of the risks associated with human consumption of toxic horse meat from NA has become a major argument against horse slaughter. Federal and State legislators are making it the core issue in legislation introduced to ban horse slaughter for human consumption in the US, Canada and Italy.
Our "Horsemeat is Ugly" campaign in Europe is responsible for the decline in horse meat popularity and consumption. This public awareness project was so popular, it was eventually handed over by our teams to numerous horse activists in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain to name a few.
More recently, it was out guys on the ground in Northern England and Ireland who helped police move in and make arrests relating to (1) the horse meat masquerading as beef and lamb scandal in frozen food around the UK and Europe, and (2) the black market trade and sale of illegal horse meat.
Please bear in mind that these are just a handful of examples of the type of work we do and some of the things we have accomplished over the years.
• Organized and implemented an organized a grassroots campaign with Texans for Horses that helped defeat a bill in the Texas state legislature that would have legalized horse slaughter for human consumption.
• As the Fund for Horses, created and conducted a Horseshoes for Congress campaign where we mailed actual horseshoes to members of the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of their constituents. The project was responsible for winning at least 80 of the 227 co-sponsors of H.R. 857, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
• As the Int'l Fund for Horses collaborated in a billboard and internet advertising campaign with other animal welfare groups and raised awareness in the U.S. and Canada about the inhumane conditions of pregnant mares milked for their urine for use in the manufacture of hormone replacement therapy drugs for the treatment of symptoms of menopause, and potential dangers to women.
• As the Fund for Horses negotiated, won and provided an informational table concerning horse slaughter for human consumption at the 2004 Breeders Cup Championship Races at Lone Star Park in Texas, where two horse slaughter plants were operating just a few miles away, butchering Thoroughbreds. We raised the awareness of thousands of racegoers locally, across the country and from around the world about the slaughter of racehorses and slaughter of horses generally. Because of our reputation we were the only horse protection group allowed to table in a forum such as this.
• File Motions of Intervention in 100's of cases of criminal horse abuse and neglect per year, taking responsibility for confiscated horses therefore preventing them from going to auction where they are in danger of going to slaughter. We network and place these horses in sanctuaries where they are rehabilitated and adopted into caring homes.
• Appear on radio and television programs. We have become the "go to" organization on horse welfare issues generally, and specifically concerning horse slaughter for human consumption, Premarin mares and foals, horse tripping, horse fighting and racehorse doping.
• Promoted the use of the revolutionary process of image motion digitizing to the film industry to replace the actual horses thereby eliminating potential abuse, injury and death.
• Worked with a Washington State based animal welfare organization in a successful grassroots campaign against the Omak Suicide Race where a majority of its longstanding major sponsors publicly withdrew their support. To date, they have not returned.
• Exposed that British horses were not only being transported to European countries for the purposes of slaughter for human consumption but also being slaughtered on British soil. This was hotly denied by the English government until we proved the truth of our allegations through an undercover investigation, locating and identifying the plants, and exposing the cruelties. This was picked up by national newspapers — both tabloid and broadsheets — which raised a great amount of awareness.
• Conceived and conducted a successful campaign persuading major television networks to pull a Premarin commercial featuring Cheryl Ladd.
This included peaceful demonstration outside CBS Headquarters in midtown Manhattan featuring a rescued Belgian/QH cross brought in from Connecticut who had been cast off as a foal by the Premarin industry.
On the same day, we had our advocates busy pressuring their local CBS affiliate stations throughout the country with phone calls, faxes and walk-in complaints. CBS pulled the commercial. The other major networks also took the commercial out of rotation when they heard they were next.
• During Hurricane Katrina, networked and assisted in evacuating horses to safety, and transporting feed, dry hay, and medical supplies to the Gulf Coast area in the storm's aftermath.
• We helped find temporary shelter and provided volunteer services for horses left behind by their owners during California wildfires. Following the catastrophe, we found homes for 92 horses that were never reclaimed by their owners.
• Successfully intervened and negotiated with officials of the Serb and Croatian governments on behalf of Lipizzaner stallions trapped and starving with no veterinary care because of a dispute between the two countries over who should have control over them.
• Tipped off by inside connections, defeated a bill that had been quietly introduced in the Illinois state legislature that would have made horse tripping legal once again.
• Exposed the cruelties of horse fighting in the Philippines and Asian countries, garnering headlines in major European newspapers and magazines, bringing the issue to world attention for the first time.
• During the Iraqi War worked with military from several countries to help them identify, rescue and preserve legendary breeds of horses threatened with death and extinction. We also advised on how to properly feed, water, groom, shelter and generally care for horses abandoned in war torn areas.
• Not only were many horses spared but military personnel also found interacting with these horses to be calming and therapeutic which led to the many healing outreach programs for returning wounded soldiers and war veterans you now see.
What makes The Horse Fund so successful is our unique viewpoint and vision. We gather and process information in such a way that we are able to develop campaigns way ahead of their time.This is where The Horse Fund truly shines. We are thoughtful, well-organized, focused and determined to succeed. We are always confident that we will figure out a way to get the job done.