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EU Suspends Mexican Horsemeat Imports After Food Safety Concerns

PRESS RELEASE FROM HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL Humane Society International/Europe welcomes increased consumer protection, fewer horses suffering BRUSSELS (8 December 2014)  The European Commission has implemented a conditional ban of the import of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office. The audits consistently identified serious problems with the lack…

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11 Rescued from Grisly Illegal Slaughter in East Everglades

Homestead, FL (October 8, 2014)  Ten horses and one very lucky steer were rescued from an illegal slaughter operation in the infamous “8.5” East Everglades on Monday, October 6, 2014. South Florida S.P.C.A. director of ranch operations Laurie Waggoner accompanied Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol officers to the scene. Gruesome evidence of recent killings included pools of blood on…

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Locked in, TBs couldn’t lift heads in stalls

By Susan Salk on August 5, 2014 Reposted with permission from Off-Track Thoroughbreds Three Florida Thoroughbreds, locked away for months in shanty stalls so confining they couldn’t lift their heads, were seized Sunday by Miami-Dade law enforcement. Removed from patched-together stalls where thick, putrid excrement covered the stall floors, were tattooed 4-year-old filly Silver and Smoke and tattooed…

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Eight Horses Rescued by South Florida SPCA in SW Miami-Dade Cruelty Case

Homestead, FL (June 2, 2014)  Eight starved, emaciated horses were seized by Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol in SW Miami-Dade and turned over to South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The horses, six Thoroughbreds and two Quarter Horses, all scored a “1” on the body condition scale, the…

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Discarded Thoroughbred Defense Team fighting for his life at the rescue ranch

MIAMI, FL  (February 19, 2014)  Abandoned along a Hialeah roadside and left to fend for himself, 15 year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred Defense Team is now fighting for his life at the South Florida SPCA rescue ranch in Homestead. The chestnut gelding was rescued on Monday, February 17 and brought to safety by Laurie Waggoner, SFSPCA director…

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Abandoned Thoroughbred, Defense Team, rescued by South Florida SPCA

MIAMI, FL (February 17, 2014)  Defense Team, a Thoroughbred gelding, was rescued today by South Florida SPCA. Laurie Waggoner, SFSPCA director of ranch operations, received  a mid-morning call from a Hialeah farmer who reported the former racehorse wandering along a road near one of his pastures, and that he looked “really bad…really skinny.” Waggoner and…

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Ten neglected, abandoned horses being treated at South Florida SPCA

MIAMI, FL (January 17, 2014) Please click on links below to see media coverage on the 10 horses rescued by Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol and the South Florida SPCA. More details to come later this evening or tomorrow morning. – CBS Miami, Channel 4 – WSVN TV, Channel 7 News VIEW PREVIOUS BLOG POST   If you would…

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Ten horses rescued today by South Florida SPCA

MIAMI, FL (January 16, 2014) The stench was so bad, buzzards were circling the containers of “feed” left for the 10 pitiful horses found in a Southwest Miami-Dade field in an area known as “The 8.5.” Rotten tomatoes, lettuce, corn cobs and avocados mixed with packets of ketchup and mustard and other unidentifiable food waste,…

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Susie Shines & Justice Prevails at SFSPCA Rescue Ranch

The quick staccato beat of hooves and a flash of white were immediately followed by bemused exasperation – Susie saw the partial opening of her stall as it was being cleaned and decided to make a break for it. Running and romping in the stable yard, she looked like any other recently-freed horse, but Susie…