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How long before U.S.A. Finds Horsemeat for greed

Originally posted on TUESDAY'S HORSE:


Cross-posted from The Guardian

Scotland Yard has been asked by the food standards watchdog to investigate if there is a criminal element to the horsemeat scandal – as the food industry prepares to test every processed beef product line following evidence adulteration has spread from burgers to lasagne.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says information so far “points either to gross negligence or deliberate contamination in the food chain” and David Heath, the food and farming minister has said there is “every probability” criminality was involved.

The Met confirmed on Friday that it has met with the FSA. Owen Paterson, the environment secretary, is holding an emergency meeting with heads of meat retailers and suppliers in London on Saturday. “I fear it may be a conspiracy with international implications,” he said.

Food businesses have been told to have test results on all…

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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in 2013, horse, Horse Slaughter


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100% Horsemeat

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:

Adam Taylor of the Business Insider

“There are concerns that the horse meat used in the lasagna contained the drug bute, which is a known human health risk.”

findus-beef-lasagna-with-horsemeatIn January, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) made a horrifying discovery — horse meat had been found in beef burgers that were then sold in supermarket chains in the UK and Ireland.

Since then the UK’s Food Safety Authority has admitted they had never tested beef for horse meat, and even Burger King were forced to admit that their Whoppers may have been contaminated with horse meat.

While the scandal has received a lot of attention, so far we’ve mostly been talking about contamination rather than full on “horseburgers” — though one burger from the British supermarket chain Tesco was found to contain 29% horsemeat.

But now we have a new problem — “horselasagna”.

The Daily Mail…

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Hoof Abscess


The Donkey Whisperer Farm is officially six years old in 2013time has literally flown by so much has changed and yet so much remains the same.  Rio is now a full-grown Mammoth donkey as he turns seven years old in 2013.  Rocket Man turns nineteen and my horse Lily is eight years young. Read my post Donkeys and hoof abscess for more information.

The most frustrating and difficult issues I have had with our Mammoth donkey is hoof abscesses. It appears that Mammoth donkeys should live in the desert with no rain poor boy was born in Western Washington with too much rain.  Each of them get their feet picked out daily and their paddock has very little mud and yet the Mammoth donkey suffers from abscess, networking via the internet I have learned this is sadly the health issues associated with Mammoth donkeys.

Before I brought all three equine home I researched, networked and read every book I could get my hand on to create the dryest paddock to prevent hoof problems as I have lived in Western Washington most of my life.  I placed 3/4 clean gravel down on the hill between the two barns to avoid mud, thrush and abscesses.  Rio has had horrific abscesses and we are now laying pin chips down (no cedar) to help him.  I made the decision to shoe Rio’s front (absessing yearly) with Dr. Hills overseeing the process this last fall.  Rio’s custom-made Mammoth Donkey shoes are helping him get more exercise on the gravel as he is running and playing again, he is much more comfortable.

I place 3/4 clean gravel in between the two barns where they walk back and forth day after day to stop the mud.  Additionally I suggest laying pin chips down so they have a place to lay outside and it is soft and dry the only problem I have noted with pin chips is it needs to be replaced at least every other year or it will turn to mud.  


Hoof abscesses in donkeys are not the same as the horse.  Why? 

Donkeys hoof anatomy is of a donkey not a horse. Donkeys are strong and will not show any pain until it is a serious medical matter.  Here is another post I wrote explaining the emergency kit and the hoof abscess.  The horse would be limping much faster than the donkey or mule with an abscess thus the seriousness and need for a vet immediately. Please call the vet for draining a hoof abscess do not leave this to the farrier.

What can you do for your donkey, horse or mule suffering from a hoof abscess?

Call the Vet hopefully you have a vet that has experience with donkeys.   Donkeys are not horses and thus their hooves do not behave the same as a horse.  Please only authorize your vet to find the abscess and drain it,never let the farrier do the vet’s job!  Your vet will cut out a very small hole for drainage releasing the pain and pressure almost instantly.  Never authorize the farrier to do this as this is a medical need not a farrier need.

Follow up maintenance is necessary the hole needs to be kept clean, pick the stuff out of feet every day, I suggest getting a spray bottle and using Beda dine solution with some water in a water bottle to spray the hole clean every day.  We use the solo spray bottle as it gets all the gunk out and keeps it clean, Soaking a cotton ball in beda dine solution and sticking it in the hole is necessary until the hole has grown out.   The hoof will not grow completely out for at least ten months to a year so keeping the hole clean from mud and gunk is a full-time job to say the least.

One of the best things we can do as an owner of donkeys, horses and mules is keep the hooves trimmed and make sure they are being trimmed correctly.  Select Pete Ramey to learn how to trim a donkey, trimming needs to be done at least every 6-7 weeks.  I highly recommend you the owner viewing this dvd and asking your farrier to review it.  Trimming equine is not a back yard hobby and it needs to be left to professionals in my opinion as incorrect trimming will cause abscesses and sand and grit to travel into the white line.  As the owner we must be picking the hoof out each and every day and making sure no thrush is growing in the hoof.  Diet of the equine is imperative to optimum health so test your hay, do not give grain and treats to the donkey just clean water and low sugar hay.  Orchard hay around the Pacific northwest is what we use and a slow feeder is also a good idea as long as it is covered to keep the rain out.

I am trying a new slow feeder out will follow-up with the results in my upcoming blogs.

Video of a Donkey Suffering With A Hoof Abscess


Diet, exercise, professional trimmer of hooves every 6-7 weeks, clean out hooves each and every day, clean dry padock, morton loose salt, white salt block, clean water, low sugar hay and no grazing in green grass for the easy keeper. Donkeys are always easy keepers. :)

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



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Why Is My Donkey Chasing My Cows?


Donkeys NEED a strong playmate to grab ahold of the neck, play tug with a food bowl and chase after.  Donkeys are not horses they are donkeys and they play different from the horse.  If you have a herd of cows and a donkey chasing after them I would say your donkey is bored and more than likely young and has no donkey to play with he/she is bored to death. 

Never leave a donkey with baby sheep, goats or baby cows as the donkey can get bored and pick up the youngster by the neck “donkeys play really rough and can kill the animal not big enough to defend itself.”  Donkeys are not being crazy or mean they are just doing what donkeys do playing, they need a play mate that can play the way Donkeys play.  Check out my youtbue video Size Does Not Matter to see how donkeys play.

Ideas To Stop This Behavior – Remember Donkeys Are Thinkers and They Get Bored Easy

1.  Make sure your donkey has toys, black feed bowl or orange traffic cone – Donkeys like to play with their mouths all the time

2.  If your donkey is a Jack turn him into a John

3.  Please remember Donkeys go in two’s, get your donkey another donkey to play with and chase.  Never ever leave your donkey with an animal too small as donkeys are just being donkeys they play really rough with their mouths and grab the neck of the playmate.  This is why donkeys have such thick necks compared to the horse as donkeys grab the neck of another donkey.  My donkeys would never attempt to grab my horses neck. Why? She is a strong big horse not a donkey!  Smile.

Please share information and enjoy your donkeys as donkeys are most happiest with another donkey and remember Donkeys are indeed precious gifts from GOD.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



Posted by on November 4, 2012 in 2012, animals, donkey, horse


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New Jersey Says No Thank You To Horse Slaughter – What Do You Say?


If you love donkeys, horses and mules please stay informed and share information to help the equine living in your part of the world.  Please select New Jersey Passes Law to Protect Horses from Horse Slaughter.

COPIED FROM THE LINK ABOVE – Applause for Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey! The governor signed Bill A.2023/S.1976 into law on Friday, September 21.

The New Jersey law makes it illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption. Fortunately, it is written with a well-thought out level of detail and wording. To be sure, this law prevents the slaughter of horses, but it also does not allow the sale of horse meat for human consumption. Further, the law prohibits the transport of live horses through New Jersey for slaughter, and also bans the movement of horse meat through the state.

Governor Christie said, “This bipartisan measure is a nod to our decency and respect for horses in our state, ensuring that no horse is slaughtered in New Jersey for human consumption. It also ensures that our highways will not be used to transport horses to slaughter in other states which have not enacted a similar ban on the practice.”

Please share information as knowledge is power  you can make a difference for our world, you can be a human angel for another living human or animal. 

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



Posted by on September 26, 2012 in 2012, donkey, Horse Slaughter, mule


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Please say No to Horse Slaughter For Human Consumption In The United States Of America, Canada and Mexico

Please re-blog and sign the petition to Stop Horse Slaughter for human consumption and slaughter in Canada and Mexico.  Please sign the petition and re-blog.  Please read this news article from the Washington Times  for more information I was shocked at what I read.

Thank you!

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!



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Let’s Celebrate The Elephants Together – August 12, 2012

Please select Elephant Advocacy to learn how you can help celebrate the elephants.

Re-blogged from Elephant Advocacy  Celebrate World Elephant Day with us on Sunday, August 12! It only takes a moment to make a difference in the life of an elephant!

Between now and Sunday we invite you to visit World Elephant Dayand sign their petition and participate in their vision. Just click “get involved”. 
We also invite you to visit the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and learn more about their amazing work on behalf of Asian Elephants throughout Thailand and consider supporting their efforts.  Thank you!
We also encourage you to sign a petition, write a letter or foster an elephant! To participate in a campaign by signing a petition or writing a letter go to Elephant Advocacy’s campaign
To foster an elephant consider one of these wonderful organizations:
Elephant Nature Park (Elephant Nature Foundation)


Thank you for reading re-blogging and sharing with your family and friends.



Posted by on August 11, 2012 in 2012, animals, Elephant


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