If you pay close attention to what's happening at a horse race, it's easy to see what a cruel sport it is. Some even call it a "blood sport". Horses are subjected to a multitude of abusive practices that are nothing short of inhumane.
Racehorses are considered a commodity and are "discarded" when they age out (commonly at 4-5 years old) or are severely injured and can no longer perform. PETA reports that "an estimated "unprofitable" or simply unwanted 10,000 Thoroughbreds from the U.S. are trucked to Canada or Mexico for slaughter each year". Others are dumped at farm animal auctions where their fate is uncertain.
Thanks to PETA, there have been many groundbreaking investigations that link the horseracing industry to horse meat consumption. In June of this year, New York passed a bill prohibiting the slaughter of horses who have been bred to race. You can read more about this milestone here.
Here is an article that will inform you more about the horseracing industry and how you can help end this cruel sport: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/…/the-hidden-cruelty-behin…/…
This is not about Daisy and Sidney’s romance but in case you’re wondering, they’re still going strong! 🥰😂
Now, onto the real reason for this post. 🔥
How can you prepare for an emergency? While we have spent the entire year prepping the land at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary for fire season, we also have been training the animals how to respond when we need them to load up quickly. Every week, we work with all species to get them comfortable with an evacuation routine. Most of the animals with CAPE have only been in a trailer or crate when being rescued from a difficult situation. Getting them comfortable loading up quickly is paramount to their safety.
We have created and practiced routines for all of the species that keep everyone safe. We started with making the trailers and crates a fun space- putting straw, hay and water inside the trailers. We left the doors open so the animals could explore the enclosures at their own pace. Then we listened to their needs.
Remy, an ex-racehorse who is deeply bonded to Renegade, a once-wild Mustang with Cushings Disease, would get clearly upset and anxious if he was loaded first and couldn’t see his friend. We now keep Renegade on the side of the trailer while loading Remy so they can see each other throughout the process. Howard, a pot belly pig, was very nervous loading into a crate. We began feeding him his meals inside the crate, moving the bowl farther in as his comfort level grew. He now eats all of his meals inside the crate and has no stress being guided inside. 🐷
For us, these routines have created peace of mind. Every week, we practice evacuation drills by loading the animals into trailers. After each drill, things get easier, more efficient, and less stressful. While the threat of fire is terrifying to think about, we hope to encourage you to run through your processes. This will help keep you and all of your beloved family members, both human and non-human, safe during a stressful situation.
❤️If you need help building your evacuation plan or packing your go bag, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first time we saw Remy, an ‘expired’ racehorse, he was standing in a pen at a livestock auction. He was severely underweight, had crusty eyes, dull coat, and sores covering his legs. He could barely walk due to untreated chronic hoof issues. His head hung low and his spirit looked defeated. It was easy to see that he had endured terrible cruelty. His eyes were filled with fear and confusion as he was brought into the ring for people to place their bids on him. We learned that Remy's main "bidder" had plans to slaughter him.
CAPE staff and volunteers were determined not to let that happen and we made sure that Remy came home to the CAPE Animal Sanctuary! He has spent the last five years recovering from the abuse he endured during his life as a racehorse. Considering the amount of pain and confusion he must have experienced before being rescued, it is truly moving to see the transformation this amazing and gentle horse has made.
Today Remy's hooves, which were badly deformed, have immensely improved. With continuous farrier and vet care, the abscesses in both of his front hooves and the wounds on his legs and body are a distant memory. Occasional x-rays are still needed to monitor the condition of his hooves. Remy also requires consistent hoof trims, specialized horseshoes, and therapeutic boots - all which keeps him comfortable and able to move freely without pain.
Remy's coat now glistens. His body is strong, muscular, and at a great weight. He is the leader of the equine herd, protective over the rescued burros and his Mustang friend, Renegade. Remy & Renegade’s friendship is truly magnificent to witness. They are deeply bonded and Renegade mirrors everything that Remy does. A very sweet brotherhood!
If you would like to support rescued animals like Remy, please donate today! ❤️ www.capeanimals.org/make-a-donation1.html
Hello Papa Antonio!
This sweet old man has been through a lot. He roamed free on public land for decades, but he was rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management and separated from his family. He spent the year prior in a Nevada prison getting little to no socialization.
We can only imagine how much stress and trauma he must’ve experienced. CAPE is proud to have partnered with American Wild Horse Campaign last year to offer Papa Antonio a peaceful life at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary with a rescued herd of burros.
He was transported to CAPE’s trusted vet immediately after rescue for a full health check and to learn how to trust humans and walk on a lead. He is the smallest burro in the herd, so we introduced slowly. Today, Papa Antonio is a vital part of the herd and we love him dearly. If we give him enough belly scratches and good grass hay, he will walk up for brushing, let us put a halter on, trim his hooves and load into a trailer. We have gained Papa’s trust and respect which means so much to us.
To learn more about BLM round ups and Papa's rescue, check out Episode 8 of CAPE’s Speaking of Animals: www.capeanimals.org/speakingofanimals
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