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20 November 2006 - Vol. # 9

Call-in day successful - four new co-sponsors
horse at auctionThanks to all of your calls, four new co-sponsors, including Hillary Clinton, has signed on to the bill. But the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act -S.1915 must pass before Congress adjourns for the year.

Please call Senator Bill Frist, the Majority Leader, and urge him to get S.1915 out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Telephone number is (202) 224- 3344. Fax number is (202) 228-1264.

Only 6 Congressman vote - Kucinich is the only vote against
As many of you are aware, the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) passed in the House despite your outpouring of faxes, emails and phone calls. It only took 15 minutes to pass and although House membership is over 400, only six Representatives were on the floor to vote - and only Dennis Kucinich spoke out and voted against it. Read a first hand report from the day it passed on the NO Aeta's web site. This bill is expected to be signed into law by President Bush and will have a very chilling effect on those who advocate for animals.

Please make a point to contact your representative to tell him/her how dismayed and angry you are that they did not stand up for the constitution and first amendment rights. Ask for a meeting. Visit the NoAeta web site - for updates and talking points. To find your Congressman, click here.

Advocating about animal issues is the most compassionate and selfless cause - because it is not about our own rights but the rights of other beings who do not have a voice. Yet, this has caused us to be maligned and now with this bill - considered to be a separate class.

November 13th a shameful day for our country
Joe McCarthy"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.? - Pastor Martin Niemoeller

new magazine by the editors & publishers of The Animals' Voice
Horse Nation MagazineThe premier issue of Horse Nation - Fall 2006 - is now available. Published quarterly, this unique magazine is devoted to raising awareness about the plight of horses worldwide and offering resources and other information designed to alleviate their suffering and end their exploitation. For more information and to subscribe, visit

This issue features articles about horse slaughter, wild horses and burros, and horse rescue. In the great tradition of the Animals' Voice, the stories are hard hitting and the photographs beautiful. There is also an article, which I wrote about the carriage horse issue - "Not So Romantic -- the True Story Behind the Carriage Horse Industry in New York City."

Benefits the Coalition and CNEER
HOLIDAY CARDHoliday Cards, featuring Monty, the former carriage horse who was rescued from slaughter and is now living the good life in Massachusetts - will soon be available for purchase. The image at right is an example. The cards are a heavy quality paper with blue and white snow flakes on the front and back and will feature a series of five images of Monty frolicking in the snow and having the time of his life. The inside of the card, which is white, reads "May you enjoy the simple pleasures of this Holiday Season." The back of the card has a short story of Monty and the plight of carriage horses. Proceeds from the sale of these cards will go to the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages and Central New England Equine Rescue - home of Monty. These beautiful hand made cards with photos by Cheryl Syriac (copyrighted) will be $3.00 each plus postage and handling. There will be a limited quantity available so please let us know as soon as possible (e-mail address below) if you are interested and the approximate number you would like so we can determine our production. These are wonderful cards to send out or keep - no matter what holiday (or not) you observe. The cards will soon be ready for orders so please check our web site at by the end of the week.

ARTWORK STILL AVAILABLE - Some of the artwork that was donated to our recent Fund Raiser is still available - See our web site. These pieces would make an excellent gift for the holidays for a loved one or yourself! Now is the time to fill up those bare walls and donate to an excellent cause! All proceeds go to help the Coalition to Ban Horse Drawn Carriages.

this Saturday, November 25th
volunteers tablindThe Coalition to Ban Horse- Drawn Carriages will be tabling this Saturday, November 25th. If you can volunteer some time to help get signatures on petitions to the Mayor and City Council to ban the horse-drawn carriage industry, please contact Teresa at