Success Stories

Key Accomplishments

Date: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 09:15

While there is no way to list all of our activities here, we did want to highlight a few of our accomplishments – successes only possible thanks to our kind-hearted and compassionate supporters. Be sure to visit our investigations page for information on our ongoing programs. To stay up-to-date and have AA news delivered right to your email, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter

 

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Animals’ Angels undercover investigations continue to expose horrific abuse of horses, pigs, dogs, birds and cows. We conduct hundreds of investigations each year nationwide.

EU Consumer Awareness Campaign Going Strong

  • Our EU Consumer Awareness Campaign, which launched in 2012, continues to move forward and create positive changes for horses trapped in the slaughter pipeline. The initial expose based on our investigations uncovering the realities of horse slaughter which aired in Switzerland created a firestorm of reaction with grocers immediately pulling more than 50% of horsemeat products off the shelves.  Switzerland’s largest retailer cut ties with Bouvry Exports altogether, followed by yet another major importer who opted to do the same.

Invited to Meet with the EU Commission

  • In July 2014, Animals’ Angels met with the EU Commission to present them with our documentation and evidence detailing the stark truth behind the horse slaughter industry. As the only U.S. organization ever invited to make a presentation to the EU Commission about horse slaughter, we are thrilled to have their ear to raise awareness to the atrocities of this predatory industry. We continue to provide routine reports and updates to the EU legislators.

Evidence Leads to EU Ban on Horsemeat from Mexico

  • AA’s evidence from our EU Campaign had a strong effect on EU legislators which led the EU Commission to completely ban horse meat from Mexico. Thousands upon thousands of equine lives have been saved since this ban was put into place.

Police Training

  • Our groundbreaking training program on the enforcement of slaughter horse transport laws geared directly to law enforcement agencies, which debuted in 2013, continues to make the rounds as we meet with law enforcement nationwide to provide this one-of-a-kind opportunity. The program has met with great success and has not only provided resources to those officers in the field but will also establish a line of communication and a support network for animal welfare calls.

In the News and Art

  • Animals’ Angels footage has been used in four fantastic anti-horse slaughter documentaries – “Saving America’s Horses," “Wild Horses in Winds of Change,” "Their Last Ride," and "From the Kill Pen."
     
  • Our devotion to horses inspired the hauntingly beautiful song ‘Ride it Out ~ A Song for Slaughter-Bound Horses’ and our footage is showcased in the music video. 
     
  • Animals' Angels was featured in Blood Horse Magazine, discussing not only the atrocities of the horse slaughter industry but the cruelties and appalling abuse that many farm animals face at auction. 
     
  • Our reports on Equine Blood Farms, Slaughter Empire of Mike McBarron, and the decline of horse meat imports into the EU were featured in The Inside Rein.
     
  • “The Kill Pen” by KNOE News, airing in two segments, exposed the truth behind the Stanley Brothers’ operations but also discussed the burgeoning business of the kill pen/broker program business.
     
  • The Animals' Angels awareness campaign on behalf of the SAFE Act has reached a vast network of people with no signs of slowing down until we succeed in our task.  We recently partnered with the ASPCA to create an educational and moving PSA on horse slaughter which premiered at the 2015 Hampton Classic Horse Show

Creating Change and Holding Abusers Accountable

  • Animals’ Angels is the only U.S. organization invited to meet with the EU Commission to present material on the horse slaughter industry.
     
  • AA’s evidence facilitated the ban on the use of double-decker trailers for the transport of slaughter bound horses. 
     
  • We were successful in pushing to close the loophole in the equines to slaughter transport regulations that originally pertained only from auction to slaughter plant or feedlot to slaughter plant, whereas now it encompasses the entire transport routes and includes protections at all transport points. 
     
  • Canada enlisted stricter regulations on slaughter horse transport due to documentation from our investigations.
     
  • Evidence obtained from our undercover investigations resulted in two separate convictions for animal cruelty against the New Holland Sales Barn, the largest livestock auction on the East Coast.
     
  • Our evidence led to the indictment of Dennis Chavez, owner of Southwest Livestock Auction in Los Lunas, NM, garnering international exposure to the issue of horse slaughter.
     
  • Animals’ Angels secured documentation of the hidden trade with race horses which led to felony cruelty charges being filed against the offender, Kelsey LeFever.
     
  • Our undercover footage of the Farmerstown Dog Auction in Ohio contributed to the closure of the facility.
     
  • Our intervention saved two former race horses from a gruesome death at a Canadian slaughter plant. The horses were returned to the relieved owners.
     
  • Our meeting with auction management and local authorities in Sugarcreek, OH led to significant improvement of one of the most notorious slaughter horse auctions in the country.