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Horse Collapses From Exhaustion While Pulling Newlywed’s Wedding Carriage Up Steep Hill

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I remember when I was really young, I used to think horse carriage rides were so cute. I’d see couples in romance movies laughing and cuddling while seated in the back of them, and I used to fantasize about what that would be like.

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It wasn’t until I got a little older that I started to realize just how cruel many of these carriage rides are for the actual horses pulling them. They are forced to pull extreme amounts of weight through all types of weather conditions, all while dodging traffic and pedestrians.

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They often develop respiratory conditions from breathing in exhaust fumes all day and excruciating pain in their legs from the overuse of pounding the pavement. Many horses have even died from this inhumane practice, often from heatstroke, and for what? Just so we can get from point A to point B or get a cute photo?

Just last week, another horse collapsed from heat exhaustion in Italy. The couple rode to their wedding in a horse-driven carriage, but the horse tragically fell outside of the church they were married in.

Someone recorded the incident, and you can watch the groom trying to help the horse back up. Thankfully, traffic was blocked off, so cars wouldn’t accidentally hit the animal. The horse, which had climbed an extremely steep hill pulling the bridge and groom along with a total of 400 kilograms, was overwhelmed by heat and exhastion.

Can you imagine dragging 400 kilograms, let alone up a steep incline? It’s no wonder this animal collapsed.

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The incident has not gone unnoticed though. Italian animal rights charities have threatened to file a lawsuit against the company involved, and a spokesman for the Italian Nucleus Operational Protection of Animals stated, “We have already written to local authorities to ask them to confirm the current conditions of the horse.”

You can watch the video footage of the collapsed horse below:

Why We Need to End Animal Cruelty 

We need to stop romanticizing animal cruelty. It’s not a piece of machinery that pulls heavy loads on these carriages, it’s a living, breathing animal. In today’s world, we no longer need to use horses, or any animal for that matter, for transportation purposes. We have cars, wagons, public transit, and other options for transportation.

Keep in mind that horse-drawn carriages are quite different from simply riding on horses. These horses are forced to bear heavy loads, breathe in toxic fumes, and endure injuries as a result of this practice.

We wouldn’t expect a human being to run through traffic and hope they wouldn’t get hit, so why do we expect horses to do so? Tons of horses have been injured or killed as a result of being hit by a car.

What’s worse is that these horses are not protected under the U.S. federal Animal Welfare Act, and so if animal cruelty is an issue with this practice (which it clearly is), the responsibility falls on local animal control.

Some policies are in place to prevent these horses from injury, but they are woefully inadequate. For example, in Charleston, South Carolina, drivers of horse carriages must take the rectal temperature of the horses after a tour when the temperature is hotter than 85 degrees. Keep in mind that this is done after the tour, so the horse could already be suffering from overheating or heatstroke.

Other places like Philadelphia have absolutely no regulations in regards to heat for horse-drawn carriages, and many other states are more lenient with their maximum temperatures for horse-drawn carriages. For example, in St. Augustine, Florida, horses wouldn’t be removed from their duties until the heat index reaches 105.

The worst part is that horses are considered property by law, and so older or injured horses are often slaughtered so their owners don’t need to spend any money on their medical bills. This happens all too often with horses all over the world, and in different industries, too. For example, horses used in horse racing are often slaughtered when they’re old or injured.

Final Thoughts 

Ultimately, horse-driven carriages are completely unnecessary in this day and age. We have far more sophisticated technology that’s not only more humane, but more efficient in getting us from place to place.

Ultimately, we should not want to perpetuate a society that condones animal cruelty. We need to start reflecting more on how our actions affect everyone and everything. Every action has a direct impact on something, whether that be another human, an animal, the environment, or whatever else!

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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