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Terri Farley
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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Not Quite a Win

Dear Readers,
The news on horse slaughter legislation is mixed.
I made a mistake in my blog the other day. Actually TWO of the horse slaughter houses are in Texas and the chairman of the committee trying to make sure they stay open represents Texas.
My grandfather (who was a lot like Wyatt, in the Phantom books) was a Texan and I know many Texans don't agree with this, so keep an eye on your Congressmen and Senators.
The decision made last night says that horses can't be inspected as horsemeat (that's good) after 120 DAYS! That's bad, since horses can be slaughtered all through the holidays until after Valentine's Day.
Another sneaky move being discuss by some Congressmen is killing the horses in the U.S., but sending their bodies to other countries for inspection -- thus getting around this law.
If you'd like to read more, here's a link to a very balanced article
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/lv-other/2005/oct/26/519 .
I'd like to give hugs to each of you who called to support the horses -- so here's a cyber-hug -- Thanks!
Best to you,
Terri


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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Real Cowboys Don't Eat Their Horses

Dear Readers,
Several months ago Congress voted to end funding of horsemeat inspectors.
After that happened, the bill went to the Agriculture committee. Now, some members of the committee may just X out this amendment TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER.
After an overwhelming majority in Congress voted for it, it is stunning to think that the committee would remove it, but that's what's about to happen if certain senators think they can get away with it.
Please let them know today that you are watching!
Check the list below and see if YOUR Congress person is listed. You can tell if s/he is from your state by looking after the Congressman's name. For instance, R-TX means a Republican from Texas. D-CA means a Democrat from California, etc.
If you want to end horse slaughter in America, please call and ask them not to remove the amendment.
A YES vote means that they voted in favor of ending horse slaughter If they voted NO, it means they wanted the slaughter houses to keep processing horses as human food.
Either way, they need to know how YOU and your voting parents feel!
What if your senator isn't on this list? Call anyway. The horses are an international treasure and you have a right to stand up for them!
The President's home state of Texas has one of the slaughter houses and he has approved legislation supporting it. Feel free to tell him what you think.
Thanking you for the horses,
Terri


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Members of the FY06 Agriculture Appropriations Bill
Conference Committee




Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

HOUSE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Name -------------------------------- Vote position ---- Phone -------- Fax


Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) YES 202-225-3661 202-225-4890
Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) NO 202-225-8490 202-225-5639
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL) NO 202-225-5235 202-225-5615
Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-CA) NO 202-225-2511 202-225-5444
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) NO 202-225-4404 202-226-0326
Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) YES 202-225-2861 202-225-6791
Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) YES 202-225-4711 202-225-5681
Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey (D-NY) YES 202-225-6335 202-226-0774
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) YES 202-225-4146 202-225-7711
Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) NO 202-225-5831 202-226-2269
Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) NO 202-225-6201 202-225-9249
Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) NO 202-225-5476 202-225-3301
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) NO 202-225-5861 202-225-6498
Rep. David R. Obey (D-WI) YES 202-225-3365 Not available


SENATE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Name ---------------------------------- Vote position ---- Phone -------- Fax

Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-UT) YES 202-224-5444 202-228-1168
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) YES 202-224-5653 202-224-9787
Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-MO) NO 202-224-5721 202-224-8149
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) NO 202-224-6521 202-228-1265
Sen. Conrad R. Burns (R-MT) NO 202-224-2644 202-224-8594
Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) YES 202-224-3954 202-228-0002
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) NO 202-224-5054 202-224-9450
Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-ID) NO 202-224-2752 202-228-1067
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) NO 202-224-2551 202-224-1193
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) YES 202-224-2152 202-228-0400
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) YES 202-224-3841 202-228-3954
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) YES 202-224-3254 202-224-9369
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) NO 202-224-5842 202-228-5765
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) N/V 202-224-5824 202-224-9735
Sen. Mitch McConnel (R-KY) YES 202-224-2541 202-224-2499
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) YES 202-224-4254 202-228-1229
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) NO 202-224-3004 202-224-2354


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Wednesday, October 19, 2005



Dear Readers,
Lots of you loved Faith, the blind filly in FREE AGAIN and THE WILDEST HEART and you've wondered about Penny, Brynna's blind mustang mare. Your questions have ranged from pity to outright disbelief that a blind horse could have a good life. So, when I did a booksigning last month and talked with Caddie Morgan, Community Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble about her blind mare, I begged her for details and photos.

Here's what Caddie had to say:

"My mare's name is Merry Dee. I could write you a whole book about her and all the things we've done! She's 20 years old, and half Appy, half Quarter Horse. She started losing her sight about 3 years ago. First it was only in the right eye, but now both eyes are affected. She has UV-itis and glaucoma.

Awareness about blindness in horses has sort of become my personal crusade. There are a lot more of them out there than we know, and a lot of them do things you couldn't imagine! I even know about a woman who JUMPS with a blind horse! Thanks for your interest...it would be neat to see my girl on your website."

And here's Caddie with her lovely Merry Dee!








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Monday, October 10, 2005






Author Terri Farley has always loved horses. In fact, she used to be one.
Shown above in her uniform as the Pioneer High School mustang, Farley is now the author of HarperCollins' Phantom Stallion series (over a million sold in 27 countries) which focuses on . . . wild mustangs. Coincidence? She thinks not.


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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Quick note

Here's the thing you guys --
Some of you have email filters and that's good. Some of you write to me from school, and schools have protective devices, too. So, if you're waiting for a note back from me and don't get it after two weeks, it may be because my emails to you are bounced back to me with messages like these:

Message undeliverable.

Your email address is not listed in the Address Book of ______.

"----- The following address had permanent fatal errors -----".



It's frustrating for both of us, but please know I'm not ignoring you!


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Fansites

Dear Readers,
Another Frequently Asked Question is why I don't list addresses of fansites on PhantomStallion.com or TerriFarley.com. The answer is simple: I'm afraid I'll leave someone out and I know readers work really hard to put together interesting, pretty and easy-to-navigate websites. One has a large collection of out-of-the-U.S. covers, fan fiction & art, and some of campaigns to get Breyer models and Phantom TV shows or movie made. All FANtastic stuff.
So, here's your invitation. If you have a favorite Phantom Stallion or Seven Tears website, please email me at farleyterri@aol.com, send me the Internet address so that I can check it out myself and tell me what you like about it.
During my next website update, I'll post addresses so that other readers can join you there.
Adios,
Terri


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Monday, October 03, 2005

Golden Retrievers with Hooves

Hi!
I get to do some of the greatest research! Lately I've been admiring BIG horses.
For a peek -- visit www.gvhwest.com, where you'll see some amazing Gypsy Vanners. One of these horses will play a role in book 23 of the Phantom series and though I knew Vanners were beautiful, I'd never spent time with them.
When I walked into a pasture of mares and foals (without food, they acted as if we'd been buddies for years. Really, mares and foals were cuddling and begging for scratches. The foals were romping & getting all four hooves off the ground, asking me to chase them.
Even the stallion, Romipen, was great. Lynn (his owner) turned him out into a big pasture & he charged the fence, clacking his teeth to scare his yearling son in the adjoining paddock. Then, he galloped around snorting and prancing and rearing to impress the mares in another pasture. But he still came when he was called a million times better than my dog. Amazing horse behavior -- especially since they just moved there and the horses are still settling in.
I don't get it...must be in their DNA from pulling those caravans all over Europe and camping with the kids each night.
Lynn said that anyone who's in the area of Lodi, California (not far from Sacramento), is welcome to stop in and visit. If you ever have the chance, you should take her up on it. Believe me, you won't be sorry.
Best,
Terri


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