Horses in Need Find a Champion in Author Sara Gruen
Released on = September 11, 2005, 5:32 pm
Press Release Author = Seana Pope
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Sara Gruen, bestselling author of the novel Riding Lessons
with her upcoming sequel Flying Changes (Nov. 1) is helping to save our horses from
Press Release Body = September 11, 2005 -- Once again, novelist and horse activist
Sara Gruen is rising to the defense of our most vulnerable equine friends.
Gruen, a lifelong horse lover, took on the PMU industry in her debut novel, Riding
Lessons. Gruen says she learned of the production of pregnant mares’ urine for use
in hormone replacement therapy while researching the book.
"I was horrified to discover that the foals that are quite literally byproducts of
this industry go to auction, and from there, almost always to slaughter. Now that
the health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy are known, the problem
has gotten worse. Hundreds of farms are closing completely. It’s no longer just the
foals that are at risk--the mares and stallions are also being auctioned off. It’s
heartbreaking. I had to do something."
Gruen donates a portion of her royalties to horse rescues and uses her media
appearances to raise awareness of the ongoing slaughter of thousands of horses in
North America. One of her supported charities--Live & Let Live Farm in Chichester,
NH--rescued and adopted out 104 PMU horses, half of them pregnant, this past winter.
They are currently seeking homes for thirty more horses scheduled to arrive in early
With her second novel, Flying Changes, Gruen continues the tradition. In addition to
the PMU horses, Gruen is taking on a new cause: working to get the Burns Amendment
The Burns Amendment (named for Senator Conrad Burns of Montana, who slipped the
unrelated rider into a 3000-page Appropriations Bill) removed almost thirty-four
years of protection from wild horse and burro populations, allowing them to be
auctioned off for slaughter. The American Farm Bureau Federation supported the Burns
Amendment and strongly opposed any legislation that would ban horse slaughter."Basically, they want the land for cattle grazing," Gruen says. "It’s disgusting,
nothing short of a death warrant for America’s wild horses. We have a chance to stop
this, but we need to act. Two bills have been introduced--S. 576 and H.R. 297--that
would repeal the Burns Amendment. I encourage--no, I beg--you to contact your
congressman and senators and urge them to reinstate protection of our wild horses
and burros before it’s too late."
Riding Lessons is available at bookstores everywhere with a suggested retail price
of $6.99. Flying Changes will be released on November 1, 2005 also at a suggested
retail price of $6.99, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.
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Web Site = http://www.saragruen.com
Contact Details = Press Contact: Sara Gruen
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