Extinction is forever...
The time has come to stop thinking of horses like the Carolina Marsh Tacky as a "rare" novelty and begin looking at them as an endangered animal.
Many Americans have no idea that so many historical horse, pony and donkey breeds teeter on the brink of extinction. North America has viable breeding populations of over 25 different such breeds. Some are foreign and some are pure American. Sheer numbers will not save them. It requires sound breeding practices and good stewardship to keep the gene pools viably diverse and the breeds usefully productive.
As we begin to build individual breed pages over the summer of 2008, we invite you to browse our site and learn about the various breeds. Find out how each is unique, how these breeds are anything but museum pieces, and why they are endangered.
Most importantly, learn how you might become involved as an owner, future breeder, volunteer or financial supporter of some of the rarest equines in the world.
****NEW**** Shop at AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to the Equus Survival Trust.
4-H Ontario is dedicated to the personal development of youth while providing a positive impact on volunteers and communities in Ontario.
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has changed its name to The Livestock Conservancy.
It is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction.
Founded in 1977, the TLC is the pioneer organization in the U.S. working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock.
The Livestock Conservancy has officially switched email addresses!
While our old addresses will still forward, please make sure to add these new addresses to your contacts list for staff.
Alison Martin (Executive Director): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannette Beranger (Senior Program Manager): email@example.com
Ryan Walker (Marketing and Communications Manager): firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelique Thompson (Operations Director): email@example.com
Michele Brane (Information Manager): firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Hammett: email@example.com (If you haven't met Dorothy, she joined the team in April as an admin assistant)
Charlene Couch: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please welcome Charlene as our newest staff member - she joined the team as a part-time Program Coordinator)
You can also send email to: Info@livestockconservancy.org
1. Protection of the Owners and Breeders of Newfoundland ponies.
2. Protection for Buyers and Sellers of Newfoundland ponies.
3. Protection and maintenance of the integrity of the Newfoundland pony breed thereby enhancing the value of the pony.
Rare breeds of livestock carry valuable and irreplaceable traits such as innate disease resistance, heat tolerance, parasite resistance and mothering ability-qualities which may be needed at some time in the future. It is probable that a particular breed, now enjoying great popularity, may find its future jeopardized because of a shift in the factors that led to its predominant role. For example, consumer preference could begin to lean towards a different flavour or texture of meat, so the beef breed which dominates the market today could fall out of favor. Even more frightening, a highly inbred yet industry-dominating breed could be decimated by a serious infectious disease due to its genetic uniformity.
~ protect and preserve the breed
~ identify, select and oversee current breeding stock
~ inspect and appraise colts
~ maintain a registry and encourage registration of qualified stock and foals
~ promote interest in the pony and emphasize its value
~ propose standards which conform to the pony in its established form and not change these standards to conform with other ideals which do not relate to the established pony.
~ Canadian owned brand and company
~ Better selection of grades and personal quality assurance program
~ Omits expensive importing of bulk products from the U.S.
~ Updated packaging
~ Directly supports the actual producers and salt farmers who carry on the tradition of handcrafted, high mineral, natural sea salt production. This helps protect the wetlands and fragile ecosystem surrounding the salt production areas.
EQUUS SURVIVAL TRUST
Equus Survival Trust
525 Bartley Road
Lowgap, NC 27024
The Equus Survival Trust is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the traditional traits and the genetic diversity of historical equine breeds (horses, ponies and donkeys) threatened with extinction. The Trust supports these breeds by engaging in collective conservation efforts, educational promotions, and by supporting the network of endangered breed equine associations, and enthusiasts around the globe, with special emphasis on North America and breeds unique to North America.
The Equus Survival Trust's main thrust is providing grassroots education as it relates to endangered breed conservation:
(1) by creating or compiling new and existing public resources, and by organizing and/or supporting exhibitions, clinics and lectures and competitions or inspections that enhance conservation and preservation
(2) by focusing on supporting or creating conservation markets that enhance the survival of endangered equines while retaining the historical inner and outer characteristics of these breeds