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Lowery Leather & Crafts, Inc.

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Merry Christmas


We here at Lowery Leather would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!

I ain’t much good at prayin’, and you may not know me, Lord-
I ain’t much seen in churches where they preach Thy Holy Word,
But you may have observed me out here on the lonely plains,
A-looking after cattle, feelin thankful when it rains,
Admirin’ Thy great handiwork, the miracle of grass,
Aware of thy kind spirit in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night and know we’ve got a Friend.

So here’s ol’ Christmas comin’ on, remindin’ us again
Of Him whose coming brought good will into the hearts of men
A cowboy ain’t no preacher, Lord, but if you’ll hear my prayer,
I’ll ask as good as we have got for all men everywhere.
Don’t let no hearts be bitter, Lord; don’t let no child be cold.
Make easy beds for them that’s sick, and them that’s weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride, no matter what we’re after,
And sorta keep us on Your side, in tears as well as laughter.

I’ve seen old cows a-starvin’, and it ain’t no happy sight;
Please don’t leave no one hungry, Lord, on Thy good Christmas Night,
No man, no child, no woman, and no critter on four feet-
I’ll aim to do my best to help You find ’em chuck to eat.

I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord -ain’t got no business prayin’ –
But still I hope You’ll ketch a word or two what I am sayin’
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord – I reckon You’ll agree
There ain’t no Merry Christmas for nobody that ain’t free.
So one thing more I’ll ask You, Lord, just help us what you can,
To save some seed for freedom for the future sons of man!

Amen.

 

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Internet Blackout to Protest SOPA/PIPA

Internet Blackout to Protest SOPA/PIPA

Now I don’t know about you, but, the western world means that all is right with the world.  The cows are grazing, the horses are frolicking, and the garden in bountiful.   But outside this “greener pastures factor” lies the cyberworld.  This is a world that is touched by many, and read by almost everyone.  Information is well sought after, good reads just waiting to be read, worldly news is consumed, and well some true knee-jerkers are soaked up.  And for some, the ends to the means of the health (cash flow) of their business.  All hail the all mighty internet!

Lost in Cyberspace

 

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2011 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

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Merry Christmas


We here at Lowery Leather would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!

I ain’t much good at prayin’, and you may not know me, Lord-
I ain’t much seen in churches where they preach Thy Holy Word,
But you may have observed me out here on the lonely plains,
A-looking after cattle, feelin thankful when it rains,
Admirin’ Thy great handiwork, the miracle of grass,
Aware of thy kind spirit in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night and know we’ve got a Friend.

So here’s ol’ Christmas comin’ on, remindin’ us again
Of Him whose coming brought good will into the hearts of men
A cowboy ain’t no preacher, Lord, but if you’ll hear my prayer,
I’ll ask as good as we have got for all men everywhere.
Don’t let no hearts be bitter, Lord; don’t let no child be cold.
Make easy beds for them that’s sick, and them that’s weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride, no matter what we’re after,
And sorta keep us on Your side, in tears as well as laughter.

I’ve seen old cows a-starvin’, and it ain’t no happy sight;
Please don’t leave no one hungry, Lord, on Thy good Christmas Night,
No man, no child, no woman, and no critter on four feet-
I’ll aim to do my best to help You find ’em chuck to eat.

I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord -ain’t got no business prayin’ –
But still I hope You’ll ketch a word or two what I am sayin’
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord – I reckon You’ll agree
There ain’t no Merry Christmas for nobody that ain’t free.
So one thing more I’ll ask You, Lord, just help us what you can,
To save some seed for freedom for the future sons of man!

Amen.

 

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Ban Lifted on Slaughterhouses

Ban Lifted on Slaughterhouses

As feed costs continue to rise, and the bottom line of livestock sales couldn’t get any lower, there is hope looming in the balance today.  I read (The Associated Press) that in as little as a month, the use of slaughterhouses could become functional again.

That’s right.  The five year ban has been lifted!  This ban has taken hold of the livestock industry in a big way, and with the re-implementation of slaughterhouses, the livestock industry should start to see some economic recovery.  I don’t believe it will be overnight success, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Looking at just the facts, I can say, they are astounding.  Though there were four key (anti-slaughter) arguments for the closure of the slaughterhouses, overall they fell short on correcting what they thought was the problem.  Just incase everyone has forgotten what the arguments were for this closure, here they are;

1.  Unites States should not participate in such cruel, inhumane practices.
2.  United States should not provide horse meat to satisfy other countries’ needs when Americans do not eat horse meat.
3.  Horse owners will be responsible and take care of their horses.
4.  Horse owners have other methods to deal with unwanted horses, such as; euthanasia, burial, sell the horse, or send to a rescue facility.

I can’t help but wonder, how can laws be put in place that were based on emotion?  The mere facts alone are overwhelming and speak in volumes, that this may not have been the best decision for all concerned.  Yet, it took them five years to figure this one out.

Since the last slaughterhouse closed, neglect and abandonment of horses has been on the rise.  There are many rescue facilities that have been/are bulging at the seems to stay afloat and take in every horse they can.  But even at that, there is only so much room, so many volunteers, and so much money to go around.  And no federal backing has been forthcoming to ensure the care and welfare of these horses at these facilities either. The decision was made, then, they turned their backs and said the economy will fix itself.  Well quite the fix we’re in, aren’t we!  All those that are in/or closely linked to the horse industry know how it is.  It takes a lot of commitment (and money) to take care of the health and welfare of a horse (and that’s just one, imagine several). 

The very animals they were trying to help, they ended up putting in greater danger. Placing them in a prime position for starvation and abandonment. Though I’m sure this was not their intent, this was predicted to happen two years prior to the ban being in place. (no one wanted to hear the reality of that though).

Ok, I have to say I’m passionate about many things, and I’m sure you can tell this is most likely one of them. From an economical standpoint, slaughterhouses do effect the bottom line of every person associated to the livestock industry. (ie. Hay producers, feed mills, tack shops, horse prices, and sale barns) The plants are a necessity to the economic stability of the livestock industry.

Since the ban was implemented, horses are kept longer by their owners, until they are so poor, the rescue facilities are having to invest more time AND money to ensure the health of the animal.  Sure, there are other means to deal with unwanted horses, but no one seemed to take into account the environmental or economical impact this would have.  Ok WE did, but I’m talking the activists and law makers.  How’s that emotional decision working out for us financially?

Though the ban removal will have a potentially good impact on the industry, there are still problems with the lift.  With the signing of the bill presented by Congress to President Obama, and becoming law on November 18th, there is no funding available for horse meat inspections.  That expense will have to come from the United States Department of Agricultures’ already stressed budget.  And, to further exacerbate the situation, Congress and the White House, are planning on making more budget cuts, attempting to cut down federal spending.

But recovery is eminent and many are hopeful of the lifting of this ban.  So moving forward….

Pro-slaughter activists say they are scrambling to get a plant going — possibly in Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska or Missouri. They estimate a slaughterhouse could open in 30 to 90 days with state approval and eventually as many as 200,000 horses a year could be slaughtered for human consumption. Most of the meat would be shipped to countries in Europe and Asia, including France and Japan.

For the full story go here ~ Bottom Line – Horse meat may be back on the menu

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Current Events ~ Pictures with Santa


Santa Is Coming….
to

SIERRA MADRE HORSE SANCTUARY

Get your picture taken with SANTA!
November 26, 2011

The Holiday Open Ranch is open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Adults are asked to give a $5.00 donation
Children under 12 are free.

If you’d like directions or more information, call Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary
at (480) 747-1070

Picture courtesy of Sonoran News.

For the full article go here or here.
For more information on Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, visit here.

Article and Pictures are also featured in Bridle and Bit, and Sonoran News.

 

 
 

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