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“United Organizations of the Horse”… AKA United *Slaughters* of the Horse

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on May 1, 2010


I want to give some information and facts behind an attempt to sugar-coat the ugly world of horse slaughter. It may be old hat to some of you, but to others it may not. Most of us know who Sue Wallis is… The woman who is PRO-slaughter, and did the *wonderful* write up in Range Magazine… Oh! And of course, let’s not forget…   

Legislator Information for Representative Sue Wallis
Party: Republican     District: House District 52     Counties: Campbell     House: 2007-Present
Contact Information: P.O. Box 71     Recluse, WY 82725     Home (307) 685-8248     Cell (307) 680-8515     sue.wallis@vcn.com
Occupation(s): Rancher / Writer-Poet    Birth Date: 10/9/1957    Spouse: Rod McQueary    Number of Children: 7     Number of Grandchildren: 1    Religion: Unitarian
Organization(s): Recluse Community Trust, Executive Director; Wyoming Humanities Council Board; Women in Government; Partnership for America’s Economic Success-Invest in Kids Working Group; WyoAg Sustainable Agriculture Coalition; WyoLearn League for Educational Accountability and Reform Network; Wyoming Early Childhood Partnership; Wyoming Assn for Public Charter Schools; Wyoming Humanities Council; KidsFIRST 24/7 Childcare Cooperative; Recluse Community Trust
Year Committee Name Membership
2010 House Revenue Committee Member
2010 House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee Member
2010 Select Committee on Legislative Technology and Process Member
2010 NCSL – Agriculture and Energy Member
2009 House Revenue Committee Member
2009 House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee Member
2009 Select Committee on Legislative Technology and Process Member
2009 NCSL – Agriculture and Energy Member
2008 House Education Committee Member
2008 House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee Member
2008 Select Committee on Legislative Technology Member
2007 Select Committee on Legislative Technology Member
2007 House Education Committee Member
2007 House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water Resources Committee Member

So now that we’re all refreshed on exactly who she is, let’s take a look at ole Slaughterhouse Sue’s big idea…   

Unified Equine Programs Implementation The concept for the Unified Equine Programs was solidified at an Implementation Summit that was held in Cheyenne, Wyoming on April 2nd, 2010. This was a historic meeting of key players, partners, and potential contractors to finalize plans and begin implementation of a suite of programs providing comprehensive services to the horse industry to rescue… [Read more of this review]   

May 14, 2009 unveiled the umbrella group: United Organizations of the Horse. Sue Wallis has been quoted as stating, “We need a voice that is capable of coherently and articulately communicating to a misinformed and emotionally manipulated American public.” She is a founder of the United Organizations of the Horse. The UOH website lists the following as their Founding Leadership Team:   

Tom Arens: UOH Treasurer, Fairview Equine Center, Markleville, Indiana
Baxter Black: Cowboy Poet, former large animal veterinarian, Benson, Arizona
Buster Black: Attorney, Tennessee Walking Horses, Georgia
Frank Bowman: Illinois Horse Council, American Horse Council—State Horse Council Advisory Committee, Springfield, Illinois
***Conrad Burns: American Quarter Horse Association, Arlington, Virginia***
Jeri Dobrowski: UOH Secretary, AMillionHorses.com, AbandonedHorses.net, Montana
Dave & Stephanie Duquette: United Horsemen’s Front 541-571-7588
Dr. Patricia Evans: Equine Specialist—Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Katherine Minthorn Good Luck: National Tribal Horse Coalition, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Pendleton, Oregon
Wylie Gustafson: Singer, Songwriter, Rancher, Horseman, Lacross, Washington
Darold Holden: Horse Welfare Council, 651-454-7196
David Howell: Indiana Horse Council, American Horse Council—State Horse Council Advisory Committee 317-714-4158
Trent Loos: Faces of Ag, Loos Tales, Loup City, Nebraska
Sharon Marohl: Missouri Equine Council, Clark, Missouri
Rod McQueary: Recluse, Wyoming
Carolyn Orr: State Ag and Rural Leaders, Council of State Governments—Midwest, Council of State Governments—East West Lebanon, Indiana
Bill & Jann Parker: Parker Horse Company, Billings Livestock Commission, Billings, Montana
John Radosevich: Veterinarian, Wheatland, Wyoming
Nancy Robinson: Livestock Marketing Association, Kansas City, Missouri
Charlie Stenholm: Livestock Marketing Association, Washington, D.C. & Texas
Krissa Thom: UOH Operating Manager, Marlette, Michigan 517-388-2844
Sue Wallis: UOH President & CEO, Recluse, Wyoming, 307-685-8248 ranch 307-680-8515 cell
Jacqueline Wells: Austin, Texas
Johnny Zamrzla: California Horse Council, Palmdale, California

Just seems like too much anti-horse / pro-slaughter hands in the cookie jar… Did you note that Conrad Burns is on the Founding Leadership Team? You know, Senator Conrad Burns from Montana (R-MT)… The one who slipped a “one-page rider into the 2005 budget-appropriations bill on the eve of the bill’s congressional deadline… It removed federal protection for wild horses. When some of Sen. Burns’s colleagues found out about the rider, they were outraged. Didn’t matter. President Bush signed off on the rider while the Administration altered Bureau of Land Management rules to undercut even further wild-horse protection. The House passed a measure with broad bipartisan support to reinstate legal protections for wild horses. Guess who exercised his prerogative to block it in the Senate? That’s right, Conrad Burns, the politician from Montana.

From the Wyoming Tribune Eagle Online: Horse slaughter plant may open here

Last modified: Saturday, April 24, 2010 12:48 AM MDT By Michael Van Cassell mcassell@wyomingnews.comCHEYENNE — A Wyoming state representative from Recluse is interested in opening a horse slaughtering facility in Laramie County, according to the director of the Wyoming Livestock Board. Earlier this year, Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, was one of several legislators to sponsor a bill that allows the “disposal of” stray animals, as opposed to their sale.
“She is interested in doing something with the horses that have no value anymore,” said Jim Schwartz, director of the Wyoming Livestock Board. Schwartz indicated there are several “investor types” in Laramie County interested in the facility. He deferred questions about the investors to Wallis. Wallis did not return several messages left on her cell phone Friday, nor was there an answer at her home number.
Derek Grant, public information officer for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, said such a plant would have to follow the same rules that other meat facilities do in the state. “We have not received any blueprints or an application for a permit,” he said. Grant did add that the meat at the potential facility is going to be used for animal feed. “We don’t really know where it’s going to be,” he said.
Patricia Fazio, who has been involved with animal welfare issues at the state and local level in Wyoming since 1994, said Wallis had “become a pariah among people like myself. I question the legality of it. I question the ethical and humane issues involved in this,” Fazio said. “I find it totally ghastly and disgusting.” Horses cannot be slaughtered for human consumption because those facilities must be inspected by USDA inspectors, funding for which has been taken away, according to Fazio. Fazio said such facilities create environmental problems. She said the facilities are noisy and smell. “If Cheyenne wants one, they’d better be well prepared for it, because it’s disgusting,” she said.
 

Negotiations begin in horse slaughter plan 

Last modified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:55 PM MDT By Michael Van Cassell mcassell@wyomingnews.com   

CHEYENNE — A Wyoming state legislator with designs to start a horse slaughter operation said Monday it would be part of a broader plan to rescue abandoned or unwanted horses. Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, said the nonprofit United Organizations of the Horse would accept donated horses, either from the Wyoming Livestock Board or individuals. She referenced a lot of about 230 feral horses the Wyoming Livestock Board sold recently for $1 each during a public sale in Rock Springs. Horses would be evaluated and either sent to rehabilitation, rejuvenation or slaughter, according to Wallis.
“We think that we will probably work up to the point where we’re killing 20 horses a day,” she said. Wallis said that since slaughter was taken off the table as an option for horses in America, the industry has fallen on hard times.
“Many of us believe that the best and responsible solution is humane slaughter and good use of that meat,” she said.
Wallis said the organization has started negotiations with the Wyoming Livestock Board to take over the Cheyenne stockyards across West Lincolnway from the former Hitching Post Inn. “It is not where we are going to slaughter horses,” Wallis said. She described it as being somewhat of an intake facility. Wallis envisions a mobile slaughter operation that can be taken to different areas of the state. She said one exists in South Dakota for buffalo.
She said they are working with Temple Grandin, an animal behaviorist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., on designing a humane slaughter process. The meat would primarily be marketed for zoo feed and pet diets, Wallis said.
“And we already have customers for those products,” she said. She believes there may be a small market for human consumption within the state.
Wallis said she has eaten horse meat on a trip to Canada and found it tasted good and was tender. “The rest of the world just sees this as an ordinary food source,” she said. It is unclear whether the federal government would consider horse products legal to enter commerce for human consumption, even within the state.
Congress yanked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s funding to inspect horse slaughterhouses in 2006, effectively shutting down such operations. The USDA cannot get involved. Interstate distribution of meat is barred. The particulars of canning the meat have yet to be worked out, according to Wallis.
“We are still evaluating possible locations, but it will probably be an existing meat processing facility somewhere in the state,” she said.
Dale Steenbergen, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, said if the possibility of a slaughterhouse coming to Cheyenne becomes more than a rumor, then the chamber may discuss it.
On a personal note, Steenbergen, who is involved in ranching, said it would be good to have some discussion on what to do with abandoned horses. He said that he had one turned out on him last year. “Is it better to starve them to death or put them down humanely?” he said. “We’ve got to figure out something to do because this is a huge, huge problem.”
The plan has caused a stir among the state’s animal welfare and animal rights activists, who question both the legality and morality of such a slaughterhouse.
Patricia Fazio, who has been involved with
animal welfare issues at the state and local level in Wyoming since 1994, said horses are not meat animals like cattle. Fazio said horse meat can be contaminated and is not safe for consumption. She also questioned how big of a problem abandoned horses are. “Our conclusion is it’s kind of a ploy that they’re using,” she said. Fazio said there are other horse rescue operations operating in the West. “There is no need to do horse slaughter,” she said. “I agree there are some animals that are sick or beyond helping from a medical point of view we should just be euthanizing,” she said.
Jeannine Stallings, a Cheyenne resident who is the founder and president of
Wyoming Advocates for Animals, said she is disgusted by the idea of a horse slaughter and cannery. “I just can’t believe anyone can be so mean spirited as to even consider such an idea,” she said.   

(The Wyoming Livestock Board held a meeting on April 06, 2010 of its board members. On the agenda was none other than Rep. Wallis speaking about the United Organizations of the Horse.)   

 

   

  

And from the Rapid City Journal: Wyo. faces heat over new horse slaughter law 

Joan Barron Casper Star-Tribune | Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 7:30 am | (6) Comments   

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A plan to give the Wyoming Livestock Board an alternative to selling abandoned horses is getting stiff opposition from animal rights advocates. And it is coming even before the new law goes into effect July 1. The plan by members of the United Organization of the Horse is to set up something like a triage operation at the old railroad stockyards in Cheyenne for abandoned or unwanted horses. The horses would be screened and provided rehabilitation, training or slaughter, depending on their condition. The plan is ultimately to market horse meat in the state.   

Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Gillette, was the prime sponsor of House Bill 122, which was signed into law by Gov. Dave Freudenthal. “The animal rights people have put this on their agenda,” Wallis said last week in a telephone interview. She said members of the United Organization of the Horse met April 2 and developed a plan for a “unified equine system.” If people have horses they cannot sell or keep, they can donate the horses to the nonprofit United Organization of the Horse and get receipts for tax deductions for the value of the horses, Wallis explained.   

Brand inspectors and law enforcement officers who find starving horses can turn them over to the organization if they can provide clear titles, she added. If the horses are in reasonably good condition, they would go into a rejuvenation program with special food and care. If they have any potential and are in good shape, they can go into a rescue and training program. Horses unsuitable for slaughter, such as horses with foals, will be held. Horses that are old and past a productive life or are dangerous and untrainable will be slaughtered, but in a humane way, Wallis said.   

Her group, she said, is working with Dr. Temple Grandin at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, an animal behaviorist and scientist who is autistic and has special empathy for animals. Grandin, Wallis said, will design a humane system for the slaughter of the unwanted horses. For more on this story, go to http://www.trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_a90d6dd2-0a74-5e90-ac5d-6f582ff352e3.html   

ASPCA | The ASPCA Urges Governor Crist to Sign Horse Slaughter Bills Apr 30, 2010 H.B. 765 and S.B. 1708, which have passed both the House and Senate unanimously, would make horse slaughter in Florida a felony offense and (read more…)   

Mary Nash’s Horse Meat Website Warning: Some pictures and video on this website are disturbing. This website is a collection of articles, correspondence and photographs related to the slaughter of America’s majestic horses. Mary Nash passed away in 2005 at her home, a few hundred yards away from Dallas Crown horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas.  It was her life’s dream to see the end of horse slaughter. This site will be continued in her honor by those who believe as she did.   

So here’s the bottom line:

You can slap a coat of paint on an outhouse all you want, but it’s still an outhouse full of shit.

T.

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38 Responses to ““United Organizations of the Horse”… AKA United *Slaughters* of the Horse”

  1. LOUIE COCROFT said

    TRACIE, YOU REALLY SCORED AGAIN! WE ALL NEED TO GET ON THE BANDWAGON AND PUSH THE PREVENTION OF EQUINE CRUELY ACT THROUGH. THAT WOULD STOP ALL OF IT.
    H.B. 503 AND S.B.727
    WE NEED AN ONLINE PETITION AND A MASSIVE LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN. I JUST SENT PRIORITY MAIL LETTERS TO MISSOURI. THEY HAD A PRO HORSE SLAUGHTER BILL ON THEIR AGENDA. HAVEN’T HEARD YET HOW THAT WENT. I THINK THE ONE IN TENNESSEE WENT DOWN. WILLIE NELSON AND HIS DAUGHTER JUMPED TO FIGHT THAT ONE.

  2. LOUIE COCROFT said

    DOES IT SEEM MORE THAN COINCIDENCE TO ANYONE ELSE THAT ALL OF THE STATES ARE RAMPING UP FOR SLAUGHTER PLANTS AT THE SAME TIME OF THE PROPOSAL TO MOVE THE HORSES TO THE MIDWEST AND EAST? WONDER WHAT BIG LAND DEAL HAS BEEN MADE UNDER THE TABLE THERE? WHAT A SHAME THAT PEOPLE ARE SO “EMOTIONAL” ABOUT THIS CAUSE. SURE MAKES IT INCONVENIENT FOR THOSE AGENDAS, DOESN’T IT.

  3. LOUIE COCROFT said

    DIDN’T BURNS GET THROWN OUT OF OFFICE? IT DIDN’T DO HIM ANY GOOD.

  4. LOUIE COCROFT said

    JUST CHECKED THE ANIMAL LAW COALITION WEBSITE. THIS IS AN UPDATE ON THE MISSOURI BILL

    MO Pro Horse Slaughter Proposal Attached to Another Bill
    Posted Apr 30, 2010 by lauraallen
    o Horse Slaughter

    Update April 30: This week the chair of the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee, Sen. Dan Clemens, publicly announced “there will be no further legislative progress on H.B. 1747”.
    While he was making that announcement, Rep. James Viebrock simply moved the provisions of H.B. 1747 to another unrelated bill, S.B. 795. The provisions of H.B. 1747 were attached to S.B. 795 which passed the House Agriculture Committee and could be voted on by the full House of Representatives as early as Monday, May 3, 2010. Find a copy of the House Committee Substitute bill here.
    WHAT YOU CAN DO
    There is no time to waste: Find your Missouri state representative here. Find names and contact information for all Missouri state representatives here. Contact them (fax and phone are best) and urge them to vote NO to the House Committee Substitute, S.B. 795!

  5. LOUIE COCROFT said

    IT IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE, NOT JUST MISSOURI RESIDENTS TO WEIGH IN ON THIS

  6. Suzanne said

    Oh, I’ve known about “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis for a while now. She is the most thoroughgoing, lying, miserable psycho in the world. Hmmmm…… we anti-slaughter peeps REALLY dislike this person.

    Your bottom line is perfect. You will rejoice to learn that her plans have been completely derailed. NO SLAUGHTERHOUSE. Awwwwww!

    R.T.Fitch blogs about her quite often. Check this http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/new-tourist-attraction-horse-meat-in-wyoming/ and be SURE to watch the video at the end of the post. ;o)

  7. I am very glad to hear that the awareness of this (well, I won’t say what I want to, but I’m sure you can guess) *person* and her efforts towards slapping on a coat of paint are well known. I wanted to make doubly sure of this as some may think it’s all fine and dandy.
    Further though, I wanted to be sure that everyone was aware of the groups and organizations who also had jumped on this bandwagon. There are quite a few prominent parties involved in this venture. It’s a little disheartening, and at the same time not surprising.
    I for one was actually a little taken aback to find that Conrad Burns was involved. I was under the impression that he had been basically black-balled by everyone in the Equine world for being underhanded and dirty. Didn’t matter if they agreed with him or not, it was his methods to “get the job done”. That was their issue even if they thought it was an ok deal. Guess I was wrong about that one too.
    Baxter Black is the one who surprises me the most. I’ve known of Baxter Black all of my life. I used to read his poetry as a kid and always thought it was so neat and pretty. His ideals seemed to always come through as genuine and atruistic. Of course, the world through the eyes of a child can be seen as innocent. As adults, we find the cold hard truths are much different.
    T.

    • Suzanne said

      Yeah, it does hurt when someone we “thought” we knew allies themselves with something as smelly as this. I’d like to give a person the benefit of the doubt and say well, maybe they don’t know the REAL facts. But, really, after everything that’s been posted and printed,
      it’s hard to understand how an OBJECTIVE person would remain so uninformed. Maybe it’s possible, but a person REALLY should inform themselves before taking a position on something as controversial as this – not to mention that it involved the fate of living creatures!

      Notice all the state horse councils that are on there – including the one in Indiana (gag!) In their last publication, Sue was saying that it was the fault of these “animal rights activists” – that’s what we ALL are – that the govt. was spending so much tax money on the mustangs. She blamed us for the Salazar plan – she called it a “government land grab” and we were forcing this huge increase in BLM funding in this terrible economy. (sob!) WE are behind all of it! I’m not making this up. I wish I were. That’s the kind of stuff Sue spouts all the time.

      I was SO MAD I had to wait a while before I shot off my email to the IHC. Hell, I dropped my membership over this, but they still send me this blithering pub. with something from SUE in every issue.

      Anyway, THIS slaughterhouse is NOT gonna be built.

  8. Linda said

    My comments aren’t posting. I’m trying to find out why.

  9. Linda said

    Opened the “Unified Equines Program Implementation” link. I hadn’t seen it before. Once I started, I read every single page, and hope you’ll do the same. I’m putting up this link instead of the Home Page, because it cuts to the chase, no matter how the other pages try to “pretty up” horse slaughter.

    http://www.unitedorgsofthehorse.org.php5-12.dfw1-1.websitetestlink.com/?page_id=2

    Make sure you open the “Unified Equine System Flow Chart”. I found the mention of importing “USDA Approved” horsemeat from Canada for distribution and sale THROUGHOUT the U.S. (I imagine to get around keeping it in-state, at least at the beginning) especially disturbing. Also check out the “National Do Not Slaughter Registry”. To me, it pretty much states you’d have to pay THEIR organization at least a percentage to keep your microchipped horse from being killed within 72 hours.

    From my perspective as a former advertising and marketing pro, this is one slick piece of deception. We need to publish something just as professional to counter it – point-for-point. I know we have a number of folks in our community that can help put it together. We’ll need some kind of non-profit umbrella, or maybe even start a new organization.

    Please tell me if this has already been done. If not, I’m ready to help in any way I can.

    • Suzanne said

      Well, several of us, myself, R.T. Fitch, John Holland and others have disputed her, but I don’t believe I’ve seen a point-by-point rebuttal. Like, for instance, there is no “USDA Approved” horse meat, from Canada or anywhere else. Thus, it cannot be distributed in the US because it’s NOT USDA approved. This woman is NUTZ!

      That “Do Not Slaughter Registry” is a real howler. As if. That’s what they used to tell us about brands. Until they found a piece of horse pelt on the floor of Dallas Crown with a brand on it. The brands were a deterrent to thieves, sometimes, because unbranded horses were all over, so why take the chance? And, my horse’s brand probably did save his life when they hit the boarding stable I used in Dallas. Took the horse NEXT to mine, the one ACROSS THE ISLE, and another down the SAME ROW. Needless to say, I went into shock.

      But if brands didn’t really help once they were taken, how the H**L is an INVISIBLE microchip gonna deter those dolts that work in those plants? PLEASE!

      I’m getting worked up here… Now, there MAY be a point-by-point somewhere that I haven’t seen. But, you’re right – it needs to be done, and it needs to be somewhere that people will SEE it – lots of traffic kinda place. Maybe we SHOULD band together in order to get the word OUT.

      I’ll continue to rummage around – like I always do ;o)- but I really don’t think such a thing has been done except maybe as a PDF. PDFs are great, but does a mildly curious web surfer download a PDF?

      Anyway, you KNOW I’m always available for such stuff. I have what most horse owners don’t have – EXPERIENCE. Any MY horse wasn’t even stolen…

  10. LOUIE COCROFT said

    WHAT STATE STILL HANGS HORSE THIEVES?

  11. Linda said

    RE: MISSOURI HORSE SLAUGHTER BILL. This is the page from Kinship Circle. I’m adding it to a lot of posts on slaughter, because I want it to reach the widest audience possible. My OUTRAGE isn’t just about the bill itself, but the underhanded and downright dangerous tactics by the opposition.

    The page was apparently hacked and unavailable for a time, but has since been restored – who knows for how long. What happened to them should be illegal. I hope someone is recording those harassing phone calls & caller IDs.

    http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new2.asp?LetterID=1894&seriesfirst=true

  12. LOUIE COCROFT said

    THERE IS A FORMER ELECTED OFFICIAL FROM TEXAS THAT HAS WRITTEN IN DEPTH ABOUT THE ABSOLUTE HORROR THAT THE SLAUGHTER PLANT CAUSED THEIR TOWN–ALMOST BANKRUPT THEM. THEY HAD TO GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO GET RID OF THE PLANT, AND EVEN THEN IT TOOK IT’S TIME LEAVING. SHE ALSO DESCRIBES THE AGONY THAT THE ANIMALS WERE PUT THROUGH. RESIDENTS HAD TO ENDURE THE WHOLE THING. SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OUGHT TO THINK ABOUT THAT–THOSE THINGS STICK LIKE GLUE TO A POLITICAL CAREER.

  13. Cross posting a comment for:
    LOUIE COCROFT

    THIS IS OFF TOPIC, BUT I JUST FOUND IT ON RT’S WEBSITE. WANT TO PUT IT WHERE IT CAN BE SEEN

    Update May 7, 2010: The pro-horse slaughter provisions from Missouri H.B. 1747, that were sneakily buried in S.B. 795, an unrelated bill, were NOT withdrawn or removed by amendment from S.B. 795 on May 5 as previously reported.
    S.B. 795 is currently in a conference committee because the Senate has refused to concur in the House Committee Substitute which passed the House with amendments, including the pro-horse slaughter provisions. If you live in Missouri, find your state senator here and urge them to reject the pro-horse slaughter provisions from H.B. 1747 that are buried in S.B. 795.
    Contact Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon. Here is more contact info for the governor:
    Office of Governor Jay Nixon
    P.O. Box 720
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    (573) 751-3222

  14. LOUIE COCROFT said

    LINDA, I PULLED UP THE LINK THAT YOU POSTED. THE OPERATIVE WORD IN THEIR AGENDA IS “EQUINE INDUSTRY”, WHICH IS PROBABLY THE MAJOR PRODUCER OF “UNWANTED HORSES”.

    • I’ve actually given this one quite a bit of thought over the past ten years or so… In rescue, the #1 type of horse we receive is the “grade” type horse – one who is the product of indiscriminate breeding. I’ve toyed with the idea for as long as I can remember of trying to push legislation thru that would require a permit for Equine breeding regardless of whether or not the parents are registered. Be it city, county, state or federal, an individual who cannot show proof of the foal’s permit would be subject to a hefty fine and/or jail time such as with an animal cruelty or neglect conviction. Additionally, the owner would have to purchase a “late permit” for the horse(s) in question in order to become compliant with the law. The money received from the purchase of said permits, the fines, etc. could be appropriated specifically toward the budget for such a program to operate. And if it were a requirement for the city, county or state, the revenue would definitely be there as they owners would have no choice. Owners who are responsible would not have a problem with purchasing the permits because they are just that: responsible. Irresponsible owners would have a problem with it because it would put a damper on their irresponsible activities… such as breeding indiscriminately for purposes other than altruistic, i.e. more meat for slaughter, PMU mares, laboratory testing subjects, or as an irresponsible breeder of abnormal-genetic-anomaly-prone horses. The enforcement process would also not be all that difficult as the horses are generally required to have a Coggins test and paperwork stating proof of a negative result before the horse can be sent to slaughter etc. No permit, no Coggins papers.
      T.

      • Suzanne said

        That might be what it takes – which is fine with ME – but the big breed associations and their lobbyists have so far forced the statue quo. The Horse Protection Act has been hung up in Committee for years.

        These people never mention the new EU rules about meat safety – with standards that virtually NO American horse can meet, if for nothing but Bute, and there are plenty of others as well. Canada has said by 2013, a “passport” system like the one in the EU will be required for any horse presented for slaughter. Even before that – end of this July to be exact – will require sworn documentation. I’ve no doubt these sleaze balls will circumvent the rules if they can, but with all the world wide attention on this issue, would they dare? In any event, it would make the project much less appealing to foreign investors.

        Believe me, the Canadian kill buyers are worried – VERY worried. They think it will destroy the market for American horses. Whether that’s bad of course, depends on your viewpoint!

  15. Linda said

    I’m posting the 2009 American Horse Council Welfare Code of Practice so people can see what the signatories say they are “committed” to doing. Will the AHC monitor these organizations to see if they’ve fulfilled their commitments? I suspect not, but who knows?

    http://www.horsecouncil.org/WelfareCode.php

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