There is an insidious movement in the United States agricultural business circles. US agricultural representatives from the meat industry, have been soliciting business from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Japan, Belgium, and many other countries, trying to expand the market for US goods. What may surprise you is what the goods are.
United Equine, LLC, American Quarter Horse Association, Arabian Horse Association, Tennessee Walker Association, and many more, are pushing to open horse slaughter operations in at least three states.
United Equine, LLC's CEo and president Sue Wallis is stumping to get one opened in Rockport, MO. A California equipment rental business, Liberated L & E, LLC, based in Palmdale, CA, bought four parcels totaling about 234 acres near Hermiston, OR, at the promotion of Dave Duquette, president of United Horsemen's Association, a non-profit, pro-slaughter group.
The pro-slaughter groups have been buying our politicians, left and right. It is amazing to find out, and I encourage all of you to go to this website:http://wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/, and read everything he has to say on it. Then go to this site, and read about the plight of the Oregon wild mustangs: http://cowildhorse.org/, which is representative of all our horses, then go back to R.T. Fitch's site, the first one mentioned, and find his posting of the White Paper on Horse Slaughter. There are many organizations fighting this new horror. It is time we educate ourselves, so we can fight it too.
We have to be able to answer anyone who claims there is a horse overpopulation in this country, because it is a manufactured issue. Has any of the organizations people register their horses lineage at, ever once said, please don't purchase from backyard breeders, because there are too many horses? No! Yet, people continue to breed horses! What stands for dogs and cats, is also for horses. Geld your colts, and adopt one of the many beautiful existing horses.
The more we are informed, the better able we are to fight. Look for the petitions, the articles, everything. The general population of the US was polled, and 80% of us do not want our horses slaughtered for human consumption. There is so much wrong with this idea, that it boggles the mind!
The pro-slaughter group says that there are many neglected, abandoned, and starving horses, for which "humane slaughter" is the kindest option. BS. This has been proven to be an outright lie, for the horses they have in the holding pens are fat and healthy. The pro-slaughter groups would like to get in on the high end meat sales that horse meat brings in certain countries. A slaughterhouse will turn away a starving horse, or send it to a feed lot, to be fattened for the slaughter. It is not in their best interests to slaughter a horse that will represent bad meat. And if you've had the misfortune to watch one of the videos of horse slaughter, you know there is nothing humane about it. Not a thing.
Pro-slaughter groups like to say the captive bolt gun is the best way to kill a horse. But more often than not, it is not the end of the animals' suffering. I won't go into details here, but we are vegans for a reason.
The drugs that go into our pets, as horses are toxic to humans. It is hard to imagine that they could sell the horse as meat to foreign consumers, but they are pushing it hard.
When AG reps go to make a case for horse meat out of our pets, our national icons, they are doing it without the consent of its people. It is pulling a very sneaky game out of its bag of tricks, used to circumvent all the laws in place to protect our companion animals, and pets. First, the horse has not been designated as a companion animal, or pet, like the dog, or cat, or some birds. They are trying to label it as livestock, in order to distance us from them. They are sneaking the changes to the laws, overturning the ban on USDA inspections on horse meat, and ignoring the United States public's demand to treat our horses with dignity, and compassion.
It is obscene. The whole issue comes to a head soon, and we have to make our voices heard. Please go to the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, and support Fitch's efforts to save our horses, both our pets, and our national treasures, the Wild Mustangs are in grave danger.
Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)