This is a direct quote from a PSA today. They are up in arms and Slaughter House Sue is braying at them to `circle the wagons’ in light of their defeat today. Actually, they view today’s events as a personal defeat. I tend to view it as a victory for horses. I guess it just goes to show you the differences in mindsets. However, I agree with this PSA’s statement. Most people really do know `bullshit’ when they hear it, or if they read it. That is exactly why the PSA’s went down in flames today.
The United Horsemen have been the most vocal of the PSA side for quite some time. They don’t let their mission get clouded by logic or facts, they push forward their message with fear mongering and embellishments bordering on outright lies. Because their true motives and mission is so distasteful to any person that has a conscience, they have packaged it all up to make it look like they are the good guys and only trying to help. They have proposed some programs to show you that they are in it for the horse. Think of it like a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down…..Let’s break these `programs’ down, shall we?
According to the United Horsemen website “The Horse Rescue, Rejuvenation, & Slaughter Program offers an unprecedented, comprehensive, solution to the unwanted horse problem, with the highest standards of care and a range of options for each horse. It establishes a sanctuary for horses who are starving, neglected or otherwise suffering; re-trains and re-homes horses who are potentially useful for riding, equine therapy, or other jobs; and provides quality care and a quick, painless death through humane slaughter for horses who are unsuitable for any other purpose.” Wow, if they are able to do all this, they should be able to save the world too! First off, rescue and slaughter do not and will never go hand in hand. Most rescues are founded with the mission of saving horses from slaughter, not for slaughter. Now you have a slaughter group that wants to `rescue’ horses. From what????? Rescue them from getting good homes? Is it a coincidence that one of their mouthpieces, The Holy Mother Theresa Manzella also runs a rescue?
Let’s talk about their `highest standards of care’. Who will be doing the care and where will it be? Does anybody else get the idea that this alleged care will consist of fattening them up and holding them for a determined amount of time to clear their system of drugs? I’m going to go ahead and leap to the conclusion that this care will take place on feedlots conveniently located in close proximity to slaughter facilities.
The UH is also going to re-train and evaluate horses for re-homing. Hmmm. Isn’t Captain Douchebag, Dave Duquette a frustrated horse trainer? I suppose he’s going to be involved on that end of things. Then we have the question of how does one get one of these re-trained horses? I’m assuming you’re going to have to buy it from them at an inflated price. This money will enable them to go out and buy even more horses for their `programs’. Funny, I recall one of Naughty Tobiano aka Mendy’s complaints was that rescues that sell horses aren’t rescues but brokers. So, a federally funded horse brokerage?
The other part of this quote is the quick, painless death for unsuitable horses. What makes a horse unsuitable and who gets to decide? We already know that the old, frail and skinny horses are not suitable for dinner plates, so I’m still not sure what they plan to do with those ones.
All of these programs will supposedly be complimented by their Equine Assurance program. This is where they `address both animal welfare issues and food quality and safety issues through licensing, certification, and training;’. I’m not sure what they are licensing, certifying or training other than the actual horse killers. Still no word on who will be doing all this licensing ,training and certifying either. I suspect Captain Douchebag will have a heavy hamfist in this as well.
Yet another `program’ is the Horses For Humanity Program. UH website states “which is specifically focused on using horse products for charitable purposes where horse meat can be provided to the hungry, or be contributed as pet food to nonprofit animal shelters.” So, basically a flowery way of them saying they want to start feeding the ground up lips and assholes to the poor people. Yup, poor people will now get to suffer the additional indignity of having horse meat thrust upon them or go hungry. You know the prime cuts are headed straight to Europe or expensive domestic niche markets. I’m sure the majority of non-profit animal shelters will be exotic `sanctuaries’. Don’t forget this is the same group that is up in arms about a proposed ban on private ownership of exotic cats. Guess who breeds and sells exotic cats? Holy Mother Theresa Manzella!
The last hilarity from UH is their National Do Not Slaughter Registry. That’s where you can put a chip in a horse and that they will scan it when it goes to slaughter. If your name comes up, you will have three days to respond to them or the horse gets killed anyhow. So, you better never be on vacation or move, because if that horse you sold four years ago turns up for slaughter and you don’t answer your phone, he’s getting killed anyhow. It doesn’t even begin to address stolen horses. It isn’t unusual for stolen horses to show up at auctions with their brands altered or cut out. It sure won’t be a leap for criminals to cut out a chip. How are they going to make sure these id chips are available to each and every single person that wants one at a cheap price?
Another factor in all these proposed programs is cost. Who is going to fund the cost of all these programs? It certainly won’t be the European investors that are backing Slaughter House Sue. They are in this strictly for profit. Taxpayers certainly won’t want to foot this bill. They don’t even want to fund the USDA inspections to kill horses. Even if the UH magically managed to be able to implement these programs, they would basically wipe out the profit margin for their slaughter houses. We know that’s never going to happen. They also haven’t really said WHEN they planned to implement these programs. Good faith would have them all in place prior to the opening of slaughter houses. I suspect it would be a case of open the slaughter houses and then we’ll work on the rest. There may be a minimal half assed attempt some time after the plants re-opened, but they would never get off the ground. If they wanted to show good faith they should have been working to put some of these programs in place PRIOR to getting slaughter houses re-opened. So far they are nothing more than a pie in the sky fantasy that they have sold to their simple-minded minions to push forward their ultimate agenda of lining their pockets.
Perhaps the biggest lie of them all is that slaughter houses will fix the problem of unwanted and neglected horses. I’m not really sure how they think that it will. It isn’t even in debate that meat horses will be young, healthy and in good weight. Are there really so many healthy, young horses that nobody wants? Give me facts, not shouts of YES there is!. It also won’t address the issue of neglect. Most of the big scale rescues of horses have been from people who would do it anyhow with or without slaughter. A case in point was the Many, Louisiana rescue.
In January of this year, 60 starving Thoroughbreds were seized from a single owner in Many. The herd consisted of mares, foals and a few stallions. There were dead horses in the fields and many of the younger stock did not make it. Would slaughter have fixed this? No. The owner of these horses denied it was that bad and fought tooth and nail to keep his horses. These people will still exist. They are either so cruel, suffer from mental illness or both that they aren’t the people who send horses to slaughter. While a large-scale neglect case, it is by no means isolated. I will repeat it again: SLAUGHTER WOULD NEITHER FIX OR PREVENT THIS.
So, PSAs can continue to call up their state reps, start a million websites and special interest groups to push their agenda. They will continue to prey on the ignorant and unsophisticated into buying their lies. The only downside to no slaughter is that it robs the rest of us the joy of saying `I told you so’ when Slaughter House Sue and her butt monkeys take the money and run. I’m perfectly fine with that. I’ll take even more joy when the Senate wipes this out and the horses win.