I think that by now, we should all be used to the flawed logic that comes from the PSA side of things. You can produce fact after fact from any number of credible sources and nothing will diminish their blood lust. The thing that confounds me the most is that the majority of these people do this under the pretense of loving horses. They have convinced themselves that only real horse people should have a say in the issue because only real horse people know that slaughter is the only solution. Oh really? I guess then maybe only `real’ horse people should be paying for the funding for USDA inspections too? Today, I saw one of the typical PSA responses on the United Horsemen page in response to their failure to find support in Texas last week.
“People who do not have a clue of what goes on in an animal industry wether it is HORSES or other livestock need to stay out of making the rules. I support the need for horse slaughter houses. I also support the need for them to be regulated and inspected to ensure humane treatment and that they follow health codes the same as any livestock processing plants. Opening the processing plants will do several things: 1. It gets rid of the excess horses caused by the closing of American plants in the first place 2. It gives the horse industry buttom prices and should raise the value of quality broke horses because of a lack of overage of horses 3. Gives people who can no longer find homes for the horses they can not take care a place to get some type of value to feed the ones they keep 4. Creates jobs 5. Feeds people who may not be able to eat, through programs that use the meat for consumption 6 Creates an export to foreign countries and a humane place to process the meat. Yes there is a market outside of the US. 7. It also gives a place to get value for horses that may harm their owners or others because they are just not safe. There are more of those than one might think.”
Ok, let’s take a look at the bullet points this PSA has outlined for us…..
1. It gets rid of the excess horses caused by the closing of American plants in the first place
I’m still confused at why they think this is true. According to their precious GAO report, the same amount of horses are being shipped to slaughter as there was prior to 2007. The difference is they are not being slaughtered domestically. All these excess horses weren’t born after 2007, so clearly slaughter was never the answer
“The total number of U.S. horses sent to slaughter in 2006, the last full year
of domestic slaughter, was comprised of horses slaughtered domestically
(i.e., 104,899, as shown in fig. 2) and those sent for slaughter in Canada or Mexico (i.e., 32,789, as shown in fig. 3)—for a total of 137,688 horses.
Taken together, the 137,984 U.S. horses that were sent to slaughter in
Canada or Mexico in 2010 is approximately equal to the total number of
horses slaughtered in 2006.”
2. It gives the horse industry bottom prices and should raise the value of quality broke horses because of a lack of overage of horses
I don’t know about anybody else, but if the value of my stock is based on the bottom of the market, I need to stop breeding them. Who goes into business and aims for the bottom? Slaughter prices have absolutely zero relation as to what the value of a quality broke horse should be. The economy has a lot to do with it and slaughter is not going to fix that no matter what Sue Wallis tells you.
3. Gives people who can no longer find homes for the horses they can not take care a place to get some type of value to feed the ones they keep
Here is the good ole disposable society we live in again. If you need to wring blood money out of a horse that has served you in order to feed the rest, you probably can’t afford to own any horse. Horse ownership is a privilege and a luxury. Some people can’t afford to own horses. Deal with it.
4. Creates jobs
It will actually take more jobs than it creates. An average sized facility may employ up to 175 people. Dead horses don’t need feed, tack, grooms, supplies etc. etc. Dead horses also don’t need training, veterinary care or trucks and trailers. Many peripheral businesses depend on LIVE horses, not dead ones. 175 people in a few locations isn’t really going to make a huge dent in the unemployment numbers nationally.
5. Feeds people who may not be able to eat, through programs that use the meat for consumption
So this person feels that it is acceptable to feed poor people the equine equivalent of `pink slime’ and meat that is loaded with carcinogens. The prime cuts of meat will be shipped overseas to wealthy niche markets and what will be left is ground up lips and assholes. Charming.
6 Creates an export to foreign countries and a humane place to process the meat. Yes there is a market outside of the US.
Yes and there is also a market for meat dogs in some countries too. Shall we start to empty out our animal shelters and cash in on that little problem too? Slaughterhouse Sue supports puppy mills so maybe that is part of her master plan. That’s about as logical as her telling her minions that just because we don’t want to slaughter horses we are out to wipe out the meat industry all together. As for the `humane’ part, it has already been established that there is no humane way to slaughter horses economically and humanely at the same time. It has never happened before and it wouldn’t happen this time around. In fact, Suey wants to open the plants now and deal with that little problem after.
7. It also gives a place to get value for horses that may harm their owners or others because they are just not safe. There are more of those than one might think.”
I’m beginning to notice that the PSAs have an inordinate amount of `unsafe’ horses that may harm their owners. You don’t see a lot of anti-slaughter people complaining about this little problem. Sounds to me like there are a bunch of horses out there with people problems.
If all this wasn’t bad enough, it seems that the very organization that is going to save the horse industry may be experiencing a few financial problems. We all know about the `postponed’ Summit of the Horse that will never actually happen, but it seems that they are having some difficulties issuing refunds to people. This was posted on the UH Facebook page earlier today:
“What do you think of an organization that advertises an event, you register for the event and pay for a membership because it’s a cause you believe in; you buy plane tickets, reserve a room and then the organization cancels the event but won’t refund you your registration/membership fees and after three email attempts and a phone call, won’t return your call or your email. You’d think twice about supporting that organization wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you kinda think they’re a sham and not trustworthy?”
Hilariously, Holy Mother Theresa Manzella steps up to the plate and attempts damage control.
“Hi XXXXX. Thank you for your support of UHO and we’re sorry for your trouble and frustration. I’m just off the phone w/Dave Duquette. He’s advised that yours was one of the last refund requests received and therefore it is one of the last ones to be processed and refunded. As you can imagine, scheduling and rescheduling the Summit was a huge and costly undetaking. Provisions and refunds are being issued as quickly as possible. Again, we apologize for your inconvenience.”
So, of all the refunds they had to do, this person’s just so happened to be one of the very last ones to be processed. Considering the real reason for cancelling the whole affair was lack of interest, I’m guessing it shouldn’t have taken several months for them to issue their refunds. I’m also not sure why we should be surprised after the whole truck raffle that never was issue of the last Summit. (http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Supplement_to_Dec_1_2010_Complaint.pdf). However, Captain Douchebag Duquette decided to reclaim his manhood and handle this matter of the refunds himself by posting the email correspondence between himself and the complainant, complete with her private email address. Very professional Dave! What is it with these people and their inability to maintain confidentiality for their members? It seems his main concern seemed to be covering his own tracks and I’m still confused about why it is this person’s problem they are having trouble paying the rest of their Summit bills. Here is what he posted in response so you can decide for yourselves….
“Yes I did receive your email, we just paid off several other bills for the
Summit and as soon as we can we will refund your money. If you can or still
have it could you send me the PayPal receipt email you got.”
“The above post shows that yes indeed I did respond to your emails. I will be making a donation tomorrow out my own account to pay you”
So it appears that Captain Douchebag is having to refund out of his own pocket. Hilarious! These are the people who are going to rescue every single unwanted horse, have a retraining program for others, and feed all the poor and hungry in several nations including the US, yet they can’t even issue a refund for a couple hundred bucks. Naturally, this thread went *poof* within hours and I’m pretty sure we can expect both Holy Theresa and Captain Douchebag to get bare butt spankings from Slaughterhouse Sue for letting this play out in public.
In all seriousness, The United Horsemen get more unprofessional by the day. Does anybody have a tally on the number of lies they have been caught in lately? Didn’t think so. I even saw one of the PSAs mention something about an audit. You know what all of this reminds me of? Those emails from Nigeria where they promise you millions if you just send them your bank account number first. Wake up PSA People!!!!!