United Horsemen Enter The Blogosphere
July 30, 2012 by shedrowconfessions
Today Douchebag Duquette proudly announced that The United Horsemen were entering the blogosphere to the widespread apathy of the few remaining UH followers on Facebook. For us anti-slaughter people, it’s like Christmas in July as it gives us more fodder for Point and Laugh Fridays. It appears that Douchebag Dave had some help with editing as the blog is somewhat coherent, but no more fact base than any of the UH’s usual statements. Perhaps they got tired of having Mendy Tobiano’s rants being their blogging `voice’. At least they stayed true to form with lots of misleading facts and outright lies. Let’s take a little look, shall we?
“What a long way we’ve come since the beginning, when we were two groups: United Horseman’s Front (UHF) and United Organizations of the Horse (UOH). UHF started in late 2007, when forward-thinking horsemen realized the devastation that would follow the closure of the last domestic horse processing plants. UOH started in late 2008 as a lobbying group, and in 2009, UHF officially became United Horsemen.
Since that time, we’ve fought tooth and nail against what seemed at times to be insurmountable odds, riding on a wing and a prayer, limited funds and the faith of our members, who have believed in us and our mission. Thank you. Without all of you, we could not have done what we have. Many thought that we couldn’t, but we did. “
– The last slaughter facility was in Illinois and did not close until mid-September of 2007. The `devastation’ didn’t actually begin until the economy collapsed in September of 2008. THAT is when the prices dropped out of the horse market and given the players involved in the UHF and UOH, I doubt a single one of them had the foresight to put two and two together and realize the impact it would have on horse prices. The one thing they are telling the truth about is their `limited funds’ as we know they can’t even afford to refund their Summit of the Horse fees and like to raffle off vehicles that don’t actually exist. Does anybody know if UH still has 501c3 status? I would think they are on very shaking ground with the lobbying and financials if they do.
“As Samson stood against Goliath, so have we stood against the well-funded, well-staffed animal rights movement (ARM). We have proven that the might of the ARM does not make them right. We’ve brought together thousands of horse industry professionals—trainers, breeders, ranchers, and veterinarians—in a united voice against the bullying tactics of the ARM, and we are taking back the reins of our industry. It’s people like us, with centuries of combined experience and knowledge, dedication, and passion for our lifestyles and livelihoods, that should determine the course of the equine industry. And we are.
What’s right for the horse industry, what’s right for horsemen, and what’s right for horses—those are the things UH is all about. Two issues define our mission: animal welfare (not animal rights), and private property rights. “
– Awww, isn’t the whole Samson and Goliath analogy awesome? The only thing the UH has a passion for is torturing and eating animals. As far as their `industry professionals’, they have a bunch of has-been and never-was types. As discussed in many blogs and articles, horse slaughter is not an ARM issue at all. It is a horse issue and an animal welfare issue. What the UH is proposing to do has nothing to do with `welfare’. Of course they won’t tell you that so many of them are failed breeders and trainers and have no place to dump their culls, so they figure they may as well eat them. At least if we bring back slaughter they can continue to have an outlet for their messed up horses and backyard breeding experiments. We all know that PSAs have a lot of both and it is likely very embarrassing for them when real horsemen get their hands on them and turn them around. Better off to kill them all and save at least one of their faces.
They follow with the same old tired rhetoric about how horses are being tortured in Mexico and Canada and that they are out of their jurisdiction for `humane treatment’. I find that an odd statement considering the horses being slaughtered in Canada are in plants that are not any different from what they propose to open on US soil, including having Temple Grandin’s input into the design modifications. They posted up a pretty little graph with absolutely no citation on where they got their numbers, so I’m assuming they got pulled out of Slaughterhouse Sue’s expansive ass. They also pull the `skyrocketing’ cases of abandonment and neglect card yet provide no verifiable numbers or resources.
See the awesome diagram they posted? I bet it took Douchebag Dave and Holy Theresa at least a month with their protractor set to get this all done up to Ole Suey’s satisfaction. This is how the UH’s Equine Rescue and rejuvenation program is going to work. Notice that they want people to DONATE their horses for slaughter. Of course they do! They don’t have two nickels to rub together, so how are they going to go buy up all these unwanted horses to eat? We don’t know where all this assessment an retraining is going to take place, but they promise the next blog will be going into great detail. Hopefully, that detail will include some actual facts and figures as well as WHO is going to be doing all this assessing. I have a feeling the assessments are going to be along the lines of if the horse is fat enough to slaughter or not. I really wish I was joking about that too…
I wonder if anybody has any hard numbers on how many members the UH really has… I know they were charging $50 annually for a basic membership and Douchebag Dave had to cough that up from his own bank account along with the $175 Summit registration to at least one disgruntled member. Has anybody actually purchased one of their super economical lifetime supporter memberships for $5000? It really makes me wonder where they plan to get the millions of dollars it will take to get their programs off the ground. They whine about all the money that the anti-slaughter side has,but it never occurs to them that is because successful horsemen don’t support slaughter. I’m glad to see that Slaughterhouse Sue’s time in exile has been well spent trotting out the same tired propaganda that fewer people believe every day. One word of advice to our horse eating buddies……If you want people to believe you give a single crap about horses or their welfare, maybe don’t use `horse meat’ as one of your tags.