Almost a month ago, I wrote about Slaughterhouse Sue’s problems in Missouri.( https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/slaughterhouse-sues-shame-in-missouri/) The gist of it was, that Ole Suey is not as ready to go into business in Rockville, MO as she would have others believe. This has been discussed on many forums and social networking sites. The news that was uncovered by John Holland and released by The Equine Welfare Alliance, was so damning, it caused Slaughterhouse Sue to retreat under her bridge for a few weeks. Since she has resurfaced, her only comments on the matter have been: “Not true, folks. We are full steam ahead. Spread the word. Activists have no lower limits..” and a few other short denials. Never once has she explained how it wasn’t true or offered up any explanation at all. In fact, she doesn’t seem to mention Rockville anymore and seems to have switched her focus to New Mexico and Oklahoma. Well, it would seem Ole Suey has lied to her ever dwindling halfwit supporters yet again. Shocking, I know….
While Slaughterhouse Sue tirelessly trolls all corners of the internet looking for articles to support slaughter, eating horse meat and the abuse and torture of other animals and livestock, she is understandably selective as to which links she tosses out to her army of wannabe horse eaters. I wouldn’t expect her to link up anything that proves she’s just a ginormous liar, although she has recently posted up things that are damaging to her mission. ‘I’m never sure whether I should chalk those instances up to arrogance or just sheer ignorance. Maybe a combination of both? However, last week an article in the St. Louis Post -Dispatch quietly came out about Rockville, that pretty much drives another nail in Sue’s Missouri coffin. (http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/horse-slaughter-plans-for-missouri-are-on-hold/article_ee9019c8-f312-5516-a402-45ccb7ee0d1c.html). Despite several phone messages left for Suey and her Missouri lawyer/business partner, Dan Erdel, they have failed to return a single one or offer up any explanation for the snag in Rockville. Remember, this town was told they would have the plant up and running by September, providing dozen of jobs to the depressed community. While I have absolutely no sympathy for people that get thwarted in their desire to cash in off torturing horses, I think that Suey should have treated a pocket of staunch supporters a bit better than she has. Nobody has heard from her and the plant remains abandoned and untouched, its ownership still in question.
Horses and equine welfare advocates owe a debt of gratitude to lawyer, Cynthia MacPherson of Mountain Grove, Mo. She has been tireless in her quest to shut Slaughterhouse Sue down in that state, even going so far as to close her practice for six weeks in order to concentrate on keeping horse slaughter out of Missouri when Mountain Grove was the original proposed location. She has sued the current owners of the Rockville plant on behalf of a creditor and requested that any sale of the property be blocked until the mess of ownership and debt be sorted out. This will effectively tie this plant up and make it unavailable to Slaughterhouse Sue for months, if ever. The consensus is that Ag Appropriations Bill with the Moran Amendment attached, will pass long before this can be sorted out and the USDA is not eager to move on inspections until it does. Slaughterhouse Sue has lead her mindless minions to believe that she owned the plant and the USDA inspections were the only roadblock to her plan of mass murdering equines. Despite Missouri being home to a pocket of extreme horse abusers and mindless followers, there are still good people in that state and their message to Slaughterhouse Sue and her plans is unmistakeable…
None of this stuff is real news other than the fact that Slaughterhouse Sue’s last word on the subject was yet another outright lie. While there are a few minor inaccuracies in the linked article, such as the date slaughter ended etc., it is fairly balanced in its information. The problem I do have is that when an uniformed person seeks to write such an article, some of the people they choose to quote or see as authorities, are grossly misinformed and/or lying. Terry Geiler, who owns the Rolla Horse Auction was interviewed for this article. He supports reopening slaughter houses. Of course he does! He’s a bottom feeding horse trader and also likes to lie in order to sway public opinion. “We have no place to go with blind and crippled horses. Take an old horse that will hurt you. What do you do with them?” Well, you shouldn’t be shipping blind and crippled horses to slaughter, we know that much. Just like every PSA, he wants the public to believe that only the old, sick and week are being slaughtered and that it’s a kindness. The fact is, most of us know that the very horses they want for slaughter are just the ones the public would never understand the need for killing. The young, healthy and in good flesh sorts that do have a quality of life and a use outside being eaten. They can’t tell the truth about that because then they can’t paint slaughter has `humane euthanasia’ to the uniformed. Geiler also stated the cost of euthanasia and burying could cost more than $600, which is another huge lie. That national average for euthanasia and disposal is right around $300 and I can’t see a state like Missouri being on the high end of that.
The other problem I had with the article is its facts and figures. You can throw out many statistics to make an argument as long as they are not in context. It cites the amount of horses being shipped to Mexico and Canada since slaughter-houses closed. It fails to tell the readers that the last few slaughter houses were the two in Texas and the one in Illinois. Horses were being shipped to Mexico and Canada prior to 2007 due to the close proximity for certain dealers. Also, there were numerous cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment prior to 2007 because people are asshats and they always will be. How many years did they have slaughter-houses open prior to 2007? It never fixed the problem in all those years. Yet, in less than five years, the PSAs expect that we could fix everything, despite the economic collapse that occurred within that time frame. The oldest of the backyard bred foals, bred or born the year slaughter closed, would only be 4-5 yrs old. These are the horses that generally drive the slaughter industry. We have seen a decrease in breeding and the number of horses being shipped to slaughter has not increased in that time frame. Given the life expectancy of horses, we have a few more years to see the market correct itself completely.
Saratoga just wrapped up its NY bred yearling sale. That is one of the first big sales of the year that the TB market bases its health on. They reported strong gains with the opening night median being $50 thousand, up from $33 thousand last year. That is very strong and there is much optimism in the industry right now, at least for legitimate breeders that do not base the value of their stock on meat prices. Legitimate breeders recognize that the value of their stock is based on the economic climate and govern themselves accordingly. Breeding is not unlike many businesses in that it is a matter of supply and demand. Given the spelling and grammatical skills of most PSAs, it’s not such a huge leap to assume that they can’t grasp that concept easily. It would seem their entire business model is based on breed anything and everything and hope that something might be worth a couple thousand dollars someday. I’ve said it before….the only thing slaughter fixes for these people is giving them a convenient `garbage can’ for their poor horse husbandry. It does nothing to discourage them from continuing on. Given how we know many of them treat their animals, I’m not sure making it easier for them to keep owning horses is a good thing at all.
The article also mentioned that Slaughterhouse Sue’s focus seems to be on Oklahoma now. That is really a puzzling move considering that Oklahoma has a ban on slaughter for human consumption or sale. Even if they had USDA inspectors ready to go to work tomorrow, there is not much chance that it’s going to be in Oklahoma. We also know Suey claims to be ready to roll in New Mexico and Washington state with Washington being the most likely one to open first. While there doesn’t seem to be much chance that the USDA will supply inspectors prior to the budget being approved, our attention is far better focused on these places rather than in Missouri. Whether our PSA buddies in Missouri want to accept it or not, their pipe dream of mass murdering horses in their home state is a dead.