Now that everybody is good and mad about the last few day’s posts, I think it’s time for some good news. A few things that have happened over the past few days that are big ups for the anti-slaughter movement. Lots of stuff going on in Ohio and it’s all good news. Well, it’s not great news that asstards like the ones we are about to talk about exist, but it is great news that they are getting busted and I’m sure there will be more stories like this in the near future. Our PSA buddies better read up because this is decidedly bad news for many of them. It is especially bad news for those that have a very hard time with telling the truth *cough*mostofthem*cough*
First up, let’s talk about Ronald Andio of Canfield, Ohio. He’s a kill buyer. He bought 769 horses at auction in 2010 according to Ohio Department of Agriculture public documents. That’s a lot of horses! Andio is known to deal directly with the Viande Richelieu slaughter plant in Massueville, QC. It seems that Andio, like most PSAs is a great big fat liar and he just got busted. Astonishingly, he got busted for lying on an EID document and having drug residue show up in a horse he had presented for slaughter as safe for human consumption. Oops. In a letter from the FDA, dated July 9, 2012, Andio was issued a warning. It seems Rotten Ronnie presented a horse for slaughter and wrote on the EID that the horse in question had not been given any banned substance for at least 180 days prior this his purchase of the animal. Upon investigation by the FDA, Andio admitted that he just signed the producer’s name on the EID without ever actually inquiring as to the medication status of the animal. When the animal was eventually slaughtered, his tissues were tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and were found to be positive for both Bute and Clenbuterol. Imagine that! (http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2012/ucm313462.htm) Andio was also warned about holding animals under conditions at were “so inadequate that medicated animals bearing potentially harmful drug residues are likely to enter the food supply”. What a great guy! How unsurprising that a kill buyer is dishonest…
There are a few important things to point out about Andio’s situation. Even though he basically buys horses at sales and flips them to the meat buyer in Canada as quickly as possible, he was the one that falsified the document and when that animal showed up with drugs in his system, it traced directly back to the lie he told. Also, these positive tests on this particular animal are a completely separate issue than the recent one reported where drug residue was found in meat shipped to Belgium this year. We are still waiting to hear where that traces back to. This was, without a doubt an American horse so that pretty much kills the PSA argument that it’s Mexico’s or Canada’s problem and they aren’t so worried about tainted meat being found. Lastly, you will notice on the document linked above, that the tissues tested to produce the positive results were the kidneys for Bute and the eye for Clenbuterol. That pretty much wipes out Slaughterhouse Sue’s claim that her slaughter plants are going to test for these drugs PRIOR to slaughter to ensure safety and compliance. Unless she plans to poke an eye out and do kidney biopsies on each and every horse slaughtered, it was just another lie she told to get what she wants.
Now that we have discussed Rotten Ronnie getting spanked by the FDA, let’s talk about one of his favorite haunts. The Sugarcreek Livestock Auction in Ohio is run by Leroy Baker jr. Ole Leroy is a real prince of a man. He’s racked up about $170,000 in USDA fines over the past few years mostly for transportation violations. Allegedly, he has yet to make any significant attempt to pay any of these fines. His auction is generally considered to be a little shop of horrors for the animals that have the misfortune to be brought there. Watch this video from Animal Angels and see what a normal sale day at Sugarcreek is like: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5fxnTeEPYc). Anyhow, it seems that Leroy has been busted yet again. This time he is in trouble for not having his books straight and not paying out what he should. The result is he’s got another $10,000 fine he probably will never pay and a 21 day suspension for good measure. Starting August 19th, Leroy has about 3 weeks to get his accounts in order and prove that his current liabilities do not exceed his current assets. We can only pray that this death camp remains closed for good. (http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/Newrelease/2012/21312SugarcreekLSDec.pdf)
I guess none of you will be all that surprised to know that one of our favorite PSAs is absolutely outraged about this situation. Yup, seems like Daffy Daphne Watson is a huge supporter of Leroy Baker’s. She is on a rampage about these latest developments.
“ITs ppl like the Ar’s and the EZ’s that are ruining this horse world. I had made a phone call to a sale barn to warn them about something. Yes a group were talking about staging an event to cause problems, and turn horses loose. Anyhow when i called, I was told that they were shut down for 3 weeks. NOW for the Ar’s and Ez’s that are trolling here, let me tell you this- I PERSONNALLY know this person and IF you all would stop causing problems you would see that he is a good guy. JUST because he is a kill buyer doesn’t mean crap- He buys horses and sends them back to his farm to be looked at by a college student that rides hroses, those horses he resells later privatly, Yep his sale barn can be odd IF you have never been their before. RULE of the thumb you bring ahorse in and just unload and leave, it goes directly tot he kill pens, IF it has a halter and you are there, then lead it through avoid the problem. HE IS NOT the cause of the horses there, its the owners that bring the horses in , in the condition they are in(from skinny, to injuried and yet he gets the blame. ).”
– It is reported that at least 95% of the horses that run through that auction go directly to slaughter and Leroy buys many of them himself. Of course, now that Daffy has given him her personal stamp of approval, we should just disregard all the reports and investigations into this place we have seen (some examples linked below). I want those of you that haven’t already, go look at the video I linked above and tell me that this is a great place run by a caring person. Just like Mendy Tobiano, the most abusive and ignorant of the PSAs always tell you what great guys the kill buyers are becausae they are nice to kids. For the last time…..bring kids into the issue all you want and I’m still not going to change my opinion. In fact, I may just think their parents are great big assholes for consorting with kill buyers. Stop it already.
“From what he told me today, 2 of the claims are completly false.
YEp the Ez’s, and AR’s think they won by getting him shut down for 3 weeks, NOPE you just made it worse for the horses in that area, who will NOW have to be hauled to the next nearest sale barn which is a good 3 to 4 hr trip. YEP pat yourselves on the back, YOU REALLY just made it worse then better. again HE IS NOT THE PROBLEM, The owners are.”
– I’m guessing that Daffy is oblivious to the fact that this is just the tip of the iceberg. With the internet and social media, these types of places cannot just hide in the shadows and perpetuate their cruelty and abuse any longer. The general public are sickened by what goes on in these places and there will be more shut down before it’s all over. Yes, the owners that drop horses off at places like this are asstards too, but he is responsible for what goes on in his sale barn and it is horrific. He claims he’s innocent on two of the claims? I wonder what he says about the other $170,000 fines he’s racked up. I hear prison is full of innocent people too.
So, what have we learned today? We have learned that the people involved in horse slaughter are less than honorable and really only care about the money in their pockets. This falls right in line with how often we catch our regular PSAs in blatant lies. They can’t all be just ignorant, some are just outright liars and truly evil. Nobody that cares about animals would ever get into this line of work. I guess we already pretty much knew this. These two men are the exact type of people that took poor Montana to his death and said he would be well cared for and not suffer. Does anybody other than his asswipe of an owner actually still believe that? More importantly, we have learned that little by little, we are winning this battle. With people like Animal Angels out there to report and document what goes on, the USDA cannot ignore it any longer. I can’t even imagine how horrific it is for them to have to be a witness to the cruelty and abuse they report on, but I respect their efforts more than I can ever say. Keep up the good work everybody….slow and steady will win this race.