Well, Slaughterhouse Sue popped out from under her bridge today to lay down another link and take a pot-shot at the HSUS. Of course, she had NO comment on her recent set of lies. I’m not sure if that’s because she thinks nobody notices or is just trying to brazen out. I think somebody should tell all the journalists that have had to write that she was `unavailable for comment’ or not returning calls or emails to just slide on over to Facebook and ask their questions there. Suey still won’t answer them but it may be amusing to watch the other bumblers try to cover for her…
Today’s article is from The Tennessean and they are still pissing and moaning about the testing going on at The Celebration. (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120831/OPINION03/308310037/Humane-Society-business-itself-not-help-horses?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s&nclick_check=1) As we are all aware, PSAs do not appreciate people making them treat their animals in humane fashion, so obviously this is one of the bigger frenzies they have whipped themselves into in weeks. Their bitch with the HSUS is that they conduct lengthy investigations and don’t do anything to stop the abuse immediately. Here’s a shocker…..I can almost see the point they are trying to make, but clearly they have no clue about what it takes to build a solid case. You can go for the immediate arrest or sanction against one small player, or you can build a case and clean house. They do it in undercover police work and`Kudo’ does it with ARM. It’s not pleasant and I can’t imagine what these people see, but I suppose it’s for the greater good. It’s an ethical grey area, but then again so is the filming of those National Geographic shows where you watch a pack of wolves take down their prey. The photographer never interferes there either. They need a lot of evidence to make a case and shut these types of activities down otherwise the associations will cry `isolated incident’ and continue on with their abusive ways. Lord knows we’ve seen that happen in slaughter houses enough times even with the extensive and meticulous footage and documentation that has been gathered.
Getting back to Slaughterhouse Sue….Naturally she couldn’t post up a link without commentary. I thought it would be fun to take a look at what she had to say about the article.
“The Humane Society of the United States is blowing into Tennessee to claim it is here to protect horses, but Tennesseans beware: This group is here to cause a ruckus and generate sensational headlines.
According to its website, the Humane Society exists to protect animals. But if that’s the case, then why is the organization’s favorite tactic to go undercover into establishments, watch the abuse of animals for months on end, and then release a fancy videotape and claim, “Look what we found? Abuse is really bad; please send money to the HSUS.”
– Apparently Suey thinks it would be better for them to burst into establishments with trumpets blaring to announce their arrival so that the abusers will have a chance to hide their activities. It’s called case building. It’s done all the time. I guess asking for money to support the humane treatment of animals is bad and wrong when you should be giving all your disposable income to The UH so that they can slaughter and EAT these same animals. So many choices to make these days….
“How can these people justify not stopping the abuse when they see it? For one reason: They don’t get any media attention or raise any money if they do. In other words, if the Humane Society doesn’t benefit from the abuse, it isn’t all that important…”
– Nice little spin she puts on things here. Let’s see if I can frame this in terms that may penetrate her egocentric view of things. If a USDA inspector walks onto a kill floor without warning and sees an employee abusing an animal, chances are that one employee will get fired even if it is the way the company handles all livestock. There will be a low-level fall guy, the inspector can puff his chest out and say he did his job and the company can carry on torturing and abusing animals as they always have. You can read this older entry on what actual slaughter workers had to say about this exact situation if you don’t believe me: (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/death-dying-and-the-hand-that-delivers/) Now, if you are sincere about your mission to stop the abuse and want to really make a difference, you may conduct an undercover investigation. That will require you to establish a pattern of behavior. That is done over time. Remember that Suey promised that there would be intensive screening of all employees that were hired into her kill plants. She didn’t say this because she was concerned about criminals or illegal immigrants taking up the jobs and being a detriment to the community, she was concerned that there would be animal rights people trying to get a job undercover and raising hell. She KNOWS abuse goes on and she KNOWS it’s not acceptable to the general public.
I realize the linked article is specifically about the HSUS involvement in this years Celebration, but I think that’s just a bunch of propaganda. The bottom line is these horses are being horribly abused and something had to be done. Clearly the TWHA was not effective in cleaning its own house, so other groups had to step up and make this public. What I don’t understand is why all these PSAs that label themselves as `Animal Welfare’ people and horse lovers, would defend this abuse at all. Notice I said I don’t understand, I am certainly not surprised. Here’s another comment from a PSA on a different article on the Celebration and the inspections:
“What I see is one segment of our industry being attacked and the rest is either uninformed or standing by and allowing it to happen. As an industry, horseman need to stand up to abuse in the barns first and then the show ring. It must be self regulated because if they can go after one breed, who is to say they wont slip a regulation under the radar and start inspections at every show from 4-H to world shows. I for one would NOT show up to a show where someone with a less than stellar knowledge of the animal they are suppose to be inspecting is choosing whether or not my money is wasted! I for one never knew that the walking horse industry was being regulated as heavily as it is, up until all of the discussions on these pages.”
– Clearly self-regulation has never worked for these Big Lick Tennessee Walkers or they wouldn’t be in the mess they are in. I’m glad this PSA feels she should run and hide from testing in other disciplines. As I’ve mentioned, my industry has the strictest testing on both the horses and the horsemen of any. If you have nothing to hide, it’s not really a big deal. When you sign for your racetrack license you are finger printed and you sign a release that allows the commission to search your vehicles, premises and whatever else they feel they need to if you’re under suspicion. I’ve seen it happen to other horsemen many times. We used to refer to them as `shake-downs’ . With no warning, they can come in and search your tackroom and every inch of your barn. If they really want to be jerks, they can technically take it further. The person that made this comment stated that she never really knew about the regulations prior to this uproar. This is why the HSUS taking this to the media is a good thing. The public needs to know and put pressure on these idiots so it will STOP.
Here’s another newsflash for the PSA crowd. Not every anti-slaughter advocate is a blind follower of the HSUS. Personally, I’m fairly neutral about them. They do a lot of good and they say and do some things I kinda scratch my head over. What they are good for is shining a spotlight on things and they have the money and power to fight big associations and companies that perpetuate the abuse on animals. I see their involvement at The Celebration as a good thing. The USDA does not have the money or mandate to do extensive undercover work for these types of things. They can’t even keep up on the bare minimum of all they should be doing and are operating under budget cuts. Shouldn’t we be in support of them doing whatever they have to in order to protect these animals? Who else is going to step up and do it?