Well, as predicted Slaughterhouse Sue has fully recovered from her DC field trip and has returned to Facebook to fan the flames of apathy over at The United Horsemen. My crystal ball has been very accurate this week so far. We have a few newsy things from Suey and she has somehow found the time to write another dissertation on how super awesome horse slaughter would be. I’m still trying to finish my own dissertation on how super awesome it would be if asstards were not allowed internet connections, but that will have to wait for another day….
“On Saturday, October 6th, I will be speaking in Colorado at the Colorado Horsemen’s Conference on “Building a Better Future for the Horse Industry.”
My presentation will be about about how we need to rebuild the industry from the bottom up, and that the way we restore value to all horses, is to make sure that every horse, especially those that are unsuitable or unwanted for other purposes, retain their inherent dignity and value. As we all know, when horses have value, they get cared for. I will talk about the efforts of the processing industry to ensure that horses are handled humanely and safely at every stage. And what the world will hopefully look like once we have had a year or two to return things to normal…(full of healthy, well-cared for horses, and horse people with plenty of opportunity). “
Ok, I have a few problems with this. *shocking* For one thing, is this really the best that the Colorado Horse Council can do as far as getting an `expert’ to come in and talk about `Building a Better Future for the Horse Industry’? Despite what my haters would like to believe, I am industry and I would want a respected member of the industry to address this topic, rather than a backwoods bumpkin whose only interest in the `industry’ is to put a horse on every dinner plate in the USA and line her own pockets with the profits. WTF? If that’s too tough to find, why not at least track somebody down that owns a single horse? How is anything Slaughterhouse Sue has to say about the `industry’ even credible given the fact she has not for one single day made her living from horses nor does she own any. I don’t want to hear the whole `but her family raises horses’ BS either. I have two siblings that are doctors and that doesn’t qualify me to give you a rectal exam. She wants a year or two of slaughter to `return things to normal’. Suey, you’ve had 40 years of slaughter to make it work and it never has. You still have asstards like Dorothy Robertson (see previous blog) hoarding and neglecting her livestock and she SUPPORTS slaughter. There was nothing preventing her from shipping her horses to slaughter other than her own delusions and greed. How are you going to fix that? Is there anybody other than the three remaining UH supporters and her dedicated ass barnacles that even buy this crap anymore?
Guess what? Ole Suey wasn’t finished yet. She donned her Unified Equine Business Association hat and compiled a comprehensive report entitled, ” The Promise of Cheval” to submit to Congress and the USDA claiming to be an accurate representation of the `majority’ of the horse industry. In Suey’s cover letter she states:
“These so-called animal rights advocates seek to demolish what is left of a beleaguered horse industry, and will only result in the increased suffering of horses. Worse, if the animal rights agenda prevails it will spell the eventual death knell to horses as a genetically diverse and viable domestic species. It is the position of the International Equine Business Association members and supporters that extremist animal rights organizations do not have a vested interest in either the welfare of horses, or the people who seek to make their livings with them, and as such, should have no standing in determining proper animal welfare, or the regulation of the horse business.”
I think that paragraph right there should fast-track the following report into the majority of circular files belonging to the people it gets sent to. She can’t seem to wrap her mind around the fact that many, if not most, anti-slaughter advocates are not affiliated with PETA or any organized animal rights group. We just love and respect horses and don’t want to see them tortured. As an industry person that does make my living with horses, I do have a vested interest in seeing that we do not encourage further neglect, abuse and over production by bringing back slaughter. Suey also disqualifies herself by saying that if you don’t have a vested interest in the welfare of horses or make your living with them, you should have no standing in determining their proper welfare or regulation. Hmmmm. Or, how about this? If you don’t get a say in whether there is slaughter or not, your tax dollars don’t have to go towards it! Can’t have it both ways, Suey! At any rate, the following report is long, boring and filled with all the skewed `facts’ and figures she always falls back on. You can read it for yourself here: (http://ieqbassn.com/the-promise-of-cheval/)
I wish I could tell you these were the only two efforts from the Grand Dame of Slaughter this week, but I can’t. The International Equine Business Association also sent out a newsletter with an attached survey. It’s also available on their website : (http://ieqbassn.com/survey/). Before I get into picking it apart, you should probably realize the survey is via Constant Contact (http://www.constantcontact.com/online-surveys/index.jsp). It’s not exactly scientific or even accurate. Anybody can get a free trial from them or get a survey for as little as $15/month. I would guess that it’s not a bunch more accurate than a Facebook poll, but maybe they’ll get a pie chart out of the deal and we all know that pie charts are really impressive and mean that the data is super-duper important. The preface to the survey promises….”At long last, companies are responsibly and ethically bringing products to the market. Imported and animal food products are available now. Domestically produced meat for home, restaurant, ethnic, and specialty markets will likely be available within the next few months.” That’s pretty optimistic given the current pro vs anti climate on slaughter. Anyhow, go take the survey if you desire. It’s carefully worded to draw you further in, so just read carefully. The IEBA doesn’t really want us anti types to take it as evidenced by this statement:
“Feel free to forward to networks of horse industry organisations who understand the benefit of a properly managed equine meat industry, to working dog and pet animal groups, fur farmers, zoo and big cat sanctuaries. Also if you have friends who appreciate great food, are adventurous eaters, or are afficiandos of the slow food/gourmet/artisanal meat/locavore/celebrity chef scene…please include them. We will be sharing with a number of ethnic communities who have come forward already, excited about the prospect of their traditional favorites readily available right here in the United States.”
Are you ready for some good news? Seems there is a little snag in the plan to open up the super slaughter-house, college, rescue, rehab, training centre, hair salon, micro brewery, in Oregon. If you recall, Douchebag Duquette appropriated 234 acres near Hermiston, Oregon through a California company on which they planned to launch their flagship operation. Seeing as that’s D-bag’s home town, you’d think he’d have garnered some warm fuzzies and good will long ago. Apparently not. That land is only zoned for farm use and there is no water rights for his intended use. Oops! Even though it would be outside the city limits, officials are in opposition to this project and it would be up to a county commissioner to address the zoning issues. Seems that there has been no application to change the zoning as of yet. I guess this wasn’t the `big thing’ Holy Theresa assured us D-bag was working after all. (http://www.ktvz.com/news/Lawyer-Hermiston-horse-slaughter-plant-lacks-zoning/-/413192/16736582/-/kgh5bsz/-/index.html)
All in all, it’s shaping up to be a VERY busy and interesting week. I’m still waiting to hear some updates on the Nevada horses beyond the fact that they have all been removed by a rescue and are currently getting the care and treatment they need. Hopefully, there will be something solid to report by the week’s end. There has been some word that charges may be pending, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Also in light of a rather epic hissy fit that went on today, I may have a big reveal towards the end of the week. Or not…..we’ll see. I just want to leave you with this YouTube that was sent to me. I truly wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t. I laughed so hard I cried….Whoever made this is brilliant! Thanks for making my day!