Here we are, once again, winding up another week in the seemingly never-ending slaughter wars. This week has provided more ups and downs than most, as I’m sure y’all realize. Never a dull moment and sometimes it’s harder than others to find something to laugh about. Thankfully, this week is not one of those times. We still have lots to laugh about because not a single one of our usual suspects found a clue this week and they still aren’t shy about flying their freak flags. We also have had some new faces pop up and flaunt their ignorance. It’s been hectic trying to keep up with everything. Hell, it’s been hectic trying to keep up with the comment section on this blog the past few days. I guess that means we should wade right in and get on with the festivities of Point and Laugh Friday! This week will be brought to you by the letter `O’ for obtuse.
You’d have to be living under a rock if you missed the rollercoaster ride we all had last weekend with slaughter temporarily being shut down for US horses and then fired back up come Monday. It took everybody off-guard and even momentarily shook Slaughterhouse Sue out of her Bute induced stupor to scramble around like a little rat trying to do damage control and madly type up press releases that don’t say a lot. The temporary ban hadn’t even been in effect for 12 hrs and Suey and her band of dumbasses were shrieking doom and gloom from the rooftops. If anything, it only increased their blood lust. They seemed to think that horses would magically multiply overnight yet they would soon be extinct. Yes, go ahead and read that again because it still won’t make any sense. Before we learned that the ban would be short-lived, Suey pushed the panic button on the UH page…
“The horse world was already in bad shape, and the events of last Friday are manifesting themselves in an even more awful loss of value everywhere in the country. At this rate there will be no horses left standing in a couple of years. Certainly no one can afford to breed in this environment, which means when the old pets die, there is nothing to replace them. Probably the most telling sentence of all in this post is “the other interesting fact is that no rescues were buying” – of course not, they are all off rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of raising millions on the strength of only they will be able to help the horses that now have nowhere to go. They have no intention of taking even the amount they were before to keep up their scam even if someone does give up and hand them over. They are too expensive and feed is too high and the liability of starving them or shooting them to waste isn’t good press. Nobody seems to understand the scale of this wreck, except a handful of people directly involved. We are talking 4,000 head PER WEEK that were going to both countries now choked off to a tiny trickle of horses they get for less than the cost of hauling them to the sale. No, the majority of those horses are not going to be dumped on charity or anywhere else. They are going to stand right where they are, and people are going to do their best to keep them in good shape, and hope that they can get some value out of them soon. In three months time that is 48,000 head or horses–which is, by the way, more horses than BLM is now spending some $75 Million dollars a year to house on long term holding and feedlots.
Do you think the American taxpayer is in the mood to quadruple that $75 Million tax bill this next year to take care of all of these horses? I don’t think so… Better get the international bureaucrats and activists backed off fast, is all I have to say…”
– Oh my goodness! Did Suey just refer to horses as `pets’??????? At any rate, I’m sick and tired of this creature that does not own a horse, and by many accounts is afraid of them, speaking for MY industry. No, Suey, the rescues weren’t buying up horses because with no slaughter, there was nothing to save them from. How dare they expect the douchebag kill buyers to take responsibility and care for the animals they own! I find it strange that Suey is so concerned about the American taxpayer when she is perfectly fine with them funding USDA inspections on horse meat so she and her foreign investors can make lots of money. Since there has been cuts to USDA funding, that would take funding away for inspecting and ensuring the safety of our own domestic food supply as well as hurt our beef, pork and poultry producer’s pockets. I wonder what the American Taxpayer feels about that….Anyhow, when the dust settled and horses were once again being sent to their deaths, Suey gleefully wrote up another press release…
“16 Oct 2012 … Last Friday the Equine Welfare Alliance distributed a media release claiming “US horses are no longer being accepted by Canadian horse slaughter plants.” Since then HWAC has been working with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to clarify the issue.
Today we received an email from AAFC confirming that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has not changed its policies and directives regarding the entry of US horses intended for slaughter, nor were any instructions provided to CFIA operational staff or industry to refuse the entry of US horses intended for slaughter into Canada.
The AAFC resprentative stated, “While I cannot speak for decisions made by the industry, I understand that the information you learned of may have been prompted by a shipment of Canadian meat derived from US horses which was temporarily held at a port of entry in France. With the support of the Canadian Missions in France and the European Union, the CFIA contacted its regulatory counterpart, the European Union Directorate General for Health and Consumers (SANCO) to request the release of the shipment based on the existing arrangements agreed by both sides that allow Canadian horsemeat into the EU. Consequently, French authorities have revisited their actions and once again permit access for these products.”
We understand there may be a requirement to amend the current export certificate, but at this time, CFIA officials have not been formally notified.
HWAC continues to work with AAFC and CFIA and will provide additional information as it becomes available. “
Read that last bit very carefully. If Suey and her minions do not think that what happened last week is merely a preview of what is about to happen to the slaughter industry, they may be even dumber than we all imagine. Nobody wants our toxic meat. For a bunch of people that whine about putting the rights of animals above humans, they sure are eager to serve up death on a plate to anybody and everybody.
Douchebag Duquette had little to say this week and neither did his counterpart Holy Theresa. D-bag is likely muzzled after his `no big deal’ comments last week and Holy Theresa is busy declaring jihad on all Muslims and basically anybody else that isn’t a white conservative. What she isn’t busy doing is rescuing horses or trimming their feet if the pictures somebody sent me is any indication. Instead, we were once again treated to Puppymill Patterson’s special brand of crazy and animal hatred. Not only was she outraged that there was actually a day or two where no US horses were tortured at slaughterhouses, she is now on the warpath about H.R. 6388 (http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6388/text)which would basically put an end to the torture that Big Lick horses and other gaited breeds have been subjected to for far too long. As you know, Puppymill is dead set against any law that would infringe on a person’s right to abuse and torture animals and basically makes her living making sure her home state of Missouri is the animal cruelty capital of the US.
Mendy Tobiano continued her special brand of fiction and misinformation this week as well. She somehow managed to draw a line between a border guard getting shot in Arizona and the suspension of slaughter of US horses. One thing had nothing to do with the other, but she nevertheless decided it was an example of how antis don’t care about humans. She also informed her three readers that horse slaughter in the US ended in 2008, when we all know that it was actually 2007 that the last plant closed. I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised when she gets most of her information from Wikipedia or straight out of her own ass, but you would think if you were a staunch advocate on this issue, you would actually know the basic facts surrounding it. After reinventing history, she went on to tell us how super awesome being a kill buyer is (more bad horses and heroics *yawn*) and that all antis lie when we say horse meat has never been a staple of the American diet. Her proof is that it used to be on the menu at Harvard and we should all be super impressed with that because it’s Harvard. Actually, there are a lot of things that are on lots of menus that aren’t `staples’ of the American diet. Just a few weeks ago me and the other half had a disagreement about whether or not frogs legs are gross when we went out for dinner. Many people eat them and they really do taste like chicken, but I don’t like them. He does. However, I don’t think you would consider them `staples’ of the American diet. I guess I shouldn’t expect to educate the petulant pony about the subtleties between eating a novelty food and something being a staple of our diets when she can’t read with basic comprehension. I certainly have given up on her or any PSA fathoming that the general population are far more health conscious about what we put in our bodies these days and eating the adulterated meat of a companion animal is not something most of us would even consider. That isn’t even touching on the moral and ethical issues of thinking that it’s perfectly fine to sell that same toxic stew to unsuspecting countries, or even worse, giving it to the poor people to eat. Seriously, WTF?
I thought it might be fun to check in with a former Sunday PSA this week as well. Once again, Jes `The Chin’ Sothern has shown us that hypocrisy is alive and well in the land of the PSAs. The following is a little rant she had about pet overpopulation…
“This concept is so very important for people to understand. The math and myth of “pet overpopulation” doesn’t add up. Because people are unwilling to see that we have enough homes for, it’s easier for Shelters to just euthanize and not haveto be accountable for finding those animals homes. Overpopulation=justifiable shelter euthanasia.
The old demand that only the “very best” of people can adopt who meet the “most stringent of rules” is what is keeping dogs and cats languishing in shelters or foster homes because to some, there is no home good enough. Sadly, we see this time after time after time… reasons to REFUSE an adoption rather than finding reasons and ways to make it WORK!
I am not always a Winograd fan, but his facts are indisputable. The question is are YOU all willing to accept that the myths just might not be true and actually look at the facts. Hard core facts in terms of indisputable numbers as well as the successes by no kill shelters who apply some basic principles.”
Not really a new player, but one that has been too boring to mention until now is Sheila Short. She’s another one of those Missouri assholes that wants to slaughter everything. I’ve seen a lot of her ignorance posted here and there and she appears to be vying for a place up Slaughterhouse Sue’s ass most days as well. Well, she may not have achieved favored status with her idol, but she is vice president of the Missouri Equine Council, which makes her Puppymill Patterson’s ass barnacle. We all have to start somewhere….Since Madam Short has such an inflated opinion of herself and thinks she knows everything about antis, I thought it would be for the rest of y’all to take a look at what she has to say about recent events.
“Has anyone else ever noticed that as we, the pros try to work through our issues, ie. stabilize our industry and to get slaughter back here & how we will have to adapt in order to meet both the regulations here and abroad, that we focus on what we as an industry & the individuals involved with it will have to do.”
– Mostly I have noticed `pros’ refusing to accept that slaughter is on its way out and refuse to accept responsibility for their messes.
“One the other hand, when the antis try to come up with a solution that does not involve slaughter and then try to get us to buy into their plan, that the plan always involves our resources. Our time to rehabilitate, our money to feed & condition, our land for operations and our knowlege, all the while they want to be the leaders of the effort.”
– Pretty sure I have yet to see any anti slaughter person look to Slaughterhouse Sue and followers for their `knowledge’. The most I have seen antis do is ask people to take responsibility for their animals and get out of the way of people that are trying to help save horses.
“And even if an anti does agree that some of the horses just will not be placeable, the only other options are either to live out their lives on welfare or to pump them full of death juice & then shove 1000# of meat into a hole. They resent us for our “disposable” attitude & we resent them for their “entitlement” & “wasteful” attitude.”
– How dare we not want to feed toxic meat to the masses! The shame….
Besides our regular PSAs behaving badly, we have had a few bit players showing off why these people need to find a new `industry’ to insert themselves into. First up is the woman who our pal Daffy has been endorsing for the past week. When you have Daffy as your number one cheerleader and supporter, you know things are bad. Well, it seems this PSA is one of those color breeders and she `leased’ or lent her stallion out to a `trainer’ to make him into a versatility horse or something like that. First problem with this scenario, is you get what you pay for. Nobody wants to train and show your horse for free, so that should have been her first red flag. It turns out, the person elected not to feed the horse and the SPCA seized the stallion. The problem now is that they want to geld the horse before the owner gets him back and all the UH PSAs are up in arms about how wrong this is. You know, personal property and all….Well, normally I would be neutral on this subject if it wasn’t for one little problem. This woman is an irresponsible breeder. She likes to breed those HYPP N/H horses and doesn’t see a problem with that. The stallion himself, isn’t HYPP positive, but the mares are and that alone tells me this person shouldn’t be in the breeding business. If that wasn’t enough, she openly admitted that the horse is `worthless’ to her without his nuts as she is strictly a breeder, so I have to wonder if he wouldn’t be better off getting his brain surgery and going to a new home where somebody may actually care about him. Clearly, the only thing his owner cares about is breeding more genetic mutations and Lord knows we don’t need more of those. Anyway, she’s in court to fight for her stallion’s manhood next week and let’s just hope for the sake of the unwanted horse population that she loses. Here is one of this breeder’s lovely little HYPP N/H mutants she is so proud of…a weanling..
I wish I could say this was the only PSA breeder behaving badly, but I can’t. Next up is another crazy color breeder from Kentucky. She popped up offering free breedings to her stallions in exchange for round pen panels.
“I am looking for some decent panels to make a round pen in exchange for a breeding to one of my stallions.
1. True Golden Jack – APHA Smokey Grullo hz Tobiano Stallion.
2. SWF Champagne Thirst – AQHA Champagne stallion.
Located in Western Kentucky.”
Notice the only accomplishments either stallion has is being an awesome color and the ability to get erections. Then you may take notice she doesn’t care what kind of mare you have or even what breed you have. She’ll let you make a baby because what the horse world needs right now is more super awesome colored grade horses. It’s people like this that are creating the problems for the horse world. Still think I’m being a harsh and maybe these stallions are decent? Behold!
Even though there was plenty of more fuckery from the PSAs over the past week, I think it’s time to draw a line under it and look at some good stuff. Do y’all remember Declan Gregg?
“Declan started his own blog, Children 4 Horses, to spread the word about horse advocacy issues and worked diligently with the Million Horse March campaign to collect letters from children to inspire lawmakers to end the slaughter of American horses. Declan’s dedication to horse advocacy brought him to the nation’s capital twice in recent months, where he represented over 1,000 children from the United States and abroad by presenting the letters to legislators in Congress. In addition to his Washington visits, Declan testified at a hearing for a bill opposing horse slaughter at the New Hampshire State House in January. Declan’s blog, read by individuals in more than 80 countries, provides commentary on horse advocacy issues and also includes horse poetry, horse news, photos, Declan’s artwork and stories about other kids who have made a difference helping horses.”(http://www.aspca.org/Pressroom/press-releases/101812)
As a result, Declan has been awarded the 2012 ASPCA “Tommy P. Monahan” Kid of the Year Award. Well done, Declan! Having kids like him in the world proves that hope is alive and well.
As we know, it’s been a wild in the slaughter trenches. If we have learned anything, we have learned that yes, we can handle the inevitable shutdown of horse slaughter whether it’s happening in this country or our neighboring countries. We can consider last weekend as a practice run for next year. Despite what Slaughterhouse Suey would have us believe, as of next July at the latest, no American horse over the age of six months will be eligible for slaughter for human consumption. Sadly, the majority of the PSAs prefer to poke their head in the sand and think that the EU aren’t serious about their deadline, but saner people know different. Not only are they serious, they will no longer tolerate our adulterated meat on their dinner tables. Advocates are working hard to educate the other consumers of North American cheval on the consequences of eating animals that were never raised for human consumption as well. So, while the PSAs sit around congratulating each other on what fine horsemen they all are and waiting for the next crisis, we choose to be proactive and keep working towards our ultimate goal. This may not be our mess, but we will clean it up one way or another. As always, thanks for all the emails and comments. Despite the ups and downs of last week, the laughs have been many and that makes it easier to soldier on. Don’t forget to hug your horses every chance you get…..Have a great weekend!
One hundred years from now, it will not matter what sort of house I lived in, what my bank account was, or the car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of the animals & creatures on this earth
~ Author Unknown