Everybody mark your calendars! Good ole Slaughterhouse Sue is back to saving the equine industry despite the fact she doesn’t own or even particularly like horses. She’s about to host a super secret, members only meeting in Kansas City area for her IEBA people. This is “If you are or plan to be directly involved in the horse processing business as management, or employees, or in supplying plants with livestock, or transportation of livestock, “. Of course she doesn’t actually want to give out the actual location of this meeting incase somebody that doesn’t hate horses shows up and dares to tell the truth. I’ve gotta say that from what I’ve seen from Missouri, it seems like a pretty good place to host a horse eater meeting. Apologies to the very few of you from there that aren’t assholes, but when you are home state to NT and Puppymill Patterson, along with Sheila Short I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s not exactly a horse friendly state for the most part.
So, what’s going to be discussed at this super secret meeting? Basically, everything you need to know about opening up your own horse torture chamber emporium! Awesome!
- Humane Handling Guidelines and Assessment
- Horse Transportation Regulations and Compliance
- Plant Regulations, Inspections, and Compliance
- Equine Traceability and Testing
- Drug Residue Withdrawal Periods and Research
- Facility and Personnel Protection and Security
- Media and Community Relations
- Employee Background Checks and Hiring
- Administrative Outsourcing Options – Payroll, Insurance, Employee Benefits Administration
Quite the agenda, no? About their Equine Traceability and Testing system’; They seem to have a problem with the concept that as of next July, no horse over the age of six months old will be eligible for slaughter as per the EU guidelines for identification. That means that every single horse currently on the ground in the US will not be able to be slaughtered for human consumption. Period. I don’t see that little issue on her agenda. Here’s another little problem with her `system:
“Only IEBA members with contracts to sell directly to plants will have the training and authority to enroll horses in the database. One positive aspect of going this route is that our private business association owns and controls the database, we can lock down security and privacy to protect ourselves, and it is NOT a government run deal. On the other hand it will provide the assurance that is being demanded by the international marketplace and regulators to guarantee horses are free of contamination when they are slaughtered.”
Apparently, Suey wants to OWN the ID system and get your money coming and going. I’m not usually given to a lot of paranoia, but this sounds to me like she’s setting up things to have approved suppliers of horse meat. How is this going to help the unwanted horse population she keeps crowing about? Last time I checked, other than Dorothy Robertson types or the BLM, there isn’t just one or two suppliers of unwanted horses. It’s a few here and there from many different sources and I really doubt they’ll be able to afford her membership fees if they are getting rid of their horses due to financial hardship. Apparently, IEBA members are stupid and only selectively paranoid.
In one her earlier letters to announce this meeting, Suey talked about testing animals as well. Apparently the IEBA’s pockets are so deep and they are so much smarter than anybody ever, that they are going to do live drug testing on the animals. Remember, that the only way for them to currently test for banned drugs in the tissues is to take an actual tissue sample….like the eyeball or an organ. I don’t even want to know how they profess to accomplish that on a live animal. It would appear that nobody in the IEBA has any concept of drug levels in the blood stream and actual residue in the tissues. I have officially lost hope that they will ever wrap their mind around that either. “Information and training on optional live animal drug testing protocols will also be presented. The system includes an option for independent third party laboratory testing scientifically verifying each animal’s eligibility for processing.”
As we all know, it ain’t a real PSA situation without an over-the-top amount of paranoia thrown in for healthy measure. You pretty much need to supply your own DNA sample to gain membership into their organization. It’s kinda funny actually…
“Since our first notice, we have received some questions about our request for references in regards to your membership applications. To clarify, the purpose of this is to ensure that IEBA members are legitimate horse industry business people, and not animal rights activists seeking to infiltrate our organization. We know that the horse world, especially the horse processing world, is a very small and close knit community of people who are generally known to each other. So, all we are asking for here is people we can call who are in the horse business, and who can vouch for the fact that you are, too.”
Remember, this is coming from Slaughterhouse Sue. The same person that doesn’t own a horse, and doesn’t contribute a single dollar to anything in the horse industry. Yet, she’s asking for YOUR references to prove you belong. She is right about the horse world being a small one. Next time you talk to somebody not particularily up to speed on the slaughter issue, ask them if they have ever heard of Suey or D-bag Duquette. Not many people have. However, I have lots of `industry’ references, so I’m wondering if I should apply for membership? I would if she didn’t want $250 dollar a year to be on her propaganda list. That’s just for individuals. If you are anything other than a buyer or seller, you get to pay $500 a year. We all know how well it worked out for the poor suckers that paid for UH membership and Scummit fees….Anybody else smelling another scam? Please understand that any slaughter plant would need to be USDA inspected and have some degree of government funding. She is now suggesting that vets, transporters etc. pay a $500 a year `membership fee’ to do business with them. Last time I checked, cattlemen don’t need to pay a membership fee to take their livestock to auction or join an association to transport them.
While we’re on the subject of paranoia, Suey is going to devote a large portion of the meeting to `Security and Protection’.
“This segment will be led by the Animal Agriculture Alliance and will cover the protection that you can build around an operation to protect against activist threats. This will include vetting employees, background checks, management and training of employees to ensure loyalty and vigilance, community relations to build a layer of support around your facility, and some very innovative (and inexpensive) ways to physically protect your grounds from top security experts who are also very savvy about agricultural operations. This portion of the meeting will also include legal defense against litigation presented by the Cavalry Group.”
Remember that the majority of slaughter workers do it for around minimum wage and many aren’t `legal’ to work in this country. There just isn’t a large number of people whose life long dream is to spend their days torturing animals. In fact, I bet that not a single kid in school writes that they want to grow up and kill animals some day. Ok, maybe Jeffrey Dahmer did, but we all know how he turned out…
I don’t have the time or desire to take her agenda apart, line by line. I’ve provided the links, so you can read up for yourselves. What I do want to drive home is the hypocrisy of what she proposes. One of the main battle cries of the PSAs has been about unwanted horses and people going broke and not being able to afford to feed or care for their horses. Angela Marshall shipped her crippled horse to slaughter because she didn’t want to go to jail for burying him on her property and there was no other way to dispose of him. Well, if Suey gets what she wants, the ONLY people that can sell to a slaughter-house is an IEBA member. That means you either pay your yearly dues, plus $1/head transaction fees or you sell to a kill buyer. The kill buyers need to make a profit, so they aren’t going to give you any more than they are giving now. Considering IEBA membership fees are $250 for a single membership, I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s cheaper to euthanize your own horse (either with a needle or a bullet) and have the rendering truck pick it up or pay the landfill charges. The IEBA wants to `own’ the traceability system and they’re going to charge you for that too. That means you get to pay them money to keep your horse eligible for slaughter. They are going to be in your pockets at every single turn and the ONLY people making money will be the IEBA. It won’t change a single thing for unwanted horses or people in financial crisis. If anything it will make things worse and horses will continue to suffer and die horrible deaths. It’s a shit show and it’s a scam. How are people even signing up for this crap?