With the recent European meat scandal and things heating up in Oklahoma and New Mexico, you pretty much can’t turn around without reading or hearing about horse slaughter. Depending on what news source you’re reading, the accuracy on the facts surrounding horse slaughter vary greatly. Sadly, there are several `puff’ pieces out there where all the research into the topic consists of is talking to a pro and an anti and calling it good. How is anybody that isn’t up to speed on this issue or actually knows anything about horses ever supposed to decide what is right or wrong? It used to be that a journalist did their research prior to interviewing people so they could actually confront lies and inaccuracies. Because the PSAs are as opportunistic as garbage dump vermin, they are all over this recent media blitz and laying down the links to the more questionable pieces with great enthusiasm. Once again, it’s time to correct the lies and deceptions they are spreading. *sigh*
While certainly not mainstream media or even all that widely read, our favorite blood thirsty blogger Mendy Tobiano is all over this slaughter opportunity like she is the all you can eat buffet at Golden Corral on pay-day. I realize that nobody has ever really accused her of having reading comprehension or abstract thinking, but her latest few blogs have been bizarre, even for her. She tells that the reason slaughter got `banned’ in the late 2000’s’ (I guess Wikipedia didn’t supply her with the correct date of 2007) is because all us sneaky anti people spread around photos and videos that played on public emotion and she even suggests they were fraudulent. While this link is from Canada, if you are feeling brave I would suggest you look at the CBC’s coverage on horse slaughter, including kill floor footage and decide for yourself how fraudulent the horror stories are. (http://www.cbc.ca/thenational/indepthanalysis/story/2009/10/01/national-horses-061008.html) After all, these are the same connections that want to put slaughter houses back in the US. There are also other links on the side bar to other stories, including the admission that CFIA inspectors did not observe the kills for an extended period due to safety concerns and several horses were abused. NT further goes onto admit that yes, maybe the same amount of horses are being shipped to slaughter now, but she loses any credibility for telling the truth when she suggest three times that many would be slaughtered if we could re-open US slaughterhouses. She provides no documentation or statistics to back that claim up as usual, because as per PSA doctrine, NT is a huge fan of stating as opinion as fact. I predict there will be day in the future where `out of my ass’ becomes an acceptable citation for research papers if Mendy Tobiano has anything to say about it.
Sadly, the above nonsense isn’t even the dumbest thing Mendy Tobiano has pulled out of her ass this past week. Apparently, because of the `ban’ on horse slaughter, the government figured it was ok to cut funding for other food inspection. Go ahead and read that back to yourself about six times and see if it makes sense to you. It won’t. She is convinced that because of the defunding of inspections for horse slaughter for human consumption (slaughter itself was never banned unbeknownst to her), that the prices of all our groceries have gone up and USDA inspectors are facing 15 day furloughs with The Sequester looming at the end of the month. Somehow all of this is because we aren’t slaughtering enough horses and that `allowing’ them to defund slaughter meant that we signalled the government that it was ok to cut funding for other food inspections or something along those lines. Mark my words, if any of the PSAs ever acknowledge global warming or that a world exists beyond our borders, all problems will somehow get blamed on us not slaughtering enough horses in this country. The one thing we should be thankful for is that nobody really reads her blog for anything other than shits and giggles and to see how many profiles she can create to speak to herself when her shameless self promotion and begging for comments falls on the deafened, wax filled ears of her fellow horse eaters.
Since we last covered D-bag Duquette’s recent media madness, his `Time’ interview has come out. Guess what? Despite what D-bag had to say, it’s actually a fairly balanced and factual article. (http://business.time.com/2013/03/01/legal-or-not-will-americans-ever-buy-horse-meat/) D-bag is still a bit foggy on the actual facts, but the reporter, despite obviously not being a horse person, managed to balance them out quite nicely. The best part is D-bag comes up with some new facts and figures to rip apart.
“We’ve got 10 million horses in the United States, domestic horses. And 80% of those fall into the category of the backyard hobby horsemen, the ones who just go out and trail ride a bit. And they went from owning an asset to owning a liability.”
Ok even if D-bags numbers are accurate, he basically just made an argument against slaughter. If 80% of all horses in the US belong to `hobby’ horsemen, those aren’t generally the types of horses that are sent to slaughter or owned as an investment. If your horses are just a hobby, their value isn’t of much consequence to you nor is it putting food on your table because having them as a hobby generally implies you earn a living doing something else. Those are the horses that are mostly considered pets. Before you get too excited though, just remember that D-bag operates under the assumption that 80% is a minority number. D-bag goes on to tell us all that there are `plenty’ of people just drooling the prospect of being able to eat horse meat and there is a big demand overseas. Same old stories, from the blood thirsty…
The other significant contribution from D-bag and his United Horseturds this week is the fact that their horse eating rally has been changed. Apparently, all four of the horse eaters that realize that OK, is actually Oklahoma and not the OK Corral, are busy on the Thursday of this week so dates have been changed. They new date is this Wednesday, March 13th and the venue has been changed as well. It will now be held behind closed doors rather than outside, to presumably hide the fact it won’t be well attended. However, they have partnered with The Oklahoma Farm Bureau aka Big Ag Assholes to prop up their numbers.
“Oklahoma Farm Bureau encourages members to join us at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a press conference on HB 1999 and SB 375. We will be meeting in Room 412 A, B, and C. This is a great opportunity for our members to meet with legislators and thank them for their support of this horse processing legislation and of agriculture!”
I guess you’re not going to get a free horse burger for your efforts after all. Bummer. It’s worth noting that this is the third change of venue in the past week as this is the press release from The UH a few days ago:
“Due to a scheduling conflict at the Oklahoma State Capitol, the day for our support rally had to be changed to Wednesday, March 13th. The rally will be held In the Governors Blue Room at 10:30 a.m.
Oklahoma’s Horsemen are critical to this fight and we need to have a strong show of support for HB 1999 to help revive our horse industry nationwide.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau is taking the lead for this event. Please contact them for more information at http://www.okfarmbureau.org/
Thank you for your support and helping us revive the horse industry and “Building a Better Future for Horses and the Horse Industry.”
So, your guess as to where the 4 or 5 of them will be gathering is as good as mine. It is normally difficult to find a group that small, but considering the grooming and fashion choices most of them make, they should be easy enough to spot should you feel inclined.
Ok, now that we’ve had a few laughs, let’s talk about the seriousness of all of this. Most of you all know the real facts around slaughter and what the PSAs won’t acknowledge. The problem is that the people that are going to vote on this don’t necessarily know the realities and when you have somebody like State Rep. Skye McNeil pushing this agenda, without telling everybody that she and her family stand to make a LOT of money should it go through, we have a problem. The truth is our best ally and we do have the numbers. Here is a very thoughtful and well written letter from Texas horseman, John Murrell that was faxed to Governor Fallin in Oklahoma. (http://pdfs.thoroughbreddailynews.com/generic_upload/pdf/Murrell.pdf). This isn’t an emotional letter from a hobby owner or from somebody that has no first hand experience with having slaughter houses near by. This is a letter from somebody that is legitimately `industry’ and knows what he is talking about. For probably the most up to date news on what is going on with Oklahoma and other issues please check with the Equine Welfare Alliance on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/EquineWelfareAlliance?ref=ts&fref=ts) as well as the links on the sidebar here. Lastly, here is a corrected version of an article the PSAs wet their pants over last week when it was erroneously reported that most of the calls to the Governor’s office in Oklahoma supported lifting the ban on horse slaughter. Turns out that was wrong. In fact, they received over 2100 calls in a two week period with the majority supporting the continued ban on slaughter (http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Correction-Horse-Slaughter-Opposition-story-4335275.php). As always, take the time to read through the comment section on the posts here as several of our readers are very well versed in what is going on and take the time to share a lot of good information. Now isn’t the time for complacency, so let’s speak up for those that don’t have voices to speak for themselves.