I guess we shouldn’t really be all that surprised that with the news of inspections being granted to horse slaughter facilities, that the United Horseturds are busy stomping their hooves in what passes for a victory dance. You don’t have to surf around online very far to encounter one of the usual suspects gloating and smacking their lips at the prospect of the carnage that may be about to rain down on our beloved equine friends. The interesting thing is that it’s always the same bunch of asstards doing the crowing. Far greater numbers are upset about this puzzling move by the USDA. Extrapolate that out and you’ll get an idea on how the public in general feel about the prospect of domestic slaughter reopening for business. Basic math has never been a strong suit of your average PSA though. Let’s take a boo at the idiocy that has erupted overnight and remind ourselves exactly what kind of `person’ it takes to be happy about this.
Not surprisingly, one of the loudest cackles has come from none other than Holy Mother Theresa Manzella, everybody’s favorite horse slaughtering wannabe rescuer. She’s had quite a bit to say today…
“Well I’ll be! After years of fierce fighting and death threats, common sense and the horse industry has prevailed!!! Soooo thankful to Sue Wallis, Rep from Wy, and Dave Duquette of United Horsemen and Mindy Patterson of the Calvary Group for leading this long and successful charge. I’m still a bit in disbelief! It’s sure to be a wild rodeo, but for the moment at least, horse welfare and values will be restored.”
– Yup, I’m sure the cost of horses is going to skyrocket next week and the economy is going to magically turn around and once again the streams will run with milk and honey all because we are now slaughtering, for consumption, animals that were not raised to be food. YAY!
“You’re on the wrong page to find anyone who agrees with you here. You might want to go to sign up for further brainwashing with the animal rights movement, because that’s EXACTLY what you are if you feel that way. FACTS: Horse values are down by at least 20% (many of us in the business would say they are down much further than that) and neglect is UP 60% since the cessation of humane horse harvesting. Horses are still being harvested, just not within our boarders where we can control it. Horses are private property and by eliminating their intrinsic value (price per pound) the animal rights movement has only HARMED horse welfare. Don’t bother arguing or getting ugly on my page, I’ll simply block you. These are the facts and until you’re ready to buy and maintain all the unwanted horses, you need to get grounded in reality.”
– Nice to see Holy Theresa has gone the way of Mendy Tobiano and elected to pull her statistics out of her ass. This recently released report from the Equine Welfare Alliance pretty much debunks her assertion on neglect being tied to lack of slaughter (http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Study_of_Equine_Abuse.pdf). As far as their `intrinsic’ value being their price per pound, I have no idea what kind of horses she’s messing with, but I know the value of most horses is and should be based on quality. As far as her refusing any rebuttals, I just have this image in my mind of her with her fingers in her ears going `lalalala I can’t hear you’. The truth is most inconvenient to the ignorant….
“Well then, if you’re not brainwashed, you’re very uninformed. Horses are LIVESTOCK….NOT PETS. And if you think they are pets to all people, you’re brainwashed. The beauty of having them as livestock is that if you want to make them into pets, that’s YOUR business as the LIVESTOCK PROPERTY OWNER. But you don’t get to dictate what the rest of us do with our livestock.”
– I think Holy Theresa may want to shut her yap before she talks too much about `property’ and what you can do with it. We’ve talked about it quite a bit on this blog (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/a-little-lesson-on-anatomy-and-the-english-language/). We also know that Oregon doesn’t exactly agree that horses are strictly `property’ either (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/great-news-from-oregon-property-rights-and-horses/). It’s ok, Holy One, I don’t expect you to back up your talk with actual facts….
“I’m a professional horse breeder and trainer and have been for over 20 years. I deal in high quality stock. It’s MY BUSINESS. It’s my LIVELY HOOD. And I take it very seriously. Again, get informed before you go jumping to uninformed conclusions and regurgitating AR rhetoric. REALITY is that breeding is DOWN 70% over the last 10 years. Obviously, you’ve been misinformed.”
– I pretty much spewed all over my screen with this statement. Professional breeder of high quality stock? In what alternate reality is that true? The fact is that Holy Theresa does not make a living off breeding animals at all. Just ask her husband that is never home. Although maybe she was actually trying to tell us that the `hood’ she lives in is lively? Hard to tell with her spelling…Wanna see her `high quality stock’?
“ And BTW, I also run a horse rescue and re-homing project to keep as many of them out of harms way as I possibly can. I’ve re-homed 140 unwanted horses over the past 4 years. How many have you taken responsibility for?”
– Quite the little rant she’s having, huh? Her rescue that refuses to help people in actual need and reserves the right to ship to slaughter….I wonder how accurate that number of 140 is and how many found their new homes on a dinner plate or a pet food bowl? Things that make you go hmmmm…
“Quit exposing stupid animal rights rhetoric on my page then! We don’t MURDER animals…we harvest them.
– I’m not sure that loving the taste of animals qualifies you as an animal lover. We’ll get to the `harvest’ thing next…
“…GET INFORMED! Look up the definition in the dictionary. har·vest (härvst)
1. The act or process of gathering a crop.
a. The crop that ripens or is gathered in a season.
b. The amount or measure of the crop gathered in a season.
c. The time or season of such gathering.
3. The result or consequence of an activity.
v. har·vest·ed, har·vest·ing, har·vests
a. To gather (a crop).
b. To take or kill (fish or deer, for example) for food, sport, or population control.
c. To extract from a culture or a living or recently deceased body, especially for transplantation: harvested bone marrow.
2. To gather a crop from.
3. To receive (the benefits or consequences of an action). See Synonyms at reap.
To gather a crop.”
– She keeps busting out caps, so we know she’s serious. I suppose serial killers can use the `harvest’ defense too by her definition?
“We all have opinions. Mine just happens to come from a life time of experience and I’ve spent the last five years in the trenches saving as many horses from starvation as I possibly can. I also can see the BIG picture and understand that the animal rights movement seeks to eliminate ALL animal agriculture and animal ownership and you’d be well served to 1) Know the facts 2) learn how to spell.”
– OMG, did Miss `Lively Hood’, just give a spelling lesson? LMAO!!!! The only thing she has a lifetime of experience in is being self-righteous and ignorant, although being a bottom feeder in the horse industry probably does mean she has spent her fair share of time in the gutter even if she wants to gild the lily and refer to it as being `in the trenches’. She goes on to bust out the same tired 20yr old quotes taken out context and further scold the person calling her on her shit. Y’all know the drill by now….
Naturally, no good horse slaughter discussion is complete with Slaughterhouse Sue chiming in, although she really gave a poor effort today. I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed in her…
“Hey folks, I’m a little late to this party, (been working like crazy, but man it feels good to be on such a positive trajectory for a change) and deeply appreciate the strong and lucid articulation of the situation we’ve been battling here…but, as is my standard policy on my facebook page, I own it, and I don’t put up with people who are disrespectful to either myself or others. Period. End of story. And in keeping with that I have blocked XXXXXX permanently. Thanks again.”
– Holy Theresa and D-bag Duquette are `lucid’ and `articulate’? Clearly, these people have been drinking non-stop since yesterday and are all drunk and even more delusional than normal. BTW, `disrespectful’ to Suey, means you don’t blindly agree with her. Nobody was actually the least bit disrespectful beyond disagreeing with her and her butt monkeys.
Speaking of butt monkeys, D-bag issued another press release, no doubt ghostwritten yet again (http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Hang-on-to-your-hats–corrected-link.html?soid=1112812195452&aid=uVmx_xxroo4). He provides a link for the declined petition the HSUS filed back in April. We’ll look at that mess another day, because there is all kinds of wrong in it, but it’s there for your perusal now. There are a few other statements he has made that need a closer look.
“These facilities now have the opportunity to demonstrate that horses can be processed humanely. Testing protocols will debunk the myth perpetuated by the animal rights groups that horse meat is unsafe for consumption.”
Since they think every single anti-slaughter person should take responsibility for neglected and abused horses nationwide, am I safe to assume that every single PSA will be pulling a shift in the new slaughter-houses to ensure that each and every horse is handled humanely from beginning to end and that each and every carcass is tested? I think that sounds fair…
“However, this battle is far from over. Our next challenge will be to ensure these humane processing facilities remain open for business, which is a significant part of our overall mission to defend the welfare of horses and the well-being of the horse industry.”
– Actually D-bag, your next challenge is the same one you have been dealing with since inspections were reinstated in 2011 and that would be to actually get one of these torture chambers up and running. This is far from a done deal.
“To those who oppose horse processing, I pose a question: what is your solution to the unwanted horse crisis? Those who oppose horse processing have had six years since the original plant closure to come up with solutions. The suffering of horses has only intensified during that time. “
– As long as we have PSA assholes breeding and owning horses, we are always going to have horses in crisis and we will continue to deal with them and save them one horse at a time. However, I’d far rather my tax dollars go towards subsidizing euthanasia and gelding clinics than inspecting toxic meat that the majority of the public does not want. Prior to 2007 you had decades and decades of horse slaughter and there was still abuse, neglect and horses in crisis. My question to D-bag is: What will be different this time around?
Obviously many of you are very upset about recent developments. It’s unthinkable and scary on a lot of different levels. With slaughter available in this country, no horse will ever be really safe as thefts tend to rise and shorter trips to the slaughter facilities give you even less time for intervention. It’s a barbaric and ruthless industry. Call a horse a pet or livestock, but the fact remains the only reason they are so lucrative to slaughter is that they are not raised as food animals. The feed to weight conversion of raising a horse specifically for slaughter at a profit isn’t really doable given the cost of feed, so it truly is a lot like scraping up roadkill. Unlike pork, cattle and poultry, there is no current way of tracing horses from birth to the plate and there likely never will be. That would require the cooperation of the vast majority that don’t view our horses as food sources and they’ll never get that. The profits from this industry will be headed directly overseas with their carcasses and the towns hosting the slaughter-houses will suffer economically. Dead horses don’t require tack, feed, veterinarians, and countless other things that are a huge part of the horse industry. Are we going to have meat shows for the slaughtered carcasses now? Go out and hug your horses this weekend and then get busy on Monday. Call, write and educate people what we may be in for. Let your reps know this is not where you want your tax dollars going and that we won’t tolerate this. It’s not over and it’s not a done deal.