Nine days to go. Nine days until we hopefully, get some temporary relief from the threat of mass slaughter of countless equines. With the importance of this case, it would be reasonable to assume that the main players are busy getting their ducks in a row. I guess I was silly to assume that Slaughterhouse Sue may tone down her inner fishwife long enough to actually prepare for the impending court case that she is a part of. At the very least, and perhaps worse, I assumed that she would be busy touching herself in places most of us would rather not imagine while moaning `mmmm….horse meat’. At any rate, I had prepared myself for the fact she would probably not give us much to work with until after August 2nd, after which we could either entertain ourselves with the probable meltdown or shake our heads in disgust with her crowing. Well folks, it just goes to show you that I am sometimes wrong and I, thankfully, don’t understand how the mind of a slaughterphile really works. Not content to allow her favorite ass barnacle, Douchebag Duquette, have all the attention this week with the release of his super awesome press release, Suey has decided to throw a little gasoline on the fire and make a few comments on the players on the anti side of the pending lawsuit. Sadly, she hasn’t gotten around to sniping at Robert Redford yet, but we’ll make do with her gross inappropriateness anyhow.
As many of you may or may not be aware, the slaughterphiles all absolutely loathe the HSUS in particular and President and CEO, Wayne Pacelle, specifically. I’m sure that at least part of their red zone hatred has to do with the fact that the only thing they have ever managed to get on the guy is some obscure quote he made more than 20 yrs ago about domestic animals. The notorious statement that Suey and her knuckle dragging butt monkeys like to repeat at any given chance is, “We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. One generation and out” which was made in 1993, prior to Pacelle taking the helm of the HSUS. Even though it was a statement made 20 yrs ago, when I can guarantee you, none of us were paying attention, Suey and company pull it out and wave it around at every opportunity like an especially green and disgusting booger a 3 yr old just mined from his nose. Now, if you put some context around that quote, you get a much more clear picture of what Pacelle was trying to say. The quote was made at an agricultural forum when they were discussing `heirloom’ breeds of livestock that are no longer used commercially. In response to whether or not we needed an endangered species act to protect these breeds, Pacelle’s full response was: ” We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding… One generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” Whether or not you agree with what he said, putting it in context certainly gives it a different flavor, no? If you want to read what Pacelle, himself, had to say about being misquoted, you can read his own comments about it on his blog ( http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2007/07/desperate-disto.html). I also think you’ll find this page interesting reading the next time the PSAs try to discredit the HSUS: (http://stophumanewatch.org/blog/myths/myth-quote/).
Let’s get back to Slaughterhouse Suey. It seems Suey and her ilk operate under the assumption that the HSUS claim to be your local shelter. Obviously they aren’t nor have they ever made that claim. Considering that most slaughterphiles, and Suey is no exception, have problems seeing beyond their own expansive girths, the fact is that a large part of the HSUS’s mandate is to advocate for animals through public policy, corporate reform and national and international campaigns. They do have some shelters, but primarily they are in here to provide education and training to shelters and rescues at the local level. I know this will be a very tough concept for your average slaughterphile to grasp as their solution to every problem is to hold their hand out and ask for money and bail outs. What the HSUS does is train these organizations to effectively run their own shelters, etc. All of this information is readily available on the HSUS site. Does anybody really believe that an organization as large and high profiled as the HSUS would get away with what Suey suggests for very long? Put it this way, it isn’t the HSUS that are pushing for Ag-Gag laws to hide their atrocities from the general public.
Perhaps this would be a good time to take a closer look at one of Suey and D-bag’s favorite groups, Humanewatch. They are a particularly nasty organization that is a project of the non-profit Center for Consumer Freedom. Both were created by wealthy corporate lobbyist Richard Berman. Berman is a real charmer. Among other things, under his CFF mantle, he has run campaigns against Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is largely funded by the very corporations that would benefit from seeing and end to these organizations and in 2008, CFF paid a whopping 92% of its revenue to the for profit firm of Berman and Company which is wholly owned by Richard Berman. Hmmm. Doesn’t that all sound a bit like what they accuse the HSUS of, but worse? I guess none of you will be surprise that Humanewatch think Rep. Crazyass Steve King out of Iowa is a super awesome and wonderful guy. Basically, Berman is noted for running smear campaigns against public interest groups and, as a result, several media outlets have been forced to issue retractions and apologies for repeating misinformation he has fed them. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the organization that Slaughterhouse Sue and Douchebag Duquette hold up as ethical. Awesome! (http://stophumanewatch.org/about/about-hw/)
By now, none of you are probably all that outraged or even surprised that Suey supports Humanewatch. It’s basically par for the course given her desire to eat her way through the entire equine population before the next decade. Continuing in that same vein is Sue’s support of yet another anti-animal organization called Protect The Harvest. She even posted up one of their little cartoons about the HSUS along with this comment: “Less than 1/2 of 1% of their hundreds of millions of deceptively raised dollars actually goes to help a single dog or cat, let alone a horse. And yet they promote the most unspeakable lies about honest, legitimate, agriculture businesses. What a corrupt crock of crap the whole outfit is.” How’s the view from that glass house, Suey?
I saved the best for last as far as Suey’s rants go today. Her hypocrisy was out in full force today as after she referred to all antis as `culturally arrogant and ethnically insensitive’ in her last press release, she engaged in a spirited round of `my Indian is better than yours’ as far as the lawsuit in New Mexico goes.
“Turns out the “chief” that HSUS squirrled up is a self-proclaimed chief who according to a letter written by the bona fide tribal leader is to be respected as an elder, but in no way has the authority to speak for the entire tribe (which has a real problem with excess feral horses). Contrast that with the Yakama and other land based tribes where it is the tribal government, the entity that is responsible for managing and preserving tribal lands and resources that are taking deliberative action in the support of the reopening of horse plants as the only humane and economically viable solution to the horrific horse overpopulation problems. Huge difference. This is not about who is a better Indian. This is about protecting the environment from permanent catastrophic ecological damage.”
Once again, Suey and the horse eaters seem to be quite unable to see things beyond the end of their snotty noses. For those of you that don’t know, the native support Suey has managed to drum up in her quest to slaughter equines is the Confederated Tribes of the Yakama Nation (http://www.yakamanation-nsn.gov/). They are based in Washington state and have a population of about 1o,000 give or take. The native leader she has been floating around is `Jason Smith’ 0f the National Tribal Horse Coalition or the Northwest Tribal Horse Coalition depending on what press release you read, but the problem with that is it seems nearly impossible to find a website for this group or any information at all other than that he wrote an opinion paper at Suey’s behest. A document, I’m sure, will be used in the court case, but neither him nor his organization are named in the suit that I can find. For the record, Jason Smith is from the Warm Springs nation in central Oregon and his actual title is range and ag manager. Remember yesterday when D-bag suggested that Victoria McCullough send their tribe about half a billion a year to manage their horse population and then went on to whine they have had NO help or bailout money? Yeah, well we’ve never accused D-bag of actually knowing WTF he is talking about. It seems that Warm Springs actually has had considerable assistance from APHIS with managing their herds. According to the USDA blog, they periodically hold feral horse castration clinics, coggins testing (so they can ship them off to slaughter should they choose) and vaccination clinics. All of this is done at no cost to the tribes. (http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/10/25/wild-horses-take-aphis-veterinarian-to-new-heights/). Naturally Smith whined that holding gelding clinics is not an effective way to reduce herd populations, but he did allow that it would help with quality and manageability, whatever that means. At any rate it would appear that Smith is an employee of Warm Springs and holds no leadership position whatsoever. Whether or not he was enticed to support the United Horseturds and their pro slaughter agenda, we will never know, but he seems to have more of a vested interest in slaughter than concern over tribal lands. Mr. Smith likes to `range raise’ rodeo stock and Quarter Horses (http://www.smithranch.1colony.com/index.html). Make of that what you will.
So, what about the chief that actually did sign on as a plaintiff in the lawsuit that Suey claims is self-appointed? Well, to begin with there are two chiefs that are listed as plaintiffs, so we’re not sure which one she is referring to. The first is Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation and he is also knows as `Sung Wakan’ – Horse Man. He is the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and is recognized as a chief and the spiritual leader of all three branches of the Sioux tribe. He is widely respected and looked to for his spiritual teachings. There is quite a lot of information out there on him and he has seen his share of controversy so I’m going to guess that this would be the faux chief Suey is referring to. (http://arvollookinghorse.homestead.com/chief_arvol_bio_2001.html).
The other chief signed on as a plaintiff is Chief David Bald Eagle of the Minikoju Band of the Cheyenne River Tribe Lakota Indians and First Chief of the United Indigenous Nations of the Americas. For those of you that don’t know, the Lakota refer to themselves as `The Horse People’. Chief Bald Eagle is the grandson of Chief White Bull, who fought along with Crazy Horse in the Battle of Little Bighorn. He is 94 yrs old and a life long horseman, still running a large herd of his own horses. On his 94th birthday, he narrated a letter to Congress, all Indigenous Nations of the Americas and the American People. One of the statements in that letter was as follows:
“We only eat the meat of animals that are vegetarian. All except the horse. We have always held a special feeling for the horse. The horse is sacred to our people. We have never eaten the horse. In Lakota, the horse is called Sunka Wakan. Sunka means dog, Wakan means Sacred or holy, “Sacred dog.”
The horse did not abandon us in Little Big Horn. The Horse did not abandon the Cherokee and Choctaw tribes in the Trails of Tears. The horse did not abandon us in our hunting. We will not abandon the horse now.”
This kinda tells a different story than the one that Suey and D-bag are screeching from the roof tops that ALL land based tribes are pro-slaughter and have no problem with horses being used for human consumption. Chief Bald Eagle seems to be quite wise to the ways of people like Suey and Big Ag groups as he also had this to say: “In these times we need the Native American people to wake up. It is easy to be misled by money, greed and false power. The Native American people are easily influenced as they have strayed from our traditional values and Way of Life…If the Native American people allow the horse slaughterhouses on Indian lands, it opens the door for Government and other special interest groups to control our lands and our way of life.” Of course anybody from the Rosebud Sioux nation could back him up on that statement as they had their problems letting in Trent Loos and his factory hog operation. Chief Bald Eagle’s letter is quite poignant as he goes on to describe what horses have meant to his people and their respect for `natural law’. It’s very much worth the read. (http://www.returntofreedom.org/meeting-the-chief-david-bald-eagle/). Oh, and in case Suey decides to disrespect this man any further, he is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne, decorated for bravery, and wounded behind enemy lines on D-Day(http://www.johngawne.com/baldeagle.html). In other words, Slaughterhouse Sue and D-bag Duquette are not worthy to shine this man’s shoes.
If there is one thing I have noticed about the PSA side of things, it’s that all their `experts’ hold very lofty titles. Lots of presidents of various coalitions etc. The problem with it all is that nobody has ever heard of any of these organizations and nine times out of ten, Suey is behind it all in some form or another. We can’t just have employee and rancher, Jason Smith give an opinion on something, we need to create an organization and make him important! Then he doesn’t even sign on to the lawsuit because he probably doesn’t have permission from his band to do so. Or who knows? Maybe he’s just tardy for the party and will get around to it at the 11th hour. Just like the PSAs have attempted to lay claim to the label of `animal welfare’ and appoint themselves as `industry’, saying it doesn’t really make it so. Then, if all that wasn’t bad enough, Suey in an astonishing lack of self-awareness, shows her gigantic, pimpled ass to be about the most`culturally arrogant and ethnically insensitive’ of them all. Surely, this isn’t the best she can do in making her case? I have a feeling that we’re in for much more hilarity and hijinks from the maven of horse hating in the coming days.