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Can you see the John Lyons quote on the picture above?  It’s a pretty nice sentiment and I can get on board with it.  I would guess most anti-slaughter advocates can relate to it as long as they actually believe in God.  Guess what?  I pulled it off our the Facebook page of our favorite slaughter supporting horse rescue, Willing Servants.  Apparently the insight God granted Holy Theresa of Willing Servants  is that the best way to treat and care for these `reflections’ is to torture, kill and eat them.  I know none of these delusional fuckwits actually look at slaughter that way because they have come up with softer terms for what it is they want so badly.  Harvesting, processing, and even humane euthanasia.  I realize their ignorance and hypocrisy isn’t news and it seems to get less funny over time.  What is news is that I’m so sick and tired of the whining these idiots do, I’m willing to make a compromise if they will just stfu and move on to something that I don’t care about.  Seriously.

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While I know the prices of euthanasia and burial/disposal that the slaughterphiles frequently quote are grossly exaggerated, I do appreciate that doing the right thing isn’t always cheap.  Believe me, I know more about that than I want to, but I also consider that a part of owning a horse.  Personally, we choose to bury or cremate our horses because it’s what we can live with.  I don’t really judge anybody for how they choose to dispose of an animal after the fact.  It really doesn’t make a difference to the animal and even after cremation, there is a significant amount of cremains to deal with.  Since nearly all the players on both sides of this issue claim to be horse lovers and only wanting what is best for the animals while they are living, then why not compromise?  Let’s bring back knacker trucks!

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Back in the day, that’s how it was done if you didn’t process your own animals.  You paid a nominal fee and a guy would come out and shoot your animal and either haul it away or process it for you.  Since nobody wants to admit that they are into slaughter just because they like killing horses and watching them suffer, I think this would be a great compromise.  Old Dobbin can live his days out in familiar surroundings and when his time comes, you call in the knacker and allow him the dignity of dying without fear and torture.  Even though it’s not an option I would ever choose, I could get on board with it if it meant no slaughter houses and no shipping across state lines or international boarders for slaughter.  Surely if you can’t afford a couple hundred bucks to make sure your beloved horse dies peacefully, you need to stick to gold-fish.  Maybe that’s unfair to gold-fish too.  Get a stuffed toy or something.

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I realize my compromise is never going to be considered.  As we all know, it’s all about the money and enabling backyard breeders and bottom feeding horse traders.  God forbid we see little shops of horrors like Sugarcreek, Shipshewana and New Holland go out of business. How do we know this?  Because slaughter is legal in most states.  You can send a horse to slaughter right here on home soil.  The problem is you can’t do it for human consumption and sale without a USDA inspection, so nobody is going to make money off it and open up a slaughter-house.   This minority pocket of assholes, lead by the ever greedy and inappropriate Slaughterhouse Sue, want to mass slaughter horses at the expense of our beef, pork and poultry producers and the safety of the food on your dinner table.  I guess the fact that this just isn’t an industry that is ever going to profit the majority of citizens doesn’t matter as long as Suey gets to see her `dream’ come to fruition and line her own pockets.  There isn’t a shred of love for horses that factor into the equation.

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Remember how the slaughterphiles keep telling us that slaughter is to save horses and stop the cruelty and neglect?  It allegedly provides a way of dealing with unwanted and unsuitable horses.  Horses that have no other value left in them but to end up on a dinner plate.  Well, I’m sure most of you have read about Cactus Cafe and Canuki over the past year.  They are two Thoroughbreds that raced at Beulah Park in Ohio, that were sold under shady circumstances and shipped to slaughter in Canada.  (http://www.drf.com/news/canadian-slaughterhouse-firm-no-longer-accepting-thoroughbreds) The uproar over this resulted in at least one Canadian slaughter plant refusing to accept known Thoroughbreds any longer.  Cactus Cafe and Canuki were both located at Viande Richelieu near St. Hyacinthe, Quebec in the kill pens ready to head to a dinner plate despite having been given banned drugs throughout their racing careers.  Thanks to the hard work of several people, these two horses, in an unprecedented move, were recovered from the slaughter plant and sent to a rescue.  Remember, that according to the IEBA, slaughter is a `humane’ way of dealing with unwanted and flawed horses.  Seems that Cactus Cafe and Canuki were anything but unwanted as people went to great lengths to save  them.  Are they unsound and untrainable?  Look at their recent pictures and decide for yourself if these were two horses that needed a dinner plate to give them value….

Canuki today....

Canuki

Cactus Cafe

Cactus Cafe

 

 

 

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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.

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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.”

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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?

 

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I can’t believe it’s only been a day and already the fuckery has escalated to a point I feel compelled to point and laugh again . Of course we have the mystery and drama surrounding US horses being rejected for slaughter.  We’ll get to that and update in a bit.  We also have Dorothy Robertson and her devotees over at HGS flipping the switch from being loony to full-blown, batshit crazy.  I never realized that so many people hated horses so much and that those same people bother to involve themselves with the object of their hatred.  We may point and laugh at these people, but I’m finding them less and less funny lately.

As we mentioned earlier, Dorothy is back online and showing no remorse.  I guess, understandably, she is super pissed her horses were taken away, but she seems to have slipped a gear in the rational department.  She appears to be devoting all her time in attacking the rescue that was awarded her horses and has now actually suggested they are hiding them and starving them so that she’ll look bad when she goes to court at the end of the month.  I’m not even making that part up, sadly. This is straight from Dorothy…

“Concerns have been raised by some in the community that NNER may not be feeding adequately in order to “slim down” the horses and take undated photos claiming they are “before” shots. Seems there’s not a lot of trust in this outfit among the ranchers/livestock owners here. I do have additional photos taken with long tele lens less than 2 weeks after they were taken (a time frame that the vet testified would not show marked improvement IF the horses were in starvation metabolic status)….film was torn in removal from camera and is in specialty pro photo shop in Reno for handling…should be here by the end of the week and I’ll post what I get as soon as possible. In addition, am seeking photos taken by others (WalMart photo center person said about 50 people had film developed over the time the horses were at the sales yard and that the comments were overwhelmingly along the lines of “nothing wrong with their weight…should not have been taken….why couldn’t the local farriers/vet offer some help for the few that needed more work and why hold out and not euth the one for 4-5 days after being taken?”). Hope to post requests for sharing of photos in several locations within the next couple of days. New job is odd hours….12 hour shifts from 3a to 3p or 3p to 3a…..3-4 days a week most likely so getting some things done may not be very speedy.”

– Sometimes there just are no words…..Naturally, she is being egged on, consoled and encouraged by the nest of assholes that inhabit the HGS board.  Not a single one of them can count past the number of fingers they have and seem to want to place all the blame on the rescue who had NOTHING to do with seizing these animals.  Their newest plan is to take this to the media and they all figure it will get national coverage….Ok then…

 

As I’m sure you all know by now, Canadian slaughter plants are not currently accepting US horses and there is some indication that Mexico has or will follow suit.  This was a decision that came from the EU and pretty much without warning.  I would have thought it would be a time to band together and help some horses that are seriously at risk right now, but once again I was wrong.  The PSAs are redoubling their efforts to get a slaughter-house open, despite there not being an actual market for the time being. I guess the taxpayers are supposed to overlook that little stumbling block.   I’ve seen some suggest that all the slaughter horses be dumped on Wayne Pacelle’s lawn, that there will be loose horses running in the street by tomorrow and all the usual doomsday predictions they subscribe to.  I have yet to see a single one of them accept what is the current reality and come up with any idea or solution to make sure that horses do not suffer.  I guess the fact that the horses in question currently have owners and those owners will remain responsible to feed and care for those horses or there will be charges laid doesn’t register with them   Nobody knows how long this will last right now.  To lighten things up, I thought it would be fun to take a look at Slaughterhouse Sue’s emergency press release on the issue.

“Yesterday, October 12, 2012, the international commerce in horses for processing from the United States to both Canada and Mexico was disrupted by an unannounced action of the European Union. Approximately 2,500 head of horses per week have been crossing the border to European Union regulated plants in Mexico per week, and an estimated 1,300 head to Canada in recent months. 

 

This is a higher number than usual driven by the widespread drought, devastating fires, high cost of feed, and lack of pasture forage in the United States leaving horse owners with few options except the selling of horses. There is a strong worldwide demand for cheval. Cheval is the common name for meat produced from the equine species in the same way that beef refers to meat produced from cattle, and pork refers to meat from hogs. “
– Don’t y’all just love how calling horse meat `cheval’ is suppose to make it more palatable or something?  I’m not sure how strong the `worldwide’ demand for horse meat actually is, but I’m going to guess it’s declining given the recent discoveries of adulterated horse meat and a recent death from somebody ingesting Bute.
“In the United States, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is still finalizing the validation of science underlying their equine drug residue testing program, which they anticipate will be completed by the end of the year. Several U.S. based companies anticipate receiving the necessary grants of inspection to begin operation at that time providing a much needed humane option for the horse industry in the United States. Currently the only viable outlet is transportation outside of the U.S. to the E.U. regulated plants in Mexico or Canada. “
– I’m not sure there is anything in this paragraph that is actually the truth.  Anybody?
“Today, the leaders of the International Equine Business Association: Sue Wallis of the United States, Bill des Barres of Canada, and Olivier Kemseke representing Mexico, Argentina, and the European Union are issuing the following statement:  

“The International Equine Business Association (IEBA), including it’s partner the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC), and its members in the United States and Mexico who are businesses engaged in the provision of accurate information and education respecting the health and welfare of horses and the equine products trade, have been working to advance an industry leading Equine Identification, Tracking and Traceability system that provides a fully compliant, auditable data base that  exceeds the standards of the European Union.
– Too little, too late, Suey!
“In consideration of the immediate welfare of some 48,000 horses in the next 3 months, it is notable that our organizations have sourced, contracted and facilitated the implementation of an internationally harmonized equine traceability system that can be fully utilized within the next 90 days in the U.S. and Canada.  Major components similar to the industry driven IEBA Equine Quality Assurance Program in the United States, and the Equine Traceability Canada systems, are already in use in Mexico to assure all horses processed for food are uncontaminated, and that horses can be identified, tracked and traced in compliance with rules and regulation.”
– Really?  90 days?  Canada has already stated they won’t be ready in time for the deadline next year and Suey is going to get it all done from scratch in 90 days?  The rumored holding time on these horses is currently longer than that.  How are you going to get around the fact that Bute is banned and there is currently NO system in place that tracks a horse throughout its lifetime?  We shouldn’t be surprised, Suey has also promised she is going to test each and every horse for banned substances PRIOR to slaughtering them as well.
“To ensure the welfare of horses and avoid an international humanitarian and economic catastrophe, the International Equine Business Association joins with thousands of North American horse owners and businesses to call on all applicable government entities in North America and the European Union to work quickly to resolve this crisis as soon as possible. Times of worldwide economic and social hardship are exacerbated by regulatory actions that cause horrific, unnecessary animal suffering, destroy jobs, narrow economic opportunity, disrupt international commerce, and limit access to a sought after, affordable, high quality, and safe protein source for the world. “
– These slaughterphiles really do live in a bubble.  An international humanitarian and economic catastrophe?  Really?  Because some rich people can’t gobble down their favorite dish?  Slaughter CAUSES horrific and unnecessary animal suffering and dead horses don’t provide as many jobs as live ones do.  Those are facts.  North American horse meat is NOT safe.  That is another fact.  Many of us that are in the horse industry are not going to see the value of our horses go down even a little bit over this.  It will be business as usual at our farm tomorrow, just as always.

Puppymill Patterson busily wrote up a statement on behalf of D-bag Duquette which I posted yesterday.  She is also trying to get everybody to sign her petition to immediately kill horses, because Lord knows we need another petition out there.  I’ll be surprised if she managed 1000 individual signatures on it.  I think for comic relief, we’ll check in with what some of the UH brain trust had to say about it all.  We won’t hear from Mendy Tobiano though, because rumor has it she got her ass booted off Facebook yet again and is creeping around in one of her alternate personalities, Bunny Buckled.

“We are now in campaign mode again and need to contact Vilsack and Congress to put pressure on them push forward with U.S.D.A. inspections!”

– Good ole Puppymill Patterson never disappoints!  We shouldn’t be surprised that she feels that rather than ensure there aren’t horses stuck on trucks or dumped over this, that her time would be better spent going into `campaign mode’.  She is, after all, the person that is working double time to strike down stiffer penalties for animal cruelty and abuse.  The prospect of all the horses that could be killed right in her own back yard probably has her moist.

“……most of the people who are anti slaughter are not horse people…there for they do not understand the challenges or impacts things like shutting down slaughter bring. Horse abuse and abandonment have rose since the close of the last slaughter plant in the U.S. and now with this debacle it will get WORSE!! The rescues are over flowing, tame horses are being turned lose to fend for themselves, starved, shot and who knows what.”

– Somebody please alert The Jockey Club and all the big farms in Kentucky that they will no longer be considered `horse people’ according to the brain trust of the PSA  contingent.  Strangely, I don’t think anybody that needs slaughter to value their stock or be in this horse industry is much of a horse person either….Funny how that works..

 

“The next Presidental debat is going to be held in NY next week in a town hall meeting. it would be very interesting if someone would ask the candidates what their opinion and plan is for the unwanted horses and slaughter issue now that this has happened.”

– Considering this rocket scientist can’t even SPELL `presidential debate’, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that she honestly believes that they will discuss horse slaughter rather than foreign policy, health care and the current economic climate.

 

“I and many other draft breeders consider the meat buyers CUSTOMERS!!! Whether anyone likes it or not, the meat buyers have kept our breeds from becoming extinct.”

– Sounds like somebody needs to get out of the breeding business.  I would be mortified if one of our horses ended up at slaughter.

 

“We need to stay on our toes, keep up to date and push hard to get people to understand this is necessary and humane thing that can benefit the whole country not just horseman. The people that need convinced is the general public.”

– When you are constantly in the minority on a certain issue, maybe it’s time to `understand’ that you are wrong.  You are not going to convince an increasingly health conscious `general public’ that consuming adulterated meat from a companion animal that is not raised specifically for human consumption is in their best interests.

 

“The antis behind everything are vegans”

– This little gem came from the good vet, Kim Houlding.  The one that still maintains there is a withdrawal time for Bute and other banned drugs and has no understanding about the difference between a blood sample and a tissue sample.  I wonder if she could wrap her mind around the fact that `antis’ probably had little to do with what happened.

 

“Folks this is no different than all the odds and obstacles we have already overcome to get to this point. Don’t hang your head like we’re done cause this is far from over..”

– This is from D-bag Duquette.  He also said yesterday that all of this was `no big deal’.  I see a bare butt spanking from Mama Suey in his near future.

 

“i sold a young horse on Tuesday and lucky for me she and not gotten any shots or been wormed since June. did not get much for her. she went to Sweet Grass border cross by Thursday”

– What an asshole this person is.  I see a Sunday feature in her future….

 

“If all these city folk want these horses to be Fido & Fluffy so badly, how come they aren’t boarding a couple each? Maybe a crippled up mare with arthritic hocks so bad she is 3-legged lame, an insane stallion that has been let to terrporize people all his life so is a human safety hazard, oh, and finally maybe an inbred product of some retard who let a colt breed his mother and all his sisters too and this said horse is dumber than a brick and stunted. You think the ‘do-gooder, horse huggers are gonna ‘adopt’ and ‘care for’ those horses too?? Bwahahahaha! <right!!>

– I’m going to come right out and say that the `city folk’ horse owners probably contribute more to the industry than these backwoods bumblefuck ranchers that can’t get with the times.  I’ve also got a crazy suggestion for this PSA.  How about the person that created the 3-legged lame, the insane stallion with no manners, and the inbred product of `some retard’ who let a colt breed his mother and sisters take responsibility for their own mess and do the right thing?  Why should anyone else clean up your mess and why should thousands of horses suffer because a few people want to be asstards? I think it is far easier and will do far more good to cull these types of people right out of the industry.

 

PSAs eagerly await for the next UH press release

I have a feeling this is going to go on and on for a long time.  I’m not going to pretend that the coming days will be easy in the horse industry should this ban last longer than a week or so.  They won’t.  Depending on what news we get about this next week, some immediate action and intervention will be needed.  Hopefully, the ban will stay in place and without the looming threat of slaughter, advocates can focus on helping the horses.  Please keep checking with Equine Welfare Alliance for updates as well as Habitat for Horses.  There is already a lot of misinformation out there and sadly, there will be people trying to take advantage of the situation.  Please read the following updated press release carefully.  (http://myemail.constantcontact.com/2012-10-13-Update-on-Press-Release-.html?soid=1103281455502&aid=NWXY_HKnWpo)

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Well, as predicted Slaughterhouse Sue has fully recovered from her DC field trip and has returned to Facebook to fan the flames of apathy over at The United Horsemen.  My crystal ball has been very accurate this week so far.  We have a few newsy things from Suey and she has somehow found the time to write another dissertation on how super awesome horse slaughter would be.  I’m still trying to finish my own dissertation on how super awesome it would be if asstards were not allowed internet connections, but that will have to wait for another day….

“On Saturday, October 6th, I will be speaking in Colorado at the Colorado Horsemen’s Conference on “Building a Better Future for the Horse Industry.”

My presentation will be about about how we need to rebuild the industry from the bottom up, and that the way we restore value to all horses, is to make sure that every horse, especially those that are unsuitable or unwanted for other purposes, retain their inherent dignity and value. As we all know, when horses have value, they get cared for. I will talk about the efforts of the processing industry to ensure that horses are handled humanely and safely at every stage. And what the world will hopefully look like once we have had a year or two to return things to normal…(full of healthy, well-cared for horses, and horse people with plenty of opportunity). “

http://coloradohorsecouncil.com/index.cfm?id=e8cf71ab-b44f-37a2-28c098c32cbbc88f&convention.html

 

Ok, I have a few problems with this.  *shocking*  For one thing, is this really the best that the Colorado Horse Council can do as far as getting an `expert’ to come in and talk about `Building a Better Future for the Horse Industry’?  Despite what my haters would like to believe, I am industry and I would want a respected member of the industry to address this topic, rather than a backwoods bumpkin whose only interest in the `industry’ is to put a horse on every dinner plate in the USA and line her own pockets with the profits.  WTF?  If that’s too tough to find, why not at least track somebody down that owns a single horse?   How is anything Slaughterhouse Sue has to say about the `industry’ even credible given the fact she has not for one single day made her living from horses nor does she own any. I don’t want to hear the whole `but her family raises horses’ BS either.  I have two siblings that are doctors and that doesn’t qualify me to give you a rectal exam.  She wants a year or two of slaughter to `return things to normal’.  Suey, you’ve had 40 years of slaughter to make it work and it never has.  You still have asstards like Dorothy Robertson (see previous blog) hoarding and neglecting her livestock and she SUPPORTS slaughter. There was nothing preventing her from shipping her horses to slaughter other than her own delusions and greed.  How are you going to fix that?  Is there anybody other than the three remaining UH supporters and her dedicated ass barnacles that even buy this crap anymore?

Guess what?  Ole Suey wasn’t finished yet.  She donned her Unified Equine Business Association hat and compiled a comprehensive report entitled, ” The Promise of Cheval” to submit to Congress and the USDA claiming to be an accurate representation of the `majority’ of the horse industry.  In Suey’s cover letter she states:

“These so-called animal rights advocates seek to demolish what is left of a beleaguered horse industry, and will only result in the increased suffering of horses. Worse, if the animal rights agenda prevails it will spell the eventual death knell to horses as a genetically diverse and viable domestic species. It is the position of the International Equine Business Association members and supporters that extremist animal rights organizations do not have a vested interest in either the welfare of horses, or the people who seek to make their livings with them, and as such, should have no standing in determining proper animal welfare, or the regulation of the horse business.”

I think that paragraph right there should fast-track the following report into the majority of circular files belonging to the people it gets sent to.  She can’t seem to wrap her mind around the fact that many, if not most, anti-slaughter advocates are not affiliated with PETA or any organized animal rights group.  We just love and respect horses and don’t want to see them tortured. As an industry person that does make my living with horses, I do have a vested interest in seeing that we do not encourage further neglect, abuse and over production by bringing back slaughter.  Suey also disqualifies herself by saying that if you don’t have a vested interest in the welfare of horses or make your living with them, you should have no standing in determining their proper welfare or regulation.  Hmmmm.  Or, how about this?  If you don’t get a say in whether there is slaughter or not, your tax dollars don’t have to go towards it!  Can’t have it both ways, Suey!  At any rate, the following report is long, boring and filled with all the skewed `facts’ and figures she always falls back on.  You can read it for yourself here: (http://ieqbassn.com/the-promise-of-cheval/)

I wish I could tell you these were the only two efforts from the Grand Dame of Slaughter this week, but I can’t.  The International Equine Business Association also sent out a newsletter with an attached survey.  It’s also available on their website : (http://ieqbassn.com/survey/).  Before I get into picking it apart, you should probably realize the survey is via Constant Contact (http://www.constantcontact.com/online-surveys/index.jsp). It’s not exactly scientific or even accurate. Anybody can get a free trial from them or get a survey for as little as $15/month.   I would guess that it’s not a bunch more accurate than a Facebook poll, but maybe they’ll get a pie chart out of the deal and we all know that pie charts are really impressive and mean that the data is super-duper important.  The preface to the survey promises….”At long last, companies are responsibly and ethically bringing products to the market. Imported and animal food products are available now. Domestically produced meat for home, restaurant, ethnic, and specialty markets will likely be available within the next few months.”  That’s pretty optimistic given the current pro vs anti climate on slaughter.  Anyhow, go take the survey if you desire. It’s carefully worded to draw you further in, so just read carefully.  The IEBA doesn’t really want us anti types to take it as evidenced by this statement:

“Feel free to forward to networks of horse industry organisations who understand the benefit of a properly managed equine meat industry, to working dog and pet animal groups, fur farmers, zoo and big cat sanctuaries. Also if you have friends who appreciate great food, are adventurous eaters, or are afficiandos of the slow food/gourmet/artisanal meat/locavore/celebrity chef scene…please include them. We will be sharing with a number of ethnic communities who have come forward already, excited about the prospect of their traditional favorites readily available right here in the United States.”


Are you ready for some good news?  Seems there is a little snag in the plan to open up the super slaughter-house, college, rescue, rehab, training centre, hair salon, micro brewery, in Oregon.  If you recall, Douchebag Duquette appropriated 234 acres near Hermiston, Oregon through a California company on which they planned to launch their flagship operation.  Seeing as that’s D-bag’s  home town, you’d think he’d have garnered some warm fuzzies and good will long ago.  Apparently not.  That land is only zoned for farm use and there is no water rights for his intended use.  Oops!  Even though it would be outside the city limits, officials are in opposition to this project and it would be up to a county commissioner to address the zoning issues.  Seems that there has been no application to change the zoning as of yet. I guess this wasn’t the `big thing’ Holy Theresa assured us D-bag was working after all.  (http://www.ktvz.com/news/Lawyer-Hermiston-horse-slaughter-plant-lacks-zoning/-/413192/16736582/-/kgh5bsz/-/index.html)

All in all, it’s shaping up to be a VERY busy and interesting week.  I’m still waiting to hear some updates on the Nevada horses beyond the fact that they have all been removed by a rescue and are currently getting the care and treatment they need.  Hopefully, there will be something solid to report by the week’s end.  There has been some word that charges may be pending, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.  Also in light of a rather epic hissy fit that went on today, I may have a big reveal towards the end of the week.  Or not…..we’ll see.  I just want to leave you with this YouTube that was sent to me.  I truly wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t.  I laughed so hard I cried….Whoever made this is brilliant!  Thanks for making my day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8LfyB_S78U

 

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Sorry for the spotty post schedule lately.  It’s certainly not because the PSAs have dialed down the crazy or become any more enlightened.  It’s just a hellishly busy time of year here in the real world and Mother Nature has been a huge bitch the past little while.   Anyhow, I thought we would take a quick peak in with our PSA buddies to tide y’all over til Friday’s festivities.

Slaughterhouse Suey has made her triumphant return from her Washington DC field trip with Mindy`Puppymill’ Patterson just in time to fan the flames of paranoia and conspiracy amongst the ever dwindling UH loyalists.  They were hanging with Crazyass Steve King and Annette Sweeney from Iowa.  Just a reminder, both the Iowa peeps are all about the puppymills and Big Ag asshattery.  Quite the little clutch of animal haters for sure.  The PSAs are really fortunate to have such awesome individuals leading their charge.  Suey took the time to throw a few biscuits out at the UH upon her return.

“We are wrapping up a great week in D.C. this morning. Mindy Patterson just headed to the airport, Annette Sweeney is spending the weekend with friends before she heads back, I’ve got a couple more visits on the Hill and will be on the plane this afternoon. Last night we had dinner with Congressman Steve King, Iowa…what an outstanding champion for agriculture and common sense! He is in a tough race with the wife of the former Governor of Iowa, now Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack’s wife Christy. She moved into his district and rented an apartment–that’s right, she isn’t even bothering to invest in the community she seeks to represent. Speaks loads about her committment, I would say. If you are in Iowa, or you have resources to help Rep. King, it would be an excellent place to focus your efforts! Rep. Cynthia Lummis took time out of her evening to stop by and visit with us, as well. She is another great champion of animal owners and agriculture”

– Yes, Crazyass King is all kinds of awesome.  Just to refresh your memory on him, you can read this entry (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/slaughterhouse-sue-finds-her-soulmate/)All you really need to know about Crazyass, is pretty much an equal opportunity hater.  He hates animals, gays, and people that use birth control because he thinks that’s the same thing as abortion.  I also find it funny how Suey is all pissed about Christy Vilsack’s community commitment due to her lack of investment, when Suey is basically all about her own pockets.  I guess Suey can afford to stump for Crazyass King since her constituency is basically made up of her own clan that don’t seem to have a lot of forks in the family tree.

 

“Yesterday morning we had a good meeting at USDA, and I am happy to report that we have what I believe are strong commitments from the agency for a clear path forward in the horse business in the next couple of months. Nothing will happen in Washington D.C. until after the election. That is just the nature of the beast.

It has been a good and productive week! Now I need a couple of days to unwind and process everything that we have learned and accomplished.”

– So, basically tax payers paid for their little field trip and Crazyass King love fest and they didn’t really learn anything new?  Somebody elect me because my travel bills lately are atrocious!  Apparently, I need to be a little less `high maintenance’.

Now let’s move onto the righteous indignation portion of today’s discussion.  One of the UH PSAs decided to do his part and write his representative, Martin Heinrich imploring him to vote in opposition of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.  He posted a portion of his letter… “I request that you vote in opposition to the the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176/H.R. 2966). Horse slaughter needs to be regulated in the U.S. and it is a very necessary method to help us control the horse overpopulation problem, caused by sick, infirmed, or just unwanted horses. …” So far, so good, right?  The hilarity comes in when this PSA received a form letter response that not only indicated that Heinrich had never actually read the letter, but he was pretty much anti-slaughter in his leanings.

“Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 2966, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011. Horses are an iconic part of the Western landscape, and I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this legislation.

Representative Dan Burton (IN-5) introduced H.R. 2966, which prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.

You will be pleased to know that I am a cosponsor of this legislation. H.R. 2966 was referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Agriculture. While I am not a member of this committee, I look forward to supporting legislation that will prevent the transport or sale of horses for human consumption.

Again, thank you for contacting me. For more information and additional details about legislation, please visit my website, http://heinrich.house.gov/. While you are there, you can also sign up to receive periodic updates on my work in Congress.

As always, I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues important to you.”

 

Now, I believe that this sort of thing happens all the time. That’s not to say we should stop writing letters and making our voices heard, but we also need to realize that there are people that handle the mail and depending on volume, the response isn’t going to be all that personal.  The hilarious part was the indignant comments that followed.

“He didin’t even read my email to see I was opposed to this regulation. Representative Heinrich is our enemy

– I’m actually kinda liking Heinrich right about now….

 

“Mr. Heinrich, one of your constituents, XXXXX, recently contacted you, urging you to vote against this irresponsible and completely out of touch with reality legislation, only to receive a generic response assuring him of how wonderful it is that you are actually a co sponsor of it. That, Sir, makes you part of the problem, not part of the solution. As a member of the horse industry, you know, the ones who actually do care for and about the horses, as well as spending a LOT OF MONEY providing for them so that they, in turn, contribute a LOT OF REVENUES into the economy…THAT HORSE INDUSTRY, I am PART OF THE SOLUTION. Another part of the solution will be to vote clueless legislators, such as yourself OUT OF OFFICE.”

– Yup, when all else fails threaten and insult the person you are trying to sway.  Works every time!

 

“It’s a canned response to add insult to injury. I got the same letter……..BTW, he is also a co-sponsor of the PUPS legislation. He’s AR all the way which is why HSUS had given him $3< towards his campaign and an approval rating of 80%”

– I bet he likes Bob Barker and Betty White too.  That bastard!

 

“There has been SEVERAL replies from legislators that have stated they are opposite of what we stand for-I am not sure if the staff are anti-slaughter and purposely change your e-mails or if they just dont read them. I try to phone and VERY EXPLICITLY make sure that they know I am PRO-slaughter and I also point out that it is a violation of my rights to tell me what I can/cant do with MY property, and I give the very simple solution-if people dont like slaughter, dont sell their horse to anyone who may take it to slaughter, and if they dont like me selling MY horse to slaughter, they can offer me more for my horse than the meat buyer…”

– Don’t these politicians realize how important these hillbilly PSAs are????  Why aren’t they taking eleventy billion calls a day?

 

“CALL EVERY SINGLE LOCAL OFFICE HE HAS AND TALK TO THE STAFFERS! I have had this happen to me too and that is what I do – they are damn sure where I stand when I get done chewing their ears. Guy told me that they get over a million emails A WEEK. No one is reading those.”

– All aboard the Crazy Train!  Next stop the Land of Entitlement!

 

“We are too quiet. There is not a doubt in my mind, of and kind, that we are the majority.

– I beg to differ….

 

“If the hacking into even the most highly secure military servers and accounts can be achieved by private sector geeks, who’s to say that the anti’s can’t hack congressional accts and intercept these emails? It’s “out there” but feasible. Also, all they need is for the staffers and interns of congress members to be antis, not the congress people, themselves. The staffers are the ones who send out the replies.”

– Seriously, coffee all over my laptop when I first read this.  I’m still laughing so hard I’m crying.  They found us out!  None of us own horses….we’re all computer hackers!

 

“we need to get organized and kill these bills. What other organizations and blogs can we contact to start a phone and letter writing campaign? I know of N’Tee Tobiano but that is about all. We also need to be known as something besides Pro-Slaughter, something like Caring Owners, Responsible Equines, or something else that doesn’t make us sound like blood thiristy rednecks.”

– I’m having trouble breathing at this point…..Yes, they should have NT lead the charge to get heard.  That will show all those Washington types and make them pay attention!  Now they don’t want to be known as Pros?  They want to disguise themselves as `Caring Owners’ and `Responsible Equines’?  I can’t make this stuff up!

 

This is just a teaser from our PSAs this week.  I have a feeling Friday will be epic if I can do it justice.   Keep up the good work everybody!

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Well, Slaughterhouse Sue popped out from under her bridge today to lay down another link and take a pot-shot at the HSUS.  Of course, she had NO comment on her recent set of lies.  I’m not sure if that’s because she thinks nobody notices or is just trying to brazen out.  I think somebody should tell all the journalists that have had to write that she was `unavailable for comment’ or not returning calls or emails to just slide on over to Facebook and ask their questions there.  Suey still won’t answer them but it may be amusing to watch the other bumblers try to cover for her…

Today’s article is from The Tennessean and they are still pissing and moaning about the testing going on at The Celebration. (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120831/OPINION03/308310037/Humane-Society-business-itself-not-help-horses?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s&nclick_check=1)  As we are all aware, PSAs do not appreciate people making them treat their animals in humane fashion, so obviously this is one of the bigger frenzies they have whipped themselves into in weeks.  Their bitch with the HSUS is that they conduct lengthy investigations and don’t do anything to stop the abuse immediately.  Here’s a shocker…..I can almost see the point they are trying to make, but clearly they have no clue about what it takes to build a solid case.  You can go for the immediate arrest or sanction against one small player, or you can build a case and clean house.  They do it in undercover police work and`Kudo’ does it with ARM.  It’s not pleasant and I can’t imagine what these people see, but I suppose it’s for the greater good.  It’s an ethical grey area, but then again so is the filming of those National Geographic shows where you watch a pack of wolves take down their prey.  The photographer never interferes there either.   They need a lot of evidence to make a case and shut these types of activities down otherwise the associations will cry `isolated incident’ and continue on with their abusive ways.  Lord knows we’ve seen that happen in slaughter houses enough times even with the extensive and meticulous footage and documentation that has been gathered.

 

Getting back to Slaughterhouse Sue….Naturally she couldn’t post up a link without commentary.  I thought it would be fun to take a look at what she had to say about the article.

“The Humane Society of the United States is blowing into Tennessee to claim it is here to protect horses, but Tennesseans beware: This group is here to cause a ruckus and generate sensational headlines.

According to its website, the Humane Society exists to protect animals. But if that’s the case, then why is the organization’s favorite tactic to go undercover into establishments, watch the abuse of animals for months on end, and then release a fancy videotape and claim, “Look what we found? Abuse is really bad; please send money to the HSUS.”

– Apparently Suey thinks it would be better for them to burst into establishments with trumpets blaring to announce their arrival so that the abusers will have a chance to hide their activities.  It’s called case building.  It’s done all the time.  I guess asking for money to support the humane treatment of animals is bad and wrong when you should be giving all your disposable income to The UH so that they can slaughter and EAT these same animals.  So many choices to make these days….

 

“How can these people justify not stopping the abuse when they see it? For one reason: They don’t get any media attention or raise any money if they do. In other words, if the Humane Society doesn’t benefit from the abuse, it isn’t all that important…”

– Nice little spin she puts on things here.  Let’s see if I can frame this in terms that may penetrate her egocentric view of things.  If a USDA inspector walks onto a kill floor without warning and sees an employee abusing an animal, chances are that one employee will get fired even if it is the way the company handles all livestock.  There will be a low-level fall guy, the inspector can puff his chest out and say he did his job and the company can carry on torturing and abusing animals as they always have.  You can read this older entry on what actual slaughter workers had to say about this exact situation if you don’t believe me: (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/death-dying-and-the-hand-that-delivers/)  Now, if you are sincere about your mission to stop the abuse and want to really make a difference, you may conduct an undercover investigation.  That will require you to establish a pattern of behavior.  That is done over time.  Remember that Suey promised that there would be intensive screening of all employees that were hired into her kill plants.  She didn’t say this because she was concerned about criminals or illegal immigrants taking up the jobs and being a detriment to the community, she was concerned that there would be animal rights people trying to get a job undercover and raising hell.  She KNOWS abuse goes on and she KNOWS it’s not acceptable to the general public.

In what alternate reality is this ever acceptable to do to a horse????

 

I realize the linked article is specifically about the HSUS involvement in this years Celebration, but I think that’s just a bunch of propaganda.  The bottom line is these horses are being horribly abused and something had to be done.  Clearly the TWHA was not effective in cleaning its own house, so other groups had to step up and make this public.  What I don’t understand is why all these PSAs that label themselves as `Animal Welfare’ people and horse lovers, would defend this abuse at all.  Notice I said I don’t understand, I am certainly not surprised.  Here’s another comment from a PSA on a different article on the Celebration and the inspections:

“What I see is one segment of our industry being attacked and the rest is either uninformed or standing by and allowing it to happen. As an industry, horseman need to stand up to abuse in the barns first and then the show ring. It must be self regulated because if they can go after one breed, who is to say they wont slip a regulation under the radar and start inspections at every show from 4-H to world shows. I for one would NOT show up to a show where someone with a less than stellar knowledge of the animal they are suppose to be inspecting is choosing whether or not my money is wasted! I for one never knew that the walking horse industry was being regulated as heavily as it is, up until all of the discussions on these pages.”

– Clearly self-regulation has never worked for these Big Lick Tennessee Walkers or they wouldn’t be in the mess they are in.  I’m glad this PSA feels she should run and hide from testing in other disciplines.  As I’ve mentioned, my industry has the strictest testing on both the horses and the horsemen of any.  If you have nothing to hide, it’s not really a big deal.  When you sign for your racetrack license you are finger printed and you sign a release that allows the  commission to search your vehicles, premises and whatever else they feel they need to if you’re under suspicion. I’ve seen it happen to other horsemen many times.  We used to refer to them as `shake-downs’ .   With no warning, they can come in and search your tackroom and every inch of your barn.  If they really want to be jerks, they can technically take it further.  The person that made this comment stated that she never really knew about the regulations prior to this uproar.  This is why the HSUS taking this to the media is a good thing.  The public needs to know and put pressure on these idiots so it will STOP.

Here’s another newsflash for the PSA crowd.  Not every anti-slaughter advocate is a blind follower of the HSUS.  Personally, I’m fairly neutral about them.  They do a lot of good and they say and do some things I kinda scratch my head over.  What they are good for is shining a spotlight on things and they have the money and power to fight big associations and companies that perpetuate the abuse on animals.  I see their involvement at The Celebration as a good thing.  The USDA does not have the money or mandate to do extensive undercover work for these types of things.  They can’t even keep up on the bare minimum of all they should be doing and are operating under budget cuts.  Shouldn’t we be in support of them doing whatever they have to in order to protect these animals?  Who else is going to step up and do it?

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Yesterday we talked about Mindy `Puppymill’ Patterson’s linking frenzy over at the UH Facebook page.  I felt this one article needed its own treatment because it actually does have something to do with horse slaughter and Douchebag Duquette has been talking again.  I’m not sure this was authorized by Slaughterhouse Sue, but D-bag has been a good little lap dog and perpetuated her lies so perhaps he won’t get a bare butt spanking over this one.  Prepare to be pissed, amused and everything in between as we pick the sweet corn out of this latest bit of news from our intrepid horse eaters.

The article we’re going to look at comes from the Ag Week blog.  Of course we all know by now that Big Ag = Big Trouble if you happen to be any sort of animal these people figure is a food source and this blog is no different.  (http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/20055/).  Written by Mikkel Pates, it uses D-bag Duquette as the authority on the slaughter situation and updates us on where we are as far as getting plants open.  I’m not sure if Pates had a problem interpreting D-bag’s usual profanity laced gibberish or that he, himself, has a problem making sense too.  Seeing as he is writing for Ag Week it could be either or both.  I find this statement, attributed to D-bag to be somewhat confusing “70 percent of the world’s countries have too many variables to accurately predict when the industry will be able to start again.” I realize I’ve been busy and running on little sleep lately, but can somebody explain to me WTF this statement is about and whose ass they are pulling their stats out of this week?  I’m getting brain cramps….Before I concuss myself, let’s look at the updates on three known `targets’ for the UH.

The first proposed facility discussed is Hermiston, Oregon.  This also happens to be D-bag’s homeland and where UH hopes to open up its flagship, super-duper, horse rescue, rehab, college, slaughter, restaurant and hardware store.  D-bag says it will have a $4million slaughter facility that can process 100 horses a day and also a $3.5 million rescue facility all housed on the same 300 acres.  We have already talked about the UH’s proposed rescue a horse for slaughter program here : (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/uh-unveils-its-rescue-and-rejuventation-program-god-help-us/).  D-bag assures us “The majority we get in are going to be retrained and go back out” but states he’s reluctant to release details due to interference and threats.  He does allude to`private investors’ and NW tribes being involved.  Somebody really needs to let the tribal elders know what a complete shit show Loos and his swine operation brought to the Rosebud Sioux and who will be making all the money should they let this band of idiots open a slaughter facility on their lands.  I’d also like to know why there are investors out there willing to build a $3.5 million dollar `rescue’ yet these same people are the ones complaining that current rescues are overwhelmed and under funded.  If you care so much about the welfare of horses, how about shooting some of that cash to hay banks, gelding clinics, subsidizing euthanasia and making a real difference to the welfare of horses that doesn’t involve torturing and eating them?  The article neglects to mention that the Hermiston City Manager is strongly opposed to this plant opening and feels it would be detrimental for the town.  (http://www.hermistonherald.com/news/local_news/hermiston-council-talks-horse-slaughter-plant/article_84c4cdac-f194-11e1-a1ed-0019bb2963f4.html?success=1%3Fsuccess%3D2)

Next up, they discuss the Roswell, New Mexico facility.  As we know that is dead in the water but I guess D-bag neglected to mention that fact when being interviewed for this piece. The article does acknowledge that there was strong political opposition to slaughtering horses, so they get an `E’ for effort on that one although they talk of it as if it’s still in play stating that the horse meat would be exported to Mexico.  Not sure why Mexico would be a big buyer of imported horse meat considering they have their own slaughter facilities, but if you’re lying anyhow, you may as well just go all out.  It further lies saying the plant had been slaughtering cattle for the past 20 years but closed earlier this year due to the `cost of cattle’.  It neglects to mention it was actually shut down for numerous environmental and animal cruelty violations.

Perhaps the funniest slaughter plant update was the Rockville, Missouri one.  It lists Slaughterhouse Sue as the proposed facility’s CEO and states they are in partnership with Chevideco.  Of course we know that Chevideco is not prepared to front the start-up money and this facility is bogged down in lawsuits and title issues.  Apparently, Ole Suey “didn’t immediately return calls for comment” and that the plant will start slaughtering cows if they can’t open up for horses soon.  No mention of the retro-fitting the promised was made.

So there are the updates on the slaughter plants according to D-bag Duquette.  No mention was made of Bouvray Exports being ready to roll in Washington state and I’m not sure if that’s because Slaughterhouse Sue and her henchmen don’t have a financial interest there or D-bag is smart enough to keep that one close to his vest.  I suspect it is the former.  The article says there is talk of facilities in 18 different states and tribal lands, but D-bag doesn’t want to reveal too much because the anti-slaughter people would try to obstruct them.  I suppose he figures they can just sneak them open or something.  He’s never been very good with details.  In fact, I’m willing to bet D-bag has velcro shoes because of the whole complexity of tying laces.  As stupid as D-bag is, we need to pay attention because we know that they are all in on slaughtering horses and will not be giving up anytime soon.  Until the budget is passed with the Moran Amendment attached, we need to pay attention to what is going on.  Thank you to the readers that email me links and info and the ones that take the time to comment and educate people here.  While I don’t pretend to be a `team’ like Mendy Tobiano, this is a collaborative effort through all of your efforts and I appreciate it.  Stay tuned for Point and Laugh Friday….it’s going to be a good one!

 

(http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/2055)

(http://elpasotimes.typepad.com/newmexico/2012/08/horse-slaughter-plant-is-dead.html)

(http://www.frontrangeequinerescue.org/front-range-equine-rescue-horse-slaughter.php).

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What a great week it’s been!  We’ve had lots of good news and our PSA buddies have continued their trajectory of stupidity to keep us all entertained.  Thanks to our PSAs we even got to learn some stuff through disproving their misguided notions and outright lies.  To say it’s been a busy week would be an understatement.  Because we have so much ground to cover, it’s best to jump right in to this week’s edition of Point and Laugh Friday…..brought to you by the letter `F’ for fuckery.

Slaughterhouse Sue dipped a tentative gnarly toenail into the waters this week to see if it was time to make a triumphant return from her self-imposed exile after getting run out of New Mexico.  She pretty much stuck to her tried and tested schtick of posting a link  in hopes of rallying her few remaining supporters. This week it was the `Action Alert’ from the New Jersey Farm Bureau asking for people to support the veto on the transportation ban on horses for slaughter.  No comments from her peanut gallery followed and only one `liked’ it, so  I guess the other three supporters couldn’t put down the Doritos long enough to click `like’. Next up, Suey got pissed when one of the UHers posted up this link : (http://www.cattlenetwork.com/e-newsletters/drovers-daily/Callicrate-rails-against-NCBA-praises-HSUS-166326766.html)  It has nothing to do with horses other than some beef producers working with the HSUS.  We all know how Suey hates anything to do with the HSUS so she kept things classy with this comment: “Those idiots, with Callicrate leading the charge, just lost whatever small amount of credibility they ever had. Talk about prostituting yourself…this about takes the cake!”  Not sure about you, but I think somebody like Slaughterhouse Sue talking about credibility is about like seeing a hooker talking about celibacy.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense.  I wish I could say Suey was done with that statement but she had one last shot to fire before scuttling back under her bridge.  That was this comment she made after linking an article about the HSUS not drawing a lot of support in Indiana : “Now…this is FUNNY! Eleven million supporters, my ass…”  Of all the vile and offensive statements this creature has made, this one made me die a little inside.  Does anyone need the image of her large, cottage cheesey, hairy ass burned onto their mind’s eye?  I’ve pretty much been off my feed ever since 😦

Speaking of Suey’s ass, Douchebag Duquette made good use of his off-leash time this week.  Apparently, he lost his remote control and was stuck actually watching the News  that came on after his kids were done with Sesame Street.  Something must have sparked in his tainted horse meat addled brain and inspired him to post this little gem: “I saw something very interesting on the news last night, they were talking about the NFL and how it was a 9.8 billion dollar a year business……Hmmmm?? How is it that the #1 recreational industry in the US (The Horse Industry) that was a $102 billion dollar a year business, over ten times the impact of the NFL gets so little play in the media or congress????? You would think that the amount of jobs lost directly and indirectly because of what our government let happen would be front and center.. Shouldn’t it be??”  I guess it’s difficult for D-bag to fathom that the six people that show up for the kiddies’ 4H show are considerably less and spend less than the people that show up for NFL games.  Besides, the big money in the horse industry is NOT the bottom feeding UH crowd that base the value on their stock on the meat market.  I’m not even sure what his point is about the media.  Does he want to televise slaughter and make a reality show out of it?  Does he want more media coverage of him getting verbally spanked by people?  I’m not following…..The good news is he returned to his dungeon to play lap-dog to Mama Suey for the remainder of the week.  The other good news is we hardly had to hear from Holy Theresa as she was allegedly busy doing penance for being such a sanctimonious piece of poop.

Moving on down the ladder to the bottom feeders even of the horse eating crowed, it’s time to check in with good ole Mendy Tobiano.  Seems Mendy is back to hoarding horses under the guise of fostering them for the `sheriff”.  Maybe that’s her new euphemism for Craigslist.  The problem with her little `story’ is that if the horse was a legal seizure, it would have had to been held for at least 30 days and then two notices of public auction would need to be made in the local papers which the sheriff department would handle.  It certainly wouldn’t have been handed to her and flipped within days as she claims.  Chances are she’s just horse trading as usual because once again, Mendy Tobiano’s story does not add up with what the actual laws are.   At any rate, here is a picture of the poor thing which may or may not have a new home. Why can’t these PSA people every actually GROOM an animal before riding it and WTF is up with the ill-fitting tack all the time?

This brings us to the nice little watermark on the picture and the dramedy that caused it.  The PSAs are operating under the misguided notion that putting their name and date on a picture makes it copyright.  It does not.  It just makes sure they get credit for it and I have no problem with that at all.  The actual fact of copyright is you have to PAY and register copyright for each and every picture and it can take up to 8mths for that to happen. Or at least that’s what you have to do if you want to actually enforce a copyright, which still wouldn’t work here because even if it was a real copyright….“• Fair use exceptions are allowable for such purposes of teaching, research, news reports, parodies, and critiques provided that the value of the copyrighted material is protected. “  So, it would appear to be business as usual for this blog.  What kicked all of this off?  Well, the PSA’s meltdown over being featured here last week went on and on.  Mendy Tobiano led the charge to try to make me feel bad by posting up a series of blogs designed to play our sympathies for the abusive asstards that were featured.  I guess if you have kids, health issues, or suck at life, that gives you a free pass to slaughter and abuse animals in NT’s world.  In my world there is never an excuse and I will continue to feature morons that wave their freak flag in my face.  Call it `news’, `parody’, or `critique’, it’s all fair use.  Produce proof of registered copyright and I’ll happily take the above picture down.

I wish I could say we were done with the antics of the petulant pony woman, but we are not. Because she is still unemployed, that means her and her personalities appear to have endless amounts of time to be all over the net.  She continues to sell off clothes and tack so that she can postpone actually going out and working, but maybe she can get some pointers from Montana’s former owner how to work the system and get the taxpayers to pay for her hoarding habit.  That new dog of hers won’t feed itself unless her pig’s days are numbered as well.  She rounded out the week by climbing up on the cross and being a martyr claiming `they’ are not going to do things the way they have been and, instead, extend a hand of friendship to `their’ fellow human beings and attempt to be a positive force….Then she ran off and participated in writing me poetry with her PSA buddies and calling me a hoe etc. Oh and let’s not forget about flirting with herself as NT.  I suspect somebody either had a med adjustment or was off them all together this week.  This is what NT left us with….barf with me…

BTW…you also can’t copyright images you snatched off google….

 

Daffy had a relatively quiet week in the vast tundra of Facebook.  Sadly, I can’t say the same about here.  She continues to post with regularity and I continue to hold her posts for moderation to try to calm down her hysteria.  So far so good.  She hasn’t grown a brain, but she has managed to have a few simple exchanges and be only minimally offensive.  Her crazyass mother seems to have given up registering new accounts to post bomb us all and I continue to put her in time-out.  I can only deal with one functional illiterate at once.  Hopefully, I haven’t just beatlejuiced her.  They are both great for comic relief for all of about five posts and then enough is enough.

Daffy and family

So, that pretty much covers the lowlights of the PSA antics this week.  It certainly doesn’t cover all of them and it is very challenging pick out their greatest hits at times.  They devote a lot of time to me and this blog which is awesome.  It means it’s working .  While they are preoccupied with me and who I am, the rest of you are doing the real work.  We had awesome news this week with Sugarcreek getting suspended for at least three weeks and Andio getting busted falsifying his EID paperwork.  It would seem the PSAs haven’t even registered how serious that one was.  Especially a certain PSA that just shipped a horse she claimed to have buted, then recanted when the EID was mentioned.  As always, once we’re done pointing and laughing, there is something you can do to make a real difference to end slaughter.  Please take the time to sign this position and share it out as much as possible: (http://www.change.org/petitions/overturn-the-legalization-of-horse-slaughter-for-human-consumption).  Hopefully, the PSAs will take a day off this weekend so I can finish up our Sunday PSA for this week.  I think you’ll really enjoy this one.  Keep up the good work everybody….we’re getting there!

 

 

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Almost a month ago, I wrote about Slaughterhouse Sue’s problems in Missouri.( https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/slaughterhouse-sues-shame-in-missouri/)  The gist of it was, that Ole Suey is not as ready to go into business in Rockville, MO as she would have others believe.  This has been discussed on many forums and social networking sites.  The news that was uncovered by John Holland and released by The Equine Welfare Alliance, was so damning, it caused Slaughterhouse Sue to retreat under her bridge for a few weeks.  Since she has resurfaced, her only comments on the matter have been: “Not true, folks. We are full steam ahead. Spread the word. Activists have no lower limits..” and a few other short denials.  Never once has she explained how it wasn’t true or offered up any explanation at all.  In fact, she doesn’t seem to mention Rockville anymore and seems to have switched her focus to New Mexico and Oklahoma.  Well, it would seem Ole Suey has lied to her ever dwindling halfwit supporters yet again.  Shocking, I know….

While Slaughterhouse Sue tirelessly trolls all corners of the internet looking for articles to support slaughter, eating horse meat and the abuse and torture of other animals and livestock, she is understandably selective as to which links she tosses out to her army of wannabe  horse eaters.  I wouldn’t expect her to link up anything that proves she’s just a ginormous liar, although she has recently posted up things that are damaging to her mission.  ‘I’m never sure whether I should chalk  those instances up to arrogance or just sheer ignorance.  Maybe a combination of both?  However, last week an article in the St. Louis Post -Dispatch quietly came out about Rockville, that pretty much drives another nail in Sue’s Missouri coffin.  (http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/horse-slaughter-plans-for-missouri-are-on-hold/article_ee9019c8-f312-5516-a402-45ccb7ee0d1c.html).  Despite several phone messages left for Suey and her Missouri lawyer/business partner, Dan Erdel, they have failed to return a single one or offer up any explanation for the snag in Rockville.  Remember, this town was told they would have the plant up and running by September, providing dozen of jobs to the depressed community.  While I have absolutely no sympathy for people that get thwarted in their desire to cash in off torturing horses, I think that Suey should have treated a pocket of staunch supporters a bit better than she has.  Nobody has heard from her and the plant remains abandoned and untouched, its ownership still in question.

Does this look retro-fitted and ready to open?

Horses and equine welfare advocates owe a debt of gratitude to lawyer, Cynthia MacPherson of Mountain Grove, Mo.  She has been tireless in her quest to shut Slaughterhouse Sue down in that state, even going so far as to close her practice for six weeks in order to concentrate on keeping horse slaughter out of Missouri when Mountain Grove was the original proposed location.  She has sued the current owners of the Rockville plant on behalf of a creditor and requested that any sale of the property be blocked until the mess of ownership and debt be sorted out.  This will effectively tie this plant up and make it unavailable to Slaughterhouse Sue for months, if ever.  The consensus is that Ag Appropriations Bill with the Moran Amendment attached, will pass long before this can be sorted out and the USDA is not eager to move on inspections until it does.  Slaughterhouse Sue has lead her mindless minions to believe that she owned the plant and the USDA inspections were the only roadblock to her plan of mass murdering equines.  Despite Missouri being home to a pocket of extreme horse abusers and mindless followers, there are still good people in that state and their message to Slaughterhouse Sue and her plans is unmistakeable…

None of this stuff is real news other than the fact that Slaughterhouse Sue’s last word on the subject was yet another outright lie.  While there are a few minor inaccuracies in the linked article, such as the date slaughter ended etc., it is fairly balanced in its information.  The problem I do have is that when an uniformed person seeks to write such an article, some of the people they choose to quote or see as authorities, are grossly misinformed and/or lying.  Terry Geiler, who owns the Rolla Horse Auction was interviewed for this article.  He supports reopening slaughter houses.  Of course he does!  He’s a bottom feeding horse trader and also likes to lie in order to sway public opinion. “We have no place to go with blind and crippled horses.  Take an old horse that will hurt you.  What do you do with them?”  Well, you shouldn’t be shipping blind and crippled horses to slaughter, we know that much.  Just like every PSA, he wants the public to believe that only the old, sick and week are being slaughtered and that it’s a kindness.  The fact is,  most of us know that the very horses they want for slaughter are just the ones the public would never understand the need for killing.  The young, healthy and in good flesh sorts that do have a quality of life and a use outside being eaten.  They can’t tell the truth about that because then they can’t paint slaughter has `humane euthanasia’ to the uniformed.  Geiler also stated the cost of euthanasia and burying could cost more than $600, which is another huge lie.  That national average for euthanasia and disposal is right around $300 and I can’t see a state like Missouri being on the high end of that.

We don’t need sale barns like this!

 

The other problem I had with the article is its facts and figures.  You can throw out many statistics to make an argument as long as they are not in context.  It cites the amount of horses being shipped to Mexico and Canada since slaughter-houses closed.  It fails to tell the readers that the last few slaughter houses were the two in Texas and the one in Illinois.  Horses were being shipped to Mexico and Canada prior to 2007 due to the close proximity for certain dealers.  Also, there were numerous cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment prior to 2007 because people are asshats and they always will be.  How many years did they have slaughter-houses open prior to 2007?  It never fixed the problem in all those years.  Yet, in less than five years, the PSAs expect that we could fix everything, despite the economic collapse that occurred within that time frame.  The oldest of the backyard bred foals, bred or born the year slaughter closed, would only be 4-5 yrs old. These are the horses that generally drive the slaughter industry.  We have seen a decrease in breeding and the number of horses being shipped to slaughter has not increased in that time frame.  Given the life expectancy of horses, we have a few more years to see the market correct itself completely.

 

Saratoga just wrapped up its NY bred yearling sale.  That is one of the first big sales of the year that the TB market bases its health on.  They reported strong gains with the opening night median being $50 thousand, up from $33 thousand last year.  That is very strong and there is much optimism in the industry right now, at least for legitimate breeders that do not base the value of their stock on meat prices.  Legitimate breeders recognize that the value of their stock is based on the economic climate and govern themselves accordingly.  Breeding is not unlike many businesses in that it is a matter of supply and demand.  Given the spelling and grammatical skills of most PSAs, it’s not such a huge leap to assume that they can’t grasp that concept easily.  It would seem their entire business model is based on breed anything and everything and hope that something might be worth a couple thousand dollars someday.  I’ve said it before….the only thing slaughter fixes for these people is giving them a convenient `garbage can’ for their poor horse husbandry.  It does nothing to discourage them from continuing on.  Given how we know many of them treat their animals, I’m not sure making it easier for them to keep owning horses is a good thing at all.

The article also mentioned that Slaughterhouse Sue’s focus seems to be on Oklahoma now.  That is really a puzzling move considering that Oklahoma has a ban on  slaughter for human consumption or sale.  Even if they had USDA inspectors ready to go to work tomorrow, there is not much chance that it’s going to be in Oklahoma.  We also know Suey claims to be ready to roll in New Mexico and Washington state with Washington being the most likely one to open first.  While there doesn’t seem to be much chance that the USDA will supply inspectors prior to the budget being approved, our attention is far better focused on these places rather than in Missouri.  Whether our PSA buddies in Missouri want to accept it or not, their pipe dream of mass murdering horses in their home state is a dead.

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Seems like only yesterday, we were pointing and laughing and shaking our heads at our PSA buddies.  Oh wait…… it was!  They have had a stellar week of stupidity and I have to admit, I am impressed with their ability to keep getting knocked down with the truth and get back up again and argue.  They kinda remind me of `Weebles’ in that way.  Look it up if you aren’t old enough to remember or didn’t have a happy childhood.  We have quite a bit to cover so sharpen up your pointing fingers, settle in and get ready to laugh, because it’s Point and Laugh Friday!  Today’s edition will be brought to you by the letter `o’, for obtuse.


This past week has been a fairly quiet one for the fearless leader of the PSA’s, Slaughterhouse Suey.  She began the week with her usual schtick of trolling the internet looking for some support of her dream to mass murder our equine friends, but was only able to come up with a few articles. Naturally, she  encouraged her army of would be horse eaters to go comment and naturally, they got distracted by shiny objects and belly button lint and never quite managed to do so.  It seems that Ole Suey’s beady eyes are firmly focussed on New Mexico right now as they appear to have the facility that is closest to being ready.  Sadly for the horse eaters, Gov. Susana Martinez is not having it and remains unmoved by their `sky is falling’ shrieking.  It was interesting that Suey chose to post this article as there were a few statements made that are not great news for her mission.  This one was referring to Valley Meats Co. owner Rick de los Santos:

“He said the USDA initially told him last year that it would move quickly on his application, but he has since been told that because of the controversy over domestic slaughter, the agency won’t make a decision until after the election. His business, he said, is now sitting idle because horses cannot be slaughtered in the same facility as other animals under USDA rules.”

(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/02/horse-slaughterhouse-new-mexico-owners_n_1732362.html)

I don’t know about you, but that sounds more encouraging for the anti-slaughter faction, so we should thank Slaughterhouse Sue for bringing it to our attention.  Perhaps we should chip in and send her some pork rinds and a tube of Bute or something.   She has mainly gone to ground for the balance of the week, so one can only assume she is writing poetry and dreaming of a day when no horse is safe from slaughter.

It seems that after his flurry of two whole blog posts, that Douchebag Duquette has been returned to Suey’s basement to sharpen up his crayons and bone up on his grammar skills so he can dazzle us all with a new posting soon.  He did use his off-leash time effectively by bumping up his other blog post from last week.  Like he said, he is very proud of it.  He also found the time to post an article about the HSUS before Suey snapped the leash back on him and made him shut up again.  We can only assume she keeps him pacified with promises of having a real job killing horses one day. Maybe in the meantime, she can go buy him another nice pony from a real trainer so he can take all the credit again.

This week was also Holy Mother Theresa’s turn to be unsupervised.  She actually kinda had a meltdown on us.  It would seem somebody else dared to blog about her and to show us all that she is holier than us and doesn’t care, she posted this little gem:

“Wahoooooo! I’ve earned myself TWO BLOGGER STALKERS! Not the death threats I’ve been working toward, but blogger stalkers just the same! Nameless, faceless, insignificant cowards that can do nothing but regurgitate things I’ve said and would say again in a heartbeat, but HEY! I appreciate the recognition! Can you imagine the pathetic existence they call “life?” Sitting in their dark holes they call home, stroking their pet viper, poison pen in hand, submersed in disdain and wrapped up in hate? What an ugly way to live. Can you say dis-eased? The Animal Rights Movements is mental Illness disguised as philosophy. TRUTH! But really…many of you have expressed concern for my well being due to attempts at character assassinations. I want you to know I appreciate your concern, BUT I AM OK! I am SOOOOO OK with it all, so PLEASE don’t let it worry you for a second. Mathew, Chapter 5 conveys some really good lessons about our Christian walk and faith, called the Beatitudes. Beatitude #8: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. So…see! I’m Good! I’m on task. I’m GOLDEN! I’m doing my job and being recognized for it! Poor ‘whittle satan is scared and has to employee the assistance of his earthly zombies. Every time they blog, they expose themselves for who they are….mentally ill, haters. It’s GREAT! Come on blogger stalkers…surely you can do better! You haven’t got past tickling my funny bone! My God is sooooo much BIGGER than their pathetic little demons.”

Does anybody else picture her with her hair standing on end, wild eyes and kinda half giggling, half crying in a maniacal way as she posted this?  I really would love somebody to do a psychological study on a person that thinks that only satan and atheists don’t want to see horses tortured and slaughtered, but the holy people do.  Of course after she posted this rant, she returned to calling some of us `hoes’ and other less than christian names.  Just to make sure we all knew how little she cared, she posted this same rant in a few places.  Oh dear…..

Mendy Tobiano continues the downward spiral towards complete irrelevancy.  While making an announcement of a change in writers due to the `regular writer’ being busy or something, both she and NT resurfaced today asking for stories from their three fans and promising `exciting news to come’. Given the lack of effort into her blog lately, one can only hope it means she is giving that up.  More likely she is creating another identity and beginning yet another blog.  I can’t sleep at night from the anticipation!  The few times Mendy Tobiano decided to pop online this week, she overshared and aired her dirty granny panties for the world to see.  You gotta love that about her.  The only relation most of it has to do with the horse slaughter issue is karma and for some reason I find this Craigslist posting she is so proud of to be serious comedy.  Bless her heart! (http://columbiamo.craigslist.org/rnr/3188846793.html)
Aside from the oversharing, she mostly dropped not so subtle hints about what a wonderful horsewoman she is and when nobody paid attention, she had NT come in and do it for her.  Business as usual……

This brings us nicely to one of our favorite PSAs, Daffy.  Because I had her and her crazyass mother in time out for nearly a month, I figured I could lift the settings as it was snagging other people up in the spam filter.  Surely they had given up and gone away a long time ago.  Wrong!  Less than an hour after lifting their time-out, they were both on this blog, post bombing and pissing everybody off.  Mama Crazy registered something like 5 different accounts to try to navigate around the filter and pretended not to know herself.  Daffy proudly told us all that her sore-footed dink of a barrel horse is now bred and expecting a backyard baby.  Hopefully, it looks a bit better than one of her more recent breeding experiments…

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about the ethics behind supporting slaughter while running a rescue?  Well that caused a certain amount of drama and the very public exits from the open Facebook group from the two rescues in question.  Sadly for them, they don’t quite get that nothing online is private and they continue to frolic with the horse eaters behind closed doors and on other pages.  Tsk tsk….Ladies, if you support slaughter and love your horse eating buddies, say it loud and proud.  Hiding out, while still supporting them kinda makes me think you know you’re in the wrong and the people you get donations from wouldn’t be amused if your true colors were shown.  It kinda makes me want to out people again….

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I’m sure none of you can forget the PSA that is mad at the rest of us because she elected to send her too crippled to live horse on a 30 hour truck ride to a Canadian slaughter-house.  I don’t know about you, but if somebody like that ever wanted to buy one of my horses, the answer would be no, no matter how much money she had. Lucky for her, PSAs have no regard for horses and their suffering so one of the backyard breeders stepped up to the plate and sold her a baby that is soon to be weaned.  Everybody pray or send up good vibes for this poor horse, it is about to go out of the frying pan into the fire of ignorance.

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One of the new hobbies for the PSAs seems to be opening up new Facebook groups so they can discuss slaughter.  Personally, I think it is baiting as they don’t ever really welcome anti-slaughter opinions or facts and just tend to swarm and insult the few people that actually do try to hold a civil discussion with them.  They are still in denial about the banned drugs in horses and they still don’t think it’s a big deal.  They are also still incapable of reading any document that does not have big print and pictures.  After being confronted with facts about the ban on certain drugs in horses and provided with link to the recent discovery of tainted meat from Canada,this is what they had to say about it all…

“So out of the thousands upon thousands of pounds of horse meat processed daily, one shipment has been recalled? I’d say that’s pretty minor but the anti slaughter sanction are sure puffing out their chests and walking around strutting like Banty roosters about it, aren’t they? LOL. That’s like saying 100,000 horses are raced in a year and 1 breaks a leg so let’s condemn the entire industry. Unscrupulous folks will be there, everywhere. It’s why there are inspectors. And a ban on certain drugs is no indicator of it being bad, just of it not being tested for. You do know Katherine M that there is a MUCH larger market than just the EU, correct? They ain’t the only ballgame in the park!”

– Yes, because offloading your toxic meat into the food supply is so scrupulous. Ignorance, they name is Andi Harmon aka Buckaroo Fangirl

“Ah, but a withdrawl time in horses HAS been teste. I asked a very knowleadgable vet about it. She said the time frame for complete withdrawl from bute is 48 hours, although traces have been found in some horses up to 72 hours. VERY short half-life. She gave me more info about what cells it binds to and more technical stuff that I would have to go look at to put up here.”

– Good thing I wore a helmet today, although my desk is now dented from banging my head on it.. 😦

“GOOD catch! You are correct — the drug most commonly used, and called “Bute” by horse owners *is* Phenylbutazone not the stuff found in the meat recall.”

– Actually dumbass, both Bute and Clenbuterol was found in the most recent recall.  Yes, it is very serious and yes, they will be finding more. (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/rasff-window/portal/index.cfm?event=notificationDetail&NOTIF_REFERENCE=2012.1078)

“Canada has had feed lots set up for years in order to accomidate slaughter horses that come in with unknown medical histories. They currently are set up for a 6 month time period to meet the current requirements.”

– This is super awesome.  Somebody should point this out to Angela Marshall so she knows that her `beloved’ horse that she shipped up there to await his execution still has a few months to hobble around on his sore feet in a feedlot.  I bet she’s just happy that she didn’t waste his meat and sleeps just fine at night….Sure glad she had his best interests at heart…

So we end another edition of our Point and Laugh Fridays. While we didn’t see a lot of new things from the PSAs, I’m sure with winter coming and knowing how much they hate spending their beer money on feed for their horses, they will be redoubling their efforts to slaughter horses in the coming weeks.  The rest of us need to be mindful about upcoming deadlines and be making our voices heard by the right people.  Please take the time to read this flyer (http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Adult_Campaign.pdf) and share it everywhere.  As for me, I promise to get at my emails on a more regular basis.  Keep them coming!  Take the time to appreciate your PSAs as they really do help our position without meaning too.  It’s all well and good to bat them around and play with them, but remember to feed them carefully.  Rumor has it a few of them still have a couple of teeth……

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