By now, you all probably know that no horses will be going to slaughter in New Mexico or Iowa in the next few weeks. The lawsuit in New Mexico filed by Front Range Equine, HSUS, et al has been successful in obtaining a temporary restraining order from US District Judge, Christina Armijo. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/02/judge-blocks-planned-horse-slaughter-at-2-plants/2614297/) Aside from that, there has been some slight confusion as to what it all means as initial reports stated that the hearing would resume Monday, yet Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS released a brief statement saying it would be some weeks before anything was settled. What we now know is that the hearing on Monday is to determine how much of a bond that the plaintiffs have to put up to cover potential economic losses should they be unsuccessful when the case is heard in 30 days. Responsible Transportation in Iowa has stated they have something like a $1.5million loan and another $1.4million from investors. I have to wonder who the brainiacs were that put up that kind of money for a business that will likely be legislated as obsolete within a few months. Obviously, there has been a lot of reaction to today’s news and I’m sure that many of you are eagerly awaiting Slaughterhouse Sue’s take on things. It’s always entertaining, if not factual to see what the equine industry’s #1 enemy has to say. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the latest press release from the Matron of Horse Haters.
I’m sure it will come as no great surprise to any of you that Suey spent the majority of her day hitting the refresh button on her computer . As she whiled away the hours dreaming of all the different ways she would eat horses and flicking her bean at the prospect of seeing a warehouse full of carcasses, she also found time to lay down an ass pot full of links. Mostly, they were the same links from yesterday’s press release. For those of you that couldn’t be arsed to check it all out, I will save you the trouble and tell you that they were just a bunch of editorials she had whipped up under her IEBA hat. No hard data or documentation, just her opinion how awesome slaughter is and how much fun it is for horses to get to spend time in a slaughter facility. Bear in mind that Suey also considers kill buyers to be `heroes and saviors’. (http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/sue-wallis-salutes-horse-slaughter-buyers-as-heroes-and-saviours/). Anyhow, with their defeat in court today Suey took only enough time to allow her meds to kick in before issuing the following press release. (http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs133/1103685263837/archive/1114391881148.html). I have to admit her press releases have become one of my guilty pleasures lately. Shall we take a closer look at today’s spin?
We have just received word that Judge Christina Armijo of the 10th District Court in New Mexico has issued her decision in regards to the HSUS request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that prevents USDA from sending inspectors to horse processing facilities. This TRO will be in force for a short term while a decision on a Preliminary Injunction, which would be in force until the underlying lawsuit is settled, will be decided upon in about a month.
The fight goes on. While disappointing, this is really just the very first skirmish in what will inevitably be a long haul. We have proven already by our progress to this point that the horse industry will not lay down and die. We will not quit. We will continue to fight to our dying breath to preserve our way of life, to protect our horses, to protect our lands, and our freedoms.
– First skirmish? Really? Then why does it feel like we have been playing a non-stop game of Whack-A-Mole with the slaughterphiles for the past few years? I believe that she will not quit, but do you know what? I think many of us are more than willing to wait her out. She is NOT industry and she never will be. We, too, will fight for our horses until they threat of this barbaric industry is forever removed. Then we will pick up the pieces and carry on cleaning up their mess.
A bond hearing will be held in the next week or two which will establish the financial loss that the plants will stand to lose if we are not allowed to operate. HSUS will be required to put up that bond. Bonds that they will forfeit if we ultimately prevail.
We will also be preparing to appeal this Judge’s decision, as her determination today was made on grounds that attorneys believe have no basis in law. It is also my understanding that there are, in fact, Supreme Court decisions to the contrary which this Judge chose to ignore today.
– As I mentioned earlier, they are asking for a cool $10million bond, so that should remove any doubt about what the real motivation for horse slaughter is if they honestly believe that is how much money they are going to lose in the next month or two. As for her appeal, I suspect it will get tossed out of court. If there were Supreme Court decisions to back up their position, I guess their attorney should have gotten off his ass and cited them in his motions, just as the plaintiff side did with citing precedents in theirs.
In the meantime, if there was ever a need for the horse industry, the states, the tribes, the counties, and everyone who cares about the continued existence of a horse industry in any form in this country to come together, and to support this effort with dollars and dedication…that time is now!
Do not weaken. Nobody ever said this was going to be easy. We have proved time after time that a few stalwart souls who are willing to stand up and tell the truth can make a difference. Don’t stop!
– Suey fails to realize that the horse industry, the states, the majority of tribes, counties and for sure anybody that loves the horse industry already have come together and we are speaking up. The awesome thing is we are being heard. Naturally, Suey would like you to send her some more money. Her whiskey and pork rind supply is likely running low!
Thank you to all of you who have stepped up your personal efforts to communicate with political leaders and the public. A special tip of the hat and hearty appreciation goes out to the tribal leaders who have elevated an opposing view to the animal rights rhetoric that is, finally, catching the attention of the media. Hopefully those heartfelt and common sense messages will start percolating through the national conversation surrounding this issue.
– Leaders? I think she means paid employees of various bands. I have yet to see a chief or leader of any tribe named in any of their court documents. As I’ve said a million times before…a lie is still a lie no matter how many times or how loudly you repeat it.
If you would like to hear from the attorneys involved in this case and what they had to say afterwards, here is a link to a brief video clip. I found it quite `interesting’. (http://newmexico.watchdog.org/19173/video-reaction-to-judge-blocking-horse-plant-with-temporary-restraining-order/)
As you can see, Suey didn’t really have a lot to say about the actual proceedings today. I guess it becomes difficult to twist things when the defeat is so resounding. Here is a link to the order that was issued today. It’s not a long document, but I’ll pull out a few sections that you all may find interesting. (http://www.nmcourt.fed.us/Drs-Web/view-file?unique-identifier=0005456805-0000000000)
“…To obtain a temporary restraining order “the moving party must demonstrate: (1) a likelihood of success on the merits; (2) a likelihood that the movant will suffer irreparable harm inthe absence of preliminary relief; (3) that the balance of equities tips in the movant’s favor; and (4) that the injunction is in the public interest..”.
– So that pretty much dismisses the notion that this case is merely a stall tactic. If that were so, the restraining order would not have been granted.
” Turning to the grants of inspection, as previously stated, the grants of inspection were based, in relevant part, on the existence of the FSIS Directive to protect the public health and safety. The Court is not persuaded that the grans of inspections would have been issued in the absence of this Directive, the express purpose of which was to protect the public health and safety from the unique chemical residues possibly present in equines. Although the Court must afford deference to the FSIS’s actions, the Court does not find credible the Federal Defendants’ assertions that the grants of inspection would have been issued in the absence of the Directive given the express purpose of the Directive to protect the public health and safety and given the fact that FSIS specifically incorporated the Directive into their grants of inspection. The Court therefore concludes that Plaintiffs have established a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their NEPA and APA claims challenging the grants of inspection.”
– Substantial likelihood of success…..read it and weep, Suey!
“Plaintiffs have submitted evidence of environmental harm at commercial horse slaughter facilities that operated in the United States prior to the defunding of inspectors in fiscal year 2006. [See . Doc. 13] This environmental harm included blood spills, improper disposal of animal parts and carcasses, noxious odors, and the leeching of horse effluent into the local water supply and waterways. [Id.] These harms are compounded by the presence of chemical residues in equines that are not otherwise present in other amenable species subject to slaughter. Evidence has been proffered that a majority of horses subject to slaughter are administered a variety of pharmaceutical drugs not approved for use in food animals, the effects of which could adversely effect the physical environment. The Court concludes that Plaintiffs have fulfilled their burden to prove that environmental harm is likely to occur in the absence of the issuance of a temporary restraining order”
– This was probably my favorite part! We all know how much slaughterphiles LOVE to deny what happened in Kaufmann and at other slaughter plants when they were up and running. This is only the beginning as I highly doubt that Suey and company can get some actual research and hard data together that will dispute what many of us have been saying all along.
Suey wasn’t the only one to have a strong reaction to today’s news. In fact, she was downright mellow compared to some slaughterphiles. Several of them donned their ass hats and decided to vent online. In case some of you forgot for one second about the mindset we are dealing with, here are some of the greatest hits from today:
“i am a horse owner. i use my horses to make me a living… they are utility. yes they have names but they are not pets! Make no mistake about what I’m saying. if one of them is injured from being used i will provide the best veterinary care possible with financial reason. and don’t think for a minute i wouldn’t shed a tear for one of them. i trust my life on these magnificent beasts. but if the decision had to be made to sell one to a buyer to recoup some financial loss even knowing where they will end then that is what i woukd do. and that is my business choice to make not some liberal bleeding heart!,”
– I think these people would sell their children for research if it came right down to it. Such compassion and gratitude!
“How many of these horses do you all want? This is only until Monday! Surely they will be able to open after that…would you all rather see these horses starve..that would be a much worse death!!”
– It’s actually 30 days from now and if that is all that is standing between your horse and starvation, then you shouldn’t be owning horses. These people can still sell their horses to kill buyers and nothing has changed. Why is it up to everybody else to clean up their mess?
“How many of you that are against meat marketing willing to put up? Take a few head.of horses & take care of them? Or pay someone to care for them?
Oh and sorry, check your history, Oxen built the West & this country more than horses..
Horses are bring dumped on back roads, State &Federal lands . People are finding them on their yards, loaded into.an empty trailer at Horse Shows. People can’t afford the cost of feed or the cost of euthanasia. $200-600 per Animal. Feed is crazy expensive also..
I would rather.ship a horse to a plant where I KNOW the animals are treated with respect & not shipped thousands of miles .
So come on with a REAL SOLUTION”
– As always, my question is why aren’t people reporting all these stray horses? The actual reports of abandoned horses are few and far between. I see far more reports of stray dogs and cats and nobody has suggested we ship them to China for consumption…..YET.
” if it is your own horse or dog or cat no one should be able to tell you how to “treat” it. If my horse acts up i will “treat” it with a board to the head. If i want to burn his legs a lttle that is my perogative. If I want Caat Stew tonite, I shall make it! HSUS be damned.”
– And this is exactly why we need big organizations such as the HSUS to speak up for the voiceless. Wow.
Many of the comments above were actually on Wayne Pacelle’s Facebook page. He actually spent quite a bit of time addressing people’s concerns, especially the PSAs that found their way over there. There was one exchange I found rather interesting as somebody under a screen name decided to go on that page and regurgitate some Humanewatch propaganda. Personally, I found it quite awesome as Pacelle set the record straight about many of the things that Suey and her butt monkeys have been spouting for quite some time. Here are the comments and Pacelle’s response unedited.
– … that’s incorrect information put out there by those who don’t like our work to help animals. We spend over 79% of our funds on programs to help animals. These programs range from ending egregious forms of wildlife abuse to stopping puppy mills. The real scam is the shady network of nonprofit that Rick Berman, the man attempting to smear our name, put out there. Learn more about him at www.humanesociety.org/Berman
– We help all animals Ole, and we focus on the root causes of cruelty. HSUS is rated a 4-star charity (the highest possible) by Charity Navigator, approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability, voted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia experts as the #1 high-impact animal protection group, and named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities. The work we do is work that local shelters often cannot – that is why we were formed to begin with. We focus on issues that land animals in shelters, but also other issues, like factory farming, the seal hunt, horse slaughter, puppy mills, just to name a few.
Here are some other numbers that may interest you:
over 100,000 animals were provided care by HSUS, including displaced pets during Hurricane Sandy.
110 Chimps were spared from research
The new ownership of wild animals was banned in OH.
The hound hunting of bears and bobcats was banned in CA.
The Pets for Life program, which provides free pet care services to low income areas, expanded to the west coast.
Those are just some of the accomplishments in 2012 made possible by supporters of HSUS.
If you’re focused on financial figures:
over 30 million to direct care and service.
over 26 million to cruelty prevention.
over 18 million to research and education.
We’d encourage you to read more herel: http://www.humanesociety.org/about/overview/annual_reports_financial_statements.html
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that emotions are starting to run a bit high. These slaughterphiles have been promised certain victory for a very long time. They live in a very small world surrounded by like-minded individuals. Rarely, do any of them bother to expand their horizons or think that just maybe there isn’t always something noble about being in the minority of a hot-button issue. There are lots of practices and traditions we have gotten away from over the years as we, as a civilization, have realized the error of our ways. Cruelty is not acceptable in any form. Horses are not traditional `American’ meals and having them on the table is not a part of our culture. IF that is something you feel strongly that you need to do, there is nobody stopping you from eating your own horse. Go ahead and do that. Just don’t expect the rest of us to sign on and spend our tax dollars on funding a barbaric industry that wreaks havoc on our environment, threatens our actual food supply and lines the pockets of foreign interests. I find it ironic that it’s always the slaughterphiles that you see screeching that animals are not people and shouldn’t have the same rights. Well, one of the things that set humans apart from animals is their ability to feel compassion. That is one emotion I have seen sadly lacking in the pro slaughter crowd. Funny how that works. As for the rest of us, we will take the weekend to take a deep breath and savor this small victory and then we will get busy again on Monday. It is not time to rest on our laurels and start a victory dance just yet and I haven’t heard Suey sing either. We have many miles to go…