Horse Advocates Schedule Press Conference in Salt Lake City, October 29, 2012

Wild horses from Newark Valley waiting to be shipped to short term holding facilities in Fallon, NV and Gunnison Prison, Utah

October 26 2012

For Immediate release 


Contacts:
Simone Netherlands,
Respect4Horses
928-925-7212
Simone@Respect4Horses.com

R.T. Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom
Federation
800-974-3684
rtfitch@wildhorsefreedomfederation.org

Wild Horse & Burro Preservation Groups Announce Salt Lake City Press Conference to Call for Immediate Investigation of BLM “Slaughtergate” Allegations

Award winning Cinematographer Ginger Kathrens to join author R.T. Fitch and noted
equine advocate Simone Netherlands in a wild horse and burro advocates press
conference on October 29th during opening day of BLM’s Advisory Board Meeting.
Salt Lake City, UT (October 26. 2012) – The Cloud Foundation, Respect4Horses and Wild Horse Freedom Federation will hold a special press conference on the current state of America’s mismanaged wild horses and burros.

The groups are calling for a halt to all Bureau of Land Management (BLM) roundups that are destroying the last of America’s wild herds at enormous and escalating taxpayer expense and an immediate investigation into credible allegations where stockpiled wild horses and burros are being sold to known kill buyers for eventual slaughter for human consumption abroad.

The media and the interested public are encouraged to attend this public press
conference at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown (215 West South Temple)
from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29th, 2012. The public press event will
take place on the opening day of the BLM’s controversial Wild Horse and Burro
Advisory Board meeting occurring, likewise, at the Radisson Hotel.

Currently the BLM has scheduled massive roundups of wild horses and burros
throughout the remainder of this calendar year. Remnant herds of wild horses and
burros live in 10 western states, including Utah, but their future is tenuous. The agency
responsible for their protection and preservation, the BLM, is managing them to
extinction. While the cruel and costly roundups continue, the BLM has no idea how
many wild horses remain in the wild while pumping tens of thousands of captured wild
horses and burros into both short and long term holding facilities. To date the BLM has
stockpiled more than 48,000 + wild horses and burros in costly government holding,
leaving millions of acres of legally designated wild horse and burro ranges empty.

Advocates are calling for the return of wild horses and burros to the 24 million acres of
designated lands cleared since 1971. Only 180 of the originally identified 339 herds
remain in the wild. Horse Welfare organizations estimate that currently we have less
than 20,000 wild horses and burros remaining wild and free. The BLM continues to
“zero out” herds each year without proper justification.

The groups, supported by advocates from coast to coast, will come together in Salt
Lake City to demand the BLM call off all scheduled roundups immediately while an
accurate and unbiased count is conducted as well as an investigation into the allegations of slaughter sales and the continued mismanagement of wild horses and
burros both in the wild and in captivity by the BLM and their hired contractors.

The Cloud Foundation (TCF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the
protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands with
a focus on Cloud’s herd in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana.
http://www.thecloudfoundation.org

Respect4Horses (R4H) is a horse welfare organization whose goals include providing
information and documentation to educate the public, the media and legislators to
promote changes in legislation to address current horse welfare issues such as horse
slaughter and the roundups of our last remaining wild horses and burros.
http://www.respect4horses.com

Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation
with federal 501(c)(3) status. WHFF puts people between America’s wild Equids and
extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose
documented agenda includes the eradication of wild horses and burros from public,
federal and state lands. http://www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org

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The National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board will meet on October 29 and 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Monday the meeting will run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Tuesday the meeting will run from 8:00 am to noon.

You can watch the meeting via webcast and download the meeting materials at www.blm.gov/live.

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Rockville Picked For Horse Slaughtering Plant

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Why does history repeat itself? Why are we following SueTheFatOne around from State to State? Why are we always correcting the same old lies she tells?  When is she going to learn that wherever she goes, WE will follow her around and straighten everybody out – we are the 80% against horse slaughter!

Read on for the next chapter of SuetheFatOne’s next fairytale to those poor folks who think they can fix their own communities by building a horse slaughter plant?

BACKGROUND | FOX2NOW

ROCKVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A Wyoming-based company plans to build a horse-slaughtering plant in Rockville in western Missouri, after its first choice in southwest Missouri was met with fierce opposition from residents. Unified Equine Missouri announced Thursday that a former beef packing plant near Rockvile, about 100 miles south of Kansas City in Bates County, is being renovated, and the company expects to open the operation by the end of summer. It is expected to bring 50 jobs to a town with only 150 residents.

(Editor’s Interjection:  So instantly the town will have a population that is at least 25% ex-cons or at least 25% illegal immigrants and instantly have a sewage problem!)

Unified Equine originally sought to open the plant near Mountain Grove in southwest Missouri, but angry residents packed public meetings earlier this year to oppose the proposal. The company said its plant could eventually slaughter up to 800
horses a day, with most of the meat going to Europe, The Kansas
City Star reported If the Rockville operation opens, it would be the first horse-slaughtering plant in the country since Congress restored funding for inspections of horse slaughter operations last year. Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state legislator who is head of Unified
Equine, said the company is excited to bring jobs to rural Missouri.
But a Mountain Grove attorney who led the opposition to the plant in her town is vowing to take the fight to Rockville. “She (Wallis) thinks it’s a done deal _ it’s not,” Cynthia McPherson said.“We’re going to do what we can do to stop her. But we’ll need the town’s help.” One resident who lives near the proposed Rockville plant  supports the operation. “Any time that something creates a job around here, it’s a good thing,” said Mike Williamson, who lives about 8 miles outside of town and raises horses. “We also need places to take our horses at some point.” Others aren’t so sure the plant is a good idea. “I just don’t like the idea of a horse packing plant,” said Karol Smith, who lives about 6 miles east of the hamlet. “It’s, just, horses. It doesn’t seem right.” Critics and animal rights activists contend horses aren’t meant to be eaten and that slaughtering plants create environmental problems. Horse slaughter proponents argue that the plants are used to kill old, sick horses that are dying from neglect or abandonment. They say the horses are shipped under horrible conditions to Mexico to be slaughtered, or sometimes dumped into wild herds.
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Kansas City Film Fest – Saving America’s Horses

BACKGROUND | SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED Filmmaker Katia Louise masterfully presents a passionate reverence for all animals in her international award winning film, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED. This landmark feature documentary film explores the human-animal bond of horse and man through an illuminating humanitarian lens. SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES – A NATION BETRAYED is an intelligent and hard hitting exposé that reveals how the public has been misled by government agencies and corporate interests that run over the laws that are supposed to protect the horses, the environment and people. Wild horses that once roamed America’s open rangelands are being eliminated by the Bureau of Land Management, despite existing federal laws that were passed with overwhelming support by the public. 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption, yet it cost the American tax payers at least $5,000,000 (MILLION) in taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize foreign-owned horse slaughter plants. Clever marketing campaigns boast economic benefits at the state and local levels; however documented evidence clearly illustrates a long history of horrific environmental and economic impacts resulting where horse slaughterhouses once operated. A glut of articles based on flawed evidence, has duped many to believe that horse slaughter is necessary; worse, to further believe that it’s humane despite substantial and ongoing government reports of egregious cruelty violations within the U.S. Many of the substances administered to U.S. horses are known to be lethal when consumed by humans, yet horsemeat from America’s horse is sold as a delicacy in several foreign countries. Aftercare programs for U.S. racehorses benefit a small fraction of Thoroughbreds, but published government data confirm the majority are quietly slipped away for barbaric slaughter. Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS – NM Horse Slaughterhouse

“A recent poll shows at least 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter. Valley Meats and any other horse slaughterhouses must be stopped, and the USDA and FDA must see the danger and illegality of producing horse meat from American horses. FRER calls on all concerned citizens and groups, in and out of New Mexico, to support its efforts by contacting state, local and federal officials and voicing your strong objection to the resumption of this horrific practice in America.”

Eatin’ Horses is Just Wrong. Horse Slaughter a Fraud on the Public.

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 BACKGROUND | ANIMAL LAW COALITION

Commercial horse slaughter for human consumption is once again legal in the U.S. Already, Belgian based Chevidico is lurking as its stooges, Wyoming state Rep. Sue Wallis and Dave Duquette make unwelcome forays into communities around the country, trying to jumpstart new horse slaughter ventures. This despite that most Americans, 80%, according to a 2012 Lake Research Partners poll, oppose horse slaughter for human consumption.

The past is prologue, and anyone who thinks this may be good for your town or county, should take a look at the experience of communities where these facilities were located before they were closed in 2007.

Horse slaughter does not benefit communities. Instead this grisly practice takes resources, leaving waste and odors, pollution, and debts that leave communities struggling to absorb tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines and other costs.

The profitability of this sordid practice depends on animal cruelty. It is a horrific, brutal process.

When the 3 U.S. based slaughter houses were in operation, profits were siphoned off by their foreign owners. In 2004 Dallas Crown, Inc., for example, which operated a horse slaughter facility in Kaufman, Texas until 2007, paid $5 in federal income tax on $12 million in sales.  Dallas Crown, Inc. was owned by Chevidico. In the preceding 5 years Dallas Crown’s federal income tax was .3% or 1/3 of 1% of gross revenues or sales.  Dallas Crown paid no sales tax because its products, horse meat, are sold and consumed in foreign countries. Former Kaufman mayor, Paula Bacon, explains, “My community did not benefit. We paid.”    

In 1986 the Kaufman, Texas mayor and city council were forced to allow the horse slaughter house to re-open after a period of extremely egregious violations. The facility had been in operation since the late 70’s and from the beginning had caused problems both environmentally and economically.  The then mayor,  was quoted as saying, “Quite frankly, we don’t want you here….That plant has never made a dime for this city and it never will.”  The city administrator agreed, calling them “a lousy part of the community“. (The Kaufman Herald, January 23, 1986).

Reports from Kaufman city workers over the years about complaints they received or conditions they saw, are descriptive:

 “blood flowing east and west in the ditches from [Dallas Crown’s] plant,”
[containers conveyed]“uncovered and leaking liquids,’
 
decaying meat [which] provides a foul odor and is an attraction for vermin and carrion,”
 
 “significant foul odors during the daily monitoring of the area,”
 
“Dallas Crown continually neglects to perform within the standards required of them.”
It has been over 45 days [it had been 59 days] and no apparent cleanup has occurred,”
In correspondence to Dallas Crown: “Your system has not improved and subsequently it has gotten a lot worse,”
 
“Words cannot express the seriousness” of recent violations and the “adverse effects on the wastewater treatment plant,” and

from a September 2003 letter to Dallas Crown not long before a 600 gallon blood spill at the facility: “Please be sure trailers are secured before leaving your premises to prevent spills“, noting also “bones and blood laying in front of the facility,” and problems with bones and [horse] parts in neighboring yards and the attraction of “dogs and other animals.”

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Horse Slaughter Coming to a Neighborhood Near You? ~ Summit of the Live Horse

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BACKGROUND | NEWS9.COM

OKLAHOMA CITY

Animal advocates from across the U.S. met in Oklahoma City and on-line Tuesday to talk about horse meat.

Horse slaughter is legal in the U.S. again, but they want to stop horse slaughter from happening here in Oklahoma.

Currently, horses are not being slaughtered for meat in Oklahoma or any state, but they can be sold and shipped to other countries for slaughter and food.

The horse experts who met on Tuesday told News9 slaughter supporters are trying hard to get slaughter houses here in Oklahoma. Far too often, here in Oklahoma, we see horses in need of rescue sick, abandoned and abused.

Some say it wouldn’t be this way, if we had slaughter houses.

“That’s them trying to scare Americans into thinking we actually need horse slaughter plants,” Simone Netherlands said.

Simone Netherlands went online from Oklahoma City to show what anti-slaughter/anti-breeding groups say is really happening. She is the managing director for www.respect4horses.com, and wants to raise awareness and educate animal lovers and horse breeders.

“They leave the old, sick abused horses so it’s exactly the opposite of what they’re saying,” Simone Netherlands said.

It’s not hard to find horrific images online of over bred, unwanted horses sold, stacked and hauled to Mexico for slaughter, then sold to overseas markets in Asia and Europe.

“Never even thought of eating horses,” Rhona Grammer said.

Rhona Grammer thinks her neighbors are pro-slaughter and sees them selling a lot of healthy horses, so she came to learn more.

“I feel passionate about horses, I was raised in Ireland and had horses since I was a little girl,” Grammer said.

She can’t imagine anyone in Oklahoma would be for slaughter, but Netherlands says a small percentage think of horses as products.

“That’s not who we are as Americans, 80 percent are against horse slaughter,” Netherlands said. “If we open horse slaughter plants, why not just open dog and cat plants? Cause we’re doing it for this foreign industry.”

Opposers say there is another way. There’re plenty of horses that need good homes, and horse owners can pay to have their horses put down if they’re too sick or old. Or contact your lawmakers and tell them you don’t support horse slaughter.

CLICK HERE to see Video of Summit of The Live Horse.

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AMERICAN HORSE SLAUGHTER PREVENTION ACT. How Our First Lady, Michelle Obama, Can Help the Horses.


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Do we really need to subject yet another animal species in the United States to the horrors of slaughtering, and potentially even the horribly abusive factory farming system of raising animals for human consumption, as if there aren’t already plenty of choices out there? It’s a simple case of money hungry government officials.

Please take a stand against the government officials who are allowing these gentle creatures to be slaughtered. Let’s be the voice for these creatures!

CLICK  HERE  to order Beautiful Pre-Addressed, Pre-written Note Cards to send to Our First Lady, Michelle Obama voicing our concerns regarding Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption in the United States, and asking for her to join us in supporting S1176/HR2966, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Another version of the Pre-Addressed,Pre-written Note Card for Our First Lady, Michelle Obama, may be seen  HERE.

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