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 

Simone Netherlands,

R.T. Fitch, Wild Horse Freedom

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.

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.

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.


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


36 HOURS TO HELL For The Horses ~Send your Email to the Committee

Breaking Investigation: Horses’ 36-Hour Journey to Slaughter Exposed


Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.

This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile,36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.

This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.

PETA investigators found ex-racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, packed inside a “kill pen” in Kalona, Iowa. By the time investigators saved him, Royale With Speed had been purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from a harrowing ride to slaughter. He was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes were swollen and later burst with pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. Following weeks of intensive care, Royale with Speed fully recovered. He was purchased by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and then adopted by a PETA patron in New Mexico. He will lead a wonderful life.

Royale With Speed was saved from the slaughterhouse, where he would have faced a terrifying death. Undercover video footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40 percent of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. One horse suffered through an agonizing 11 shots before finally collapsing. In another instance, a worker was taped waving good-bye mockingly to a dying horse. In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily closed the slaughterhouse, but the plant resumed operations just days later and is now attempting to use rifles in place of captive-bolt guns, even though they have been shown to be a cruel and ineffective way to stun horses. Continue reading

Kaimanawa Wild Horses at Risk in New Zealand

New Homes needed before the end of May 2012

New Homes needed before the end of May 2012

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More than 170 Kaimanawa horses face the slaughter house if homes cannot be found for them until end of May!

Published 19 Apr 2012

More than 170 Kaimanawa horses face the slaughter house if homes cannot be found for them in the next month.

The slaughter is part of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) bi-annual culling of the breed, aimed at keeping the population below 300 to protect the fragile environment they inhabit.

Kaimanawa Heritage Horses spokesman Elder Jenks says put in good homes, many of the horses flourish.

“Once handled, Kaimanawa wild horses have exceptionally temperaments and are delightful ponies to interact with,” he says. “They’re flourishing in pony clubs around New Zealand as great all-rounders and are highly sought after as jumpers, eventers and games ponies.”

Mr Jenks says Kaimanawa horses were once seen as feral but the reputation of the breed is quickly improving.

“The horses are won by TLC, not by force,” he says.

“They are like a Labrador dog; give them a little love and they give you 10 times back.”

Mr Jenks owns nine Kaimanawa horses and is urging people to take on horses before the cull.

The breed was first reported in the central North Island’s Kaimanawa Ranges more than 130 years ago.

They gained protection by the Government in 1981 after their numbers shrunk to 174, but by 1997 the population had ballooned to 1700.

DOC now aims at maintaining a steady number of around 300 horses.

This year 479 horses have been counted in the area, meaning 179 need to be culled.

The excess horses have until the end of May to find a home.

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New Homes needed before the end of May 2012

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New Anti Horse Slaughter Billboard Going Up In Canada. Please Chip In.

NEW ANTI HORSE SLAUGHTER Billboard Going Up in Canada ~ Please Chip In.
Angel Acres is very excited to announce they have an opportunity to put another Anti Horse Slaughter Billboard in Canada. This location gets 20,000 Plus in traffic each day. We have only 72 hours to raise enough to put up this board, so lets get busy!

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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.



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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