$500,000 spent to protect horses from pro-slaughter government

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August 26, 2013

Unknown-4As an example of how deeply the pro-slaughter forces have inserted themselves into our government, the Cloud Foundation and HSUS have been required to post a $500,000 bond to protect the interest of poor Rick De Los Santos and his inability to kill horses for a month. Given our government’s blessing to kill our horses so the meat companies in Belgium and France could sell horsemeat, Rick was almost ready to start using his tools until the horse advocates sued our government. While Valley Meat was not sued, the court still said he would be losing money because of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). If the horse advocates lose the unnecessary battle against our government, poor Ricky won’t be poor any more.

Despite what the pro-slaughter folks want you to believe, horse slaughter is a for-profit business controlled by the market forces of supply and demand. It has absolutely nothing to do with the humane disposal of “unwanted” horses, although that is an excuse often used by the AQHA, the beef industry, the Farm Bureaus and all their sister organizations. Although a few outstanding Senators and Representatives have stood up against the lobbyists, equine advocates are now left on our own to defend America’s horses against our own government.

Being an equine advocate is not about being Republican or Democrat. It’s about stopping the corruption and lies of those who kill horses for profit. It’s about standing up for what 80% of Americans believe is right. It’s about protecting our horses from a predatory industry and from a government lost in its own mindless corruption of political influence. Half a million dollars, and that’s only the bond, not paying the attorneys. Think about how many horses that might have fed, how many people that would have helped. 

Every time you swing by McDonald’s to pick up a hamburger, every time you order beef tacos or take a bite of beef lasagna, you are putting money into the hands of those who want to kill horses. The beef industry maintains a strong influence in Congress and is very outspoken about promoting horse slaughter. They expect us, the consumer, to be nice, quiet consumers and not speak out against them. Well, we can’t be quiet any longer. 

Are you ready to take a stand? You can fight back by taking a PLEDGE to not buy any beef of any kind until the S.A.F.E Act is passed. We need at least 10,000 horse advocates to stand up and make the commitment. As of the time of this post, 750 people have taken the PLEDGE. Between 2,000 to 4,000 people read this blog on a daily basis. If each of you let your voice be heard, and tell 10 of your friends, we can and will make a difference. The beef industry will listen to 10,000 people. 

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Bond posted to keep horse slaughter ban

AgWeek.com, Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Animal welfare groups suing to stop a return to domestic horse slaughter on Aug. 16 posted a nearly $500,000 bond to keep a temporary ban in effect.

But the groups are fighting the court order that requires the money to cover potential losses by the slaughterhouses should the organizations ultimately lose their lawsuit.

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and others argue the bond should not be required because their case is against the federal government and its permitting process, not the companies that were recently given permission to begin slaughtering horses.

The groups last month won a temporary restraining order to halt plans by Valley Meat Co. of Roswell, N.M., and Responsible Transportation of Sigourney, Iowa, to open their plants this month.

Responsible Transportation says it is dropping plans to slaughter horses and will convert its plant to cattle in light of the temporary restraining order.

The Iowa company’s president, Keaton Walker, says his firm cannot afford to wait for more court deliberations.

Valley Meat Co., however, which has been at the fore of the fight, has vowed to stay the course. The company has been pushing for almost two years for permission to convert its cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse.

Valley Meat co. owner Rick De Los Santos says his decision to convert his small slaughterhouse to horses was made after his market for cattle dried up when a number of dairies shut down in southeast New Mexico.

The case has sparked an emotional national debate about whether horses are livestock or companion animals and how best to deal with the tens of thousands of wild, unwanted and abandoned horses across the country.

Horses were slaughtered domestically for decades until Congress cut funding for inspections for horse plants in 2006. That funding was restored in late 2011.

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Did you notice how how the writer threw that next to last sentence in there? “…tens of thousands of wild, unwanted and abandoned horses…” Question – based on exactly what survey, compiled by exactly what scientific study. What group actually has gone from state to state and done a real study to determine exactly what horses are “unwanted and abandoned”? The Government Accountability Office? Sorry, that survey has already been proven to be fake.

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
17 Comments
  • Sue

    Second article taken from AgWeek.com. ‘Nuf said.

    August 26, 2013
  • Janet Schultz

    STOP EATING BEEF!!

    And let everyone know why!

    PLEASE. If you love horses, STOP EATING BEEF!

    August 26, 2013
    • Nancy B

      Janet – I’m with you on that and have been for a long time! It’s frustrating that some people will say they love horses and are 100% against horse slaughter but aren’t willing to sacrafice eating a friggin hamburger or steak! I mean geezzz, if you haven’t already given it up anyway becuase it’s unhealthy or because all slaughter is horrific and cruel, then can’t one at least give it up temporarily for the horses?! C’mon people, it’s not that hard!

      August 27, 2013
  • Jill

    Stop the roundups, stop the slaughter, STOP the forest fires!

    August 26, 2013
  • D.K.

    Please ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support the Safeguard American Food Exports act, which will ban slaughter in the U.S. and the shipment for slaughter to Canada and Mexico. Safeguard American Food Exports act is S. 541 in the U.S. Senate and H.R. 1094 in the U.S. House of Representatives. This website makes it easy to contact your elected officials: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

    August 27, 2013
  • D.K.

    There is a brand new Facebook page dedicated to consolidating all of the anti-horse slaughter petitions into one place, so you no longer have to go looking for them all!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Horses-from-Slaughter-The-Petition-Sight/141706992706386

    August 27, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      Thank you DK for both sites. I tried to invite people to the FB site. I hope it takes off.

      August 27, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    Why are we bold when speaking of beloved horses, but reluctant to admit that the other huge domesticated herbivores — cows — are just as sensitive and kind and innocent and affectionate as our equine friends?

    Let’s call a spade a spade. “Beef” is the euphemism that the “meat” industry wants us to use so we will pretend the product didn’t really come from an animate being with feelings, families, friends. Why not be honest — just like the horses we admire and seek to emulate — and say forthrightly: “If we want to save horses, let’s stop eating cows.”

    August 27, 2013
    • debra heverly, m.d.

      I could not agree more. I don’t eat flesh of any kind. Horses, cows, chickens, even fish are all sentient beings, as we are. However, we did not win wars on the backs of cows and because of that I feel we are beholding to horses in an additional way. In a debt of gratitude – they served us, they died along side us. Therefore we should not allow them to be slaughtered here or exported for slaughter anywhere. Please step in to get the SAFE Act passed and don’t eat beef at least until we get that accomplished and then maybe just keep that going. HOOAH!

      August 27, 2013
      • Judy Wendt

        I agree with both BlessUsAll and Debra about not eating any meat. Horses, dogs, and cats, as companion animals, have a special place in the hearts of human beings. These are the animals that become our best friends – not that a cow, goat or fish cannot. We have a nurturing relationship with our companion animals that is socially acceptable, even promoted. With other animals, those we designate as food, we make it a point not to acknowledge the soul within. Otherwise we could not eat them. Those of us who have crossed that line, who see the individual personalities and spirits in every living creature, are far more likely to become and remain vegetarian and vegan. It is a process, an enlightened path. Some will not entirely get there. But I applaud the efforts to take the first step for whatever reason.

        August 27, 2013
  • debra heverly, m.d.

    This is beyond obscene – we horse advocates are up against a mighty evil adversary – in other countries we would call them poachers, rhino killers, elephant killers, dolphin killers, whale killers – here… we call them the federal government, the BLM, and we have so far not been effective in stopping them from laying waste to our national treasures whether animate (our heritage horses) or inanimate (our mountaintops and ranges)- oil money, cattle money fund BLM’s ravage of our country’s natural resources – we shall overcome on behalf of the voiceless because we are becoming one voice as strong as the horses we will save! HOOAH!!

    August 27, 2013
  • this is truly insane…the judge is nuts and makes a call here that is most likely illegal and will be challenged by the folks ordered to bear the burden of this guy loosing business…poor Ricky loses money…and he can’t kill anything…so why should HSUS and Cloud Fnd. be penalized for his biz/money loses? Seems highly suspicious to me…step down Ricky…EffOff!!

    August 27, 2013
  • sherriey

    ….there is more to Valley Meat Co and Rickey-wacko then meets the eye….
    enough said!

    August 27, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Made the pledge and am sending it wide and far… How sad our society has become…They say USA is a free and open society, BULLSHIT, us little people have NO VOICE, FREE right… I HOPE with all my heart MORE FOLKS will sign on, WE HAVE to fight this where it will hurt and this will…. Speaking of Ricky $500.000 a MONTH right??? OMG all of this is just insane and so sick>>>>????

    August 27, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    HOW did this judge come up with this amount of money?? I want to know HOW, AND how can this judge make this assumption of money, when Valley Meat has NOT even gotten a permit yet?? SO how does he even know IF they would of moved forward with slaughter??? ALSO I thought that amount was for the TWO plants, now one is out HOW can it be the same amount??? OH BOY, god almighty??? I really want to see HOW he came up with this amount??

    August 27, 2013
  • If I had to kill my food, I would become a vegetarian. I know, that isn’t very noble. I’m just being honest. I could never eat the meat of horses,or that of my next door neighbors.

    August 28, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Dear JoLene,

      I appreciate your honesty, I really do.

      Perhaps it wouldn’t be so easy for you to speak so frankly if our culture were more advanced — if, that is, it were considered shameful to kill (directly or indirectly) and eat any and every sentient being!

      May I make a suggestion or two? My intent in doing so is kind, not condemning, believe me!

      Now that you’ve looked in the mirror and admitted that you are unwilling to sacrifice the fleeting pleasures of your palate for the good of the horses (not to mention for the animals you’re eating), would you consider looking once more in the mirror, please?

      This time, please ask yourself whether you were born to become an oppressor of others.

      Ask yourself if you were brought into this world to terrify and traumatize defenseless babies and teenagers. That’s what these cows and pigs and chickens and turkeys are — only days or months or at most a handful of years old. And they ARE terrified and traumatized and fully conscious that they are next in line to be brutally killed!

      Ask how you would feel if you were the cow (or pig or chicken) being exploited.

      In our lifetime, we all — and I do mean all — must enlarge the circle of our compassion. We all must express the empathy for all individuals of all species that’s innate in each of us (and that children express so effortlessly).

      I promise: You will love yourself much more than you already do if you let yourself love cows the way you say you love horses — and love your next-door neighbors! (I’m not sure if you mean human neighbors or horse neighbors — or both.)

      Clearly, you have a big heart and a sensitive soul. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have declared, “If I had to kill my food ….”

      I think you will jump for joy the day you can honestly say about yourself: “Cows are my friends, not my food.” 🙂

      Thanks for listening with love!

      Your fellow truth-teller,
      BlessUsAll

      August 28, 2013