August 26, 2013
As 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.
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.
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.