CBS News Radio – Horse Slaughter

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July 3, 2013

Unknown-2CBS Radio News just completed a series on horse slaughter, with interviews by Willie Nelson, Amy Nelson, Chris Heyde of the Animal Welfare Institute, T. Boone Pickens and myself. The reporter, August Skamenca, first met with me last year to start the process of developing this series. Since that time, he’s traveled around the country gathering information, attending auctions, interviewing and gathering material to present to the management of CBS. It’s powerful enough and filled with enough facts that they brought it out today.

While the piece is short, about 8 minutes, August has enough material to do a documentary. I hope he does, because this is not only important, it’s vital.
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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
28 Comments
  • Debbie Tracy

    This is a good start cause WIllie is right I have said before that I just found out by accident about a year and half ago, so I did not take any survey and I have horses, HAD NO IDEA, so there is a lot more than 80% of American’s I bet my life on it that would want this stopped…. I will write to this talk show and thank them and pray they do a documentary, I also have written to all the TV stations cause that is where people would be able to see it probably for the very first time… But this is wonderful too… Thank YOU

    July 3, 2013
  • Susan Setzke

    This is wonderfully presented. It is combining the horrible and barbaric facts of horse slaughter with some very real heartfelt comments by well-known and respected people. I urge this talk show to continue offering these types of presentations and to follow through with their plans to consider making a documentary about it. Well done!

    July 3, 2013
  • mary Gardner

    I am so happy the news is getting out about the cruel treatment of horses. Some how we’ve got to spread the word about how the horse has help us through the years and now that
    someone has the idea we should eat them is SICK!! I want everyone to hear about the
    horses and watch the program!!! Please help stop this !!

    July 3, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Thank you for making us aware of what is real in America I can’t even believe our own gov. is killing us like this. They are doing to the horses the same things they did to the Indians lies & deceit is that all they live by? It doesn’t matter “Wild Horses or domestic Horses” they all get shot up with medicines at auction houses so it’s a no brainer we are all gonna be sick & die unless your a vegan so thanx mr. gov. Im an American Indian NOT an American as of today!

    July 3, 2013
  • LInda Otherlyn

    What can you expect to see at your local Fourth of July parade? Decorative floats, marching bands, lots of red, white and blue—and horses! Horses are an American symbol and have played an important role in our country’s history. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. But sadly, even parade horses are just one bad sale away from a brutal fate in a slaughterhouse.

    Horse slaughter is inherently cruel, and anyone who knows or sees the commercial slaughter process understands it absolutely cannot be called euthanasia. The vast majority of horses killed for human consumption are young, healthy animals who could go on to lead productive lives with loving owners. Moreover, horse slaughter plants destroy natural resources, devastate local economies, and horsemeat is unsafe to eat due to routine equine medications that are toxic to humans.

    Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently approved applications for a horse slaughter facility in New Mexico and Iowa, and approval of an application in Missouri is on the way. Congress must act IMMEDIATELY to stop these plants from needlessly slaughtering American horses for commercial interests. While our government is struggling to fund vital programs, taxpayer dollars should not be wasted on a predatory industry.

    The Safeguard American Foods Export (SAFE) Act (S. 541/ H.R. 1094) is a federal bill that will prevent horse slaughter operations in the U.S. and end the export of American horses for slaughter abroad. Please send a polite email to your federal legislators in Congress and urge them to support the SAFE Act and ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption.

    Thank you for being a voice for American horses this Independence Day!

    July 3, 2013
    • Nancy Albin

      Thank you for the info yes i will send an email asking for them to support the safe act I also hear from Nevada senators & congressman so i think i KNOW i am going to send email to them letters & phone calls today I hope we all make a difference for the Mustangs of America Today!!!! I love the horses they cannot continue to be on the food chain we are not a starving country i don’t know why this kind of brutal treatment towards any living creature is even happening I thought we were more civilized then that … i guess not. Money & control is holding a “priority” over “a life”

      July 5, 2013
  • elizabeth dana

    BRAVO August Skamenca!!!! About 1 year ago I was trying to stop a puppy mills in New York when someone said “do you help stop horse slaughter” and I said WHAT??? I did not Know. This is such an important expose that needs to come to light to the entire American Public – I am so impressed at the depth of the coverage!! Please forward and share and make this viral!!!

    July 3, 2013
  • Arla

    Smqll correction: Madeleine Pickens did NOT adopt BLM wild mustangs. She PURCHASED Indian ponies destined for slaughter. May not seem like a big difference, but I assure you; It IS!

    July 3, 2013
    • MorganG

      Yes Arla, I agree, there is a world of difference.

      July 3, 2013
  • Terra Pennington

    I just can not believe that the US government is going to allow toxic horse meat to enter into the food supply. It was and is my biggest fear.

    July 3, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      A march in Washington, D.C. needs to be organized ASAP. Animal welfare groups and horse rescues need to organize, raise $ for their lawsuits, and get maximum media attention. This would help.

      Jerry Finch, Willie Nelson, RT Fitch, Hilary Wood, Mayor Paula Bacon, T. Boone Pickens, Simone Netherlands, Neda DeMayo, Allondra Stevens, all the bi-partisan legislators who co-signed the SAFE Act – anyone and everyone – should be invited to speak at this rally. 80% of Americans (or more) are against eating horses. This could, and should be huge. A parade on horseback would be impressive, but more difficult to organize. Still something needs to happen. I will be there. I will stand up.

      July 3, 2013
      • jfinch

        I watched what happened in Egypt this afternoon – the hundreds of thousands of people celebrating freedom. My thoughts were not with them, but instead wishing we could organize the 80% of the American public to gather just like them. “We’re not leaving until horse slaughter is over!”

        July 3, 2013
        • Judy Wendt

          Let’s do this! I will help in any way I can. If the multitudes in Egypt can organize (though Facebook, I believe) and overturn their government twice, we can at least organize and try to get the SAFE Act passed! We are the majority! A show of force is needed – nonviolent, of course. Anti-slaughter country music singers like Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood singing would be a major plus.

          July 4, 2013
          • jfinch

            The problems, Judy, is that every time we try to get a large group together, the excuses start coming out. Admittedly, it takes a lot of money to go to DC, but even local protest only draw a hundred people or so, and that is not newsworthy. five thousand? Yes – that will get in the news. The abortion mess in Austin, TX made national news. Those folks were committed and vocal, and that’s what it takes.

            July 4, 2013
          • Judy Wendt

            It would take a massive group, with a large database of names, such as the HSUS and/or the ASPCA to alert enough to show up. Both are solidly against horse slaughter as are the Doris Day people and PETA. A big Facebook campaign could help get the word out.

            July 4, 2013
          • Daniel Cordero

            I’m afraid to say that, although it is true more than 80% is opposed to it, most are not sufficiently emotionally attached to horses to provoke a stimulus and move then into action. Looks like we react only when something affects us directly; directly in our face. Then you have the, “it’s just an animal” stuff.

            July 5, 2013
  • Outstanding piece! Thank you, Jerry Finch, for your part in facilitating this audio article.

    I would like to ask every single person who sees this to share it on your Twitter account, Facebook page, blog, and web site- and ask everyone you know to do the same- aunts, uncles, cousins, church friends, school friends, work associates, everybody! This outstanding piece was not created for those of us who already understand and deplore the concept of slaughtering horses. It was created to educate those who don’t yet know. As advocates, it is our duty to the horses who are at-risk to make every effort to get good, factual, compelling pieces like this one out to people who are far beyond our networks and circles. Ready, set, go!

    July 3, 2013
  • Ronnie

    I knew of the horrors of horse slaughter. The barbarity. Torture. Forever printed in my mind is a video of a beautiful white mare at slaughter. The captive bolt did not work, even though she was whacked many times. She would go down, regain full consciousness, stand, hit again. A horror to watch! But I still shake with the memory of seeing her hung by one hoof. She tried to right herself, over & over. She was able to twist herself up high! After all the debilitation of the Slaughter Pipeline, days w/o food or water, trauma of multiple captive bolt hits, terror, she had the strength, fully conscious, to try to get away. There was no-way-out. This the norm of what pro-slaughter calls “processing” horses, for the “humane welfare of the horse.” The slaughter of horses is heinous. It is unimaginable that it happens. The way it happens. That human beings can approve of, facilitate, do this!! Thank you CBS. Please help to spread the word. A majority of Americans do not know! Hundreds of horses are betrayed & butchered EVERY DAY! Mercy.

    July 3, 2013
  • Lynn Watkins

    Thank you CBS. And please get the documentary out there for the general public, which is needed to combat feel-good horse slaughter stories produced by local TV news stations like the one by KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The segment put these buzz words front and center: “sick, injured, old horses”, ” it’s the humane thing to do”, and “everything processed will be shipped abroad”. Who researched and approved this story? Or better yet, who’s trying to stay in good with the pro-horse-slaughter Oklahoma governor? Either way, I smell a rat. Someone in authority needs to call this news station on the carpet

    July 3, 2013
  • sherriey

    thank you! well said….i hope it gets out there and more will hear/see what slaughter is all about.

    its a total hell ….the rest of the world needs to know…

    July 3, 2013
  • Jeannine Templeton

    CBS, August Skamenca – Thank you. I have often gone to my facebook page and ranted about stopping horse slaughter. I know my friends and family are tired of hearing about it. But I can’t stop. You see, I have 3 horses. 2 of which were heading to slaughter at some point in their lives. I suspect the 3rd one may have been heading that way too, but I have no records to confirm this. These are more my pets than anything else. I “dont know how to ride” officially. But I have struggled to house and feed these animals as if they were my own children. I look into their eyes and know should something happen…..they WILL once again head to slaughter if I dont make arrangements for their future should something happen to me. 1 is going blind and hot to handle warmblood/big. 1 is a draft cross and basically very green broke with bad habits and theirfore wouldnt be a good prospect for retraining. And the last…..just saved her but I am sure I will find the reason she was owned by the kill buyer vs out on the range. I look into their eyes. They are pampered, loved and priceless to me. It horrifies me to think where they might be if it were not for me. Over the years Ive watched people buy and sell horses that have worked their butts off to please their owners. And because of the lack of a ribbon or the lack of owners time, they are punished and sold. I often wonder how many end their lives this way. And then you have those horses that truely work. Amish owned, carriage horses, plow horses, cattle. and even lesson horses……….all going to kill buyers as their reward for their commitment or retirement for years of service. Simply put, they deserve better. Slaughter is OUR failure to provide for the horse. Our failure to control breeding and costs of ownership. Our failure = they pay the price. It needs to stop. Thank you for taking the time to report on this.

    July 4, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    NUTS, FLASH PLAYER REQUIRED. I only have my Android smartphone and tablet, which aren’t compatible with flash player. Big boo hoo hoo :( :(

    July 4, 2013
  • I was thinking the exact same thing yesterday and even mentioned it to the feed store owner when I was buying more hay for our rescue.

    We really NEED to figure out a way to educate and inform the “uninformed, naïve general public” to the racket that is being run with the help of our politicians and our government that allows cheaters to dispose of their horses for FREE and with no rules, regulations, or laws to monitor and control their activities and not have them lumped together with other horse people who are 100% AGAINST horse slaughter but who will be included in the rules and regs put on ALL horse owners by agencies and programs like the NAIS that really is for food chain animals…….ridiculous and disappointing that the minority is still controlling the majority, but with an educated and informed general public who often aren’t “horsie” at all, our opposition will have a hard time mowing down millions upon millions of people many of which don’t even have horses but who are now informed regarding the racket that is horse slaughter and they are pissed!

    July 4, 2013
  • Thank you, Mr. Skamenca, CBS News and all who were interviewed. 80% of Americans instinctively oppose horse slaughter. Maybe this will convince the other 20%. Again,thank you.

    July 4, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    ok I just spoke to my fiancee about the trip to D.C. if organized & we can afford the flight we will be there we live in Virginia City Highlands & I can’t live with these horrible round ups anymore I am running out of $$’s trying to fight this so physical action is about all i have left & bottom line is I don’t want to turn my back on the mustangs & sell my house i haven’t even owned for a year yet. I refuse to quit I am a fighter gettin a little tired but I am willing to go to washington even if i have to sell one of my cars to get there enough is enough I feel like these people are my worst enemy & i am a horse that can speak so Im gearing up for a war. LETS GO!

    July 5, 2013
  • D.K.

    I am also against the USDA opening up inspections for the proposed horse slaughter plants in the United States because horses in the U.S. are not raised for human consumption. As a grower of corn, wheat and soybeans, having the USDA inspect horse slaughter plants concerns me as well.

    They are our friends and companions (at least they are my friends and companions), and as such horses are treated with drugs like cats and dogs to a wide variety of vaccinations, bacterins, topical and oral treatments that are not approved for human consumption. We use gloves with topical treatments, because we don’t want equine drugs touching our skin, let alone consuming them.

    It’s not economical to raise horses for slaughter in the U.S., because it takes more money to raise a foal to maturity than the horse meat market is willing to pay. It’s an economical losing proposition. Therefore, the USDA has no business inspecting a horse slaughter plant that by default will be receiving horses that are not fit for human consumption. The horses they will be receiving have not been raised drug-free for human consumption.

    As a grower of corn, wheat and soybeans, the USDA’s reputation directly affects many. The European Union, which is where most of the horse meat would go, has a zero tolerance for Bute (Phenylbutazone) , which is routinely given to horses in the U.S. It is estimated that 90% of horses in the U.S. have been treated with this drug, not to mention all of the other drugs.

    There is no good way to test for all of these drugs on every horse destined for slaughter, which would need to be done, since they are not raised for human consumption in the U.S. Many tests would need to be run on each horse, and there is no way to do this in a timely fashion, especially given that the tests have to be run after the horse is dead, and that autopsies need to be performed within 24 hours. The owners of the proposed Gallatin, Missouri horse slaughter plant say they will have the University of Missouri test each horse. That would mean dead body parts would need to be shipped from Gallatin to Columbia, and the University of Missouri does not perform testing on the weekends.

    Most of the horses destined for slaughter are young or middle-aged, and in the prime of their lives. Two that have been rescued from slaughter have gone on and are now showing at the Morgan Grand National level.

    I would like to send you information on what New Jersey has done regarding horse slaughter in the hopes that you will take note:

    http://www.oceancountysignal.com/2012/09/21/dancer-bill-banning-horse-meat-for-human-consumption-signed-into-law/

    “The law prohibits anyone from knowingly slaughtering or selling a horse for human consumption.”

    July 19, 2013
  • D.K.

    Horse slaughter is a highly expensive proposition for taxpayers.

    Each plant will cost taxpayers $400,000.00, according to this press release. This issue crosses all party lines. Voters and politicians from all sides of the isle are against horse slaughter for a laundry list of reasons.

    Here is the press release:

    http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-statement-usda-decision-allowing-re-opening-us-horse-slaughter-facility

    “According to the USDA, each horse slaughter facility…would cost U.S. taxpayers over $400,000 per year in operation costs.”

    This is the worst economy since the Great Depression. In addition to the cost of the USDA inspecting plants, at a price tag of $400,000.00 per plant to U.S. taxpayers, the meat will not even be eaten in the U.S. Why should we, as American taxpayers, pay for these inspections?

    Additionally, we have to factor in the taxpayer expense of police officers who will likely be taking more reports on horse theft and making more investigations into horse theft.

    As a horse owner, the thought of horse theft and stolen horses ending up at slaughter concerns me greatly. I would hope that it would concern you, too. Many people think of their horses as family members.

    July 19, 2013
  • D.K.

    Please sign the petition to ban horse slaughter in the U.S.:
    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-horse-slaughter-now

    Here is another petition, this one to Stop Horse Slaughter Factory in Missouri:
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/925/215/246/stop-horse-slaughter-factory-in-missouri/

    July 19, 2013