Horse slaughter plant proponents want city records in Oregon

Horse Slaughter

Horse Slaughter in OregonFrom Capital Press

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The group behind a proposed horse slaughter facility in Eastern Oregon says it suspects the city of Hermiston coordinated with animal-rights groups in its fight to keep the slaughter facility out of the city.

The group, United Horsemen, has requested all city records and documents pertaining to horse slaughter, including any emails on the subject.

“I’ve battled these groups like Humane Society on a national level,” said Dave Duquette of United Horsemen. “I know that as soon as you start something like this (horse slaughter facility), they start funneling money in. I want to know what kind of help they received, and from who.”

The city recommended narrowing the city email accounts Duquette requested from 155 to 11 in order to save time, arguing the search would take 775 hours if all city employee accounts were inspected.

Those 11 email accounts include the mayor, city council, city manager, assistant city manager and city planner, The East Oregonian reported ( ).

The city initially requested $651 for labor and materials. Upon appeal, the city dropped the fee.

City attorney Gary Luisi said the city decided to back down on the fee because it does not yet have a written policy regarding extensive public records requests.

“It’s something that I would recommend the city adopts a formal policy on,” Luisi said. “When there is a request of this breadth and depth, there needs to be reasonable payment for time.”

United Horseman continues to move forward with the proposed slaughter facility but has not yet produced a land use request to Umatilla County. The proposed facility is outside Hermiston’s urban growth boundary.

Hermiston’s public records on the horse slaughter facility will take two weeks to process.


Information from: East Oregonian,

Copyright 2012 The AP.

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Suzanne Dunham

    I don’t know who they think they are to make demands like this. If the city or county or state doesn’t want a horse slaughter plant, THEY DON’T WANT A HORSE SLAUGHTER PLANT! Find another line of work, because people are fed up with all the killing.

    December 17, 2012
  • Robert Hillery

    Golly – and so what if they did? the PSAs have ‘co-ordinated’ with people in local government and business – usually by writing checks or promising business they can’t deliver. The difference between ‘lobbying’ and a ‘bribe’ is part perspective and whether or not there’s an indictment. I’m happy to help any local government understand the lies of the pro slaughter groups and will co-ordinate the heck out of it to stop them!

    December 18, 2012
  • How can Duquette manage to make Hermiston officials actually DO this? Surely he can’t force them to waste all this tax payer money and wasted time for the staff.

    He’s nuts and they’re nuts to do it for him – IMHO

    December 19, 2012
  • Shirley Smith

    He needs to get a new occupation and move from Oregon– people have spoken loud and clear NO HORSE SLAUGHTER in their beautiful state!!!

    December 19, 2012
  • Robin Bodurka

    Why are we letting this monster wear us down? Where is the public outrage against this evil, greedy bastard? Everytime this comes up it’s always the same names involved. Sue Wallis, and Dave Duquette are the epitome of evil. We need to make it very clear to both political parties that we are through with them. Both parties are bought and sold by big business. We must vote for an alternative party, like the Green Party. It’s the only way to take back our country, and to protect the innocent

    December 22, 2012
  • This really upsets me…especially because they are also trying to get permission from CTUIR members and leaders to capture the mustangs that belong to the reservation, which I myself am a member of The Confedrated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation ( CTUIR).

    February 15, 2013