Lift up the rock and let the sun shine in


Jerry Finch

By now most of the world knows that the BLM received a rap on the knuckles from the National Academy of Sciences. If you haven’t heard, read this article:

Wild horse, burro roundups costly, ineffective, study says By Evan Bell, Cronkite News Service

Skinny, starved wild horses running in the desert. (In order to see this, you have to squint your eyes and play like you're a welfare rancher)

Skinny, starved wild horses running in the desert. (In order to see this, you have to squint your eyes and play like you’re a welfare rancher)

Just a few blurbs – The BLM  “warned that there are “no quick or easy fixes” to the problem of managing the herds, estimated at about 31,000 horses and 6,000 burros on 179 herd management areas spread over 10 states.”

Which was a stupid statement. While the BLM keeps saying that there are 31,000 wild horses eating all the vegetation in 10 states, advocates say there are now less that 20,000. Of course, we dare not mention the 21 million head of cattle roaming around the 10 states.

A statement from one of those extremist equine advocates – “BLM cannot continue to spend 70 percent of the program’s budget on roundups and long-term corralling,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, in a statement. “This report is a needed wake-up call that should lead to the corrective actions I’ve been requesting for years.”

Then yesterday, something magical happened – The New Mexico AG slammed the gate on the Roswell slaughterhouse. You can read about that HERE. To safeguard the mental health of some of you, I will not post another picture of Rick De Los Santos holding onto his thing. 

Meanwhile, the famed attorney for Valley Meat went on a local TV station to express his views. We are all so thankful that it ended up on YouTube:  Horse slaughter plant reacts to AG’s statement on state laws

According to Dunn, Federal law supersedes state law. Excellent attempt, but perhaps he should look back at the Fifth Circuit case of Dallas Crown vs, The State of Texas. In Texas, an old state law, never before enforced, said that it was illegal to sell or transfer horsemeat. Dallas Crown and Beltex sputtered and fumed, then finally had to shut their gate. Knowing this, one wonders why Mexican slaughterhouses are allowed to ship horsemeat into and out of the Port of Houston. Alas, wonder as we might, law enforcement isn’t the least bit interested.

Moving on to another state, today we heard this from Maine:

Maine House Approves Bill to Ban Commercial Slaughter of Horses  by Tom Porter, Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Good news, great article and two quotes to share if you decided not to read the article:

“If not for a horse, would Alexander have been ‘The Great?’ Would Paul Revere have spread the word?” asked Democratic Rep. Lisa Villa, of Harrison, who spoke in support of the measure. “We’ve heard stories of horses at work on the farm, at war, at play, in film and in books. Can you imagine the Lone Ranger on the back of a cow?”

“They don’t come into this world to be slaughtered for human consumption, as beef cattle do,” said independent Rep. James Campbell of Newfield. Campbell says for many people, horses become virtual family members, much as pet dogs and cats do.

Now I don’t ever want to be accused of being optimistic about anything, but with Bills in Congress to bring the shipment of horses past the borders to an end, more people in different states taking an stand against slaughter (I’ll just ignore Oklahoma), the potential revolution in the Tennessee Walking Horse crowd and the happenings of the past few days, I can picture of us collectively turning over a rock and watching all the ugly, dark squirmy things running away into their holes. Sunshine, be it brought about by public interest, politicians who have a sense of morals, or by a greater spirit, may lead to an America where horses are safe.


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • THANK YOU, JERRY. I appreciate you listing all of the reasons that I’ve been feeling more hopeful… If all of this attention to saving the horses can get a few more of the 80% to speak up, I feel like 2013 could be our most blessed year..

    June 11, 2013
  • sherriey

    ya know….and i dare not get comfortable for a minute….but i also had the same thoughts…pray that it will continue in the horses’ favor. after all the negative in the last many months….its like a new lite is emerging….like a rock rolling down hill and picking up speed as it goes. i do so pray it will continue….

    June 11, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    If you’re optimistic, Jerry, then all the rest of us should be over-the-top exultant! 🙂

    Props to Maine’s Lisa Villa, who represents the town where I went to summer camp!

    When horse slaughter becomes a thing of the past — a distant memory — I hope cows will start getting their due. Bovines are simply slow equines. They’re every bit as intelligent, affectionate, sociable, and deserving of long, happy lives grazing side by side with their kids, their mates, their siblings, and their BFFs.

    June 11, 2013
  • Janet Schultz

    Well darn, what are all those vendors and worker bees and contractors going to do for income now? It has been a calculated risk for them,. Sooner or later they would be called to the mat and that time has come.

    June 11, 2013
    • Janet Schultz

      And if I had finished reading your article, I would have said –

      Yes, it feels like hope doesn’t it? At long last.

      June 11, 2013
  • Daryl

    Lets hope the rock stays lifted, light pours in and more people see what has happened. Doing a lot of praying here for these wonderful quiet innocent animals.

    June 12, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Thanks Jerry, for all you do to help the horses, and to keep us all informed…. Like someone else said if you are optimistic than I shall be to concerning Valley Meat….

    My home State of Maine, YESSSSSSSSs, very excited and proud!!!!

    Let’s all hope we can rid this country of ALL Horse Slaughter……. 🙂

    June 12, 2013
  • Arlene

    Thank You Jerry for not reposting that photo again !!!!!!! Unfortunate for me it is imbedded in my mind, not to worry there are so many more important things going on then him !!!!!I will not dwell on him , Horses are my passion and its where I will stay focused, Hope is now showing its lovely face to the horses , all horses and to us !!! Thanks to you and RT , Terry !!!! and all here !!! I have been aware for 15 yrs and this is the best that has happen to date !!!!!

    June 12, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    So happy, but let’s keep an eye on this things can change. This is a wonderful day for the horses!! THANKS!!

    June 12, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    Thanks for your efforts Jerry, and I’d like to pass on to you all a Sierra Club posting. It’s a good idea to share ideas with like-minded and the news today concerns the Adam Smith (D-WA) legislation (H.R. 2201) that calls for the removal of MILLIONS of non-native livestock (cows) from western habitats. They observe that the grazing of “non-native” stock “trample vegetation, damage soil, spread invasive weeds, despoil water, DEPRIVE NATIVE WILDLIFE OF FORAGE AND SHELTER, accelerate desertification and even contribute to global climate distruption.”

    A petition to support Adam Smith’s call to remove NON-NATIVE livestock is available on the Sierra site. It’s worth the effort to support Adam Smith in reintroducing (the old bill was HR. 3432) his Rural Economic Vitalization Act (REVA).

    Let’s not sit on our hands, it’s not over yet. As I’ve previously asserted, the equines are an intelligent species and are not responsible for the worlds current social and environmental ills. I will do EVERYTHING that can be legally done to protect and defend them.

    June 12, 2013
  • LNorman

    thank you for not posting that picture of santos holding his thing again, I couldn’t take it again!

    June 12, 2013
    • sherriey

      you can say that again! please….no more pix’s of him!!! or his thing!!!!!!

      June 12, 2013