Sue Wallis, President, United Organizations of Horse Killers
June 27, 2011 § 6 Comments
Well, Slaughterhouse Sue is at it again. She takes the GAO report, and twists it around to suit her and her “organization” of pro-slaughter activists. Her email is quoted below, it its’ entirety. Of course, I’ll take liberty to point out the complete hypocrisy, idiocy and lunacy. I love doing that. :)
For Immediate Release
June 26, 2011
The U.S. Horse Industry calls for Action
Based on the findings of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, HORSE WELFARE: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter, and on input from the horse industry the United Organizations of the Horse (UOH) is calling for decisive action in Congress to restore the equine economy.
Based on the GAO report? Did we read the same report??
The GAO report confirms that horses and horse people are suffering unnecessarily as a direct result of the closure of U.S. horse processing facilities in 2007.
Again, um, WHAT? Where the fuck did it “confirm” that horses AND HORSE PEOPLE are suffering as a direct result of the closure of the slaughterhouses?? Please, quote to me where it said that Sue, because you must have gotten a completely different report than I did.
One complaint from horse people who make any part of their living with horses is that the GAO report did not capture the full scope of the devastation of an entire sector of animal agriculture. The loss of a secondary market for unwanted and otherwise unusable horses has caused the entire horse market to stagnate.
Ah, so after completely twisting the entire report around (and not even backing up your statement with facts from the report), now you’re just going to make shit up that they supposedly missed. I’m sure you feel that you’re such an expert on the subject, that they should have just interviewed you and their report would have been complete!
Families and businesses have seen the value of their horses and their net worth slashed. The numbers of horses abandoned and neglected have skyrocketed because they cannot be sold or given away.
Wait, did it say that in the report, or are you making this shit up? Oh, right, it wasn’t in the report.
And by the way, Sue, families and businesses in every sector in North America have seen their net worth slashed. Did you think the horse industry would be exempt from a downturn in the economy?
Rescues are full and overwhelmed at exactly the same time as the market is glutted with horses being dumped because so many equine businesses are no longer viable. Without decisive action from Congress the equine industry will continue to collapse.
Actually, until the economy comes back, there will continue to be issues with horses that people can no longer afford to care for. Hmmm. Never admit once that the economy has anything to do with it, right Sue?
The specific actions that the horse industry is asking for would preserve the private property rights of all horse owners–both those who would like to sell their horses and those who do not want their horses slaughtered. Reasonable regulation and the ability to participate in a thriving worldwide market would allow states and tribes the opportunity to enhance their agricultural economies creating jobs and much needed revenue.
Yes, because we all know that the slaughterhouses employ thousands of good ol’ Americans, right? Yeah. And the downstream market of slaughter creates even more American jobs. Right? Oh, lets not forget all the taxes those American companies that own the slaughterhouses pay to the cities and towns! /sarcasm
What about all the many, many jobs created because horses are kept alive? Veterinarians. Trainers. Employees in tack shops. Etc.? What about them?
Those concerned about horse welfare (edit in: SLAUGHTER has NOTHING TO DO WITH HORSE WELFARE) would have the opportunity to monitor the industry as opposed to horses being processed either in other countries where the U.S. has no control over how that is accomplished, or in illegitimate black markets which will inevitably expand if all slaughter and transport is banned.
Ah. Ok. So, you are saying that Canadian slaughterhouses are so much worse than American slaughterhouses? Let me tell ya something Sue, if I had a choice, I would be hard pressed to choose between an American and Canadian slaughterhouse. They are/were both atrocious. Both, equally so. And as I stated in my last post, if Mexico is so bad, and they’re not filling out and returning paperwork properly (as it actually states in the GAO report), why not stop sending just to Mexico. And on that point, since the same numbers of American horses are being slaughtered annually, how, again, has the closures effected the States? Oh, right, it hasn’t. Fuck. Me. I’m getting sick of hearing myself say that!
Here, let me quote the GAO: “As a result, nearly the same number of U.S. horses was transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter in 2010–nearly 138,000–as was slaughtered before domestic slaughter ceased.”
And lets not forget how the numbers of horses slaughtered was actually decreasing annually from 1990 to 2003, even before the closures… There had been a slight increase starting around 2004… but interestingly enough, it declines again with the start of the recession.
Now, what I especially love here is that Sue ignores the actual recommendations from the GAO – her own government – and makes up her own recommendations.
Specific Congressional actions that the horse industry needs are:
Remove the restriction against voluntary fee based USDA inspection of horse meat to allow those states who are actively seeking to promote the economic development of horse slaughter facilities to do so.
- Would allow the horse industry to pay for inspection with zero impact on the federal budget or any cost to taxpayers. It would immediately create more than a thousand jobs in hard hit state and tribal economies, and allow revenue generating enterprises to once again participate in a worldwide market for horse meat.
- State, local, and tribal entities join the horse industry in asking for this opportunity as evidenced by strongly worded policy resolutions passed by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Counties, and the National Congress of American Indians.
- Would require that horses be processed under all applicable Humane Methods of Slaughter laws, and give horse industry and welfare advocates the ability to monitor the humane handling of slaughter horses.
Wow, the way you write it, the closure of the last few slaughter plants singlehandedly caused the downturn in the economy! And we all see how much you want to be a part of the “worldwide market for horse meat”. Trust me. Your motivations are glaringly apparent.
Remove the restriction against USDA/APHIS inspection of horses so that the Slaughter Transport program can be properly regulated and enforced.
- A major finding of the GAO Report is that the agency is precluded from directly inspecting horses in transport because of the prohibition against USDA funds being used to inspect live horses prior to slaughter.
Um, not only is this blatantly wrong, it’s blatantly bullshit. According to the GAO: “…the current transport regulation only applies to horses transported directly to slaughtering facilities.” What fucking report did you read??? They also went on to say: “A 2007 proposed rule would more broadly include horses moved first to stockyards, assembly points, and feedlots before being transported to Canada and Mexico, but delays in issuing a final rule have prevented USDA from protecting horses during much of their transit to slaughtering facilities.”
- The horse industry supports the enhanced regulation of slaughter horse transport so long as that regulation is not expanded to include horses being transported for other purposes.
Whaaaat? The GAO report specifically says that the issue with transportation is that is is only regulating horses going directly to slaughter. What it misses are the horses going to stockyards, assembly points, and feedlots.
Expand USDA/APHIS horse welfare oversight to include nonprofit horse rescue and sanctuary operations.
- There is no oversight over organizations using public money and tax deductible donations to care for horses, and many known examples of abuse such as fraudulently selling horses contrary to donors intentions, keeping horses in substandard conditions, and accumulating too many horses without the resources to properly care for them.
- United Horsemen’s nation-wide Do Not Slaughter Registry (edit in: yeah, because as we all know, the national do-not-call registry for telemarketers is a SMASHING success!!!) is available to all horse owners, rescues, and sanctuaries who do not want their horses processed. Horses are permanently identified and enrolled in a database. Every horse presented for slaughter will be scanned to ensure they are not stolen or sold against a donor’s wishes. Scanners will be available to horse sales and auction markets, USDA/APHIS Slaughter Horse Transport personnel, state livestock agencies, and U.S. border agents. The system allows an annual registration for a horse previously owned, with the option to pay costs and reclaim the horse if ever presented for slaughter after being sold by a subsequent owner.
Hmmm, no where do I see how much each annual registration costs… I wonder why! Think about it for one second. A breeder breeds a horse, never wants it to see the slaughterhouse floor, so has to pay annually for the life of the horse? What about for a dozen horses they breed? Wow. That’s asking a lot there asshole.
Lets do the math. Say I breed ten horses every two years on average (so five/year). Even if the registry is a paltry $10 per year, that adds up to $2200 over 22 years (guessing that the average lifespan of the horse is 22 – some live longer, others not as long). And that’s just for the first two years of breeding! Consider, after only breeding five foals/year, by only my tenth year of business I would be paying Sue $500 per year just to keep my horses off the slaughter floor. That’s annually. Why would I do this? Because I’m the only one I can trust to ensure those horses don’t end up on Sue’s dinner plate.
OH, I forgot!! I also have to pay to have each horse micro-chipped! *head desk*
And every breeder and owner is supposed to do this?
I’m sorry, but this “Do Not Slaughter Registry” sounds like the biggest, stinkiest bunch of bullshit I’ve heard in a loooooong time.
Require USDA – Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to track and report slaughter horse industry numbers and markets like all other classes of livestock. A major difficulty noted in the GAO report was the lack of data of any sort in regards to the horse industry.
No Sue. The report specifically states they are having difficulty getting “completion and return of owner/shipper certificates”. No where are they talking about any other sort of paperwork.
- AMS provides current, unbiased price and sales information to assist in the orderly marketing and distribution of farm commodities. Reports include information on prices, volume, quality, condition, and other market data. This would aid slaughter horse producers, processors, consumers, and distributors in the sale and purchase of slaughter horses, horse meat, and related products nationally and internationally.
- FAS World Market and Trade reports provide the latest analysis and data outlining the current supply, demand and trade estimates both for the United States and for many major foreign countries, and should include horse meat and related products in their mandate. This data can be used to assess the level of export demand, determine where markets exist, and assess the relative position of horse products to other commodities in those markets.
United Organizations of the Horse is a mutual benefit (edit in: financial benefit) organization devoted to the well being (edit in: slaughter) of horses and horse people. United Horsemen is a 501c3 educational and charitable nonprofit working for a better future for the horse industry.
Well, I’ve held off writing about Sue Wallis overall, because so many people have, and still do, write such eloquent posts about her that I haven’t felt the need to. But this just pissed me OFF. Seriously. What planet is this woman from? From the twisting of words to the outright lies, she just consistently blows my mind.
To top it off, this email came right on the heels of another email from her group – begging for monthly donations!
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