Mexican Livestock Association Targets Horses for Human Consumption

Source: KRGV News

International Food Safety Documentation Tossed to the Wind

Horse MeatMCALLEN –Beef prices are at an all-time in Reynosa, Mexico. The concern prompted a livestock association to find other alternatives for consumers. They think horse meat could be the answer.

Gildardo Lopez, president of Reynosa Livestock Association, said studies showed that horse meat is cheaper than beef. He said Mexican consumers pay up to $13 for two pounds of beef, compared to the $7 they would spend on horse meat.

“We’re trying to focus on helping the low to middle class citizens,” Lopez said. “The high prices of beef increased significantly. In the world market it went up about 300 percent. Our alternative is to sacrifice horses for human consumption.”

Lopez said horses between the ages of 3 to 5 will be target for human consumption. The first animal will be prepared at a local slaughter house on Wednesday.

On Friday, the livestock association will invite the public to a Reynosa meat market, where they will offer a variety of dishes for consumers to try for free. They will also provide nutritional information.

“Studies show horse meat is nutritious,” Lopez said. “It doesn’t have grease. It’s low in cholesterol. It’s high in protein and rich in iron and other vitamins.”

Officials said it will likely take a while before local residents buy in on the concept of consuming horse meat.

The process of educating the public will be essential.

“We’re not going to fool anybody,” Lopez said. “We’re not going to start businesses and not tell people what they’re buying. They’ll know if it’s horse meat.”

Lopez said residents are already doing research on their own. They’re going online and checking out other countries that sell horse meat.

Gildardo Lopez said about 20 percent of people talking about the it are in support of horse meat consumption. He said he expects the number to grow.

The meat market that will offer the free sample is located on Heron Ramirez Street in Reynosa. They will be sampling on Friday from noon to 4 p.m.

Cynthia Martinez, a registered dietician, said she isn’t familiar with horse meat and would look into it’s nutritional values.

People cannot cross horse meat from Mexico to the United States through cargo or passenger lanes at any port of entry. The meat can only be enterable from foot and mouth disease-free countries like Canada and New Zealand. Argentina and Paraguay are also approved countries, because they have horse meat inspection systems that are approved by the USDA.

Consumers can learn more about horse meat through the USDA website.

Up to 50,000 Horses Disappeared in European Food-Fraud Scandal – Expert


“Wherever there is money to be made – and the sums involved in food fraud are in the billions – criminals will find a way.”

EU Horsemeat MessThe horse-meat scandal that engulfed Europe in 2013 may have been responsible for up to 50,000 horses disappearing across the continent, Britain’s top food fraud expert says.

Professor Chris Elliott, addressing the recent Food Fraud Conference in Doncaster, England, warned that unless the issue was taken seriously by authorities and the police, it was likely to happen again.

Elliot said food fraud was an organised and global criminal enterprise involving gangs such as the Mafia and the Central American drug cartels.

He said up to 50,000 horses “disappeared” from Europe during the financial meltdown which started around 2008. People could no longer afford to keep them – and it was likely a lot of them ended up in the food supply system…(CONTINUED)

Click (HERE) to read the rest of the story at Horsetalk

BLM gives a rare glimpse of imprisoned wild horses & burros at Indian Lakes Rd. “Corral” in Fallon, NV

On Oct. 23rd, the BLM will feign transparency and stick the public on wagons (so you can’t look too closely for too long at the many wild horses & burros without shelter), to tour the private property at the Indian Lakes Off Range “Corral” in Fallon, NV.   Be sure to ask the BLM representatives that are giving the tour when they plan to provide shelter for the wild horses & burros.  You can read about Troy Adams, the contractor who is raking in tax payer dollars on this pony prison, HERE.   –  Debbie



The Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral is located at 5676 Indian Lakes Road, Fallon, and is privately owned and operated. About a 90-minute drive east from Reno, the facility provides care for up to 3,200 wild horses or burros. The facility encompasses 320 acres containing 43 large holding pens, each pen measuring 70,000 square feet that will safely hold approximately 100 horses. The horses receive an abundance of feed tailored to their needs each day, along with a constant supply of fresh water through automatic watering troughs. Free choice mineral block supplements are also provided to the animals in each pen. A veterinarian routinely inspects the horses and provides necessary medical care as needed.

BLM strives to place horses removed from the range into good, private homes. Horses at the Indian Lakes Road facility are made available to the public for adoption or sale throughout the year at off-site adoption events and through BLM’s Adopt or Sales Program.


BLM offers periodic public tours of the Indian Lakes Off-Range Corral. The next public tour is scheduled for Friday, October 23. Two public tours will be offered — the first will begin at 10 a.m. and the second will begin at 1 p.m. Each tour will last about two hours and will accommodate up to 20 people. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The public can sign up to attend and get driving directions to the facility by calling BLM at (775) 475-2222.

What to Know Before You Go On a Public Tour

• Tours start promptly at the scheduled time, so be at the facility a few minutes early or the wagon may leave and we cannot come back to pick you up.
• Bring comfortable shoes and clothes. Hats and sunscreen recommended.
• Bring your own water.
• Cameras and video cameras welcome.
• There will be sanitation huts available for use.
• Visitors WILL NOT be able to walk around the facility unaccompanied. They must travel with the group in the wagon at all times.

Can I sign up for a tour right now?

Information on how to sign up to attend a public tour is provided when the next tour is announced. To sign up for one of the tours taking place on October 23, please call (775) 475-2222.



Feel Good Sunday: Volunteers Help Horses Ravaged by CA Wildfires

Forward and Story by Grandma Gregg

Hi again R.T.-

You probably are not aware that for the past 2 weeks there have been two gigantic and very fast moving wildfires in the foothills of northern California.

Many horses and other wild and domestic animals have been injured and have lost their lives. On the “feel good” side of this, there has been an incredible volunteer force that have done every imaginable job to help these animals. 

I know that you did similar animal assistance after hurricane Katrina and will know the physical and emotional drain and yet fulfillment that the volunteers experience but of course it is the animals who are the innocent creatures that need help in a disaster like this.

I have put together a little bit of information and links in case you wish to use it for feel good Sunday. I realize that the fire is no where near “feel good” … but the volunteers that have and continue to help are without a doubt worthy of a “feel good” moment and even more important any and all of the animals that have been saved and given medical attention and taken to safe homes and on and on are what REALLY count.”

– Grandma Gregg (the mean old grandma with the soft heart for animals)

Hundreds of Animal Lovers Step In to Help Hundreds of Horses and Other Animals

photo courtesy of the Sacramento Bee

photo courtesy of the Sacramento Bee

Northern California wildfires have been burning for the past two weeks and have put hundreds of horses and other animals in jeopardy and there is even a rumor that at least 585 horses have lost their lives and hundreds more are in need of short-term and long-term help.

These fires are almost contained but as of today are still burning. The two largest N.CA wildfires are the Butte in Amador Co. with 70,868 acres burned, 93% contained, 1,726 personnel, 475 residences, 343 outbuildings and an unknown number of animals lost and the Valley fire in Lake Co. with 76,067 acres, 90% contained, 2868 personnel and 1,910 structures and an unknown number of animals lost. Both of these fire areas are in the foothills with many small mom-and-pop ranchettes with only a few acres and a few animals at each but they add up to hundreds of goats and pigs and chickens and even emus and llamas as well as cats and dogs but they also include many horses.

“Many of these horses will return to their homes once their owners can come and get them and bring them home,” said representative for the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. “But some owners’ properties have been destroyed and the horses will have no place to go, so we’re going to have them for a while.”

More information and ideas on how to help are provided here:

Controversial Wild Horse Roundup Ends with 2 Dead and 167 Removed from Herd

Source:  Multiple

West Douglas Stallion taken day of ruling Sept 15, 2015 by plaintiff Dr. Don Moore

West Douglas Stallion taken day of ruling Sept 15, 2015 by plaintiff Dr. Don Moore

A controversial horse roundup conducted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ended Wednesday after 167 horses were removed from Colorado’s West Douglas Herd Area.

The BLM used helicopters and bait traps to capture the horses. Two were killed during the roundup. A stallion fell while being loaded onto a trailer and another horse stepped on his neck. Also, a young foal broke its leg after being roped while trying to run away. He was eventually captured and then euthanized.

A lawsuit was filed in an attempt to stop the roundup but the federal judge allowed the BLM to move forward with their plans.

The lawsuit was brought by The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), The Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition (CWHBC), Dr. Don Moore and Toni Moore of Fruita, CO., and Barb Flores of Greeley, CO, to protect this herd and the neighboring Piceance East Douglas herd. “Sadly,” states Toni Moore, “the courts did not view the loss of an entire herd of wild horses as ‘irreparable harm.’ “

“Wiping out the West Douglas herd erases a whole distinct set of genetics, separate from nearby East Douglas horses,” states Linda Hanick, TCF Board member who testified in the Sept. 11 hearing on the case.  “The roundup disregards the importance of the historic recorded documentation of these horses since Sept 1776. This roundup closes the door on an important piece of Colorado’s wild horse history.”

“We’re very disappointed of course,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of TCF. “Wild horse families that have shared a history with this rugged Colorado landscape for hundreds of years will be swept away, while the real public land destroyers, the thousands of head of welfare livestock remain.  It is terribly unfair, but we continue to fight for those wild herds that remain!”

“Sadly, we did not prevail in stopping the BLM from proceeding to zero out the West Douglas Herd,” states Carol Walker, Director of Field Operations for WHFF. “We continue to fight the mismanagement and decimation of our wild horse herds. Our voices count, and are the only hope they have.”

R.T. Fitch, President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation responded: “For years the American public has attempted to keep these herds free on their rightful range and with a stroke of a pen their freedom, families and lives have been shattered. Once again American taxpayers have been betrayed by big government, big agriculture and big business; it is shameful.”

“I feel a deep sadness for any wild species on the brink of disaster,” concludes Kathrens. “These lovely wild horse families have no idea that the end of their wild lives is coming.  They are simply the innocent victims of greed and power.”

Public Lands Cowboy-Livestock Mentality Dominates Wild Horse and Burro Captures and Removals and Many Eventual Sales to Slaughter Associates

LEDE: A white stallion, right, looks over his band of wild mustang mares on BLM land near Susanville, Tuesday, June 29, 2010. BLM plans for an early August roundup of 1,800 wild horses near Susanville that has legal groups, animal rights activists and enviromentalists in an uproar.

Photo of Braveheart and his Family by Leslie Sterling

Compiled by Grandma Gregg but Inspired by George Wuerthner, co-editor of “Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West”.

The continuing Wild Horse and Burro abuse by the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service is a demonstration of the public lands “cowboy-livestock” mentality the industry uses to address any problem. Instead of using its brains, it resorts to brute force. But of course, slaughter is the ultimate goal for the cowboy-livestock mentality so brute force should not be a surprise. If left unchallenged, I believe and as we have seen, the industry’s harsh tactics pose a threat to all free roaming wildlife everywhere.

When you review the true facts, it is impossible to believe that minimizing the Wild Horses and Burros because of the range conditions is really the motivating force behind the BLM & USFS capture and removal (and now non-reproducing herds and massive sterilization) actions. Reasonable and legal options that could address their concerns about range health are ignored in favor of deadly force. This can only be explained if the range conditions are hiding another motive – destruction and thievery of our public lands and public resources by private/corporate, domestic livestock.

As made clear by the Wild Horse and Burro Act’s implementing regulations, the BLM “may close appropriate areas of the public lands to grazing use by all or a particular kind of livestock . . . if necessary to provide habitat for wild horses or burros, to implement herd management actions, or to protect wild horses or burros from disease, harassment or injury.” 43 C.F.R. § 4710.5(a). Removal or reduction of domestic livestock which provides financial gain for any private or corporate owned institution must be activated in favor of protecting the land and the wildlife and wild horses and wild burros and their habitat that belong to the American people. By law the BLM and USFS can and should close appropriate areas of public lands to grazing use by all domestic livestock, to provide habitat for wild horses or burros.  It is the law of the United States of America.

Many in the livestock industry in the west fear the 1971 WH&B Act and fear those few American people who do know about it and speak loudly about this unanimously passed Congressional law. Why? Following the 1971 law of wild free roaming wild horses and burros comes at the expense of the public lands private/corporate livestock industry wallets. The industry, realizing this threat, has historically and is currently attempting, with the help of their big dollars and political and governmental associates in destroying any and all wild horses and burros as fast as they can – and other wild animals, as well.

No attempt to determine and admit the real risks of range devastation are performed because this risk is without a doubt the public lands corporate/private domestic livestock and they are owned and controlled by the public lands cowboy-livestock mentality ranchers and their associates – who highly paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C. It’s all about the money – BIG money.

The agencies don’t admit this to the American public because they want to create a crisis situation to justify their extreme actions. It’s way past time to question the public lands cowboy-livestock mentality of brute force as a solution to any problem or conflict. The problem is there is no value put on wildness.








Judge keeps alive AG’s lawsuit against Roswell horse slaughterhouse


(photo: Albuquerque Journal)  This photo was taken back when Rick De Los Santos, owner of Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, N.M., was giving a tour of his “little-shop-of-horrors-to-be” (aka horse slaughterhouse).

SOURCE: Albuquerque Journal

By Deborah Baker / Journal Staff Writer                          September 22nd, 2015

A state district judge in Santa Fe today refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed nearly two years ago by the attorney general against Valley Meat Company, which wanted to operate a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell.

The company had argued that the lawsuit is moot because it no longer wants to slaughter horses at the site — and that it couldn’t even if it wanted to, because Congress banned funding for the required inspectors in this year’s federal budget.

But the attorney general argued that the federal funding could be resumed. And because some of the people involved in Valley Meat have formed a new business, D’Allende Meats, the AG says the successor company could be positioning itself for horse slaughter in the future.

There has been a preliminary injunction in place since January 2014 barring horse slaughter at the Roswell plant, and State District Judge Francis Mathew today expanded that prohibition to include D’Allende Meats.

The lawsuit could go to trial next year.

I-Team: Critics say deadly wild horse roundup could have been avoided


Photo:  Cold Creek Stallions © Arlene Gawne


By George Knapp, Chief investigative reporter


A roundup of wild horses north of Las Vegas has ended, for now. The Bureau of Land Management confirms it gathered 230 Mustangs over the past three weeks in and around Cold Creek.

The government says it took the emergency action in order to save the horses from the ravages of drought. But critics of the BLM say the Cold Creek operation illustrates everything that is wrong with the wild horse program and say it has all but wiped out the last viable horse herd in southern Nevada.

“They want us to believe somehow it’s a humane thing they’re doing for the horses and that we should all feel grateful. I don’t feel grateful at all,” said long-time wild horse advocate Jerry Reynoldson.

In the decades that he’s been fighting on behalf of the mustang herds, Reynoldson has seen this same story play out over and over.

Across the West, millions of acres which were designated by law as habitat for Mustangs have been zeroed out, completely stripped of wild horses. But it’s not entirely empty, he says.

“That’s just been set aside for cattle again, pure and simple.”

Reynoldson and other mustang advocates are heartbroken over the roundup at Cold Creek, but hardly surprised.

In the 20 plus years the I-Team has chronicled the Cold Creek herd, it’s captured some amazing images, many worthy of scenes from a Hollywood movie.

The Cold Creek herd is one of the West’s most iconic, in part, because they’ve always been so accessible. They are beloved by visitors and by nearly all of the residents, many of whom moved to the town to be near the Mustangs.

The BLM asks for public comment whenever it contemplates a roundup. Opposition is usually close to unanimous, but it never impacts the BLM’s decision.

In recent years, the BLM has come to rely on what it deems emergency gathers. Those are roundups carried out with little advance notice and no public comment at all.

Each time BLM staffers say they had no choice but to move in to rescue horses that were in bad shape due to drought conditions.

Reynoldson and others allege the emergency was manufactured.

“This didn’t sneak up on us. People have known these horses were out there for many years” he said. “I think they knew what their game plan was for a long time. They were just waiting for the situation to get dire enough and that’s a terrible remedy and a terrible way to manage.”

If you ask a BLM official what their overall wild horse strategy is, the answer is remarkably similar every time: the horses have to be managed. But the reality, critics say, is that management means only one thing to BLM: roundups.

In the mid 90s, BLM captured the last Mustangs in Red Rock Canyon, a supposedly temporary measure to allow wild grasses to replenish.

Twenty years later, the horses have never been returned.

After roundups, they get shipped off to holding pens where most spend the rest of their lives. In many previous roundups, BLM releases pictures of a few emaciated horses to the public, even though 90 percent of those captured might be in good health.

In Cold Creek, a round up to help emaciated horses ended with 15 percent of them being killed on the spot, for their own good, the agency said.

If BLM wanted to manage the herd at Cold Creek, it could have been pro-active, Reynoldson says, by working with local residents, culling the older sicker horses, instituting birth control, and actual management.

“In the end, they want to get these horses out of here. They want to remove them. Cold Creek was probably the last substantial group of horses in southern Nevada.”

BLM removes 133 West Douglas wild horses so far, and 1 horse dies while being loaded into trailer by Sun J

Apparently, in spite of a horrific death when a horse broke it’s neck while being loaded into a trailer by BLM contractor Sun J, BLM spokesman David Boyd tried to spin the “news” to say the roundup was “going well.”  It seems that the lives of wild horses mean nothing to the BLM.


EUREKA, NV - JULY 07: Two wild horses walk through a field July 7, 2005 in Eureka, Nevada. The Bureau of Land Management is gathering wild horses in the American West, where an estimated 37,000 wild horses roam free. Many of the horses that are gathered are put up for adoption while others are treated with birth control and released back to the wild. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

133 Horses Gathered In Northwest Colorado Roundup

RANGELY, Colo. (AP) – More than 100 horses have been gathered as part of a roundup in northwest Colorado’s West Douglas Herd Area.

The Bureau of Land Management says as of Sunday, 133 horses have been gathered since the roundup began on Wednesday.

The BLM also reported the first death of the operation. A horse being loaded onto a trailer to holding corrals fell and was stepped on by another horse on Sunday, breaking its neck. The BLM estimates the sorrel stud was between 10 and 12 years old.

A federal judge allowed the roundup to start following a legal challenge from horse advocates, calling potential harm from the roundup “minimal.”

The agency is working with a contractor to collect 167 horses.

Group wants recognition for world’s oldest horse who lived until he was 62

SOURCE:  Warrington Guardian

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Old Billy was born in Woolston in 1760 and lived until 1822.

by Adam Everett, Reporter

RESIDENTS are campaigning for greater recognition for the world’s oldest horse who was born in Woolston.

Old Billy was a well-known horse who used to pull boats along Mersey and Irwell navigation system and lived until he was 62 years old.

The average age for a horse is between 20 and 25 years but Billy was born in 1760 and died in 1822 and the New Cut Heritage and Ecology Trail Group want greater recognition of him.

They are looking for references to Old Billy to be made in a new play area in Bruche Park, and want people to reference him during the consultation for the plans.

Cllr Ian Johnson said: “We encourage people to have their say with regard to the brilliant investment and upgrade of Bruche Park being planned.

“Significant tree pruning and thinning although drastic initially will give light a make the space more welcoming with the best species remaining taking advantage and reaching their potential in the coming few years.

“Not many people are aware of local heritage and the New Cut Heritage and Ecology Trail Group aim to keep this alive and enjoyed by many.

“Old Billy is just one part of this, but an important and focal part, which gives a picture in the mind of Mersey flat boats being pulled along the river and canal and all the goes with transport by the waterway.

“A mention of this when compiling consultation surveys will aid the group.”

Bred on Wild Grave Farm in Woolston as a plough horse, Old Billy was bought by the Navigation Company in 1763 and towed boats until 1819 when he was retired to a farm in Latchford.