OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ Author/President of Wild Horse Freedom Federation
“That point might not be so obvious if they all wore hats!”
In our last post we shared with you a letter from an astounding 14 year old young lady, Cheyenne Little, who is actually educated enough and adequately enlightened to the point that she “gets it” when it comes to the cruelty and inhumanity that is at the heart of bloody, predatory horse slaughter. I was both motivated and enthralled when I read what she had written as it was years beyond her time and several levels above the tripe that you get out of the public ramblings on the Horse-Eaters side, I had to pinch myself to remember that this was a fourteen year old speaking out, hats off to Cheyenne; we sure hope that there are a ton more of young folks like you out there as our fight is for you. It is our hope that in your adulthood your children will be able to play with their ponies with no fear that there is a Kill Buyer lurking behind the corral fence waiting to steal and whisk their horses off to a gruesome and unimaginably cruel death. Likewise, your children should have a right to view, photograph and enjoy the federally protected wild horses and burros that are supposed to be living on their designated public land free of harassment, capture and death. It is for you, Cheyenne, that we fight and will never relent.
But, and there is always a but, this morning when I logged into the ole blog there were a few messages that the WordPress spam filter had set aside for me to review and rightfully so. I am no stranger to the foul mouthed comments, threats and tirades from the opposition, I actually find them amusing. And I also understand and appreciate that not all people are going to see eye-to-eye on all issues and that, too, is okay because it adds to our diversity. I am cool with differences on politics, religion and on most issues as often I have learned several interesting concepts from folks who had a different opinion than did I. But I will not relent nor tolerate the lack of facts, intelligence and open-mindedness on issues of cruelty, torture and death…and that is right where we are on the issues of horse slaughter and the managed extinction of our wild horses and burros, there is NO other side than to do the right thing and killing and eating my very best friend is not on the top of that list.
Hence, I was surprised when the 20% of the public who believes that it is okay to “dispose” of your lifelong friend by cruelly murdering him/her and then slicing up their body to dine upon reared their ill informed heads over night. It seems that the out pouring of equine awareness from Spielberg‘s “War Horse” drove them out of their rat holes and into the full light of the sun, for only a few moments, but they surfaced none the less. Again, it is alright to have different opinions but I don’t do “stupid” and have no time for “ignorance” and these folks just touched my last nerve.
So for the sake of being “fair and balanced” I will share them with you, today. Read, weep and stare deeply into the eye of abject lunacy because one of the people who wrote one of these notes might just be living next door to you, or worse yet, may be a family member that you trust and admire so suck it up and tell them the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth because that is the only way we are going to win this war and I will stand there with you on the front lines until it is over; the Force of the Horse® is with us, for the sake of the horses we shall prevail. (BTW this was aimed at the Spielberg quote and downloadable flyer we posted)
“I do wish there were more TRUE facts put into this poster. Like in regards to the torture and abuses endured while the houses were closed, the percentage of INFORMED Americans that actually support humane slaughter in light of other ways of ‘disposing’ of the over-populated horse species. While I enjoyed the unrealistic, over-anthromorphism of the movie; I don’t think an informed audience will see it as being entirely anti-slaughter.
It takes all of the breeders to wisen up and realize that their horses and not living full, happy, healthy lives and that it’s time to slow down the market. An organization who’s producing 20+ head a year is more guilty than the family who enjoys horse meat as a delicacy. If there was not so much excess stock this would not be nearly as large a problem as it has become.
The world needs TRUE facts, not just the ones that help with the ‘rainbows and sunshine’ anti-slaughter campaign.”
“Sounds like some people need to take a step back to reality and do some research…”
“I see nearly no research was done prior to making this flier. A lot of people, equestrians like myself included, wish horse slaughter didn’t exsist. But because back yard breeders are churning out huge amounts of foals each year we will always have an over population issue. I would rather that issue be taken care of on US soil where we can institute strict regulations and enforce them. We can’t do that when the horses are shipped to Canada and Mexico. The fact is horse slaughter won’t stop if it’s once again shut down in the US. The horses will just be shipped outside to Mexico and Canada. I would also love to hear the solutions you all have if you want horse slaughter banned. Should we just throw the unwanted horses out in the wild and be left to starve? I suggest doing some real research on the horse slaughter industry. Not crap from PETA or any groups like PETA. The regulations are extremely strict and well followed.”
“This is terrible. So much false information. I own horses and have been an equestrian since childhood. Not one of the “horse people” I know is opposed to horse slaughter. It provides an alternative end to life for unwanted horses. Is it better for horses to be slaughtered via a shot to the head or for them to slowly starve to death in their pasture because their owner cannot afford them and cannot sell them in this economy.
Only truly ignorant people oppose horse slaughter. Speilberg has lost a lot of respect from me. Efforts should be being made to tighten regulations on the slaughter industry, not to abolish it.”
“oh good lord.. considering the slaughterhouses were shut.. where are the horses going to the gourmet market? me thinks you need to research Mr Spielberg.. and while I as a very very experienced horse-person, I will no doubt love your movie, I have no illusions about the horses blowing fairies out their rear end and loving every human being unconditionally and totally.. there are stories through out history of horses killing and eating meat.. and including a young friend of mine yesterday who went to kiss her horse on the nose.. and what did this horse do.. he did what comes naturally, he attacked her for being a sweet trusting and complacent human being and tried to rip her throat out..yes she is still alive, but only after plastic surgery and 50+ stitches..”
I thought that a lot of these names where vaguely familiar and had the same stench to them…they are all from “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis and Dave Duquette’s Horse Eating cult over at their embarrassing United Horseman’s Facebook page, actively soliciting responses as a nerve has been touched and I knew they were going to hate Spielberg for portraying compassion on the big screen, it runs contrary to their bloody and sadistic perversity. We have the cockroaches on the run, folks…
Anyone want to address this…….
(DOWNLOADABLE) Flyer for Distribution
Why give it more attention than it deserves?
6 hours ago
There is only one scene in the movie that deals, REMOTELY, with horse slaughter and that’s the end, at the auction, when “the butcher” is bidding. It’s a known fact that people eat horses. Many of our guys did, and still do eat horses while they are deployed. <shrug>
6 hours ago
My boy had to eat horse meat and dog meat while deployed in Iraq. If he hadn’t, it would have been an insult to the Iraqi’s they were training. He said it wasn’t too bad.
6 hours ago
Patricia Patty Umbarger
’fringe gourmands overseas’…..i’m sure that those people that eat horsemeat overseas would love to know thats they way he feels about them…maybe they’ll think twice about buying that movie ticket that made him rich and famous enough that people would listen to him say something so stupid.
Debbie Shoemaker North
I just posted a comment – please do so, folks. I bet they get yanked off faster than a level 3 jumper on a good horse.