Kenya Agency Revokes Donkey Meat License

By JAMES KARIUKI as published on AfricaReview.com

Kenyan Agency Gets It Right?”

Remains of a donkey found illegally slaughtered in Nakuru, Kenya on December 10, 2013. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A Kenyan environmental regulatory agency has cancelled a license granted to a butcher for allegedly using his premises to slaughter donkeys.

The $173,000 premises in Naivasha, 100km west of Nairobi, was meant for the slaughter of cows and sheep only.

The National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) said the trader had abused the terms of the original licence, and called on the police to investigate him.

The man was also accused of being behind the booming trade in donkey meat.

Nema’s county director Winfred Osumo warned that any licenses issued by his office must be used for the intended purpose only and any changes must be communicated to them first, the facility re-inspected and a new license issued.

“You do not have our officials inspect your designs for a slaughterhouse for cows, sheep and goats then turn to the veterinary department for a donkey license. We have stringent rules that govern handling of various types of meat. The trader must forthwith halt construction until he has clarified the matter to us,” said Mr Osumo.

He added that before a license on donkey meat is issued, one needs to conduct sensitization campaigns among Kenyans since it was a taboo to eat donkey saying: “since time immemorial, people have never accepted and they abhor eating of donkey meat”.

Last week, the license holder announced a joint venture with Chinese traders to put up the slaughter house saying the facility intended to employ 30 people directly and another 100 on casual basis with a planned expansion next year.

A veterinary officer in the county contradicted the agency saying consumption of donkey meat was not harmful to humans and that the Kenya Government has issued trading licenses since 1999.

The regulatory agency said all slaughterhouses in Naivasha would be re-inspected to ensure they conform to the terms of the license.

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Pro-Horse Group Releases Paper on Horse Slaughter

From the pages of Horse Talk

Americans Against Horse Slaughter State the Facts

Many American horses go to abattoirs because unsuspecting owners sell their horses to kill buyers, a group opposed to the slaughter trade says.

Americans Against Horse Slaughter has released a “White Paper” looking at the industry.

It acknowledges that while some horses are sold directly into slaughter by what it calls irresponsible owners, many arrive at slaughterhouses through livestock auctions where unsuspecting owners sell their horses to kill buyers, often for minimal sums of money.

“Many of these horses are faithful and trusting pets whose owners list them for sale in ads where kill buyers lurk.

“Despite the closing of US slaughter plants, the buyers continue to purchase and haul as many horses as possible and transport them to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

“Horses are often acquired by kill buyers without truthful or full disclosure,” the white paper says.

Animals can become difficult to trace after the auction process, making it nearly impossible for law enforcement to prosecute the thieves, the group said.

Kill buyers can earn up to $US1000 a horse, depending on the slaughter plant.

The group also criticised what it said was overbreeding in the thoroughbred horse racing industry and the quarter horse industry.

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14 Year Old Campaigns to Save U.S. Horses

Letter by Cheyenne Little as it appears in The Union of Grass Valley, CA

How can someone so young get it so right?

Cheyenne Little, 14 years old, and her China

My name is Cheyenne Little, I’m a 14-year-old girl who lives in Grass Valley. You might remember me as the kid who wrote the “More than a little help” article a few months back.

My horse China’s doing great, I’m doing great. But there’s one thing that’s not so great. And I’m asking for the help and support of my community to change that status.

I recently started a petition against the reopening of equine slaughter in the U.S. Before equine slaughter was made illegal in 2007, over 25,000 horses each year were being processed and shipped out of the country for human consumption.

Perfectly healthy, well trained, young horses were being killed. Horses just like China. That doesn’t seem very fair.

Slaughtering horses is a lot different from slaughtering cows and pigs. For one, their skulls are much thicker. When shot they are not actually dead. In Mexico, they are stabbed in the back and wither until paralyzed. Or their jugular veins are cut so they bleed to death.

Worst of all, for the meat to be considered human consumption grade, they must begin gutting the horse within a certain amount of seconds. The horses are still alive when they are hung, sliced open, and gutted. They can feel all of it. There’s currently no way for the horses to be pronounced dead before the allotted time is up.

The conditions that the horses are kept in before being slaughtered is cruel. They are loaded onto trucks and shipped with tons of horses kicking and biting them for hours on end. When they are unloaded, they must stand in manure where their able to smell their friends being taken away, being destroyed one by one.

A common misconception is that racehorses and old crippled horses dominate slaughter houses. That’s not true. Outgrown ponies, unbreedable mares, backyard geldings, and best friends whose owners have moved on to college surround the young, healthy horses in the small corrals.

Horses just like China end up being butchered for 80 cents per pound (2011 rates) and eaten in foreign countries. If China had turned out to be dog food, I would still be looking for my dream horse.

I wouldn’t have known that I was born to become a large animal vet. I would still be looking for a purpose. China gave me one. And right now my purpose is to stop the abuse going on in equine slaughter houses.

My online petition’s goal is to stop equine slaughter in the U.S., but already it’s gone worldwide. People in Germany, Australia, and more are signing it.

My petition is for the U.S., so why are people from different countries supporting it? Because people all over the world think it’s wrong! Horses are pets and best friends. I’ve seen children who are unable to take a step ride a horse for an hour twice a week and be able to walk for 15 minutes after each session.

What horses are used in therapeutic riding? Slaughter horses. Old, worn out, 30-year-old horses that are now just costing money to feed. If that horse had gone to slaughter that kid wouldn’t be able to walk. Slaughter is a cause everyone is fighting against, together. As a community, state, country, and apparently world.

So what am I asking? Please look at my blog at http://ushorseslaughter.blogspot.com/.

There’s a link to my online petition where you can sign your name. Then what? E-mail, Facebook, and Twitter out the link to as many people as possible using the share button located on the page. And be sure to check out the blog frequently for updates and to see videos.

Each signature counts and yours really does help. The horses can’t talk so we have to be their voices. It takes just 60 seconds to sign your name and help end the cruelty in the equine slaughter houses.

For more information on ending equine slaughter in the U.S., please be sure to visit my blog.

Simple Math Butchers Horse Slaughter Terrorist Propaganda

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ Author/President Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Do the Math and the Horse-Eaters Tank

The God of Horse Slaughter Fanatics

When it comes to the years that we have all been working to ensure that predatory horse slaughter stays out of the United States I rank way down on the food chain of the “Who’s Who in Equine Advocacy.”  There are many more knowledgeable and eloquent individuals such as Jerry Finch and John Holland, and many others, who carried the torch long before my eyes were opened and my heart-broken by the butchering of companion animals for the profit of foreign interests.  But one thing that I do possess is a nose for business and, at the very least, the ability to know what makes a product profitable versus being a dog on the market and it does NOT take a PhD in economics to see that horse slaughter not only tanked in this country but it will never amount to anything, again.

We could take some time and examine the lack of credibility and the total expendability of the disposable non-educated who act as the voice for special interest groups in expounding on the untruths of how wonderful and great eating your best equine friends can be, but we won’t, today.  Likewise we could look at their backers and dig into the why, what, when and where they exploit and perpetuate lies against American horses in order to further another bloody agenda that they hold near and dear to their stone cold hearts but we won’t, let’s save that for desert for another day.

Instead, let’s look at some grade school math that the horse-eaters don’t want the public to be aware of, the truth about why horse slaughter was never successful in the U.S. and never will be.  Remember, the last three plants in the U.S. were owned by foreign companies who collected the money and sold tainted horse flesh to foreign interests.  Virtually nothing went into the local communities and nothing enriched the United States.  Horse slaughter was and will always be a total failure.

But to the math;  yesterday Purdue University released the results of a study they conducted on the impact of equine businesses in the small, mid-western state of humble Indiana and lo and behold they found out that the business of living horses produced in excess of 2 Billion, yes BILLION, dollars in the state over the calendar year of 2010.  What?  I thought the horse industry had crumbled since the crappy little foreign slaughter houses closed, even though more horses are slaughtered now, across the border, than before they were closed.  What could this mean in a state that is not even known for its horses?

Well, its simple folks and this is not something that someone needs a college education to figure out, you just need to be able add two plus two to figure out that a LIVE horse is worth more than a DEAD horse any day of the week.  Any horse, regardless of breed, discipline or disposition, costs money to maintain and by spending that money a variety of businesses profit from the live equines that they support.  Feed stores, Vets, tack supplies, trailer businesses, and the list goes on and on.  A viable and healthy horse sold into slaughter, that is all the kill buyers look for, is a dead-end, no pun intended, for everyone including the horse.  For a few hundred bucks it is the end of the line for the horse and any equine business that supports the industry, full stop.

Lets allow the numbers to talk and only use Indiana’s figure of $2,000,000,000.00 as a base line.

If kill buyers got, lets say, $500.00 per horse, which is very high, to sell them off to a torturous and inhumane slaughter plant how many horses would Indiana have to sell to slaughter to reap the same benefits as dealing with an economy centered around caring for live horses?  Do have any idea?  The answer is 4,000,000 horses.  Yup 4 MILLION horses would have to be sold to slaughter to reach 2 billion in gross sales.

Hmmmm, nationwide the kill buyers are sending about 125,000 horses across the border to their deaths which only accounts for $62,500,000 in gross, really gross, national sales.  Not real spell binding stuff and when the three plants were open they were stealing the dreams from about 100,000 horses a year.  Not a real money-maker and maybe, just maybe the reason there was not a single U.S. owned company was dumb enough to be involved with horse slaughter in the U.S..  Is any of this making any sense?

It probably makes damn good sense to the 75% of the U.S. public that is vehemently opposed to brutally slaughtering and eating America’s best friend but it sure seems to fly over the heads of the minority who have turned killing horses into a fanatical cult which extols bloody barbarism, uses fraud to further their cause, ignores proven science and threatens the food supply of the U.S. if not the entire world.

And for what cause; simple…money and the need to feed narcissistic egos.  There are a lot of emotionally challenged individuals out there and it is a crying shame that they not only have a collective voice, but often times their insane din drowns out the call of the sane.

That is something that we must work on and work on, NOW!

Canada To Tighten Controls On U.S. Slaughter-Bound Horses

Article from the pages of HorseTalk.co.nz

Alleged Attempt to Ensure Humane Transportation

Canada has tightened controls around horses entering the country for slaughter to ensure they are transported humanely.

Tens of thousands of horses cross into Canada from the United States each year bound for horse abattoirs, with no such plants operating in the US.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced new measures to verify that horses are being transported humanely in accordance with its Health of Animals Regulations.

From January 1, 2012, shipments of feeder and slaughter horses entering Canada from the US by road will be required to pass through one of eight designated ports of entry.

Shipments will be accepted only during the the agency’s regular hours of operation.

The designated ports of entry have appropriate unloading facilities for horses and are staffed by veterinarians working for the agency.

No other Canadian border ports of entry will accept slaughter-bound horses, it said.

Imports of other types of horses, such as riding or breeding horses, are unaffected by the change.

All shipments must be presented during regular agency hours of operation to allow for inspection if required.

Slaughter horse shipments require agency veterinary inspections at the border. Transporters must arrange an appointment for inspection at least 24 hours before arriving at the port of entry.

The eight designated ports of entry are listed in the accompanying graphic.

Fringe Horse Eating Cult Feeds Off Food Network Frenzy

(The News As We See It) by R.T. Fitch ~ Author/Director of HfH Advisory Council

“Slaughterhouse” and “Doink” Drop their Drawers Again!

The Duke of Doink and Slaughterhouse Sue

In a recent press release the Equine Welfare Alliance echoed the outrage of the American and Canadian people at the production of a Top Chef Canada episode airing May 16th on the Food Network where the featured “classic French dish” is created with drug tainted horse meat.  Likewise Steven Long of Horseback Magazine covered the story of how a growing swell of Facebook users were compelling the Food Network to pull the upcoming episode.

The Huffington Post has picked up on this disgusting story along with many other news agency’s but right on cue, desperate for attention with butcher cleavers in hand, renegade Wyoming Rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis and her clueless lapdog Dave “Doink” Duquette open their bloody mouths and sic their sick minions on the sane animal lovers of North America.

Using the Facebook page from their defunct Horse Slaughter fest, held post-holiday season in January, Slaughterhouse and Doink show their mutual lack of any moral compass by posting the following tripe:

· Summit of the Horse    “The animal rights crowd are using their usual abusive tactics to hammer on the Food Network because they are going to feature horse meat in a show on traditional French cooking. They are attacking their sponsors and the show itself trying to get them to take it down before it happens. We need as many of you to contact them directly to show support. Go to http://United-Horsemen.org/to find links. Thanks!”

Most telling of all are the handful of comments coming back from their meager list of brain dead followers: (names removed to protect the mentally challenged)

“So long as the slaughter is overseen by a professional inspector, there is no real threat of abuse. Don’t take traditions and cultures away from people. That’s not right. Why arent these people trying to save all the chickens and cows slaughtered if they are so conscerned about slaughter methods?”

“I asked some of them that same question. They told me it is different cause cows don’t know what is happening to them, lol! I told them they were full of it,they can’t be against one and ok with the other, they are all livestock, horses are no better then cows,or goats ,ect.”

” I sent letters of support to all three…. of all the livestock, pigs are the most intelligent. If any one wanted to use the intelligence card @Billie they picked the wrong type of animal to argue it with. Granted I am not saying horses aren’t intelligent, but pigs win that contest by far.”

“I didn’t know that about pigs, thats pretty cool!”

” Horse Meat….It’s Whats for Dinner!”

This dialog, and initial claim, is why these idiots are their own worse enemies and a tremendous boost for sane and normal individuals; between the bunch of them they can barely come up with a sentence that either makes sense or has correct grammar and spelling.

So, for all of you self-actualized humans out there that don’t refer to the 4th grade as their “Senior Year” you still have time to visit the Food Network’s Facebook page and at the very least get them to publish a disclaimer as to the dangers of the carcinogenic drugs that are present in butchered U.S. horse flesh…they can do that at least…but then again, if there are those that are stupid enough to eat a friend, then the hell with them.

Contact Food Network Top Chef and the sponsors GE Monogram and  Presidents Choice tell them horses are not food, that horse slaughter is cruel and barbaric and should be banned. Urge them to pull this May 16 episode.

UPDATE: President’s Choice not only Sponsors this mess but they SELL HORSE MEAT

Horse meat has long been a tough sell, but it’s time we learned to appreciate its healthy attributes. On the menu: horse meat tartare, horse meat burgers with fresh goat cheese, horse steak with Béarnaise sauce, Wellington-style horse tournedos and, to satisfy your sweet tooth, a nice cream dessert. Chef Dany Carrier.

Horse Advocates Call Foul on Food Network

Eating Tortured Animals Tops Episode’s Synopsis

Chicago (EWA) – Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) joins its Canadian partner, Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) in calling for the withdrawal of an episode scheduled to air Monday, May 16 on the Food Network’s program Top Chef Canada.

The program features “French Cuisine” including horse meat and foie gras, angering both horse advocates and animal welfare groups across the globe. The timing of this episode coincides with CHDC’s May Equine Awareness campaign.

In choosing these menu items, the program has completely ignored the cruelty involved in their production. Foie gras is diseased duck liver produced by force feeding ducks using a feeding tube thrust down their throats several times a day until they are too fat to even stand up. The liver becomes hugely swollen in an attempt to deal with the process.

Horse meat in Canada comes from horses that often suffer incredible abuse even before they arrive at slaughter. Beyond this, horse meat is likely to contain drugs that are illegal in food animals.

Last year, renowned chef at Pangaea Restaurant in Toronto, Martin Kouprie, removed horse meat from the menu because slaughterhouses cannot tell him where the horses come from and whether the meat is free of toxic substances. “I cannot in good conscience serve that to my customers,” said Kouprie. “Every ingredient in my kitchen has a story, and if I don’t know that story, I cannot serve it.”

The investigations into two of the major horse slaughter plants in Canada last year revealed horrific conditions and has caused outrage across the world. A recent European Union Food and Veterinary Office investigation into the horse slaughter plants in Mexico revealed numerous serious violations including drug residues in the meat.

North American horses are not raised or regulated as food animals. “Consumers need to be aware of the health dangers of eating horse meat and the cruelty the horses endure before ending up on their plates.” commented John Holland, president of EWA.

“Many Canadians consider horses to be as dear to their hearts as dogs and cats,” adds Sinikka Crosland, Executive Director of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition. “Companion animals are not likely to be well-accepted as menu items in our country.”

The Equine Welfare Alliance believes that the choice of horse meat was not an accidental social misjudgment, but more likely the result of influence from a well funded public relations effort on the part of horse slaughter supporters aimed at gaining acceptance for the meat and desensitizing viewers to horse slaughter in general. Case in point, The Toronto Observer also ran a story on May 11 defending the consumption of horsemeat.

It is in the best interest of the Food Network and consumers to withdraw the episode promoting food that is dangerous to consumers and cruel to equines. Fortunately, the French have many excellent sauces and dishes to choose from that do not involve cruelty and carcinogens as ingredients.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Contact Food Network Top Chef and the sponsors GE Monogram and  Presidents Choice tell them horses are not food, that horse slaughter is cruel and barbaric and should be banned. Urge them to pull this May 16 episode.