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Welfare group comment on arabian slaughter position

Equine Welfare Advocate, John Holland

Equine Welfare Advocate, John Holland

Welfare group comment on Arabian slaughter position

June 17, 2009

by John Holland

I found the justifications of their pro-slaughter resolution put forward by the Arabian Horse Association officials in the Jurga Report, and cited in, to be most enlightening. They give a graphic indication of the true nature of the “extensive research” mentioned in the original AHA pro-slaughter resolution.

Glen Petty is quoted as saying: “Compelling reasons for passage of the motion were conditions at Mexican slaughter facilities and at a growing numbers of farms in the US.” I would agree about the conditions in Mexico, but most other slaughter proponents do not. These proponents site the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) which claims to have inspected the Mexican slaughter plants recently and found them to be humane. This was also reported in the Jurga Report. So which is it?

But the second part of this statement is clearly an attempt to associate the effects of the economic downturn with the closing of the US slaughter plants. The linkage could only be true if the number of horses being slaughtered had significantly decreased.

However, exports simply replaced domestic slaughter and the number of American horses slaughtered in 2008 (over 134,000) was the second highest of any year since 1995. It is therefore impossible to assign any effect to a decline in slaughter that never happened.

The study we did last year established that there had been no observable increase in abuse and neglect through the beginning of 2008, but it did find a linkage between unemployment and neglect. Prophetically it warned in the conclusions that a downturn in the economy could cause an increase in neglect nationwide.

This would all be questionable enough, but Petty continued: “It was felt humane slaughter and government regulation was a better alternative to the growing inhumane conditions that have occurred as unintended consequences caused by the passage of HB503.”

This is the most illuminating statement of all. First, the bill number was not HB503, but H.R.503, and more tellingly, it passed only the House of Representatives in the 109th Congress and did not become law. A bill with the same number is pending in the current congress. So again, Petty is using the effects of something that did not happen as a justification for their resolution.

If there was any lingering doubt about the nature of the “extensive research” upon which the AHA’s resolution was based, Mr Petty has certainly removed it with his explanation.

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4 replies »

  1. These are the same people who advocate sweating down the neck crests on Arabians as well. Only proof that some people have no business ever being allowed near let alone ownership of any animals, but especially Arabian Horses.


  2. I appreciate Mr. Holland’s point by point analysis of Mr. Petty’s “explanation”, (of the AHA’s justifications of their pro horse slaughter resolution), which “explanation” clearly cites conflicting information and sheds even further light on the use of propaganda rather than truth. As is so frequently the case, one lie tends to lead to another and then another and before long the liar, the AHA and in this particular instance Mr. Petty, can’t remember what is the truth and what lie he is trying to pass off as the truth. Bless you Mr. Holland for separating the fact from the fiction.


    • Evely, John Holland, co-founder of the Equine Welfare Alliance, has clarity of vision and has the ability see through to the truth where others cannot. It is this “vision” that drew me to EWA and it is my hope that as like minds draw together we can truly effect change where change needs to be made…and our focus of intent is on the issue of slaughter…”Until They are Safe”


  3. Hi to my good friend R.T. and all the wonderful people here.

    Thanks for the supportive comments. While I articulate these facts, there are many folks out there digging them up.

    For example, another justification given for the AHA decision was that so many people were abandoning horses in the state parks that Indiana now counts horses entering and leaving the parks to make sure they don’t abandon them there.

    Our Vicki Tobin researched this and it turns out to be only half true. They count the horses entering but not leaving. This is because they charge per horse! Moreover they have had not heard anything about an abandoned horse problem.

    It is entirely possible that the AHA was told this and chose to believe it without proof. The slaughter proponents have been spreading so many of these false stories that many good people believe them. We researched many AP stories about abandoned horses and found them to be complete distortions of some real situation that was unrelated to abandonment. For example:

    In Kentucky, an AP basket ball stringer named Jeff McMurray wrote a story about how people were abandoning horses on a reclaimed strip mine. It took only minutes to find an earlier AP story about these horses being shot by teenagers and explaining that they belonged to a riding stable in Breaks Virginia that wintered them there. Even the governor put out a letter saying the story was false. AP would not respond much less retract.

    Similarly, a story about 9 horses being abandoned on a farm in Oregon turned out in the police report to be one horse reported by the farmer’s granddaughter and deemed to be unconfirmed by the investigation. The Oregonian refused to back away from the story even in light of the evidence.

    A NY Times article sited horses abandoned near the Everglades but it turned out to be a whole farm that was abandoned with all kinds of animals including horses. And the list goes on and on.

    You can find a full report on these and other myths on Look for “deleting the fiction”. You are witnessing a very effective propaganda campaign!

    We think the truth is the best weapon, but only if you can get it to the people.


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