Missouri Facing Internet Boycott That Could Go Viral

Story by Steven Long – Editor/Publisher of “Horseback Magazine

Underhanded Politics could Ruin State’s Image

Missouri Lawmakers

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Missouri lawmakers should take heed if a warning which has appeared on Facebook is true. That state’s legislature is one the edge of passing stealth legislation placed on an omnibus bill that would inadvertently legalize the slaughter of horses.

Facebook calls for action can telegraph worldwide resulting in millions of viewer responses in a matter of minutes.

The message that appeared in Facebook friends boxes calls for a boycott of the state by the nations millions of horse lovers. It names members of the Missouri senate and gives their email addresses.

Emails, faxes, and calls, from around the world have reportedly flooded the state since word leaked that the provision had been attached to the bill. The Facebook message reads:

Subject: BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!!
THIS IS NOT OVER!! PLEASE EMAIL THE SENATORS NOW WITH THIS BOYCOTT MESSAGE!!!

VOTE MAY BE AS SOON AS MONDAY OR WEDNESDAY!!!

jbray@senate.mo.gov
Frak.Barnitz@senate.mo.gov
dan_clemens@senate.mo.gov
Jane.Cunningham@senate.mo.gov
tom.dempsey@senate.mo.gov
timothy_green@senate.mo.gov
Rob.Mayer@senate.mo.gov
chuck.purgason@senate.mo.gov
eschmitt@senate.mo.gov
charlie_shields@senate.mo.gov
wes.shoemyer@senate.mo.gov
bstouffer@senate.mo.gov,
Yvonne.Wilson@senate.mo.gov

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED:

WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GO AHEAD FOR A STATEWIDE BOYCOTT BY MANY OF YOUR MO REPS, ET AL.

I HAVE RECEIVED AN ASTRONOMICAL DONATION TO ENSUE THIS STATE BOYCOTT!

ENOUGH TO ERECT 30 BILLBOARDS!! ONE FOR EACH MAJOR HIGHWAY AND ONE FOR EACH DIRT ROAD THAT LEADS TO YOUR STATE!

I-70, 44, 55, 29, 35 AND 435 TO START!

SAY NO TO SUB S.B. 795 THAT INCLUDES HORSE SLAUGHTER LANGUAGE. THE BILL THAT WAS HIDDEN BY SPONSOR VIEBROCK IN ORDER TO CIRCUMVENT THE PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED WITHDRAWAL OF THE NOW DEAD H.B.1747

***IF THIS PASSES GET READY**

One of our readers has responded with a letter, see below – R.T.

Dear Missouri Senators,

As a retired teacher, I made a point to always teach compassion and concern for all forms of life.  It concerns me that MO would even consider passing a bill that would bring the blight of horse slaughter to your beautiful state.  I can tell you from what is happening here in WY that even considering putting a slaughterhouse in WY has brought serious repercussions to our state and its dependence on tourism. Our legislators have realized that they were used by one renegade legislator, Slaughterhouse Sue(Wallis) and are quickly back peddling their recent bill which allows the Director of our Livestock Board to dispose of estrays by sending them to slaughter.  I am attaching a letter from Mr. James Schwartz which adamantly states that this would be the last choice of disposal of unwanted or estray animals.  Most legislators assumed(their mistake) that they were voting on “food” animals such as cattle, sheep, swine and goats.  Only after they all voted(and my own legislator called and apologized for not actually reading the bill’s provision in its entirety for himself) and the public outcry was being heard, did they realize they had been duped.

There is no humane way to slaughter horses, nor do most of the American people consider eating horsemeat. With the bute and various drugs used in horses for their medical treatments, it is not safe for people or pets.  I suspect that not one of you has or ever would eat horsemeat knowingly. Horses represent part of our American heritage and legacy, for without them, our country would never have been expanded so quickly and successfully.

According to Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA Inspector , “The captive bolt is not a proper instrument for the slaughter of equids, these animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected.” Keep this visual in mind as you vote against the inhumane treatment of horses in the State of MO.  I have also attached a letter that Mr. Schwartz of the WY Livestock Board sent to my husband and me.  Please take time to read it to see that he has no intention of condemning horses from any state to this horrible fate in the State of WY.

Your state depends heavily on tourism for much of its economy.  WY is already being boycotted by families and individuals who want nothing to do with a state that would consider such horrific practices in the treatment of horses.  The chance that your state will suffer the same fate is likely.

Please strip any clauses or legislation from your bills and rules and do not allow this insidious practice to become a blight on your state’s history. It is the right message to send to the youth of your State and its adult citizens.

Sincerely,

Judith K. Loudin  M.Ed, CMT, CR

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16 comments on “Missouri Facing Internet Boycott That Could Go Viral

  1. I will gladly join in, it is time for ALL our elected officials to remember WHO they work for, and get rid of their own little power trips, or they will no longer be representing us! I am SO hopeful that the days of ego-driven politics are waning, as we the PEOPLE step up and DEMAND an end to “politics as usual” in AMerica.

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      • MO just had a spread in my Sunday paper on vacationing there this year. I will be very sure to tell them AND the paper why I and many of my family and friends, won’t be!

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  2. I also urge all people to boycott Budweiser and Hallmark cards. Do not buy Budweiser Beer or any Hallmark cards is this bill passes.

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  3. They really don’t know what doors they opened when they tried to open the slaughterhouse doors. I am proud to be a part of the group that started the proposed boycott.

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  4. What about the Deputy Whip that told me to not send her another email?
    It over loads so her constituents are not able to email her.
    HA!

    All I sent her was facts on horse slaughter. I guess they dont read in Missouri.

    She actually told me no constituent called in opposition of the horse slaughter bill. ( right)

    Then How about Clemens who stated the Horse Slaughter bill would not
    be dealt with, and the same day Viebrock does a Conrad Burns?

    When do we do legislation that provisions are not allowed after a bill has
    already been addressed and had one vote?

    So much for transparency and honesty in our government.

    Our Pres is giving the wrong message all around.

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  5. These reps in Missouri should be ashamed of themselves.

    It is one thing to be Pro horse slaughter,
    but the attitude of this states government is so childish.

    They have no clue what they are voting for, and as far as Clemens,
    How is it the state of Missouri votes for liars?

    I sure hope the ” show me” state shows these nuts the way out when election
    time comes.
    For them to not even ” concur” says a lot. Of course when someone does not
    know one thing about horse slaughter, there is not a lot to talk about, is there.?

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  6. WTF? What are you proposing to “boycott?” Politicians? What are they gonna do, not vote for them next time around? Bombard them with emails? Gonna boycott “everything pro-slaughter?” in Missouri? Will that include the buying of meat? Why dont you take that “astronomical” donation and erect a billboard in EVERY STATE that wants horse-slaughter and let them know you are not going to buy any MEAT products until HR 503 is passed – then you wont have to worry about these never-ending state-by-state battles. Remember, once the first one re-opens in ANY state there will be NO HOPE for our federal bill. Erect a billboard alright,..and boycott of course but use your BIG guns to go after the largest contingency working against our cause, the most powerful weapon we have is our ability to put a BIG dent in their meat sales as they are the main industry holding up our federal bill;

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/us-against-horse-slaughter-2-boycott

    My gut feeling is that that $$$ could be better spent on a boycott to pass our federal bill, ..and since when do you have to get the “ok” from anyone to boycott anything. Geez. You dont ask,…you just DO!

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  7. Arizona is now the target of some boycotts, losing conventions and visitors. You can boycott products produced in MO and let them know why you are doing this. If one state gets a plant up and going our bills will be very difficult but then once the community faces the same problems as always this could work for us. Altho I am hoping that this will be a moot point. Its unfortunate that all this keeping up with the states is using the energy and time that some would use to fight for the bills that are so desperately needed and to keep tabs on them so that they don’t get stripped like Burns did.

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  8. I would LOVE to “boycott” the state of MO., one small problem though, I LIVE here!! I am NOT happy, & will be more than sickened, outraged & disgusted, if horse slaughter passes in this state!! I can’t believe the “show me state” would allow such a terrible, inhumane & foul thing to go on here, especially in light of other states that have thrown it out, & one’s with that unfortunate past fully regretted it & never benefitted from it.

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  9. ORDER EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET AND HAVE IT DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME – EVERYONE SHOULD BOYCOTT MISSOURI, THE ONLY THING THOSE ASSES IN JEFFERSON CITY UNDERSTAND IS MONEY – WELL LET THEM LEARN ABOUT LOSING MONEY BECAUSE THEY WILL LOSE MINE. I LIVE 10 MINUTES FROM KANSAS AND THAT IS WHERE I WILL BUY EVERYTHING IF THIS PASSES, COUNT ON IT

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