WFLF Study Reveals Disturbing Number of U.S. Thoroughbreds Slaughtered Each Year

Information gathered from multiple sources

Wild for Life Foundation releases a  Case Study conducted on the number of Thoroughbreds that die at slaughter each year

Ginerous Legacy aka "Harley" racing TB rescued and adapted by Terry and R.T. Fitch through Habitat for Horses ~ photo by Terry Fitch

The case study is based on data published by the U.S. government and the Jockey Club. According to the study, an amount equal to 70% of the annual Thoroughbred foal crop, on average, die at slaughter each year.

The polls have shown that the vast majority of those in racing want an end to the transport of their horses to any slaughterhouse,” said Jo Anne Normile, founder of Saving Baby Equine Charity and CANTER, the first organization to take Thoroughbreds right from the track to safe havens. “But for every Secretariat, for every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose experiences on the back lots of the country’s tracks tell a different story.

Without federal protection, aftercare programs cannot safeguard our horses from the harm of horse slaughter,” adds Katia Louise, President, Wild for Life Foundation. “It’s evident that more must be done by the industry, including a united stance supporting a federal ban on slaughter of horses for human consumption.”

Read more here including about Wild for Life

Foundation’s Saving America’s Horses Initiative which includes production of the hard hitting film, Saving America’s Horses.

This study showing the astonishing numbers of Thoroughbreds slaughtered each year should be a wake up call to racing and the horse industry.

Animal Law Coalition joins Wild for Life Foundation and Americans Against Horse Slaughter, in calling for an auditable and industry funded after care program for rehabilitation, retraining and adoption for horses whose racing careers are over. We also join in recommending that the leaders of the equine industry resolve to support vigorously the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and put an end to the travesty and tragedy of horse slaughter for human consumption.

Contraceptives For Wild Horses Are Just What The Government Ordered

by Vickery Eckhoff, Contributor from the pages of Forbes

Your Tax Dollars Squandered by Obama’s BLM

Click Image for Forbes Photo Gallery by Terry Fitch and Laura Leigh

Here’s a $70-80 million-dollar-a-year welfare program sure to bring out the wild beast in every taxpayer, regardless of religious or political affiliation. Private accommodations for unwed mothers, fathers and their offspring? Check. Free food? Check. Free contraceptives, sterilization and medical care? Check. Check. Check.

Before you go accusing Obamacare of promoting immoral behavior at taxpayer expense, let me clarify a few things: The program got started under the Nixon administration; its recipients have been protected by law since 1971; and it’s brought to you by a government agency usually associated with allowing large oil and mining companies to despoil public lands without paying either you or me or the rest of the public much for the privilege.

I’m speaking, of course, of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages 245 million acres of public land under the Department of the Interior.

And the “beneficiaries” of this spending program? Well, that’s in dispute. The BLM says it’s wild horses and burros. Wild horse and burro advocates and quite a few members of Congress, however, disagree. To them, the mustangs and burros are nothing short of pawns being zeroed-out—contrary to the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971—to benefit ranchers, hunters, mining and energy companies.

About the only thing the two sides can agree on is this: 45,000 wild horses that used to roam free on public lands are now living in short and long-term holding pens where some will remain for the rest of their lives unless they are adopted or sold.

Sorry, Pardner

It’s not every day you find out that more wild horses and burros are being held in pens by the BLM than run free on public rangelands—and that you are picking up the tab. But that, in fact, is the state of things today, thanks to the BLM’s “Wild Horse and Burro Program.”

This is how the BLM manages wild horses and burros, which roam 179 separate herd management areas (HMAs) scattered over 10 Western states (although half live in Nevada). This equates to 26 million acres —a little more than 10% of the total land overseen by the BLM.

The purpose of the Wild Horse and Burro Program, according to the BLM, is to keep horses healthy and rangeland healthy so that others can also use it (think recreational users, cattle and sheep ranchers, and, of course, mining and energy companies seeking grazing, water and mineral rights on the land the horses and burros have roamed for hundreds of years).

The BLM accomplishes this via “gathers,” which is a rather gentle term for mass round-ups involving low-flying helicopters, government trap sites and mass equine pandemonium.

The purpose is to remove horses that the BLM has determined are in “excess” of Appropriate Management Levels (AMLs), which is the optimal number of animals that results in a “thriving natural ecological balance” on public lands and “avoids range deterioration,” according to the BLM Web site.

The scheduled “gathers” take place between July and March of every year in temperatures ranging from below zero to more than one hundred degrees…(CLICK) to continue

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Update: Animal’s Angels Recent Horse Slaughter Auction Investigations

Information supplied by Animal’s Angels

Middleburg Horse Auction, PA 1/28/12

Investigators attended the monthly horse auction in Middleburg, PA. There were approx 150 horses present in the pen area. The “slaughter prospects” were kept in groups of 4 – 6 horses per pen in the darkest area of the barn. Several of them were thin, one mule had a swollen hind leg and one chestnut mare had several open sores on her body. The sale started at 11:48am. The usual kill buyers Rotz and Moore were present and buying many of the horses under $500.00. An unknown buyer with the buyer number 500 was purchasing several horses the kill buyers didn’t want for as low as $10. Brian Moore was there with his large tractor/trailer and so was Bruce Rotz.

While the investigators were checking the parking lot, they noticed that the truck from Diamond K Ranch (kill buyer Arlow Kiehl) was also present. There were already several horses inside the trailer, including a not segregated stallion. Additionally, for the first time a Canadian truck from Capron Trucking in Ontario was observed. The truck was parked in front of Brian Moore’s truck and ready to load horses. Animals’ Angels will continue to monitor this auction.

Hoover Horse Auction, New Holland, PA 2/4/12

Animals’ Angels investigators arrived at the monthly auction at 8:40am. There were close to 350 horses in the barn and several more in an outside pen.  Hoover announced prior to the sale that there were horses present from states as far away as Minnesota. The inside pens were packed full and horses were observed fighting and kicking. Several horses were quit thin. One pen contained a group of 17 mules and one of them had a bleeding eye injury. In most pens the plastic water buckets were empty. The outside pen, that had never been occupied during previous visits, contained horses without sales tags. They were standing in deep mud and we were told by an auction visitor that these horses would ship straight to slaughter. Kill buyer Bruce Rotz arrived with his stock trailer at 10:00am. His large tractor/trailer was parked empty at the New Holland Auction parking lot. Kill buyer Brian Moore arrived with his truck 10 minutes later.

Illinois Politicians Try to Slaughter Horses, AGAIN!

Action Alert from the Equine Welfare Alliance

It’s “Groundhog’s Day” for the Horse-Eaters

Pollution spewing from "state-of-the-art" Cavel Horse Slaughter plant prior to it's shutdown

For those of you that have been with us for quite some time, y’all know what Ground Hog Day is in Illinois. For those of you new to our email group, Illinois has its very own Ground Hog Day. That’s the day that state Representative Jim Sacia introduces his annual “Let’s overturn the state law banning horse slaughter” legislation. This year there is a twist. Sacia was able to get a newbie (2011), Richard Morthland (R) to do his bidding. Yes, we have yet another bill to address, HB 5382.

We heard about this last week but it was still in the rules committee. It has now been released to the Ag committee so it’s time to start dialing, faxing and writing. Since Rep. Morthland is new, let’s show him what happens when someone introduces legislation that 80% of this country opposes. If you get the ol’ – you don’t live in Illinois speech, tell them that your horse could be stolen and sent to Illinois and that makes it your business. This legislation impacts the entire country.

Over the last few days, we have been in contact with Gail Vacca of the IL Equine Humane Center HSUS, ASPCA and AWI. AWI has already sent an alert to its members and you should expect to see something from HSUS and ASPCA soon. We’ll be working with Gail, as we do every year, to defeat this bill. She’s been involved since the original legislation to ban horse slaughter was introduced and did not pass.

Bill Sponsor:

Robert Morthland

Springfield Office:
208-N Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL   62706
(217) 782-3992
(217) 782-5201 FAX

District Office:
4416 River Drive
Moline, IL  61265
(309) 762-3008
(309) 762-3045 FAX
Rock Island County

Here are the Agriculture & Conservation committee members: (you can click the links below for the contact information): If you have any issues with the below links, you can access the below page here:http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/members.asp?committeeID=922

   Chairperson :                             Lisa M. Dugan             D

   Vice-Chairperson :                    Patrick J. Verschoore   D

   Republican Spokesperson :     Jim Sacia                   R

   Member:                                      Jason Barickman         R

   Member:                                      Kelly Burke                 D

   Member:                                      John D. Cavaletto       R

   Member:                                      Jerry F. Costello, II      D

   Member:                                      Mary E. Flowers          D

   Member:                                      Norine Hammond         R

   Member:                                      Chad Hays                 R

   Member:                                      Frank J. Mautino         D

   Member:                                      Jack McGuire              D

   Member:                                      Donald L. Moffitt         R

   Member:                                      Brandon W. Phelps      D

   Member:                                      Wayne Rosenthal        R

A few suggested talking points:

  • The Illinois Law was passed in 2007 by an overwhelming majority
  • Every bill to overturn the state law has been defeated. Note: Governor Quinn is in support of the state law.
  • The majority of IL residents and 80% of our nation do not support overturning the state law
  • Slaughter is for food production, not a disposal service. US equines are not raised or regulated as food animals
  • History and current day have proven that horse slaughter does not control the horse population or reduce neglect
  • Animal abuse decreased from 2002-2004 during the years Cavel was shut down to rebuild after a fire Note: the cause was never determined
  • Horse slaughter plants have been proven detrimental to communities – wastewater issues, devalued property values and loss of new business. Note: Cavel was never able to comply with wastewater regulations and can be verified by the DeKalb Sanitary District. See above picture.

That should get you started! We’ll provide a copy of the letter we send as well as info from other organizations sending letters and alerts.

Horse-Eating Cult Attacks Children, Education and Learning Institutions

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ Equine Author and volunteer President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Frustration Mounts as the Horse Slaughter Vehicle of Death Slowly Sinks

Disclaimer: Not for those under the age of 15 or individuals who refer to the 5th grade as their “Senior Year”!

American Children's right of free speech under attack by corrupt Horse-Eaters ~ photo courtesy of EWA

Several months ago, a young boy became agitated, frustrated and upset over the idea that the inhumane act of slaughtering companion animals (horses) for human consumption abroad could be returning to the shores of the United States.  Growing up in a family that knew the difference between food animals and pets the young man decided to take things into his own hands and began a letter writing campaign to the members of Congress in an effort to head off the agenda of a few twisted alleged citizens funded by foreigner’s bloody money.  His idea picked up momentum and through the support of the Equine Welfare Alliance and The United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee not only did the letter writing campaign blossom but lesson plans on the subject were developed and the young ones are now teaching their elders a thing or two about appropriate advocacy and matters of the heart.

As warming and uplifting as it is to see the future of this country share compassion and understanding it does not come without a price and that sickening toll is levied by the seamy dark side that believes killing and eating your lifelong friend is something that all Americans should rally around and support.  It’s bad enough that these heartless and uneducated vermin exist but they are not content to share and spit their slimy, evil rhetoric in private but instead they find it necessary to crawl out of their holes and spatter their spew of hatred and blood lust upon the beautiful landscape that the rest of the sane world inhabits.

Call it fear, jealousy, stupidity or unprintable words that are perhaps better descriptors but they are gnawing at the small tidbits that the enlightened leave behind and shaking their fists and hurling cuss words at those whom they envy.  They are the underworld and have been around for centuries but today, they have gone after the children.

Spawned from the handful of lemmings that follow the hapless and hollow mouthpiece for the corrupt foreign slaughter trade, $ue Walli$, the denizens of depravity have attempted to concoct a heartless attack against the children’s letter writing campaign.  Fearful of the truth and dreading being exposed for the low life’s that they truly are they have composed a letter which they are sending out to school systems condemning the First Amendment, right of free speech and the very principle of children learning both sides of the story so that they can make qualified decisions on their own.  In their feeble little minds, such concepts cannot be allowed to exist.

“I am writing to you today regarding a political campaign launched by the Equine Welfare Alliance (www.equinewelfarealliance.org). This is an animal rights group, who with the help of the Million Horse Letter Writing Campaign seeks to utilize the public school systems and class room Civic…s, to lobby for the change of laws regarding horses and humane horse processing.”, is how the letter begins.

Straight up in their opener they lay waste to the truth and to any sort of factual representation.  It never was nor is it still a campaign launched by the Equine Welfare Alliance, it was initiated by a young man and brought forward to the group which, by the way, is NOT an “animal rights group”.  EWA is exclusively an EQUINE Welfare alliance; wait a second, isn’t that what they are named?  The EWA is a collection of EQUINE welfare organizations that are actively engaged in improving the present and future welfare of American equines both domestic and wild.  Not a “rights” group or a generic “animal” group but an “Equine” group which, for the dummies who don’t get it, are horses, donkeys, mules, etc…not rabbits, turtles, frogs, bats or plankton.  Granted, members like those critters but they are not what the group is centered on, that would be Horse type creatures.

And these butcher wanna-bees can’t even bring themselves to call a spade a spade; they now want to rename bloody “horse slaughter” to “horse processing” further indicating their inability to use the English language correctly as “slaughter” means “kill to eat” and that is about as blunt and to the point as you can get, there is no polishing that turd, but they try…and “humane” never was and never will be as with the captive bolt gun a horse is rarely rendered unconscious and most are alive as they are hung upside down, their throats slit and then skinned alive…not too much that is humane about that; their turd just got a whole lot bigger.

“I could spend copious amounts of time sharing the contribution of the horse as a food, work, sport and pleasure animal worldwide, as well as their impact nationally on the agricultural industry.”, the letter continues.

Move over English language as you are no more safe from $ue Walli$ and her cult than the horses are.  Copious amounts of time?  Hmmm, copious means abundant, plentiful, profuse, bountiful, many, numerous, one or two…let’s see, “abundant amounts of time”, “plentiful amounts of time”, profuse amounts of time”, “bountiful amounts of time”…arrrghhh, it just doesn’t work, does it?  But it DOES work if I said that I drank copious amounts of Wrangler Iced Tea after reading their profane and idiot letter; that makes sense and is pretty much on the money, but wait…when was the last time you were talking about horses with friends, family or in public and chatted about horses as food, HORSES AS FOOD?  I can honestly say NEVER.  Sitting around the feed store, the tractor dealer, the rodeo, never have I heard ANYONE talk about horses as food and these social rejects put it up as number one front and center.  Kind of makes you wonder what happened to them in their early years to have warped or damaged their moral compasses so severely.  Scary thing is that as they attack the children of sane and compassionate people they are free to raise offspring to whom they will teach this bloody rage and hatred for all living things.  That is the real crime, here.

And finally in true Gestapo and book-burning fashion they threaten the school systems as fear and violence is their last resort and the trademark of a coward.

“In closing, schools who allows their teachers the latitude of using our children to participate in this campaign is effectually putting our children at risk for emotional trauma, is endorsing the work of these special interest animal rights groups, endorsing political agendas and opening the States and Districts up to the possibility of a large law suit by parents who do not believe these topics appropriate for a public school system and have no desire to have our children used and taken advantage of without parental consent.”

Arrrgghhhh, I am playing taps for the death of the written word and placing my hat over my heart; I hate to see it go, I loved it so very much but these fools have stuck a knife in it and then twisted it until it is dead, and they did so while writing to..er, ahh, hmmm…TEACHERS!

But far worse is their unwitting exposure of the deep seated sickness that festers in their hearts and infects their souls.  “Using” is a word that the anti-horse crowd are all too quick to “use” and it comes screaming to the forefront as they commit the Freudian slip and “use” a phrase that points to their own sordid behavior, “using our children”.  Sick, disgusting and over the top but what these intellectually challenged perverts do not understand is that instead of helping their failing cause they only further damaged it as our educators and learning institutions can easily recognize them for the deranged individuals that they are.  And on the flip side; here in the United States of America we do NOT easily accept threats to our right for free speech, not in this country.

So besides being totally out of touch with the reality of American sentiment the horse-eating dark side prove, once again, that they and their leaders like $ue Walli$ and her lapdog Dave Duquette are about as far away from the principles that this country was founded upon as you can get.  With every bogus web page, organization and so-called company that they form they like to use “United” as their key catch word in all of the titles but the only thing that is United about what they do is that 80% of the American public is United in finding the likes of them and their money oriented motives to be disgusting, distasteful and degrading.

We support our children, the horses and all that makes this country free.  Our youth are our hope and even they can see through the slimy veneer that the horse-eaters cloak themselves in.  Young eyes not only visualize, but they comprehend.

Keep the faith, young ones, you are the future and we stand beside you.

Horse-eaters, climb back in your holes, there is no place for you in contemporary society.

Be gone.

Click (HERE) to Learn More About the Children’s Letter Writing Campaign

An Equine Odyssey: How a Girl Lost — and Found — the Horse She Loved

Article by: HELEN O’NEILL, Award Winning Writer


The ‘Force of the Horse’ in Action

A dark bay, nearly black, with a dramatic white blaze on her forehead, everyone thought Burma — the diva of the barn — was a beauty.

But, though friendly and affectionate, the 6-year-old thoroughbred was practically impossible to handle. High-strung and feisty, she swayed impatiently in her stall, chewed the wooden doors, got tangled in her harness, stuck her nose into any box or bucket she could find. She had proved hopeless on the track, despite having a distant blood connection to the great racehorse Man o’ War. She had ugly feet that required special shoes, and an alarming tendency to colic.

To 16-year-old Megan Chance, she was perfect.

“This is the horse I want,” she announced jubilantly in 1998, after riding Burma for the first time at a New Jersey stable.

Her parents were uneasy, urging her to consider a quieter, more manageable mount. But Megan was sure. A tall girl who spent every free minute at the stables — grooming, riding, mucking out stalls, giving lessons — she wanted a big horse with a big personality, one that demanded attention and care, one that would truly test her ability as a horsewoman and trainer.

Her parents relented. And Burma was hers.

For six years, they were inseparable. Megan worked on pacing her new horse, calming her, grooming her, earning her trust. From the start it was clear that Burma would never be a good hunter or jumper: She didn’t have the calm, steady temperament to win in the show ring. And she was sickly — Megan endured whole nights in the barn, nursing her horse through bouts of colic, an intestinal disease that’s sometimes fatal. But Megan loved Burma’s adventurous streak, the fact that she was willing to try anything, loved their deepening bond.

When Megan enrolled at Meredith Manor Equestrian College in West Virginia in 2001, Burma went too. And when Megan graduated in 2003 and went to work at the New Jersey stables of famed Olympian equestrian Frank Chapot, Burma accompanied her.

“She was more than my horse or my pet,” Megan said. “She was my best buddy.”

But, as many horse lovers will attest — and as Megan would discover — a horse who is your best buddy can break your heart.

___

In 2004, when Megan decided to take a couple of months to travel across the country with her friend Katie Gaylor, her biggest dilemma was who could take care of Burma.

Megan remembered a conversation several years earlier with the horse trainer who had shipped Burma to West Virginia. She is so lovely, Megan recalled the woman saying. If you ever want to breed her, please call me.

Megan contacted the woman, who ran a stable in New York’s Orange County. They made a deal, Megan says. The woman would pay all Burma’s costs — food, shelter, veterinary care — and in return she would breed the mare and keep the foal.

In the fall of 2004, Megan dropped Burma off at well-appointed stables in the New York countryside. They signed a handwritten contract, Megan says, and then she and her friend took off on a six-week cross-country tour. Along the way, she kept in regular phone contact with Burma’s barn; returning for Thanksgiving, she visited her horse at the stables, and found her happy and well cared for — and pregnant.

Confident that Burma was in good hands, Megan moved to North Carolina to take over a stable with Katie. She kept a picture of Burma on the dash of the car and had photos of her all over the house. She would call every few weeks to ask how her horse was doing — and that was how she learned that Burma had miscarried.

She agreed to leave her at the stable for up to a year longer so the breeder could try for another foal.

Months passed. In the spring of 2005 the breeder told Megan that Burma was pregnant again.

That is the last conversation Megan recalls.

At first Megan paid little attention to the fact that her phone calls were not being returned. But when she called one day and the phone was disconnected, she panicked.

She tried to find the woman on the Internet, but she’d left no trace. She tried email, but her messages bounced back.

What had happened to the breeder? What had happened to her horse?

Katie wondered about taking legal action, or hiring an investigator. But Megan didn’t have any money. They could barely afford to run the barn. Besides, as her mother kept reminding her daughter in long, tearful phone conversations, the reality was that something bad must have happened to Burma.

In all likelihood, she had died giving birth. Burma was gone.

___

Six years passed. On July 6, 2011, two strikingly beautiful thoroughbred mares stood in pen No. 10 at the weekly horse auction in Cranbury, N.J, calling frantically to each other, eyes wild with fear. Number 912 was a tall dark bay, nearly black, with a stunning white blaze on her forehead. Her companion, number 911, was a skinny bay. Both had unusual white branding on their necks — t-47 and t-38.

No. 10 is the saddest stall, the feedlot pen also known as the “kill pen.” Horses here are destined to be shipped to a slaughterhouse and butchered for horse meat abroad. They can only be saved if they are bought, or “bailed,” for a couple of hundred dollars — the equivalent of what they would get per pound at the slaughterhouse.

At her pretty horse farm in Newtown, Conn., more than 100 miles away, Annette Sullivan monitored the auction on her computer. The 43-year-old horsewoman had her hands full with summer camp, and the last thing on her mind was rescuing a horse. But something about the dark mare made her pause.

How in the world could this gorgeous creature — which, according to one Internet posting, had some connection to Frank Chapot’s Olympic stable — wind up in the kill pen?

This horse has a history, Sullivan thought.

A friend connected to a rescue group offered to pay boarding costs if Sullivan would give the mares a home. Sullivan called the auction house. “I’ll bail 911 and 912,” she said, and paid $325 for both.

Papers identified the dark horse as Burma’s Lady, the 15-year-old granddaughter of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. Her companion was 18-year-old Ready to Cry, who had been on the track a few years but had no such famous lineage.

Lady was the beauty, but also more shy. Ready to Cry was her protector and muse, nuzzling Lady, stepping in front of her when anyone approached. Touched by the bond, convinced that the dark horse had a story as compelling as the fictional Black Beauty, Sullivan renamed Ready to Cry “Anna” — after Anna Sewell, author of the classic novel.

The horses seemed healthy and in good shape, but with one puzzling trait: Though they were broodmares, their teats were maiden. They had never given birth.

Curious, Sullivan emailed the stables listed as their last owner — All-D-Reiterhof Farm in Long Valley, N.J.

What she learned disturbed her deeply.

The farm operates a federally approved quarantine station where imported stallions are tested for contagious equine metritis, or CEM, a venereal disease that is treatable but can be devastating if it spreads through a barn. Because stallions show no symptoms, they are bred to two mares. If the mares are not infected, the stallion is released from quarantine.

For at least five years, Lady and Anna (known only as t-47 and t-38) had been used as test mares, bred over and over by foreign-born stallions entering the country. Each time, they were injected with hormone drugs and their reproductive organs were swabbed and flushed to ensure that they didn’t get pregnant.

Sullivan had never heard of CEM — and was horrified by what her mares had endured.

Armin Wagner, who owns the farm, was equally horrified to learn that the horses were alive.

Why do you have my horses? I sent them to slaughter, Sullivan recalls him saying over the phone. He also stressed, in emails to Sullivan, that it was crucial not to breed the mares. Their organs had been compromised by all the testing, he wrote. And Anna had a serious uterine infection.

Wagner refused to discuss the test program on the record. But equine experts and veterinarians associated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which mandates and oversees the little-known program, said the mares are well cared for. It is the only way, they said, to ensure the disease is kept out of the country.

“The mares are well treated and pampered,” said New Jersey State Veterinarian Dr. Manoel Tamassia, whose office was familiar with Burma and Anna. They spent most of the time, Tamassia said, eating hay or out in the pasture. When they are bred to the stallions a few times a year, he added, they are doing what is natural.

“It is a good life for a horse,” he said, “better than being stuck in a stall.”

___

The vet said Anna’s infection was not a danger as long as she was not bred, and both horses began quickly adjusting to the daily rhythms of their Connecticut home. But the mystery of Lady’s past haunted Sullivan.

The horse rode beautifully. “She has carriage and floats with you and engages,” Sullivan said. “You could feel the energy. There was something so special about this horse.”

Twelve-year-old Haley McNulty, who had been riding at the stable for years, fell in love with Lady, too. Her parents had promised her a horse for her 13th birthday in October, and there was no doubt which horse she wanted. Haley loved Lady’s sweet-natured personality, the way she stuck her tongue out as though she was laughing. And though she had “vices” — chomping on the stall door (“cribbing”) and weaving in the stall — Haley was moved by the mare’s story and all she had been through.

And so Haley started riding Lady several times a week, baking her oatmeal cookies and visiting almost every day. At Halloween, Haley dressed as a witch and stuck whiskers on Lady as her cat.

Sullivan was thrilled at what seemed like a perfect match, but she had nagging doubts about Lady’s health. The mare’s girth was expanding daily: She looked pregnant. But how could that be? Wagner had assured her it was impossible for a test mare to get pregnant.

Somehow, it had happened. A vet confirmed the pregnancy in late September: Lady would likely give birth within a month.

Sullivan’s heart sank. Lady’s uterus was too compromised to carry a foal to term. Even had she been in full health, she was old to be giving birth for the first time.

Sullivan braced herself to break the news to Haley: There was a good chance Lady would not make it. She might die giving birth, or her placenta could be so toxic she might have to be put down.

___

On a sunny morning in October, Megan Chance Adams dropped her son at kindergarten and checked her computer in Washington, N.C. She clicked on a Facebook link forwarded by a friend and saw a picture of a horse, a beautiful tall dark bay with a familiar white blaze.

Megan gasped.

“I found Burma,” she screamed on the phone to her mother. “Oh my God, she’s alive.”

“Are you sure?” her mother asked.

“Of course I’m sure,” Megan said, sobbing hysterically. “I know my horse.”

She called Sullivan, who listened patiently as the weeping young woman described everything about Lady — from her messy stall to her bad feet to the quirky way she stuck out her tongue. There was no doubt: Lady was Megan’s Burma.

Sullivan assured Megan that the horse was safe and well, but added that she had been through a lot. Gently, but without sparing any details, she described the test facility where Lady had spent five years, her rescue, her dangerous pregnancy.

Next Sullivan called Haley’s mother and left a message saying Lady was no longer available for adoption. Then she went to the barn. Stroking Lady’s forehead, she offered a silent prayer that the mare would survive.

Over the next week, Megan and Sullivan talked nearly every day. Megan told her about the contract with the farm in New York state, about how the woman and Burma had vanished. She told her how heartbroken she had felt, how guilty for letting her horse down. Now 29, Megan was married with a 4-year-old son and working in a pharmacy. She had taken some time off working with horses to focus on being a mom. But she had never stopped thinking of Burma.

On Oct. 26, a cold and rainy night, Burma went into labor.

For hours she heaved and sweated and moaned. Several times, Sullivan and the vet wondered if they would have to euthanize her. The foal was stillborn and twisted, its legs backwards. Even after sedating Burma, it took the vet, her assistant and Sullivan all their strength to wrap chains around the stunted fetus and pull it out.

They tried to present it to Burma, so that she would understand her baby was dead. But she didn’t want to know. She screamed and reared and banged at the stall, yanking out her IV.

In desperation, Sullivan went to Anna’s stall. She walked the mare over to Burma. Anna nuzzled her friend. She sniffed her. She whinnied softly. Burma grew quiet, and stopped banging at the sides of the stall. She looked at her companion with such sadness that Sullivan wept.

“I was mush,” Sullivan said.

Megan was a wreck, too, anxiously waiting by the phone in North Carolina, fearing the worst, willing her horse to survive.

Sullivan kept her updated with text messages. Both knew that the next few hours were critical. The placenta was toxic. If it didn’t expel soon, Burma could go into shock and would have to be put down.

About 24 hours after the birth, Sullivan messaged Megan.

We have placenta!

Megan collapsed in sobs. Burma had pulled through once again.

___

On the day after Thanksgiving, Megan drove from her mother’s house in New Jersey to Zoar Ridge stables in Connecticut.

She was about to see Burma for the first time in six years. And she was terrified.

Would Burma recognize her? Would she forgive her?

Heart pounding, she walked towards the pasture where Burma was grazing.

“Burma,” she called softly, “Burma.”

The mare flicked her head and looked up, ears pointed, curious. Slowly she ambled over. Trembling, Megan reached out and stroked her. It was hard to believe, after all this time, that she could touch the horse she had never stopped grieving.

In the barn, Burma didn’t take her eyes off Megan. It was as if she was trying to remember, to piece together all that had happened.

Megan and Sullivan agreed that Burma would stay through the holidays to continue her recovery, and move to North Carolina in the New Year. There, a beautiful new barn awaited her. After retiring, Megan’s father-in-law had built a small pleasure horse farm on a 70-acre tract in Washington. At the Lazy A, Burma would have a warm stall, plenty of companions and lots of hay. And Megan would visit every day.

For Megan, the reunion brought back a flood of memories — and questions.

Though she had long forgotten the name of the woman she had entrusted with Burma, she did remember the name of her shipping company: Horsefeathers. It turned out the business had once belonged to Kim Martin, a horse trainer in Warwick, N.Y. Martin, who goes by several other names, remembered Burma well, but she has a very different recollection of her deal with Megan.

There was no contract for a foal, Martin said. “She gave me the horse because she didn’t have the money to keep it.”

After running into legal and financial difficulties in 2005, Martin said she gave the horse to her friend, Wagner, who runs the test facility.

“I’m glad she got her horse back,” Martin said. But she insisted: “It was mine to give away. It was never lost or stolen.”

Martin’s account infuriates Megan’s husband and other family members who had watched her suffer over the loss of her horse. But it matters little to Megan.

At midnight on Jan. 11, a throng of friends and family gathered at the Lazy A, cheering as a horse trailer pulled into the stables.

Burma was home.

Sullivan watched the homecoming on her computer in Connecticut. It had been bittersweet to say goodbye to her rescued Black Beauty. But happily, the mare’s saga was over.

___

Except it wasn’t quite the ending.

After Sullivan posted Megan and Burma’s story on Facebook, and local media in Connecticut and North Carolina picked it up, a Kentucky horsewoman came forward to say the real Burma’s Lady was happily grazing in a field on her farm.

“I don’t know what Burma she has,” said Cheryll Frank of Georgetown, Ky., a few days after Burma’s arrival in North Carolina. “But Burma’s Lady by Tsunami Slew is sitting outside my window, and I have all the papers to prove it.”

Frank’s announcement launched a frenetic series of email and phone call exchanges between Frank, Megan, her mother, Sullivan and others. They checked the lip tattoo numbers of both horses against data with The Jockey Club, where thoroughbreds are registered. They checked with the American Equestrian Association and the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau.

Together they solved the mystery.

Megan’s Burma is actually Burma’s True Love, four years older than her half-sister, Burma’s Lady. They were born to the same dam, or mother, but have different fathers. (Burma’s True Love is not descended from the great Seattle Slew.)

Megan had only ever called her horse Burma. The name Lady appears to have been added when the horse was stabled with Martin.

For her part, Megan couldn’t care less about her horse’s name or lineage. All that matters is Burma is back where she belongs.

At the Lazy A, Burma has settled in happily with Lacey, a pony, and Dano, a gelding. Lulu, the 13-year-old chestnut mare, has become her new friend.

“I intend to spoil her and love her and pamper her and watch her grow old,” Megan said one recent sunny afternoon as she cleaned the stalls. “She’s going to be my princess, aren’t you, Burma?”

Hearing her name, Burma trotted over. Pushing her nose against Megan, the princess mare — Burma’s True Love — cheekily demanded another carrot.

___

 

 

Helen O’Neill is a national New York based writer noted for writing feature articles for major national newspapers and publications.

Radical Wyoming Politician’s Horse Slaughter Plans Challenged in Missouri

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ Equine Author and President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Missouri Towns say No to Wyoming Horse Eater’s Slaughterhouse

Wallis Dream Horse

Virtually within hours of notorious Wyoming State Rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis’ announcement of plans for a foreign owned horse slaughter plant to be built in the community of Mountain Grove, MO the local citizens have mobilized though the Community Preservation Project (CPP) to stop the plant’s approval and what would be the resulting destruction of their community.

Wallis, the former VP of the anti-horse and slaughter endorsing United Horseman group, has been an outspoken yet unqualified mouthpiece for the return of banned horse slaughter’s return to the sacred shores of the United States.  The last of three foreign owned slaughterhouses were shut down in 2007 with both the host states, Texas and Illinois, banning any further companion animal killing facilities from rebuilding within their borders.  A recent broad and in-depth survey conducted by the renowned Lake Research Partners and sponsored by the ASPCA clearly found that over 80% of the American public is opposed to horse slaughter for human consumption within the United States yet the likes of Wallis continue to beat their broken drum and subversively attempt to drive a poisoned and deadly point down the throats of unwitting Americans.

In an open letter to the citizens of Mountain Grove and neighboring Cabool, MO, CPP’s representing attorney, Cynthia MacPherson stated:

“I represent the Community Preservation Project with regards to the destructive impact that will occur as a result of a proposed slaughter plant to be located at the Ayers Industrial Park.  As a local citizen, you should be apprised of the significant negative economic impact a facility of this sort could have on the immediate area and surrounding communities.  Your property values will plummet and your town virtually destroyed.”

MacPherson supplied a compilation of issues to both the community and the press,  click (HERE) to download in Word Format:

INTRODUCTION

There are serious efforts underway to build a proposed horse slaughter facility within the Twin Cities Industrial Park.   The following information is provided to educate the community about the proposed operation and how it could impact the local environment, economy, job market and community in general.

THE FACILITY

  • The Lamson & Sessions building, which is situated next to S & H Farm Supply and owned by L & R Industries of Cabool, is the proposed site of the processing plant.  Additionally, investors are seeking to buy 30-40 acres from the Industrial Park to be used for lagoons and holding pens.
  • Current plans for the plant’s waste include a “three-tier” lagoon system utilizing salt and chemicals to treat eviscerated remains and blood, with the final lagoon using clams as a filter system.  There is no current waste and sewage infrastructure in place that could accommodate a 2800 horse-per-week load.
  • The proposed facility will breed horses on site as well as import horses from across the nation to be processed into meat for overseas human consumption.  Horses will be trailered in 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Investors project the regular slaughter of 200-400 horses per day, seven days a week.
  • Because the meat is intended for human consumption, it is estimated that a minimum of 90% of the horses will be in excellent health at the time of slaughter.  Many will be bred specifically for slaughter and genetic engineering and cloning will likely be utilized.

THE PLAYERS

 Chevideco

  • The Plant will be owned by Chevideco – A Belgium based European company which specializes in the processing of horse meat and purchase and sale of live and slaughtered horses.
  • Chevideco will have a minimum of 50% investment in the proposed facility, thereby ensuring it a controlling interest.
  • Chevideco is the parent company to Dallas Crown, the controversial horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas, which was permanently closed in 2007.
    • City officials from Kaufman, TX have been very outspoken regarding the damages caused by Dallas Crown to their city’s economic growth, sewer system and health of its citizens[1].
    • Coincidentally, horse slaughter is now illegal in Texas and Illinois, the locations of the last three horse slaughter plants in operation in the United States before they were closed in 2007.

Unified Equine, LLC

  • Through partnership with Chevideco, Unified Equine, LLC coordinates and manages the operation of slaughterhouses in the United States.
  • Sue Wallis, the chief executive officer for Unified Equine, LLC, is a resident of Recluse, Wyoming, where she is a member of the state legislature.
  • The website for Unified Equine can be found at http://www.unifiedequine.com/blog/.  The site, however, is carelessly designed and contains little to no useful information regarding the company and its practices.  Is this who we want doing business in our state?
  • An article regarding Unified Equine’s questionable business tactics and a complaint from 2010 can be read at: http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1486.

Dan Erdel

  • Chevideco and Unified Equine, LLC, have solicited Attorney Dan Erdel from Mexico, Missouri, as legal counsel and a potential business investor.  No other names have been publicly released.

IMPLEMENTATION

  • By the use of Economic Development  programs, the Belgium based company, Chevideco, seeks to take advantage of a $750,000 loan serviced through Intercounty Electric from USDA and reap the following rewards[2]:
    • Tax credits for  “new Investment”
    • 50% Income Exemption (this means virtually tax free income for half of their earnings that will go overseas with the meat).
    • Tax reduction on improvements.
    • $1,600 in employee credits for each qualifying employee for ten (10) years.

Environmental Impact

  • One of the main concerns posed by this project is the unlimited possibility for groundwater contamination due to the proposed lagoon systems.
  • Tom Aley has independently owned and operated the consulting firm Ozark Underground Laboratory since 1973.  His credentials and educational background along with his business information can be found at http://www.ozarkundergroundlab.com.
  • Aley’s expert opinion is:

Lagoons do not work well in Missouri karstlands. They are very prone to leakage.  Past examples include multiple lagoon failures at the city lagoons serving Republic and West Plains.  The last sinkhole collapse failure of the West Plains lagoon resulted in about 750 cases of waterborne illness.  I did a case history study of a previous failure of that lagoon system in a 1972 publication by Mo. Div. of Geology and Land Survey on catastrophic sinkhole collapses induced by leaky impoundments in karst areas.”

  • Work by the Ozark Underground Laboratory is focused primarily on land and water use issues in karst and fractured rock landscapes. Emphasis is placed on interactions between surface activities and resulting subsurface impacts.
  • The laboratory has conducted this type of work in 35 U.S. states as well as in Australia, Barbados, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand and Peru and has conducted numerous investigations and projects for various federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the Corps of Engineers.
  • the Laboratory has also conducted work for numerous state, municipal, corporate, and private clients.
  • REMEMBER: WE ALL DRINK FROM WELLS.

SOCIAL IMPACT

  • Another main concern that must be taken into consideration:  The increase in crime.
  • Using Kaufman, Texas, as a model, it has been clearly documented that the increased traffic flow, felons and migrant workers that follow this type of industry have a direct correlation on crime statistics.
  • Statistics showing crime rates in Kaufman, Texas, before and after the closing of the horse slaughter plants in 2007 can be found at http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Kaufman-Texas.html.

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

  • Poorly operated corporate slaughtering facilities have posed similar concerns and prompted numerous lawsuits in other rural Missouri towns.
  • Members of the Milan, Missouri community felt so strongly about the lack of social responsibility and professionalism of the local pork processing plant that a 12-member jury awarded more than $11 Million in damages to plaintiffs due to the “nuisances” caused by Premium Standard Farms, LLC. Owens, et al v. Contigroup Companies, Inc., Et al., WD72560. 

Migrant Work Force

  • Importing a workforce will add another tier to the social structure of both communities and schools.  We need jobs, not the social burden of importing a work force from outside the area that needs jobs.
  • Terry Spence, a citizen of Putnam County, Missouri and member of CLEAN (Citizens Legal Environmental Action Network), has been in litigation against Premium Standard Farms of Milan, Missouri for the past 17 years (including six federal lawsuits) due to issues with water contamination and excessively foul smells from the facility.
    • Mr. Spence, a farmer himself, has spoken candidly about the impact this type of operation can have on local farms, schools and hospitals.  He has witnessed the local school systems struggle to overcome the language barrier between students and instructors where nearly 50% of the surrounding school populations are now Hispanic speaking due to the immigration of Hispanic plant workers.  Mr. Spence also explained that local hospitals were labored with outstanding debt due to caring for ill and/or injured plant employees who were not covered with health insurance and were unable to pay their bills.  The natural consequence of this outstanding debt was increased healthcare costs for the community.
    • Mr. Spence welcomes questions or concerns regarding the issue or his personal experience in Milan.  He can be reached at: Terry Spence, Putnam County, Missouri – (660) 947-2671.
    • The road ahead for Mountain Grove has been paved with past experiences of other small towns in Southern Missouri.  Look at what has happened in towns such as Milan and Noel, Missouri.
    • If the slaughterhouse is opened as planned, it will be the first of its kind in the nation since the plant in Illinois was shut down in 2007.
    • As a result, the communities of Mountain Grove and Cabool can expect a lot of attention ~ THE WRONG KIND.
    • We will also undoubtedly see the loss of other businesses coming to this area.  This hot button issue has the potential of driving other businesses and industries away from our communities.
     Cynthia MacPherson

    MacPherson will be making presentations at the Mountain Grove City Council on March 6, 2012 at 7:00PM and at the Cabool City Council on March 19th, 2012 at 5:30 PM where she will address these issues.

    The staff of Straight from the Horse’s Heart and the Wild Horse Freedom Federation pledge their support to the CPP and will render as much assistance to Ms. MacPherson as required.  This will be the first battle, and hopefully the last, against predatory horse slaughter returning to the United States.  It’s time to make a stand.

    Further updates will be forthcoming!

Chief Wyoming Horse-Eater Pawns Alleged Horse Slaughter Plant Off onto Missouri

by Linda Russell, of KY3 News

“Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis, Again, Goes on Record Spreading Unsubstantiated Rumors on Slaughtering/Eating Horses

“True to form, Wyoming’s Renegade State Rep. Sue Wallis has launched a rumor in the news that she is behind the opening of a predatory horse Slaughter plant in Missouri before the people of the state, and local community, are even aware of it.  We have all heard the assumptions and false predictions in the past but what is amazing is that anyone in the media community would actually pay attention to her miscues and innuendo.  Wallis even goes on to expound about how the bloody meat will be distributed, within the year, within the U.S. full knowing that the meat of US horses is banned in the EU due to drug contamination and that the overall all public consensuses is 80% opposed to the killing and feasting upon flesh of companion animals.” ~ R.T.

Horse meat processing plant proposed in the Ozarks

MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — A company called Unified Equine wants the Ozarks to be home to its first processing plant for horse meat for human consumption.  The proposed plant would be just east of Mountain Grove near the Wright-Texas County line in the Twin Cities Industrial Park.

Unified Equine has been working on its business model for two years.  When federal legislation in November brought back the ability for the USDA to inspect horse slaughter plants, the Wyoming company got serious about finding its flagship location.

“We wanted a state that was supportive of our efforts, and the folks in Missouri are 100 percent on board with what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it,” said Sue Wallis, chief executive officers of Unified Equine, as well as a Wyoming state legislator.

“Oh, I think it would be horrible.  People would be moving out,” said Mountain Grove resident Danita McCaig.

Many shudder at the idea of horse meat production in their back yard, but others in the agricultural area are showing support.

“If they got a problem with it, they can go somewhere else, I guess,” said Nathan Kelly, owner of Wright County Livestock Auction.

At the monthly horse auction, Kelly says horses often go for only about $50.  He believes a meat market would increase their value and lead to fewer horses living neglected and malnourished.

“If you have an owner who can’t give an animal away, can’t afford to feed it, if they’re working for $10 or $12 an hour, they can barely afford to feed their own family, much less their horse, so they’re going to take care of their family first,” Kelly said.

If the plant does come to the spot between Mountain Grove and Cabool, the horses would be slaughtered and processed all at the same location, about 200 a day in one shift, or up to 400 a day if there were two shifts of workers.

“The horses that are processed — it’s just like cattle or hogs or sheep.  You don’t want starving, abused horses.  You want horses that are in good shape,” said Wallis.

“Everywhere you go, everybody’s talking about it, the slaughter plant coming in.  It’s sad they picked Mountain Grove to do something like that in, because basically, we have a good little town here, and I’m not originally from here.  I’m a transplant, but I still have pride in the town, and I don’t want it abused,” said McCaig.

Wallis says the plant would initially bring 40 to 55 jobs to the area, with possible expansion to more than 100.  Some welcome the jobs, but others can’t stomach the idea.

“I don’t want it to be produced anywhere,” said McCaig.

Unified Equine and Unified Meats would distribute the horse meat to domestic, ethnic, specialty and gourmet markets here in the United States and across the world.  In some countries in Europe, Asia and South America, horse meat is commonly used for human consumption.  Kelly says some American horses are currently purchased for slaughter and trucked to Mexico or Canada.

Unified Equine is in a feasibility study now, but Wallis says, so far, all indications are the plant will be a go, and she hopes it will open this year.  KY3 received no comments Thursday from the Chambers of Commerce in either Mountain Grove or Cabool, or the owner of the industrial park where the plant would be established.

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Salazar, Obama’s BLM Stick It to the Wild Horses, Burros and the American Public

OpEd by R.T. Fitch ~ President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Infamous Horse Slaughter Advocate Appointed to BLM Advisory Board

"Our friend Callie says da horses gotta GO...eat more Horse!"

While trusting Americans calmly slept all snug in their beds dreaming of freedom, blue skies, green grass and the thundering of distance hooves the grotesquely distorted and immoral monster, known as the Department of the Interior (DoI), was plotting on collusive and divisive ways to kill off the national icon of American freedom and independence; the wild horses and burros of the western United States.

The plotting, scheming, lobbying, exchanging of favors and money under the table is nothing new for the DoI and its bastard offspring, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  They have been stripping, maiming, harming, warehousing, killing, selling and hiding tens of thousands of public wild horses for decades and as of late it was actually exposed, in a FOIA back in 2008, that they were going to slaughter the tens of thousands that are in their equine concentration camps, only to do an about face and lie to the public and say that was just a hypothetical study and they never intended to actually pull the trigger, right.

But would you like some rock solid evidence, today, without any shadow of a doubt that the bought and paid for grazing company, BLM, is stacking the deck to ensure that our national heritage is cruelly slaughtered and sold to foreign countries for a filly burger versus applying sound science to range management?  I will give you all that without even any comment; just letting the facts speak for themselves.

Several weeks ago the Secretary of the DoI, Colorado cattle baron and long time horse-hater Ken Salazar appointed one of his home state buddies to the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.  This sham of a board is supposed to advise the BLM on a way forward in protecting and managing the national treasure of wild horses and burros on their federally designated public lands.  But instead, this board is stacked with ONLY cattle, hunting and grazing interests.  To date, there is not one single horse/burro advocate sitting on this public board and good ole boy Salazar appointed an infamous and outspoken horse slaughter advocate and welfare ranching promoter into the “Public Advocate” slot.  You say, “What gives?”…it’s called collusion, money, greed and corruption ladies and gentlemen and what stings the most is that the feds that suckle on the teats of the federal sow don’t think that we are smart enough to figure out what is REALLY going on; that’s what curdles my milk.

Let’s take a second and listen to the words of wisdom that Salazar’s new appointee, Callie Hendrickson, has to say about wild horses/burros and banned, predatory horse slaughter.  Former Public Advocate Janet Jankura wanted to stay but Salazar wasn’t having any of that because some of the wild horse advocates actually got along well with Janet, damn her soul.

First stop will be her website, the Wild Horse Range Coalition which is pretty much a failed attempt to pull together welfare ranchers, who pay only $1.35 a month to tear up and destroy YOUR public lands, so that they can all collectively blame the naturally occurring wild horses for range degradation where the horses are usually outnumbered by private cattle, on public land, between 100-400 to “1”.  We shall take a cue from Callie and utilize the format that she uses on her site/blog with the headers “Callie Says:” (now keep in mind that this individual was picked to be YOUR voice to the BLM in helping to preserve and protect OUR wild horses and burros)

Callie Says:

Posted October 11th, 2011 – Wild Horses and Burros Meeting

“Based on what we hear about the people in the East wanting to be sure the horses remain free or that they won’t stand for the horses to be sold, I was surprised that the only activist in attendance were the small handful that have been making a living off of convincing people that the BLM is managing the horses to extinction.  There were a total of 10 – 12 people who made comments.  There were no tears shed by the horse activists this time so to wasn’t quite as entertaining as the two previous meetings.”  (Little note here, Callie honey, idiots like you are costing me my retirement.  Make money?  We spend money;  personal money and trying to save the West Douglas herd from your gnashing teeth and clanking knife and fork is postponing my retirement you self-righteous twit…oh, sorry, I forgot, I wasn’t going to say anything but I just don’t do “stupid” very well.)

…” I was very frustrated when a new Board Member noted the Board needed to consider the elephant in the room and discuss lethal control of the horses.  Immediately he was shut down by the Chair of the Board, Robin Lohnes, and BLM Assistant Director, Ed Roberson.  Last I knew anything about parliamentary procedure, the Chair’s role is to conduct the meeting rather than control the conversation to the point only her point of view is discussed.  And since this is an “Advisory” Board to the BLM, it is frustrating that a BLM employee would shut down any discussion brought up by a Board Member.  In my opinion, that was totally inappropriate.”  (Wow, what a team player…stupid enough to publicly trounce on the Chair and STILL get appointed.  You must have something pretty big on ole Kenny, huh?  And we feel sorry for you, they didn’t get a chance to talk about your favorite subject, slaughtering and eating wild horses…bet that made you all hot for a “Filly Fillet”, didn’t it.  Drat, there I go again, sorry.)

Oh, Callie talks to herself, too.  Here site/blog is such a total failure that she is the only one who responds to her page on current issues and she only had two responses to all of the issues with the most interesting being:

Callie Says:

“Check out the GAO report that tells us what we already knew. Closing horse slaughter plants has caused more horses to suffer. Surprise, surprise!”  (Don’t you just want to give her a great big hug?)

Under another header;

Callie Says:

“These new bills on the Government Litigation Savings Act are making wild horse groups nervous. These bills will stop their “cash cow” because they will no longer be able to sue the government to make money. I encourage you to see the “take action” page and learn about what these bills will do for you as a tax payer.”  (I think we talked about this before, dumbass…eeks, sorry burros…there is NO money in suing the BLM to stop abusing the horses and burros, it is a bottomless pit but it is all done so that WE can sleep at night knowing that we have done the right thing while the likes of you toss and turn with the haunting nightmares of destroying all that is natural, pure and right with our wilderness.  I wouldn’t trade places for a second.)

Callie is also a self-proclaimed scientist and mathematician, a trait she shares with her friend, “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis:

Callie Says:

“While there are an estimated 38,500 horses and burros (12,000 more than the range can support), it has been proven time and time again that BLM’s count is anywhere from 15% to 50% undercounted. This is understandable because it is impossible to count all the animals from the air when they are in rough terrain (canyons and mesas) under pinion and juniper trees. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to count horses, deer, elk, cattle, etc. If we give them the benefit of the doubt and estimate an undercount of 35%, there are likely 51,975 horses on the range.”

Callie went to Washington in May of 2011 to share her genius and compassionate heart with legislators on Capitol Hill, to read her comments just warms your soul as she is the one who will be advising the BLM on how to care for and protect your wild horses, I just can’t wait.

Callie Says:

“Our message was, BLM has the law to follow and they need to stand up in court and defend their decisions to remove the horses from the range.  They have the authority to sell the excess horses and they need to do so.  That is the only answer to keeping a healthy range and to not be spending $40 million a year feeding horses that have no use.”  (Gosh, I have a really neat and simple plan for all those useless horses, darling…leave them on the range were they don’t cost a friggen nickel just as the US Congress voted UNANIMOUSLY to do back in 1971.  Am I missing something here?)

Callie goes on to talk about the suit to stop the Triple B roundup, last year, which was filed with Laura Leigh as plaintiff and Wild Horse Freedom Federation as the supporting organization.  Initially the judge allowed the round up to proceed but with video supplied by the plaintiff showing the pursing helicopter coming into contact with the horse the Judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the roundup.  Now Callie does not mention the TRO, only the initial denial on July 15th and she is so very disengaged from the facts of what is going on as she blames and bashes the Cloud Foundation instead of the true funding group, WHFF.

Callie Says:

“This is great news that the Court recognizes the law and the need to move forward with these gathers! However, I bet we never see any information about what the Cloud Foundation has cost the taxpayer in delaying the gather after all of BLM’s and the gathering contractor’s efforts and expenses of setting up for the gather, being delayed, being given the go-ahead, then being delayed again, then being given the go-ahead again!”  (Awww, poor misguided thing, I would so very much have liked you to bash myself or our WHFF versus the good folks at TCF.  I love a good thrashing from a lame blogger now and then..’stop it I love it’…’it hurts so good’…but no, you missed the entire point and went down a road that only shows your lack of understanding and total disengagement from the facts, sigh…I hope that your condition improves.)

So folks if you have some time to waste and feel like seeing what it is like to live in a very dark and lonely habitat simply swing on over to www.wildhorserange.org where you can witness the melt down of a celebrity wanna-be post disjointed articles with the only comments made being from herself, one guy did comment on the entire site and she was so enthralled that she asked him to forward her article to the BLM so that they could see how cool she was.  To date, she has had only 9,000 hapless victims hit on her site, we do that in a day at SFTHH, but then again, we are about doing what is right instead of delving into the darkness of murder and slaughter…and now she represents YOU, the American public, ain’t it sweet?

Oh, don’t forget to swing by and listen to Callie talk up her ideas on the internet radio:

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) Joining the BARN by telephone is newly appointed BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Member Callie Hendrickson discussing several issues related to the management of Wild Horses & Burros in the United States & right here in Colorado. In particular is the focus on the Act that guides the program, and that gives BLM the authority to make decisions regarding the National Wild Horse & Burro Program…022112_WildHorseBurroProgram_CallieHendrickson_21m

But before we close, let’s bop on over to Facebook where good ole Callie publicly fawns up next to our favorite Head Horse-Eater, Dave Duquette, president of the ever shape shifting organization presently going under the name of United Horsemen, a front for the slaughter, meat and packing industry with ties to the current Canadian Horse Slaughter community.  (She is now a proud member and will be speaking at their Slaughterfest in May, again as your PUBLIC ADVOCATE to the BLM for YOUR wild horses and burros, ain’t it great?

Dave Duquette “Welcome aboard folks, Callie it’s great to see you here.”

Callie Hendrickson “Thanks Dave Duquette. I’m working on learning this FB thing. Working to help people understand the problems the wild/feral horse overpopulation issues cause on the range. Have you visited the www.wildhorserange.org page? You seem to have a great handle on this stuff and I certainly welcome your feedback on it.”

Callie Hendrickson “BTW Dave, great job on all the work you are doing to get the Approps bill passed without the rider! Keep up the good work and be sure to let us know what we can do to help.”

On her own pro-cow anti-horse Facebook page she talks to herself a lot, too:

Callie Says:

“As a taxpayer, I agree 100% with Ole Olson! Sell them and let the highest bidder buy the horses. If it is a horse lover, great! If it is a killer buyer, great! At one time I thought the government had an obligation to manage the taxpayers’ money wisely. That has gone out the window today. Has anyone burst Ms. Pickens bubble by letting her know the horses she saw in the movies were domestic horses? Or is that like her not knowing that horses are used for meat? If you marry the kind of money that she has, I guess you can afford to live in a fantasy world. But in the real world, life is life and it ends in death one way or another.”

Enough said?

Now it’s time to hear from someone else, someone who may be opinionated but the opinions fall into the favor of preserving the lives of our national icons and to stop the destruction of our public lands for personal gain.  That someone would be ME!

R.T. Says:

“It’s time to CULL CALLIE, to stand up and fight this outrageous appointment; a slap in the face to the good citizens of this fair land, this horse-hater needs to go and go now.”

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Come join us in our National Call in and Fax day on March 1st where we intend to occupy both the phone lines AND the fax lines to Callie’s good buddy and friend, Ken Salazar.  Let Kenny know that you are outraged, pissed off, disappointed and insistent that Cruel Callie be removed from consideration for the BLM Advisory board, IMMEDIATELY.  This is unconscionable and yet another stain on the Administration that had promised not only change, but to be animal friendly.  We have NOT seen anything like that, yet.

On March 1st tell Salazar that you want action and you want action NOW, enough is enough:

Number to Call: (202) 208-3100

Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956

Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Cull Cruel Callie is the Cry of the day and as a team, we can make it happen.  Tell your family, your friends, your business associates and go visit her site and pull down the evil talk.  This woman does not represent mainstream America and it is obvious that she does a poor job of representing the horse-eating few.  She has to go.

Make the calls, send the faxes and insist Cruel Callie is Culled on March 1st.  We have the power, we have the know-how and we surely have the right cause on our side.

CULL CRUEL CALLIE

Sources:

http://www.wildhorserange.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Horse-Range/154140607989970

https://www.facebook.com/groups/unitedhorsemen/permalink/181547408596460/

http://brianallmerradionetwork.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/02-21-12-blm-announces-three-selections-for-national-wild-horse-and-burro-advisory-board/

Equine Welfare Organizations Join Forces to Demand Ouster of BLM Board Horse Slaughter Promoting Appointee

Unified Call to Action from: Animal Law Coalition, ASPCA, Cloud Foundation, Equine Welfare Alliance, Front Range Equine Rescue, Horse Fund and Wild Horse Freedom Federation

National Wild Horse and Burro Protest Day – March 1, 2012

"Callie Hendrickson does NOT represent US or the HORSES!"

Join thousands of concerned and caring Americans around the country.

Protest Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s appointment of Callie Hendrickson to the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board[1] as the General Public Representative.

Background: Callie Hendrickson is the Executive Director of the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts representing ranching interests, many of whom have permits to run livestock on public lands in Northwestern Colorado. The organization successfully petitioned to become an intervenor on the side of BLM to completely remove the West Douglas Wild Horse Herd on the Western Slope of Colorado.

 

  • Ms. Hendrickson supports the sale without limitation of all unadopted wild horses to the highest bidder (including slaughter buyers).

 

  • Ms. Hendrickson will speak at the second pro-slaughter conference (Summit of the Horse) in Oklahoma City this spring.

 

Does Callie Hendrickson represent you? If your answer is NO, then please call, fax, and email Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and politely, but firmly ask that Callie Hendrickson’s appointment to the Advisory Board[1] be rescinded immediately.

Tell the Secretary that she does not represent you or the 80% of the General Public opposed to horse slaughter[2].

Number to Call: (202) 208-3100
Number to Fax: (202) 208-6956
Address to Email: feedback@ios.doi.gov


[1] The BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommends management strategies to the BLM. Hendrickson would join Jim Stephenson (appointed June 2011) on the Board. Stephenson openly advocates for horse slaughter. BLM has discussed killing wild horses in holding since at least 2008. With Hendrickson, they may have just the Board they want —a Board that could recommend to BLM that they dispose of the wild horses in holding.

 

[2] A recent nationwide poll reveals that 80% of Americans oppose the slaughter of U.S. horses for  human consumption regardless of their gender, political affiliation, whether they live in an urban or rural area, or their geographic location. Further, it confirms that a vast majority of horse owners are also against the slaughtering of our nation’s equines. The survey was sponsored by the ASPCA and conducted by Lake Research Partners.