Study Exposes Real Reasons Behind Decline of US Horse Industry

Information obtained from the Equine Welfare Alliance

Horse Slaughter Promoter’s Propaganda Pales in the Light of Facts

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Chicago (EWA) – The Equine Welfare Alliance has released the first comprehensive analysis of economic forces that have caused major shrinkage of the horse industry in recent few years. The study analyzes the cost of alfalfa, grass hay, corn and gasoline as well as the impact of the extended recession, and explains why breed registries have seen an approximately 50% reduction in foal registrations since 2007.

While all sectors of the economy have been hammered by the economic conditions this new study shows that the horse industry has also suffered hyper-inflation of its costs. The combination has been devastating.

The report shows that most of these factors were in the early stage of explosive increases in early 2006, but that the full impact was not felt until the crash of the financial sector brought increased unemployment in 2008. The study also goes into government policies that lead to these pressures and thus to the collapse.

During the downward trending, state laws closed the domestic horse slaughter plants in 2007, sending all horse slaughter over the borders. With no cessation in horse slaughter during this period, the impact was negligible, at best, and the downward spiral would have continued had the plants remained open.

A GAO study released in June, 2011, assessed the declining prices of low end horses largely to the closing of the US horse slaughter plants. This conclusion was widely ridiculed because the study admitted that the increased export of horses to slaughter had meant there was no overall reduction in the number of US horses slaughtered.

“It is now obvious that the GAO completely missed the elephant in the living room,” explains Holland, “They didn’t even mention the increased cost of feed and fuel, and instead focused on the cost of longer trips for kill buyers hauling horses to Canada and Mexico.”

The new study is available for download free, and underlying data and calculations will be made available upon written request.

Full Report: http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Analysis_of_Factors_Responsible_for_Horse_Industry_Decline.pdf

The Equine Welfare Alliance is a dues-free 501c4, umbrella organization with over 230 member organizations and hundreds of individual members worldwide in 18 countries. The organization focuses its efforts on the welfare of all equines and the preservation of wild equids.

Guest Blog: Getting Ready to Go

Guest blog by Declan Gregg of Children 4 Horses

Children and Letters Travel to D.C. Tomorrow

“Today is Sunday and again, we would like to share with you the clean, fresh thoughts and motives expressed by the youth of America in their quest to save our horses, particularly the thoughts expressed by 9 year old Declan Gregg from New Hampshire.  We have featured Declan’s participation and promotion of EWA‘s “Children’s Letter Writing Campaign” on this blog (click (HERE)) but today we would like to feature Declan’s own blog and the thoughts that he has as we prepare to head to D.C., in the morning, and support Declan and hundreds of American children in their effort to save our American horses, both domestic and wild, from predatory slaughter.” ~ R.T.

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Declan Testifying at the New Hampshire Legislature in January ~ photo courtesy of Children 4 Horses

I am very excited to go to Washington DC on Monday!  It feels really good to go because I know that I can help the horses.  I hope the people there listen to me  so they will know what is really going on.  I really, really, really, hope I make a difference!

I have surpassed my goal of collecting 115 letters and now have over 200 letters to bring with me.  I am very confident that the letters will help save America’s horses from slaughter.  Thank you everyone who have written a letter or supported me in any way.

I am definitely looking forward to speaking at the press conference on Tuesday the 27th.  I have been working really hard on my speech and I think it is great and it will change people’s minds about horse slaughter.  I am also very excited to meet people like Congressman Jim Moran (VA), Vicki Tobin (EWA), Jo-Claire Corcoran (EWA) and R.T. Fitch, who are all fellow horse advocates.  I am especially excited to meet R.T. Fitch (author) because he has helped me so much and I really want to meet him and thank him personally for helping me and posting my blog on his blog.  I think it’s cool R.T. is going to be there too, especially since a lot of the people who are standing up for the horses are women.  It will be great to meet another man who is really trying to stop this evil and is also standing up for what he thinks is right.  And thank you to Congressman Moran, another man never willing to back down from the fight.

When I am in Washington DC, I have an appointment with Congressman Guinta.  Congressman Guinta will also be taking me on the House Floor during a vote so I can see how it all works.  That is going to be REALLY cool!  There are a few other people who have asked to meet with me, so we are trying to schedule that now.  I will let you know when I do.

Mark Ericson from WOKQ (in NH) is going to be broadcasting from a sister station and asked to interview me.  Unfortunately, we will have already left DC when he can meet, so we will be talking when I get back form my trip.  I will also be talking with Jean Proulx on WSCA (in NH) and her “PAWsitive Thoughts” show in April.  I will try to get recordings of both to post for you.

I feel really good that I have all my homework done so I can go on my trip and not be stressed out by it.  I even completed the work my teacher sent home that I will be missing, so I am all set.  Now, I can concentrate on my speech and practice it before we go.  I wonder if people would want to hear my speech on the plane… it would be great practice. Maybe I can present it to the Captain.  I think I’ll ask when I get on the plane  🙂

I will try to write from Washington DC, but it may have to wait until I get back because I will be so busy.

Thanks again for all your help and support!!  Love never fails and I will never give up on the horses!!

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