Secrecy Behind Possible Horse Butchering Operation Evaporating
Public records reveal that Liberated L&E LLC, an equipment and machine rental company based in Palmdale California bought a 252-acre parcel of land in Hermiston,OR for $600,000 last March with the expressed intent of building an alleged horse slaughter plant on the location. Hermiston, OR is the hometown of Dave Duquette, president of an anti-horse/pro-slaughter lobbying organization, announced in March that a horse slaughter plant was to be built in his community and that the land would be donated; Duquette was, and still is, short on details.
Internet sources and the California Secretary of State indicate that listed managing members of Liberated L&E LLC are Robert Joseph Zamrzla and Jonny Lee Zamrzla who are also directors of the California firm Stone Roofing East, Inc.
According to a recent report in the Hermiston Herald City Planner Clint Spencer sent a memo to City Manager Ed Brookshier alerting him to the possibility of the proposed intent of a horse slaughter plant being built upon the purchased parcel.
“There has been no movement with Umatilla County in terms of meeting with staff or submission of land use applications for the horse slaughter facility,” Spencer was quoted as saying, however he did go on to clarify that the land sale has been completed.
Mayor Bob Severson and councilors Frank Harkenrider and Jackie Myers spoke out against such a facility in the Hermiston area. Severson has also voiced opposition to such a facility in recent weeks.
“I cannot see where a horse slaughtering plant would do anything to improve our community or our image for attracting new business and industry,” Severson wrote in a letter read May 14 to city council in his absence. Severson wrote in response to a letter to the editor from Kaye Killgore of Portland published May 17 in the East Oregonian. Killgore, who described herself as a frequent visitor to the area and with friends here, wrote that slaughterhouses elsewhere can be environmental nightmares, among other criticisms of Duquette’s plan.
“The biggest thing I’m concerned about is, I don’t want anything with odor or anything like that to detract from the community we have today,” Severson said, “To me a horse is a recreation animal or a work animal. We don’t need to slaughter them for food.”
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