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Wyoming’s Slaughterhouse Sue Exposed by Hometown Newspaper

Article by Wyoming’s Star Tribune

The Chickens have come Home to roost for the Bloody Princess of Horse Slaughter

Wyoming’s “$laughterhou$e” $ue Walli$ ~ photo by Pam Nickoles

ROCKVILLE, Mo. — The primary backer of a proposed horse slaughtering operation in western Missouri said she isn’t giving up, even though plans have stalled because of legal problems surrounding the plant that was to be used for the business.

In June, Wyoming legislator Sue Wallis announced that a former beef processing plant in Rockville was being retrofitted to be a horse slaughtering plant, raising hopes of bringing much-needed jobs to the town 100 miles south of Kansas City.

But Wallis’ company, Unified Equine, has not acquired the plant and no work has been done at the site, The Kansas City Star reported Monday.

Wallis’ critics said that is typical of how she has operated since she began pushing to reopen horse slaughtering plants in the U.S. after Congress voted in 2011 to restore funding for horse plant inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“She goes around to all these places with the promise of jobs and people get all excited and nothing ever comes of it,” said Pat Fazio, who works to protect wild horses in Wyoming and has clashed with Wallis many times.

Wallis insisted she plans to continue working to acquire the Rockville plant, noting that organizations such as the Missouri Equine Council support her effort.

Wallis said her company wanted to open a plant in Missouri because it would be close to major transportation hubs and within a few hundred miles of 30 percent of the country’s horses. The plant would be able to process up to 200 animals a day.

The company said its plant would mainly buy healthy, mature horses, process their meat as steaks and hamburger and ship it to markets in China, Mexico, Europe and some ethnic niche markets in the U.S.

But the Rockville plant she wants to use is mired in ownership and legal troubles. Last September, owner Vincent Paletta was sued for breach of contract by a company owned by his wife. Since then, the couple has been sued by a Grandview, Mo., electrician who sought a lien on the property, saying he is owed $60,000 for refrigeration work.

And Vincent Paletta was charged in February with two counts of stealing involving the plant’s operation. He has pleaded not guilty and has said the other issues are being resolved.

Even if the plan moves forward, Wallis will be opposed again by Cynthia McPherson, an attorney who successfully led a fight earlier this year when Wallis announced she planned to open the horse slaughtering operation in Mountain Grove, in southwest Missouri. McPherson represents the electrician who sued Paletta.

Unlike in Mountain Grove, Rockville residents generally supported Wallis’ plans. Mayor Dave Moore said the town was behind it because the beef processing plant had been the town’s biggest employer before it shut down.

Moore said recently that the town continues to hope the project will happen but he acknowledged that nothing has been done since Wallis visited the town to promote the idea.

On top of all the other issues, Congress could again take away funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter operations. Last month, an amendment to remove funding was added to an appropriations bill by Rep. Jim Moran of Kansas. It has cleared the House Appropriations Committee.

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  1. Sue Wallis is lying thru her teeth if her mouth is open! Historically they bring in outside workers to run these plants, but yet she snowballs the locals saying that they will hire locals. EVERY slaughter plant has RUINED the neighborhoods they are in. Rockville wake the hell up, Sue Wallis is NOT your savior.

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  2. We still have a lot of work to do. We must get congress to get the horse slaughter prevention bills out of committees in both the house and the senate. They need to be brought to the floor and voted into law subject to the POTUS signature. We need another day of jamming phone lines, emails and fax machines.

    Did you call the White House today? 202-456-1111

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  3. My comment is that greedy people will do anything for money. Why isn’t the town’s council finding other ways/alternative industries for their people to earn money? Killing horses is the easy way out and the hell and misery for theses innocent animals will start all over again. Shame on Ms. Hill and everyone else who are in favor of it. You are disgusting human beings.

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    • Lazy period.
      I know there are jobs in Greene Co and why don’t the so called MEN go look for work, get a job, get settled and bring the family up to him? This is how real men did it in the past….

      They could swoon Coleman who is bringing back jobs to the US and they are near 71 Hwy and who knows more about hunting and camping than them?

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  4. “The company said its plant would mainly buy healthy, mature horses, process their meat as steaks and hamburger and ship it to markets in China, Mexico, Europe and some ethnic niche markets in the U.S.”
    Seriously?!?! Now, how in the hell does THIS help the so called “equine crisis”. HOW does this help the horse industry and those so called “starving equines” that need a humane ending? If they’re starving, then they don’t have much meat, DO THEY!?! HOW many times does she need to step on her own words for people to realize this is CRAP???

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  5. Yum ! Healthy mature drug laced dinner cuts! Got BUTE? If she sells this product in the USA (or ships it to foreign markets) what’s her liability in food terrorism? Remember that imported milk formula problem a few years ago? Please don’t tell me about her cloned/drug free horse stockyard. What planet is she from? Mount up every one–we have horses to save.

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  6. HI Ann, Saw you on the radio program tonight , in listened to 3/4 of it , then my computer lost audio on it , how frustrating

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      • Dear Ann, it was great to find out that there are people in Wyoming who are fighting for the Horses, , darn I missed Graig Downer, what a great defender of the wild mustangs, I will never forget the Black Mustang who evaded the BLM, that Mr. Downer filmed ,trying to find out what happened to him we all named him Freedom, this horse was not only special because he totally evaded the BLM , but there is more to that Black mustang called freedom, he s always in my dreams almost Nitely ??????? the BLM says they have captured him, Wonder if they are doing what they do best Lieing…………………………….

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  7. After overwelming the water teatment plants in Texas and Illinois the EPA ordered the horse slaughter plants to close. Foreign interested just closed the doors, skipped town refusing to pay the fines leaving local tax payers to clean up the mess at their own expense. Horses are not raised as a food commodity in this country Theirs is a multi billion dollar industry of companion/ work/ sport animals regulated by supply and demand. Besides ” cowboys dont eat their best friends”

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  8. She’s one pathetic woman! The greed far outweighs any common sense or concern for the horses, the communities, the environment, the taxpayers, as well as; the health issues that horseslaughter creates. All horse advocates must continue to expose her for what she is…you can fill in the blank! :

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  9. I’m just wondering if the town of Rockville is listening to us NOW??? They just don’t ‘get’ how a horse slaughter plant can and will destroy their community. They equate horses to be the same as cows, so insist their slaughter is the same also.

    What’s funny, tho not really, is that IF a plant opens anywhere in this country, how many of those horses standing in line to await being tortured and killed, will be horses that they FOUND?

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  10. This evil person really has a vendetta against horses. She must of had one step on her foot as a child. She looks like she could eat a few horses…at one sitting.

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  11. Anyone having trouble with the link to the Tribune for the entire story?

    I can’t make it work and I searched newspapers in WY with Tribune in their name and can’t find the story.
    .

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  12. Denise, if you click on the star tribune at top of article then put slaughter house sue in the search box there are several articles – but when I found this one(above) RT had the whole thing here.
    There were several other articles, tho…

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  13. Evil; Can’t even discribe this heffer! One cruel bitter woman, if you want to call her a woman.
    I hope there is no mercy on her soul, and may she rest in hell with no peace.
    I believe the old saying “Do unto others as they would do for you” Well Sue Wallace needs to be loaded up in the back of a trailer like these poor innocent animals are with no food water and brutally beaten then a long horriic ride to hell .

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  14. This is a copy of letter Sue Walrus (type o) sent to

    July 31, 2012

    The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack

    Secretary of Agriculture

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

    Washington, DC 20250

    Dear Secretary Vilsack,

    On behalf of the International Equine Business Association and the horse businesses of the United States I am writing to urge your agency to immediately provide the inspection necessary to humanely and safely process horses in facilities that are ready to do so in the United States. The horse industry is already severely damaged because of the lack of market and options, and now with wide spread drought and wild fire damage, the situation is truly dire.

    Attached please find an urgent petition, and background information supporting this letter.

    USDA stands squarely in the way of enterprises that could offer some relief and a humane option for many of these horses. It has come to our attention that USDA is promulgating directives to states that indicate the agency has no intention of providing the inspection they are required by long-standing U.S. law to provide, and are actively discouraging state departments of agriculture from implementing any kind of state inspection. This singles out one class of livestock owner for economic harm and persecution that is extremely detrimental-leaving many with no option except to destroy valuable animals, or to sell them at pathetically low prices and allow them to be hauled to other countries out of U.S. jurisdiction. In the face of widespread natural disaster, some would say this is the height of hypocrisy and completely counter to the mission of the USDA to promote and responsibly regulate agriculture in this country.

    Several horse processing facilities are ready to offer horse owners a fair price for the animals they desperately need to sell — or could be within days — to provide much-needed emergency relief. Markets for the product are ready to accept it domestically and internationally if the meat is USDA-inspected exactly as it was in 2007.

    USDA should not stand in the way of much-needed, humane options for horses. Horses and horse people are uniquely suffering as a direct result of federal government inaction, and the Department’s refusal to provide the inspection services federal law requires USDA to provide.

    Across the nation, states, tribes and private citizens are working hand-in-hand with the federal government to provide relief to every other breed of livestock, and every other kind of business, yet USDA stands directly in the path of the same relief for the horse industry.

    This is a moral and ethical imperative that USDA must address without delay.

    Sincerely,

    Sue Wallis, Chair

    United States

    Bill des Barres

    Canada

    Olivier Kemseke

    European Union, Mexico, Argentina

    July 31, 2012

    The Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack

    Secretary of Agriculture

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    1400 Independence Ave., S.W.

    Washington, DC 20250

    Dear Secretary Vilsack,

    On behalf of the International Equine Business Association and the horse businesses of the United States I am writing to urge your agency to immediately provide the inspection necessary to humanely and safely process horses in facilities that are ready to do so in the United States. The horse industry is already severely damaged because of the lack of market and options, and now with wide spread drought and wild fire damage, the situation is truly dire.

    Attached please find an urgent petition, and background information supporting this letter.

    USDA stands squarely in the way of enterprises that could offer some relief and a humane option for many of these horses. It has come to our attention that USDA is promulgating directives to states that indicate the agency has no intention of providing the inspection they are required by long-standing U.S. law to provide, and are actively discouraging state departments of agriculture from implementing any kind of state inspection. This singles out one class of livestock owner for economic harm and persecution that is extremely detrimental-leaving many with no option except to destroy valuable animals, or to sell them at pathetically low prices and allow them to be hauled to other countries out of U.S. jurisdiction. In the face of widespread natural disaster, some would say this is the height of hypocrisy and completely counter to the mission of the USDA to promote and responsibly regulate agriculture in this country.

    Several horse processing facilities are ready to offer horse owners a fair price for the animals they desperately need to sell — or could be within days — to provide much-needed emergency relief. Markets for the product are ready to accept it domestically and internationally if the meat is USDA-inspected exactly as it was in 2007.

    USDA should not stand in the way of much-needed, humane options for horses. Horses and horse people are uniquely suffering as a direct result of federal government inaction, and the Department’s refusal to provide the inspection services federal law requires USDA to provide.

    Across the nation, states, tribes and private citizens are working hand-in-hand with the federal government to provide relief to every other breed of livestock, and every other kind of business, yet USDA stands directly in the path of the same relief for the horse industry.

    This is a moral and ethical imperative that USDA must address without delay.

    Sincerely,

    Sue Wallis, Chair

    United States

    Bill des Barres

    Canada

    Olivier Kemseke

    European Union, Mexico, Argentina

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  15. It’s just ENOUGH ALREADY! It’s utterly incredible that people have such drk sides … looking at killing .. killing … and more killing.

    SELECTED QUOTES FROM FAMOUS PEOPLE ON MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ANIMALS

    –Abraham Lincoln: I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.

    —Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

    — Mohandas Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    -Albert Einstein (1879-1955): “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” –

    “Please put the ladybug outside without harming her. (to his butler)”– Winston Churchill

    Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. ~Bradley Millar

    The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?” ~Jeremy Bentham

    -Arthur Schopenhauer: The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.

    – Martin Luther King: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
    –Albert Einstein: The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

    Ghandi wrote, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Only humans have the arrogance and ability to deem another living thing “useless” and to condemn it to extinction simply because it’s in the way of something we want more.

    May a higher force come and enlighten the minds of the ignorant heartless greedy people.Morally reprehensible Unconscionable

    In this day and age … It’s time for a new regime!
    Laws MUST be made with:
    WISDOM, RESPONSIBILITY, AND COMPASSION
    With BALANCE & FAIRNESS
    ENOUGH SELFISH GREED & HIDDEN AGENDA’s
    It’s time for more empathy in this world!
    A brighter awareness
    A NEW WAY … A NEW MINDSET … A NEW REGIME!

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