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Action Alert from EWA

An ACTION ALERT from Equine Welfare Alliance

Background: An amendment has been introduced by Congressman Mullin (R-OK) that would reinstate horse inspections.  Our sources tell us this has very little support.  In addition, President Obama will most likely veto the bill if the current house version makes it through Congress.  The vote has been delayed until next week.

Our sources are still telling us there will not be a new budget but a continuing resolution which contains the language that prohibits horse inspections.

But… just to be on the safe side, we are recommending that everyone call their legislators and ask that they oppose Mullin’s amendment or any other amendments that would reinstate horse inspections or promote horse slaughter.

If you don’t have your Congressman’s phone number and don’t want to look it up, you can always call the Congressional switchboard at 202.225.3121 and ask for your congressman.

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    Animals’ Angels recently returned from an extensive and lengthy assignment in Oklahoma. Investigators were anxious to revisit the properties of some of the state’s largest and most notorious kill buyers and feedlots. These prominent figures were not to be overshadowed, however, by the unassuming characters wanting to share time in the spotlight. Throughout this newsletter, we will familiarize you with some of the horse slaughter contractors in the Sooner State.

    Final thoughts

    Oklahoma certainly deserves more of our attention. Thousands of horses are pushed through this state every month — it is a major thoroughfare for the Mexican slaughter trade and kill buyers operate with little impunity. This recent look into the operations of these kill buyers is only the beginning. We plan to monitor this state and these operations very closely. We greatly appreciate your continued support of Animals’ Angels as we maintain a spotlight on these atrocities.

    Read more here….


  2. Is this the same congressman?

    Oklahoma Congressman: ExxonMobil ‘Should Be Patted On The Back’ For Arkansas Oil Spill

    ExxonMobil’s recent oil spill dumped some 200,000 gallons into Mayflower, Arkansas, killed wildlife, and caused 22 homes to be evacuated

    Comparing the safety of a pipeline to other transportation methods, Mullin said there is no reason to make a “big deal” about the spill:

    In fact, Exxon has been heavily criticized for its public dismissal of the harm and scope of the spill. And thanks to a technicality, the company can avoid paying taxes toward the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund — an exemption that applies to most tar sands crude.

    For the record, oil and gas companies rank among the freshman congressman’s largest donors.


  3. Money can kill ex: BLM and horse slaughter….environmental damages…..peoples spirit……OR it can be used to propel people into a position to help improve the world…..such as in Victoria McCullough. Mullen uses money and position to fail at being a positive light in America. Its amazing how people can be so Very different when they have both opportunity to be better and to do for others whats best. This Mullen hes got his ducks backwards….they may be ina row but Definitely going the wrong direction


  4. Some enter politics to do good, while others do it to enhance themselves or those that support them. Mullin is a brain dead jerk who the people who voted for him deserves, but not the rest of us. Let a spill happen in his district and see who howls the loudest.


  5. Just have to wonder if Senator Reid’s sudden need to get rid of nearly a thousand horses, he thought the BLM could carry for a while is driving this. It would seem unprecedented (but I am sure it isn’t) for the language to be added to the appropriations bill after the bill had passed both the House and the Senate. If they are still amending appropriations bills, I can think of a few other amendments to add.

    I know I am not the smartest or the most political savvy person in the world, but I think it is important to understand what is going on in Oklahoma. Oklahoma is a big mixture of cultures, but it is a state where agriculture has played a major role and most people want to keep it that way. Much to my surprise, I found an original public policy article authored by Nunez and Simberloff titled “Invasive Species: To Eat or Not to Eat.” There is a paragraph that mentions our federally protected wild horses specifically in the text that I read followed by a paragraph one or two later about the danger of eating species one is trying to get rid of, but is having a hard time getting rid of. The authors advise that eating a species only adds economic value to the species and makes the species more important culturally. They consider it possible to eat a species to extinction, but this does not happen which the species has other values.

    Lest one dismiss this article too quickly, Dr. Simberloff has been a long time advisor to three presidents. He is the Nancy Gore Hunger Chair for Excellence in Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a member of the inaugural Citizens Advisory Council to the President’s Advisory Council on Invasive Species, was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Science Foundation from 2000 to 2006, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012. While there is no way of knowing whether the late Wyoming Representative Sue Wallis, BLM Director Bob Abbey, Texas Representative Charlie Stenholm, or either Public Lands Council Jon Falen or his daughter-in-law are away that such a document exists and interpreted this document or a similar one that had been published prior to their January 3-6, 2011, hoe down in Las Vegas, given the position of influence that one of the authors has been in, it seems far less extreme for people who earn their livelihood through the horse industry to say that they don’t want to eat horses themselves or don’t want to slaughter them, but if they don’t sell horses for slaughter it will destroy the industry.

    On the other hand, there are other documents that the above authors are not directly associated with generated by the Global Invasive Species Programme that began in 1997 for “global education about alien, invasive species” that very likely were prepared with different audiences in mind. For example, the scholarly (and I use this word loosely) articles list cows, pigs, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, as well as horses, specifically our federally protected horses, as alien, invasive animal pest species of plants. The 1997 IPPC includes language that states the plants should be protected from both invasive plant and animal pests. The US passed a similar bill in Congress in June 2000, so when it came time to ratify the IPPC in October 2000, Secretary Albright was able to tell the Senate that there was nothing in the IPPC that was not already in law. I am not sure the Senate would have ratified an international treaty that was designed specifically to protect agriculture that had been drafted in such a way that it contained language that would allow the government to control what crops or animals a farmer could grow on land he owned, and this is exactly what the 1997 Update of the IPPC ratified 10/24/2000 does. This treaty did not go into effect until 10/2/2005, eight years after the FAO met in Rome to redraft the 1979 version to contain CBD Article 8 (h).

    The catch is that this is supposed to be based on sound science which we know it is not. We know this because we can look at the publication dates of the sources Dr. Kirkpatrick and Dr. Fazio used for their paper, “Wild Horses as Native North Amrican Wild Life.” Most of them were published prior, and in some cases decades prior, to the 1993 OTA Report on Harmful, Non-Indigenous Species to the US print date September 30, 1993. Although many questions remain to be answered, it would be next to impossible to find a scientist informed through mtDNA, fossils,paleoanthropology, geology and other Earth science to serve as an “expert” who would claim with certainty that E. caballus did not originate in North America or that the variations in size and shape of more recast fossils were not based on species adaptations due to the 16 glacial and interglacial periods that occurred in North America.

    But until there is a positive statement from the Department of Agriculture that current best sciences cannot help but conclude that the horse Equus caballus is native to N. America and, at the very least, is a returned native whose habitats have included just about every space on the Continent from the Atlantic coastal plains now covered by the Atlanta ocean to the La Brea tar pits in LA; from the underground fresh water caves under Florida’s surface to North of the second ice sheet, the modern horse lived here.

    Again, I am not the brightest bulb on the tree, but I think a lot of the problems that those who earn a living through animal agriculture (and with some species this does not mean converting them to meat) have with those of us who want to end horse slaughter is that due to the provisions that I know exist in the 1997 IPPC since 2005 when the Reid-Burns rider kicked in, the government can simply seize a citizens animals arbitrarily by saying they are non-native, alien, or a plant pest, or threaten human health and livelihoods among others. This is broud enough to limit property ownership of just about everything.

    I think it is time for ground-ups to quit hiding behind all these layers of masks, many of which grew out of presidential advisory councils, citizen advisory councils, executive orders, and spun to the American people as one thing like President Clinton’s war on weeds that didn’t mention that he now considers wild horses weeds. It is time for the deceit to end, so people who raise horses won’t feel like the only way they can stay in business is to agree to slaughter them. It is time for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to quit supporting horse slaughter because the government is going to quit taking steps that make it look like it is trying to make horses unaffordable or unfeedable. It is time for the AAEP to quit supporting horse slaughter because they are afraid the industry will dry up and disappear if they don’t. It is time people like the curret Ambassador to China to quit ordering hoaky GAO reports to be completed without any real scientific method being applied. Opinions are not science, and if allowed to substitute for science, can often cause great harm with unknowable consequences. It is time to quit telling children not to bully while our leaders call each other names. It is time for understand how confusing it is for everyone, but particularly children and young adults when the leaders they are supposed to trust do not tell them the truth—expecially when people are suffering and dying.

    It’s time to get honest, and a good place to start would be with our wild horses.


  6. Sounds like this Mullin character has been bought and paid for. Now he’s selling us all out! Emailed my state rep, don’t expect any good news but I tried anyway.




    1. Invent a Crisis: Wild Horses Overpopulation”

    2. Roundup Wild Horses then complain about tax
    money used to maintain BLM facilities

    3. Deny responsibility for shipping to slaughter

    4. Privatize holding facilities so the public is forced
    to bear costs and horse rescues are again overwhelmed
    having to bid against kill buyers

    5. Force the public to pay for adoption rather than
    demand returning wild horses to the range

    6. Next stage: lobby for return of U.S. slaughter


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