U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah “jokes” at the Slaughter Summit, “The French think every horse should be Sea-Brisket”

Utah’s Rep. Rob Bishop (photo: BYU)

What did Utah’s Congressman Rob Bishop, who chairs the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, say at the recent secretive “Slaughter Summit” in Salt Lake City, Utah?  (That he likely wouldn’t say publicly.)

“U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah took the stage holding a children’s toy stick horse and cracked a joke about riding a horse to work as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has done in the streets of Washington.

Bishop, who chairs the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee, said that despite his holding a toy, the summit was addressing a serious issue that many across the country and in Congress don’t understand because they’ve been swayed by activists “who care more about fundraising opportunities than the animals.”

“There are members of Congress who truly believe that every horse is Seabiscuit.  Of course, the French think every horse should be Sea-Brisket,” he joked.  (Source:  Las Vegas Sun)

Hey, Rob what about all the money that Dave Duquette gets paid by Protect the Harvest to pimp for horse slaughter?  Duquette is really the one who “cares more about fundraising opportunities than the animals.”  Duquette, as you can see on his facebook page, is even building himself a big ol’ house outside Hermiston, Oregon.

This “Slaughter Summit” consisted not only of Rep. Rob Bishop’s bad “joke” and false “facts,” but also of secretive, closed-door meetings between special interest groups and the government employees pandering to them.  But, what happened in Utah will not stay in Utah.

 

 

Longtime Horse Slaughter Radical Gets Violent at Equus Film Festival

Source: NewsoftheHorse.com opening opinion by R.T. Fitch

“Well, well, well, guess who crawled out from underneath his moldy rock and showed his hairy backside last week?  An old, has-been topic of many an OpEd here at SFTHH who we thought died and shriveled away when his cohort in crime, “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallace, literally left the planet earth to go spend eternity in that special place where killers, and consumers, of companion animals go to rot.  Drum roll please; ole Dave “Doink” Duquette, the great failure of the west, reared his ugly head and laid his hands on a member of the press asking a well thought out question last Friday.  You see, when you corner an animal abuser with an intelligent question they respond in one of three ways; either they cuss, lash out or leave the room.  Duquette was, and is, too stupid to leave the room.  Known for eating horses, not training them, Duquette considers himself a Subject Matter Expert on murdering equines and then spreading out their body parts on the table for all the sickos to enjoy.  And whenever the subject of horse and donkey murder comes to light, or attempts to, there is Duquette spouting off non-nonsensical dribble laced with expletives because he wouldn’t know the difference between a pronoun and a dangling participial if they hit him in the the head.

Please read on about Doink’s abusive conduct and the thinly veiled horse slaughter organization that he belongs to which sponsored the festival this year.  It all stinks of decaying horse flesh and will make you want to shower, or at least wash your hands, after reading about this low-life.  Duquette needs to crawl back into that slimy hole from whence he came; the world has moved on and his primal urges are no longer considered acceptable in contemporary society” ~ R.T.


An employee of Protect the Harvest, wearing a Lucas Cattle Co jacket, Dave Duquette, violently grabbed the microphone from See’s hand, and continued to bully him in an aggressive manner.

Dave "Doink" Duquette: The Bully who gives the cowboy hat a bad name...(take it off in the house, Doink)

Dave “Doink” Duquette: The Bully who gives the cowboy hat a bad name…(take it off in the house, Doink)

New York City – On Friday the 18th at the Equus Film Festival during a panel discussion of horse welfare issues sponsored by Protect the Harvest, a reporter was assaulted and the microphone violently ripped from his hand mid-sentence. Clant Seay, reporter for Billygoboy.com, asked Duke Thoreson, owner of Thorsport Farms, if he was pro-slaughter.  The moderator of the forum stated “I’m getting the hook from the management, so what I’m going to do is thank the panel,” as she attempted to close down the discussion.  Mr See asked why he was being shut down from speaking, and explained he believed he was being censored, and “I believe we have a situation where money has bought and paid for a situation to dodge the issue.”  An employee of Protect the Harvest, wearing a Lucas Cattle Co jacket, Dave Duquette, violently grabbed the microphone from See’s hand, and continued to bully him in an aggressive manner.

Protect the Harvest, $100,000 sponsor of Equus Film Festival and sponsor of Thorsport Farms, is a Political Action Committee founded by Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Cattle Company and Lucas Oil Company.  Protect the Harvest’s goal is to round up all mustangs and ship them to slaughter, open horse slaughter plants in the United States, deny any legal rights to dogs abused in puppy mills, sue any state that passes animal agriculture welfare laws, and generally oppose any law that furthers animal welfare goals.  In their logo, Protect the Harvest has a horse head, which would indicate they are in agreement with harvesting horses for food.

Duke Thorson, owner of Thorsport Farms, is no stranger to soring allegations.  Thorsport Farm has been investigated by the Humane Society of the United States and found to sore many of their Tennessee Walking horses.  Thorsport Farm horses are routinely barred from competing by USDA inspectors for soring violations.

Pro-Horse Slaughter propoganda film “Horses in Crisis” backed by Super PAC & cattle activists

 

by Debbie Coffey         Copyright 2014           All Rights Reserved.

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Boyd Spratling (Photo: BLM)

Boyd Spratling, a past President of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association who’s currently serving as a BLM National Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board member, manages to further undermine whatever shreds might be left of BLM’s credibility by taking a seemingly prominent part in the pro-horse slaughter propaganda film “Horses in Crisis,” made by a group called Protect the Harvest.

At the end of this film, credits show the Protect the Harvest logo “in conjunction” with United Horsemen (the pro-horse slaughter group whose President is Dave Duquette).

The horse-eating "Doinkster"

The horse-eating “Doinkster”

This propaganda film is shockingly inaccurate.

While rancher Mike Stremler talks about horses starving on the range, the film shows a photo of a foal that was taken INSIDE of a BLM facility AFTER a roundup.

And you might wonder if Protect the Harvest bothered to get releases signed by wild horse advocates before inserting their images into this film.  Or, don’t they even know enough to Protect their Asses?

The film states that there are about 52,000 and possibly up to 100,000 wild horses on the range.  I wish.  But “Where’s the beef?”  This film omits any mention of the huge numbers of cattle and sheep that are devouring forage on public lands in the West.

Protect the Harvest was founded in 2011 by oil magnate Forrest Lucas (Lucas Oil Products), who also serves as its President.  Lucas also owns the Lucas Cattle Company of Cross Timbers, MO.  Lucas Oil has investments in Professional Bull Riders, Inc., and sponsors professional bull riding stars.

forrest-lucas Forrest Lucas (photo: celebritynetworth.com)

Protect the Harvest formed a “Super PAC” (a political action committee that can raise unlimited amounts of money) called “The Protect the Harvest Political Action Committee.”

This Super PAC’s treasurer, Brian Klippenstein, also serves as the Executive Director of Protect the Harvest.  Klippenstein spent 26 years in Washington D.C., and worked for Senators Roy Blunt and Kit Bond.

While the word “harvest” in “Protect the Harvest” may sound like it’s about protecting crops, most likely it’s the definition that means “to gather, catch, hunt or kill for human use, sport or population control.”

It appears that “Horses in Crisis” promotes the slaughter of wild horses.

Last year, Protect The Harvest aired radio ads in Oklahoma promoting legislation to re-instate horse slaughter.

Pro-horse slaughter groups seem to consist of cattle ranchers who dislike “animal activists,” so it’s ironic that since cattle and sheep are animals, and since the ranchers are cattle and sheep activists, the ranchers are actually “animal activists” themselves.

SOURCES:

http://www.animals24-7.org/2014/06/03/bull-riding-sponsor-forrest-lucas-forms-anti-animal-advocacy-super-pac/

http://www.nevadacattlemen.org/history.aspx

http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/15/smallbusiness/lucas_oil_forrest.fortune/index.htm

A Statistical Analysis of Slaughterhouse Sue

By John Holland ~ President of the Equine Welfare Alliance

“Sue is a compulsive fact creator…”

"Slaughterhouse" $ue Wallis

“Slaughterhouse” $ue Wallis

Hi, my name is John Holland, and I am a data-holic. I usually spend my day furtively downloading statistics and information; analyzing it, graphing it, correlating it and trying to glean insights into the true workings of the horse world.

But today is different. Today, I was inspired to opine by a thing of great rarity in our struggle; a well researched article. It appeared in the Saint Louis Post Dispatch titled Horse slaughterhouse plans stalled in Missouri and it convinced me we are winning this struggle, at least for the moment.

No, the article did not contain a new revelation about the outcome of a court case, or the result of a vote. It contained something even more telling: It documented Sue Wallis slipping beyond the gravitational pull of reality and into an alternate universe of anti-logic, where up is down and dark is light.

Sue begins the interview with her now familiar claim that she chose Missouri because, “If you draw a 500-mile circle from western Missouri you encapsulate 30 percent of the horse herd in the U.S.” After musing over the concept of the US horse population constituting a single “herd”, I began wondered where she got this statistic.

You see, Sue and I share different forms of compulsion. I am a compulsive fact checker while Sue is a compulsive fact creator. So I ran the numbers and the result I got was 23.6% of the US horse population being within 500 miles (as the crow flies) of western Missouri.

This means Sue’s exaggeration coefficient for this statement is 27%[i]. This modest exaggeration would prove to be her perigee with reality before she would slingshot past it and off into the abyss of deep space.

After describing the law suit that had resulted in the Cole County judge’s directive to the Department of Natural Resources to hold off on issuing Rains the discharge permit, the story returned to the interview with Sue.

“The horse industry has been decimated,” Wallis said. “We have worthless horses being turned out and abandoned.”

Wyoming's "$laughterhou$e" $ue Walli$ ~ photo by Pam Nickoles

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

As I read this, I again felt compelled to calibrate Wallis’ definition of decimation. The original term came from quaint custom of the Roman army by which they would execute every tenth soldier of a disgraced unit so as to improve morale. Was every tenth horse in America being abandoned?

The only state I could find that keeps abandonment data is New Mexico. During my research, they provided me with a very detailed list of all the estray horses they had picked up since 2006. Last year they picked up exactly 124 horses.

Given the estimated 147,181 horses in New Mexico, this means that the abandonment rate is 0.06% or one horse in every 1,186. Since decimation would be one in ten (10%), Sue’s exaggeration coefficient had suddenly rocketed from 27% to 16,666%.

Parroting the discredited 2011 GAO report, Wallis went on to say “People take care of animals that have value. It’s when they don’t that they neglect them.”

This was the conjecture used to excuse why the GAO studied horse prices instead of actually studying neglect as it had been assigned to do. It is, of course, utter nonsense. Few household pets have any monetary value, yet most people take good care of them.

It gets better. “Every breed registry is down 70 percent since 2007. Fewer colts are being born,” Wallis said.

Apparently Wallis has data I have not seen; data showing among other things that only the birth rate of colts is in decline. Is there some strange gender asymmetry going on here? Or is it possible that the Executive Director of the International Equine Business Association, the expert of CNN interviews and countless articles does not know that colts are males and the proper term would have been foals?

As for “every breed registry being off 70% since 2007”, Sue’s exaggeration coefficient is pretty substantial. According to the Jockey Club, thoroughbred foal registrations are off 34.5%, not 70%. Some breeds appear to have been almost unaffected, but the AQHA’s annual report does show about a 49% reduction in foal registrations from its peak in 2007.

The pattern with Quarter Horses is a familiar one for those of us who have been around the horse world for a few decades. Breeds come into favor, resulting in indiscriminant breeding spurred on by the greed of their breed registry. Then the bubble bursts. Just before the decline began, the then executive vice president of the AQHA, Bill Brewer, gave an impassioned speech at their annual convention urging more breeding so there would be “enough good horses in the future”.

"Slaughterhouse" $ue Wallis ~ Horse guts and blood are what drives this political nut-job

“Slaughterhouse” $ue Wallis ~ Horse guts and blood are what drives this political nut-job

A great breed has been degraded in the process. Quarter Horses now commonly suffer from a wide range of maladies such as GBED, HERDA, HYPP, and Navicular. The most common complaint of owners is that they “bred the feet off them.” This could explain why AQHA membership is down 18.6% since 2007. I wondered to myself, would Sue suggest killing off a bunch of their remaining members as a solution to the decline?

Sue continues, “That’s 70 percent less feed being sold, 70 percent fewer jobs, 70 percent fewer veterinarians.”

Apparently Sue believes that a short term drop in foal (excuse me colt) births means that the whole horse population suddenly drops by the same percentage. Despite Sue’s best efforts, horses do often live well into their 20s and beyond, meaning that recent foal crops would represent only a few percent of the population.

With a nearly 50% decrease in foals, the population of registered quarter horses dropped from 3,218,113 in 2007 to 2,978,776 in 2012 according to the AQHA annual reports, a decline of just 7.4%. Here Sue gets an exaggeration coefficient of 945%.

But at this point her thinking turns to what I will call anti-logic, because if it came into contact with rational thought the two would annihilate each other with a thunderous clap, probably decapitating their host. She is proclaiming that all of this devastation is because we have too few horses as a direct result of not killing enough of them! This would be laughable if 2012 had not seen more US horses slaughtered than any year since 1994!

One survival strategy of prey animals is to synchronize their birthing so as to overwhelm their predators. Sue has adopted this strategy with her spontaneously created facts. She spews so many at one time that at least a few have a good chance to get past us unchallenged.

At this point in the interview, Sue seems to sense her interviewer is not buying her nonsense. So she throws her hyperbole engine into warp drive, saying “This has wrecked communities — all because of the elitist snooty arrogance of this bunch of people telling us what’s culturally acceptable to eat.”

The community of Boggy Bottom, the neighborhood behind the Dallas Crown slaughter house, was truly devastated by the pollution, stench and crime caused by the plant. I witnessed it firsthand. But where is Sue’s example of a community devastated by a lack of slaughter? Apparently with anti-logic you automatically get an anti-logic twin to Boggy Bottom, at least in the brain of Sue Wallis.

It is impossible for me to calculate the exaggeration factor for this statement because, since there is no truth at all to be exaggerated, it would require dividing by zero. I think I now fully understand Einstein’s quote about only the universe and human stupidity being infinite.

Yet the second half of the outburst is the most interesting of all.

Sue had apparently learned that the influential Busch brothers (former owners of Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch) had thrown their considerable weight into the battle on the side of the horses. Victoria McCullough had sent them a link to our report How the GAO deceived Congress, and Victoria said she thinks the outrage at this government deceit had caused them to weigh in.

Lately there has been an avalanche of high profile support for ending horse slaughter completely. In the government sector; President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Vilsack have all come out against horse slaughter. At the state level, New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez, former governor Bill Richardson, Attorney General Gary King and others have spoken up for the horses. Celebrities such as the incredibly influential Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have also taken a stand.

But most aggravating of all for Sue are the “snooty, arrogant billionaires”. This is because Sue knows that the money from big agriculture was the only advantage she had in this battle. Internationally known equestrian Victoria McCullough and her “snooty arrogant” friends, are serving to balance the scales by using their resources to multiply the impact of the tireless grass roots work of thousands of horse lovers and animal welfare organizations. This combination may well bring Slaughterhouse Sue crashing back to reality.


[i] How does a 6.4% error become an exaggeration factor of 27%?

Use this formula ((30-23.6)*100)/23.6), or ask your friendly local nerd.

“Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis: The Equine Advocate’s Gift that Keeps on Giving

“In my most humble opinion” by R.T. Fitch ~ president of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

When Dumb Just Continues to Get Dumber!
"Slaughterhouse" Sue Wallis and her horse "Proccessing" deli - ~artwork courtesy of Fred Bastida

“Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis and her horse “Processing” deli – ~artwork courtesy of Fred Bastida

If the sane and compassionate members of our society could have picked a perfect poster child to represent the reprehensible, predatory business of corrupt horse slaughter they couldn’t have chosen a better candidate than the non-degreed, uncredentialed, self-appointed leader of a dozen whacked out horse-eaters…Wyoming State Rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis; the broken and scratched record that just keeps on ticking right on into the twilight zone.

Years worth of failed endeavors, empty promises, distorted truths and made up facts the woman continues to spout vile garbage even when backed up against the wall with no way out.  Born to bring drug tainted, bloody horse meat into the school system and prisons of Wyoming “Slaughterhouse” refuses to crawl back under her rock in Recluse, Wyoming and continues to foul the air and corrupt the internet with her perverse and twisted ramblings.

Last year she condoned and applauded a young woman who killed her own horse, crawled into it’s carcass (naked) and then ate it while all the time her boyfriend was snapping bloody photos.  According to the Princess of Evil that was just good clean fun.

Good Clean Fun According to Sue Wallis

Now, she has overstepped the boundaries of decency once more by complimenting the savage ingrate who murdered a horse on Youtube and then profanely threatened every decent citizen in the United States…should this woman not be removed from public office?

Here is the Face of “Pro-Horse Slaughter” Advocates

Yesterday we published a letter that was written to our Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, by a disturbed reader of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart” wherein she/he decried the trashing that $ue Wallis was giving the Secretary and also included a horse snuff video that was posted on YouTube by an employee of a New Mexico slaughterhouse that wants to be the first to butcher companion horses since 2007.  The letter was copied to Wallis, the Secretary, Wallis’ main squeeze and partner in blood Dave “Doink” Duquette and others.  The note would have caused a normal human to move to South American and disappear off the map but what did sweet blood thirsty Susie do; she friggen replied and even applauded the snuffing out of the innocent young horse…get the straight jacket boys, this one ain’t right.

“Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis’ Love Notes to Ag Sec Thomas Vilsack

Buckle up your seat belts and grab a bucket to upchuck into because here she is in her self-indulgent and deluded glory, we present the scourge of humanity, “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis:

Wallis Reply

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And if that is not enough, she has duped the decent ranchers of Oklahoma into thinking that those who don’t want to eat their best friends are some sort of eco-terrorists that want to take away their property rights.

Wallis Orange Card

Wallis Orange Care Back

Falsehoods, virtual terrorism are the tools of her trade and it is high time that the good folks of Wyoming wake up to what a bane and blight this unsightly scab is on the image of their state; she has to go and when she does she can take “Doink” with her.  They can keep each other company in that subterranean vault where the flames never die.

Maybe they can even roast a teeny weenie together…

Professed Horse Eater Beats Slaughtered Horse with Computer Keyboard

(In My Humble Opinion) by R.T. Fitch ~ co-founder/president of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Unable to Give Up a Perverted Lust for Horse Blood, Dave “Doink” Duquette Plays Copy Cat
"He's BACK!!!" ~ clear evidence that horse meat does not enhance one's completion.

“He’s BACK!!!” ~ clear evidence that horse meat does not enhance one’s completion.

As the world reels over the 27 nation scandal of tainted horsemeat contaminating the human food chain, the Obama administration beginning to take a stand against predatory horse slaughter and Americans rally in Oklahoma to stop special interest bills from becoming law, ole Dave “Doink” Duquette, professed horse eater and alleged horse trainer, crawls out from underneath his slimy rock and gurgles, “We gonna do a rally too and show the world that Americans love to kill horses for food”; it’s enough to make you hurl your lunch.

Yesterday, Duquette’s ever changing organization, now called the United Horsemen, issued a communiqué wherein it states that Doink is attempting to rally their membership of educationally challenging individuals, if they could read they would already know that horse slaughter is not welcome in this country, to a rally in Oklahoma next week.

Not being one to have the mental fortitude to formulate original concepts Duquette rides on the coat tails of the recent successful Press Conference and Rally staged FOR the horses on March 4th in Oklahoma City, OK by the Cloud Foundation, Repect4Horses and Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

“The radical anti-slaughter side staged a protest on March 4th that brought in 75- 100 protesters who were far outnumbered by members of the news media.”

The above is an actual, unedited excerpt from the “Doinkogram”.  75-100 protesters outnumbered by the press, WOW that’s a lot of press, I was there and I did not see over 100 reporters, there were a lot, but I know that I would have noticed over 100 reporters.  (Dave is not real good at putting his thoughts in order or knowing the facts, in fact, he doesn’t have a clue.)

This copy cat call to arms says that Doink knows how hard it is to attend such things because all of Doink’s members have animals to feed and/or to take care of but for the folks who follow his trail of blood to try to find out creative ways to get to his rally.  Yeah, do what we did; we have animals, including horses, that we asked our neighbors and friends to care for so that we could be in Oklahoma.  In fact the four speakers at the press conference all have farms/ranches and multiple equines yet had the intelligence and logistical presence of mind to coordinate an out of state trip.  (I have to insert a “Doink” here, sorry)

And the big draw to drive to Oklahoma to be fingered as a fringe, blood crazed, Looney tunes is; are your ready for this…drum roll please…a FREE lunch.  Yahoooo.

Wonder if it will include some freshly slaughtered quarter horse steaks that Doink claims to have served to his Quarter Horse clients several years ago, yummm.

Now I take quite a bit of heat for bringing attention to “Doink” and his partner in this predatory crime, “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis but when I see stupid, hear stupid and can even smell stupid I cannot help but call it out.

For years these two have spouted untruths, incorrect facts, failed promises and have publicly documented the fact that they are social outcasts yet the press continues to ask them for their opinions that are such an abomination of proper and correct journalism.

Why are these losers still around saying that horse slaughter needs to come back when in reality it has simply moved across our boarders where over 160,000 American horses were slaughtered last year?

Why do they allege that horse slaughter is humane when reams of documentation, first person testimony and weeks worth of video proves otherwise?

Why is it that they talk about what a great thing a bloody plant would be for local communities when the profit and all the money goes back overseas to a foreign company leaving the local tax payers with the bill to subsidize the operation?

I don’t get it, is it just me or am I simply screwing up by trying to crawl down into their lower loop and attempting to comprehend something that I just am not wired for; simply put, I don’t get the cold cruelty.

But there is ONE thing that I do get and that is that Oklahoma does NOT want this carnage and obscenity to come to their fair state and I am an eyewitness to that.  Last Monday I was both shocked and awed by the massive turnout to the PC and Rally.  The energy was high, the social demographics were across the board and sincerity ran true; horse slaughter is NOT OK in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma, this is your chance to show Doink and his minions how much you do not want either them or their predatory obsession in your state and in your house.

Below is a link to the Doinkogram with specifics on their demonstration scheduled to be held on March 14th, at the state Capitol from 10am-2pm.  Please see if you can grab a few family members, friends and neighbors and show up to tell Doink what you think of his perversion; hell, they don’t even like him in his own town of Hermiston Oregon where he is despised for trying to build a horse-killing factory there.

Call to arms good folks of Oklahoma, the Darkside is saddling up to invade your castle but I don’t think they have even a faint inkling as to what they are up against.

When you take aim, aim low because they will be riding rats.

Good shall always prevail over evil.

Keep the faith.

<GAG ALERT> Click (HERE) to view “Doinkogram

Oregon Town Doesn’t Want Horse Slaughter Plant on Its Doorstep

By Richard Cockle, The Oregonian

Horse Eating Dave Duquette not Popular in Own Hometown

A water tank greets visitors on Highway 395 into Hermiston. ~ Faith Cathcart/The Oregonian

HERMISTON — Once wide open to virtually any industry that promised payrolls and jobs, the eastern Oregon town of Hermiston is taking a stand against the latest business poised to land on its doorstep.

“I don’t think the first thing you want to see when you get off the freeway is a horse slaughter plant,” said Mayor Robert E. Severson.

That’s a dramatic reversal for a town whose tallest building is the 73-foot Pioneer Hi-Bred International seed cleaning elevator and where the Army’s Umatilla Chemical Depot stockpiled rockets, bombs and land mines armed with nerve gas and mustard agents outside the city limits until this past spring.

But livability is an issue for Hermiston‘s 16,745 residents, and a slaughter plant might discourage other enterprises from coming here, Severson said.

“We are the fastest-growing community in eastern Oregon,” he said. “I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Thank God that you took a stand against the horse slaughter plant.'”

Dave Duquette, a Hermiston horse trainer who is organizing the slaughter effort, said the City Council is missing a bet on a proposal that would employ 100 workers, slaughter up to 25,000 horses a year and inject $35 million into the local economy.

He hopes to have the 20,000-square-foot plant in place by late 2013. Investors have bought 252 acres near the junction of Interstate 84/Interstate 82 for the operation, he said.

He also plans a nonprofit horse rehabilitation center managed by the 22,000-member United Horsemen’s Association in conjunction with the plant. It would rescue, train and find homes for horses salvaged from the slaughter stream, he said.

“We are going to try to reproduce this facility in several places in the United States,” said Duquette, who believes the rescue center could be “a role model for the nation.” Horses for slaughter would include old, lame and problem domestic horses as well as unwanted wild horses from herds roaming Indian reservations.

But the mayor and Hermiston City Council have refused to talk to him about the project, he said.

The site is outside Hermiston’s city limits and beyond its urban growth boundaries in an exclusive farm use zone. Richard Jennings, senior planner for Umatilla County in Pendleton, said the county planning commission will decide whether a slaughter plant can be built there.

Severson said the City Council directed Hermiston City Manager Ed Brookshier to oppose the proposal when it comes before the commission.

The nation’s last three horse slaughter plants in Texas and Illinois closed five years ago, ending the annual killing and processing of roughly 100,000 of the nation’s 9.2 million horses. President Barack Obama signed the federal agricultural appropriations bill last spring, lifting a congressional ban on domestic horse meat inspections, in effect allowing slaughter to resume.

Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state representative, cattle rancher and slaughter advocate, said four equine slaughter/processing facilities will open in Missouri, Iowa and New Mexico within two months. All are former beef or bison plants retrofitted for horses, she said.

Industry representatives blame the shutdown of domestic slaughter for triggering steep declines in horse values, causing widespread horse abandonment and overwhelming rescue operations.

Meanwhile, a related population explosion among wild herds on reservations is damaging roots, berries and other traditional Native American foods, tribal members say.

Duquette met with representatives of 11 tribes, some from as far as the Dakotas, last month in Pendleton, to discuss the slaughter issue. He expects tribes to underwrite 51 to 65 percent of the Hermiston plant, he said.

Scott Beckstead, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States, applauded the Hermiston City Council for opposing slaughter and took issue with the concept of killing domestic horses for overseas consumption.

“We do not raise our horses to be food; we raise them to be companions,” he said. “This town does not want to be known as the place in Oregon where horses are killed and butchered.”

One of the national Humane Society‘s legislative priorities is passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, to prohibit the resumption of domestic horse slaughter and end the export of unwanted horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

“The answer lies with the industry,” Beckstead said. “They need to adopt policies that promote responsible breeding.”

The Hermiston City Council’s opposition to a slaughter plant doesn’t come “from the standpoint of animal rights,” said Mark Morgan, assistant Hermiston city manager. “It’s more the economic impacts and quality of life impacts.”

Eastern Oregon has plenty of wide open spaces where such a plant could be built, he said. “They just don’t want it that close to Hermiston.”

Richard Cockle

Click (HERE) to comment on Duquette’s 22,000 ghost members and Wallis’ stealth slaughter plants

Hermiston Ready to Fight Horse Slaughter Facility in Umatilla County

Press Release from Hermiston City Manager’s Office

Horse Eating Dave Duquette less than Popular in his Hometown

Hermiston, OR ~ Anti-Horse/Pro-Slaughter Dave Duquette (PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals) practicing his horse eating technique on a turkey leg.

Contact:    Mark Morgan, Asst. to the City Manager
(541) 667-5003  mmorgan@hermiston.or.us

Sept. 24, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hermiston, Ore. – A potential horse slaughtering facility near Hermiston will face opposition by the city when the operation submits an application to the Umatilla County Planning Department.

The City of Hermiston’s land-use attorney recently provided an opinion that a horse slaughter facility is not a permitted use on the proposed site near the I-84/I-82 interchange west of Hermiston.

Hermiston City Councilors agreed Monday night to allow City Manager Ed Brookshier to move forward on legal recommendations to block development of the slaughter facility.

The operators of the horse slaughter facility, who propose to butcher between 150 and 200 horses daily, will have to apply for an amendment to the Umatilla County Development Code and receive an exception to Oregon Statewide Planning Goals 3 and 14.  The Umatilla County Planning Commission would be the first entity to hear the request before making a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners.

“If one (horse slaughter facility) needs to be built, I don’t think this is the place,” said City Councilman Rod Hardin.

Although the potential facility is located outside of Hermiston’s Urban Growth Boundary, city officials worry about the long-term negative economic impacts to the area.

“Most everyone who I’ve talked to about this agrees that this would be a bad thing,” said Mayor Bob Severson.

The facility, which would be visible from the freeway interchange, would be located just south the Hermiston Generating plant.

The City of Hermiston is a vibrant, and growing community of nearly 17,000 residents located at the cross-roads of the Pacific Northwest.
Located near the intersection of Interstate 84 and Interstate 82, just minutes from a Columbia River port and the Washington state line, Hermiston is capitalizing on its strategic location as a transportation center and gateway to Oregon.  To learn more about the exciting future of Eastern Oregon’s largest city, go to www.hermiston.or.us.

Thanks,

Mark Morgan, MPA

Administrative Assistant to the City Manager mmorgan@hermiston.or.us
(541) 667-5003

Duquette’s Dream of Dead Horses in Hometown Dealt Death Blow

tongue-in-cheek report from R.T. Fitch

United Horseman’s President Dave Duquette Bumbles Another Boasted Plan

The horse-eating “Doinkster”

Dave “Doink” Duquette: “Let’s start some horse slaughter plants, yum yum.

First, we know there is no market for it in the U.S..

Secondly, U.S. horsemeat is toxic and will be effectively banned in the EU.

Thirdly, over 80% of the American public is against us…but what the (deleted expletives), let’s just slaughter ourselves a bunch of horses anyway, just for the fun of it.  Facts have never stopped us before.

But we need a location, let’s go out to Missouri and poke around and falsely proclaim that everyone in the area will love it and we will be slaughtering horses by the end of summer, yup, we can do that…well, that didn’t work too good.

Hey, I got an idea, how about I con a sleazy, shyster into buying land right in my own hometown and kill healthy horses right HERE.  We will blow off the horse hugging butt heads by saying we will have a horse rescue right next to the bloody slaughter plant, that’s pretty cool.  That will give us something to brag about.

What?  There’s a problem with that, too?  Let me see that newspaper article.”

East Oregonian: A report by Hermiston’s city land-use attorney indicates the proposed horse slaughter plant location does not have a water right and is not allowed under the area’s current zoning rules.

The research by Mike Robinson of Perkins Coie in Portland cost the city of Hermiston about $1,000, said City Manager Ed Brookshier. The land in question includes four parcels totalling 234 acres near the intersection of Interstate 84 and Westland Road.

Doink: “Multiple Deleted Expletives!”

R.T.: “Now you look just like your big buddy Sue Wallis, Davey…the two of you have BOTH feet shoved into your mouths and you are still too stupid to know it.

God bless the horses and may you two finally realize that between the both of you there isn’t enough intelligence to count to 10.

Time you crawl back under that rock because the bright light of day does not favor you well.”