Wild Horses are Dying Under Zinke’s Lack of Care

by Equine Advocates

As Corruption Allegations Against Pro-Horse Slaughter Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke Continue to Mount, Wild Horses & Burros Continue to Die!

“I told ya before and I’ll tell ya again, my friggen ‘Brain’ is this big, really!”, drawled Dinky Zinke

Long before Ryan Zinke slithered his way to be confirmed as Interior Secretary under Trump, his views and agendas for wild and domestic equines were well-known. From the period long before he became a Montana Congressman when he was pushing for the return of horse slaughter so that a horse slaughterhouse could be built in his home state, and throughout his time in Congress, his famous quote basically sums up what he continues to stand for:

“If a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of,” he said.

With that said, accusations about Zinke’s past and present misuse and misappropriation of funds go back to the time when he was a Navy SEAL. His act of portraying himself as a horse lover, issuing photos to the press of himself riding horses and setting up a photo op where he rode a horse to work in Washington, D.C. on his first day as Interior Secretary, was a great facade for his true agenda which is to slaughter horses at will and exterminate the remaining herds of America’s Wild Horses & Burros until they are extinct.

Last night, Carol Walker, the Director of Field Documentation for the Wild Horse Freedom Federation WHFF) was a guest on Wild Horse & Burro Radio hosted by WHFF’s Debbie Coffey. In case you missed the show, you can listen to it by clicking on this link:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/…/ts-radio-carol-walker-update…

I strongly urge all of you to listen to this show. The fact is that while we are all waiting to see if the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote to counter the unspeakable damage done by the House of Representatives this past August to return horse slaughter to U.S. soil and allow for the sale “without limitation or regulation” of our Wild Horses & Burros (which means slaughter), close cronies of Zinke’s including Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah and other pro-horse slaughter lawmakers under the control and influence of the Grazing organizations that want all of our wild equines gone are working with the BLM now toward the ultimate extinction of these majestic animals.

What they always deliberately fail to mention or acknowledge, however, is that these Wild Horses and Burros belong to us – the American People!

The nearly 50,000 Wild Horses and Burros being held captive in BLM holding facilities should be returned to the range immediately. There are tens of millions of acres that make up the Public Lands and they are entitled to live out their lives on it – free from brutal round-ups, cruelty and death. There are ways of humanely managing these herds, but the BLM has neither the knowledge or the ability to do it. It’s just a lot easier to have the contractors round them up until they are gone so that they don’t have to deal with them any more. The BLM is made up of lazy and incompetent people. This outdated agency needs to be dismantled and replaced.

In fact, these scoundrels are not waiting for the legislation or the new budget to pass. They are keeping themselves very busy carrying out their deadly plans. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is steadily rounding up and in some cases killing wild equines at their discretion – some of whom they claim have “pre-existing conditions” that would make them unadoptable.

Regardless, this is all one Big Scam. This administration has empowered these horse killers and they are taking full advantage of destroying as many of these animals as possible.This ruse may work on some people but our job, and that includes all of us, is to make sure the American public becomes aware of what their true agendas are so that they are exposed and stopped.

These “un-Americans” are attempting to turn the clock back to the 1950’s when Wild Horses and Burros were facing extinction until the passage of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Since then, attempts have been made to weaken the law and that has happened with the Burns Amendment of 2004 and other bad bills along the way.

Although this may sound redundant, it is imperative that you continue to:

*** Call your two U.S. Senators as well as the co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and tell them you are opposed to horse slaughter and want horse meat inspectors to remain defunded until a federal ban can be passed… And that you want Wild Horses & Burros protected and preserved – Ask them to restore all the provisions of the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971.
—To reach your own two U.S. Senators and the co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tom Udall and Lisa Murkowski, please click here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/senators_cfm.cfm…
— Also tell your Senators that you want the BLM shut down and dismantled and a new agency with real experts who possess a profound understanding and appreciation of the land, conservation and wildlife to manage our Public Lands with care.

*** Please share all this information, including the link to the radio show and take action. The Senate will be marking up language for the 2018 budget soon and the language they submit needs to include the continual defunding of horse meat inspectors and restoring the protection and preservation of America’s Wild Horses & Burros.

Thank you!

More Dinky stuff:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/wheres-zinke-the-interior-secretarys-special-flag-offers-clues/2017/10/12/68672476-aeb2-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.00b9d1515261

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Horse Slaughter Proponent “Dinky” Zinke Caught Raising Political Funds During Taxpayer-Funded Trips

The United Horse Killers of America! Part 2- Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke

SOURCE:  Equine Advocates

In the youtube video below, the section on Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, starts about 11:47 minutes into it through about 14:05, and includes Zinke’s recent trips using taxpayer dollars, and also how Zinke got in big trouble while he was in the Navy because he “fiddled with his expenses in order to get the government to pay for his personal travel.”

 Watch the section regarding Sec of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, 11:47 minutes into this through about 14:05

EMERGENCY ALERT! PLEASE READ AND TAKE ACTION!

The United Horse Killers of America!  Part 2- Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke

The countdown is on as to whether horse slaughter will return to U.S. soil and whether Wild Horse & Burros will be sold off to slaughter and become extinct. Right now, the very existences of wild and domestic equines hang in the balance as we await the Senate Appropriations Committee’s decision to either disagree with the House of Representatives’ deadly decision to destroy and slaughter horses or go along with it. If the Senate does go along with the House, then all will be lost.

Ryan Zinke, a former Congressman from Montana who was confirmed as the new Secretary of the Interior, is one of the ringleaders of this movement to slaughter horses and exterminate America’s remaining Wild Horse & Burro herds.

We have quoted him many times, but his sentiments could not be any clearer:

“If a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of,” he said.

Zinke may go down as the worst Interior Secretary in American history but he is taking our horses along with with him and destroying other species as well. He is also ruining our Public Lands and many of our national monuments as he is involved with special interests in the oil and gas industries, as well as the cattle ranchers who feel entitled to use that land for their own purposes that stickly enrich them.

Over the past 24 hours, Zinke has become embroiled in even more scandals than the ones he had hanging over his head when a clueless Congress confirmed him for the Cabinet post as Interior Secretary.

Now, we need to take those scandals and use them to fight for the horses. Just last night Friday, 9/29/17), Rachel Maddow skewered him on her show. Here is the link for it. Just fast forward to 11 minutes/48 seconds and you can view the part about Zinke here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYbXASyx4b0

In addition, please see this link with regard to Zinke’s “pattern for fraud” when he was a Navy SEAL:
https://theintercept.com/…/trumps-pick-for-interior-secret…/

See his mounting scandals implicating him in Travelgate which just cost Tom Price his job: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/ryan-zinke-charter-plane_us…
(Zinke’s involvement goes way beyond this latest scandal which you will learn about from Rachel Maddow’s report.)

The estimated date for the Senate to mark up the language for the Horse Slaughter and Wild Horse issues has been moved to the week of October 10th which buys us some more. Our sources tell us that a focus should be on Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska who Zinke attacked, berated and threatened over her vote to oppose Trumpcare. She is a key Senator to contact along with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico as they are the co-chairs of the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee. Also, be sure to contact your own two U.S. Senators and PLEASE keep the pressure on until the day that the Senate deals with these issues.

WHAT TO DO:
Here is a link with information on how to reach Senators Udall, Murkowski and your own two U.S. Senators: https://www.equineadvocates.org/19655-2/

PLEASE TAKE ACTION STARTING ON MONDAY.
AGAIN, THIS IS LITERALLY A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH FOR AMERICA’S WILD AND DOMESTIC EQUINES.
PLEASE SHARE AND PASS THIS VITAL INFORMATION ON. EVERYONE WHO CARES MUST GET INVOLVED AND BECOME PRO-ACTIVE!
STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES.
THANK YOU!

(If you missed Part 1 of our United Horse Killers of America series, please click here to read about Rep. Adrian Smith: https://www.facebook.com/equineadvocates.org/photos/a.128854410471310.14855.119741951382556/1513158482040889/?type=3&theater )

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“Horse experts call for end of federal mustang roundups”

Dan Vergano, USA TODAY          1:18 p.m. EDT June 5, 2013

“The last roundup? Federal wildlife officials need to rely on contraceptive measure to manage wild horses instead of removal, which only spurs a mustang population boom, an expert panel says.

(Photo: BLM)

Federal managers are taking the wrong approach on wild horse populations and should focus more on contraception rather than rounding up and removing the herds from public lands. If the existing approach isn’t changed, Western wild horses could triple their numbers in six years, an expert panel warns, and more than 100,000 horses could ravage public lands.

Under a 1971 law
, the federal Bureau of Land Management must balance wild horse and burro population numbers against other uses of public lands, such as recreation and grazing. The agency estimates that means about 26,500 horses and burros should be on Western public lands, a number the agency has attempted to achieve through the roundup and removal of excess horses, about 8,000 a year, which are put up for rarely achieved adoption.” …to read more of this story, click here

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

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Equine Welfare Alliance Counters Horse Eater Propaganda to USDA

Update provided by Vicki Tobin ~ VP of Equine Welfare Alliance

One Deranged Sociopath against Truth and 80% of the American Public

Wallis Method for Improving Horse Industry – Kill and Eat Them

As promised, we are providing information should you wish to contact the USDA to correct the misinformation in Wallis’ communication to the USDA. If you need clarification or have questions, please reply to this email and either John or I will respond.

I want to stress that you need to stay focused on the financial issues and detrimental impact to our meat industry. I know how difficult it is to remain level headed when refuting something from Wallis. She pushes everyone’s buttons but you need to take every ounce of restraint and turn off the switch.

We have gone through what we feel are the pertinent points of her communication and provided responses below her drivel. Pick whatever you feel are the most important and in your own words, let your voice be heard. If you have a different take or slightly different way of presenting a particular point, go with what you feel comfortable with. If you choose to call rather than fax, you may be asked questions so it’s important to use what you feel comfortable discussing. Stay professional and keep it short. If you feel several points need to be addressed, bullet points are a great way to make your statements with few words. They are probably receiving a lot of comments so the chances of anyone reading more than one page are slim.

Here is the contact information to call or fax. EWA will also be preparing a statement that we will share with you after it is sent.

Secretary Tom Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Fax: 202.720.2166
Phone: 202.720.3631

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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.

The horse industry does not produce meat. The horse industry is not suffering from lack of slaughter but for the same reason every other industry in this country is suffering; the economy.

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.

Horses are being singled out because they are not food animals in the US. Calling horses livestock does not make them food animals. Food animals are determined by how they are raised and regulated. Accordingly, US horses are non-food animals. They do not meet food safety laws by any stretch of the imagination. US horses are hauled out of the country with or without plants on US soil. According to USDA statistics, 775,474 horses were exported from 1989-2006 when all three foreign owned plants were operating on US soil.

Wallis is asking for a government handout rather than working on programs that would actually help horse owners during difficult times. US tax payers do not need valuable tax dollars funding yet another welfare program that will compromise our current meat industry. There is no reason the government should be spending millions of dollars we don’t have to benefit owners of less than 2% of the horse population. A welfare program of this type promotes over breeding and does nothing to fix the core problem that perpetuates producing excess horses every year. Slaughter is symptom, not a cure.

Wallis is not getting the message that the US does not dispose of animals into the food chain. No animal should be sent to slaughter that was not raised or regulated as a food animal.

Since the US horse industry does not produce meat, this welfare program will not help the horse industry. It will not put money in consumer’s pockets so they can afford to buy and care for horses, fill the seats at race tracks or attend equestrian performance or sporting events. A program such as this will only perpetuate over breeding and ensure there are more excess horses produced for years to come. History has proven this over and over again. Slaughter does not control the population nor does it prevent abuse, neglect or abandonment.

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.

The inspections done in 2007 do not meet today’s food safety laws in the US or EU. The newly released 2013 requirements for third countries exporting horse meat into the EU clearly require full traceability at the farm level. There is no traceability in US horses and no way to guarantee horses are drug free. Horses must be proven drug free before going to slaughter, not by random testing on the back end. Slaughter is not a disposal service for emergency relief.

Slaughter is as available as it was when the US plants were open. If the Mexican and Canadian slaughter plants are rejecting horses, they are ineligible for export to the consuming countries no matter where they would be slaughtered. The US takes food safety seriously and slaughtering horses for human consumption will do nothing but give our meat industry a black eye that it can ill afford.

In addition to the two EU reports that revealed banned substances in US horses and falsified paperwork, Belgium issued a notice¹ on high levels of phenylbutazone and clenbuterol recently found in horse meat exported from Canada.

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.

Slaughter is not an option, it is for food production. The USDA is doing their job by not issuing permits for horse slaughter inspections. Federal law provides for inspections of food animals. US horses are not food animals and we commend the USDA for acting accordingly. As it stands now, the USDA would be issuing permits to slaughter animals that are known to be unsafe for human consumption. With no traceability in US horses, they should not be considered a food source under any circumstance.

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

It is morally and ethically wrong to send meat to any country that is not safe for human consumption.

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Horse Slaughter Hauler May Be Open Under New Name

Courtesy of WSMV-TV of Nashville, TN

Kill Buyer “Lil Tex” may be attempting to subvert the law, AGAIN!

Three Angel’s Farm June Horse Slaughter Truck Wreck

A Lebanon company that was shut down last month after two accidents involving trailers loaded with horses appears to be up and running again under a new name and in a new location.

A nonprofit group that opposed horse slaughter took a series of pictures on July 21 in Fort Worth, TX. The pictures show a truck loaded with horses, presumably headed to a slaughterhouse in Mexico.

The truck still had markings showing it was from Lebanon, TN, and the door of the truck is marked “Lil Tex,” which is the nickname of the owner of Three Angels Farm, Dorian Ayache.

Three Angels Farms was ordered to cease operations on June 29 after federal investigators documented safety problems with the trucks and trailers. Investigators also said the drivers consistently drove more hours than they were legally allowed to. A January 2012 crash involved a driver who said he fell asleep at the wheel.

The truck photographed in Texas has a DOT number that is listed as belonging to Terri’s Farms in Murfreesboro. The legal owner is Theresa C. Vincent.

Channel 4 paid a visit to Terri’s farm in Murfreesboro; an employee asked us to leave and said Theresa Vincent wasn’t there. We never got a return call, after contacting her several times.

Vincent also runs a business known as “Terri’s Lookout Meadow Farm.” The farm had at least 20 horses. Her website indicates she raises and breeds Appaloosa horses.

When a trucking company has a bad record and reopens under a new name, federal authorities call that a “chameleon” carrier. Ayache has admitted before to opening a new company under a new DOT number. He told federal investigators after his January horse trailer wreck that he opened a company using his brother’s name because his own record was so bad.

The name on the truck photographed in Texas is spelled “Teri’s Farms,” although she spells her name with two R’s elsewhere.

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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No Progress on Horse Slaughter Plant in Rockville, MO

By DONALD BRADLEY of the Kansas City Star

Slaughterhouse $ue Caught in Plethora of Lies and Misinformation

Slaughterhouse $ue Wallis

Sue Wallis can’t stand the thought of hundreds of pounds of good horse meat rotting in the sun.

She loves horses. Somebody ought to be eating that meat so their lives are not wasted, she said last week.

Wallis, 53, grew up on a ranch in Wyoming, writes poetry about riding across the prairie and now is the country’s leading voice for a return to slaughtering horses for meat production.

Closing the plants, which Congress did in 2006, led to horses being abandoned and left to die in a ditch, she and other slaughter supporters say. It also knocked the bottom out of the horse market, they add.

A Wyoming state legislator, Wallis tried unsuccessfully to get processing plants going in her home state. Now she’s decided that the southern Midwest, specifically Missouri, would be the ideal place to return horse slaughter to America.

Wallis has announced plans to open slaughter plants in several cities, including Rockville, Mo., about a hundred miles south of Kansas City. A news release she put out in June said a former beef processing plant there was in the process of being retrofitted for horses.

That was not true. No work had been done and still hasn’t. Wallis’ company, Unified Equine, had not even acquired the building and again, still hasn’t.

Wallis’ critics, of whom there are many, say Rockville is typical of the woman they call “Slaughterhouse Sue.” They say she spreads misinformation; that she’s a regular Harold Hill when it comes to telling folks how horse slaughter is good for horses, good for horse owners and good for towns that allow it.

Wallis has since announced plans to open a slaughter plant in Oklahoma.

“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 over the years.

Which is fine with slaughter opponents. They say Wallis and her allies have done their best to make the most out of a 2011 Government Accountability Office report that concluded that closing the slaughter plants not only hurt horses but also damaged the horse industry by taking the bedrock out of the market: Slaughter at least provided a salvage rate.

Shortly after the GAO report came out, Congress restored funding for plant inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri was one of three members of Congress to push for the reversal.

But anti-slaughter activists say the report overlooked that increased abandonments and falling horse prices coincided with the Great Recession. Owners and would-be owners lost jobs, farms and homes. Prices for hay and feed tripled. Fuel costs rose.

“What’s happened to the horse market had everything to do with a down economy and nothing to do with closing the slaughterhouses,” said Shelly Dunn, a Kansas City horse owner and slaughter opponent.

John Holland, president of the Virginia-based Equine Welfare Alliance, adds that recreational horse owners typically didn’t use slaughter anyway because the animals were too old. Slaughter horses tend to be about 5 years old.

“They (Wallis and other slaughter advocates) like to pretend this is about Ma and Pa Kettle and an old mare, but this really is about the performance horse industry looking to make money off horses they don’t need anymore,” Holland said.

Wallis doesn’t hide her disdain for animal-welfare activists.

“No, I don’t like them,” she said. “They put animals on the same plane as mentally challenged children. It’s completely unnatural. And they’re out to destroy animal agriculture.”………….

 

To reach Donald Bradley, call 816-234-4182 or send email to dbradley@kcstar.com.
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Rockville Horse Slaughter Plant Another Misfire for Sue Wallis

information supplied by the Equine Welfare Alliance as it appears in The Sacramento Bee

Horse Eating “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis Becomes National Embarrassment

“Slaughterhouse” $ue Wallis

CHICAGO — Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) – Despite dozens of articles about the imminent opening of a horse slaughter plant in Rockville, Missouri, EWA has learned that the plant is not opening anytime in the foreseeable future.

The announcement by Sue Wallis that the plant was undergoing renovation and would be open in September turns out to have been as premature and misleading as her earlier announcements in Wyoming and Mountain Grove, MO.

Wallis has not in fact purchased the plant, and cannot legally do so (had she the resources) because its ownership is entangled in a complex web of civil and criminal issues involving dubious deeds of trust through a shell company called Six Bears, and criminal theft charges against its Canadian operator Vincent Paletta.

Paletta had already been charged with two counts of felony stealing by deception when Wallis’ announcement brought the plant to the attention of Mountain Grove attorney Cynthia MacPherson. It was MacPherson who uncovered the elaborate plan by the Palettas to protect the plant from creditors.

On behalf of one creditor, Elvin’s Refrigeration, MacPherson has sued the Palettas, asking the court to block all transfers of the property until the ownership can be determined and creditors protected. The petition claims the Palettas violated MUFTA (Missouri Uniform Financial Transactions Act).

Elvin’s has also filed a Nonconsensual Common Law Lien against the plant’s owner charging that the Palettas fraudulently used bogus deeds of trust, and even sued themselves through their shell companies to protect their assets from creditors.

Although Wallis and her Missouri attorney Dan Erdel did form two new companies and have requested federal inspections, they do not own the plant for which the request was made thus rendering the filing moot. Moreover, records show that they have made no application to Missouri agencies for the required permits.

Undeterred, Wallis has already announced a plant in Oklahoma, where selling horse meat or possessing horse meat for sale is illegal. This announcement too has been widely reported as factual.

EWA has published a comprehensive report on the Gordian legal knot encasing the Rockville plant.

Report link: http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Rockville_plant_report-final.pdf

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