Horse Slaughter House Leaves Reminders Years After Closing

Alan Van Zandt as published on StJoeChannel.com

“They would kill horses and the smell was terrible.”

Old Kill Room

Old Kill Room

(KAUFMAN, Tex.) Paula Bacon is a fifth generation Kaufman, Texas resident. There’s a street named after her family and a historical office just off of the city square that belonged to her family.

Bacon is a former mayor of Kaufman and is proud of her community, except for one fact: Her city once was the location for a horse slaughter plant.

“(Kaufman) was perceived universally and just 100 percent as that place that you killed horses,” Bacon said. “It was just a tremendous negative to how people looked at our community.”

Dallas Crowne Packaging operated in Kaufman as a horse slaughter plant for 25 years. It closed in 2007, while Bacon was mayor, after funding for U.S.D.A. inspectors was discontinued.

Aside from the stigma of having a horse slaughter plant in town, Bacon says another problem with Dallas Crowne was its location.

“It’s the first thing you see when you come into our community,” Bacon said. “The fact that it backed up to a neighborhood was really awful.”

Robert Eldridge owns the land right next to the plant with his wife Jualine.

“Kill day was the worst day of all,” he said. “They would kill horses and the smell was terrible.”

Eldridge says it wasn’t a good place to raise a family. He maintains property values in the area have been going up since since the plant’s closure and he is personally investing in the area.

“You could hear them whinnying all night. You could hear them stomping in their corral.”

Bacon and others said there were also problems with waste generated from the plant.

“The plant was putting in the waste water system way more polluted water than was permitted,” Bacon said.

The Dallas Crowne facility has sat idle since 2007. A for sale sign sits out front of the building, but there are no takers…(CONTINUED)

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Healthy horses waiting to be slaughtered back when Kaufman's Dallas Crown horse slaughterhouse was in operation ~ photo courtesy of Kaufmanzoning.net

Healthy horses waiting to be slaughtered back when Kaufman’s Dallas Crown horse slaughterhouse was in operation ~ photo courtesy of Kaufmanzoning.net

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Pro-Horse/Anti-Slaughter Super PACs Popping Up Like Petunias

By ANNA PALMER & DAVE LEVINTHAL of the Politico Influence.com

“Let the Horse-Eaters Beware!”

NO HORSING AROUND: Seven super PACs opposing horse slaughter popped up over the weekend, including the American Horse Association, Oklahoma Horse Association, Texas Horse Association, Missouri Horse Association, New Mexico Horse Association, Arizona Horse Association and Alabama Horse Association. All are registered in Kaufman, Texas, with Julie Caramante, who’s lent her name to numerous horse rights and anti-horse slaughter organizations, listed as treasurer for each.

Consultant Jon Ryan Parker, who’s working with the groups, tells PI the “main goal of the groups is issue advocacy — they just want to get the message out to the public.” Why form super PACs? “It gives them another tool in their efforts,” said Parker, adding the groups will begin fundraising later this month.

Dear Horse Advocate: An Open Letter from Former Mayor Paula Bacon

By Paula Bacon, former Mayor of Kaufman, TX

The Former Mayor of Kaufman, TX Gives Tips to Help the Horses

Dear Horse Advocate,

When I was mayor of a city with a horse slaughter plant, the support, information and backing of horse advocates encouraged me, strengthened my convictions— you were essential to me and frankly kept me going. I want to thank you for your advocacy for horses. It is because of you that elected officials feel compelled or wise to support a ban on horse slaughter.

You are receiving this email because of your advocacy and because one or more members of the House of Representatives from your state is a good candidate to support and/or co-sponsor H.R. 2966 banning horse slaughter.  (Click HERE to find the Members that represent YOU)

This week congressional members are in their home districts.  This is an important opportunity for us to speak to members directly rather than trying to work through young staffers in D.C. 

Can you attend a public meeting or make an appointment to meet with the member this week? Also, do you know of other advocates in your state (constituents, friends, relatives of constituents, etc., in the member’s district) who could meet with the member?

It is very important.  We need as many people as possible advocating a ban on horse slaughter to their legislators.  We have strength in numbers.

Please call one of the Congressional member’s local district offices and find out when public meetings are scheduled for the representative. Or call and make an appointment to speak with the member personally this week. At a minimum, would you call, have others call, and speak directly with the member?

May I suggest that you choose and be ready with 3 major points, keeping your message simple and straightforward. You may want to thank the member for past support, and then to mention that…

  • Recent polls show 80% of Americans support a federal ban on horse slaughter.  Results crossed gender, political affiliation, urban and rural areas and geographic location. In our current political climate of divisiveness, a horse slaughter ban has broad political consensus.
  • The cost to taxpayers is millions annually, yet the market is foreign as are plant interests/ownership.  In these difficult economic times taxpayers would be forced to subsidize an un-American market with foreign interests and ownership that pays almost nothing literally in taxes and that represents a very small number of dangerous, minimal pay jobs, and which Americans do not support. This makes no sense.
  •  99% of horse owners choose to euthanize rather than having their horse butchered; horse slaughter is not a service offered to mom & pop horse owners.
  •  Horse slaughter is not a service or euthanasia. According to the USDA, only 4% of horses at slaughter are 10 years old or older;
  • The slaughter market encourages abandonment. Recent events in the news show horses rejected at the border are being dumped by kill buyers.
  •   Bring a copy of Trent Lott’s recent article on horse slaughter.  Lott is a highly respected former Congressman. Your lawmaker is the perfect audience for Lott’s message.  http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/210585-preventing-horse-slaughter-a-personal-evolution
  •  If you have children’s letters, please share copies with the legislator; they are often very effective.

Practice your message aloud, anticipate concerns from your particular congressional representative.  A concise, effective rebuttal may be simply, ‘That makes no sense when you consider that…’ Stay COOL. Emotional doesn’t help us.

Remember to thank the legislator for past support and that you and thousands of voters look forward to him/her co-sponsoring H.R. 2966.

Thank you for your invaluable help. I apologize for not being more timely. All the same, Good luck! Please email me back with updates or if I can help you with any information.
Best regards,

Paula Bacon

“Write me, personally, for Paula’s email address at rt@rtfitch.com”~ R.T.