Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Horse Slaughter Stats by Breed

For those of you that doubt Registered Quarter-Horses make up over half of all horses going to slaughter,....here is just one study done back in 2003,....but there are more recent ones and I will post them here for you soon.

Click on the title above which will take you to the Equine Protection Networks "White Paper" report on "unwanted" horses. Once there, page down to the charts on Page 6 of that report. Here you will see a break down of horses sent to slaughter by breed. Look for the colums that are 10 times higher than the others and that will be the quarter-Horses going to slaughter as compared to other breeds.

The stats are from the USDA.

Monday, October 27, 2008

No "Dissenting Voice" 4 the Horses @ AQHA World Show Events?

No "Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter" available to Protest
the Upcoming American Quarter-Horse Association World Show in
Oklahoma City, OK, Nov. 7th -27th,2008? What a shame! You'all know
that the AQHA is responsible for over half of all horses going to

Are we going to let them get away with it or are we going to protest
against their policies (or lack thereof) and DEMAND "in their face"
an end to QUARTER-HORSE slaughter at this WORLD CLASS event?

No "Friends of Equines" to Protest in Oklahoma?
Click on title above to read more

**"Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter" will have permits in
place for the entire duration of the event for any "Friends" (one or
more, up to 25) that may be wanting and/or able to attend this event
to protest and demonstate against the AQHA. Just know this: Thousands
upon thousands of us who cannot make it ourselves will be with you in
spirit if you go, and your educational efforts alone will indeed do
alot of good in helping to spread the word about horse-slaughter and
the AQHA, and doing it "right under their noses" to their own
embarassment. Subjecting them to public ridicule is the "meat" of our
campaigns, and the part we enjoy the most,...the "education' the
public stuff" is just gravy! The actions have a "two-pronged" effect.

See also:

No Support from Anti-Horse Slaughter "Movement" for Petition that
would Really Help Horses?

No Help From the Mother Orgs?

MuleKist Calls Anti-Horse Slaughter "Movement" Cowards
The nerve of her!

"Whatever your fight, dont be lady-like!"
-Mother Jones

"Fight like their lives depends on it, cause they do!"

Thanks for Caring!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

No Friends of Equines in Oklahoma?

Click on title above to see the invitation Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter has sent out to hundreds of horse lovers, rescuers, advocates and protectors inviting them to PICKET & DEMONSTRATE at the AQHA WORLD SHOW coming up in November,.....still no replies or interest. Does no one see this as a golden opportunity to let the AQHA know how we feel about them being responsible for over half of all horses going to slaughter? What are they waiting for? When is the anti-horse slaughter "movement" going to get moving and ADVANCE beyond the waiting? When are they going to go that "extra mile" for the horses and start DEMANDING an end to slaughter? Maybe after they start building back up the horse slaughter industry in the USA? How bad do "we" want to see it end? Apparently, not bad enough to change tatics and strategies, to take it "one step further," ..to go"all the way."

"If you keep on doing what you always did you will always get what you always got - NOTHING,"....nothing that is except empty prom ices from dirty politicians who would sell their own mothers down river for a buck.

"Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
– Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist

Dont be an "arm-chair" warrior. Get out there, get visible, and make some noise for the horses, and DEMAND an end to slaughter NOW.

"Fight Like Their Lives Depend on It, Cause They Do." -


Monday, October 13, 2008

"Quarter-Horses: Bred for Slaughter" and a Bit about "The Bill"

Monday, October 13, 2008
Quarter horses born for slaughter

John Holland

Holland, of Shawsville, is a freelance writer, author of three books and senior analyst for Americans Against Horse Slaughter.

In the aftermath of Black Monday, most of us felt like Baghdad citizens after "shock and awe." Stunned and disoriented, we sifted through our portfolios looking for anything salvageable.

But while lesser politicians were distracted by the proposed bailout, Rep. Bob Goodlatte was not. He knew what needed to be done and how to do it. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were at stake and time was critical. H.R. 6598 had to be stopped.

Goodlatte, now in his eighth term, might never have gained the skills he now employed had he not made the pragmatic decision to ignore his original campaign promise to limit himself to six terms, or his prophetic warning of the corrosive process that befalls anyone who stays in Congress longer.

H.R. 6598, The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, had to be delayed in the Judiciary Committee before it could reach the House floor for a vote. Within hours, horse rescues around the country began posting about strange calls from unassigned telephone numbers in the bowels of the House office buildings.

The callers were asking how many horses the rescue could currently accept. If asked how many horses the caller had, or any other probative question, the callers would simply hang up.

H.R. 6598 was a last-minute attempt by horse slaughter opponents to do an end run through the Judiciary Committee. Goodlatte and the ranking members of the House Agriculture and Commerce committees had managed to bottle up a similar bill (H.R. 503) in their committees.

The Senate version of that bill (S. 311) was reported out of committee last year but was blocked on the Senate floor by Goodlatte's stalwart pro-slaughter ally, Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho. Like Goodlatte, Craig had demonstrated the good sense to forget a promise: to resign after his unfortunate arrest in the Minneapolis Airport men's room affair.

With formidable resolve, Craig refused to surrender his seat even after being admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for illegally using his campaign coffers to mount a legal challenge to his own guilty plea in that incident. It is such politicians who have bequeathed to our Congress its coveted 15 percent approval rating.

Goodlatte used his seat on the Judiciary Committee to fulfill his sacred obligation to old compatriots, like his former Agriculture Committee minority leader Charles Stenholm, and his former aide Brent Gattis, who left his side to work as pro-slaughter lobbyists for the firm of Olson, Frank and Weeda.

In 2007, the last three horse slaughter plants in the U.S. were closed by state laws in Texas and Illinois, but the industry quickly shifted its operations to Canada and Mexico. The slaughter of American horses actually increased, but the victory for anti-slaughter proponents sent shock waves through the pro-slaughter community.

There loomed the possibility of a crisis of faith among the horse slaughter lobbyists. Professionals like Goodlatte and Craig realized that such a crisis might ripple through the entire system, causing untold financial devastation.

Goodlatte has long enjoyed the largesse of horse slaughter supporters like the American Quarter Horse Association. No breed is more prominently represented in the slaughter trucks rolling toward Canada and Mexico than the quarter horse. A unique American breed with a muscular rump, it is both the unchallenged denizen of rodeos and a highly prized menu selection among European horsemeat gourmets.

The AQHA and Goodlatte have long dismissed the assertion that the AQHA defended horse slaughter because it needs the registration fees on foals for their bottom line. Like Goodlatte, it continually insists that there are excess horses and slaughter is the only answer.

By meeting time, Goodlatte had his survey. Claiming that rescues could accept only 7,000 of the more than 100,000 horses sent to slaughter each year, Goodlatte skillfully consumed the allotted time for considering H.R. 6598. No matter that the survey was a farce, the tactic was successful and the bill was once again delayed.

The following Tuesday the committee finally reported the bill out over Goodlatte's warning that if it passed, unwanted horses would starve, creating a buzzard epidemic. But the delays all but guaranteed it would not pass.

Bill Brewer, AQHA executive, demonstrated the hyperbolic hypocrisy of their excess-horse excuse in his 2008 AQHA convention speech. Reveling in their earnings, he declared not that there were too many horses in America, but that "our challenge becomes looking at ways to introduce an equine economic stimulus package that will boost registration numbers so we don't have a horse shortage in a few years."

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Judiciary Committee Sees Thru Pro-Slaughter BS

In response to the Pro-Slaughters Letter to Congress; submitted to Committee by
Lamar Smith.
Bob Goodlatte.
Steve King.
Jim Jordan

See Pro-Slaughter Letter at;

Congressional Summary Sees Through the BS


Opponents of this bill have argued that horse slaughter is a necessary evil, and that without it, the horses that would have been slaughtered will be abandoned or neglected, leading to another and worse form of cruelty to horses. The available evidence, however, does not support this assertion. Between 1990 and 1995, the number of horses slaughtered in the United States decreased from 345,700 to 109, 225. By 2001, the number of horses slaughtered in the United States or exported for slaughter had dropped to only 79, 734. 7

[Footnote] During this time, there was no reported epidemic of unwanted horses resulting from the decreased number of horses being slaughtered.

[Footnote 7: Humane Society Equine Slaughter Table, supra note 2.]

According to a 2002 United States Department of Agriculture report, 92.3% of the horses arriving at two Texas slaughter plants arrived in good condition. 8

[Footnote] They were not the `unwanted' sick, old, or starving horses. This statistic comports with common sense: healthy animals maximize the amount of meat processed per horse and help insure that the meat will be of good quality and safe for human consumption. Thus, the proportion of currently slaughtered horses that fall into the category of `unwanted' sick or old horses would appear to be small.

[Footnote 8: R. Timothy Cordes, D.V.M. and Betsy J. Stillers, Technical Coordinators, U.S.D.A. Guidebook for USDA's Slaughter Horse Transport Program, January 2002, at 5.]

The corollary of the opponents' argument regarding unwanted horses is that horse slaughter for human consumption is a humane form of euthanasia. Again, the available evidence does not support this claim. The previously described `puntilla' slaughter method used at many slaughterhouses in Mexico could never be considered humane. As described by Dr. Dodman, Director of Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts' Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, `No ethical veterinarian, faced with a client who has a horse that is old, sick, or otherwise no longer wanted, would suggest that the horse in question should be put on a truck and hauled thousands of miles to slaughter. Instead, the veterinarian would most likely suggest truly humane euthanasia via chemical injection, after which the carcass can be composted, buried, incinerated, sent to landfill or rendered.' 9

[Footnote] The shot could be performed by any veterinarian at the farm, ranch, or racetrack.

[Footnote 9: Written testimony of Dr. Dodman at 2, submitted for the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on July 31, 2008.]

The Committee received many letters from horse rescue organizations across the country, repeatedly telling the same experience of attempting to buy horses at auctions and getting out-bid by `killer-buyers' from the horse slaughterhouses. Based on these and other letters, testimony received at our hearing, and countless phone calls and conversations with other interested stakeholders, it appears to the Committee that there is a strongly committed community of horse rescue and sanctuary organizations, farmers, horse owners, and other entities and persons that are willing and able to assist with any `unwanted' horses that may result from this legislation. Large organizations such as the National Black Farmers Association, Animal Welfare Institute, and the Humane Society of the United States also have pledged to work with their members to find homes for any `unwanted horses.'

Horse slaughter for human consumption is a business. It is motivated by economic forces, not altruistic ones. In the Committee's opinion, the equities balance in favor of this legislation. We know for certain that if we do nothing, hundreds of thousands of horses will meet cruel and inhumane deaths at foreign slaughterhouses; if we pass this legislation, we save horses from suffering this same fate in the future. There may be unintended adverse consequences for a small percentage of these horses; but we are confident that the supporters of this bill--which are many and varied--are sincere about their commitment to the welfare of all horses.

Cong. Summary;

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bill is dead but we arent,...are we?

HR 6598 Dead n Stinkin'
& Arkansas Wants New Horse Slaughter Plant

Our latest bill to end horse slaughter, HR 6598, is dead and now, the Arkansas Horse Counsil wants to build a new horse slaughter plant.
Is failure of this latest bill signaling a green-light to the pro-slaughterers for a re-opening of equine slaughter houses in the USA?

Think it cant happen? Think Arkansas is the only state that cant wait
to jump on the "build a new horse-slaughter plant" bandwagon? Think
again. There are many states waiting in the wings to see "which way the wind blows" on the federal issue of horse slaughter. Sure we are winning the "polite wars" on paper and in the polls but, meanwhile, we have this mindset (and their money) to contend with;

Arkansas Horse Counsil Wants Horse Slaughter Plant!

Fellow Advocates;

Had enough of the "polite" wars? Tired of waiting on our bills to
pass? We have said it before and we'll say it again: We dont need no stinikin' bill to stop the slaughter! Come join our "Friends of Equines Industry Accountability" Campaign. We are out to hold the industry accountable and to COMPEL THEM to stop the slaughter of their own right NOW....

Our targets are the American Horse Counsil (AHC), The Jockey Club, The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA,) The American Quarter-Horse Association (AQHA), and the Nations Top Ten Breeders, just for starters. They are the most visible culpable ones,...and they are also the ones most able to afford to help us fix the problems that they are helping to create. In terrorem (no contest,) res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself,) and Respondant Superior (They are the masters we are only the servants. They have the "deepest pockets.")!

*I know what the pro-slaughter BIGWHIGS are saying about some of our
ideas,.. I have heard them with my own ears while on our DC and Saratoga Campaigns. We also got word from some of our spies inside the enemy camps. Word is that the pro-slaughter industrialists think we are "dangerous." They say that we will cost them dearly if any of our ideas catch on. What say you?

Read more about our campaigns here;


Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter
Dont Get Sad Get MAD, and start
"Kicking Ass for the Equines!"

"Whatever Your Fight, Dont be Lady Like!"
-Mother Jones

"Fight Like Their Lives Depend on It, Cause They Do."


"There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil and too few
striking at the root."

---Henry David Thoreau