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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
3:42 am
Repost: Montana one step from starting up horse slaughter in the US again!
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From: Beth in Illinois Fighting to End Horse Slaughter
Date: Mar 23, 2009 5:53 PM


Montana Considers Horse Slaughter Plant


The Montana State Senate has passed HB 418 that allows for the building of a horse slaughter plants in Montana- these would be the only horse slaughter plants in the United States. This bill is on Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer's desk and we need to put the pressure on him NOW not to sign this bill.

Please take a moment to e-mail and call the Governor and please pass this on to all your friends, especially anyone from Montana. The Governor needs to hear the facts.

Here are some talking points to use in your comments on HB 418:
-Horse slaughter is inhumane and the majority of horses going to slaughter are young and healthy.

-American's do not raise horses for meat nor do the vast majority of Americans support horse slaughter.

-This is fiscally irresponsible: a horse slaughter plant would be owned by a European company and would not benefit Montana taxpayers.

-Montana's reputation would be marred and tourism industry damaged; "Big Bloody Sky Country" as one slaughter opponent suggested.

-The presence of horse slaughter plants has been directly tied to increased levels of horse abuse and theft.

-Paula Bacon, the Mayor of Kaufman, Texas (home of a now defunct foreign-owned horse slaughter plant) has testified that they were consistently locked in fruitless legal battles with the deep-pocketed Belgium company. She said that there was literally horse blood running down the streets and even backing up in peoples' bathtubs. The same environmental abuses could occur in Montana.

-A Montana slaughter house is far too close for comfort to Cloud's herd. We must not allow this to proceed any further. In the hearings several Montana State Senator's mentioned the 30,000+ wild horses in holding in relation to the building of a horse slaughter facility.


Governor Brian D.
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.

Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-0801
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529

Current Mood: angry
Friday, March 20th, 2009
3:06 am
repost: Bills popping up on horse slaughter, unwanted-horse
From: Beth in Illinois Fighting to End Horse Slaughter There are more bulletins from this poster, if you are concerned, please consider checking out her MySpace, she does a better job of keeping up on this than I am.



State bills popping up on horse slaughter, unwanted-horse issue

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While Congress considers a bill aiming to stem the practice of transporting horses to Mexico or Canada for slaughter, a growing number of state legislatures have introduced counterlegislation. Specifically, these address horse processing facilities, the consumption of horse meat, and the problem of unwanted horses.

HR 503, the Conyers-Burton Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Jan. 14 (see JAVMA, March 1, 2009, page 585). The bill proposes to criminalize the purchase, sale, delivery, or export of horse meat intended for human consumption. Violators would face fines and/or one year's imprisonment for a first offense or an offense involving five or fewer horses, and fines and/or three years' imprisonment for repeated offenses and offenses involving more than five horses.

Meanwhile, uniform resolutions and bills have been introduced in Arizona (SCM 1001), Kansas (HCR 5004), Missouri (HCR 19), Minnesota (SB 133), Utah (HJR 7), and Wyoming (HJR 8) that urge Congress to oppose federal legislation that interferes with a state's ability to direct the transport or processing of horses. As of Feb. 17, the Utah resolution had passed through the state House and Senate, and had been sent to the lieutenant governor for enrollment. In Kansas, the state's House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee sent the bill to the full House for a vote.

Similarly, Arkansas and Missouri have created resolutions (HCR 1004 and SCR 8) that urge Congress to support the continuation of horse processing facilities in the United States. South Dakota introduced a related resolution (SCR 2), which urges Congress and the Department of Agriculture to reinstate and fund a federal inspection program governing horse slaughter and euthanasia facilities. Also, North Dakota put forth legislation (HB 1496), which passed the state House Feb. 18 by a vote of 89-5, directing the state's Department of Commerce to conduct an equine processing facility feasibility study.

New York and Illinois recently introduced legislation relating to the consumption of horse meat. New York's bill (A 3736) prohibits any person from slaughtering a horse if he or she knows or has reason to know that the horse will be used for human consumption. Contrary to New York's position, Illinois' bill (HB 583) would repeal the state's ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption. On Feb. 24, the state's House Agriculture and Conservation Committee voted 11-2 for the bill, which moves to the full House for a vote.

Oregon and Montana Senate bills attempt to combat the unwanted-horse problem. Oregon's bill (SB 398) modifies the existing crime of animal abandonment, a class B misdemeanor, to include the abandonment of horses. Montana's bill (SB 167) creates the offense of abandonment or starvation of horses.

Another bill in Montana (HB 418) would encourage private investors to develop horse slaughter plants in the state by prohibiting state courts from granting injunctions designed to stop or delay construction of horse slaughter or processing facilities on the basis of permit or licensing challenges or on environmental grounds. On Feb. 20, the state's House Agriculture Committee approved the bill by a vote of 15-5.

Two bills introduced in Kentucky to address unwanted horses passed the state's House Agriculture and Small Business Committee. One bill (HR 418) gives local governments more authority to collect stray or neglected horses and place them with a caretaker, who could then sell the animals under certain circumstances. The committee also approved legislation (HB 331) to allow people boarding horses or other animals to sell them if the owner is at least 45 days behind in paying bills.

Finally, a bill put forth in Arizona (HB 2178) would direct the state's Department of Agriculture to create and maintain a registry and public list of equine rescue facilities.

Visit http://www.avma.org and click on "State" under Advocacy and then "State legislative updates" for the latest information on state legislation related to unwanted horses and horse slaughter.

Current Mood: determined
2:34 am
Ray Hunt August 31, 1929 - March 12, 2009
Horseman Ray Hunt died on March 12, a voice for the horses has moved on. May he have a good journey riding in the next life, perhaps with Hondo, the horse that made it happen.

Current Mood: sad
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
4:03 am
Horse Slaughter: Let's get this ball rolling again!
So, 2008 was another fail, after the victories of 2007 in closing down the last equine slaughter houses in our country Congress did not get bills to keep our horses from being sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

So, let 2009 be the year!

Representatives John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), House Judiciary Committee Chairman, and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) have reintroduced H.R. 503 The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act.

Please urge your Representatives to sponsor this bill and to fight for it against those who still stand in opposition. If your Representative is one of those pro-slaughter types, please politely ask them to reconsider their position. If they have supported this bill in the past, thank them and ask them to continue to fight for these animals we owe so very much to.

An easy way to do this is to go to The Compassion Index where you can also check on your Reps' voting record.

Please, remember by next fall more of Saorsa's siblings, some literally her siblings, will be facing the feedlots and slaughter houses. Just as she could have. We have to stop this!

Current Mood: determined
Friday, September 26th, 2008
4:04 am
Horse Slaughter: Good News, Bad News, Good News, Sad News....
I'm delayed in getting this stuff out as this week kicked my butt, so I'm doing one post. Sorry I'm not citing where these first came from, because most are from multiple sources and I've not been able to keep track. One I actually found on the site when I was checking it out:

Good news: The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act HR 6598 passed the House Committee. Please contact your Reps! If you don't know where your Representatives stand, and therefore whether this is a plea or a "thank you, btw can you do anything to get this moving?" then please check out The Compassion Index LET'S GET THIS DONE!

Bad news: National Thoroughbred Racing Association withdraws support of Anti-Slaughter bill.

Good News: Suffolk Downs took action on their policy to not allow owners who use horse slaughter to run horses there! No, this was NOT just lip service. And this answers one key question many of us had "did this only mean those who directly sold to slaughter or include those who just clearly put their horses on the path to slaughter by selling at auction." They ousted an unnamed owner whose horses were found in the New Holland, PA auction pens.

Sad news: Strong anti-slaughter voice is silenced: John Hettinge died on Sept. 6 at age 74. A Jockey Club member he was one of the key voices in the racing world to stop slaughter and to improve the conditions for horses.

A new study: A Study of Equine Slaughter/ Abuse Patterns Following Closure of Horse Slaughter Plants in US Good evidence to dispute the "we need horse slaughter to get rid of the unwanted horses or more horses will be abused." Like previous studies, this shows quite the opposite..that it's the demand for horse meat from Europe that is the reason for slaughter and that abuse and neglect are primarily determined by economic factors. Unfortunately, it also clearly demonstrates that, thanks to transportation to Canada and Mexico, horse slaughter has NOT decreased.

Cross-posted in all the usual places, please feel free to pass this on

Current Mood: determined
Monday, September 8th, 2008
1:22 am
Calls Needed Today!!! Horse Slaughter Bill (H.R. 6598) Up For Committee Vote
This is an announcement made through http://www.awionline.org/legislation/eAlerts/2008/090708.htm


September 7, 2008

Dear Humanitarian:

AWI has learned that the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598) will be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, September 10th. The bill, which was introduced in July by Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN), will criminalize the slaughter of American horses. While the vast majority of Americans, the United States Congress and members of the House Judiciary Committee support an end to horse slaughter there are some members on the committee who are staunch supporters of horse slaughter and will attempt to kill the bill through subterfuge.

What You Can Do:

Call and/or email members of the House Judiciary Committee (see full list at this link) TODAY and ask them “to support passage of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598) out of committee as introduced, with NO amendments”. Please also ask them “to cosponsor H.R. 6598 if they haven’t done so already.” Let them know that:

* Every 5 Minutes an American horse is slaughtered for human consumption abroad. Visit http://www.every5minutes.org for the current number and to learn more about this industry.

* Despite the closure of the country’s three remaining horse slaughter plants in 2007, tens of thousands of American horses continue to be slaughtered in Canada and Mexico in the absence of a strong US law banning prohibiting the trade.

* The photo above is of a horse in Texarkana, Arkansas, found beaten and crammed onto a horse trailer being transported to slaughter with 18 other horses.

* Horse slaughter is not humane euthanasia; it is a brutal process during which horses suffer terribly from start to finish. Their trip to Mexico is often on double deck trailers where they are crammed with dozens of other horses for up to 30 hours without food, water or rest. Once in Mexico some slaughterhouses use a “puntilla” or knife to stab the horse to death. The entire process is extremely inhumane.

* Despite claims to the contrary, horse slaughter is not a necessary evil through which sick, old and unwanted horses are humanely disposed of. The industry is a predatory one that actively seeks out marketable and healthy horses to be slaughtered at great profit.

* According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 92% of horses going to slaughter are in good condition and could be placed in a new home. Those horses who are truly sick or old should be humanely euthanized on the spot by a licensed veterinarian.

* Horsemeat is considered a delicacy in many European and Asian countries where it is consumed by high-end diners.

* The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 6598) will end this cruel trade for good. Ending horse slaughter is a positive step in improving horse welfare in the US, which is why so many horse industry groups and leaders, veterinarians, humane organizations and equine rescues strongly support an end to horse slaughter.

Whether you contact your legislator by phone or email, please be sure to provide him or her with your name and mailing address, and if you are a constituent, request a response on this specific issue. Please also share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their legislators, too. As always, thank you very much for your help.

Cathy Liss

For over 57 years, AWI has been the leading voice for animals across the country and on Capitol Hill. Please join us in our ongoing campaigns to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. Sign up for AWI eAlerts to receive the latest news on what you can do to help us protect all animals: http://www.awionline.org/joinus.

NOTE: Because of the urgency and limited time we encourage you to call each office and ask for their support. There is no need to contact Chairman Conyers or Representative Scott given their lead on the bill itself. * denotes that the member has a history of supporting measures to end horse slaughter. Bolded name denotes they are a current cosponsor of H.R. 6598.

House Judiciary Committee

Current Mood: determined
Monday, August 11th, 2008
5:53 am
Current House Bill can help stop horse slaughter!
I ask all concerned to please contact their Representatives about H.R.6598. This would amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.

What does that mean? It means another strike against the transporting of US horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter!

You can go to The Compassion Index and type in your zip code to get find out if your Representative is a co-sponsor and if they're record shows they might support this bill. If s/he is not, no matter what his/her record says, please let her/him know you want them to support it. And, please, if s/he IS a sponsor, send her/him a note and/or give a call thanking her/him.

Yes, right now they are on break. Wouldn't it be great if their aides presented them with a pile of notes and phone messages regarding this when the return to session? We need to get this stuff through this year!

BTW, for those of you who do own horses, I have taken to including the fact that as a horse owner I currently live in fear that my filly could be stolen and sent to slaughter. Because, honestly, I DO! We do need to get rid of the fiction that it is "unwanted" horses that go to slaughter, that this is somehow a substitute for taking care of our animals and humane euthanasia. It is NOT. Every horse in America is in danger as long as this exists, horse theft is too prevalent and most horses stolen go to slaughter as it's the quickest way to get rid of the evidence...and the reason most horse thieves steal. Let's make it clear, ALL our horses are in danger!

Cross-posted broadly, please repost or otherwise pass on the message!

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
4:58 am
Horse slaughter: Good news, bad news, hopeful news
I've been slacking on this...burned out a bit I suppose. This SHOULD all be over...but Congress is dragging its collective heels. This is stuff I learned through dressagespirit

Suffolk Downs Race Track has implemented a zero-tolerance policy on horse slaughter! Any owner or trainer who uses slaughter as an option is not welcome to race there. If more tracks do this my hatred of the sport of modern horse racing might be tempered a little. No, this doesn't mean I'll place bets as part of some fantasy that this is a continuation of the Lùnasda horse races...those were very different things, it would be far more appropriate these days to attend a 3-day event instead...or, in fact, some of the horse racing, "cross-country" with obstacles and ADULT horses, that is done still in Ireland.

BLM intends to euthanize Mustangs. They can't do their actual jobs, so this is the answer?

Congressmen Rahall and Grijalva, at least, have questioned the BLM and hopefully this will lead to some seriously needed reassessment of their "management" and some answers as to what can be done.

Remember, everyone, we STILL do not have The Horse Protection Act through and we need it. Horses are still going to Canada and Mexico, which is especially horrific in cruelty, every day. Until we get not only slaughter stopped in the US for good but also transportation for slaughter outlawed our horses are in danger. And, yes, that means EVERY horse because most stolen horses end up in slaughter! Please talk to your Senators and Representatives again!

This post is widely cross-posted...please pass on this news too!

Current Mood: moody
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
7:03 am
Take action against horse slaughter Tuesday and Wednesday!

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Saigh or Kym ní Dhoireann
Date: Mar 3, 2008 2:33 AM

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: mary
Date: Mar 2, 2008 7:36 PM

Please forward to friends ..




Dear friends,

Since it was reintroduced in January 2007, the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act (S. 311 - HR 503), a bill to ban the slaughter of US horses and
their exportation for slaughter abroad, has been waiting to be brought up for
consideration in both the Senate and the House where it was denied due process
by a group of pro-slaughter legislators who believe the profits of three
foreign-owned horse slaughter plants outweigh the welfare and safety of American
horses and horse owners alike.

This group of legislators, led by Senator Larry Craig (R – Idaho), has
successfully blocked the bill in the Senate, preventing it from being even
debated on the floor using procedural means and hiding behind a plethora of
myths and fabricat ed stories to support a “need for horse slaughter” while tens
of thousands of American horses continue to be exported for slaughter in Canada and Mexico under appalling

As the legislative deadline of mid-September set up by the upcoming elections
approaches, the need to get the AHSPA passed increases dramatically, making
necessary to launch an all-out counterattack to break the pro-slaughter blockade
on the bills and proceed to their consideration in the corresponding chambers.
If the AHSPA is not at least passed by the Senate before mid-September it will
die since there would not be enough time in the brief “lame duck” session taking
place after the elections to move it through the rest of the legislative
process, forcing us to start all over from zero next year and spelling doom for
tens of thousands of additional horses that will be cruelly slaughtered abroad
until we have another chance.

To this end, horse owners and enthusiasts from all over the United States will
gather in Washington DC next March 4 and 5 to lobby their elected officials in a
desperate effort to break Sen. Craig’s blockade on the AHSPA and expedite its passage in both chambers.

In order to be effective, we need to show a massive grass roots support for
those lobbying the legislators on Capitol Hill and let them know that Americans
want the AHSPA passed as soon as possible to end this sordid trade. It is
extremely important that as many people as possible contact their
Representatives and Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 311 and HR 503 if they
have not yet done so and requesting them to press the Senate leadership and to
set S. 311 free from Sen. Craig’s blockade.

How you can help

During next Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5th please contact as many
times as possible both your two US Senators and all the Representatives of your
state reques ting them to:

a) Cosponsor S. 311 (Senators) or HR 503 (Representatives) in case they
have yet done so.

b) Ask the Senate Leadership to do everything possible to break Sen.
Craig’s blockade on S. 311 and expedite its passage in both chambers.

If they are already cosponsoring the bills, please praise them for doing so and
request them to keep their support commitment to the end.

Also, please forward this action alert to all your contacts, relatives, friends,
work and school partners asking them to follow it and contact their respective
Congressional delegations in support of the AHSPA. The more people contact
Congress the more chances we have to get the AHSPA passed!

An updated phone and fax directory for the 110th Congress showing information
about whether they cosponsor or not the bill as well how they voted in the past
on legislation to o utlaw horse slaughter in the US is available for download at
http://www.habitatforhorses.org/joincampaigns/docs/110directory.doc (requires
Microsoft’s Word).

You can also find who your legislators at
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html or

Additional information on horse slaughter and the AHSPA can be found at
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/index.htm and

Please remember this is virtually the last chance we have to lobby Congress to
get th e bill passed before it is too late: If S. 311 is not at least passed by
the Senate by mid-September we can take it for dead, forcing us to start from
scratch next year and dooming without recourse tens of thousands of American
horses to horrible, agonizing deaths in Canadian and Mexican slaughter plants.
Therefore, it is vitally important we employ all the resources we have available
to flood Congress with a continuous stream of calls and faxes during those two
days. Their lives depend on us.

Thank you for your help.

Mary Martin
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.-Albert Einstein"

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, January 20th, 2008
6:15 am
National Call-in Day January 22...that's Tuesday
If you don't have the numbers handy you can get them quick here: http://capwiz.com/compassionindex/dbq/vote_info

Mark your calendars for January 22, 2008, the National Call-In Day for Horses!

The doors on the last remaining U.S.-based horse slaughter plants have been shuttered. Now, Congress must pass the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) to end the transport to slaughter of American horses to Mexico and Canada. Even when plants were operating within the U.S., several thousand horses were exported to Mexico and Canada annually. Though the total number of American horses killed has dropped, all of them are now enduring terribly long trips over the border that end in a grisly form of slaughter. We have said all along that we must pass federal legislation to stop horse slaughter and the need has never been more urgent.

On January 22, please call your two U.S. senators and U.S. representative and express your support to end horse slaughter permanently.

Please tell your friends and family how they can help end horse slaughter, too. Email and handout the National Call-In Day for Horses flier to everyone you know!

Watch your email on the morning of January 22 for special Call-In Day instructions. Your emails and calls will not only make a difference, they will help make history. Help us end horse slaughter forever.

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO

Current Mood: determined
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
2:23 pm
horse boarding in NC

Sorry if this post comes out of context or is against the rules. I'm just trying to get some homework done and I'm trying to utilize all the resources I have.

It looks like I'm going to be relocating from Michigan to the Charlotte/Concord area of North Carolina. I have a horse that I need to board until we get a house and can build a barn. I'm looking for any information I can on the area and what is available. He currently lives outside 24/7/365 and is a really easy keeper. I would like to have him at someones private facility, but I know some of the big boarding places are good too. So if anyone has any information (good or bad) please send it my way. I've never even been to the area (yet) and I need some feedback!


(x-posted everywhere)
Saturday, January 5th, 2008
5:19 am
WashingtonWatch.com -please vote and comment about S311
Widget is a bit hard to notice at first. Please also comment, and if you do, please use your real name if you are comfortable with that at all online. I see that most of the pro-slaughter people are not doing so, I think it's good to show we're rather braver than they are. http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/110_SN_311.html

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
1:58 am
Cavel Horse Slaughter Plant plans to try again!
Horse Slaughtering Plant Plans Appeal
Reported by: Christine Long
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007 @08:17pm CST

DeKalb, IL – Operators of a horse slaughtering plant in DeKalb that was shut down in September plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Phil Calabrese, an attorney who represents Cavel International, says he plans to send a request in January to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal. The deadline is January 18th.

Read the rest: http://mystateline.com/content/fulltext/?cid=6720

Haven't they figured out they're not wanted here yet? WTF is wrong with them? They're not going to win, the Texas plants did not win. And we HAVE TO GET S311 and HR503 through to clearly get the message across (and because shipment of horses to Mexico and Canada have to be stopped too!). Get on your Senators' and Representatives' cases about this, folks! Let's end it once and for all!

Current Mood: red mist
Sunday, November 18th, 2007
4:31 am
estimating mature height formula, anyone?
I know that there is a formula for figuring a foal's likely height at maturity. But I don't know what it is or exactly where to measure. Anyone know this? I have tried looking it up, but the key words I'm trying are not getting me what I'm looking for. My Dad doesn't remember either.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
8:54 pm
new foal!
To spare those not interested...well, okay to also spare me the effort of going back and copying it all when I've been awake for nearly 30 hours...if anyone wants to see photos of our PMU filly who came home today you can go to my journal. http://saigh-allaidh.livejournal.com/284011.html *falls over*

crossposting sacredhorse, horselistening, pmu_rescue and rescuehorse

Current Mood: indescribable
Monday, October 15th, 2007
9:56 pm
Reminder: Tuesday Oct 16 call in for HR503 & S311
Please remember to call your Representative and Senators tomorrow to let them know you want action on HR503 and S311, respectively, the Horse Protection Act which will end not only chance of the legalization of horse slaughter in the US again but also the transportation of horses to other countries to be slaughtered there. While the conditions in Canada, as they were in the US until it's recent end, are horrifying enough they are nothing compared to the brutality in Mexico. We have to finish this NOW!

Don't have their numbers on hand, here's a handy way to get them and even find out where they stand on humane issues: http://capwiz.com/compassionindex/directory/congdir.tt

Current Mood: determined
Thursday, October 11th, 2007
3:11 am
Oct 16 Call in day for Horses being slaughtered at US border
This was posted awhile back by The Horse Rescue Foundation, Inc. http://www.myspace.com/thehorsefoundation and many others. I'm reposting now closer to the date as a reminder. The horror is not ended, it's only not happening in the US but our horses are still being sent, more than ever, to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. As you can read below, the circumstances in Mexico are particularly horrible. We must finish this! We must get Congress to put a stop not only to slaughter in the US but transportation for slaughter to other countries!


We are spreading the word for the upcoming National Call-In Day to Protect Horses – and we need YOUR HELP! As you know, since the 7th Circuit Court shut down Cavel in Illinois just weeks ago, horses have been flooding over the boarders in record numbers & subjected to immense cruelty. The time is now for Congress to act--and only an act of Congress can halt this abhorrent practice.
The National Call-In day is Tuesday, October 16th! Everyone, please click on the link below where you can print out and distribute fliers: http://www.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/horse/Horse-Flier.pdf.
We are encouraging folks to ask for co-sponsorship of H.R. 503 & S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
Of course, if any one has any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks again for keeping these fires burning! PLEASE CROSS-POST & SEND BROADLY!
For the horses

Horse slaughters taking place on the border
Web Posted: 10/02/2007 03:20 AM CDT
Lisa Sandberg
Austin Bureau
CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The American mare swung her head frantically when the door shut to the kill box, trapping her inside. A worker jabbed her in the back with a small knife — seven, eight, nine times.
Eyes wild, she lowered her head and raised it as the blade punctured her body around the withers, again and again.
At the 10th jab, she fell to the floor of this Mexican slaughterhouse, bloodied and paralyzed, but not yet dead.
She would lay there a good two minutes before being hoisted from a chained rear leg so her throat could be slit and she could bleed to death.
Read the rest: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA093007.01A.horseslaughter.3496288.html

Current Mood: determined
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
12:47 am
John Holland on Cavel Horse Slaughter House
This has been making the rounds:

We have all been holding our collective breaths wondering if Cavel will go for another appeal and try to get one more TRO. I have been predicting they would not because they are already up and running in Canada through their deal with Natural Valley Farms. I have just heard that the killer buyers have been told exactly what I expected.

They say Cavel will not fork over for another round of appeals (estimated to cost them $250,000) but will instead shift operations completely to Canada. This is further supported by the fact that Cavel is reporting that Jim Tucker has "retired". It all fits, and I think we can say with a very high degree of confidence that slaughter in the US is finally and at long last relegated to history. Nobody is going to invest in new plants here with federal legislation pending.

Now we face one of the long feared consequences, and that is the dramatically increased exports, especially to Mexico. The one thing that pro-slaughter and anti-slaughter people have always agreed about is that Mexico is a far worse fate for a horse than a US (or Canadian) plant.

The pro-slaughter people think the answer is to reopen slaughter in the US, but that is a pipe dream. There is no going back. Therefore we must push HR.503 and S.311 with all the energy we can muster. Since we no longer have to fight on three fronts, we should be able to put sharp focus on our Congress people, especially in the Senate.

Congratulations to everyone who made the Texas and Illinois victories possible!

John Holland

Current Mood: relieved
Monday, September 24th, 2007
1:40 am
Will Cavel keep fighting? Voice your opinion on the issue!
Will Cavel keep fighting? Voice your opinion on the issue!
From Dekalb Poet http://www.myspace.com/dekalbpoet

Cavel unsure about appealing ruling

By Chronicle Staff

The attorney for Cavel International said Saturday he is not sure if the horse-slaughtering business will appeal a federal court ruling that could close the company's DeKalb facility for good.

"We're evaluating our options," J. Philip Calabrese said in a phone interview. "We've got some time under the rules in which to make that determination."

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a state law that bans the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Cavel has 14 days to request the three-judge appeals court panel reconsider their ruling, or to request the full 14-member court hear the case, Calabrese said. The company has 90 days to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read the rest at http://www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2007/09/23/news/news04.txtcomments and please leave a message so that perhaps Cavel will get the word that no one wants them here and no more horses should die there while they play their losing game!

Current Mood: red mist
Friday, September 21st, 2007
11:22 pm
CAVEL DENIED!!! ---The horse have a big victory!
Yup, they lost their appeal! Please remember that horses will still be shipped to Canada and Mexico until we get the Horse Protection Act through....so please keep in touch with your reps on that!

It's Final: Last U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant Must Close

September 21, 2007

Today, The Humane Society of the United States hailed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upholding the State of Illinois' decision to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Illinois is home to the last remaining horse slaughter plant in the country, and the ruling effectively ends all slaughter of horses for food in the United States.

"Today's court decision marks the end of the line for the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry in the United States," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "Now it's up to Congress to finish the job and protect American horses from being exported to foreign abattoirs in Canada and Mexico for human consumption overseas."

Go to http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/cavel_horse_slaughter_plant_closed.html for the whole story

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