Why we're here

We are taking a stand against horse slaughter returning to the US and are striving to stop the transportation of horses to other countries for slaughter. Some of us are working in those other countries as well.

We are taking this stance as Pagans and Heathens, at a time when it seems some have decided that eating slaughtered horse meat in ritual is somehow cool, edgy and "ancestral." Therefore we want to show that that minority does not represent all of the Pagan and Heathen communities. Many of us worship Horse Deities, many of us are horse people who may see our horses as sacred charges who we care for to honor these Deities. Not by killing but by striving to give them good lives.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

From Simone Netherlands: How to make sense of the pro- slaughter fabrications

(Yes, the following is another repost, this one from Simone Netherlands of Respect4horses this time the complete thing as she gives permission. DO mind the permission given requires the inclusion of the copyright notices, so if you pass it along DO include them)

This is for those who are still confused as to what to say to some of the pro slaughter claims and fabrications: Feel free to share and use as long as copyright stays on the bottom.

The Pro-slaughter claims are, that the slaughter of horses for human consumption is “humane” and “necessary” because of a huge overpopulation or unwanted horse problem. This may sound like a reasonable argument to some, but the reason for this widespread deception of the American public, is easily deciphered:

The business of Horse slaughter is obviously not a service business designed to help us dispose of unwanted horses, it is a FOR-profit, demand-driven business, like any other business. The amount of horses slaughtered, is determined by the demand of horse meat abroad and by the contracts that the kill buyers have to fulfill, NOT by the amount of unwanted horses

While we are certainly going through harsh economic times, and nobody denies that we have an overpopulation problem, when you stop to consider the facts more realistically, it becomes very clear that horse slaughter is the anti-solution to the problem.

The truth is that the abandoned and starving horses are not the ones that end up in the slaughter plants at all, for the simple fact that their owners chose to abandon them rather than send them to slaughter.

The demand of the horse slaughter plants is for healthy, young flesh as this is the tenderest and fetches the highest price per pound. Therefore the killer buyers are in search of the young fat and healthy and leave the skinny, old and sick for society to take care of. Killer buyers bid against good homes and horse rescues at every auction all over the country, because they have contracts with the slaughter plants to fulfill.

In addition to the obvious motives of the slaughter industry, the option of horse slaughter in itself in fact has created, is creating and will continue to create an overpopulation problem, by enabling over breeding (lottery breeding) and encouraging a quick turn around and dumping of horses.

As a convenient and lucrative means of disposal, horse slaughter allows the large breeding industries to dispose of horses that do not have the perfect conformation or speed or strength necessary for their discipline. The larger the quantities they breed, the larger their chances of a winner. The youngster that disappoints simply gets cashed into the killer buyer.

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) celebrated their 7 millionth foal, and reported over 140,000 foals in 2009. This is approximately the same number as the number of U.S. horses slaughtered. Could it be possible that their motives be related to the fact that they need that same amount of horses to go to slaughter in order to make way for their new stock and keep prices falsely inflated? In any case, they seem morbidly afraid of a bill that will stand in their way of making their fortunes.

So while they cleverly make it seem as if they are protecting the individual horseman and as if they actually care about the welfare of horses, it is about pure and simple greed of the big industries, like it always is.

The most creative part of this well funded scam on Americans is that the very businesses creating the overpopulation problem turn around and use this problem to convince good hearted people to side with their cause. They are organizing this summit plus other events all over the country to promote horse slaughter as a necessary evil, so that these businesses may continue to produce “unwanted” horses and keep selling them pound for pound.

Some people might be surprised to learn these breeding industries receive both huge breeding incentives from their perspective breeding associations as well as huge tax advantages and write-offs from the IRS. This further encourages breeding strategies that are not consistent with demand. When you throw in the current state of the economy on top of the overpopulation problem and the breeding incentives for coming years, the future seems rather bleak for American horses.

According to very simple economic principals when supply is overabundant, demand goes down and values decrease. The housing industry understands this principal and builders have stopped building. How come breeders cannot do the same? To point to the closing of the American slaughter houses for the decrease of horse values is a cowardly deflection to avoid blame, and a clever rouse for people who don't take the time to investigate any further. Very much like the banking industry the breeding industry is self destructing by not paying attention to the market, horse slaughter is their bail out.

Change is needed, certain questions need to be asked. What if we take a part of the same taxes from the horse races that are currently used as breed incentives, and instead we make humane euthanasia funds and gelding funds and hay funds for horse rescues? If these breed associations care about the welfare of the horse like they say they do, they would have done this a long time ago. The only comon goal we may have is that we all want to see horse prices rise again, but the only way to do this is to slow down the overabundant supply.

We have almost 10 million domestic horses in America. The approximate amount of 100,000 horses ending up in foreign slaughter plants are in all reality only 1% of the horse population. Not an insurmountable amount to be absorbed back into society as the pro slaughter summit organizers would like us to believe. It would take only a slight adjustment of the breeding industry.

It should be noted that without the horse, human civilization would not be where it is today. The greatest conquests in history have been won because of the endurance, bravery and loyalty of the horse. The horse spends its entire life in service to ours.

It is the want and need for human attention and praise that gives the horse its incredible versatility. It is these same qualities that are a major factor in the assessment of the amount of mental and physical suffering involved with horse slaughter. The myth that horse slaughter is in any way quick or humane, is a wishful, far fetched stretch of the truth to say the very least.

We gain nothing by it. Every argument for preserving the barbaric practice of horse slaughter, is greed motivated, un-factual and clearly deceptive. Horse slaughter is unacceptable and beyond un-necessary. It is time to find solutions to the problems we create without compromising our humanity.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Support the effort to have Slaughterhouse Sue investigated

Call on WY authorities to investigate ethics and fraud allegations against Rep. Sue Wallis

"Wyoming resident, Patricia Fazio, Ph.D. has filed a complaint with state officials, requesting an investigation of alleged violations of ethics laws and securities fraud by Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis (R-Campbell). Wallis is an avid proponent of horse slaughter and is alleged to have used her position as state legislator to promote and misrepresent horse slaughter for her personal financial gain. Wallis is also accused of duping and misleading potential investors in her alleged horse slaughter facility."

Read the rest and please sign!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

American Quarter Horse Association and slaughter

This is an older article from the American Horse Defense Fund, which sadly still shows the standing position of the AQHA. Which is, to support slaughter and PMU as a way for their breeders to breed as many horses as possible and still make as much profit as possible, with no regard to the humane treatment of horses. But they say it so much better:

The Truth About the AQHA and Horse Slaughter

So, yes, this is another link post. So to add that personal touch, here's a baby photo, taken right after she got out of stall quarantine, of Saorsa, my QH PMU foal, who is now 3 1/2 and also running about at the top of this blog and at the side just before she came home. This is what the AQHA thinks should be exploited. QHs are wonderful horses, the people of the AQHA are despicable.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Letter by Simone Netherlands of Respect 4 Horses

Yes, I'm posting a link again. There are many reasons we're not keeping up with this blog but there are people doing better and louder work than we can right now. So if for some reason you're not reading Straight From the Horse's Heart or familiar with Respect 4 Horses but somehow stumbled upon this, well, just go to those links! We are sucking at this, these people are the real horse warriors!

Dear Horse Eaters: We Know It and You Know It

"We know it and you know it: Your concoction of “let’s save the poor starving horses” doesn’t fly, because the killer buyers are praying on the young, fat and healthy horses, instead of the old, sick and skinny ones, don’t they." and so much more....READ IT!