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Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:25 pm

Thank God for that.
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Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:12 am

Thank you to all of those who put pressure on MO politicians and RNM . Many went above and beyond attending meetings, sending e-mails, etc. including A. Busch.
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Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:36 pm

Very germane to Ballerina's post on previous page of John Holland's thoughts about what's really going on in New Mexico:

Valley Meat Co. is suing the AG of NM for "slander, harassment and abuse of process":

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S327 ... ssFK_RDvvo
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Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:35 pm

second_glance wrote:Very germane to Ballerina's post on previous page of John Holland's thoughts about what's really going on in New Mexico:

Valley Meat Co. is suing the AG of NM for "slander, harassment and abuse of process":

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S327 ... ssFK_RDvvo
According to Ari Biernoff of the New Mexico Attorney General's Office:

Today's hearing in the case of the New Mexico Attorney General's office vs Valley Meat has just concluded. The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether the TRO should be extended until the actual trial, which could be six or more months away. The outcome today was that the TRO is extended until Friday when the judge is expected to rule on whether it will continue on to trial.

Both parties are to submit their proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law by Wednesday. EWA and other equine organizations have provided and will continue to provide all possible assistance to the Attorney General's office. De los Santos did not testify, though Dunn called him. Dunn had not placed him on the witness list, and the AG's office objected to his being called. Dr. Blach, who testified at the discharge permit hearing, also did not testify.

All in all, we are cautiously optimistic.

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Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:34 pm

http://www.aspca.org/blog/breaking-news ... year-horse

The prohibition of inspectors for horse slaughter plants cleared both House and Senate. It's in the bill both houses will vote on. Not likely that an amendment on this issue would be brought up now.

"Advocates fought hard when the Agriculture Appropriations bill was being considered at committee level, winning votes in both the House and Senate that amended the bills to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections. And tonight, we finally know that this horse slaughter funding limitation is intact! Congress is not expected to make any changes to the bill text at this stage of the game, so the writing is on the wall for any efforts to open horse slaughter plants in the U.S. Both chambers are expected to pass the bill, and the president is expected to sign it into law, later this week."



http://www.aspca.org/blog/breaking-news ... year-horse
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Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:46 pm

Was just getting ready to post the above. Terrific news. Now to get the Safe Act into law.

If you feel strongly about doing away with the slaughter of American horse in other countries (Canada, Mexico, and shipped overseas), please contact your reps in Washington urging them to support the Safe Act.
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Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:53 am

More on this latest slaughter news -



http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/up ... ughter.pdf

January 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

John Holland
540.268.5693
john@equinewelfarealliance.org

Vicki Tobin
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Omnibus Budget Will End Chances of Horse Slaughter Plants Opening in US


CHICAGO, (EWA) - The omnibus bill pending before Congress this week contains language that will end the possibility of proposed horse slaughter plants opening in New Mexico and Missouri. The last three plants were closed in 2007 under state laws, and Congress had defunded required inspections which made it impossible for them to open in other states until 2011.

In 2011, the GAO produced a report claiming that these closures had caused a dramatic increase in the rate of abuse and neglect. This report was used by members of a small conference subcommittee to justify stripping the defunding language that had been placed in the 2012 House Agriculture budget but not in the Senate version. The GAO report was later discovered by EWA to have been falsified.

The new defunding language contains not only defunding, but also a stipulation that funding not be restored until and unless the Food and Drug Administration makes a determination that meat from American horses can be made safe to enter the food supply. The FDA regulates which drugs are safe in meat animals as well as their withdrawal times. The FDA currently categorizes horses as companion (non-food) animals. Such a determination would most probably require a reduction in the drugs available to treat horses and an increase in the required tracking of such treatments as is currently done with meat animals.

Defunding language was passed by both the House and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees in 2013 with super majorities, but neither budget reached the floor for a full vote. Last week with key support from Vice President Biden and congressional leaders, the defunding language was put into the omnibus bill.

"Victoria McCullough was the one who made this happen." explains EWA President John Holland, "It was the fact that Victoria, an accomplished international equestrian and CEO of Chesapeake Petroleum, was spending her own fortune without regard for any personal gain that I believe gave her the credibility to accomplish this."

In a conversation with EWA, McCullough asked that her gratitude go out to the many friends of horses in government who helped her, including VP Biden, Frank Biden, State Senator Joseph Abruzzo, Sen. Tom Harkin (IA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (FL), Rep. Tom Rooney (FL), Senator Mikulski (MD), Senator Mark Kirk (IL), Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Jessica Feingold-Lieberson and many others.

The success of this effort surprised many in Washington, since this budget has uncharacteristically little in the way of riders. Separate legislation will be needed to be passed to stop the export of US horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.
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Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:53 pm

Going to play devil's advocate here but surely if there was a specialized plant designed for horses within the US (so no shipping to another country) that would be beneficial in a way? We all know that there are too many horses being produced, so instead of letting them starve or languish in a field somewhere it would be more humane to send them to slaughter? At the end of the day is a proper, humane (which is obviously the key here, with it being done with someone who knows their job properly) death the worst thing in the world if they have no prospect of a home?

I'm only saying because at the moment within the UK & Ireland at the moment where there are literally so many horses starving to death and nobody to own them. We have 'equine approved' abattoirs here to help handle the issue and also some of our native breeds (eg: Dartmoor ponies) are used for lion food in zoos and you can buy a New Forest pony for less then £40 because they are only worth meat money.

The current estimate in Ireland is that there are approximately 20,000 unwanted horses there who have no market value http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/ ... -1.1654044

Of course the real issue is over-breeding, but in the short term, something needs to be done.

And there is an interesting article here from the British Horse Society http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/01/14/keepi ... z2qOdBzIJh
With so many unwanted horses roaming Britain, horse lovers are inevitably tempted to try to take matters into their own hands. However, Lee advises horse owners to think twice before rushing to the “rescue” and suggests that a more pragmatic approach may be necessary.

“Let’s lose the view that good welfare always means keeping animals alive,” Hackett says.

“We can’t afford to think like this any longer. Finding a horse a new purpose or new home so we can avoid putting them down really is not always the best solution. “Humane euthanasia is far from the worst fate that can befall a horse. Just ask any one of The British Horse Society’s 200-plus welfare officers who are constantly on call to help horses suffering and in distress.”
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Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:10 pm

Le Beau Bai wrote:Going to play devil's advocate here but surely if there was a specialized plant designed for horses within the US (so no shipping to another country) that would be beneficial in a way? We all know that there are too many horses being produced, so instead of letting them starve or languish in a field somewhere it would be more humane to send them to slaughter? At the end of the day is a proper, humane (which is obviously the key here, with it being done with someone who knows their job properly) death the worst thing in the world if they have no prospect of a home?

I'm only saying because at the moment within the UK & Ireland at the moment where there are literally so many horses starving to death and nobody to own them. We have 'equine approved' abattoirs here to help handle the issue and also some of our native breeds (eg: Dartmoor ponies) are used for lion food in zoos and you can buy a New Forest pony for less then £40 because they are only worth meat money.

The current estimate in Ireland is that there are approximately 20,000 unwanted horses there who have no market value http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/ ... -1.1654044

Of course the real issue is over-breeding, but in the short term, something needs to be done.

And there is an interesting article here from the British Horse Society http://horsetalk.co.nz/2014/01/14/keepi ... z2qOdBzIJh
With so many unwanted horses roaming Britain, horse lovers are inevitably tempted to try to take matters into their own hands. However, Lee advises horse owners to think twice before rushing to the “rescue” and suggests that a more pragmatic approach may be necessary.

“Let’s lose the view that good welfare always means keeping animals alive,” Hackett says.

“We can’t afford to think like this any longer. Finding a horse a new purpose or new home so we can avoid putting them down really is not always the best solution. “Humane euthanasia is far from the worst fate that can befall a horse. Just ask any one of The British Horse Society’s 200-plus welfare officers who are constantly on call to help horses suffering and in distress.”
By the time you build a plant that does provide truly humane slaughter of horses, it would be cost-prohibitive and therefore not financially feasible, much less being of commercial interest. Even the current inhumane slaughter methods providing zoo meat did not generate enough profits to be of commercial interest, and that without any additional building/equipment expense.
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Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:36 pm

As some feared, Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) isintroducing an amendment to the omnibus spending bill (about to be taken up in the Senate; it has already passed the House) that would reinstate horse slaughter in the US. If the amendment fails, he says he will introduce a standalone bill.

http://kfor.com/2014/01/16/oklahoma-sen ... ts-in-u-s/
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second_glance wrote:As some feared, Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) isintroducing an amendment to the omnibus spending bill (about to be taken up in the Senate; it has already passed the House) that would reinstate horse slaughter in the US. If the amendment fails, he says he will introduce a standalone bill.

http://kfor.com/2014/01/16/oklahoma-sen ... ts-in-u-s/
Please everyone call their senators and ask them to KEEP the non funding language in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
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Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:27 pm

Ziggypop wrote:
second_glance wrote:As some feared, Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) isintroducing an amendment to the omnibus spending bill (about to be taken up in the Senate; it has already passed the House) that would reinstate horse slaughter in the US. If the amendment fails, he says he will introduce a standalone bill.

http://kfor.com/2014/01/16/oklahoma-sen ... ts-in-u-s/
Please everyone call their senators and ask them to KEEP the non funding language in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Senate just passed the omnibus bill and sent it on to the President. I'm double-checking, but I'm pretty sure that means Inhofe didn't get his amendment attached.

Remains to be seen if he introduces the standalone.
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Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:32 pm

second_glance wrote:
Ziggypop wrote:
second_glance wrote:As some feared, Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) isintroducing an amendment to the omnibus spending bill (about to be taken up in the Senate; it has already passed the House) that would reinstate horse slaughter in the US. If the amendment fails, he says he will introduce a standalone bill.

http://kfor.com/2014/01/16/oklahoma-sen ... ts-in-u-s/
Please everyone call their senators and ask them to KEEP the non funding language in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Senate just passed the omnibus bill and sent it on to the President. I'm double-checking, but I'm pretty sure that means Inhofe didn't get his amendment attached.

Crossing fingers that the amendment was not attached....

Remains to be seen if he introduces the standalone.
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Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:53 pm

second_glance wrote:
Ziggypop wrote:
second_glance wrote:As some feared, Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) isintroducing an amendment to the omnibus spending bill (about to be taken up in the Senate; it has already passed the House) that would reinstate horse slaughter in the US. If the amendment fails, he says he will introduce a standalone bill.

http://kfor.com/2014/01/16/oklahoma-sen ... ts-in-u-s/
Please everyone call their senators and ask them to KEEP the non funding language in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Senate just passed the omnibus bill and sent it on to the President. I'm double-checking, but I'm pretty sure that means Inhofe didn't get his amendment attached.

Remains to be seen if he introduces the standalone.

It's all good. Bill passed Senate with language unchanged!
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Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:08 pm

Now let's just hope he didn't get promises from other senators to vote for a standalone, as long as he agreed not to piggyback it on the spending bill.
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Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:31 pm

Catalina wrote:Now let's just hope he didn't get promises from other senators to vote for a standalone, as long as he agreed not to piggyback it on the spending bill.
Oh, he'll do it. The QH people in Oklahoma must have him in their back pocket.
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Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:29 pm

Meanwhile in New Mexico, the judge granted the preliminary injunction against Valley Meat! Cannot slaughter or sell horse meat, cannot discharge wastewater, etc.

Here's the full ruling. I'm looking for a good synopsis.

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid= ... y5nb3YBdjI
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Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:04 pm

De los Santos at least seems to be done.

Excerpt from ruling: "14. If a discharge applicant has a history of willful disregard of environmental laws within the 10 years preceding the permit application, the NMED is required to deny the permit application."

End of excerpt.


That would of course not stop another operator.
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Catalina wrote:De los Santos at least seems to be done.

Excerpt from ruling: "14. If a discharge applicant has a history of willful disregard of environmental laws within the 10 years preceding the permit application, the NMED is required to deny the permit application."

End of excerpt.


That would of course not stop another operator.
True. But that part of the ruling, the language about adulterated meat, and other things were very important to get on record, IMO. After all, the ban on federal inspectors is temporary.
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Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:23 pm

second_glance wrote:
Catalina wrote:De los Santos at least seems to be done.

Excerpt from ruling: "14. If a discharge applicant has a history of willful disregard of environmental laws within the 10 years preceding the permit application, the NMED is required to deny the permit application."

End of excerpt.


That would of course not stop another operator.
True. But that part of the ruling, the language about adulterated meat, and other things were very important to get on record, IMO. After all, the ban on federal inspectors is temporary.
You are right, of course, and I am glad that that got included.
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