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Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:55 am
by Catalina
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:This sounds hopeful, as inhumane treatment of horses during transport is a major issue for the EU, and that is likely to also be true of horses shipping to Canada.
"The transportation problem is also expected to affect slaughter operations in Canada, according to Scannell, who added the commission is close to imposing a "six-month" rule for Canada."
Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... rom-mexico
The "Six months rule" presumably is like a quarantine to insure that the horses are medication free for the last six months before slaughter. I think once that is in place, you will find that the inhumane treatment during transport will be of far less interest to the EU.

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:38 pm
by Ballerina
http://rtfitchauthor.com/2015/04/23/fed ... n-equines/

Please contact your U.S. representatives and encourage them to co-sponsor the SAFE Act.

Federal Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Slaughter of American Equines

“This bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”

On April 22nd, 2015, federal lawmakers introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses and donkeys for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).

Last year, more than 140,000 American horses, donkeys and mules were slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. The animals often suffer long journeys to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico without adequate food, water or rest. At the slaughterhouse, horses are brutally forced into a “kill box” and shot in the head with a captive bolt gun in an attempt to stun them before slaughter—a process that can be inaccurate due to the biology and nature of equines and result in animals sustaining repeated blows or remaining conscious during the kill process.

For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride,” said Rep. Guinta. “To that end, horses are not raised for food – permitting their transportation for the purposes of being slaughtered for human consumption is not consistent with our values and results in a dangerously toxic product. This bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”

Horses sent to slaughter are often subject to appalling, brutal treatment,” said Rep. Schakowsky. “We must fight those practices. The SAFE Act of 2015 will ensure that these majestic animals are treated with the respect they deserve.”

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is an absolute travesty that must be stopped,” said Rep. Buchanan. “This bipartisan measure will finally put an end to this barbaric practice.”

“Horse slaughter is an inhumane practice that causes great pain and distress to the animals, and poses numerous environmental and food safety concerns,” said Rep. Lujan Grisham. “The vast majority of my constituents oppose horse slaughter. I’m proud to support the SAFE Act to ban this cruelty once and for all.”

The SAFE Act would also protect consumers from dangerous American equine meat, which can be toxic to humans due to the unregulated administration of drugs to horses. Because horses and donkeys are not raised for food, they are routinely given hundreds of toxic drugs and chemical treatments over their lifetimes that are prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in animals intended for human consumption. Those drugs, although safe for horses, are potentially toxic to humans if consumed. In December 2014, the European Union announced its suspension of imports of horse meat from Mexico after a scathing audit of EU-certified Mexican horse slaughter plants, which kill tens of thousands of American horses each year. Additionally, the discovery of horse meat in beef products in Europe shocked consumers and raised concerns about the potential impact on American food industries.

The concerned American public is encouraged to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act in order to protect America’s horses and overall consumer health from horse slaughter.

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:32 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
News from Europe:
Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring
The Hague (AFP) - Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday.
Eurojust said in a statement that the swoop by hundreds of police and judicial officials "succeeded in stopping an organised criminal network involved in trade in illegal horsemeat."
The operation involved officers and the judiciary in France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Britain, the European Union agency said.
Eurojust did not say where the 26 suspects were arrested but the Dutch public prosecutor's office said three were arrested in the Netherlands. France had requested the trio's extradition, the prosecutors added.
The animals involved were used for recreation as well as for racing, meaning they could have been injected with drugs including antibiotics, according to Belgian public television provider RTBF.

Read more at:
http://news.yahoo.com/europes-police-cr ... 00332.html

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:38 pm
by serenassong
Ballerina wrote:http://rtfitchauthor.com/2015/04/23/fed ... n-equines/

Please contact your U.S. representatives and encourage them to co-sponsor the SAFE Act.

Federal Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Slaughter of American Equines

“This bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”

On April 22nd, 2015, federal lawmakers introduced legislation to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations within the U.S., end the current export of American horses and donkeys for slaughter abroad, and protect the public from consuming toxic horse meat.

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942, was introduced by Reps. Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.).

Last year, more than 140,000 American horses, donkeys and mules were slaughtered for human consumption in foreign countries. The animals often suffer long journeys to slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico without adequate food, water or rest. At the slaughterhouse, horses are brutally forced into a “kill box” and shot in the head with a captive bolt gun in an attempt to stun them before slaughter—a process that can be inaccurate due to the biology and nature of equines and result in animals sustaining repeated blows or remaining conscious during the kill process.

For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride,” said Rep. Guinta. “To that end, horses are not raised for food – permitting their transportation for the purposes of being slaughtered for human consumption is not consistent with our values and results in a dangerously toxic product. This bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”

Horses sent to slaughter are often subject to appalling, brutal treatment,” said Rep. Schakowsky. “We must fight those practices. The SAFE Act of 2015 will ensure that these majestic animals are treated with the respect they deserve.”

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is an absolute travesty that must be stopped,” said Rep. Buchanan. “This bipartisan measure will finally put an end to this barbaric practice.”

“Horse slaughter is an inhumane practice that causes great pain and distress to the animals, and poses numerous environmental and food safety concerns,” said Rep. Lujan Grisham. “The vast majority of my constituents oppose horse slaughter. I’m proud to support the SAFE Act to ban this cruelty once and for all.”

The SAFE Act would also protect consumers from dangerous American equine meat, which can be toxic to humans due to the unregulated administration of drugs to horses. Because horses and donkeys are not raised for food, they are routinely given hundreds of toxic drugs and chemical treatments over their lifetimes that are prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in animals intended for human consumption. Those drugs, although safe for horses, are potentially toxic to humans if consumed. In December 2014, the European Union announced its suspension of imports of horse meat from Mexico after a scathing audit of EU-certified Mexican horse slaughter plants, which kill tens of thousands of American horses each year. Additionally, the discovery of horse meat in beef products in Europe shocked consumers and raised concerns about the potential impact on American food industries.

The concerned American public is encouraged to contact their U.S. representatives and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act in order to protect America’s horses and overall consumer health from horse slaughter.
My rep- Elizabeth Esty- is actually a co-sponsor on this bill- and was nice enough to send me a personal e-mail about this after I contacted her about this.

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:49 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
Good news about that proposed New Mexico slaughterhouse.
http://www.paulickreport.com/horse-care ... the-state/

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:57 pm
by Sparrow Castle
Progress.

Jail sentence expected to buoy slaughter fight
An animal rights group seeking to shut down illegal horse slaughterhouses and other illegal butcheries received a shot in the arm this week when a Florida rancher, targeted in an undercover sting, was sentenced to a year in jail.
Following the sentencing of Jorge Luis Garcia, 48, of Ranchos Garcia Farm to a year behind bars without possibility of probation, animal-rights activist Richard “Kudo” Couto declared the sentence a “groundbreaking” decision, one that should help other prosecution efforts of illegal slaughterhouses.
http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2016/0 ... ter-fight/

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 8:53 am
by Catalina
Sparrow Castle wrote:Progress.

Jail sentence expected to buoy slaughter fight
An animal rights group seeking to shut down illegal horse slaughterhouses and other illegal butcheries received a shot in the arm this week when a Florida rancher, targeted in an undercover sting, was sentenced to a year in jail.
Following the sentencing of Jorge Luis Garcia, 48, of Ranchos Garcia Farm to a year behind bars without possibility of probation, animal-rights activist Richard “Kudo” Couto declared the sentence a “groundbreaking” decision, one that should help other prosecution efforts of illegal slaughterhouses.
http://offtrackthoroughbreds.com/2016/0 ... ter-fight/
Painfully slow, but yes, progress at last.

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:26 am
by Sparrow Castle
Maybe some here might find this series interesting. I think he explains his case pretty well, using data when possible. Just not sure there's all these "new homes" for horses out there even if his recommendations were implemented.

UPCOMING SERIES: RESCUE, AFTERCARE, AND HORSE SLAUGHTER
Stop the commercial slaughter of all North American Thoroughbred horses, that’s the “stretch” goal. Impossible? Maybe, probably, but that’s the target. In the words of legendary General Electric, Inc. Chairman and CEO Jack Welch, “If you know how to get there, it’s not a stretch target.”

Horse Racing Business will soon begin an in-depth three-part series on horse rescue, aftercare, and commercial slaughter. The publication dates are noon eastern time on September 1, 8, and 15, 2016. A caveat: The articles are lengthy, data-driven, and thorough, as short journalistic-type anecdotal fluff pieces won’t do justice to the topic. Following publication of the three-part series, three more notes on important and debatable aftercare subjects will appear on September 22, 29, and October 6.

The analyses are derived from my recent original research with aftercare facilities and from reliable sources of secondary data like the United States Department of Agriculture. To my knowledge, these are the most research-based and unvarnished articles ever published on aftercare and horse slaughter in the North American Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. I am not beholden to horse-racing interests and therefore can provide uncensored findings and recommendations without spin or regard for whose feelings might be hurt.

The intent is to be as objective and balanced as possible and to rely on facts and data rather than opinion. The final article contains specific and no doubt controversial recommendations on how the Thoroughbred industry can institute a stable funding mechanism to take care of many more retired and cast-off horses.
http://www.horseracingbusiness.com/upco ... -14342.htm

Part I: http://www.horseracingbusiness.com/resc ... -14333.htm

Part II: http://www.horseracingbusiness.com/resc ... -14348.htm

Part III: http://www.horseracingbusiness.com/resc ... -14353.htm

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2016 1:12 am
by Sparrow Castle
Interesting article from Caroline Betts, about the state of horse slaughter and horse rescue. The article features "Cole" a Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue horse.

The Dark Side of Being a Horse in America: Horse Slaughter and the Politics of Change

It touches on:
  • The Pro-Slaughter Argument
    The Other Side of the Slaughter Story
    Reasons for Unwanted Horses Today
    Race Horse Slaughter
    Off-Track Horse Rescue
    The Effects of Social Media on Animal Rescue
    Gender Imbalance in Animal Welfare Charities
    The Politics of Changing Horse Slaughter in America
http://prymemag.com/science-technology/ ... cs-change/

Re: Slaughter news-KY setting stage for slaugher

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:56 am
by Ziggypop

Re: Slaughter news-KY setting stage for slaugher

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:39 pm
by Sparrow Castle
I haven't seen this discussed much in the horse rescue/retrain/rehome community, at least the ones that I'm involved with or "friends" with on FB. They are much more focused on other issues, especially the coming change in Canada re slaughter, and the use use of a captive bolt gun defined as humane euthanasia for a horse.

I admit I don't understand the pros and cons of this classification change very well (beyond the tax benefits for owning and breeding livestock) and strongly agree with Barry Irwin's comment on the Paulick story below (is that you agreeing with him?):
This piece cries out for a companion story that explains what the pros and cons are of this issue.
I'd love to learn more even though I live far from Kentucky, and in my state horses are already classified as livestock. Please let me know if you find any good articles with more detailed and hopefully unbiased information about the pros and cons.

Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Bill To Designate Equines As Livestock
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-b ... livestock/

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:53 pm
by Ballerina
From Equine Advocates - March 4, 2017


Don't Be Fooled By Pro-Horse Slaughter Hypocrite, Ryan Zinke!

Newly confirmed Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, tried using a sly tactic to deflect attention from his pro-horse slaughter agenda by riding a horse to work the other day in Washington, D.C. He did a good job, too, because none of the major newspapers - not the New York Times, the Washington Post and other publications and news agencies realized that they were being manipulated in the most subtle and unseemly of ways.

Clad in a cowboy hat and jeans, Zinke was trying to falsely give the impression that he is a horse lover when he is ANYTHING BUT! We call on the media to expose his true agenda which is to return horse slaughter to U.S. soil and exterminate the wild horses and burros being held captive in BLM holding facilities.

Zinke has been famously quoted as saying, "If a horse is too old to breed, too old to ride, or too expensive to feed, a horse is disposed of." Luckily, Zinke was not the guardian of the handsome steed who had the unfortunate job of hauling him around Washington for show.

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:51 pm
by Sparrow Castle
^^^ Yeah the disgusting irony of his grand entrance wasn't lost on me.

I don't want to push anyone over the edge into "compassion fatigue," but Mindy Lovell (Transitions Thoroughbreds) shared this on her FB page today. Please continue to support (in any way you can) your local efforts to rehome and rescue thoroughbreds, and anti-slaughter advocates. I think those of us who enjoy racing owe it to them. WARNING: Graphic content.

Animals' Angels Produces Hard-Hitting Exposé of the Knoxville Horse Auction and the Thompson Horse Company
Platinum Ticket, once a successful and well-cared for Thoroughbred racehorse, who later transformed into an successful show jumper, was discovered by Animals' Angels investigators in a kill pen at the Knoxville Livestock Auction, barely alive, with a bullet in his head.
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Trag ... 10gTnR13o0


This story talks about the new rule that likely will just "aggravate the agonizing situation for 44,000 US horses slaughtered in Canadian plants as well as Brazilian horses slaughtered in Uruguay for export to the EU market."

NEW INVESTIGATIONS SHOW MORE EU-CONSUMED HORSEMEAT IMPORTS FROM TORTUROUS PRODUCTION OVERSEAS
Brussels, 14 February 2017. A coalition of European, North and South American animal welfare organisations calls for a ban on horsemeat imports into the EU and Switzerland from overseas. The coalition includes the Animal Welfare Foundation/AWF (Germany), Tierschutzbund Zürich/TSB (Switzerland), WELFARM and AFAAD (France), Eyes on Animals (the Netherlands), GAIA (Belgium), Animals’ Angels (USA) and For the Animals/FTA (Uruguay), supported by Eurogroup for Animals (Brussels).

A new two-year investigation (2015-2016) has been conducted in the USA, Canada, Uruguay and Argentina by AWF and TSB, Animals’ Angels USA and FTA. The Coalition conducted inspections of collecting stations, transports, auctions, and EU-approved slaughterhouses which have shown that welfare conditions of slaughter horses have not improved since an initial investigation conducted in 2012.
http://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/new- ... n-overseas

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:33 pm
by Ziggypop
Despite the news about the existence of SB139 going viral with people all across Kentucky contacting the State Legislature opposing the measure, this morning the bill passed out of the State Agricultural Committee unanimously with a vote count of 15-0-0.

SB139 endangers what protections horses currently have in Kentucky against cruelty and abuse by lowering their status from a domestic animal to livestock. It also opens the door to horse slaughter in Kentucky should that return to US soil.

This move is strongly supported by the agricultural and horse racing communities in Kentucky who already treat horses with shocking disrespect.

The next step is to send it to the full Kentucky State House for a vote. If SB139 passes there the bill will be sent to the Governor to sign into law.

Kentuckians, please continue to speak out against this bill.

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 3:19 pm
by BaroqueAgain1
USDA Issues Warning Letter To Pittsburgh Restaurant For Serving Horse Meat
A Pittsburgh restaurant has gotten blacklash from animal rights activists and a warning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after it advertised horse tartare as a one-time menu item during a special event earlier this month.
Cure chef and co-owner Justin Severino hosted a special dinner with Canadian chefs that included the dish. The USDA warning determined Severino brought the meat into the country illegally, though WPXI reporters emphasized Severino did not appear to have broken the law. Severino said the meat originated at a “sustainable farm” in Alberta.
“By selling and promoting the fact that they served horse, it is by default promoting the horse slaughter industry,” animal activist Joy Braunstein told WPXI. Braunstein started a petition seeking to make the serving of horse meat illegal in the state of Pennsylvania.
Currently, the federal budget does not allow for inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States.
According to reports, the warning letter did not outline punishments for Severino but indicated a repetition could result in criminal charges.

https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... orse-meat/

It's bad enough that a Pittsburgh restaurant thought offering 'horse tartare' was an appealing addition to a special dinner. It's worse that "...the meat originated at a “sustainable farm” in Alberta." :shock:
So, someone is raising horses for their meat?
Ugh.

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:01 pm
by Sparrow Castle
New book by Alex Brown. Sounds like it's pretty spot on, and it's getting 5 Star reviews on Amazon.

Why the ‘horse-slaughter pipeline’ is vital for so many racetracks - and what can be done to fight it
...As a writer, Brown has contributed to the New York Times, and authored the authorized book of ill-fated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy.

While writing the book, Brown become interested in the issue of horse slaughter, started to routinely visit horse auctions to save Thoroughbreds headed for slaughter, and became publicly visible member of an online horse rescue community that raised more than $1.5 million for the issue.

Brown moved back to the UK in 2015, and last year self-published his first book of fiction, Missionville, about a hardscrabble Pennsylvania racetrack.

The book tells the story of a Missionville-based trainer struggling to make ends meet with a handful of horses, who through a dark twist of fate, learns about the pipeline connecting the racetrack with the horse slaughter industry in Canada. Woven into the narrative is an organized crime ring, tying in other shadowy elements of racetrack life, such as illegal drug use.

I spoke recently with Brown to discuss the book, and his ties with horse rescue...
More: https://www.thoroughbredracing.com/arti ... an-change/

Re: Slaughter news

Posted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:12 pm
by Sparrow Castle
There's been a lot of chatter on Twitter about radical changes in the current model of horseracing. I'm heading out of town, and don't have much time, but this is most intriguing to me. Of course, there's never really been a shortage of ideas, it's the follow-through that's lacking. I'm also seeing more and more support for a national governing body.

Craig Bernick@Craig_Bernick
14m14 minutes ago
Would need lot of thought on how to implement, but a racing circuit with a rating/handicap system and purse jumps by class instead of claiming and allowance conditions could be a big improvement for California. Could have paddock sales every 2-3 weeks with vet records for trade.

Sean Feld @Seaneff
14m14 minutes ago
I've been saying this for a while, do a pyramid system like greyhounds

Craig Bernick @Craig_Bernick
13m13 minutes ago
It would be better because horsemen would have a chance to develop their cheaper horses, they’d last longer. The horse sale component would be a big key to me.