MISSOURI LEGISLATORS ARE TRYING TO LEGALIZE HORSE SLAUGHTER IN MISSOURI, TO PRODUCE HORSE FLESH FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION IN EUROPE. THEY SAY IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY IN MISSOURI, IT WILL GIVE PEOPLE JOBS.
It is VITAL that ALL Horse Lovers and Animal Rights Activists Email the following Missouri Senators immediately. The Senate reconvenes on April 6 and will be voting on the Horse Slaughter Bill.
EMAIL these Senators Directly please: You dont have to live in Missouri to Email the Missouri Senators and express your OUTRAGE over the pending Bill to Slaughter Horses in Missouri.
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WATCH THESE GOREY AND GRAPHIC VIDEOS SO YOU WILL KNOW WHAT THE HORSES IN MISSOURI ARE DOOMED TO EXPERIENCE. ONCE THE BILL PASSES IN MISSOURI, IT WILL QUICKLY SPREAD TO EVERY OTHER STATE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
YOU WILL NOTICE WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE FIRST TWO LINKS, THE SADISTIC HORSE TORTURERS IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI HAVE HAD THE FIRST TWO VIDEOS REMOVED FROM YOU TUBE BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT YOU TO SEE HOW CRUELLY HORSES ARE TREATED IN SLAUGHTER HOUSES. JUST WATCH THE THIRD ONE. MORE VIDEOS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN A FEW MINUTES TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE HORSES. IF THEY REMOVE THE THIRD ONE, THREE MORE WILL BE POSTED FOR EVERYONE TO SEE THE TRUTH.
HERE IS A LINK TO AN ARTICLE AT TPC, WHICH EXPLAINS WHY THE VIDEOS WERE REMOVED FROM YOU TUBE...THE SADISTIC HORSE TORTURERS IN MISSOURI DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO.
Missouri lawmakers don’t care what you think about H.B. 1747, a bill that could reinstate U.S. horse slaughter for human consumption.
THIS BILL HAS ALREADY BEEN PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPS IN MISSOURI. IT WILL BE VOTED ON BY THE SENATE OF MISSOURI NEXT.....SEND EMAILS TO PROTEST IMMEDIATELY.
Some Reps leave indecent voicemails on Kinship Circle’s line. One sang a vulgar version of “A Horse Is A Horse.” Another, at 10:00pm, chanted Kinship Circle president Brenda Shoss’ name in a creepy voice, then neighed. They’ve cussed, hung up, and yelled.
They are so inconvenienced by your “fricking” emails, they will vote to kill horses. Revenge is the basis for enacting a law in Missouri?
We all know this is not a Missouri issue. No equine plants have legally operated in the U.S. since those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. Killing American horses affects concerned citizens everywhere. But Missouri’s elected officials prefer to make teenage-style phonies to a 501c3 nonprofit charity.
Thanks to their immature harassment, the issue has broadened to one about free speech, legislator conduct, and horses. If you care about all three, write or call Missouri’s governor to report these abuses:
Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
The lunge whips, the saddles and the bridles are auctioned first. Then the horses are ridden into a small pen,under the glare of overhead lights: A black quarter horse, A gray Missouri fox trotter. A worn, 15 year old chestnut gelding at the end of his better years.
Buyers and curious onlookers, out for a Friday night, listen to the auctioneer's call.
Come on, he says, this is a really nice little horse.
But the bids aren't climbing. Of the 140 horses sold, the biggest fetch of the
night is a paint mare for $1,100, half the amount the horse would have gotten a
few years ago.
By midnight, the audience at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center has
thinned out, because no one really wants to watch what's coming. "Kill buyers"
have waited around for the "loose" horses — the horses that owners have decided
are not worth training or have reached the end of their useful lives. They are
herded into the ring without riders, some of them with bones poking through
their winter coats, others shiny and fat. By 1:30 in the morning, these buyers
have placed their bids — in some cases, as low as $30 or $40 — and they load
the 40 horses into trailers and haul them off for slaughter in Mexico and
If one Missouri state lawmaker has his way, though, the final destinations of
horses such as these will be much closer.
Earlier this year, state Rep. Jim Viebrock, R-Republic, introduced a bill
designed to circumvent federal rules that prevent horse slaughter for human
consumption and would enable horse processing facilities to open in Missouri.
Viebrock says the legislation would jump-start the ailing equine industry,
which pro-slaughter advocates say has been hurt by the recent closure of the
country's three horse slaughterhouses.
Viebrock's bill, which has sparked outrage in anti-slaughter circles, has the
support of the state's director of agriculture, Jon Hagler, and just about
every person at the Springfield auction on this recent Friday night.
Cathy Gripka came to the auction to find a horse or two. Gripka owns a dozen
horses at any given time, often saving them from slaughter and keeping them on
her farm in Pierce City. But she hopes Viebrock's bill succeeds, because, like
many horse lovers, she links the absence of slaughterhouses with a rise in
horse abuse and neglect.
On a platform overlooking a corral holding wretched-looking, rail-thin horses,
Gripka drags on a cigarette. "This is what happens when you don't have
slaughterhouses," she says. "I'd rather see these horses feed somebody than get
in this kind of shape."
In 2007, the last U.S. horse slaughter facility, in DeKalb, Ill., closed after
the Illinois Legislature passed a law banning horse slaughter for human
consumption. A federal appropriations change, enacted in 2005, also said that
no federal funds could be used for horse slaughter inspections, in effect
banning interstate shipment of slaughter horses and preventing any facilities
Since the closure, American kill buyers have instead sent horses to Mexico and
Canada, where European-owned processing facilities fulfill steady demand from
European and Japanese markets, and where horse meat retails for $10 a pound or
Viebrock hopes his bill will restart the industry on American soil,
specifically in Missouri, where horse slaughtering has not taken place in
The aim is to provide a funding mechanism that would reimburse the U.S.
Department of Agriculture for the required inspections. But, federal
authorities say, it remains unclear whether the law would work, because the
federal rule mandates that no money be spent on the federal inspections,
whether reimbursed or not.
"In theory, you could have a state facility," said Caleb Weaver, a department
spokesman. "But you can only ship in the state and couldn't cross borders to go
Still, Viebrock and his supporters are optimistic. They say that it will come
down to how the law is interpreted.
"There are a lot of folks around who would like it to go forward," Hagler said.
The influence of the closures on the horse industry is heavily debated.
Slaughter advocates say that since slaughterhouses have closed, the number of
unwanted and neglected horses has shot up. In contrast, anti-slaughter groups,
including the Humane Society of the United States, cite the recession as the
Meanwhile, each side blames the other for the growing cases of horse neglect,
even as they debate whether the number of excess horses is growing at all.
A report by the Unwanted Horse Coalition revealed that, of the 27,000 horse
owners and industry stakeholders surveyed, 90 percent believe that the number
of unwanted horses is rising.
"If you look at what's been happening since these facilities have closed, it's
really telling," said Mark Lutschaunig, of the American Veterinary Medical
But the Humane Society of Missouri has not seen a surge in unwanted horses. In
fact, equine experts, including Lutschaunig, acknowledge that there is no real
way of knowing the exact rise in the number of abandoned horses, or whether the
situation is a product of the absence of slaughterhouses.
Any increase could be the consequence of the larger economic picture. With the
rising cost of feed and with money stretched thin, many owners are trying to
sell their horses, and after failing to find buyers in a flooded market,
abandoning the horses or giving them to rescue groups.
Horse traders say opening up slaughterhouses will cure the unwanted horse
problem — and boost the struggling equine industry at the same time.
"Having just one or two plants, that would bring up the competitive market for
horses that have no occupational value," said one Missouri kill buyer, who
asked not to be identified. "It would at least give us a base price to help."
The thinking, at least at the Missouri auctions, is that the entire industry is
suffering because there is no market for horse meat.
"These horses are old, they're crippled. Even they used to bring 60 to 70 cents
per pound; now it's 15 and 20," said Dwight Glossip, who runs the horse auction
in Springfield. "That's what sends down the market on riding horses."
Anti-slaughter advocates don't buy that logic.
"The reason the horses aren't getting any money is because there is no money,
slaughter or no slaughter," said Alex Brown, a Pennsylvania-based exercise
jockey who runs one of the country's biggest anti-slaughter campaigns.
"Slaughter hasn't gone away, so to say that bringing it back here is going to
affect the market makes no sense."
Brown pointed to federal figures that show the number of horses being
slaughtered in the U.S. before the plant closures — roughly 100,000 — is about
the same as the number being shipped to Canada and Mexico.
"The pro-slaughter hypothesis is driven largely by the agendas of those who
absolutely support slaughter ... ," Brown said. "They do a very good job of
tying the abuse and neglect of horses to the end of domestic slaughter."
Putting their economic arguments aside, pro-slaughter advocates say that
closing slaughterhouses in the country not only has pushed the trade over the
border, but has caused more horses to suffer.
"It's put horses in a far less humane condition," Hagler said. "It's far more
humane to have horses harvested in the United States ... than it is to ship
them into another country."
There have been dozens of documented cases of neglect and abuse in horse
trailers, where horses were packed in for long distances for shipment to Mexico
and Canada, while conditions in some slaughterhouses, particularly in Mexico,
are grim, both sides admit.
Pro-slaughter advocates say that provides an argument for bringing horse
slaughter back to the United States, where it can be better regulated, while
anti-slaughter advocates say reports of inhumane transportation and slaughter
are good reason to stop shipping horses for slaughter altogether.
Leslie Maxwell runs a horse rescue farm in Walnut Grove, Mo., and recently
launched the NoMoHorseslaughter coalition in response to Viebrock's bill.
She and other anti-slaughter advocates say the problem lies with reckless
breeders and with owners who don't understand the demands of ownership,
including the cost of euthanasia or burial.
"A lot of backyard breeders have run the industry down," Maxwell said. "It's
irresponsible breeders, not the slaughter industry being gone."
Brown and others point out that horses are not bred for food, and most
performance horses are given substances that Canadian and European regulatory
agencies have banned, or plan to ban, from their food systems.
"The reason the cow is alive is because we want to eat it. The reason the horse
is alive is because we want it to win the Kentucky Derby. That's very
different," Brown said.
The anti-slaughter movement is backing federal legislation that would ban the
shipment of horse meat for human consumption altogether, which would end the
trade of American horse meat.
That, they say, would be the ultimate solution.
"We need euthanasia programs," Brown said. "Obviously we need more responsible
ownership, and we're only going to get that if we stop slaughter."
AFTER YOU HAVE SENT YOUR EMAILS, CALL THE GOVERNOR OF MISSOURI TO EXPRESS YOUR OUTRAGE ABOUT PENDING HORSE SLAUGHTER IN MISSOURI.
Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
•I am asking Missouri Senators to oppose any bill with language that mirrors H.B. 1747 and lets horse processors operate in Missouri.
•Eyes around the nation are focusing on Missouri - to see if it will revive horse slaughter on American soil. As you know, this is not a Missouri issue alone. No equine kill plants have legally operated in the U.S. since those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. The matter of killing American horses affects concerned citizens everywhere.
•While supporters insist slaughter "saves" horses from neglect and starvation, their argument fails to recognize: "Americans oppose horse slaughter by an overwhelming margin," says Glen Bolger, national pollster and founding partner of the nonpartisan Public Opinion Strategies (POS). In a 2007 poll, POS found that 71% want horses preserved as part of American cultural heritage. Nearly half are less likely to vote for a Congressperson who is against a horse slaughter ban.
•Equine plants are known polluters that congest sewers and contaminate land and water.
•Rather than advocate slaughter as an alternative to neglect, lawmakers should enforce criminal prosecution. In Missouri Anti-Cruelty Statues, animal abandonment is a crime punishable by fines and jail time.
•Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Methods to stun and kill cows and pigs are excruciating when used on horses. Nonetheless, these excitable, long-necked animals are subject to captive bolt pistols that often don't render them insensible. Some remain aware while killed.
•Focus should shift from slaughter to breeding oversight and responsible care. Overpopulation stems from industries such as Premarin and Prempro (HRT drugs made from mare urine); carriage horses; riding stables, etc. that over-breed horses. Moreover, there is no documented link between closure of domestic plants and a spike in horse abuse cases. In contrast, slaughter supplies a "dumping ground" for irresponsible breeders and caretakers.
•Missouri wants to impose a U.S. market for horsemeat on a nation that doesn't want it. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503/S.B. 727, currently before Congress, bans possession, shipment, transport, purchase, sale, delivery or receipt of any horse for the purpose of human ingestion.
•Please do not support any legislation to legalize horse slaughter in Missouri.