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Ruthlessness, profit behind slaughter trade – HSUS boss

Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

The head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has fired another broadside at the horse slaughter industry, saying it is driven by ruthlessness and profit.

President and chief executive Wayne Pacelle, writing in his blog, A Humane Nation, declared: “When your business is horse slaughter, you don’t attract many fans.

“It’s a transactional business, with ruthlessness and profit driving the enterprise.

“The people who work with you aren’t idealists or even hobbyists, but hired guns – people who lobby or file lawsuits or send out press releases, and don’t much care who they work for or what kind of suffering they enable.

“They don’t admit that they have contempt or disregard for our society’s standards against animal cruelty, but they do their best to cloak their cruelty behind some high-minded purpose.

“On the other hand, when you want to promote the protection of animals, you can attract some extraordinary allies – people who speak up against cruelty as a matter of principle, and do so for no material gain.”

Pacelle praised actor, director, and philanthropist Robert Redford and former New Mexico Governor and US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson for their support of a lawsuit to block horse slaughter plants from resuming operations.

The plaintiffs, including the HSUS, are seeking an injunction at the August 3 hearing, which occurs just two days before plants in New Mexico and Iowa hope to commence operations.

“Redford and Richardson aren’t the only ones coming to the aid of horses,” Pacelle said.

“Also joining the case is New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, who has established a record of untiring opposition to animal cruelty during his tenure as the state’s chief law enforcement official.”

Pacelle said horse slaughter had no place in New Mexico, Iowa, or anywhere else in North America.

“Eighty percent of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter. We owe horses more than to treat them as a cheap, throw-away commodity, and to slaughter them as a matter of convenience and profit. If you have a horse, you should be a responsible owner, and handle the animal with care and a sense of stewardship.

“The international horse slaughter industry is an inhumane, predatory one. Ultimately, Congress must ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and the sale of live horses to our North American neighbors for similar purposes.”

Pacelle urged the public to contact their senators and representatives to to ask them to co-sponsor legislation to shut the door on the horse slaughter trade.

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  1. Debbie says:

    THANK YOU ALL :) HSUS has just said it all….

    Horse Slaughter is a dumping grounds always has been always will be, WE NEED TO STOP IT once and for all, make over breeders, like AQHA and affiliate’s, who for years have abused horses….

    TIME for change for the better to not put horses through this torture any longer, it is despicable and unacceptable any longer… OWNERS NEED to be held accountable as I will be when ever my horses time comes to an end I will treat them with the dignity they deserve….. Please call your Representatives to pass Safe Act 1094/.s541 WE NEED TO GET THIS OUT OF COMMITTTEE…….. Please EVERYONE DO THIS…………

  2. cynthia Porter says:

    I want to be the first to thank you Wayne for calling it for what it is! Thank you to everyone’s efforts, you have offered support in so many ways and a piece like this in the Face of the Adversary is commendable, warranted, and showing WE THE PEOPLE of THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA will NOT back down! This is a horrible trade and yes, it hides itself under masses of lies and misinformation. If you don’t agree with horse slaughter STAND UP and let your voices be heard, WE ARE NOT ALONE! America’s horses need our help. And when they say there are numbers of animals out there abused and starving ask the hard questions, like what have THEY DONE ABOUT it? Have they called the authorities turned people in, offered a handup? donated help, supplies, feeds, services, what have they done to pay it forward? The process of healing our horse industry is long one and we have to start by closing the major wounds caused by the slaughter industry, restore the horse industry by bringing prices upwards, bringing back worth and value to our horses. Please sign the Petition To Overturn the Legalization of the Slaughter of the Horse for Human Consumption! Thanks! On Change.org listed under animals-and call Congress and let them know we ARE against this horrible trade. Pro-slaughter needs to accept responsibility for overbreeding which is considered abuse when they are breeding too many horses with little to no demand, and they should be working on a back-up plan because we are working to stop slaughter as hard as we can!

  3. TERRI RUSSELL says:

    I want nothing more than for horse slaughter to no longer be a threat to horse owners and especially to the horses. There’s far more money and jobs connected to a live horse than to a dead one..there’s the matter of the high costs that Americans must incur as government wastes it on horse meat inspection. This culture does not accept horse meat in their diets. this tax money is being stolen from our actual food products. This puts out own food supply in jeopardy and puts our families health in jeopardy. I say..bam horse slaughter in this country. It’s bad business and it’s dirty business..always had and always will be no matter where it’s done. When most of the American people are against something it behooves our Congress to support the will of the people in this country rather than contests from foreign countries. This is America, not Europe or Japan or Asia. Ban horse slaughter!!!!!

  4. dk says:

    Here is information on the SAFE act (Safeguard American Food Exports) that is in both the House and Senate with identical wording, and links where you can take action to stop horse slaughter. This will not only prevent horse slaughter in the U.S., but make it illegal to transport horses to Mexico or Canada for slaughter:

    https://awionline.org/content/safeguard-american-food-exports-safe-act

    This is great information on horse slaughter and gives people a way to do something about it by taking action. This is not an endorsement of AWI.

    Here is more information on the SAFE act and ways to take action:

    https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5933

  5. dk says:

    Horse slaughter is a highly expensive proposition for taxpayers.

    Each plant will cost taxpayers $400,000.00, according to this press release, for inspections. This issue crosses all party lines. Voters and politicians from all sides of the isle are against horse slaughter for a laundry list of reasons.

    http://moran.house.gov/press-release/moran-statement-usda-decision-allowing-re-opening-us-horse-slaughter-facility

    This is the worst economy since the Great Depression. In addition to the cost of the USDA inspecting plants, at a price tag of $400,000.00 per plant to U.S. taxpayers, the meat will not even be eaten in the U.S. Why should we, as American taxpayers, pay for these inspections?

    Additionally, we have to factor in the taxpayer expense of police officers who will likely be taking more reports on horse theft and making more investigations into horse theft.

    As a horse owner, the thought of horse theft and stolen horses ending up at slaughter concerns me greatly. I would hope that it would concern you, too. Many people think of their horses as family members.

  6. dk says:

    I am also against the USDA opening up inspections for the proposed horse slaughter plants in the United States because horses in the U.S. are not raised for human consumption. As a grower of corn, wheat and soybeans, having the USDA inspect horse slaughter plants concerns me as well.

    Horses are our friends and companions (at least they are my friends and companions), and as such they are treated with drugs like cats and dogs to a wide variety of vaccinations, bacterins, topical and oral treatments that are not approved for human consumption. We use gloves with topical treatments, because we don’t want equine drugs touching our skin, let alone consuming them.

    It’s not economical to raise horses for slaughter in the U.S., because it takes more money to raise a foal to maturity than the horse meat market is willing to pay. It’s an economical losing proposition. Therefore, the USDA has no business inspecting a horse slaughter plant that by default will be receiving horses that are not fit for human consumption.

    As a grower of corn, wheat and soybeans, the USDA’s reputation directly affects many. The European Union, which is where most of the horse meat would go, has a zero tolerance for Bute (Phenylbutazone) , which is routinely given to horses in the U.S. It is estimated that 90% of horses in the U.S. have been treated with this drug, not to mention all of the other drugs.

    There is no good way to test for all of these drugs on every horse destined for slaughter, which would need to be done, since they are not raised for human consumption in the U.S. Many tests would need to be run on each horse, and there is no way to do this in a timely fashion, especially given that the tests have to be run after the horse is dead, and that autopsies need to be performed within 24 hours.

    Most of the horses destined for slaughter are young or middle-aged, and in the prime of their lives. Two that have been rescued from slaughter have gone on and are now showing at the Morgan Grand National level.

    Here is information on what New Jersey has done regarding horse slaughter in the hopes that readers will take note:

    http://www.oceancountysignal.com/2012/09/21/dancer-bill-banning-horse-meat-for-human-consumption-signed-into-law/

    “The law prohibits anyone from knowingly slaughtering or selling a horse for human consumption.”

  7. Caroline says:

    I totally disagree with animal cruelty, neglect, exploitation etc. But. It’s not the slaughter that should be banned, it’s the breeding in the first place. If there are too many horses, there is a need for local humane slaughter. Otherwise they’ll be shipped for thousands of miles, then slaughtered. It’s not a case of banning horse slaughter in US – that just relocates the problem to Canada/ South America/ Europe…

  8. Susan Setzke says:

    I am so appreciative of all the efforts of everyone involved in fighting to ban horse slaughter in this country. We must practice more ethics and morals in this country and act like a civilized nation not a demeaned and barbaric one. Slaughtering horses solves nothing and actually condones the atrocities we are experiencing against the well-being of our horses. There are many programs being created and implemented already that will help to ensure more responsible horse ownership practices. We must also enforce breeding regulations to limit the number of horses bred without a purpose which is the main reason for the over-population of horses we see today. Support the SAFE Act by contacting your legislators and the White House today!!

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