2-19-2005...Wild Horse Spirit, Ltd. presents sensitive, but educational facts
 about the destiny of auctioned America's horses:


August 1997, auction tag from a beautiful Arabian mare luckily saved from slaughter. Tens of thousands of other horses were not as lucky.     Slaughter of America's horses

OUR HORSES, even foals as a special order, are slaughtered in Texas by two foreign-owned plants...Beltex and Dallas Crown...and shipped over seas to Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, and other countries for human consumption as a delicacy!!!!!  Over a billion dollar business industry for them...out sourcing America's horses.   A third plant, Caval International foreign-owned horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Illinois has reopened in 2004 to continue slaughter of America's horses. 

▲ ABOVE  is an actual photo of a horse auction tag from beautiful 25y/o sorrel Arabian mare brought at a California auction by a "killer buyer" from Fallon, Nevada, and was on her way to slaughter when we helped another organization save her.  Ten's of thousand of horses are not as lucky as Amir Wild Fire but end up on the dinner tables of wealthy Europeans, Japanese as a delicacy.
 

2-19-2005...Please support Two critical new (anti) horse slaughter bills:

U.S. H.R. 297...introduced 1-25-2005 by Rahall (D-WV) and Whitfield (R-KY)..."To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros".  Reverses the U.S. Senator Conrad Burns' (MT-R) slaughter rider that would allow America's wild horses go to auction/slaughter.  Sign the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign PETITION...ongoing petition.  Today has 24,682 signatures with a goal of 25,000. Also click on TAKE ACTION button when clearly directs you to how you can help with letters to your legislators, etc.

U.S. H.R. 503 American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA) introduced 2-1-2005 and sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), U.S. Rep. John Spratt, Jr. (D-SC) and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) ..."To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, and for other purposes".  Also a release for concerned citizens getting their veterinarians to support H.R. 503. Unfortunately, veterinarian associations/groups support horse slaughter.

Click here WARNING...factual information about horse slaughter in USA. 

2-19-2005...SIGN PETITION:ongoing SHARK petition since Jan. 2004...Illinois Horse Slaughter◄

Other critical links...info: Click here.
 



July 17, 2002, 10:18AM

Wreck kills hauler of horsemeat...Copyright 2002 Houston Chronicle

Christobal Perez / Chronicle

A deadly accident on the southbound exit ramp from Interstate 45 to the North Loop left 42,000 pounds of horsemeat covering the roadway just before the afternoon rush hour Tuesday.

A truck driver hauling 42,000 pounds of horsemeat destined for shipment to Europe was killed Tuesday when his 18-wheeler slammed into a concrete pillar off the North Freeway.

The driver, 31, whose identity was not immediately available, was southbound about 4 p.m. when he exited onto the North Loop and struck a column supporting an overpass, shearing off the top of the cab.

The horse meat, which was being shipped from Dallas to the Port of Houston and then to Belgium, spilled onto the ramp under the North Freeway blocking traffic to around midnight.

There is a big market for horse meat in many European countries. Several slaughterhouses in Texas specialize in slaughtering horses for their meat.

The meat is shipped overseas and sold to restaurants in countries such as France, Belgium and Japan.
 

   WARNING!!
BELOW IS SENSITIVE INFORMATION THAT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR SOME PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN.   However, it is educational and factual regarding destiny of many horses, both wild and domestic, at the hands of owners, INTENTIONALLY OR UNINTENTIONALLY, when they "get rid of their horses" without respect or compassion for our equine companions.  Many people, too, literally seek the last DOLLAR on the hides of their horses.  Killer buyers are waiting for these horses.  No horse should ever be subjected to the process of auction and slaughter; discarded like garbage when they are no longer "useful" or do not fit the lifestyle of a human .
 
  JOURNEY OF HORSES:

FROM livestock auction yards across the country, horses are bought by "killer buyers", or by the "meat man" and transported long distances, jammed with other discarded horses, without rest or water to horse slaughterhouses.  The "stun" gun does not kill them and is a very awkward tool that is difficult to control & hit "the mark".  Even hitting "the mark", a horse is only stunned while restrained in a special stun chute.  A lever is released that then drops a horse to a lower moving platform while many continue to struggle.  Once a hind leg is secured, a horse is hoisted into the air, where they continue through the processing plant to be butchered and shipped for human consumption in Europe, Japan, Scandinavian, and other countries as a delicacy.

A BLM horse with other horses awaiting transport to slaughter
  Horses at livestock auction yards in Colorado, awaiting a trip to a slaughterhouse.  The black gelding is a BLM wild horse (see BLM freeze brand on left side of neck) that was titled by BLM to an adopter one year later after "adoption", but now is on his way to slaughter. BLM takes no responsibility for the destiny of BLM horses once titled to an adopter one year later, even though the federal law states wild horses can not be used for commercial purposes. Should BLM's realistic motto be "Adopt a wild horse to slaughter"?

 


From auction yards, horses are transported in crowded trucks on long and grueling trips to horse slaughterhouses. 


Comments by Horse Slaughterhouse Employees:

 

The injured white horse how waits to be forced up into a special chute to be stunned by the "stun" gun and slaughter for human consumption.

The white horse had struggled for her life in the "stun" chute. Above photo shows the horse just as the "stun" gun finally hits the horse in the head.

 

Only "stunned", not dead, this horse had been dropped from the stun chute onto a moving platform where a hind leg has now been secured & hoisted into the air by the man in white as the horse proceeds through the slaughter plant.

Multiple horses hanging on the assembly line waiting to be butchered for human consumption and transport overseas as a delicacy to civilized countries.

 



Two horse slaughterhouses for human consumption that remain in USA are in Texas, foreign-owned Beltex and Dallas Crown.  Likely this truck's shipment of horsemeat was from one of those slaughterhouses going to Houston, Texas where it is shipped over seas...BOTH WILD AND DOMESTIC HORSES.

 

6-3-2003 on Texas horse slaughter bill.

      A Texas horse slaughter House Bill (HB 1324...Texas Representative Betty Brown's bill) and similar amendments tacked onto other bills (SB 1413) did not pass this year...BUT what is the issue NOW:
      1.  The Belgian horse meat packers in Texas are filing a law suit seeking to overturn the 1949 Texas ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption on the grounds that Federal law supercedes state law...reports are that they only waited to see if new (Texas) legislation overturning the 1949 law would pass.
     2. At least one Texas county appears reluctant to enforce the 1949 law.


 

HORSE SLAUGHTER PROPONENTS’ UNETHICAL TACTICS THREATEN TO LEGALIZE HORSE SLAUGHTER IN TEXAS...ONLY 24 TO 36 HOURS TO SAVE THE HORSES !

 

5-25-2003

 

With your help, we killed HB 1324 (the Horse Slaughter Bill) in the Texas Senate.  Undaunted by the will of the people of Texas who want to save our horses, the hired guns (lobbyists) for the two foreign owned slaughter plants stooped to an all time moral and ethical low by literally lying to the members of the House of Representatives to get them to approve an amendment to an unrelated bill – SB 1413.  The amendment totally repeals Chapter 149 of the Texas Agricultural Code which is the chapter that outlaws the sale and human consumption of horsemeat.  With the repeal of Chapter 149, not only can these foreign owned plants slaughter horses and sell their meat to foreign countries but they can now sell the horsemeat in Texas and all other states in the United States.

This despicable amendment is now being sent over to the Texas Senate for Senate approval.  We are certain that if properly informed, the Texas Senators will see this underhanded tactic for what it is and will reject the amendment.

WHAT WE MUST DO

Our job is to inundate the Lieutenant Governor and every Texas Senator (particularly Senator Bob Deuell who is the Senate Sponsor of SB 1413) with calls, faxes and emails to tell them what happened and ask that they not concur with the House amendment and vigorously oppose that amendment.  Ask them not to accept any House amendments to SB 1413.

Remember we are no longer dealing with HB 1324 since it is now dead.  We are dealing solely with SB 1413.  SB 1413 without the House amendment is a good bill.  We simply must get the House amendment (which repeals Chapter 149 of the Agriculture Code) out of SB 1413.  Please call, fax and email TODAY-  this very minute - to the Lieutenant Governor and the Texas Senators. 

If you are unable to contact all senators, please make sure you contact your senator, Senator Bob Deuell, and the Lieutenant Governor.  Their contact information is below.                                                               

Senator                                               Capitol Ph#                 Capitol Fax#

Robert Bob Deuell                        (512)463-0102                        512/463-7202

 To email your Senator:  firstname.lastname@senate.state.tx.us

                                      Ex:  Jane.nelson@senate.state.tx.us

                                                                                                        

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst    (512) 463-0001       512/936-6700

David.dewhurst@senate.state.tx.us     

 

 Date of alert:   May 25, 2003

  Historical Note on the Northern Nevada Virginia Range wild horses, victims of mustangers & slaughter for profit.
8-12-2003...Transcript of  TEXAS Radio Interview with Chris Heyde and Mary Nash.
REGARDING:  Pending U.S. H.R. 857...American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act....please support!!!   Again, NO horse...whether old, sick, lame, injured, "rowdy", Premarin foals, Premarin mares, or healthy...should fall victim to this inhumane industry.  A single call/letter supposing HR 857 will make the difference.  Please send to others.   CLICK HERE for more candid info about who, what, where, and why this bill must be passed by the U.S. Congress.

Then GO TO:
 http://kaufmanzoning.net/horsemeat (Mary Nash's webpage) for personal experience of a Texas horse slaughterhouse next door to her AND  http://www.saplonline.org (Chris Heyde, Society for Animal Protective Legislation) and click on Pending Legislation for more info about H.R. 857.  Slaughter of tens of thousands of America's horses continue!  You can help NOW!

Chris Heyde says: It's really imperative for people to call their representatives. You can go to and find out who your representative is. Make a phone call now.  Let them know that you're a constituent and you support this bill, U.S. H.R. 857, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
 

Info regarding two foreign-owned horse slaughterhouses in TEXAS and Texas Representative Betty Brown's bill to legalize the continued slaughtering of horses in Texas...Click here...5-26-2003 and 6-3-2003 Texas' legal battle that ultimately defeated Betty Brown's horse slaughter bill in Texas...but NOW the foreign-owned horse slaughterhouse industry is going to the federal level.
NOW 10-18-2003 ILLINOIS foreign-owned Cavel Horse Slaughter Plant in DeKalb, Illinois plans to rebuild.  Your support is needed for Illinois state representative Bob Molaro's bill that will ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in Illinois. CLICK HERE!
 

8-12-2003...Transcript of Radio Interview
with Chris Heyde and Mary Nash
REGARDING:  Pending U.S. H.R. 857...American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act....please support!!!   Again, NO horse, whether old, sick, lame, injured, "rowdy" or healthy should be subject to this inhumane industry.   Please see now you can help.  A single call/letter supposing HR 857 will make the difference.  Please send to others.   See below
 
Janice Blue...KPFT Pacifica 90.1 FM-Houston Radio August 11, 2003

 Janice Blue: Our first guests are actually going to interview themselves. Mary Nash has been on our program several times on the horse slaughter issue, and she is from Kaufman, Texas. Mary has as her neighbor one of the two slaughter houses that remain in the country…is in her backyard almost, in Kaufman, Texas. Good morning, Mary.

 Mary Nash:  Hello.

 Blue:  Welcome, and so you are actually going to be a co-host, and we're going to have you interview Chris Heyde (Society for Animal Protective Legislation), and we're going to be talking about the federal horse slaughter…HR 857…the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Rhea and I spent a day in Washington, D.C. last June…a whole day lobbying legislators to get it passed. Mary, let's welcome you to the airwaves and please introduce your guest.

 Nash:  Is Chris on the line now? Hello, Chris.

 Chris Heyde:  Hi, how are you?

 Nash:  Well, Chris and I have talked many times, and we email daily. He's there in Washington, D.C. I'm here in Kaufman. I see what's going on at the slaughter plant. I see the horses arriving, and Chris is working hard to pass federal legislation that would outlaw the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. So I'll start off just by asking Chris a few very elementary questions just to let our listeners know exactly what's going on in Washington, D.C. Chris, what is HR 857, and what will it accomplish?

 Heyde:  Well, I think you said it perfectly. It's a very simple bill and a very straight forward bill (H.R. 857) that will ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States. And also a very important part of this is that it will prohibit the transport of live horses outside of the United States for slaughter as well because we do know that live horses are transported to Canada and Mexico and even live horses are shipped by airplane out of Washington State to Japan for slaughter. So this bill will stop all of that.

 Nash:  Chris, tell us who are the primary sponsors of this bill, and how many cosponsors do we have so far?

 Heyde:  Well, the primary sponsors are a Republican from New York, Representative John Sweeney, and a Democrat from South Carolina, Representative John Spratt. Those are the two lead sponsors on this bill, and currently we have about 64 cosponsors, and a good representation of Republican and Democrat on this issue. I think Congress is currently in recess right now, but when they return I'm sure we're going to have some more cosponsors added when they come back into session.

 Nash:  And you know the irony here is we only have one Texas congressman right now as a cosponsor. Texas is the only place where we slaughter live horses for human consumption, and we've only got one congressman in Texas, and that's Dallas area congressman Martin Frost, who signed on…let's see, Chris, when was it? It was early after we defeated the…Betty Brown's horse bill down in Austin.

 Heyde:  Right after that I think he came on…he'd gotten such an outpouring from his constituency. You know, that was his main reason for coming on. So that's great. I think, you know, a lot of members in Texas have heard from their constituency, but for some reason we're just not getting them on as cosponsors yet. That is, I think, one of the most important things, to have everyone contact their congressmen about this.

 Nash:  Chris, who are some of the groups and organizations who are supporting this bill?

 Heyde: We've got a really diverse group of people in here which I think shows the importance of this bill because it's not only really the animal protection community but we actually also have the thoroughbred industry…has really come out…one of the leading thoroughbred gentlemen who owns a company called Fasig-Tipton, it's a company out of Kentucky and New York, and also, they do auctions in Texas. They are strongly opposed to horse slaughter, and they've helped bring along support from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the Breeders Cup…we have a good mix of horse industry and, completely across the spectrum of the humane animal protection community.

 Rhea Green:  And, Chris, if you could tell us what organization you're with?

 Heyde:  I am actually with the Society for Animal Protective Legislation.

 Green:  Is there a website that people could go to for that?

 Heyde:  It's www.SAPLonline.org  There's a horse on the front page.

 Nash:  Now, Chris, who are some of the organizations who are opposing this bill?

 Heyde:  Well, that's kind of the funny part of this. Nobody really has the courage to step up and openly oppose the bill. We do know, which may surprise many people, I know it did me, that the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA) has taken a position opposing the bill. Other groups that we know are talking against the bill are groups such as the American Quarter Horse Association, which is actually out of Texas, and the Equine Practitioners Association, I think it's the American Association of Equine Practitioners. So, it's really disheartening to see two veterinary groups actually claiming that this is a humane ending for horses.

 Green:  And those two groups are actually opposing the bill?

 Heyde:  Well, again I think it's that they're not brave enough to openly oppose the bill. They say that they're only concerned about the welfare of the horse, and give all these kinds of excuses for reasons not to pass the bill.

 Nash:  I think this goes back to a…I'm old enough to know from when I was a kid growing up…the mantra about, "take your old, sick, crippled horse to the dog food factory." In fact, back in the 1960's that really happened. And there were horse killer plants that were not for human consumption, but where they made dog food and fertilizer. And a lot of people have, you know, known for years that this happened, and so now when they hear that these horses are being taken by Dallas Crown and Beltex, they assume that it's for dog food. Well, let's be clear about this. If you've read the… Lisa Sorg's San Antonio Current article you know that she interviewed a killer-buyer down in San Antonio, and he openly admitted back in the 1960's horsemeat got 5 cents a pound for dog food. Well, those places are no longer in business because the killer-buyers can now get 40 cents a pound for horsemeat at the two Texas slaughter plants. Well, so nobody's going to sell horsemeat for 5 cents a pound for dog food when they can get 40 cents a pound for human consumption. And the real tragedy…the real tragedy of this is, if you can sell a horse at auction for $700, that's a real incentive for horse theft. And we know that in California after they banned horse slaughter in 1998, that horse theft reports to the California Bureau of Livestock Identification decreased by 34%. That's the real tragedy of this, is that so many stolen horses end up on the dinner plates of wealthy Frenchmen.

 Heyde:  I think not only that, but federally protected (BLM) wild horses are sold into slaughter. We've got reports…the Fund for Animals is in a lawsuit with the Bureau of Land Management to protect the wild horse, and they've uncovered that at least 500 were slaughtered last year right from government documents. And those are protected by federal law as it is. So clearly, something's getting through over there, and they're missing these horses that are protected, so it's really important on so many aspects to shut this down.

 Nash:  Chris, Congressman Charles Stenholm is from Texas, and I understand he is the ranking minority member of the House Agriculture Committee, and I believe that he has publicly stated that he opposes this bill. Can you talk about that and why you think he opposes the bill.

 Heyde:  Yeah, he has come out about this, and I'm kind of surprised. We went to him following the victory in Texas and the amazing outpouring of public support, and again this is not just an animal community issue. This is one of our…an oilman in Dallas has been very helpful, really, you know treat your horse like this. So I think this really appeals to a broad group, and so I am surprised that the congressman is taking this position. Again, I think a lot of it is coming from these associations that are not necessarily representing the case accurately. They're misrepresenting what takes place here.

 Nash:  I know there was a lot of misinformation when we were fighting Betty Brown's bill down in Austin. The misinformation being that only old, sick and crippled horses are being slaughtered. Can you address that issue…about the misinformation surrounding the issue of slaughter?

 Heyde:  Yeah, well I think you're right. A big part of it is that they tell you that it's all old and sick horses (EVEN old and sick horses must not be subjected to this industry). First of all, anybody would tell you that nobody would really want to buy an old sick horse to consume. We know that from France. So, right there alone is…it's not true. You yourself have property next to Dallas Crown and certainly can show that those are not old sick horses. What bothers me the most about that aspect is that a veterinarian would claim that hauling them, let's say from New York with a broken leg, or sick…hauling them all the way to Texas from New York in this condition, to face several days of horrible treatment, would be humane. I find that absolutely horrifying that that's being promoted. Another big false aspect about this is that they're calling it humane euthanasia, and they're saying this follows guidelines from the AVMA (American Veterinarian Medical Association) which does consider the use of a captive bolt to be acceptable. What they're not telling you is the other part of that is that the AVMA also requires the use of appropriate head restraint. That does not happen in a slaughter facility. So that's really an unfortunate part of the thing, is that they're trying to cover this in a humane, oh, we-care-about-the-horse thing.

 Green:  One more to add to this then we're going to have to let you both go. I did want to say Janice and I spent the day lobbying in D.C., and a lot of response that I received, as accurate as it is, or not, is that the constituents opposing the bill outweigh the constituents in support of this bill, so it's really imperative for people to call their representatives. And I want to leave everyone with that message. You can go to   and find out who your representative is. Make a phone call. Let them know that you're a constituent and you support this bill. I thank you both for being on the show today.

 Blue: T hank you very much, Mary and Chris. That was great. And also, the information is on our website www.govegantexas.org and please lobby, as you heard, we only have one Texas legislator, Martin Frost, who is doing anything about this.

 Green:  And if you would like to receive updates, please email TexansforHorses@aol.com  and we will put you on our email list.

 Blue:  Right, and Mary Nash is somebody that brought this whole issue to us visually. She had photographs of these horses that were taken, and we could see on her website, and her website is on our website too, so you can get that information. We know that these are healthy horses.

Regards,
Mary S. Nash
104 S. Houston St.
Kaufman, Tx 75142
972-962-7706
NashHulme@msn.com
www.kaufmanzoning.net/horsemeat

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