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Oklahoma to Eliminate Ban on Horse Slaughter

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign House Bill 1999, which will bring an end to the state’s 50-year ban on slaughtering horses.

The bill passed the Oklahoma Senate on a 32-14 vote on Tuesday after being approved 82-14 in the House a month earlier. HB 1999 is now on the Governor’s desk for the routine legal and policy review conducted prior to signing.

“One important fact that the public may be unaware of: Oklahoma horses are already being slaughtered, ” said Aaron Cooper, the Governor’s spokesman. ” They are simply being shipped out of the country to Mexico and killed, in conditions that may be inhumane.”

Oklahoma’s ban on the slaughter of horses for human consumption dates back to 1963.  The new bill permits horse slaughter to in the state, but all the meat will have to be exported. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is empowered to inspect any horse-slaughtering facilities in the state.

The ban did not prevent Oklahoma Meat Co.’s owner and manager Ahsan Amil from filing an application for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection services for a horse slaughter facility to be located in Washington, Oklahoma, about 30 minutes south of the University of Oklahoma campus at Norman.

Oklahoma Meat’s 2012 filing  is one of a handful of applications to USDA for equine inspection services since the 5-year federal ban on horse slaughter ended in 2011.

But state Sen. Eddie Fields (R-Wynona) believes USDA has denied the Oklahoma Meat application. Fields, HB 1999′s Senate sponsor, said it might take three years for an qualified equine slaughter facility to be up and running in Oklahoma.

A cattle rancher, Fields also said he thinks Valley Meat Co.in Roswell, NM will likely be the first operation to resume horse slaughter in the U.S.

“If we ever do get a facility in Oklahoma, we’ve got to make sure that they are doing it the best possible way that that process can be done,” he said.

While the support for HB 1999 in the Oklahoma Legislature was overwhelming, it did not come without controversy and even threats of bodily harm against the prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Skye McNeil (R-Bristow).

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it is investigating threats against Rep. McNeil made by telephone, mail and through social media. McNeil said she found the threats troubling. Threatening a public official can be a felony in Oklahoma. OSBI has original jurisdiction to investigate and bring charges.

While animal rights groups opposed HB 1999, no one at this point is saying any of those organizations are behind the threats.

But the closer the possible return of horse slaughter comes to the U.S., the more intense the passions are on both sides. A new video on the Internet has sparked outrage as it shows a former employee for Valley Meat Co. shooting a horse.

The employee, who blames animal rights activists for causing him to lose his job, apparently acted on his own in making a video showing his walking a horse to a spot on a dirt road. He strokes the horse’s nose and neck, says, “All you animal activists, (expletive) you,” then shoots the horse in the head.

Both the New Mexico Livestock Board and Chaves County Sheriff Rob Coon are investigating the incident, but its unclear if any law was broken. The sheriff says the video certainly “didn’t help anything.” Rick De Los Santos, owner of Valley Meat Co. the threat traffic has become so intense, armed guards have taken up positions around the Roswell facility.

Dallas thoroughbred horse owner and breeder John Murrell, who fought to close the last two horse slaughterhouses in Texas, promised to continue the battle in Oklahoma. He said passage of HB 1999 was a “terrible, sad day” for Oklahoma.

Once Fallin signs HB 1999 into law, only California, Illinois and Texas will still have state bans against horse slaughter. Texas and Illinois were the locations of the last three horse slaughter facilities in the U.S., which were closed by 2007.

State Sen. Al McAffrey (D-Oklahoma City) emerged as the principal opponent of HB 1999 during the 45-minute Senate debate last Tuesday. He wanted to know if Oklahoma would be harming people in other counties by exporting horsemeat that might be “contaminated with injections.”

Update: The Governor signed HB 1999 on March 29 after  this article was published.  The bill takes effect Nov. 1, 2013.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joclaire.corcoran Jo-Claire Corcoran

    Its amazing how the house, senate and governor have all completely ignored the most basic fact…we don’t raise horses in this country for food under food safety guidelines.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687540480 Biba Hughes

      Amen..No we don’t and we never will

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687540480 Biba Hughes

      Ban all travel to Oklahoma and hit the tourism, this is so un-American, so cruel and barbaric and thousands of tons of horse meat is being sent from Mexico back to U.S.and throughout the world from OUR SOIL, and now the USDA has cut back on inspectors so what are people really eating and how safe is it, we know that because horses are sensitive animals and they understand and smell the blood of their families that a deadly toxin is released into the blood stream before execution.. We the People are not dead yet and we will fight for the innocent Wild Mustangs/Horses/Burrows, Before cars, the Horse served us and was our transportation – remember Pony Express? The plowed our fields to grow food and they died for us in many wars..Is this how we replay one of the most beautiful useful animals on the planet.. This is so wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/liz_kyle Liz

    I just don’t get it! They keep coming up with these excuses like, ‘One important fact that the public may be unaware of: Oklahoma horses are already being slaughtered, ” said Aaron Cooper, the Governor’s spokesman. ” They are simply being shipped out of the country to Mexico and killed, in conditions that may be inhumane.”’ – So Mexico is doing it, so we should. Makes perfect sense! Not!
    Honestly stop the shipment of horses to slaughter and don’t let slaughter start up in the United States. There are no unwanted horses – someone out there wants those horses. I know I would, but I’m sixteen so I can’t go around buying unwanted horses. Don’t you think with horse slaughter – that people will keep breeding to sell their horses to the slaughter plants? For quick money? Like a puppy mill – dirty business.

  • stop it

    So, the horses are being sent to Mexico to die in an inhumane way, they send them anyways. The same people want to dispose of horses in America. these people DO NOT care about horses or people.point is, these people knowingly send horses to horrible deaths(and they know it), yet they still do it.
    two wrongs don’t make a right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fran.sherwood Fran Sherwood

    Oklahoma legislators want to take the easy way out. Instead of implementing revenue-raising alternatives, they just want to kill all of the horses and ship their tainted meat overseas to unsuspecting customers. There is a deeper story here one that we’re not hearing. Since the EU isn’t going to accepting American horse meat, just who is going to buy it? Breeding for slaughter?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.day.100 Bill Day

    We can face the fact that horses are fundamentally prey animals. We can also accept that meat and leather are global industry byproducts. It’s our responsibility oversee the processing of horses produced here in the US to insure that it is as stress-free and humane as possible. Testing for prohibitied drugs works for the beef industry, it can be adapted to work for horses as well.
    It is unfortunate that there are few sustainable options for these animals. It is fortunate though that people now know what may happen if they sell them at action by the pound or carlessly give them away. Other alternatives for unwanted horses have always been and will continue to be available.
    Our lowest value horses are too vulnerable to injury, neglect and abuse in the hands of people who are too inexperienced, unwilling or unable to care for them properly.
    Prohibition simply isn’t working. It is good that Oklahoma may be among the first to help resolve this important problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PhotoRover Arla Ruggles

      Unlike cattle and hogs, and other animals raised SPECIFICALLY for meat, horses would have to be tested INDIVIDUALLY, rather than in lots. “Abandoned” animals do not come with veterinary histories.

      The fact is that while this heinous industry has been touted by politicians as a “humane solution” to the suffering of unwanted animals, the TRUTH is that many equine breeding associations merely want to dispose of their own mistakes. They have marketed this to the general public as “euthanasia”. The end goal is to breed horses for human consumption. THAT is unAmerican.

    • ziggypop

      And that Sir, is the second biggest load of BS I have read all, day. That Sue Wallis person takes the cake for the biggest load. You people are fooling no one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/elaine.brown.54738 Elaine Brown

      Do not listen to the Slaughterer’s profit-taking rhetoric. All lies!

      It is impossible to slaughter a horse humanely.

      Unless of course, you slaughter a young, healthy horse, alone, who you have taught to trust you as in Tim Sappington’s betrayal. The pat on the withers was such a nice touch before he blasted a hole in Justice’s head. Remember that when you read the Sue Wallis’ BS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430446740 Elaine Nash

      You’re too kind! How lovely that you want to help horses by killing them!

      That’s about the most narrow minded plan any yokel could ever have! Horse slaughter is NOT a solution- not for horses, not for people, and not for the equine industry! Think, man!

  • BHumane

    Check your facts pls: NJ Governor Chris Christie was the latest governor to sign his legislature’s bill banning horse slaughter into law there recently. Glad to see that some states and their leaders are responsible and are interested in the humane treatment of horses. Commercial horse slaughter is extremely cruel and life-threatening for the horses in it, and that’s before the captive bolt gun discharges into the horse’s brain. Go here: http://www.votesmart.org/ to tell your US Rep and two Senators to cosponsor US S.541 & HR.1094, and end the horrific suffering of horse slaughter. See the USDA’s own documents of a then-operating Texas plant: http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/
    You’ll never convince me that horse slaughter is humane. Be kind, euthanize.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ghostfleetfarm Robin Wright

    Huge step back into the dark ages for OK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Viglet Vickery Eckhoff

    “The Oklahoma State Department of Health is empowered to inspect any horse-slaughtering facilities in the state.” Since when does Oklahoma get to NOT have taxpayer funded USDA inspections and do it themselves? If that is the case, may I suggest horse meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the state house cafeteria?

    • http://www.facebook.com/PhotoRover Arla Ruggles

      Vickery – That is precisely what Slaughterhouse Sue Wallis has in mind. Read her literature on United Horsemen. Today, we take one bold step toward contaminating our US food supply with equine pharmaceuticals. I’ll not buy one ounce of beef until equine slaughter and export to slaughter is shut down, once and for all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ted.peeplover Ted PeepLover Wells

    In response to Sue Wallis’ blatantly erroneous comments below (of course, when you stand to personally gain financially from reopening equine slaughterhouses, that does introduce bias into your agenda): (1) Essentially ALL US horses are not raised for meat (for which there is little market and which is also NOT economically feasible – unless, of course, you go the cheap, totally unregulated slaughterhouse route!) and therefore their tissues contain significant levels of toxic and carcinogenic substances. FACT. (2) Slaughter does NOT address the unwanted horse population, because groups like the American Quarter Horse Association use slaughter to cover their insane overbreeding programs (the estimates are over 70% of Quarter Horses end up at slaughter). Please contact any legitimate rescue group, who have firsthand information. (3) Equine slaughter houses are an economic and ecological disaster – ask Paula Bacon, who was Mayor of Kaufman TX when the Dallas Crown plant was in operation. The Cavel plant in De Kalb IL is why Illinois now bans equine slaughter. (4) The industry is completely unregulated – hence report after report after report of horsemeat and other contamination being found in meat products. (5) Equine slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. In fact, it is beyond barbaric. These are just a few of the salient issues that provide overwhelming evidence why equine slaughter should be absolutely banned. Of course, I have no financial stake in this matter, which is why I am not in outright denial of the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karin.hauenstein Karin Hauenstein

    Let’s talk about horse slaughter and the ludicrous possibility that millions in funding to the USDA would go to inspect a process in clear violation of the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958 for foreign-backed companies and a foreign market that is many times an illegal one:

    Bovines and equines (cattle and horses) are both supposed to be “rendered insensible with a single (1) shot” before vivisection, before they hang on the hook, according to Federal Law. A large percentage (at least 40%) of horses regain consciousness on slaughter lines after they are hanging. The captive-bolt is ineffective at rendering them senseless and they are routinely shot in the head multiple times before their vivisection for harvesting is completed. Animal advocates are outraged over this because of the extremity of this barbaric practice. This is evidenced many videos posted on YouTube, just search “horse slaughter.” The Federal Law can also be viewed, it is short and easy to read and understand, Google “Humane Slaughter Act of 1958.”

    You cannot restrain the head of a horse to correctly apply the pneumatic captive-bolt gun apparatus to their forehead. The gun has a pressure-release trigger and use of it on horses requires multiple shots to render them senseless. Some skulls from slaughtered horses recovered at
    rendering plants have 4 or 5, and sometimes up to 20 or more, holes in them.

    The specific fact that equines commonly have to be struck multiple times with the captive-bolt, or shotgun, is what makes commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. a clear violation of the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958. The meat produced contains dangerous levels of adrenaline and cortisol,
    in addition to all the prohibited substances and medications given U.S. horses.

    It’s bad meat and baaad business. This is evidenced by the fact that the people who run the commercial horse slaughter industry in Mexico and Canada are members of drug gangs and the mob. They won’t accept U.S. horse meat in the EU, and they are having difficulty selling it over there anyway, having it end up on the black market and used illegally as a substitute for beef products.

    And Sue Wallis is going to try to convince everyone that wild horses like to hold their heads still in the kill box… WHAT A GAMBIT!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687540480 Biba Hughes

      this is beyond comprehension that we as Americans can do this and sleep at night.. This the absolute unimaginable nightmare for these sensitive beautiful horses..Un-American, I say stop all Tourism to Oklahoma… Stop Slaughtering OUR horses

  • http://www.facebook.com/majela.urbay Majela Urbay

    Rigorous random testing? What the heck does that mean? Ok shame on you. There is no humane slaughtering

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=769023079 Stephanie Graham

    In response to Sue Wallis (see her own comment below):

    Then why did the EU announce just a few weeks ago they would no longer take horse meat that came from U.S. domestic and wild horses in BLM holding, if they are safe for human consumption? What does your International Equine Business Association business partner, Olivier Kemseke have to say about this major red light you all have ignored and blasted through without thought or consideration for food safety in the U.S. and for those that might consume horse meat unintentionally or on purpose overseas or on our own soil?



    For those reading my comment who want some background on Mrs. Wallis’s business partner, Olivier Kemseke owns and runs Chevideco, the same company that ran the grossly mismanaged Dallas Crown in Kauffman, TX and currently owns and operates a horse slaughter plant in Mexico where many of our U.S. horse go to be slaughtered (as they did prior to U.S. plants being shut down in 2007 and will continue to be slaughtered there even if plants kill horses on U.S. soil in NM or OK). Shipping to Mexico and Canada will never stop without a federal ban. Mrs. Wallis I know you know this and so does Mr. Kemseke and you never care about that anyway.

    The U.S. had three years to comply with the banned substances we have been giving our domestic and wild horses in BLM holding for decades. We failed to comply and we do not breed our horses to eat them and will never do so and so who are we going to sell it to Mrs. Wallis? I have traveled through most of the Non EU countries you have your eye on for selling adulterated horse meat to around the globe and I am quite certain you have not traveled the great distances I have. Real people with real families live there with the same hopes and dreams most of us have, yet eating adulterated horse meat that is known to cause prostrate cancer, erectile disfunction and spontaneous abortions and birth defects (to name just few) is not one of them. FYI: Horse meat consumption by choice in the EU has been dwindling but export is UP by 40%. Why? Next comment reveals why….


    The EU (the biggest buyers of U.S. horse meat) has (HAD) some of the highest food safety standards in the world. Yet the recent global wide horse meat scandal involving over 14 countries and corporate food suppliers like Tesco, Nestle, Walmart, Taco Bell, Aldi, Stouffer’s…to name only a few has thrown a wrench into your plans and you and Olivier know it. They were slaughtering horses and passing adulterated horse meat and sometimes a mix of horse meat and pork off as 100% beef. Now beef consumption has dropped by 47%. Not good for anyone including those ranchers and cattlemen you profess the love and support through orgs like Protect the Harvest in Iowa.



    Let us not forget the fact that in the last 8 months, 143 million lbs of adulterated horse meat has been illegally imported back into the U.S. via Texas, New Jersey, and California. The USDA must have it’s mouth full of April Fools Easter egg chocolate bunny ears since they cannot seem to give an answer to the public as to where that horse meat landed? Zoo’s and exotic cat sanctuaries? Cool, I get that and so does the rest of the educated public. Yet what of the rest of the missing adulterated horse meat? The hard working American tax payers that make your “job” as House Representative of Wyoming possible, deserve an honest and transparent answer. One that so far you, Mr. Kemseke and the USDA have failed to provide. 




    We have no DNA testing here in the U.S. for horse meat and other than the $500 kit you can purchase in Florida, the USDA does not do DNA testing on the animals we do eat. Now don’t forget the American tax payers will be paying for those USDA inspections at the cost of $5 million a year. It is illegal for a company to privately pay the inspectors. Yes I know…you and the Calgary group are working on changing that and sadly this shows you care nothing for honesty, transparency and food safety. Who on earth raised you to treat others this way Sue? 


    From my desk as I write this, I can see 5 binders. Each are full of report after report on welfare violations carried out by kill buyers, shippers, and USDA and APHIS governmental employees. Broken legs and thin horses, 3 day old foals in feedlots without their mothers as they had already been shipped to slaughter (illegal FYI), dead horses in a pile, sick, and parasitic horses….all in the reject pens. What does APHIS do with those horses? What does the kill buyer do with those horses rejected at the border? You know…you just won’t tell the truth and neither will USDA, Mr. Kemseke, or George and Kory Baker, Joe Simon and the list goes on and on.



    FYI: I live in Oklahoma and the plant that applied for a permit to slaughter horses last May 2012 is just a few miles south of my family, our land, our children and our horses. We paid a pretty penny for that property last fall and this is horse country down here. You don’t live or pay taxes here Mrs. Wallis. We do.

    

You brought a wrecking ball into my home. We were raised to be honest and decent people who know how to care for the land, our neighbors and the species we share this plant with and we were also raised to address those who would set out to harm our communities without a second thought to the families that live there in a professional, factual and forthright manner in order so that others may understand the ramifications of tearing down the very fabric of the heart and soul of America’s heritage. 



    On behalf of myself, my family, my fellow Oklahomans who are opposed to horse slaughter and ALL that comes with it, I must say I am embarrassed for you and all those who have been duped by your lies and grossly misguided intentions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687540480 Biba Hughes

    Ban all travel to Oklahoma and hit the tourism, this is so un-American, so cruel and barbaric and thousands of tons of horse meat is being sent from Mexico back to U.S.and throughout the world from OUR SOIL, and now the USDA has cut back on inspectors so what are people really eating and how safe is it, we know that because horses are sensitive animals and they understand and smell the blood of their families that a deadly toxin is released into the blood stream before execution.. We the People are not dead yet and we will fight for the innocent Wild Mustangs/Horses/Burrows, Before cars, the Horse served us and was our transportation – remember Pony Express? The plowed our fields to grow food and they died for us in many wars..Is this how we replay one of the most beautiful useful animals on the planet.. This is so wrong..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=769023079 Stephanie Graham

    **Then why did the EU announce just a few weeks ago they would no longer take horse meat that came from U.S. domestic and wild horses in BLM holding, if they are safe for human consumption? What does your International Equine Business Association business partner, Olivier Kemseke have to say about this major red light you all have ignored and blasted through without thought or consideration for food safety in the U.S. and for those that might consume horse meat unintentionally or on purpose overseas or on our own soil?



    **For those reading my comment who want some background on Mrs. Wallis’s business partner, Olivier Kemseke owns and runs Chevideco, the same company that ran the grossly mismanaged Dallas Crown in Kauffman, TX and currently owns and operates a horse slaughter plant in Mexico where many of our U.S. horse go to be slaughtered (as they did prior to U.S. plants being shut down in 2007 and will continue to be slaughtered there even if plants kill horses on U.S. soil in NM or OK). Shipping to Mexico and Canada will never stop without a federal ban. Mrs. Wallis I know you know this and so does Mr. Kemseke and you never care about that anyway.

    **The U.S. had three years to comply with the banned substances we have been giving our domestic and wild horses in BLM holding for decades. We failed to comply and we do not breed our horses to eat them and will never do so and so who are we going to sell it to Mrs. Wallis? I have traveled through most of the Non EU countries you have your eye on for selling adulterated horse meat to around the globe and I am quite certain you have not traveled the great distances I have. Real people with real families live there with the same hopes and dreams most of us have, yet eating adulterated horse meat that is known to cause prostrate cancer, erectile disfunction and spontaneous abortions and birth defects (to name just few) is not one of them. FYI: Horse meat consumption by choice in the EU has been dwindling but export is UP by 40%. Why? Next comment reveals why….


    **The EU (the biggest buyers of U.S. horse meat) has (HAD) some of the highest food safety standards in the world. Yet the recent global wide horse meat scandal involving over 14 countries and corporate food suppliers like Tesco, Nestle, Walmart, Taco Bell, Aldi, Stouffer’s…to name only a few has thrown a wrench into your plans and you and Olivier know it. They were slaughtering horses and passing adulterated horse meat and sometimes a mix of horse meat and pork off as 100% beef. Now beef consumption has dropped by 47%. Not good for anyone including those ranchers and cattlemen you profess the love and support through orgs like Protect the Harvest in Iowa.

    

**Let us not forget the fact that in the last 8 months, 143 million lbs of adulterated horse meat has been illegally imported back into the U.S. via Texas, New Jersey, and California. The USDA must have it’s mouth full of April Fools Easter egg chocolate bunny ears since they cannot seem to give an answer to the public as to where that horse meat landed? Zoo’s and exotic cat sanctuaries? Cool, I get that and so does the rest of the educated public. Yet what of the rest of the missing adulterated horse meat? The hard working American tax payers that make your “job” as House Representative of Wyoming possible, deserve an honest and transparent answer. One that so far you, Mr. Kemseke and the USDA have failed to provide. 




    **We have no DNA testing here in the U.S. for horse meat and other than the $500 kit you can purchase in Florida, the USDA does not do DNA testing on the animals we do eat. Now don’t forget the American tax payers will be paying for those USDA inspections at the cost of $5 million a year. It is illegal for a company to privately pay the inspectors. Yes I know…you and the Calgary group are working on changing that and sadly this shows you care nothing for honesty, transparency and food safety. Who on earth raised you to treat others this way Sue? 


    **From my desk as I write this, I can see 5 binders. Each are full of report after report on welfare violations carried out by kill buyers, shippers, and USDA and APHIS governmental employees. Broken legs and thin horses, 3 day old foals in feedlots without their mothers as they had already been shipped to slaughter (illegal FYI), dead horses in a pile, sick, and parasitic horses….all in the reject pens. What does APHIS do with those horses? What does the kill buyer do with those horses rejected at the border? You know…you just won’t tell the truth and neither will USDA, Mr. Kemseke, or George and Kory Baker, Joe Simon and the list goes on and on.



    **FYI: I live in Oklahoma and the plant that applied for a permit to slaughter horses last May 2012 is just a few miles south of my family, our land, our children and our horses. We paid a pretty penny for that property last fall and this is responsible horse country down here. YOU don’t live or pay taxes here Mrs. Wallis. WE DO.

    

**You brought a wrecking ball into my home. We were raised to be honest and decent people who know how to care for the land, our neighbors and the species we share this plant with and we were also raised to address those who would set out to harm our communities without a second thought to the families that live there in a professional, factual and forthright manner in order so that others may understand the ramifications of tearing down the very fabric of the heart and soul of America’s heritage. 



    **On behalf of myself, my family, my fellow Oklahomans who are opposed to horse slaughter and ALL that comes with it, I must say I am embarrassed for you and all those who have been duped by your lies and grossly misguided intentions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Coffman/100001810312280 Patricia Coffman

    Dark times in our country when a hand full of legislature’s decide to make money of the innocent and trusting horses of this country..all the rangers and cowboys of old are rolling in their graves! Not to say that you can not assure people will not get sick and there again you are (playing God with our childrens health) shame, shame on you all..!Shocked and stunned..the Reps that fought for the compassion and honor all living beings..you are few and rare! I will not spend a dime in Oklahoma because I do not want their blood on my hands..hire your thugs and abusers to do your bidding!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PhotoRover Arla Ruggles

    The girl is 16. Give her a break

    I, on the other hand, am a horse owner well past fifty. Those who say this is “the only solution” are too lazy to think about it. Slaughter will never be the solution to over-breeding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/PhotoRover Arla Ruggles

    You are a DISGRACE to this nation. Blood-thirsty liar.

  • Thomas Durfee

    I have always said they don’t care who they poison as long as they make a buck.

    Every horse will have to be tested. This criminal got caught but most don’t

    Here
    is the first warning to a horse killer from the FDA for falsified EID and the
    horse was positive for bute.

    http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2012/ucm313462.htm

    Horse
    Owner Survey Shows NSAID Use Trends

    In a recent survey, 96% of respondents said they used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
    drugs (NSAIDs) to control the joint pain and inflammation in horses, and 82%
    administer them without always consulting their veterinarian. More than 1,400
    horse owners and trainers were surveyed to better understand attitudes toward
    NSAIDs, in a project sponsored by Merial, the maker of Equioxx (firocoxib).

  • Thomas Durfee

    Boycott everything Oklahoma and Wyoming I will not knowingly buy anything produced or manufactured in those two formerly great states I will go around with my horses as those places are not safe for horses because of the likes of Skye McNiel and Sue Wallis. It is poeple like you that have converted my from republican to democrat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Morgan-Griffith/1559545343 Morgan Griffith

    Oh Sue. Sue. Sue. Sorry but your “facts” are a fallacy. There have been documented cases of tainted carcasses entering the food chain. That’s a fact. Oh and now you are calling horse meat “cheval” how cute of you. Just like you don’t slaughter a horse, you “process” it. In the EU they have found at least 7000 cases of fraudulent papers on horses. So much for that passport system, which they admit is useless. Read the USDA reports and you will find things like 57 records when there was only 30 some horses on the load. Huh? When they had plants here before the USDA inspectors just looked the other way because if they did shut the line down it cost the slaughterhouse thousands of dollars. Head of the slaughterhouse would complain to the inspectors boss and viola! one reassigned inspector. There are hundreds of hours of videos taken at different horse slaughter plants and all of them show the same abuses, the same stench and health violations. These, Sue, are facts. What you are spewing is just more and more lies. I sometimes wonder how it feels to lie to and betray Americans. I won’t ever know because I tell the truth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Morgan-Griffith/1559545343 Morgan Griffith

    And here is a video that shows that even at the start of the horses journey to death this business is full of fraud. http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid96975757001?bctid=2195773967001

  • ziggypop

    No it isn’t and you know it just as well as you know there is NO such thing as human horse slaughter.The past two months of all the horse meat showing up in places where it should not be, along with positives for bute, prove it. You may not pay attention to what us going on outside your little killing world, but millions of others do and they know exactly what is going on.
    While you may ridicule animal activists and call them hysterical, many more find your addiction to march horses through the abusive slaughter pipeline to a barbaric and torturous death, psychopathic, void of conscience and utterly amoral.

    All the pictures and videos and interviews and paper work disproves everything you said above. And on this iconic day of ultimate suffering, Good Friday, you are managing to gloat about more deaths and blood shed of God’s gift to man, for greed and avarice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687540480 Biba Hughes

    Oklahoma and the BLM are selling horses to Mexico and the Boarder Patrol see’s hundreds a day.cross over to Mexico. Here is a GRAPHIC VIDEO – CAUTION – of what you don’t see and also BUTE is used in these horses known to cause cancer in humans and….when the horses adrenalin elevates to extreme high levels when hearing their family being slaughtered releases a chemical that is deadly to humans. Kate Middleton, Prince Harry’s wife,London.. may be filing charges if her unborn child has any damage at birth…..this is International $$$$ for our wonderful Government and White House.. These horses don’t belong to anybody to kill, they wild and free and always have been….Again see what Mexico is doing to American Horses stolen from Texas and elsewhere.. CAUTION VIDEO TELLS THE STORY AND i could post more about what Oklahoma has be doing, if you had a heart..it would be broken..American Wild Horses..- here goes CAUTION GRAPHIC VIDEO.. http://www.milenio.com/cdb/doc/noticias2011/607e5689c02bb47f9d4ecb7208267c13

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=687540480 Biba Hughes

    People can house, may need help with feeding them and transport, but Hey Obama has trillions to spend, this would be a drop in the bucket of our tax dollars..billions going to Egypt and Palestine..alone

  • Sabine

    There is a video going around right now in which a kill buyer explains how he gets falsified health certificates . When horse slaughter plants were still operating in the US , the inspections were sloppy , the cruelty immense , the communities damaged by the stench , blood in the sewers , piles of offal , crime and so on . Ask Paula Bacon of Kaufman that had the lasy slaughter plant what her community went through . You want less unwanted horses , stop breeding . Slaughter will only encourage more breeding and by the way , the slaughter plants don’t want sick , skinny or old horses so there your arguments are proven to be a bunch of lies bred out of greed . The market for American horse meat is collapsing in Europe and as most American horses have gotten medications at some time in their life like de-wormer or pain meds , that rules out just about most horses . By the way , inspections are already woefully inadequate and because of the sequester , there will be even less inspectors to spare . All in all , Oklahomans will be sorry for this day .

  • Syroko42

    Wow, a 5 second search on the internet disproves all of
    Wallis’s drivel….Even Skye Mcneil states there is no domestic market for
    horse meat. Since She wrote HB 1999, it would be safe to assume that she looked
    in to the market applications of horse slaughter. Perhaps Wallis would like to
    explain why McNeil is ill informed on this issue?

    Europe has had numerous issues with horsemeat being mislabeled and passed as
    beef. If there is such a demand, why the need to lie to consumers? Europe has
    also found banned substances in horsemeat as well.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21455419

    When we did have domestic processing, the humane slaughter guidelines were not
    enforced. There are lists of USDA violations. All the current talk about humane
    slaughter from Wallis and her minions, yet the slaughter house in New Mexico
    run by Valley Meats has already had issues with humane and environmental
    violations when handling cattle. Great track record.

    Even the proslaughter camp is aware of how out of touch Wallis is. I wonder if
    her organization has been able to refund everyone yet for the cancelled UH
    summit? They are currently begging for new members.

    It is so easy to attempt to dismiss those who oppose slaughter as
    “extremists” – especially when you cannot address actual facts
    surrounding horse slaughter. 80 percent of this country is opposed to
    horse slaughter and every other poll that has been done has had similar
    results. I assure you that no where near 80 percent of this country identifies
    with the animal rights agenda.

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzyandecho.johnson SuzyandEcho Johnson

    Is there ever any end to the lies and misinformation? There is NO food safety in any U.S. horsemeat. It is absurd to allude to any FSIS testing as ‘stringent’. ANY quality professional will tell you that you cannot inspect quality into any product. Even 100% testing will NOT make a quality product from an inferior or defective product. The last time I calculated the LTPD or ‘lot tolerance percent defective’, the sampling would accept a 5% defective lot 7% of the time and that is based on assuming a quality product is presented which is far from true when it comes to U.S. unregulated horses!
    There is absolutely NO comparison of testing any ‘food’ animal species to that of horses which are not regulated food animals. Completely different. Most horses owners have no clue of food animal production, don’t keep any drug history, and medications and treatments are commonly administered that are never allowed in food animal production. Very rare does any drug history transfer from one owner to the next and U.S. vets aren’t even typically required to keep a horses history for more than two years. Rarely could anyone even create an accurate drug history for any U.S. horse and without an accurate drug history, each and every horse would need to be tested for ALL drug residues commonly used and even 100% testing doesn’t insure an acceptable safe product – especially when it pertains to food!
    Does anyone believe that there can EVER be two classifications of one species and not have them cross? Food and non-food, as evidenced by U.S. history where beef was adulterated with horsemeat and the recent horsemeat scandal in Europe and everywhere else! The AG groups are being dupped into challenging horse owners on the best use of their animals under the threat of the sky is falling and everyone opposed to horse slaughter is a RARA and is trying to do away with ALL animal use – absurd! Would those same AG groups support foreign interests coming to the U.S. to slaughter dogs and cats? What ever happened to honesty and integrity in food production? Ag groups should be above and beyond supporting the adulteration of a foreign food chain with inferior non-food animals.

  • Syroko42

    For more information on Sue Wallis, http://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/
    covers her tantrum at Tom Vilsack who dared to suggest that alternatives to horse slaughter should be sought out.
    Keep in mind that Wallis believes that she represents the mainstream. When an Oregonian couple shot their horse, disemboweled it, then took pictures of them covered in blood “playing” in the carcass, then up loaded the pictures to You Tube, she described it as “good clean fun”. Does this sound like someone who represents the average American. No matter your position on horse slaughter, playing in the blood and carcass of an animal, and posting pictures of it, is nowhere near normal, yet Wallis sees nothing wrong with it.
    You stay classy Sue!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

    Is it not considered Bio Terrorism to send toxic foods to an unsuspecting country for consumption ? The EU only inspects a small percentage of the horse meat and that meat is generally destroyed due to traces of bute found in the meat.Sue Wallis would say anything to get her hands on some hard cold cash. She has been proven a liar on many occasions . Now she has a whole new brothel of political Ho’s to pimp out horse meat. All of which I can assure has a vested interest financially. Its sad that all these politicians would end their career for something that has no market.The exposure of the fraud in the food chain has all but crippled the demand. Australia’s horse slaughter plants are worried they will have to shut down.Russia is no longer buying regular meat from the US because of the drugs in it and that leaves no real interest for toxic horse meat from the USA. I say they all should be charged with conspiracy to commit Bio Terrorism using tax payers dollars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

    Hey Suey,,, Looks like they cant get rid of their horses in Europe,and they want the toxic ones from you or any of these other criminals ?http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/thousands-of-horses-awaiting-slaughter-1.1343486

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathy-Ann/100003587151405 Kathy Ann

    “Sen. Eddie Fields Believes USDA has Denied The Oklahoma Meat Application” He Also Believes that there is a 21 Day wash out for all Drugs given to horses..Believing in something does not make a “Belief” factual. The app. was “withdrawn” because Wallis & Cruea ” couldn’t come up with a
    contract or something … so it all stopped.” There is NO wash out time for the list of *Banned* substances given to Horses. Banned means Banned.

    “Amil said he had
    no plans to personally slaughter horses at the facility in Washington
    but that two individuals interested in purchasing the plant did.

    “They
    were trying to lease the place … with an option to buy,” he said.
    “They wanted to know what it would take … to get permission from the
    USDA for this plant.”

    Amil said one of the interested buyers was
    Sue Wallis, a well-known figure in the national horse slaughter debate
    and a state representative from Wyoming. He said the other was Darrell
    Cruea, former secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

    “Nothing
    happened, really,” he said. “Nobody came to inspect the plant and, in
    the meantime, the deals fell through. They couldn’t come up with a
    contract or something … so it all stopped.”

    http://futures.tradingcharts.com/news/futures/Oklahoma_plant_is_one_of_six_to_list_horses_as_animals_to_be_slaughtered_194726201.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Thomas/100002160060875 Jennifer Thomas

    Slaughterhouse operators want everyone to believe that all the horses they slaughter are old or injured, without any other options. In truth, USDA statistics show that 92.3% of all horses sent to slaughter arrive in “good” condition–meaning they are sound and in good health. Horse slaughter actually prevents horse rescue; rescue operators are routinely outbid by killer buyers at auctions.
    The horse slaughter industry is an insidious, brutal and unforgiving business that exists for one reason
    and one reason only. Horse slaughter exists to supply the demand for horse meat and to profit from it.
    When horse slaughter comes to town, environmental hazards, economic woes, and the stigma
    associated with the cruelties inherent to killing horses for their meat, are only a part of the price they
    will pay. Gov. Mary Fallin is only looking out for herself and her family’s business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shutupjoe Amanda Gray

    Since the proof is in the proving… let’s see Sue Wallis explain all of these:
    UK- Hillside http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUMHZFdpfD4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSCZqMGRZvU

    Canada- Bouvry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FhZK1QF8yoJapan- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oUQI2txmPUEngland- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=435JtOKH2Qo&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9

    Spain- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izffs5IsZxc

    Canada-Richelieu- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiJ0KtPrMrQ

    Mexico- Camargo- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L0DNk_vm8Y

    Russia- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=K55sIk-c5Hk

    Poland- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp_xnJ8pGDw

    Kaufman, TX Dallas Crown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgvD0gqyjEQ

    Shipse IN Auction- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvWBtoQ3C8E

    United States 2007 -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyF3IcIK2_A

    Sugarcreek Horse Auction Ohio- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5fxnTeEPYc

    Kalona Horse Auction Iowa-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nclhXfY6ZbI

    Presidio TX http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101655399670-251/The+Presidio+Export+Pens+in+Texas.pdfBeltex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFC4lSwXRow

    Chavez Feedlot and Auction New Mexico- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yij-mNuMM8I

    Transportation Eagle Pass TX- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCBHEpaw7dg&feature=youtu.be

    Bravo Packing New Jersey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9vbN2SMszw

    Roseville Auction http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX0RtRJE2JcWhere Racehorse Go To Retire http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFG6aw_msHk

    Breakdown of Young Thoroughbreds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOOiixz2zFEThree Angels Farm Accidents TN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4a7uyFib1I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4T37nT29qMTim Sappington http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS8MR1s0cZY

    Mexico 2006 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3YrZVKAcvc&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9Humane Farming (not sure of location) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyRXM0PB0sM&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9

    Mexico http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KBhaeOp2yA&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9Black Beauty Betrayed (Natural Valley) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KBhaeOp2yA&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA9n3r6uFr4&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjo9oQYv89Q&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9Natural Valley illegally dumping blood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udbD6OeiUBY&list=PL16A0570B0A5043A9Dallas Crown Attorney http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ9j87aRqFA&feature=youtu.bePeta's Killbuyer ride along video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtGtwOyNBx8

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=589983950 Kelly Blevins

      Wallis doesnt watch these.If she did she would not try to condemn any animal to this horror, Her belief is that these are staged. You cant tell that repulsive woman anything nor can you show her.She is living a vendetta over something that happened to her husband years ago.

  • Abbers

    Lies and more lies. I think it is you that is guilty of hysterical rhetoric with all the misinformation you continue to spew. There is nothing in place as far as medication documentation, unless you consider all the forgery that currently takes place in Canada and Mexico to be proof of drug history. There are no “cheval” farms per se where horses are raised for their meat, It is a fact that over 95% of horses have been administered bute, clen, wormers or other medications prohibited from entering the food chain because the residues “never” leave the horse’s system – ever – and are considered carcinogens. There is nothing “safe” or humane about horse meat. And your comment “thriving domestic market” is simply a joke. All a sensible person has to do is look at the statistics – 80% or more of Americans oppose horse slaughter and would never consider eating a companion animal. The only thing that reopening horse slaughter will do is continue to support over-breeding – its not like horse slaughter ever stopped, only on US soil. Besides who do you think is going to purchase this meat? Doesn’t look like you have a customer in the EU.

  • Paula Todd King

    WE are fighting tooth and nail here in New Mexico to Ban Slaughter – unlike Gov. Fallin we don’t want this horrible industry here. Please come on over and lend a voice to ban slaughter in New Mexico. Our elected officials need to answer to the demands of their constituents. New Mexico Against Horse Slaughter is the place to visit for petitions to sign and people to call. https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoAgainstHorseSlaughter?fref=ts

  • http://www.facebook.com/karin.hauenstein Karin Hauenstein

    In response to the delusional statements of rote propaganda made by Sue Wallis, which have absolutely no basis in fact: Are we making up our own words now to add to the English language?!? You are so outrageous! Every time I read your musings Sue Wallis, I always get a kick out of the impossibilities presented by your suggestions. First off, you know as well as I and Vilsack does, that the USDA FSIS did not uphold the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958 regulations on the U.S. foreign-owned plants in this last decade. You know that Federal Law was never enforced,
    numerous egregious violations were documented and this was the main reason the plants were shut down, for good. The whole HUGE scandal that is still going on over in Europe has traced the supply coming from Canada. This “industry” is illegitimate and failing worldwide. But that aside…

    Please, do tell us of these “guidelines established by internationally renowned animal welfare scientists that go above and beyond the minimum requirements” and that have been verified by any ‘third-party auditors.’ Who are the auditors? Where are their reports? Where are the reports of this “testing?” Has someone actually developed a way to restrain an equine’s head in the kill box without triggering their flight response? Has someone actually found a way to effectively ‘stun’ a horse so it doesn’t wake up to witness its own vivisection?

    Many people are interested to see these proven, effective methods you are alluding to! Especially the methods for stunning wild or untrained horses… When will they be revealed Sue? You’ve been saying the same thing for years now and we are waiting with bated breath!

    Its a good thing nobody’s holding their breath waiting for you to produce any proof or evidence of your claims…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000243139691 Deedie Fay Cameron

    So you’re saying that the 80% who oppose Horse slaughter should be dismissed? Not wise.

  • LazyWRanch

    @ Ms Wallis below:
    Ms Wallis, I don;t know where you get your information, but whomever fed
    you that bill of goods was trying to re-write history. First, there is
    currently no horse meat produced that is inspected by the USDA or
    FSIS. In 2007 when horse meat was last produced under USDA guidelines,
    it was a total disaster and riddled with citations and violations. Many
    of those citations were for cruelty, so don’t know where you get
    “humane”. Why do you think the plants were shut down in the first
    place. There are more than 4 plants in Mexico and Canada that already
    use Temple Grandin’s “humane” methods, so don’t know why you seem to
    think that it will be better here. It will be the same. And so glad to
    hear that you think that peoplewho are concerned about the decent
    treatment of animals and the truth, should be dismissed as nonsense.

    And lastly, your description of horse meat as “cheval” seems like you
    are trying very hard to put a new name on a very distasteful product.
    It is akin to the Emperor has new clothes or … well …. trying to
    pick up a turd from the clean end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1430446740 Elaine Nash

    Oh, my gosh! Pretty much everyone on the planet knows that no one has less credibility in this matter than Sue Wallis. She calls horse slaughter ‘harvesting’, and calls horse meat ‘cheval’. to try to make it all sound like a lovely little harmless enterprise. Almost nothing in her statement above is accurate. “All cheval (horse meat) produced under USDA-FSIS…” is flat out wrong. At this time, there is NO USDA inspection of horse meat whatsoever. And, considering that a LOT of tainted US horse meat enters the food chain, you’d think that she’d know better than to even make public statements like that- but Sue Wallis- the queen of horse slaughter- marches on in her conscienceless plan to make a killing (literally!) slaughtering horses- no matter who is poisoned by it. You’d think that children being especially susceptible to the toxins in US horse meat might make ‘Grandma Wallis’ think twice, but no. Now, what does that tell you about her?

    Do yourself a favor. Just search Google Images of the name “Sue Wallis”. Take a good look at this self-claimed authority on the safety of eating horse meat that’s filled with carcinogenics, and see if that’s someone you really want to trust your life- or the life of your kids, to. If she has her way, horse meat will be fed in US schools and hospitals- and in her own words, ‘the sooner the better’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynn.streetman Lynn Streetman

    The beef industry needs to wake up. Horsemeat being served in this country is going to be available. Breeders will selectively breed drug free horses, sell them as yearlings to the slaughterhouses. Thus the perpetual cycle of breeding will continue. Every Joe blow will be out buying a couple of stallions and as many mares as possible. The average horse owner will not be able to compete with equine feed lot for hay. What an absolute sham the horse industry is. Most of them will now have an excuse to breed more as they will have another dumping ground for their less than perfect produce.
    How truly sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.gregory.1485 Kathy Gregory

    “hysterical rhetoric of animal rights activists”?
    How ironic coming from the Queen of Nonsensical Hysterical Rhetoric.
    It’s extraordinarily offensive that she pretends to represent horse owners like myself while she has absolutely NO vested interest in the horse industry other than her disturbing obsession with trying to profit from their slaughter.

  • Terra Pennington

    So our government is going to try to sell toxic horse meat to the American people because the EU (the biggest buyer of horse meat will no longer except American breed horses without a IED passport. Now for the lust for money we have to live in fear that toxic horse meat will be pushed off as beef or sold inside the USA. God help up…