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Former Thoroughbred jockey Gary Stevens

“I did whatever I had to do to show up, whether is was injections in my knees or whatever,” Stevens said. “My career ended much earlier than it should have had I given myself the proper amount of time to heal up every time I was hurt. I didn’t know how bad I was hurting myself sometimes, and racehorses for damn sure don’t know. I would still be riding today, and a lot of good horses would still be running today, if medications weren’t used the way they are.”

— Gary Stevens, retired jockey

This quote comes from an article by Jay Hovdey writing for the Daily Racing Form covering former jockey Gary Stevens invitation to testify on Monday in Pennsylvania, where the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health will convene for a hearing on the subject of “A Review of Efforts to Protect…

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


Straight from the Horse's Heart

Forward by R.T. Fitch ~ volunteer president of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Evil Never Goes Away, It Only Recruits New Puppets

Back in 2005 when the Belgians were murdering American horses in both Texas and Illinois the Wall Street Journal published an article on the subject which the then mayor of one of the Texas towns blemished and wounded by a bloody slaughterhouse took issue with.  That mayor was the well respected and talented Paula Bacon of Kaufman, Texas.  Mayor Bacon’s fight with the foreign scourge that bloodied America’s soil is epic and she will forever be remembered as one of America’s great and iconic heroines. 

That same battle goes on today as even though the plants have been shuttered an elected official from distant Wyoming has reared her ugly head and aligned herself with the very same players that once darkened the American Equine Industry.  Wyoming…

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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


West Virginia Racing Commission Takes a Stand Against Horse Slaughter

On April 13th, the West Virginia Racing Commission revised its regulations to allow the agency to take action against permit holders who intentionally send their horses to slaughter.  Prior to the new regulations, the management at the individual racetracks could take actions including taking a trainer’s stalls, etc.  Even if a trainer were in trouble at one track, he or she could simply move to another one and continue with business as usual.  Once these revised regulations take effect, the West Virginia Racing Commission could ban the offending trainers from every racetrack in the state.

An article in the Blood Horse states:  “We’re proud to be part of the committee that took the unprecedented step of codifying an anti-slaughter policy in West Virginia’s racing rules,” said Erich Zimny, director of racing operations at Charles Town. “In addition to Penn National Gaming’s anti-slaughter policy, having it built into state law opens up doors to fines and permit suspensions that could impact perpetrators’ ability to procure a license elsewhere.  The added level of enforcement is indicative of how serious this issue is, and that the West Virginia Racing Commission and we are committed to policing and enforcing it.”

The racing commission would be allowed to deny, suspend, or revoke a permit if an individual “has knowingly, or without conducting due diligence, sold a horse to slaughter, either directly or indirectly,” the regulations state.  The same would apply to a permit holder that “has abandoned, mistreated, abused, neglected, or engaged in an act of cruelty to a horse.”  Kelli Talbot, deputy attorney general for the WVRC, said there must be “factual determination” before the commission can take action against permit-holders.

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


Bleed It Out

Warning: Graphic Images will be displayed in this article!

The Pro Horse Slaughter misfits have now landed in New Mexico after being chased out of Tennessee, Missouri, and a few other places which they thought would be ideal locations for a brand new horse slaughter plant. The facility would bring dangerous, minimum wage jobs and economic development to the area along with a higher crime rate and environmental hazards including; piles of decaying horse parts, thousands of gallons of horse blood, and a putrid stench that not even bleach can eliminate. Fortunately the residents and local officials have disagreed with their plans and sent them packing from every potential location so far…

Those in favor of the horse slaughter refuse to actually use the word slaughter and opt for bizarre, oxy-moronic phrases like humane processing.  Hmm, that makes it sound like a form of euthanasia.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I suggest that they look up the word HUMANE in a dictionary.  Clearly they do not understand its meaning.  Abuse, torture, and mutilation are not among its synonyms.  PROCESSING?  Sounds like something you do while placing an order…  Horse Processing starts with a live horse and ends with a dismembered carcass.  Oh, wait!  We already have a word for that in English.  We call it slaughtering.

Horse Slaughter is carried out by slightly different methods depending upon where the slaughterhouse is located.  None of the methods used are humane.  No form of euthanasia is possible because the chemicals required to euthanize a horse would render the meat completely unfit for human consumption.  Some slaughterhouses use the captive bolt to stun the horse temporarily–just long enough for them to suspend the animal from the ceiling by one hind leg and slit it open to begin the bloodletting.  Showing up at work every day knowing that you will be torturing and killing animals requires very sadistic employees.  Those are exactly the sort of people who are drawn to this predatory industry and they have the audacity to claim that horse slaughter is necessary for a variety of asinine reasons.

They claim to be concerned about all the Unwanted Horses scattered throughout the country.  Assuming that this were true, they might turn their attention to the over-breeding.  There are too many irresponsible breeders producing horses that they do not have the resources to maintain.  This is partially due to certain breed registries offering financial incentives while focusing on the quantity of horses bred and registered as opposed to the quality of the horses being produced.  Then, of course, there are the so-called backyard breeders who think that they should breed their horses just because they have a mare and a stallion.  In the U.S., our wild Mustangs often turn up in kill auctions thanks to B.L.M.’s mismanagement.  Even worse are the factory farms, like those that need pregnant mares to produce urine for hormone replacement therapy.  Those mares will give birth to foals which are taken from them and frequently dumped at kill auctions.  If the Pro Slaughter supporters addressed any of these issues, they might be taken more seriously.  Attempting to solve the problem would reduce the number of supposedly unwanted horses available for them to slaughter and this would reduce their profits…  What’s really more important to these people?  The horses or the money?  The answer is obvious.

The Pro Slaughter side, along with PETA, have recently claimed that the horses are suffering more during their transport to the slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico.  They want to start slaughtering them in the U.S. again to spare them the horrors of a long road trip in double-decker cattle trailers.  This argument is so disingenuous that one hardly knows where to start.  In the first place, PETA might try sending some of its members to film the abuse at the kill auctions.  Secondly, the killer buyers are going to use the double-decker cattle trailers if even the horses aren’t leaving the country.  As for shortening the travel time for the horses, they are assuming that the killer buyers will ship horses to the nearest slaughterhouse.  This is not the case.  They will ship to the slaughterhouse where they have a contract.  Here is an example:  when the U.S. slaughterhouses were open, most of the horses from the Sugarcreek auction in Ohio were shipped to Dallas Crown in Kaufman, Texas.  The trip is 1,136.2 miles lasting about 18 hours.  The closest slaughterhouse at the time was actually Cavel in Illinois at 481.4 miles with a little over 8 hours of travel time.  Those horses were still shipped to Texas because it was worth the extra money for the killer buyer.  Even now with no legal horse slaughterhouses in the United States, those horses shipping from the same auction in Ohio are traveling 670.9 miles for about 11 hours to reach a slaughterhouse in Richelieu, Canada.  Do the math!  That’s still a shorter trip and their blood isn’t being spilled on U.S. soil.  If all 50 states would pass anti-horse slaughter legislation, perhaps Congress would finally get around to passing a federal ban.

In the mean time, members of the Pro Horse Slaughter lobby might want to consider educating themselves by studying vocabulary, grammar, logic, and basic math.  They seem to have missed out on these subjects in school.  They were probably outside behind the building, torturing small animals and burning ants with a magnifying glass…


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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized