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Below are the 18 most recent journal entries recorded in Outrage's LiveJournal:

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
11:21 pm
Repost: Good News, Bad News, Good News, Sad News....
The following is from saigh_allaidh also posted at sacredhorse and lj user="horselistening"> reposted by me on my journal and horse_slaughter and on my MySpace and Tribe accounts:

I'm delayed in getting this stuff out as this week kicked my butt, so I'm doing one post. Sorry I'm not citing where these first came from, because most are from multiple sources and I've not been able to keep track. One I actually found on the site when I was checking it out:

Good news: The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act HR 6598 passed the House Committee. Please contact your Reps! If you don't know where your Representatives stand, and therefore whether this is a plea or a "thank you, btw can you do anything to get this moving?" then please check out The Compassion Index http://www.compassionindex.org/ LET'S GET THIS DONE!

Bad news: National Thoroughbred Racing Association withdraws support of Anti-Slaughter bill. http://www.paulickreport.com/blog/waldrops-waffle/

Good News: Suffolk Downs took action on their policy to not allow owners who use horse slaughter to run horses there! No, this was NOT just lip service. And this answers one key question many of us had "did this only mean those who directly sold to slaughter or include those who just clearly put their horses on the path to slaughter by selling at auction." They ousted an unnamed owner whose horses were found in the New Holland, PA auction pens. http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2008/September/20/Suffolk-acts-on-slaughter-policy.aspx

Sad news: Strong anti-slaughter voice is silenced: John Hettinge died on Sept. 6 at age 74. A Jockey Club member he was one of the key voices in the racing world to stop slaughter and to improve the conditions for horses. http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2008/09/045.shtml

A new study: A Study of Equine Slaughter/ Abuse Patterns Following Closure of Horse Slaughter Plants in US Good evidence to dispute the "we need horse slaughter to get rid of the unwanted horses or more horses will be abused." Like previous studies, this shows quite the opposite..that it's the demand for horse meat from Europe that is the reason for slaughter and that abuse and neglect are primarily determined by economic factors. Unfortunately, it also clearly demonstrates that, thanks to transportation to Canada and Mexico, horse slaughter has NOT decreased. http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/541

Cross-posted in all the usual places, please feel free to pass this on
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
10:19 pm
Repost: Current House Bill can help stop horse slaughter!
The following is from saigh_alladh:

I ask all concerned to please contact their Representatives about H.R.6598. This would amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit certain conduct relating to the use of horses for human consumption.

What does that mean? It means another strike against the transporting of US horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter!

You can go to The Compassion Index http://www.compassionindex.org/ and type in your zip code to get find out if your Representative is a co-sponsor and if they're record shows they might support this bill. If s/he is not, no matter what his/her record says, please let her/him know you want them to support it. And, please, if s/he IS a sponsor, send her/him a note and/or give a call thanking her/him.

Yes, right now they are on break. Wouldn't it be great if their aides presented them with a pile of notes and phone messages regarding this when the return to session? We need to get this stuff through this year!

BTW, for those of you who do own horses, I have taken to including the fact that as a horse owner I currently live in fear that my filly could be stolen and sent to slaughter. Because, honestly, I DO! We do need to get rid of the fiction that it is "unwanted" horses that go to slaughter, that this is somehow a substitute for taking care of our animals and humane euthanasia. It is NOT. Every horse in America is in danger as long as this exists, horse theft is too prevalent and most horses stolen go to slaughter as it's the quickest way to get rid of the evidence...and the reason most horse thieves steal. Let's make it clear, ALL our horses are in danger!

Cross-posted broadly, please repost or otherwise pass on the message!

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
7:07 am
Take action against horse slaughter Tuesday and Wednesday!

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Saigh or Kym ní Dhoireann
Date: Mar 3, 2008 2:33 AM

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: mary
Date: Mar 2, 2008 7:36 PM

Please forward to friends ..




Dear friends,

Since it was reintroduced in January 2007, the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act (S. 311 - HR 503), a bill to ban the slaughter of US horses and
their exportation for slaughter abroad, has been waiting to be brought up for
consideration in both the Senate and the House where it was denied due process
by a group of pro-slaughter legislators who believe the profits of three
foreign-owned horse slaughter plants outweigh the welfare and safety of American
horses and horse owners alike.

This group of legislators, led by Senator Larry Craig (R – Idaho), has
successfully blocked the bill in the Senate, preventing it from being even
debated on the floor using procedural means and hiding behind a plethora of
myths and fabricat ed stories to support a “need for horse slaughter” while tens
of thousands of American horses continue to be exported for slaughter in Canada and Mexico under appalling

As the legislative deadline of mid-September set up by the upcoming elections
approaches, the need to get the AHSPA passed increases dramatically, making
necessary to launch an all-out counterattack to break the pro-slaughter blockade
on the bills and proceed to their consideration in the corresponding chambers.
If the AHSPA is not at least passed by the Senate before mid-September it will
die since there would not be enough time in the brief “lame duck” session taking
place after the elections to move it through the rest of the legislative
process, forcing us to start all over from zero next year and spelling doom for
tens of thousands of additional horses that will be cruelly slaughtered abroad
until we have another chance.

To this end, horse owners and enthusiasts from all over the United States will
gather in Washington DC next March 4 and 5 to lobby their elected officials in a
desperate effort to break Sen. Craig’s blockade on the AHSPA and expedite its passage in both chambers.

In order to be effective, we need to show a massive grass roots support for
those lobbying the legislators on Capitol Hill and let them know that Americans
want the AHSPA passed as soon as possible to end this sordid trade. It is
extremely important that as many people as possible contact their
Representatives and Senators urging them to cosponsor S. 311 and HR 503 if they
have not yet done so and requesting them to press the Senate leadership and to
set S. 311 free from Sen. Craig’s blockade.

How you can help

During next Tuesday, March 4th and Wednesday, March 5th please contact as many
times as possible both your two US Senators and all the Representatives of your
state reques ting them to:

a) Cosponsor S. 311 (Senators) or HR 503 (Representatives) in case they
have yet done so.

b) Ask the Senate Leadership to do everything possible to break Sen.
Craig’s blockade on S. 311 and expedite its passage in both chambers.

If they are already cosponsoring the bills, please praise them for doing so and
request them to keep their support commitment to the end.

Also, please forward this action alert to all your contacts, relatives, friends,
work and school partners asking them to follow it and contact their respective
Congressional delegations in support of the AHSPA. The more people contact
Congress the more chances we have to get the AHSPA passed!

An updated phone and fax directory for the 110th Congress showing information
about whether they cosponsor or not the bill as well how they voted in the past
on legislation to o utlaw horse slaughter in the US is available for download at
http://www.habitatforhorses.org/joincampaigns/docs/110directory.doc (requires
Microsoft’s Word).

You can also find who your legislators at
http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/index.html or

Additional information on horse slaughter and the AHSPA can be found at
http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/index.htm and

Please remember this is virtually the last chance we have to lobby Congress to
get th e bill passed before it is too late: If S. 311 is not at least passed by
the Senate by mid-September we can take it for dead, forcing us to start from
scratch next year and dooming without recourse tens of thousands of American
horses to horrible, agonizing deaths in Canadian and Mexican slaughter plants.
Therefore, it is vitally important we employ all the resources we have available
to flood Congress with a continuous stream of calls and faxes during those two
days. Their lives depend on us.

Thank you for your help.

Mary Martin
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.-Albert Einstein"

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, October 12th, 2007
7:46 pm
Oct 16 reminder
Just thought I'd post a reminder of jasmine_dream's post about the Congressional call in on Oct. 16 to get the Horse Protection Act voted on http://community.livejournal.com/horse_slaughter/3838.html
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
1:37 am
Oct 16 Call in day for Horses being slaughtered at US border
From: The Horse Rescue Foundation, Inc http://www.myspace.com/thehorsefoundation
Date: Oct 5, 2007 8:50 PM

Oct 16 Call in day for Horses being slaughtered at US border

We are spreading the word for the upcoming National Call-In Day to Protect Horses – and we need YOUR HELP! As you know, since the 7th Circuit Court shut down Cavel in Illinois just weeks ago, horses have been flooding over the boarders in record numbers & subjected to immense cruelty. The time is now for Congress to act--and only an act of Congress can halt this abhorrent practice.
The National Call-In day is Tuesday, October 16th! Everyone, please click on the link below where you can print out and distribute fliers: http://www.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/horse/Horse-Flier.pdf.
We are encouraging folks to ask for co-sponsorship of H.R. 503 & S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
Of course, if any one has any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks again for keeping these fires burning! PLEASE CROSS-POST & SEND BROADLY!
For the horses

Horse slaughters taking place on the border
Web Posted: 10/02/2007 03:20 AM CDT
Lisa Sandberg
Austin Bureau
CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The American mare swung her head frantically when the door shut to the kill box, trapping her inside. A worker jabbed her in the back with a small knife — seven, eight, nine times.
Eyes wild, she lowered her head and raised it as the blade punctured her body around the withers, again and again.
At the 10th jab, she fell to the floor of this Mexican slaughterhouse, bloodied and paralyzed, but not yet dead.
She would lay there a good two minutes before being hoisted from a chained rear leg so her throat could be slit and she could bleed to death.
The primitive procedure at the Ciudad Juárez plant now is the fate of thousands of exported U.S. horses since court rulings closed horse slaughter operations in the United States.

The roan mare was one of nearly 30,000 American horses shipped to Mexican processing plants so far this year, a 369 percent increase from the number recorded this time last year.
By the time she and her unlucky peers were led into this city-owned plant, they typically had traveled in packed trucks 700 miles or more, say the American traders who ship them there.
The lucky ones arrive dead. Many of the others come in "fractured, battered and bruised," said José Cuellar, the plant's veterinarian.
No one disputes that slaughter-bound horses have it far worse today than before U.S. courts, upholding state bans, ended horse slaughter at two plants in Texas earlier this year and at the nation's single remaining one in Illinois on Sept. 21.
(Jerry Lara/Express-News)
Horses wait for slaughter.
Animal welfare advocates who lobbied to end horse slaughter in the United States gambled that Congress would pass legislation by next year barring horses from being exported for slaughter and prohibiting their slaughter in states that don't already ban it.
But the fate of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is uncertain.
"I think (the odds of the ban passing are) 50-50 this session," said U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., a leading opponent of horse slaughter who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. HR 503 passed the House last year but a companion bill died in the Senate. The legislation has been reintroduced this year.
John Holland, a horse slaughter opponent from Virginia, likens the fight to warfare: attack the industry from all sides and deprive it of profits, while pressing Congress for a federal law banning horse exports.
"The federal ban is the name of the game, and everybody in the anti-slaughter community knows it," he said.
More than 100,000 U.S. horses were slaughtered last year for overseas dinner plates, according to government figures. There have been 15,000 fewer American horses slaughtered this year compared to the same period last year, even counting the jump in the number being shipped to Mexico and Canada, Holland said.
"It made it better for (the) horses who are not being slaughtered, but it made it worse for those who are. No doubt about it," Holland said. "If you told me we'd never get the federal ban, would I have worked hard to get the plants shut while horses are exported? No."
The issue of horse slaughter has emerged as one of the most contentious U.S. debates regarding animals.
Lower in fat than beef and sweeter, too, horsemeat is considered a delicacy in places like France, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and Russia.
Laurent Mailhet, a third-generation butcher in Lunel, France, insists horsemeat is tastier than beef, and for good reason.
"The horse is an animal that selects its food," avoiding certain grasses. Cattle, he said, are less discriminating.
In Mexico, horsemeat is perceived as inferior to beef, selling for about 30 percent less — and it's sometimes sold as beef to unsuspecting customers.
It never gained much of a U.S. following, though it's legal in states other than Texas, California, Oklahoma and Illinois. The Harvard Faculty Club reportedly offered horse steaks for decades but removed them from its menu in the late 1970s.
Opponents argue that domestic horses shouldn't be used to satisfy foreign palates. Horses played a special role in U.S. history, they say, helping conquer the West, providing the sinews of early commerce and serving as majestic friends — but not food animals.
"Horses have helped us settle this country, they've been our primary means of transportation, they've served us in battle and carried our mail, entertained us and been our companions. They've been so much to us, but the one thing they haven't been is dinner," said Michael Markarian, executive vice president of the Humane Society of the United States.
Though millions of cats and dogs wind up euthanized each year, Markarian notes, "the answer has never been to send them for slaughter to countries where they would be considered food animals."
Proponents of horse slaughter say they, too, have the horses' best interests at heart. Banning it, they say, will result each year in the abandonment of tens of thousands of unwanted horses.
The salvage market
To avoid a trip to the slaughterhouse, a horse needs to carry itself well at auction. Paraded into the sale yard before a crowd, horses have about a minute to demonstrate that they're broken in, tame, physically fit and not too old.
Traders known as "killer buyers" flock to auction houses such as the monthly horse sale in Stephenville, scooping up horses and ponies that are crippled, blind, don't ride well or are just plain unwanted. They stand inside the sale yard, surveying each animal, ready to bid as little as $60 for a so-called "salvage market" horse.
Mike McBarron is one of about a dozen killer buyers in Texas who supply horse slaughterhouses.
Fifteen of the 21 horses he snapped up in Stephenville the first Friday of September failed to convince him they had some quality more valuable than the 20 to 30 cents a pound they would command at slaughter.
"Every one of them is either cripple or crazy or don't ride at all," McBarron said, surveying his herd.
McBarron, 36, has been trading horses since he dropped out of the ninth grade and makes more money selling saddle horses not bound for slaughter. He knows he has no celebrities rooting for him, no Bo Dereks or Willie Nelsons writing to Congress on his behalf. (Both are in the opposing camp).
He knows many are contemptuous of traders who can flip a horse without giving it much more than a glance, who assess sentient creatures in dollars and cents.
But McBarron insists he's providing a kind of service, saving unwanted horses from abandonment by saving owners the expense of euthanizing them.
"I promise you, if there was anybody in America other than the packinghouses that wanted to buy 'em, I'd gladly sell 'em," he said.
The ban on horse slaughter in Texas hit killer buyers hard. McBarron, who lives in Kaufman, site of one of the plants, said it costs him about $100 to send a horse to Mexico, leaving his profit at $20 to $50 per horse.
Animal welfare advocates reject the argument that owners would abandon horses if they no longer could sell them for slaughter. They say killer buyers often outbid others for horses that otherwise might end up on someone's ranch.
"They create a market," said Holland, the slaughter opponent from Virginia.
Markarian said horse slaughter peaked in the 1980s, when as many as 350,000 horses were killed annually for their meat. The gradual closure of plants didn't lead to thousands of horses running wild or dying in their pastures, he said.
Steven Long can't fathom selling a horse for slaughter. Last year, his ailing 20-year-old Dillon told him in subtle ways it was time, so he and his wife paid $250 to put him down.
"The last thing he saw in life was my face looking into his eyes. I stroked his face," he said.
A dignified death was the least they could do for a loyal riding buddy, said the Houston resident, who edits a magazine called Texas Horse Talk. He's appalled others don't treat their animals with the same respect.
"That's darn sure pretty cold for someone to send their horse to slaughter so they can profit or recover their costs," he said.
The killing floor
Under a metal roof in Stephenville, in the warm air long after midnight, time was running out for McBarron's newly purchased herd.
At 10 a.m., they would be put in a cattle truck and shipped 565 miles to El Paso. Transferred to another truck for a short haul across the border, they would then be put on a Mexican truck — and become Mexican horses subject to Mexico's regulations, said one U.S. Department of Agriculture official.
Perhaps they'd stay in Juárez, or maybe they'd be shipped to one of the two large plants in Zacatecas, 700 or so miles to the south.
About a quarter of the nearly 400 horses auctioned at Stephenville this month were sold for slaughter. Some might have won a few ribbons and been somebody's pet. Some may have spent their lives tied to a tree.
But when the trucks arrived, they would all share the same fate.
Not all horses screech while being stabbed in the back. But horses tend to stir, making the task of killing them a challenge.
The Juárez plant has a couple of captive bolt guns, but they're inoperable about half the time — and when they work, poor training can make their use almost as chaotic as the knives, said Cuellar, the plant's vet.
The knife wielders have to be nimble, with good aim, to paralyze a horse with a single blow to the spinal cord. The man on duty one recent day had atrocious aim, with horses enduring as many as 13 jabs to the back before collapsing.
The brutality left the plant's director, Luis Terrazas Muñoz, apologetic. But he can't shut the plant down just because the guns aren't working, he said.
Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, has researched ways to reduce stress on slaughter animals and has designed meat plant facilities that process about half all U.S. cattle. She called the "puntilla" technique employed in Juárez and at plants throughout Mexico "horrific beyond belief."
Repeated jabs to the spinal cord, she said, would not kill the horse, at least not right away. A clean jab to the spinal cord, which is difficult to do, dulls sensation in the body but not the head. "The horse would likely experience being hoisted up and it's probably going to experience being bled. It would likely experience 30 seconds to a minute of absolute terror," Grandin said.
Horses were slaughtered at U.S. plants with a bullet to the forehead from captive bolt guns. Grandin maintains that death came quickly and painlessly. Some animal welfare advocates disagree, however, and say a horses' quick movements and narrow forehead left some needing to be shot multiple times before they went down.
The Juárez plant also processes cattle, but on different days per Mexican law. The puntilla method is used on both animals in older slaughterhouses throughout Mexico, Terrazas said.
Not all exported horses endure such a grim death.
Newer plants are supposed to use captive bolt guns, but Terrazas said he was uncertain whether the new regulations were being followed.
The plants in Zacatecas serve the European market, which bars the importation of meat from animals that have not been stunned prior to being bled.
"The use of a pole-axe, hammer or puntilla is prohibited by the Convention. Furthermore, large animals must neither be suspended nor have their movements restricted before being stunned" the European Convention's slaughter law states.
In Canada, horses at two large plants in Quebec and Alberta, are killed with a .22-caliber shot to the head, said the plants' owner, Claude Bouvry.
More than 18,000 horses were exported to Canada through June this year, a 26 percent rise over the same period last year. Those numbers are likely to rise, at least in the short term, given the ruling last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ending horse slaughter in Illinois.
For the time being, American horses will continue to be shipped by American traders to foreign-owned plants and butchered. Their meat will continue to make their way into small shops like Dennise Reta's El Lucero in downtown Juárez, where customers can buy anything from cutlets to steaks to ground meat.
Staff Writer Michelle Mittlestadt of Houston Chronicle's Washington Bureau contributed to this report.

Current Mood: distressed
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
12:52 am
Latest ruling on Cavel horse slaughter plant
There is some worry among the anti-horse slaughter community that this doesn't mean Cavel is closed yet. When it will be enforced and if they will get another extension despite this so they can make further appeals is not yet know as far as I can tell.

From saigh_allaidh:

Yup, they lost their appeal! Please remember that horses will still be shipped to Canada and Mexico until we get the Horse Protection Act through....so please keep in touch with your reps on that!

It's Final: Last U.S. Horse Slaughter Plant Must Close

September 21, 2007

Today, The Humane Society of the United States hailed a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upholding the State of Illinois' decision to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

Illinois is home to the last remaining horse slaughter plant in the country, and the ruling effectively ends all slaughter of horses for food in the United States.

"Today's court decision marks the end of the line for the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry in the United States," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "Now it's up to Congress to finish the job and protect American horses from being exported to foreign abattoirs in Canada and Mexico for human consumption overseas."

Go to http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/cavel_horse_slaughter_plant_closed.html for the whole story

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
8:23 pm
Wild Horse Annie's herd is in immediate danger!
This is from saigh_allaidh who

Got this from Mary http://www.myspace.com/marydmartin


Dear Friends of Wild Horses,

Sitting on the hillside last week watching the beauty of this very historic
herd galloping across the prairie, tears came to my eyes to know that soon
these horses may face the last days of their lives unless WE CAN HELP.

This herd, known as Wild Horse Annie's horses, will be removed next week.
If ISPMB cannot take these horses, they will be sold at auction and will
head to the thriving Canadian Slaughter Market. Can you help us save these
extraordinary horses?


These wild horses, originating near Virginia City, Nevada, are one of the
most historic herds in the U.S. gaining notoriety in 1952 when Wild Horse
Annie pushed through the first law in Storey County to protect these wild
horses. By 1971 when Annie and ISPMB were successful in getting federal
legislation to protect wild horses and burros, these horses were not covered
because they resided on state land. Human encroachment from residential
development now threatens the Virginia Range herd.

In 2001, ISPMB took steps to save Annie's horses and placed 82 of them on
the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in SD. Today the herd has grown to 300
animals and the Tribe may soon lose their 22,000 acre ranch where the horses

We have only a week to seek funding so we can keep these horses from going
to slaughter. ISPMB has no financial reserves since we paid two times the
normal price for hay this past year trucking it in hundreds of miles
enduring the worst drought in our history.

Our goal is to find upwards to 200 qualified homes for the younger horses
and then keep the base herd of 100 animals.

We will need to raise enough money to purchase $50,000 of hay for them for
several months until homes are found for the majority of animals.


* Can you help us find qualified homes for the younger horses
* Can you contribute http://ispmb.org/ or ISPMB- BOX 55- LANTRY
SD-57636 If everyone on our E-mail list would contribute a minimum of $25 -
we could raise enough funds to save these horses!
* Can you do a fundraiser in your area to save "Annie's Virginia Range
* Can you pass our information on to all of your friends
* Can you Sponsor the Virginia Range Herd ($5,000) and spend a
wonderful three day weekend with us and our herds


Karen A. Sussman

Karen A. Sussman
President, ISPMB
PO Box 55
Lantry, SD 57636-0055
Tel: 605.964.6866
Cell: 605.430.2088
Saving America's Wild Horses and Burros since 1960


Become a member of ISPMB today!

Cross posted widely, please do the same

Current Mood: scared
Saturday, July 28th, 2007
8:39 am
Horse slaughter starts again!? Cavel reopened!
Once again I get away from the computer for awhile and the horror starts again. I was so sure that this was over!

Last US Horse Slaughter Plant to Reopen
By TARA BURGHART | Associated Press Writer
9:05 PM CDT, July 19, 2007

CHICAGO - The nation's last horse-slaughtering plant can reopen while it challenges a state law that forced it to close twice in the last two months, a federal appeals court ruled.

To read the rest http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/west/chi-horseslaughterjul20,0,6190741.story

Current Mood: depressed
Friday, June 29th, 2007
7:21 am
Cavel Closes!
Today no horses will legally die of slaughter for the purpose of human consumption in the United States. There is still much horror out there, but this is a battle won. As noted, there are still appeals, but I must believe that this is the end for Cavel.

The following is forwarded from saigh_allaidh

Tribune staff report
Published June 29, 2007

A horse slaughtering plant in DeKalb will not open for business Friday after the failure of last-ditch efforts to prevent enforcement of a new state law that forbids production of horse meat for human consumption.

U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Kapala on Thursday refused to extend his June 1 order, which stayed enforcement of the law. The judge had already extended the order once. The order expired Thursday night, thus making continued operation of the plant illegal.

Read the rest:

Of course, appeals are still happening, but from their panic I would say that it will be financially unfeasible for it to ever open up again! And I think they're seriously deluded if they think they can win.

This isn't over yet, folks! If you haven't done so, or if you haven't liked their responses, please write your Representatives and Senators to get those bills through. Horses are still being trucked to Canada and Mexico. We need to protect them ALL.

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, June 16th, 2007
6:09 am
Sunday, June 10th, 2007
11:50 pm
2 Calls to Action to stop horse slaughter!
These are forwards...the first is regarding the lawsuit in Illinois.
Dear Friends,

As we anticipated, Judge Capala has denied the HSUS petition to intervene as a defendant. He has agreed to accept an amicus brief from them (Cavel did not object to that, so he isn't going out on any limbs there).

The Horse Council of Illinois has asked to file an amicus brief on the part of the plaintiffs (Cavel), indicating that the HSUS represents an emotional position and not a rational one.

If you disagree with this position, visit their gateway page. You will find links to their sponsors there. I have followed them to get to the contact links for all four. You can email their sponsors and tell them that you do not intend to use their products as long as they support the HCI.


National sponsors:

Purina feeds http://horse.purinamills.com/contactus/

John Deere https://secured.deere.com/en_US/deerecom/httpscontent/generalfeedback.html
(309) 765-8000.

Regional sponsors:

Midway Trailer Sales litchfield@midwaytrailersales.com

Morton Buildings info@mortonbuildings.com


The following one is because the Illinois lawsuit, as well as the transportation of horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, again show we NEED the federal bill passed ASAP!


Dear Friends,

As you all know, our Senators are dragging their feet to stand up for our horses this year.

In 2006, we had 34 co-sponsors for the AHSPA (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:SN01915:@@@P), today we have 27. Why? Some who co-sponsored last year are not on our list, two of them are Presidential candidates.

It's time to focus on those who signed up last year, or who have a lot to lose by not signing on. Let's let them know how we feel and get this done, before we are looking at 2008 and so many more horses are barbarically murdered.

To begin, I am asking everyone to contact these four Senators. Please, be polite, but be strong in your request. It is time for this law to be passed and the American people are heard.

Please call, fax and forward this to everyone you know. Educate as many people as you can. So many still don't know about this atrocity!

These are the four Senators that we need to get on board at this time:

The Honorable Charles Schumer (co-sponsored in 2006)
United States Senate
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3201
DC Phone: 202-224-6542
DC Fax: 202-228-3027
email address:

DC Address: The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton (co-sponsored in 2006)
United States Senate
476 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3203
DC Phone: 202-224-4451
DC Fax: 202-228-0282
email address:

DC Address: The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (co-sponsored in 2006)
United States Senate
201 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0801
DC Phone: 202-224-5042
DC Fax: 202-224-0139
Email Address:

DC Address: The Honorable Barack Obama (did not co-sposnor in 2006, but he has said that he is against horse slaughter)
United States Senate
713 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1305
DC Phone: 202-224-2854
DC Fax: 202-228-4260
Email Address:

It is time for these Senators to join us and state emphatically that they are against horse slaughter. Let's let them know how we feel! If you would like to see who has co-sponsored so far in 2007, you can see here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:SN00311:@@@P

Thank you for helping our horses!




Current Mood: determined
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
1:09 am
Horror continues for horses in Illinois!
I stay offline to enjoy my own for a few days and come home to this horrible news!

The following is from saigh_allaidh
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I originally got this from Fox Films Kills Horses but am passing on another story:

Judge stays shutdown of horse slaughter plant

By Joseph Sjostrom
Tribune staff reporter
Published June 1, 2007, 11:25 PM CDT
The slaughter of horses in DeKalb could resume as soon as Saturday after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order overriding a new state law against killing or possessing the animals for human consumption, said an attorney for the plant.

Judge Frederick Kapala in the Rockford branch of U.S. District Court issued the order Friday, a week after Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Cavel International Inc. of Belgium, owners of the DeKalb plant, filed suit on May 25 to overturn the law on constitutional and other grounds.

For the rest see: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070601caveljune01,1,7076736.story?track=rss
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Current Mood: frustrated
Sunday, May 27th, 2007
11:09 pm
Good news/bad news on the Illinois horse slaughter front
This has already been posted on the Stop Horse Slaughter Tribe by Sawjja and in several fora by saigh_allaidh copying Saigh:

Springfield, IL --- In exciting win for opponents of horse slaughter, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday (May 24) signed a bill permanently banning horse slaughter in Illinois.

The legislation comes three weeks after Cavel International -- the state’s notorious horse slaughterhouse, and the only one still operating in the United States -- was granted an emergency federal court stay, halting a ruling to close its doors in DeKalb.

For the rest of the story: http://www.ustrotting.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=21549&z=1

Published May 26, 2007
Cavel International Inc., a Belgium-based company that operates a horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, filed suit Friday in federal court seeking to nullify a state law that closed down the plant.

The law, signed Thursday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, prohibits the import, export, possession and slaughter of horses intended for human consumption.

for the rest:

I was reminded that foreign owned companies do, actually, have more rights than US States do these days. They may just win. WE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT NOW NEED THE FEDERAL BAN!!! Please keep working on this folks!

crossposted widely, deal with it and please do the same
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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007
1:10 am
Please sign petition now!!!!
If you have not yet signed the petition to stop horse slaughter please do so now! She's going to be sending it within the next few days!

12:53 am
Alerts! Horse slaughter issues in Texas and Illinois that must be stopped now!
The following is a forward, please pass this on!

There is still a very real danger that horse slaughter will be legalized in Texas. With only 9 days left in the Texas legislative session, the horse slaughtering plants have one last chance to legalize horse slaughter. To do this they must get SB 911 to the House floor so they can ADD a pro-slaughter amendment to it. To stop this action, we must kill SB 911 in the House Calendars Committee and we must do it now. We are asking everyone to contact each member of the Calendars Committee immediately and urge them to kill SB 911.

The members of the Calendars Committee are as follows:

Dan Branch (R) dan.branch@... 463-0367 / 322-9935
Norma Chávez (D) norma.chavez@... 463-0622 / 478-6755
Myra Crownover (R) myra.crownover@... 463-0582 / 463-0471
Dawnna M. Dukes (D) dawnna.dukes@... 463-0506 / 463-7864
Gary Elkins (R) Gary.Elkins@... 463-0722 / 472-5610
Ryan Guillen (D) ryan.guillen@... 463-0416 / 463-1012
Mike Hamilton (R) mike.hamilton@... 463-0412 / 463-1915
Larry Taylor (R) larry.taylor@... 463-0729 / 474-2398
Sylvester Turner (D) Sylvester.Turner@... 463-0554 / 463-8380
Corbin Van Arsdale (R) corbin.van_arsdale@... 463-0661 / 463-4130
Beverly Woolley (R) beverly.woolley@... 463-0696 / 463-9333

Thank you for your support!

President, Texas Humane Legislation Network

the following is from MJ http://people.tribe.net/mjnyc




Re: HB 1711 to prohibit the slaughter of horses in IL for human consumption

Passed 5/16/07. Governor needs to sign into law to stop the slaughter. Just received email that Cavel is slaughtering by the truck load (they have sped it up because they know their days are limited).

to: Governor
Rod R. Blagojevich Democrat




207 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706



James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph Street, Ste. 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601




Example text:

I am in receipt of an email this morning which states that Cavel is stepping up the number of horses being slaughtered, in light of the passage of HB 1711, and in anticipation of this bill being signed into law.

Please take quick action on HB 1711, which was passed on 5/16/07, and sign it into law.

Thank you,
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
7:22 am
We won in Illinois!!!!!
The following is from tempered beauty

Governor Blagojevich is 100% for banning the slaughter of horses in his state.

Next stop: Washington.

From: Chris Heyde [mailto:chris@saplonline.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 4:24 PM
To: Chris Heyde
Subject: Illinois State Senate Votes to Ban Horse Slaughter in Illinois
Importance: High

The Illinois State Senate just passed HB 1711 (39-16-2), a bill to ban horse slaughter in the State of Illinois. This bill overwhelmingly passed the Illinois House earlier this month.

The bill now goes to Governor Rod Blagojevich for his signature. The Governor has committed his support to SAPL and has stated he will sign the bill immediately. Once the Governor signs the bill it goes into effect immediately.

Thanks to everyone for your help and support! Now we must pass the federal American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311) to ensure our horses aren't sent to Mexico or Canada for slaughter.




Christopher J. Heyde

Deputy Legislative Director

Society for Animal Protective Legislation

(A Division of the Animal Welfare Institute)

PO Box 3719 ~ Washington, DC 20027

T: (703) 836-4300 ~ F: (703) 997-1134



Sign up for SAPL eAlerts to receive the latest legislative news on what you can do to help us protect all animals. http://www.saplonline.org/action.htm


Current Mood: rejuvenated
Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
7:44 am
Texas to allow horse slaughter again?
From saigh_allaidh again:

"The horse slaughter debate is continuing its rollercoaster ride in the United States, with Illinois moving a step closer to a ban, while animal rights campaigners claim Texas is moving closer to allowing the practice again."

Click link for the rest of the story: http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2007/05/087.shtml

Current Mood: irate
Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
11:15 pm
It's going to stop! It must!
Over the past few months both the two slaughter houses in Texas and the one in Illinois were shut down by federal court orders. The Texas one due to a law that has existed but not be enforced for decades. The Illinois one due to Congress forbidding tax money to pay for USDA inspectors for the slaughter houses that kill horses. They found a way around it by PAYING the USDA inspectors (which, of course, means "paying OFF") which a federal court ruled couldn't be allowed.

Unfortunately, this past week an appeals court decided that it was a bad thing for the plant to be losing all this business while they appealed the decision so they are allowing them to resume while it's in appeal!

I'm furious but trying to see this as a last ditch effort by people who know they are going down. I'm seriously upset that horses will again die there, but I must believe that it will not be for long! It's unclear if the plant is actually getting their inspectors and able to start up, hopefully that will be delayed. Meanwhile, Illinois has a state bill to make horse slaughter illegal in the state....it's passed the State House, and is in committee in the State Senate which means that this is a good time to talk to your state Senators if you are in Illinois!!!!

There is also the federal Horse Protection Act which will ban not only slaughter in the US all together, but also the TRANSPORTATION of horses for the purpose of slaughter. This is very important because even while there were no operating horse slaughter houses in the US horses were being taken to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. So everyone can contact their Senators and Representatives to please vote for S.311 and H.R.503 respectively.


Current Mood: determined
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