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Betty Miller Jones

Vice President
Michael Steenbergen

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Mary Criddle

AHC
P.O. Box 251
Kingston, AR 72742
Phone & Fax 479-665-AREF (479-665-2733)

February 14, 2009

State Horse Councils Work on Resolving Slaughter Problems
by Betty Jones

When the humaniacs got the baby thrown out with the bath water we (the State Horse Councils) were working hard to get more humane treatment in the slaughter houses and in transport for the horses. We believe that states can have a humane slaughter/ euthanasia facility that has adoption as a first option if the in house veterinarian approves. Any horse that is euthanized has to be slaughtered (butchered) to dispose of the carcass because they are so large if they are cremated. We see no problem selling good meat to foreign countries for big prices to fund our purposes. Very few responsible breeders have to send any horses to slaughter. They are mostly diseased and renegades that have been through many sales unsuccessfully before headed to the slaughter house. There are a few good horses that wind up there but most really need to be there due to disease or other valid reasons. W e am not condoning any inhumane practices and never will. The State Horse Councils) have been successful in educating the public about what goes on in slaughterhouses since the early 90's and we have succeeded in getting slaughter numbers down from nearly 500,000 to 100,000 during the last 15 years We have also fought many battles to get more humane
treatment at the slaughter houses.

As we see it, the main problem has been having so few (and so large) foreign owned facilities where processing just became a factory operation. After all, the cattle are slaughtered the same and nobody would even suggest closing them down. If each state had a facility to dispose of horses in a safe, sanitary and humane way (locally owned and operated) it would be easy for all of us (you and I) to inspect and control humane euthanasia. It could be non profit but sale of horsemeat (exported internationally)and fertilizer would be the part of the operation to produce the funds to run it. We have people working on designing safe, green , humane euthanasia facilities that would include a slaughter and rendering processes. The plans includes educational programs for people who want to adopt and/or just own horses. They could come to the center and go through the program to make them more responsible and caring owners.  Some horses could be salvaged at the facility, but not many, the educational program would make the whole thing worthwhile by reducing the number of horses that need to be there.

Remember, Killer Buyers always want top dollar. That's why they have been hauling these horses from sale to sale before the last stop at the processing plant. They can make more money by selling to an individual and that's why horses that wind up at the kill plant have usually had many chances to be purchased on the market before the final stop. Most of them are there for very good reasons. All the humaniacs have done is cause much greater suffering for our horses than slaughter plants ever did. They have effectively outsourced our horse markets to Canada and Mexico (where it it very inhumane) and now the United States is importing horsemeat instead of exporting it. All this at the cost of the taxpayer. Since the American Horse Council, Inc., in Washington,D.C., admits having accepted large sums of money from Humane Groups to sit the fence in the Congress, it has become necessary for the State Horse Councils to work together to rectify the slaughter situation. If we do no act now, only the very wealthy will be able to own a horse in the next 20 years.
Persons who would like to help with the work of establishing a safe, green and humane equine processing center can email or call to let us know. To sign petitions or call legislators, we welcome everyone to help. Please visit our website at arhorsecouncil.org or call 479-665 2733.

 

 

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