HSUS President Pacelle Deems Congress Slaughter Proponents Hypocrites

by | 07.15.2017 | 9:14am

The head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wayne Pacelle has called some of the lawmakers involved in reopening equine slaughter plants in the U.S. hypocrites, believing they have a feigned interest in protecting the horses in the States, reports HorseTalk.

The Appropriations Committee of the US House of Representatives narrowly passed the reopening of the plants. Wayne Pacelle wrote in his blog A Humane Nation, that “…American horses deserve a better fate than to be gathered up by a disreputable ‘kill buyer' who outbids a rescuer at an auction, loaded onto an overcrowded truck, and then stunned, hoisted up by a leg, and pulled apart piece by piece – which is exactly what the 27 lawmakers who voted against the Roybal-Allard/Dent amendment are trying to sanction.”

He went on to say that the U.S. does not slaughter unwanted dogs and cats, so it should not be done to horses that have helped settle the nation. He feels that those representatives who voted to reinstate slaughter plants are feigning interest in the welfare of horses, citing that the long-distance transport to plants in Mexico and Canada is too hard on the horses; opening plants in the U.S. would alleviate some of their suffering.

Pacelle notes that some of these same lawmakers are ones who blocking a bill backed by the HSUS that would forbid the transport of horses for human consumption to other countries.

Pacelle says: “Only one of the lawmakers who voted to reopen horse slaughter plants in the United States is a cosponsor of that broader anti-slaughter bill, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113, which is led by four animal welfare champions — Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.

Pacelle noted that all was not lost as the HSUS bill has congressional allies potentially able to offer the amendment on the House floor, when all House lawmakers would be able to cast a vote on the issue.

Read more at HorseTalk.

  • james smoot

    Thank Hsus for all your hard work

    • judge derrick watson

      no we can’t ban horse slaughter it goes against Chinese culture, it’s the only way we get food

  • Melody Kist

    It takes a hypocrite to know a hypocrite. Would be nice if the H$U$, with all their millions in overseas bank accounts, would put their money where their blogs are. They will shock you with emotional word pictures and never fund a way to alleviate the problem. And no, I don’t like horse slaughter plants any more than most of us. Perhaps every HSUS member can step up and buy a horse. I do my part, so let them put actions where their words are. Continuing to point out the problem doesn’t solve it.

    • savinghorses2

      They create laws.

      • Deb Curtis Olivas

        Wait until they create a law that puts you out of business , see if you still laud them .

        • savinghorses2

          Awe Deb I am Not a member of their Organization. I have Never donated. I bieve in Laws, helped make some everywhere myself. So let me assess your anger. Your probably ProHorse Slaughter which makes you Duwuettes UH troll. They have several pages set up to try and convince people they are separate entities All against HSUS yet they are all the same group. Radicals for horse slaughter. Also Animal Rights trolls. I am and have never been a AR, I am However at the top of the Horse Industry. I have also Beaten Duquette in the Cutting Arena. I also know why you hate HSUS you feel they suck money from local shelters. Actually, no they never have been local. In fact, the local shelters that are in Humane Watch have stolen money themselves. Animal Control CEO in a Town called Tilton, Illinois milked 200,000 in the 80s, another did it in 2007. One in Danville Illinois illegally killed pets without licensing and it was a local humane society we turned into a no kill Their management in the 80s stole nearly a million dollar donation and again in the 2000s high donations started disappearing. See local shelters steal their own donations. As for your disgust with making humane laws it means your conscience is bothering you. Have you or will you commit crimes that the laws they make might affect you. Then quit doing those things. Duwuettes following gets upset about every tiny law again and again . I am not worried because I am doing the right thing with my animals already. I don’t have to beat horses or tie a leg up to saddle them or where rockgrinders in the back pastures. No I don’t and yet I win, because my horses want to give their all. Those that don’t aren’t slaughtered, they just get to do something else. What are afraid of deb. Confess your feeling bad about something.

          • Deb Curtis Olivas

            Your ego knows no bounds , you are so caught up in your greatness , reality passes you like a ship in the night .
            You do not listen , because in your opinion you are right and nobody else knows what they are talking about .
            You have stated a few things as facts , which indeed are not facts , but you keep on pedalling your “facts” , there are plenty of people who will believe you , just as I am sure there are plenty of people capable of thinking for themselves and researching the truth .

          • savinghorses2

            Deb I have no ego. In cact, the facts are absolute. They come Directly from Law Enforcement, Court Documents, Sheriff accounts of issues, USDA records, FOAIs, GAO, FDA, And Breed Registries I also have a friend who is a Private Investigator, and I have Relatives in the Military as well, who have accounted many of the facts I have supplied. Other facts are matter of public records in Courts so you dispute all these irrefutable witnesses and docunents? As far as being right I am Going to stay on the Right side with the data I have and the truth. I ALSO have verified data on the Associated Press stories of kill buyers abuses they documented. I am sorry the side that cannot support itself with facts is proslaughter. Their only fact is Greed. Period.

          • savinghorses2

            Oh and by the way horses taught me confidence and that when you stand for the right reason do not back down. It’s not who it’s confidence that the horses instill in people who do the right thing. Your words, comments. Hey if it’s makes you feel better then grand. What makes me feel better are politicians who voted against horse slaughter, my hard work had paid off which makes me feel better. I am not sitting around feeling bad by what you say. I take my curry and it brush it all away. Cause at the end of the day it’s about the horses, not you, not pacelle, not me at all. It’s about the horses. Well keep being about the horses. I won’t be baited by your banter any further, in focused on saving lives which is the point slaughter doesn’t save lives it sniffs them out.

          • Deb Curtis Olivas

            I have no guilt , nor have I committed any crimes , I will not brag about big accomplishments as I am just a regular horse loving person .
            I do not like slaughter any better than the next person , and it not something I would choose , however , I see reality , I see neglected horses , I see abused horses , I see rescue fight amongst themselves for donations , which are drying up .
            Yes I have seen some KB lots that should be shut down , but have seen more bad rescues .Rescue has become the new scam , be horses or other animals , there is money to be made from animal lovers .
            What I do know that society has moved away from horse ownership , I have seen people who buy horses cause they seen the Black Stallion , only to find out they are in way over their heads , it is not exactly like getting a dog or cat , then there stands the horse …..
            One fact I do know is there are not 90,000 people out there that want to buy a horse each and every year.
            So you say euthanize , ok , that is what I choose too , however , where are you going to depose of 90,000 carcasses , you do know desposal in some states can be difficult at best .
            And 90,000 does not include wild horses .
            When anti slaughter people can come up with an answer for each and everyhorse , then hey I am on board .
            Now do not come back at me about breeders and responsible horse owners , we do not live in a perfect world , if we did , there would not be hungery children and homelessness .

    • Minneola

      You forget one very important point: The HSUS has clout unlike any other organization in the United States. Of course, proponents of reopening horse slaughter facilities are, undoubtedly, concerned about the involvement of the HSUS. That organization has a support system, in place, to mobilize tens of thousands of individuals that will be contacting their elected officials. Don’t believe it? Just ask those in California who got the population to vote for the protection of chickens that were housed, inhumanely, in tight little quarters. And, the margin in that victory was rather astounding. And Wayne Pacelle understands the nuances of appearing in front of Congress to testify. So, I welcome the support of the HSUS. Perhaps, they will get people off of their rear ends and come up with a much better solution than the “quick and dirty” means of disposing of a problem too often caused by the inaction of humans!!!

  • savinghorses2

    Killer Buyer has 49 Dead rotting horses that were alive when they got to his property, died from lack of Veterinary care, lack of food and water, another 100 ematiacted horses found there and 10 so bad they had to be impounded. No US horse slaughter is not Inhumane. To be clear. Pro slaughter and DIAZ says taking the horses to Canada and Mexico is Abuse and unregulated Yet they abusively chose to haul them for the 10 years to kill them abusively. Killer Buyers do not believe in animal welfare they are the epitome of abusers. It raises BioSecurity issues when they bring thousands of horses unchecked for health conditions possibly carriers of various diseases into State after State and eventually to Over the Border. Spreading health issues. These people do not test horses for all the chemicals, .vaccinations, illness, injuries, disease before processing. 1 killer buyer was arrested for piling dead horses in ravines on private properties he did not own and even left living horses in the ravine to die a slow death. Another killer buyer in New York left 30 plus horses in a trailer while it burned to the ground. The horses he said he didn’t want to chase because they were going to be killed anyways. Sick. Call Congress and ask them to DEFUND it. Horse SLAUGHTER supports posted today they are calling asking for carcass inspections, in other words it’s not welfare just carcasses. Senators, Representative, Legislators, Mr. President, Mr. Vice President respectfully I ask that we Stop this abuse and close Horse SLAUGHTER and Save the Living Industry. Living horses create jobs for Shoers, Veterinarians, trainers, tack shops, etc, literally millions of jobs, horse slaughter kills horses and puts people out of business that earn a living off living animals. Horse Prices are up and when slaughter is open it’s not only abusive but drives prices down. We have to ask when do we Stop this? George W. Bush signed the Ban on US slaughter and the unintended consequences they talk of are happening as a result of pro horse slaughter choosing to buy horses They themselves didn’t want to own and abusively transporting them across the border intentionally knowing the abuse they endure. That’s the true unintended consequences. Horse SLAUGHTER still abusing horses. What we have understand is the plants inside the USA still use the same exact same bolt or captive bolt guns and shotguns they use outside the US. Temple Brandon leading expert on all SLAUGHTER all species States it’s not humane to do horses. The fact is it’s abusive and our US plants that were State of the Art still had Violations for brutalixi animals. Now plants in the US had the highest number of stolen horses anywhere. It’s proven fact crime rates increase when they are in the USA. Hardworking horse owners come home to find missing horses they loved or valuable competitors stolen and killed at the plant. They can’t get those animals back. Trainers and young people in the horse Industry have been known to steal horses to slaughter. Lefever stole over a 100 that owners paid trainer fees money on and slaughtered them all via killer she sold them too. There’s lists of stolen horses now and we won’t be able to keep up once they are here inUS. They have even been stolen from large far.s private farms even politicians horses were stolen and destroyed by the plant in Dekalb. There’s always issues but in the US it gets worse. I lived the Illinois tragedy of a slaughter plant. I’m not affiliated with any Organization or Rescue. I am a horse trainer. My grandfather coined the term Killer Buyers in the 80s for the damage they do he said they aren’t horsemen they were buying death and deemed them killer buyers. He was beaten as an elderly man in the Dekalb plant saving 5 horses that were stolen from our neighbor..what he witnessed outraged him and he sought it’s closure, he was injured but he brought her horses out of the kill box. The impression he left on that plant was horsepeople won’t stand for this anymore. With the 5 horses in the trailer he showed documents proving the horses were our neighbors he had from the last show she borrowed his truck and trailer to go to. The Sherrif asked if there were any other horses in the plant that were his before we go? He replied no, the sheriff stepped up and leaned in and said, Sir maybe you didn’t hear me, isn’t there 1 other horse in there that belongs to you? He walked in and picked up a blood covered black filly foal and carried her outside. It would be yrs before him and our new friend the Dekalb sheriff would explain that the other goals at that time were killed by a baseball bat to the head. Yes slaughter in the US is abuse. Period The fact is horse slaughter plants are very dangerous to our Horse Industry. It’s not a disposal service. It will Destroy the beef industry consumer buying and confidence if it’s caught in our beef supply. It’s been caught in many others countries and drove prices downward. Please think clearly the BLM needs to turn those horses over to professional adoption agencies Rescues with solid references and vetted for any wrongdoing and if they are cleared allow them to find homes for BLM horses instead of mass buyers slaughtering them. Please Defund horse slaughter. If pro slaughter is concerned about Unwanted horses then do not let them buy them, allow the Public to handle it.
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    • Lehane

      The sad reality of it all – thank you.
      And what a courageous and wonderful human being your father was to do what he did. Don’t know what the solution is but these killer buyers need to be put out of business.

      • Minneola

        A solution to wild horses? I was speaking, yesterday, with someone fairly knowledgeable about horses. She understood that there was a birth control contraceptive that was administered to wild horses a few years ago but that form of contraception had only a one year duration. We wondered why there hasn’t been one developed for a longer period of time, maybe, a few years? As she remembered, there was one developed for humans. Perhaps, someone, with credentials may like to chime in, here, to confirm.

        Again, the bottom line…. Where there is a will, there is a way. Smart and responsible people have higher values and think both long-term solutions as well as “best” solutions. Just imagine, if there is such a way to control animal population, this may prove to be applicable and extended to other forms of animal life where their numbers may be growing too quickly.

        For those horses that are bred by humans, it goes back to over-breeding. In this day and age where the need for horses in farming or transportation is becoming unnecessary, breeding needs to be restricted. How? Perhaps, all domestic horses need to be licensed and their population monitored more closely by local jurisdictions with significant fees attached to breeding. It’s not just the big breeders that need to be watched but, perhaps, even more, are the backyard breeders. A case not unlike that of the overpopulation of dogs. But, horses are fewer in number and more easily monitored that the millions of dogs, everywhere.

        • Bryan Langlois

          The reason there has not been a longer contraceptive worked out to prove effective long term is that they can’t get one to work that proves to be effective consistently. There is too much variability in the efficacy. They are getting closer, and there currently is a 25 million or 50 million dollar prize (I can’t remember off the top of my head which it is) out there for anyone who can create one that is effective long term and is reliable. So there is incentive for people to develop it. The issue I believe lies mostly in the reliability of long term implants working like they are supposed to.

          • Minneola

            Good information! I marvel at what the scientific community can do. Also, there is so much transferring and sharing of research between veterinary and medical sectors that I have a lot of faith that there will be such a contraceptive. Also, in the long run, this may be more effective with the canine population, where current methods are often too expensive as well as irreversible, which some humans have a hesitancy with. But, can one imagine how much more effective (cost as well as results) if such a contraceptive is developed for fillies and mares?!

          • Lehane

            It sure would help the serious problem of over-breeding.

    • TwoBays

      The SAFE Act would put kill buyers out of business

      • savinghorses2

        Yes it will. Keep calling your Senators as we speak they r calling for carcass inspections, yes, they refer to horses as carvasses. We need to Defund immediately. Those are our tax dollars and we need them elsewhere in the budget not wasted on horse slaughter. Just today another article on forget health documents on slaughtered horses came out. We can’t allow this in our Food chain.

  • Minneola

    Thank you to the Wayne Pacelle and the HSUS for taking the first of many steps to oppose the attempt to reopen horse slaughtering in the U.S.. No organization is perfect but the HSUS can do things that small organizations cannot. They know how to work around Washington and its tightly knit elected officials as well as that they have clout both here in the U.S. as well as in other countries. I know that there are those who post and, at times, do not even read the story but I do encourage everyone to read it, carefully, as well as click on the Horse Talk link in that story. One needs to gather more information and not rely on old ideas and gossip from decades ago. If you are a human that walks upright, then, you know that there are times when one needs to think beyond one’s own self interest. Humans are the guardians of all living things on this planet. Those who do not believe in that may need to reevaluate their priorities.

  • Richard C

    Lobbyists handing out bags of “re-election” money can be defeated at the ballot box…..it may seem like an impossible task — but an informed electorate has the power to cut the strings of the puppets masquerading as public servants.

    • Minneola

      Totally agree. While there is a very large segment of the population that may have become disheartened about the recent presidential election, one thing that really stands out is that — on both sides of the party aisle — there is a tremendous discontent over how our elected officials have turned from public servants to serving only themselves. However, if they have even one iota of an ability to think and reason, they should start by looking at the stats of the pet care industry. It has exploded into another stratosphere in the past couple of decades. Those pet lovers tend to often love all animals. It would seem to be political suicide for any elected official to not want to have a firm stand against the slaughtering of horses — any horses. These are the creatures that moved the population westward almost 200 years ago. They provided transportation and benefited farming. They carried our troops in much earlier wars. Imagine this country and without horses in its history.

  • Bad Lucky

    Dogs and cats get put down by vets ,so do horses but they are a far larger more expensive beast to dispose of so some suffer lingering deaths . One kill buyer mistreating horses shouldnt taint them all, its in there interest to keep them fat and healthy. We dont pull all ordinary family horse owners down because one family abuses or starves theres. Radicals always want to hijack the horse slaughter debate but US slaughter houses with far better regulation would improve the welfare of our horses 100%.

    • Bad Lucky

      BTW i have owned and cherished horses all my life but i also live in the real world.

    • TwoBays

      No, it would not

      • Bad Lucky

        Yes it would

  • Thomas Lee

    Horse Slaughter is Merely a Reward for Criminals and Irresponsible people who should NOT even own a Horse.

    Follow the money (Race Horses), Breeding Horse Associations such as AQHA which has for many years Opposes our Horse bills not to mention the AVMA and the AAEP which claims on their websites Slaughter is Humane Euthanasia.

    Others which have recently grew are Feed Lots such as the Bastrop, Louisiana and many others. Which promotes a horse for sale to the public with threats that if the horse doesn’t sell within 2-5 days its going to be shipped to Slaughtered these Goons claims its BUSINESS.

    Our Horse Bill HR113 Safe Foods Act has growing support and is needed to stop this Barbaric, Brutal and Hostile Business. These people need to be held accountable for their actions just as any other horse that is abused and neglected in the US and should NOT be Rewarded or Profited.

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