HORSE ABUSE, PART 8
WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT HORSE SLAUGHTER?
By Rick Dennis
Jan. 14, 2017
As we move into 2017, it has come to my attention that the repugnant business of slaughtering U.S. horses in Mexico and Canada is still an ongoing and viable business trade. Kill buyers still monitor U.S. auction barns seeking new slaughter prospects and the Canadian and Mexican slaughter plants are in full swing.
I recently received a 2013 video, by the Humane Society, illustrating the barbaric killing and dismembering of our beloved horses at a Mexican slaughter plant. The video captures the entire shocking scenario from the stabbing and severing of the animals’ spinal cord with a knife to the final rendering process.
The stark reality of the end-of-life process for our horses can be viewed by clicking on the following link. Caution: This video contains extreme graphics!
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2016 SLAUGHTER STATISTICS
Statistical data provided by the USDA Livestock, Poultry, and Grain Market News through Jan. 5, 2017, revealed a total of 103,717 horses, burros, mules and ponies went to slaughter in 2016. A total of 78,077 U.S. animals were sent to slaughter and were transported from the U.S. to Mexico, via, Las Cruces, N.M. The statistics are arranged by breeding males, breeding females, geldings and burros/mules/ponies.
Live Horse Export figures, from the U.S. to Canada in 2016 revealed 25,640 animals were sent to Canada.
ORIGINS OF THE HORSE SLAUGHTER PIPELINE
Theoretically, the three main components contributing to the horse slaughter pipeline are:
Overpopulation produced by:
Over breeding, which includes intentional breed-specific foals and haphazard or backyard or unintended breeding, e.g.: 1) American Quarter Horse – Performance and Racing, Thoroughbred Association, Paint Horse breed, Appaloosa Horse, Morgan Horse, Arabians.
Cross-bred or unintentional breeding: Unorthodox breeding practices such as Multiple Embryo Transfer or ICSI – (Intra- cytoplasmic Sperm Injection).
These two breeding methodologies are scientific processes whereby a single mare can produce multiple foals in a single year by removal of produced eggs. These methods clearly place the small breeder at a disadvantage to the affluent breeder from a production cost and foal production ratio alone. The average embryo transfer per/foal is $3,500 plus the stud fee. The average cost per ICSI foal using frozen semen is $12,500 plus the stud fee.
Unwanted or abandoned horses produced by economic decline.
Today’s economic decline certainly has taken a toll on American lives that, in turn, has caused a downward spiral in horse ownership and participation in the U.S. The simple law of physics “so-to-speak.” For every action, there’s an opposite and equal reaction.
This downward trend and spiral is well documented in horse ownership, class participation at equine events, as well as significant membership declines with nonprofit horse organizations such as AQHA, NRHA, NCHA, etc.
When the choice arrives between feeding your family or paying a mortgage note to house your family or feeding a horse usually results in getting rid of the horse. This unfortunate circumstance usually explains why a significant number of horses end up at low-end sales that, in turn, provide kill buyers with easy access to healthy horses.
BLM management of wild horses and mustangs. This category is included due to the fact BLM-branded animals have been documented being sent to a Mexican slaughter in the past, even though BLM vehemently denies this exists. However, and for the record, statistics state BLM captured and corralled horses that cost the U.S. taxpayer $50 million annually.
The attached video, taken by www.animalsangels.org, documents the unloading process at a Mexican horse slaughter plant in Mexico. An article entitled, U. S. Government selling horses to known kill buyer, is attached hereto.
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LARGEST CONSUMERS OF HORSEMEAT:
According to an article in the Huffington Post dated Feb. 17, 2013 there are nine countries that love horsemeat, including: France, China, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland and Scotland.
These are the markets U.S. horses are generally destined for.
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ECONOMICS OF HORSE/FOAL PRODUCTION
All horse/foal production, except for unintended or backyard breedings, are primarily regulated and driven by MONEY. As the old cliche’ goes, “Money Is The Root Of All Evil.” So it is with horse/foal production. Affluent investors seek to make a profit in horse/foal production, 501(3) c nonprofit equine organizations seek to make money on breeding reports, foal registrations, horse ownership/transfer registrations, as well as horse show and/or racing participation. Racing owners seek profits on the racetrack. Stud owners seek to make money on breedings and top mare owners seek to make money on egg or embryo sales.
Furthermore, equine Veterinarians, trainers, farriers, feed organizations, tack suppliers, show producers, arena owners, Pro Rodeo organizations and participants, video production companies, magazines, book authors and supplement manufacturers all enjoy a profit from the horse – myself included.
THE BIG GAMBLE
Each year thousands of horses are produced in the U.S. in hopes of fulfilling a profit derived from the horse. Many foals are produced but many are also washed out, due in part to genetics, age development limitations, debilitating accidents during training or raising, as well as bad trainers, performance or racing accidents and illegal drug use. In many cases these washouts become prime candidates for the horse slaughter pipeline before they are 5 years old. In today’s equine market, horses have essentially become throwaway commodities for many.
I believe this is a dangerous mindset for the beloved horse. A callous, greedy and unyielding mindset will only further fill the slaughter pipeline with an endless supply of unsuspecting and innocent horses. Their only guilt is being of no further financial benefit to their owner. It seems the horse is no longer revered by society as it was in days past. Money has replaced compassion, as well as responsible horse ownership.
Over the years, horse-related nonprofit rescues have emerged in our society under the guise of being a viable alternative to horse slaughter. However, in truth and reality, a lot of these groups have fallen by the wayside in their commitment to the noble horse. Commonplace news articles clearly define the abuse horses are subjected to by being starved. The owners are arrested and prosecuted and the remaining horses are seized by the state for reassignment with other agencies.
The valuable lesson to learn here is to perform a diligent background check on the alleged nonprofit. The best place to start is www.Guidestar.org, a governmental website that lists the 990 tax returns for all nonprofits in the United States.
The main focus of your research is to ascertain whether or not the 501(c) 3, or other designation, is current on their 990 tax filings. In some instances these same rescues sell your horse for a profit and in many cases individuals posing as horse rescues sell your donated horse to kill buyers. If your selected rescue is not current on its 990 filings, abandon that rescue and find a more suitable one.
DETERRING AN OVERPOPULATION OF HORSES
There are many avenues available to the responsible equine breeder to limit the annual foal production, one of which is limiting foal production. I have adopted this responsible breeding practice by limiting annual breedings to a specific number each year. Other practices include: 1) Unwanted stallions and stallions unsuited for breeding purposes should be gelded as soon as possible
2) Equine nonprofits advocating Multiple Embryo Transfers should be lobbied to stop this unorthodox breeding practice that only adds to the overpopulation of horses
3) Lobby the BLM to return to the original ideology of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Essentially, the BLM has upset the balance of nature by removing the predators on our rangelands that would normally cull sick, old, dying and young horses by natural attrition. Essentially, individuals like Forrest Lucas and his company Protect The Harvest have lobbied for years for increased cattle production on our rangelands while demanding the removal of our wild horses and burros as well as predators. (For the record, Lucas has become highly publicized as the benefactor of major equine sporting events. Don’t be fooled by the narrative.)
4) Lobby the Congress and The Senate for the passage of the S.A.F.E. Act. Since introduction, the bill has languished in passage. Passing the S.A.F.E. Act will eliminate U.S. horses from going to slaughter.
5) Stop selling your horses on Craig’s List or low-end auctions where kill buyers abound.
6) Do diligent research on a chosen equine rescue before donating.
7) Only own the number of horses you can adequately take care of and afford to own.
However, the most important mindset to change is the American public and being a responsible horse owner. Stopping horse slaughter begins with us.
“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridle!”
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Office/Mobile: (985) 630- 3500
Web Site: http://www.windrivercompanyllc.com
ARE YOU TRAINING OR UNTRAINING YOUR HORSE?
By Rick Dennis
Nov. 26, 2016
Rick Dennis and Dualin Oak.
I’m often asked, by my students, “How do I maintain my horse in the proper training mode after I take my horse out of training?”
The easiest answer to this question is, “Always ride the horse in the same manner you were taught by your trainer and ride often.”
It takes approximately three days a week to maintain a horse’s training. As a professional reined cow horse trainer, it’s easy for me to train your horse but the hardest element comes afterwards (i.e.) training the student to ride in my style.
Teaching comes easy to some and to others it’s very hard to impart the fundamentals necessary to establish a cohesive equestrian team. Some trainers are very astute at training your horse but find it difficult to impart this wisdom to the student and often become frustrated by inefficiency on the student’s behalf.
Notwithstanding, great trainers aren’t always great showmen and great showmen aren’t always great trainers. In order to be a great trainer, showman and teacher, it takes a lot of skill, hours of repetition and a deluge of patience.
Another hazard some trainers have is adjusting the training of the horse to fit the skill of the rider. A lot of trainers can train a fast horse but consequently a lot of trainers can’t train a slow horse or a horse that fits the rider’s skill level.
In order to reach the proper balance, I always have a training or schooling horse around for students to learn on. In so doing, I provide the student with an opportunity to learn on a horse that’s normally above their experience and skill levels but trained exactly the same way their individual horse is trained. This builds confidence along the way.
The only way a student is going to increase his or her equestrian proficiency is by learning to ride horses above his or her present skill level and by competing against more skilled riders. A more apt way of describing this transition is by the old adage, “You can’t win on a slow horse.”
Therefore, while in your in training ask as many questions as possible to properly understand the maneuvers as well as applications necessary to maintain the proficiency of your horse when it’s out of training. If you don’t quite understand what the trainer is trying to tell you, simply ask him or her to repeat the maneuver requirements until you thoroughly understand it. My advice to my students is to make a diligent effort to ride often and ride the horse in the same manner you were taught during private instruction every time your in the saddle.
While riding your horse at home and you become confused or you can’t quite execute the maneuver exactly the right way, contact your trainer and ASK. At all times be cognizant of your posture and use the same hand and leg cues you learned during training while riding at home. Correctness is the essential element required to maintain your horse’s training. If, on the other hand, the equestrian becomes lackadaisical in his or her riding style, the horse will eventually adopt this new riding style and will revert from the original training. If you allow your horse to cheat during a maneuver, the horse will cheat you in the show pen
“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle”
Copyright 2016, all rights reserved.
WIND RIVER COMPANY L.L.C.
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Contact Phone: (985) 630-3500
Web Site: http://www.windrivercompanyllc.com
U.S. TENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RULES AGAINST BLM ON WILD HORSE ISSUE
Release by 10th Circuit Court Of Appeals
Oct. 15, 2016
For the second time this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has ruled in our favor on a precedent-setting issue concerning wild horse management on public lands.
In 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) treated more than a million acres of public land in the Wyoming Checkerboard as private land for purposes of wild horse management. The “Checkerboard” is a large area in Wyoming that consists of alternating parcels of public and private lands.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that BLM violated the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act by removing hundreds of federally protected will horses from public lands under the agency’s limited private land removal authority, and in the process ignoring the legal requirements that BLM must satisfy before permanently removing wild horses from public lands.
Because all herd management areas either contain private lands within their boundaries or are adjacent to private lands, today’s ruling has enormous precedental implications for wild horse management throughout the American West.
For the court ruling, click here.
On Jan. 9, 2016, Rick Dennis posted an article on this site where he notified the Office Of The Inspector General requesting a criminal investigation into the BLM regarding the wild horses and burros, due to their violation of the Wild Free-roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 , which he felt would not only save taxpayers dollars but also for the protection of America’s wild herbivore populations being born and living on public land. He also encouraged punishment of any federal employee found violating this law and encouraged individuals to write or call the Office of the Inspector General. His philosophy regarding this matter was directly in line with this ruling.
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DUAL PEPPY MOVED TO BABCOCK RANCH
By Rick Dennis
Oct. 4, 2016
Dual Peppy today!
In my www.allaboutcutting.com opinion piece entitled “The Dual Peppy Saga,” dated Nov. 1, 2014, the article illustrates a highly publicized Colorado animal abuse case involving the NCHA World Champion Cutting Stallion Dual Peppy and his then owner Sherry Brunzell. Notwithstanding, the article includes other horses involved in the abuse case aside from Dual Peppy, e.g., cutting horses previously owned by NCHA Non-Pro World Champion Kay Floyd of Stephenville, Texas.
After an executed search warrant by law enforcement, Brunzell was arrested, prosecuted and convicted and a number of horses were seized by the State of Colorado – including Dual Peppy.
The seized horses were placed with a horse rescue in Colorado that cared for them throughout this ordeal with Brunzell being court ordered to pay the bill. At last information, Brunzell was appealing her conviction. For the record, this horse abuse case received National and International attention under the moniker “Justice For Dual Peppy.” For additional information in this case refer to the following link:
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Today there is a new saga for Dual Peppy as he has been purchased by Jim Babcock, Sanger, Texas, one of the leading breeders in the cutting, reining and reined cow horse industry.
Dual Peppy came into this world in 1992 through the breeding genius of Greg Ward of the Ward Ranch, Tulare, Calif. Greg, a member of the NRCHA Hall of Fame, was well known in the reined cow horse industry as “The Master.” His accomplishments are scribed in the “Book of Legends” and his successes will be forever listed in the annals of history.
Dual Peppy was born at the legendary Ward Ranch in Tulare and was the second full brother in the four-brother creation by Greg Ward. These wonderful and famous creations are commonly known in performance horse circles as the “Dual Pep” line of horses.
The other full brothers include Dual Pep, Mister Dual Pep and Dually Pep. All four of the brothers are sired by Peppy San Badger and are out of the Ward Ranch mare Miss Dual Doc by Docs Remedy. Keeping it all in the family, Miss Dual Doc’s dam, Miss Brooks Bar, is another one of Greg Ward’s creations. Each of these brothers has become an icon in their own right in the performance horse industry.
After he sold Dual Pep, Greg realized he had formulated the “magic cross” with this match up of Peppy San Badger and Miss Dual Doc. Greg started breeding Dual Peppy at the age of 2 and his first foal, Dual Train, was another magic cross for Greg and later became the foundation mare of my reined cow horse training facility in Louisiana – the Wind River Ranch.
Dual Train is by Dual Peppy and out of Nics Train by Reminic. Reminic is still another legendary Greg Ward creation. Reminic is by Docs Remedy and out of Fillinic, the Ward Ranch’s legendary foundation and Hall of Fame mare.
Dual Peppy was broke, trained and shown by Greg Ward and the pair accumulated a successful money-earning show career. In 1998, Dual Peppy was sold to Colorado purchasers Rick and Sherry Brunzell and Dual Peppy was transported to Jim Babcock at the Babcock ranch in Texas where he was successfully shown. Later Dual Peppy was transferred to the Kay Floyd training facility where he was shown in NCHA cutting events by Glen Blankenship under the watchful eye of Floyd. The cutting team accumulated an NCHA World Championship Cutting Horse title.
GREG’S BREEDING SUCCESS
Sire records reveal Dual Pep is the No. 7 all-time leading cutting horse sire with offspring earnings in excess of $19 Million, Dual Peppy has offspring earnings in excess of $700,000, Mister Dual Pep has offspring earnings in excess of $1,611,109 and Dually Pep is standing at stud in Brazil.
The uniqueness with this line of horses is their ability to traverse and master the three disciplines required in the NRCHA events: reining, cutting and cow horse, as well as other specialized disciplines. Also, they have all become prolific sires in the performance horse industry.
Other Ward Ranch stallions include the No. 6 NRCHA leading sire Just Plain Colonel, with foal earnings of $1,581,453; NRCHA Hall of Fame inductee Master Remedy with foal earnings in excess of $756,000; Smart Lil Pepinic, with foal earnings in excess of $1,319,543 and NRCHA No. 4 leading sire; NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Boomernic, with foal earnings in excess of $1 million, Hall of Fame Inductee Reminic, with foal earnings in excess of $3,800,000. Overall, Greg and the Ward Ranch produced five million-dollar sires and five Hall of Fame inductees – including Greg himself, who is in the NRCHA Hall of Fame. The Ward Ranch is still the second leading breeder of reined cow horses with $2,422,280 in lifetime earnings.
Fillinic is in the AQHA Hall of Fame, Master Remedy is in the NRCHA Hall of Fame, Boomernic is in the NRHA Hall of Fame and Dual Pep is in the NCHA Hall of Fame.
A COLLABORATION OF TWO SUCCESSFUL BREEDERS – GREG WARD AND JIM BABCOCK
Dual Peppy shown today in his new stall at the Babcock Ranch.
From the Ward Ranch, I trained and participated in NRCHA events for three years riding and promoting my own stock: Nic Chex and Dual Train. While competing in these events, I had the opportunity of observing a myriad of horses competing in the NRCHA West Coast events that came from breeders around the country. Having had stock participating in and in the finals of every NRCHA event, I was appreciative of the fact each show was a meeting of the best horsemen and best horses striving for a coveted Championship title.
Aside from the coveted GW brand, the next brand I became familiar with was the Babcock Ranch brand. First hand, I saw offspring of the legendary Smart Chic Olena being shown by some of the best trainers in the industry. One of the things that entwines all three of us is the fact that Greg bred, trained and showed Reminic; I owned and had a son of Reminic competing in the NRCHA West Coast events and Reminic later stood at stud at the Babcock Ranch.
However, Reminic wasn’t the only Greg Ward creation wearing the coveted “GW” brand that eventually gravitated to the Babcock Ranch. The other two are Mister Dual Pep and now Dual Peppy.
Greg’s theory with Reminic was that he wanted to send his creation to Texas to improve his breeding capability. Thus, respecting and having confidence in Babcock, the transfer was made and the rest is history. I’m sure if the truth were known, Greg is smiling down from heaven and approving the Dual Peppy transition to Jim and the Babcock Ranch, if not for one reason. Dual Peppy was Greg Ward’s favorite horse. In the evenings, Greg and Dual Peppy enjoyed roping steers at the ranch after training was over.
Unfortunately, the entire horse industry lost a legend when it lost the four-time NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, to cancer on Dec. 6, 1998 at the age of 63. Just two months earlier, Greg had claimed his fourth NRCHA Futurity World Championship with an inspirational performance, while visibly battling the illness that would kill him only months later. He was showing Reminics Pep, a fourth-generation NRCHA Futurity Champion he had raised. He handily won the event with a 12-point lead over the second-place horse.
For the record Babcock is a successful breeder of performance horses. The May 15, 2016 statistics published by Quarter Horse News, show Babcock as the fifth leading breeder of all time in the cutting and reining industry, with total earnings of $994,831 – cutting $148,823 and reining $846,008. In the Oct. 15, 2016 Reined Cow Horse issue of Quarter Horse News, listing Equi-Stat Lifetime Reined Cow Horse Statistics, Babcock was also fifth, with reined cow horses he bred earning $854,106.
Babcock said that stallions he owned, showed or stood as breeding stallions at his Texas Babcock Ranch during the past 47 years included Smart Chic Olena, Reminic, Trashadeous, Cowboy Smarts, Paid by Chic, Lucky Little Lena, Mister Dual Pep, Ima Chairman, Elans Playboy, Chic Please, Peppy Badger Chex, Bueno Fritzinic, Bristol Pep, Lenas Wright On, Lenas Sugarman, Steady Tradition, Talk About Smart, Smart Peppy Doc, Smart Peppy Lena, HB Instant Choice, Royal Blue Quixote, Bar Passer, Poco Ray Mount, Two Eyed Request, Scorps Mister Tuffy, Bonanza Scorpion and Mito Commander, Top Impressive, Dynamic Deluxe, Aguila Baron, Dealin Dirty, Start Me A Tab, Smart Equalizer, Boomernic, Deluxe Doc Smoke and Elan Dynabid.
According to Babcock, he and the Babcock Ranch have also owned many great mares including Cowgirls Are Smart who won the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman title; A Captive Heart, AQHA World Champion Cutting Horse; Boons Holly Bar, AQHA World Champion Cutting Horse; Playboys Sugar Baby; AQHA Reserve World Champion Cutting Horse; Docs Michelle, AQHA Reserve World Champion Cutting horse and Jenny Montana, AQHA World Champion Cutting Horse.
During 2017 Jim and the Babcock ranch will be standing Heaven Sent Chic, Define Good, El Senor Red, New Addition and another Greg Ward creation Dual Peppy.
IS THE BLM PLANNING TO KILL 45,000 WILD HORSES & BURROS?
AN ADVISORY BOARD TO BLM HAS RECOMMENDED IT
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 14, 2016
Horses jammed into pens awaiting their slaughter.
Recently I received a press release regarding the BLM rounding up and removing some 45,000 wild horses from their natural habitat over the last 20 years in the interest of allowing privately owned cattle to graze on the public land due to an unsustainable financial burden of keeping the horses alive in their facilities (which they are bound by law to protect) – $49 million in 2015 alone. Since then, articles have come out on Fox News, CNN and even in the Arizona Republic newspaper.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) released a statement condemning the decision, saying, “The decision of the BLM advisory board to recommend the destruction of the 45,000 wild horses currently in holding facilities is a complete abdication of responsibility for their care. The agency would not be in this situation but for their long-term mismanagement. Alternatives to this proposal have been ignored for over 20 years. It was suggested that mass equine euthanasia is necessitated by the overcrowding of holding facilities.
The nine-member advisory board is appointed by the Secretaries of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture. It is made up of veterinarians and representatives of the public, the livestock industry, wildlife managers and horse advocates. The Board recommends action to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management but does not make policy. Horse advocate and documentary filmmaker Ginger Kathrens cast the only vote against the recommendation of slaughtering the horses.
A visit to SNOPES shows that the BLM itself did not vote to slaughter horses and has yet made a decision on the recommendation that they should do so. They won’t meet again until the spring of 2017. The intent behind the vote was to send a strong message to Washington, D.C., (and horse lovers all over the United States) so that this might happen. Dean Bolstad, Division Chief had been alluding to killing the captive wild horses earlier in the meeting.
As a result, a petition has been originated with signers quickly getting close to 75,000 signatures at press time. The petition says:
“The mass killing of 45,000 wild horses and burros could become reality if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has its way.
On September 9, 2016 the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board recommended killing of captured wild horses and burros as an “emergency” measure. The agency wants to clear the holding pens so that it can round up 40,000 more wild horses and burros from their homes on the range.
Hours before the recommendation, the BLM cancelled cruel sterilization experiments on wild mares amidst growing public outrage and a barrage of lawsuits. Now the agency is focusing on mass killing of these national icons, but can only do so if Congress and the Administration authorize this lethal and heartless plan.
The American people will not stand for this. Tell the Administration and Congress that we want our wild horses and burros protected and preserved on our public lands, not rounded up and killed or sold for brutal slaughter.
This petition will be delivered to:
United States Department of the Interior
U.S. House of Representatives”
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WHO’S FOR IT AND WHO’S AGAINST?
In June, a meeting for the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard from California Congressman Tom McClintock, who argued that wild horses are overpopulated.
Kathrens, director of The Cloud Foundation, explained, “Current management practices of round-up, removal and warehousing … cause compensatory reproduction – an increase in populations as a result of decreased competition for forage.” In other words, there would not be a surge in wild horses if the BLM hadn’t removed most of them from their land in the first place. According to Kathrens, cattle outnumber horses and burros 47 to 1, and livestock (cattle) are allocated 82 percent of the forage.
PREVIOUS ARTICLES ON THIS SUBJECT:
On July 23, 2015, I published factual article written by Rick Dennis in www.allaboutcutting.com that included astounding statistics. Horse Slaughter – Fact & Fiction, not only has economic statistics; it makes one wonder what the real reasons are for getting rid of the wild horses.
An article from the Daily Pitchfork said that 21,000 ranchers who graze their livestock (cattle) on Western rangelands are estimated to have cost the taxpayers $500 million in 2014 – and every year for the past decade and that a number of them are millionaires, billionaires and multi-billion-dollar corporations.
The fee they paid per month for an AUM (animal unit month) in 2014 was $1.35, the lowest price that can legally be charged, as the market prize to graze on private land is $21.60. The majority of this money is spent on range rehabilitation, leaving only approximately $7.9 million going into the U. S. Treasury.
It costs the BLM over $480 million a year to kill predators, $380 per rancher and 10 times that much ($3,809) to get rid of wild horses and burros – with most going to slaughter. In the end, special interest welfare (money going to ranchers, EPA, USDA, Dept of Justice and US Army Corp of Engineers) is estimated between $500 million and $1 billion a year.
In 2014 BLM and United States Forest Service (USFS) permit holders paid an estimated $18.5 million in fees to graze 1.14 million livestock units on the 229 million acres of federal land used for grazing. But only a fraction, between 1/3 and ¼, of that actually went into the Treasury. In other words 2/3 to ¾ of the low fees ranchers pay go back into their pockets. Public land ranchers were paid $376 for what cost taxpayers $6,838 in 2014.
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Another article was published on March 20, 2016 in AllAboutCutting.com, also written by Rick Dennis, entitled “Overbreeding, Over Population, Horse Slaughter: How each affects the Horse Industry.”
Dennis asks if the BLM is breaking the law. “The Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971” requires protection, management and control of wild, free-roaming horses and burros on public lands.”
Incidentally, the cattle ranchers only contribute approximately 2 percent of the overall beef production in the U.S.A. And how is BLM sidetracking the law? In his opinion, this is done by restricting the available land to wild and free-roaming horses and burros, while at the same time, introducing more cattle to fill the void that was previously available to the endogenous species. In other words, they are creating a mathematical shell game to justify their actions at the public’s expense.
Also, most public land grazers are receiving some type of government subsidy checks from the American Taxpayer. The adverse effect to the economy of the U.S. is that these checks are not limited to individually owned ranches but also include major corporations and millionaires and some from other countries who have tapped into loopholes in the system with their own public land leases. Some of these ranchers have adopted the theory that this use of public land is their individual right as they see fit. In reality, these federally protected lands were set aside for the public taxpayers of the United States and the BLM is the overseer – nothing more.
Another item is predator control, with the BLM spending millions of dollars each year on predator control to safeguard cattle on public lands. One of the adverse effects of predator removal is the non-controlling of wild mustangs and burro populations occurring naturally if left untouched by human hands. Simply put, the BLM has been a significant contributing factor in the removal of mustangs and burros by tampering with the natural balance of nature by caving to the demands of cattle ranchers, the beef industry, as well as lobbyists and special-interest groups. Sound familiar?
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Also many unscrupulous horse dealers are buying these horses (many from the BLM) at pennies on the dollar and then shipping them to Mexico or Canada, where horse slaughter is legal – as well as to many slaughter houses in the United States that have not been closed down. Personally, I’ve looked in the yellow pages and found some of these slaughter plants listed. Even though they are illegal, they’re not even hiding!
However, one should keep in mind that slaughtered horses are not fit for human consumption because of the vast amount of drugs they have consumed in their lifetime. In fact, many drugs consumed by horses have a label saying that they “cause cancer and are unfit for human consumption.”
IS THE BLM AND USFS VIOLATING THE LAW?
On Jan. 9, 2016, Rick Dennis wrote a letter to the Office of the Inspector General in Washington, D.C., about the BLM and U.S. Forest Service actions regarding “The Wild Free-Roaming Horses ad Burros Act of 1971. On their website, the Office of the Inspector General claims their motto is to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse!
Dennis requested a criminal investigation into the abusive actions of the BLM and US. Forest Service, pertaining to their being in violation of The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. Dennis said a criminal investigation is warranted not only to save taxpayers dollars but also for the protection of America’s wild herbivore populations being born an living on public land and the punishment of ay federal employee found violating this law.
“They are violating their own rules,” said Dennis.
When asked if he got a response from his letter, Dennis said, “Yes, they called and said ‘They’d look into it.’ ” Rick suggests that the Inspector General be bombarded with calls, letters and e-mails regarding this matter at: Office of the Inspector General, 717 14th Street, N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. phone 202-727-2540, e-mail email@example.com.
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With the poor economy and current overpopulation of horses driving down prices all over the country, it’s becoming more of a problem to find rescue facilities or individuals to take these mustangs. But to take away the sight of wild horses from the public to me is criminal. Many people go on vacation to the Western states just to get a sight of these magnificent animals; to me it’s a big part of our Western Heritage! And since it is public land that they are on, as American taxpayers, we should have the right to see them.
But the saddest fact of this whole situation is even worse – but typical: “It’s politics in motion and is all about the money!”
ATTENTION HORSE TRAINERS!!!
CRUEL TRAINING PRACTICES COUD COST YOU LOTS OF MONEY –AND MORE
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Sept. 13, 2016
Bella Gunnabe Gifted, a money-earning reining horse, was put down from a basilar skull fracture after being bitted up with a curb bit and left alone in a solid round pen for more than an hour. Trainer Mark Arballo recently settled with the owners for a $160,000 settlement, plus he is servinhg three-years probation and not allowed to triain horses during the sentence.
According to an article on RateMyHorsePro.com, a trainer that three years ago caused the death of a horse he was training recently reached a $160,000 settlement with the horse’s owner. Although the trainer’s settlement is not an admission of liability in civil court, he pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty in March 2015, which is now a felony in all 50 states, and is serving a three-year probation sentence in North Carolina and is not allowed to train horses during his sentence.
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Mark Arballo, an NRHA reining horse trainer who was working as Arballo Reining Horses LLC for Martha Torkinton at her River Valley Ranch, in the County of San Diego, Calif., at the time of the incident, currently resides in the County of Nash, N.C. According to court records it was reported that Arballo’s co-defendant and former partner Patrice Hohl, are believed to be romantically involved.
Arballo, who along with other trainers were permitted to train horses at the River Valley Ranch, joined the group in February 2011. In September 2013, Arballo bitted up 6-year-old Bella Gunnabe Gifted with a curb bit and left her alone in a solid round pen for more than an hour with her head “tied around,” while he taught lessons.
When the mare was discovered, she was unable to get up, had blood in her ear and her eyes moved rapidly back and forth. Bella’s euthanasia ended her suffering and it was a veterinarian’s determination that she had suffered a basilar skull fracture or a broken skull. A basilar skull fracture is a fracture of the basilar bone of the skull, which is part of the floor of the skull that holds the brain, resulting in the cerebral spinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, to leak from the nose or the ear.
Bella, a Paint mare was sired by Colonel’s Smoking Gun, an NRHA Hall of Famer better known as “Gunner,” and like her sire, she had found success in the reining arena. Torkinton said that her eggs would be valuable due to her great pedigree.
In August, the defendants’ dog bit Bella on the nose and in September, they noticed a bump on the mare’s head after a training session, which Arballo denied causing. Torkinton was working on a process to terminate Arballo’s contracts and remove the defendants from the property when the training incident and death of Bella happened.
Even though the defendants tried to add two additional terms regarding a “confidentiality agreement,” Torkinton’s attorney said that “a confidentiality clause that restricts First Amendment rights is anything but standard and was not discussed with the court,” and the defendants did not get their confidentiality clause – but rather got a huge fine.
However, the plaintiffs were responsible for a lien as Torkinton’s property insurance carrier, Markel Insurance Company, asserted a lien for payments made to the Torkintons after the death of Bella.
However, trainers must keep in mind that the court’s decision and the FBI’s felony law on cruelty to animals now has a “set precedent” on cruelty to animals in a training situation.
Rick Dennis wrote a great article for AllAboutCutting.com in the May 15, 2015 issue called “Bridles, Bits and Abuse,” that everyone should read – even if they have read it before. It is an indepth study about the abuse of horses by trainers , including how they do it, what equipment they use and what the horse associations are doing about it.
Following is the one paragraph that I like the best and encompasses the answer to horse abuse:
“The truth of the matter is there are no shortcuts in training a horse – only lazy trainers! To properly train a horse requires hard work, hours-upon-hours of saddle time, wet saddle blankets and devotion to the job at-hand. I know this truth to be self evident, as I’m a judicially certified professional multiple-event reined cow horse trainer. The antiquated abusive training techniques developed over the years by unethical self-professed horse trainers should be prohibited and removed from the industry, along with the trainers practicing these unorthodox and abusive training practices. At my training facility, horses are ridden into submission, not beaten into submission, and trained the right way.”
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