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HORSE ABUSE, Part 6

 

HORSE SLAUGHTER – A DOUBLE-EDGE SWORD

 

AQHA Life Member, professional reined cow horse trainer and Quarter Horse breeder Rick Dennis and Dual N For Me, AQHA Jr. Reining Champions.

By Rick Dennis
July 7, 2015
Ever since the introduction of the SAFE Act Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 1214) was introduced in the U.S. Senate in April 2015, advocates on both sides of the aisle have been organizing either in opposition of the bill or promotion of its passage. The bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).

 

The House bill is designated Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1942) and is sponsored by Representative Frank Guinta (R-NH), Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM).

 

HORSEMEAT POSES SERIOUS RISKS TO HUMAN HEALTH:

The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would prohibit the slaughter of horses in the United States for human consumption, as well as the export of live horses for the same purpose.

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently bans the presence of 379 common equine drugs in animals slaughtered for human consumption, stating that “The permissive allowance of such horsemeat used for human consumption poses a serious health risk.”

 

However, there is no procedure in place to ensure that American horses, sold to slaughterhouses and killed for human consumption, are free of these FDA-banned substances.  For additional information pertaining the SAFE Act please click on the following link:

Click for SAFE Act>>

 

AQHA’s STANCE ON HORSE SLAUGHTER:

On July 3, 2015, I received a copy of an AQHA News Bits, a transmittal entitled “Unsafe Consequences” and authored by the new AQHA Executive Vice President Mr. Craig Huffhines.

 

For political correctness as well as reader understanding, the AQHA 440 transmittal is an inner-office document designed for dissemination to the AQHA Board Members as a means of keeping them informed about the association. This document is not disseminated to the general membership that I’m aware of. In fact, until this document materialized, I’d never read one. Still another interesting fact is this document does not appear on the front page of the AQHA web site, where current news is usually published.

 

In Mr. Huffhines’ transmittal, the first paragraph really sets the stage of the substance of the article, saying, “As we all know, horse processing in the United States is not a black and white issue, so I want to take this week’s 440 to update you on the latest information. Once again, the Safeguard America Food Exports Act is before Congress. The Act is being positioned as a food-safety effort to protect humans from eating horsemeat that is not raised for human consumption. In fact, the Act, if approved, would ban the exportation of unwanted horses for processing facilities in Canada and Mexico. The ban would mean that thousands of unwanted horses will be sentenced to a destiny of starvation, abuse and neglect. It’s a hellish demise.”

 

In another paragraph, Mr. Huffhines promotes reopening horse-slaughter plants in the United States, saying, “If we do not like unwanted horses being sent to processing facilities across our northern and southern borders, then perhaps Congress should allow our own USDA-regulated processing plants to reopen. The U.S. plants, with state-of-the-art monitoring technology, will assure humane handling and euthanasia as approved by AAEP and AVMA and a USDA-inspected safe and wholesome end product for export.”

 

In Mr. Huffhines AQHA News Bits correspondence, he states the costs to support unwanted horses, as well as the costs associated with wild mustangs being removed from the wild ranges or BLM lands. However, Mr. Huffhines doesn’t state the primary reason for the removal of wild mustangs is more aptly due to the encroachment of cattle producers who lease the grazing lands from the federal government, for a nominal fee, to sustain and expand their cattle herds. I refer to these individuals as “Cattle Squatters.” After all the federal lands were actually set aside by the federal government to preserve the land and wild life and are actually owned by the taxpayers of the U.S. and managed by the Federal Bureau of Land Management. History has taught us that U.S. expansion has no room for co-existence or mutual respect. Just ask the American Indians!

Click for AQHA News Bits>>

 

HORSE SLAUGHTER ALTERNATIVES:

An interesting observation in this 440 correspondence is that it doesn’t offer one alternative to horse slaughter nor does it mention how AQHA contributes to the overpopulation of horses with unorthodox breeding methodologies, e.g, multiple-embryo transfer. A prior study revealed the revelation of five Quarter Horse Racing mares producing 144 foals using this methodology. I believe a study of this breeding methodology would reveal an astronomical number of horses, thus dramatically contributing to the over population of domesticated horses.

Click for mares with over 40 babies article>>

Click for First Prize Dash offspring>>

Click for Fast First Prize offspring>>

 

AQHA INTER-RELATIONSHIP BUSINESS PARTNERS:

In the Jason Abraham/Veneklausen v AQHA cloning lawsuit, it was determined during direct and cross examination by Plaintiff Attorney Nancy Stone of the existence of inter-relationship business partnerships of AQHA Stud Book & Registration Committee members, as well as members of the AQHA Executive Committee. The business relationships were so well documented by Mrs. Stone that she was able to draw a spider chart of their business investments in the Heritage Place sale barn.

Click for AQHA-Heritage Place spider chart>>

 

The other surfacing irony outlined these same individuals, while occupying seats on the Stud Book and Registration Committee as well as the Executive Committee, voted for the passage of the multiple-embryo transfer rule which significantly influenced their personal business interests in the Quarter Horse Racing industry in a positive manner. Is this a conflict of interest?

 

To further illustrate this inter-personal business relationship, one only has to review the outgoing AQHA President Mr. Johnny Trotter’s statement whereby Mr. Trotter openly admits being in a personal business relationship with incoming President Mr. Glen Blodgett in the ownership of a Quarter Horse racing stallion. So is AQHA’s position on horse slaughter a genuinely stated position or is there an underlying factor driving this smoking mirror mentality, e.g., money?

Click for Johnny Trotter Convention Speech>>

 

FOOD SAFETY:

Another interesting concept of Mr. Huffhines’ letter is that it doesn’t mention “food safety” or “health-risk concerns to consumers” at all. The Internet is full of articles on the hazards non-inspected horsemeat poses to the consumer due to the voluminous drugs domesticated horses ingest or are administered to them during their lifetime – many of which pose great health concerns to the consumer. One Article says it all, “What’s for dinner – Poison!”  Currently the U.S. is not capable of tracking drugs administered to horses on a national basis. Therefore, the slaughterhouses have no idea whether or the not the horsemeat being packaged for shipment to consumer tables contains harmful drugs but more importantly, neither does the consumer!

 

Also, as an AQHA Life Member I’ve never received a survey asking me what my position on horse slaughter is. After all, a nonprofit is not owned by any one particular individual or group but the sum parts of the whole – WHO ARE THE MEMBERS. Perhaps a vote by the members is in order to determine whether or not the AQHA should or should not be promoting horse slaughter.

 

Another interesting article that was sent to me is entitled “AQHA Political Action Committee Sets Goal to Derail S.A.F.E. Act Despite Huge Losses!” posted on June 17, 2015 by Heather Clemenceau.

 

“It’s no secret that the AQHA, the largest non-profit breed association in the world, takes the most destructive and inhumane approach to horse slaughter of any of the breed groups. On the one hand, the AQHA has a Mission Statement stating to “ensure the American Quarter Horse is treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times.”

 

“However, the world’s largest breed registry needs a system to make room for the continuing mass production, hence their business model is to breed as many horses as possible (thus maintaining new memberships and registrations to ensure that they are a self-perpetuating entity) while discarding older or surplus horses and horses with undesirable conformation to slaughter plants.

 

“The AQHA also has a less-well-known political action committee – AQHPAC – that has set a goal of raising $250,000 by the 2016 elections, in part to fight the ‘malicious agendas of misguided groups like the Humane Society Of The United States.’ Political donations are used to promote politicians who support the “horse industry,” and advance their collective agenda. Of course, you can own several horses or run a training barn or a veterinary practice, but if you’re among the 80 percent of Americans opposed to slaughtering horses, you’re not officially part of the “horse industry” according to the AQHA.

 

“A specific goal of the AQHPAC is to defeat the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 1942 that was re-introduced in 2015 to prevent the establishment of horse slaughter operations in the U.S. and end the current export of American horses to Canada and Mexico slaughter plants.  It’s an unbelievable slap in the face to the anti-slaughter advocates who worked incessantly for months to ensure that the previous incarnation of the act could be passed.”

 

This article is very interesting in that it provides a full disclosure of the political donations made to politicians in the House and the Senate, as well as the individuals contributing to the AQHPAC.

Click for AQHPAC against Safe Act>>

 

Still another article by Heather Clemenceau illustrates how one Canadian blogger rebuts AQHA’s most recent announcement promoting horse slaughter. Read the comments to see how the readers feel.

Click for Clemenceau wild horse article>>

 

EFFECTIVENESS OF AQHPAC:

To illustrate the effectiveness and mission of the AQHPAC, I located a $2,500 donation to Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana).  The interesting concept of this donation is that Bill Cassidy was the opposing candidate to the sitting Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu. Senator Landrieu is a staunch advocate for the horse and was instrumental in closing the slaughter houses in the U.S. Being in Drug Enforcement in Louisiana during the 1970’S and 1980’s, I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing the Landrieu family: Moon Landrieu, Mary Landrieu, as well as the sitting mayor of New Orleans – Mitch Landrieu.

 

As politicians, the Landrieu family made great inroads for Louisiana as well as being known as pioneers of their time and bringing home the bacon for Louisiana.  Obviously, Senator Landrieu did not fit in the mold of the convoluted thought process of AQHA and the AQHPAC, whose goal is to maintain, support and promote horse slaughter. Therefore, due to a difference of opinion and philosophy, the AQHPAC decided to throw their hat in the ring with Senator Landrieu’s opposition Bill Cassidy whose campaign was continuously shrouded in controversy. In the end, Cassidy was elected and Landrieu was defeated.  However, the legacy of Senator Mary Landrieu lives on in spite of the AQHPAC.

 

Landrieu was one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, at times opposing her party’s positions. She came to national attention in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 after she publicly criticized the federal response to the natural disaster. Her opposition to the public option played a major role in the crafting of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as she did not agree to support it until additional concessions were granted to support Louisiana’s Medicaid system. In 2011, she became a cardinal (chair) of the Senate’s Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. She chaired the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship from 2009 to 2014, and chaired the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources from 2014 to 2015.

 

In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, Landrieu and fellow Senator David Vitter co-sponsored the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Act of 2005 (S.1765)[42], a 440-page aid package worth an estimated $250 billion[43][44]. The Bill was read twice by Congress then referred to the United States Senate Committee on Finance.

 

Another victory for Landrieu is her support and co-authorship of the Gulf Coast Oil and Gas industry revenue sharing bill that affords Oil and Gas payments to the Gulf Coast states including Texas, the home of the AQHA.  For the record, I was part of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy where I sustained almost a million dollar loss.  Landrieu’s bill was instrumental in the recovery of Louisianians, myself included. Currently Mary Landrieu is the strategic adviser to the Walton Family Foundation.

 

One would think AQHA would concentrate on managing the AQHA, that according to their 990 tax filings has lost upwards of approximately 22 million dollars in recent times, instead of meddling in a state’s political system simply because a specific State Senator, whose political career has done so much for Louisiana and other states,  doesn’t agree with the AQHPAC’s “Kill-Pen Mentality.” verified by Mr. Huffhine’s most recent 440 correspondence.

 

HORSE SLAUGHTER ISSUES

In a detailed discussion of “Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption,” by Christen Wiser, Michigan State University College of Law, Animal Legal & Historical Center, published in 2013, the author specifically outlines the slaughter industry from a myriad of perspectives including safety concerns.

 

A myriad of issues surround horse slaughter. Horses are expensive animals to maintain, so there tends to be a continuous crop of “unwanted horses.”  Although there is a lack of data to substantiate the scope of the “unwanted horse problem,” its genesis lay in a collection of causes, including circumstances specific to each horse and owner, including backyard breeders, failed or retired racehorses, rodeos, and the nurse mare and Premarin industries that create a glut of mares and “byproduct” foals according to Mary W. Craig, Just Say Neigh, A Call for Federal Regulation of By-Product Disposal by the Equine Industry (2006) 12 Animal L. 193).

 

If a horse is unwanted by its current owner, it may still be usable. However, if there is no apparent buyer for a horse, the owner may turn to slaughter and euthanasia as the most convenient solution. Slaughter and euthanasia are distinguishable because slaughter is imposed to harvest products from the animal whereas euthanasia, which means “good death,” is meant to avoid pain and distress to a pet or unhealthy animal. Many consider the cost of euthanasia and disposal to be part of responsible horse ownership, but for others, slaughter is more compelling.

 

However, horses’ dispositions can be considered painstakingly unsuitable to commercial slaughter practices, which are designed for cattle and amplify the experience by treating horses as a commodity when they are accustomed to being handled as a pet.

 

HORSE SLAUGHTER CONTAMINATION CONCERNS:

Horse slaughter is an imperfect disposal solution because many horses routinely receive a variety of drugs contraindicated for use in animals intended for human consumption. The most commonly used equine anti-inflammatory painkiller is phenylbutazone or “bute” and “Ace” or aceprozmine maleate, a well-known equine sedative. The de-wormers – Ivermectin, and Pyrantel – that barn managers are liable to cycle every six to eight weeks with benzimidazole and tolazoline or moxidectin – are also contaminants.

 

Drugs not for slaughter animals>>

 

 

The EU, the FDA and the USDA prohibit the presence of many everyday equine antibiotics, anesthetics, anti-inflammatory drugs, de-wormers and topical medications in meat for human consumption. The EU, which requires equine “passports” and will not permit a horse that received banned drugs to be slaughtered for human consumption, initiated a stricter interim program in 2013 to ensure imported meat is not tainted. Directive 96/23 requires exporting countries to submit a monitoring plan, Regulation 136/2004, and requests pharmacological records and residue sampling for imported horsemeat.

 

The U.S. does not currently employ a documentation system for drug administration to horses and most American owners do not consider their animals’ use for human consumption. For additional information pertaining to the following article from Michigan State University:

Click for Michigan University study>>

 

THE DOUBLE-EDGE SWORD:

Whether an individual is for horse slaughter or opposed to it, one certainty is clear, “It’s a controversial issue!”  In my opinion, a study needs to be conducted to reach a “Root-Cause-Analysis” of the problem and remedies need to be identified. Thus far, I’ve heard a lot of talk about horse slaughter but not many proffered solutions, including the demise of the AQHA multiple-embryo-transfer rule, which would greatly diminish the number of horses entering the market on an annual basis from this organization. However, in a recent conversation with Mr. Ward Stutz, AQHA’s Animal Welfare Director, I commended AQHA and Mr. Stutz on their commitment to penalizing those involved in animal abuse with assertive action.

 

In this matter, as well as in all discussions, we should strive to agree and disagree in our debate of a particular subject. Folks are passionate on both sides of the aisle!  Therefore, I would like to see both parties working together to develop common ground on the subject matter. The horse slaughter issue entails not just the horse but equine nonprofits, as well.

 

Rick Dennis and Dualin Dude, MSRHA/NRHA Jr. Reining Champions.

As a business professional since 1984, I’m very astute in the business world.  Therefore, I completely understand the everyday needs of the corporation to maintain financial stability. Equally, I understand the opposition to horse slaughter by the other side, as I also oppose it. However, if we work together, I’m sure common ground can be gained in the middle to embrace what’s best for the horse.

 

As a final note I would like to remind everyone if it wasn’t for the horse, we probably wouldn’t be celebrating a Fourth of July or Independence Day!

 

“Until Next Time, Keep ‘Em Between The Bridles”

 

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66 Comments

  1. Thank you Rick Dennis. GREAT JOB!
    Diana Ragula, Horse Warriors

  2. It is excellent I think you covered so much ground and it is clear and understandable. The links are so helpful too. How do you manage to accomplish so much?
    Sue Carter

  3. Mr. Dennis,
    Your article is amazing and is the real snapshot of the horse slaughter controversy unlike Huffhine’s smoke N mirrors rendition! I’m shocked to learn AQHA openly supports horse slaughter. I had no idea. Thank you
    Barb

  4. I quit. I’m done with AQHA! Thank you for your wonderful article!
    Kerry

  5. Your article is a must-read for every member of the horse industry! AQHA has committed political suicide.
    John

  6. Thank you Glory and Rick for once again exposing the dirty little secrets of the horse industry. This is very disturbing and sad.
    Allison

  7. The multiple embryo rule should be cancelled immediately.
    Tina

  8. Guess it’s no longer a secret about AQHA’s true intent for the horse or their puppy mill mentality. Breed as many as you can and kill as many as can!! Let’s just keep making money.
    Frank

  9. As good stewards of the horse industry, your article shows AQHA is a complete failure.
    Connie

  10. Rick,
    Your masterfully crafted article rebutting AQHA’s position on horse slaughter clearly defines the difference between educated and uneducated. Your article has the facts and AQHA has a scare tactic. I agree with you. Members should have a vote!
    Larry

  11. It is so refreshing to have a professional like Rick buck the “Good ole’ Boy” System and come out with knowledge and integrity in support of our friends – the Horses!
    Becky

  12. We all know AQHA is in a financial crisis. Membership has declined by more than 100,000 members worldwide and members are fleeing every day. Losses are in the millions of dollars. Your article really tells it all. What a tragic position AQHA has taken aligning themselves in promoting horse slaughter. Thank you for exposing reality.
    Karla

  13. Some great information in those articles. Vicky Hartzler received a $1,500 donation from MO (Rep). She had previously been sympathetic toward banning slaughter. I will write again and ask her what her stand is now and that I hope $1,500 from AQHA doesn’t sway against voting for the SAFE Act.
    Pam

  14. It is a wealth of knowledge. Thanks Rick Dennis. I OPPOSE HORSE SLAUGHTER!
    Susan

  15. It is a wealth of knowledge. Thanks Rick Dennis. I oppose horse slaughter!
    Deidra

  16. Rick,
    I found your article concise, explicit and addressed a very perplexing problem in the horse industry. I was appalled to learn of aQHA’s involvement in promoting horse slaughter. Thank you for your insight.
    Phil

  17. What a bunch of bullshit. I can see just how concerned these so called horse lovers are about “unwanted” horses. I get daily posting of horses in kill pens and auctions. The majority are beautiful horses in fair to good condition that still cold do a job, whatever that is. This guy makes me sick.
    Jennifer

  18. Your article was eye opening. I never realized the “commodity” of slaughtering horses. I always believed horse people (in general) had horses in their best interests. Especially AQHA and Quarter Horses. So reading the hypocrisy of AQHA is disturbing.
    Kelley

  19. Rick, you are churning up the pot. I applaud you for your direct, honest and factual article.
    Michelle

  20. I would never join these guys nor the APHA because I don’t believe horse slaughter is humane nor necessary!
    Tami

  21. What a joke when they call in “horse processing” so they can pretend it’s something other than cold-blooded murder.
    Judy

  22. I so agree with you. Horses are just money to AQHA. They could care less how the horse dies.
    Pam

  23. AQHA is endorsing horse slaughter here in the U.S. If that happens, there is nothing that would prohibit horsemeat sales in the U.S. It has even been suggested that it be sold for the school lunch program and institutional uses such as nursing homes. Read the label next time you break open a box of bute!
    Carter

    • The following release was published by the HSUS:

      July 8, 2015
      House Committee Fails to Protect Horses
      The U.S. House Appropriations Committee failed to adopt an amendment to
      prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption on U.S. soil. The
      amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill, offered by Rep. Sam Farr, D –
      Calif., resulted in a tie vote, with the Chair of the Committee, Hal Rogers,
      ultimately failing to adopt the provision. The Senate Appropriations Committee is
      expected to consider a similar amendment, and The HSUS urges it to pass the
      measure and prevent the use of American tax dollars for this cruel practice.

      Michael Markarian, chief program and policy officer for The Humane Society of
      the United States, said:
      “The horse slaughter industry is a predatory, inhumane enterprise. They don’t
      ‘euthanize’ old horses, but precisely the opposite: they buy up young and healthy
      horses, often by misrepresenting their intentions, and kill them to sell the meat to
      Europe and Japan.”

      Lawmakers voting yes on the amendment, to protect horses:
      Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Charlie
      Dent (R-PA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Chakah Fattah (D-PA), Michael Honda (D-CA),
      Steve Israel (D-NY), David Jolly (R-FL), David Joyce (R-OH), Marcy Kaptur (DOH),
      Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Betty
      McCollum (D-MN), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), David Price (D-NC), Mike Quigley (DIL),
      Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Tim Ryan (DOH),
      Jose Serrano (D-NY), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Kevin Yoder (RKS).

      Lawmakers voting no on the amendment:
      Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Ken Calvert (R-CA), John Carter
      (R-TX), Tom Cole (R-OK), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL),
      Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Rodney Frelinghuysen (RNJ),
      Kay Granger (R-TX), Sam Graves (R-MO), Andy Harris (R-MD), Jaime
      Herrera Buetler (R-WA), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Scott
      Rigell (R-VA), Martha Roby (R-AL), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Mike Simpson (R-ID),
      Chris Stewart (R-UT), David Valadao (R-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), David
      Young (R-IA).

      Not voting:
      John Culberson (R-TX); Tom Rooney (R-FL); Peter Visclosky (D-IN)
      Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491,
      stwining@humanesociety.org

  24. Thank you Mr.Rick Dennis,I am no longer a member of AQHA and won’t ever send them a dime b/c of them not stepping up to fix the horse world.Slaughter is not the answer, it has never worked and I don’t believe it will ever work.If AQHA would wake up and take a stand to stop slaughter and pass the Safe Act and work to fix these problems of the horses this could end up bringing in more money for them.Horse slaughter has never fixed the problem and is a crowd’s band aid.Anyone in the horse world should be willing to fix this problem and maybe we can bring the market back up and make it to where it is affordable to own and keep horses.I can not understand how AQHA can go after anyone who mistreats horses when in fact AQHA is just as GUILTY of the same act by trying to block the Safe Act.I guess all it comes down to is greed and money.Shame On You AQHA!!!

  25. i resigned from the aqha and am appalled by their political agenda and greed.
    I oppose horse slaughter and urge all concerned to get involved and pass the safe act!
    I know how mAny unsafe drugs we give horses!!!!

  26. Trust me, starving and abusing in the form of extreme neglect is going on at the kill lots too. Those poor skinny horses aren’t the majority going for slaughter – nice healthy registered broke horses – sometimes stolen . Watch the kill lots, you will see.
    Camillia

  27. We never want our beloved equines to end up at a slaughter house. But there are so many instances of abused, starving horses in our country. Some from pure neglect, but most times it is because a family cannot afford to care for them due to financial circumstances.

    There isn’t a market for these horses and they either end up at a sale barn with the killer or are turned loose to survive on their own. I would rather have a humane facility they were taken to for euthanasia than to end up with the killer and sent to Mexico or Canada where they are treated horribly and used for human consumption. It’s not something we like but for so many that don’t have any other recourse, a humane facility would be a better solution.
    Debra

  28. Great article! I will never accept slaughter as a solution. I just love these animals too much. I wish I had some great idea but I like the suggestion of research into root causes.
    Betty

  29. Stop horses for slaughter.
    Keny

  30. The only humane facility is the vet at your home calmly and peacefully administering an injection.
    Martin

  31. The PROS against horse slaughter are overwhelming. The CONS for are miniscule in comparison. AQHA making money is the primary factor. Huffhines article is self-serving propaganda bull shit! Very disappointed AQHA!
    Alexus

  32. I’m for horse slaughter but I found your article well written, objectionable and should open the door for rationale conversation to resolve this controversial issue. I don’t think things will change with AQHA until they go bankrupt and the “Good Ole Boy” regime is fired who are running the association for their self serving purposes.
    Tim

  33. Great dose of the truth for AQHA. The links are phenomenal.
    Gary

  34. A masterpiece!
    John

  35. A very disturbing but truthful article. Sometimes the truth hurts.
    Lily

  36. Bute not a big deal in horsemeat, if it was no one would consume it.Keep reading over and over again that its there and being eaten. It is inspected and tested.
    Gregg

    • Final Diagnosis — Phenylbutazone Toxicity
      FINAL DIAGNOSIS
      PHENYLBUTAZONE TOXICITY
      DISCUSSION:
      1. PHENYLBUTAZONE: is a NSAID which was discontinued for human use because of its harmful side effects. It is currently used in veterinary medicine as a pain killer. The girl had access to the drug and had used it in working with livestock. She had recently expressed a desire to kill herself and there was a history of suicidal overdose in the family. When the patient became conscious she admitted that she ingested about 7 grams of PHENYLBUTAZONE as a suicide attempt.
      PHARMACOKINETICS
      Phenylbutazone is readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract with peak plasma concentrations occurring about 2 hours after ingestion. It is also readily absorbed when administered rectally.
      Phenylbutazone is widely distributed throughout body fluids and tissues; it diffuses into the synovial fluid, crosses the placenta, and small amounts enter the CNS and breast milk. It is 98% bound to plasma proteins. It is extensively metabolised in the liver by oxidation and by conjugation with
      glucuronic acid. Oxyphenbutazone, gamma-hydroxyphenbutazone, and p,gammadihydroxyphenylbutazone are formed by oxidation but only small amounts appear in urine, the remainder being further metabolised. It is mainly excreted in the urine as metabolites although about a
      quarter of a dose may be excreted in the faeces. The plasma elimination half-life is about 70 hours but it is subject to large interindividual variations.
      ADVERSE EFFECTS
      Nausea, vomiting, epigastric distress, diarrhoea, edema due to salt retention, skin rashes, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, and blurred vision. More serious reactions include gastric irritation with ulceration and gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcerative stomatitis, hepatitis, jaundice,
      haematuria, nephritis, renal failure, pancreatitis, ocular toxicity, and goitre. Phenylbutazone may precipitate heart failure and may also cause an acute pulmonary syndrome with dyspnoea and fever. Salivary gland enlargement (parotitis), hypersensitivity reactions including asthma, and
      severe generalised reactions including lymphadenopathy, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and exfoliative dermatitis have been reported.
      The most serious adverse effects of phenylbutazone are related to bone-marrow depression and include agranulocytosis and aplastic anemia. Leucopenia, pancytopenia, hemolytic anemia, and thrombocytopenia may also occur. These adverse hematological reactions have resulted in the
      indications for use of phenylbutazone being restricted. Blood disorders may develop soon after starting treatment or may occur suddenly after prolonged treatment, and regular hematological monitoring should be carried out as discussed under Precautions.
      2. KEBUZONE:
      A derivative of Phenylebutazone present in the same tablets.
      3. Diphenhydramine: Over the counter Antihistamine medication the patient used to take for her cold symptoms.
      4. Nicotine Metabolite
      From Smoking (either the girl smokes or sits with smokers).
      5. CHLOROXYLENOL:
      Is an Antimicrobial used in ointments, creams and shampoos as a topical preparations to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. When the names of CHLOROXYLENOL containing preparations were shown to the mother she recognizd one of them (Blistex) cream and said the her daughter is currently using it for treatment of the mouth angle cracks.
      Hospital Course and Discussion This patient developed the following sings and symptoms of PHENYLBUTAZONE toxicity:
      1. Thrombocytopenia.
      2. CNS effects: Convulsions and coma.
      3. Hepatotoxicity: High Liver Enzymes.
      4. Renal Toxicity: Renal Failure. (high BUN and Creat.) Interstitial nephritis. (Hematuria)
      5. The patient stayed in coma for 6 days and gradually improved after an exchange Transfusion.
      6. Liver and renal function tests improved gradually with plasmapheresis.
      7. She was started on Antidepressants and discharged after about 10 days.
      REFERENCES:
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  37. I read your article and must say it’s very detailed, verifiable and points out the problems associated with horse slaughter, especially AQHA’S part I never knew about.
    Sharlene

  38. Rick,
    I agree with you. Horse slaughter should be a LAST RESORT OPTION after a study has been performed and all options have been identified and implemented to absorb the glut of horses produced by irresponsible breeding practices. I disagree with AQHA. Horse slaughter is not birth control so they can keep making money.
    Linda

  39. People who want horse slaughter manipulate the propaganda the same way abortionists want abortion. It’s just about killing the innocent.
    Ben

  40. Great article! I’m a veterinary student in Bogota, Columbia. AQHA is promoting bad breeding practices and using horse slaughter to get rid of the excess. Not good.
    Cesar

  41. After lengthy conversations with a friend, I have had my eyes opened to the world of horse slaughter and the AQHA. I live in California and when the bill was passed that horses in California that horses were no longer allowed to be transported out of the state for slaughter, I had mixed emotions about this. Now with a little education and find that one of the leading causes of the increase of the horse population is an association, with a Mission Statement stating to “ensure the American Quarter Horse is treated humanely, with dignity, respect and compassion at all times,” allows multiple foals and not just 1-2 per mare, but as your article states 144 foals from 5 mares in one year, that they consider this humane, dignified, respectful and compassionate? I consider this a total lack of respect for not only the horses but for each and every person who has had the wool pulled over their eyes as to why there are so many unwanted horses. The over population is about good ole fashion greed. AQHA has gone against the law of nature with this one for that all mighty dollar. Thank you for the eye opening education. I is astonishing and saddening.

    Michele

  42. Rick, your article is eyebrow raising for sure.
    Zeds

  43. I really liked your article a lot. I thought it had a lot of information to enlighten people about what is really going on. I’m sure it will make a decidedly wicked splash over at the AQHA.
    Wendy

  44. Rick,
    You’re very good at writing and even better at being a thorn in their (AQHA’s) side.
    Kay

  45. A well-written article. Learned a lot of facts about AQHA I didn’t know. Thank you for the insight.
    Josie

  46. Yea buddy! This article is a doozy. AQHA can’t sneak around this revelation. I agree they should have asked the members. Firing is too good for them. Jail is more appropriate.
    Ken

  47. Thank you for exposing this tragedy and informing the horse industry. Many thanks.
    Martha

  48. After I read your very fine article, I wrote a letter to AQHA demanding answers. I’ll let you know the results. Very upset and mad about this. Thank you sir!
    Breanna

  49. The sad part about this is the years they’ve been doing this and not telling the members. Guess members opinions don’t matter.
    Sally

  50. The new guy, Mr. Huffhines really can’t be blamed for this. He’s only been there a few months. But the others sure can. Everybody that created these two monsters should e thrown out of AQHA for life.
    Bret

  51. This is bad. This is sad – a real injustice!!!
    Melissa

  52. Your article spells out a major problem AQHA has created for the QH industry. Wonder what steps there going to do to fix it? Your article is a major exposure of bad business practices.
    Alex

  53. Really good article! Hope change for the better is on the horizon before these incompetent folks ruin the association.
    Elizabeth

  54. I’m very impressed with your article and resume. thanks for expressing your educated view. Believe you definitely exposed a nefarious scheme.
    Rachel

  55. Impressive article from an educated cowboy!! Is that an oxymoron?? LOL
    Nicki

  56. A book should be written about this, “How to destroy an association in 10 easy steps.”
    Clark

  57. A book should be written about this, “How to destroy an association in 10 easy steps.”
    Clark

  58. A very enlightening article about the real reason AQHA is supporting horse slaughter and not the Kool Aid they want you to drink!
    Gracie

  59. A much needed article on the horse slaughter topic. Now I’m against AQHA. Never believed this could happen with my association.
    Regina

  60. Your article says it all. AQHA is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
    Jim

  61. I dont know what
    i can say that hasn’t already been said by the comments. This is great stuff.
    John

  62. I would like to see how many foals the multiple embryo rule has produced.
    Hmmmmm
    Delphene

  63. I believe AQHA is committing a crime by promoting horses for slaughter that contain toxic chemicals. They know better than this.
    Eric

  64. Blodgett being the President is like the Fox guarding the hen house!
    Jeanette

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