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HORSE SLAUGHTER – FACT & FICTION, PART 2

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

HORSE SLAUGHTER – FACT & FICTION PART 2

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For ALLABOUTCUTTING.NET
May 4, 2019

WHAT’S AT STAKE –  “THE SOUL OF THE HORSE”

On July 7, 2015 I authored an article, for all about cutting.net, entitled: Horse Abuse Part 6 – Horse Slaughter A Double Edged Sword, which offers an insight into the horse slaughter business, in the USA, as well as the contributing factors illustrating how horses end up in the horse slaughter pipeline.  Examples include: Horse nonprofit support of horse slaughter, unorthodox nonprofit breeding practices which elevates foal production, safety warnings to eating horse meat due to drug toxicity levels as disclosed in the introduced SAFE ACT, the economy etc. If your interested in reading this prelude article please click on the following

☛ Horse Abuse Part 6 – Horse Slaughter 7-7–15.

On July 23, 2015 I, again, authored another horse slaughter article for allaboutcutting.net, entitled: Horse Slaughter Facts and Fiction which also identifies pertinent events contributing to the ongoing horse slaughter issue in the United States. However, this article was written from a Risk Analyst perspective and offers the reader with an even more in-depth perspective of the horse slaughter market in the USA as well as identifying the Top-Tier-Horse Slaughter Advocates. If your interested in reading this second article please click on the following link.

Horse Slaughter Fact & Fiction

Today, I’m able to report that the horse slaughter issue, in the USA, four years later isn’t better off, it’s actually abhorrent with an increased continuation of the amount of horses making the trip across the border of the United States to foreign horse slaughter facilities in Mexico and Canada continuing in the hundreds of thousands annually.  The accompanying May 2, 2019 USDA Slaughter Report illustrates the amount of horses crossing the border to Mexico for a given time period.  For an in-depth review of this report please click on the following link:

2019 Horse Slaughter report

 

THE EVOLUTION OF THE HORSE SLAUGHTER INDUSTRY

IS IT LEGAL OR ILLEGAL?

For the record, it’s NOT AGAINST THE LAW in the USA to be in the horse slaughter business or to transport a trailer load of horses across the international borders of the United States to foreign horse slaughter plants in Mexico and Canada. However, it’s AGAINST THE LAW to slaughter a horse for human consumption in the USA. American horse slaughter plants have long been closed. Also, what is AGAINST THE LAW is the constant harassment, threatening, intimidation, defaming, slandering, or cyberbullying of individuals in the horse slaughter business by self proclaimed animal rights activists on social media. 

Another fact emerging from the horse slaughter dilemma is that it’s become an integral part of domestic commerce as well as a way, for some, to make a living in society.  As unpleasant as it sounds, it’s just a fact. The reception of horse slaughter has evolved into two factions.  There’s those who are FOR keeping the horse slaughter pipeline open to keep horse populations manageable and under control in the USA. Then there’s the OPPONENTS who oppose the abhorrent horse slaughter market entirely. 

THEM AGAINST US MENTALITY

Today, in our society, two distinct factions have emerged concerning the present horse slaughter industry which completely compliments the “Law of Physics,” i.e., “FOR EVERY ACTION, THERE’S AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE REACTION”. On one side of the equation “Them” are the self proclaimed animal rights activists trying to shut down the “Kill Buyers” under the guise of saving the horse who are actually nothing more than “Cyberbullies” and on the other side of the equation is “US” or the individuaL making a living buying horses at the local barn as well as acquiring horses from other sources to fulfill foreign horse slaughter contracts.  

However, there’s one faction caught in the middle of this battle for the “SOUL OF THE HORSE” and that’s the “Horse Rescues” with being constantly harassed by the cyberbullying groups. Within the “Horse Rescue Groups” they, themselves, are divided (fractured) into two groups.  “Legitimate and Ill-legitimate.” 

The “legitimate” horse rescuer’s goal is to rescue as many horses as they can from the “Kill Pen Lot” whose been placed there by horse slaughter individuals known by the moniker “Kill Pen Buyer.”  Thereafter, the responsible horse rescue finds new homes or jobs for the discarded horses they purchase while using donor funding to support their goal and practice of saving lives.  One obscure inaccurate alleged fact “social media horse warriors promote pertains to donor funding.”  

Example, “The donors actually own the rescued horse a donor donates too”. The stark reality to this ludicrous statement is that NO THEY DON’T.  Unless the donated funds are accompanied by an “Adoption Contract or a Bill of Sale” for a particular horse, between the donor and the horse rescue owner/operator, the donated funds are “generic funds” and the rightful property of the horse rescue and can be used in any manner the rescue sees fit. This illegitimacy is like saying I donated to the Red Cross, therefore I own it! 

Still another internet inaccuracy is the claim, by social media fanatics, that they have a right to know where each and every horse a “legitimate horse rescue” buys (bails) from the “Kill Pen” ends up.  This is true for a law enforcement agency conducting a criminal investigation, or a law enforcement agency with a subpoena duces tecum, however this is a false claim by an internet or social media self proclaimed legal authority operating in a cyber bullying animal rights activists group. Once purchased the rescued (bailed) horse becomes the sole property of the “horse rescue” and all privacy laws thereto are applicable, as well.

The “ill-legitimate” horse rescue is just another scam artist in the horse business.  Their goal is to pose as a legitimate rescue and even mimic the legitimate rescue while concealing his or her actual goal of defrauding donors out of their cash and acquire horses under the false pretense of providing a forever safe home only to send the horse to slaughter once it’s acquired. An example of one such case can be identified in a February 03, 2019 news article by Anissa Fritz whereby a Veterinary student faces fraud charges; allegedly sold rescued horses for slaughter.  

According to the article, Fallon Blackwood, a 24-year old veterinary student at Tuskegee University, was indicted in October of 2018 by the State of Alabama on 13 counts of acquiring a horse under false pretense with the intent to defraud.  Blackwood has similar charges against her in North Carolina. This isn’t an isolated case.  For additional info click on the following link:

Tuskegee student Fallon Blackwood indicted in Alabama and North Carolina…

MORE INACCURACIES PROMOTED BY SOCIAL MEDIA CYBER BULLIES

Also, and according to what I’ve read on the internet emanating from some self-proclaimed animal rights activists, include inaccurate commentaries reminding me of the “Jail House Lawyer Mentality”. A perfect example of a useless inaccuracy is: “Unless, you’re a 501 C 3 nonprofit your not a legitimate horse rescue.”  This is just one of a litany of ignorant “legally false” inaccuracies being spewed forth on social media. 

More specifically, in the USA an individual has the right to make a living and own a business so long as the business is legally set-up properly and legally operated according to law.  Therefore, a horse rescue can be in the form of a Sole-Owned-Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company, Doing Business As (DBA) or an assumed name, State Organized Non-Profit, 501 C 3 Non-Profit or for that matter a For Profit Business.  The only difference between the 501 C 3 Non-Profit and the others mentioned in the foregoing is, in most circumstances, the donation is tax deductible. Accordingly, the financial reporting status to the general public differs from the 501 C 3 Non-Profit and the State formed Non-Profit.

Another misinformed, inaccurate and completely delusional statement spewed forth, by some social media self proclaimed animal rights activists, is that a horse rescue owner or operator isn’t allowed to make or draw a salary from his or her owned or operated business and that’s just another ill fated and inaccurate false hood.  Whether the business operates in any of the categories in the foregoing, every business owner has the right to draw a salary from their owned, managed, or operated business in order to be compensated for their labor to make a living wage so-to-speak.  Once the donor funding is accrued in the general operating account, it also can be used to provide a living wage to the Owner/Operator.  To verify this assertion just research how much the salaries are from some of the largest nonprofits in the USA are. It’s just ludicrous for an individual to think otherwise.

In order to educate the uninformed but self-proclaimed social media animal rights activists about another topic, more specifically: who owns a 501 C 3 Non-Profit, the answer is no one can individually own a 501 C 3 Non-Profit.  Once setup it becomes an entity entirely onto itself.  However, it is controlled by a set of by-laws and a governing body known as a “Board of Directors”. It’s legal compliance is bound by the Laws of the State of Incorporation and the laws of the Internal Revenue Service. Again, whoever runs the 501 C 3 Non-Profit is entitled to earn a salary and be compensated for their labor.

CYBERBULLYING, THREATS, INTIMIDATION, AND WITNESS TAMPERING

Some members of the elite cyberbullying groups are masters of threats, scare tactics, intimidation, lying and in some cases where law enforcement is conducting a criminal investigation they pose as a law enforcement officer or representative thereof with their reliance on their self-proclaimed delusional authorized power to conduct an investigation on their own.  Again, they are misinformed and sadly mistaken. Quite Simply, their self proclaimed power and worth are delusional.  What these individuals apparently don’t understand is that they themselves can be arrested and prosecuted for violating the law.  

In order to be a representative of a law enforcement agency one has to be duly licensed and a commissioned police officer.  If you don’t have these credentials in your back pocket, you can be arrested and prosecuted for impersonating a police officer or law enforcement official.  Equally, if she or he is conducting an investigation without a license in a State where licensing of private investigators is required such as: Louisiana, Texas and New Jersey the offender faces fines and imprisonment and can be liable for injury to the individual he or she is illegally pursuing and investigating.

Furthermore, an individual without the foregoing legal authorities doesn’t have the legal right or authority to interrogate an individual relative to an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by law enforcement.  That right is reserved for law enforcement and only after an individual being interrogated has been issued his or her Miranda Warning, which provides the interviewee with the option of having an attorney present while being questioned. This is witness tampering and he or she can be arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned for their violation of the law.

TOP-TIER-CONTRIBUTORS TO THE HORSE SLAUGHTER PIPELINE

My Root Cause Analysis identified two leading culprits, money and greed.

The second particular culprit is the economy.  The horse industry is directly tied to the USA economy.  When the economy is good the horse industry experiences an increase in investors.  In a down-turn economy, horses are quickly shed on the open market. This open-market shedding usually takes place in sale barns which unfortunately includes the favorite visiting place for “Kill Pen Buyers.”  

Another top-tier-culprit is an overpopulation of horses in the USA without sufficient economic sustainability.  Each year a new foal crop is born to be consumed by the  Racing and Performance Horse industry in hopes to the breeder, that one will becomes a revered champion. Essentially, they can be viewed as replacements for the ones that didn’t make the grade in previous years. Thus, in our society today, it has adopted the “Breed More, Kill More” mentality. Unfortunately this narcissistic personality disorder proves detrimental to the poor horse. Perhaps the most disturbing perception to this practice is that it illustrates a complete emotional detachment from the horse.

Perhaps the most disgusting of the contributors to the horse slaughter pipeline are the poor two, three and four year olds that are washed out of the industry by illegal drug use and trainer abuse. In my past article entitled: THE MECHANICAL HORSE, A HORSE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS I delineate the cause and effects sports enhancing drugs have on the physiological makeup of the horse. If the reader cares to read this article please click on the following link .

The Mechanical Horse

In the next article on horse slaughter, written by Glory Ann Kurtz, she will explore and explain the ongoing “BATTLE FOR THE HORSE IN LOUISIANA.”

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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THE ART OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, HEALTH AND WEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

THE ART OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For all about cutting.net

 

WHAT IS RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk management is the ongoing analytical review and evaluation, by a Risk Analyst, of client-provided documents, practices or processes to determine a safety and risk factor to same.  It’s also the analytical process of assigning a numerical Risk Factor designation to any perceived or identified Risk or Safety risk or threat occurrences. Equally, it’s also the practice of continually reviewing and changing established, in-place, Risk Management Practices to counter future risks to thwart incidences of occurrence.  

Other examples of an ongoing and continuing Risk Management program include: Onsite facility security and safety surveys which includes a review of: barrier prevention access (i.e.) fencing, door and window locking systems and devices, closed circuit tv cameras and recording devices, computer, financial, IT and banking security as well as lighting, entry and exit points safety and security.  The Risk Analysis also includes a review of safety and security protocols to include employee hiring and termination practices.

During my tenure in the private security sector as a Risk Manager and Analyst, I’ve authored a myriad of Corporate Employee and Contractor Drug and Alcohol Prevention programs for:  Exxon Company USA, Atlantic Richfield, ARCO oil and Gas, KerrMcGee Corporation, as well as companies in the oil and gas exploration, aviation, maritime, construction, mining and construction industries.  These program models are in full compliance with the Federal Workplace Drug and Alcohol testing programs defined by 49, CFR, Part 40. Long ago, it was determined that the on-the-job use of impairment prescription drugs as well as illegal drugs and alcohol use and abuse were detrimental to safety, productivity and welfare of the workforce.

Risk Analysis comes in various forms to meet specific industry requirements: Security, Financial and Banking, etc.  Risks can come from various sources including uncertainty in financial markets, threats from project failures (at any phase in design, development, production, or sustainment life-cycles), legal liabilities, credit risk, accidents, natural causes and disasters, deliberate attack from an adversary or events of uncertain or unpredictable root-cause.

There are two types of events i.e. negative events can be classified as risks while positive events are classified as opportunities. Several risk management standards have been developed including the Project Management Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, actuarial societies and ISO standards. Methods, definitions and goals vary widely according to whether the risk management method is in the context of project management, security, engineering, industrial processes, financial portfolios, actuarial assessments or public health and safety.

Strategies to manage threats (uncertainties with negative consequences) typically include avoiding the threat, reducing the negative effect or probability of the threat, transferring all or part of the threat to another party and even retaining some or all of the potential or actual consequences of a particular threat as well as the opposites for opportunities (uncertain future states with benefits).

In ideal risk management, a prioritization process is followed whereby the risks with the greatest loss (or impact) and the greatest probability of occurring are handled first and risks with lower probability of occurrence and lower loss are handled in descending order. In practice, the process of assessing overall risks can be difficult and balancing resources used to mitigate between risks with a high probability of occurrence but lower loss versus a risk with high loss but lower probability of occurrence can often be mishandled. 

Risk Management also includes the use of mathematical algorithms whereby a set of standards of incident occurrence are included in the algorithm to project a certain number of probabilities of occurrence or happening within a certain time frame.

Intangible risk management identifies a new type of a risk that has a 100 percent  probability of occurring but is ignored by the organization due to a lack of identification ability. For example, when deficient knowledge is applied to a situation, a knowledge risk materializes. Relationship risk appears when ineffective collaboration occurs. Process-engagement risk may be an issue when ineffective operational procedures are applied. These risks directly reduce the productivity of knowledgable workers, decrease cost-effectiveness, profitability, service, quality, reputation, brand value, and earnings quality. Intangible risk management allows risk management to create immediate value from the identification and reduction of risks that reduce productivity.

Risk management also faces difficulties in allocating resources. This is the idea of opportunity cost. Resources spent on risk management could have been spent on more profitable activities. Again, ideal risk management minimizes spending (or manpower or other resources) and also minimizes the negative effects of risks.

RISK ASSESSMENT

Broadly speaking, a risk assessment is the combined effort of 1. identifying and analyzing potential (future) events that may negatively impact individuals, assets, and/or the environment (i.e., risk analysis); and 2. making judgments “on the tolerability of the risk on the basis of a risk analysis” while considering influencing factors (i.e., risk evaluation). Put in simpler terms, a risk assessment analyzes what can go wrong, how likely it is to happen, what the potential consequences are and how tolerable the identified risk is. As part of this process, the resulting determination of risk may be expressed in a quantitative or qualitative fashion. The risk assessment is an inherent part of an overall risk management strategy, which attempts to, after a risk assessment, “introduce control measures to eliminate or reduce” any potential risk-related consequences.

METHODS

For the most part, these methods consist of the following elements, performed, more or less in the following order:

Identify the threats, characterize the threat or risk, assess the vulnerability of critical assets to specific threats, determine the risk (i.e, the expected likelihood and consequences the risk or threat poses to the project or object of the Risk Analysis as well as specific assets), identify ways to reduce the threat or Risk and develop and prioritize counter measures to the identified or perceived Risk or Threat.

MONITORING

After the identified Risk or Threat has been eliminated, the Risk Manager and Analyst develop a system whereby the in-place Risk Vulnerability Threat Assessment System is constantly monitoring the system to prevent future occurrences.

WHAT IS RISK ANALYSIS?

Risk analysis is the process of identifying and analyzing information to determine potential issues that could negatively impact an individual, key business initiatives or critical projects in order to help organizations avoid or mitigate those risks.

Performing a risk analysis includes considering the probability of adverse events caused by either natural processes, like severe storms, earthquakes or floods or adverse events caused by malicious or inadvertent human activities. An important part of risk analysis is identifying the potential for harm from these events, as well as the likelihood that they will occur.  An analytical Risk Analysis will also identify any current risks to the client.

WHO USES RISK MANAGEMENT & RISK ANALYSIS

Individuals, business enterprises and other organizations use risk analysis to:

Anticipate and reduce the effect of harmful results from adverse events;

Evaluate whether the potential risks of a project are balanced by its benefits to aid in the decision process when evaluating whether to move forward with the project,

Plan responses for technology or equipment failure or loss from adverse events, both natural and human-caused, and identify the impact of and prepare for changes in the enterprise environment, including the likelihood of new competitors entering the market or changes to government regulatory policy.

Essentially, Risk Management and Risk Analysis are used daily to prevent economic or other losses in a particular business or personal environment.  Furthermore, Risk Management and Risk Analysis are used effectively by the oil & gas, maritime, aviation, manufacturing, insurance, telecommunications, and trucking industries, to name a few, as well as the United States Government and the US Department of Defense.  Private individuals utilize the services of a Risk Analyst to produce a Risk Analysis Report pertaining to individual safety as well as threats to their safety and as a protection of assets.

WHO IS A RISK ANALYST?

A Risk Analyst is an individual who uses his or her analytical skills to evaluate client-provided documents such as banking or other documents, or processes included in an onsite Security Survey such as. banking practices, use of computer devices, safety practices, etc., to determine a Risk Category, usually on a scale of 1 through 5, to determine a specific threat or risk to the client.  The analyst also devises a plan for implementation of a Risk Management Program, to counter any identified or perceived threats in order to protect client assets.  For the record, a Risk Analysis isn’t an investigation of any type and the Risk Analyst isn’t a private investigator but simply an analytical review artist who is well versed in law, finances, security and safety processes including an analysis of client-provided documents to determine a specific risk to the client and counter same by applying the appropriate counter measures.

Furthermore, a Risk Analyst is usually an individual with an intricate and extensive background in law enforcement, counter intelligence, security, finances, or generally required business safety requirements and practices. But he or she is also well versed in the rule of law. If the Risk Analyst requires the need of a private investigator, he or she hires an outside licensed individual to conduct any investigations.  The same is applied for forensic audits.  If during a Risk Analysis, the Risk Analyst requires the need of a forensic audit of accounting records, the Risk Analyst outsources this requirement to a duly licensed Forensic Accountant to complete the audit and turn his or her findings over to the Risk Analyst for transmittal to the client. However, if a Risk Analyst determines that a violation of the law has occurred, he or she is compelled, by law, to inform the client of the occurrence in order for the client to adhere to the Misprision of A Felony law.  

THE VALUE OF A RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM & A RISK ANALYST

Overtime, the savings to a business or individual is realized when the money saved far outweigh the investment.  For example, some of the Risk Analysis cases I’ve conducted have realized a savings for my clients due to the recovery of assets totaling millions of dollars and in some instances have dramatically changed the way a company conducts business.

EVERYDAY EXAMPLES OF A RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Normally, individuals don’t realize he or she is executing a Risk Management program in their daily lives. More specifically, if you have your vehicle on a regular maintenance program to change the oil, or if you have an in-place practice of securing your passwords for on-line internet activities, or if you own a livestock ranch and you check the fencing daily to ensure the escape of your livestock is minimized, you are conducting an in-house Risk Management Program.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Copyright 2019, All Rights Reserved

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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IS THERE AN EXTORTION RACKET IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 10 comments

IS THERE AN EXTORTION RACKET OPERATING IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY?

 

THE LATEST GIMMICK INVOLVES THE POOR HORSE, ANIMAL RESCUES, DONORS AND KILL BUYERS

 

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For all about cutting.net

April 14, 2019

EXTORTION BUYING:

It seems, if there’s a new scam that’s been derived, in the horse industry, to separate folks from their hard earned money.  The latest gimmick involves the poor horse, animal rescue operations, donors and “kill buyers.”  The scheme is quite unique in that it fulfills all the requirements of the definition of extortion:  More specifically, Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property or services from an individual or institution, through coercion.  Coercion is defined as “the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats”.

Another extortion tactic they use is: “The extortionist tells the donor that the horse is already on the truck headed to Mexico, but $200. will turn the truck around.” Still another extortion tactic they use is: “They will tell the potential donor and buyer that the horse has already been separated, sorted and chipped for shipment to the slaughter plant on a certain date.  The seller then jacks the price up on a previous $750. horse, for example, to a new asking price of $1,500 to cover the sorting and the chipping.

“Horse Kill Buyers” have enacted and perfected their presentation of an extortion operation which is offered to the general public in order to double their profits on selling horses, with the aid of phrases such as: “This horse was just rescued from the kill pen and if it doesn’t sell within a specified time frame, it’s going to the slaughter house!”  (Threat). 

Louisiana law enforcement has caught on to this unscrupulous and illegal tactic and is actually doing something about it by investigating “horse kill buyers” where in some cases the offender is actually arrested and prosecuted.  However, this unsavory extortion tactic isn’t unique to just Louisiana.  The same basic principle can be found throughout the United Sates where “horse kill buyers” are located and they use the same extortion tactic to sell excess horses for double profits on the internet or social media sites.

A more aptly applied moniker for what their doing is often referred to as a “shakedown racket”.  Simply stated, its akin to an individual telling a person, “unless you pay me so much protection money, I won’t burn your house down. In the case of the “horse kill buyer” they use a similar tactic by saying, “Unless this horse is sold out of the “kill pen” within a certain time frame, it’s going to the slaughter house!” (Threat). This illegal activity is designed to induce an immediate response from donors and horse rescues alike by invoking an individual’s sense of caring to save the poor horse.  My observed responses depicts a bidding war among rescues and donors alike.  

All-in-all, this bidding interaction can sometimes drive the price of the horse above the initial asking price.  The end result is that donors are eager to save a life and cough up their hard-earned money in the process. This perfectly-devised plan further enriches the seller.  So are horse rescues and money donors actually saving a life or are they enabling the “horse kill buyer” to further his or her extortion operation by using the donor funds to return to the local auction, buy more horses for the extortion operation and start the process all over again?  Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding “yes” and “no”.  Case in point:  Most all “kill pen brokers” already have existing contracts with horse slaughter plants across the international border of the United States.  These contracts usually require a “kill pen buyer” to fulfill a certain number of horses per contract, e.g., 200.  In all probability, the “kill pen buyer” has already fulfilled his obligation to the horse slaughter plant or the horse slaughter plant will find someone else to fill the contract, which leaves the original broker out in the cold, so-to-speak.

In all probability, the horse that’s being marketed as being “in dire straits,” in a “do-or-die situation” really isn’t in dire straits at all, never was intended for the slaughter plant and is being sold off to double his or her profits. Especially when they are usable riding horses.  That’s just a fact.  This illegal tactic is just really a very effective and fraudulent way of selling a horse and enriching ones bank account. One key way to verify this is to be cautious of photographs of horses with saddles on them, ready to ride. Usable horses aren’t the ones that make it to the horse slaughter plant. Unusable, unstable, mean and wild horses are the ones that usually make it to slaughter.

For the record, horses end up in the horse slaughter pipeline for all sorts of reasons, whether its because of economic down-turn, a death in the family, a non-performer in the show pen or on the race track, etc. Furthermore, it’s not against the law to fill a trailer full of horses and export them to a foreign slaughter house.  However, the unlawful tactics that are being employed today to sell horses allegedly, in the “kill pen” by “kill buyers,” is most certainly illegal. It’s just a SCAM program that’s been used effectively for a very long time in the horse industry.

Furthermore, it’s just an effective extortion tactic to double an investment. After all, let’s face it, “kill buyers” have found a very effective niche in the industry to double their profits by selling usable horses in this fashion that they’ve picked up at a bargain price at the sale barn. After all, no one wants to buy an emaciated horse or a horse in poor health and neither does the slaughter plant. This type of horse just isn’t fashionable or sellable. 

HOW PROFITABLE IS THE EXTORTION TACTIC?

Let’s just introduce a hypothetical into the extortion tactic equation and  see how it all shakes out. For example, a “kill buyer” attends a local auction he or she buys horses based on the horse-slaughter plant paying him or her 40 cents per pound per slaughter horse.  Therefore, he has to purchase a horse below this figure in order to sell the same horse to the horse slaughter plant for a profit.  In the meantime, he or she buys some usable riding horses for the same below market price at the same sale.

Bear-in-mind that the “kill buyer” (who is engaged in selling horses using extortion tactics) is buying horses for two purposes: the unusable horses for the slaughter plant to fulfill the contract and the useable riding horses that are sold using the “in-dire straights” moniker. In order to make a substantial profit, the “kill buyer” markets the usable horse to the general public at let’s just say, 80 cents per pound, yielding double profits or even $1.20 a pound or more, which may yield triple profits.  When the horse sells because of the illegal extortion tactics being used, the horse brings a substantial profit to the “kill buyer”, which in turn allows him or her to restock and start the process all over again.  In fact and reality, if the usable horse isn’t sold at one location, the horse is just moved to another selling location to start the bidding war all over again. It’s the sad reality of the situation.

HORSE RESCUES: 

As the old saying goes, “there are horse rescues and then there are horse rescues.” Horse rescues are comprised of two categories: “legal and fraudulent.” Unfortunately, for the novice, it’s hard to distinguish between the two.  As a primer to the novice, rescues usually occupy the category of either being a Non-Profit or a 501 C (3) Non-Profit. The difference between the two are:  The State Non-Profit has to abide by certain disclosure laws of the State of Incorporation as well as Federal Taxing laws.  

The 501 C (3) Non-Profit has to abide not only by the Federal Non-Profit guidelines, but the State of Incorporation tax guidelines, as well.  The State Non-Profit has to afford the general public a financial disclosure.  The Federal 501 C (3) Non-Profit has to afford the general public a financial disclosure in the form of an IRS 990 which is loaded on Guidestar.org.  Donations to the 501 C (3) are tax deductible.  Donations to the Non-Profit aren’t always tax deductible.

Before donating to an individual posing as a horse rescue, it’s always advisable to conduct a cursory background check, including references and a document request, or you could be donating your money and your horse to an individual whose posing as a rescue but in fact and reality is a “kill buyer” and the only loving home your horse will ever see is on someone’s dinner plate in Europe.  Donors beware!  

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS: 

As with horse rescues, the same can be applied to alleged animal-rights activists. The legitimate horse rescues perform wonderful work; however, unfortunately there are individuals on social media who pose as animal-rights activists, but in fact and reality are just “cyber bullies” and extortionists or social-media extremists whose mindsets are border-line terrorists, as I like to refer to them. Their modus operandi (MOS) is to launch an attack on an individual not in their favor and to ruin that individual at all costs while using lies, half truths and distorted facts to accomplish their mission.  

To reinforce their self-worth and legitimacy, they usually post headlines from news articles generated by other news outlets concerning abused horses or other matters of interest but they usually can’t post anything pertaining to anything they actually accomplished on their own to contribute their actually providing their personal accomplishments in making a horse’s life better. Therefore, one should be careful with whom one interacts with on social media and the Internet. As the Trojan adage goes, “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!”

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www/richardedennis.net

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RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANIMAL ABUSE LEGISLATION

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

CALIFORNIA INTRODUCES ANIMAL-ABUSE LEGISLATION

 

THE CORRELATION BETWEEN HUMAN ABUSE AND ANIMAL ABUSE

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For all about cutting.net

April 13, 2019

CALIFORNIA INTRODUCES “THE ANIMAL CRUELTY & VIOLENCE INTERVENTION ACT OF 2019

 

IS ANIMAL CRUELTY A PREDECESSOR TO VIOLENCE AND ABUSE?

Animal abusers are five times more likely to harm humans. Various studies have shown that there is a high correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as child abuse and animal abuse.  Statistics show that 70 percent of the most violent prisoners in a study of federal prisons had serious animal abuse in their histories.

California Senator Scott Wilk and the Animal Legal Defense Fund are sponsoring the Animal Cruelty and Violence Intervention Act of 2019, Senate Bill (“SB”) 580, to address this link between animal cruelty and violence against humans and to stop the escalation of dangerous behavior among offenders who hurt animals.

The bill requires offenders convicted of serious animal abuse crimes, as well as those convicted of crimes associated with underlying mental health issues such as hoarding, to undergo a mandatory mental health evaluation and possibly ongoing treatment if deemed beneficial by the assessing mental health professional and the court.  Judges are also empowered to order people convicted of less serious crimes to enroll in humane education courses that provide people with the skills they need to interact with animals in a positive way.

The Animal Cruelty and Violence Intervention Act of 2019 gives judges the tools they need to rehabilitate people convicted of animal abuse and prevent the escalation of dangerous behavior, to protect animals – and humans – from future violence.  A good read on the subject of animal abuse is:  Arnold Arluke et. al., The Relationship of Animal Abuse to Violence and Other Forms of Antisocial Behavior, 14 JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 963 (1999)

 

AN OREGON MAN GETS 60 DAYS IN JAIL FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING DOG THAT HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED

By Louis Casiano, Fox News, April 11, 2019
An Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail for sexually assaulting a dog who had to be euthanized due to extensive injuries.

Fidel Lopez, 52, was given the maximum penalty allowed for his offense by Multnomah County Judge Angel Lopez who said, “If it could have been more, I would have gladly given you more,” according to KOIN-TV in Portland.

The station reported that Lopez admitted to investigators to sexually assaulting the dog, a Lhaso Apso mix named Estrella. Estrella’s owner took her to a veterinarian in November 2018 after suspecting she had been abused. Lopez knew the owner and admitted to investigators that he abused the dog.

 

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES (HSUS)

The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg, as most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However, we can use the information that is available to try to understand and prevent cases of abuse.

 

WHO ABUSES ANIMALS?

Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries and media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas. Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people.

Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are able to adequately take care of. Serious animal neglect (such as hoarding) is often an indicator of people in need of social or mental health services.

Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly men under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are more likely to be women over 60.

 

MOST COMMON VICTIMS:

The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses and livestock. Undercover investigations have revealed that animal abuse abounds in the factory farm industry. But because of the weak protections afforded to livestock under state cruelty laws, only the most shocking cases are reported, and few are ever prosecuted.

 

ORGANIZED CRUELTY:

Dogfighting, cockfighting and other forms of organized animal cruelty go hand in hand with other crimes and continues in many areas of the United States due to public corruption.

The HSUS documented uniformed police officers at a cockfighting pit in Kentucky. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has prosecuted multiple cases where drug cartels were running narcotics through cockfighting and dogfighting operations, while dozens of homicides have occurred at cockfights and dogfights. In fact, a California man was killed in a disagreement about a $10 cockfight bet.

The HSUS’s investigative team combats complacent public officials and has worked with the FBI on public corruption cases in Tennessee and Virginia. In both instances, law enforcement officers were indicted and convicted.

 

CORRELATION WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

Data on domestic violence and child abuse cases reveal that a staggering number of animals are targeted by those who abuse their children or spouses. There are approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. where 20 men and women are assaulted per minute (an average of around 10 million a year). In one survey, 71 percent of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted pets.

In one study of families under investigation for suspected child abuse, researchers found that pet abuse had occurred in 88 percent of the families under supervision for physical abuse of their children.

 

STATE LEGISLATIVE TRENDS:

The HSUS has long led the push for stronger animal cruelty laws and provides training for law officials to detect and prosecute these crimes. With South Dakota joining the fight in March of 2014, animal cruelty laws now include felony provisions in all 50 states.

 

FIRST VS. SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE:

Some state laws only allow felony charges if the perpetrator has a previous animal cruelty conviction. Given that only a fraction of animal cruelty acts are ever reported or successfully prosecuted, the HSUS is committed to supporting felony convictions in cases of egregious cruelty regardless of whether the perpetrator has a prior conviction. A total of 46 of 50 states’ felony provisions are first-offense provisions.  Four states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and Mississippi) have laws that apply felony charges only to subsequent offenses.  A majority of anti-cruelty laws are limited to cases involving aggravated cruelty, torture or cruelty to companion animals.

 

CHANGES IN FEDERAL TRACKING:

On January 1, 2016, the FBI added Cruelty to Animals as a category in the Uniform Crime Report, a nationwide crime-reporting system commonly used in homicide investigations. While only about a third of U.S. communities currently participate in the system, the data generated will help create a clearer picture of animal abuse and guide strategies for intervention and enforcement. Data collection covers four categories: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse (such as dogfighting and cockfighting) and animal sexual abuse.

Law Enforcement has long known the direct correlation between animal abuse and violence in society.  As the old adage, “The way a person treats an animal is exactly how their going to treat you.”

Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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ANIMAL ACTIVISTS HAVE A MESSAGE FOR KENTUCKY HORSE RACING!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 1 comment

ANIMAL ACTIVISTS HAVE A MESSAGE FOR KENTUCKY HORSE RACING: THEY ARE WATCHING!

 

April 11, 2019

“PETA is putting Kentucky on notice,” warned a statement from Kathy Guillermo, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which has been protesting at Santa Anita in the wake of 23 horse deaths related to the track.

Now, PETA is turning its attention to the Bluegrass state in the wake of the death of a horse Saturday at Keeneland.

“No horses died during Santa Anita Derby weekend, which seems to show that the track’s new rules — while not as strong as PETA would have liked — are a lifesaving step. Now, all eyes will be on Kentucky, where Churchill Downs — home of the Kentucky Derby — has the second-worst death rate for horses in the country,” Guillermo said in the statement. She said PETA would attend the Churchill Downs Inc. annual shareholders meeting later this month “to question the company’s executives.”

In California, The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita as well as Pimlico, where the second jewel of the Triple Crown is run, announced a set of new rules including limiting the use of furosemide (known as Lasix) and the use of whips. Protesters demonstrated outside Santa Anita on Saturday.

“At nearby Keeneland, Thoroughbred Cathedral Reader broke a leg and was euthanized on Saturday, and today, 2-year-old horses will be made to run faster than they ever will for the rest of their lives, risking injury and death to fetch a high price at the Keeneland April Sale,” Guillermo said. “Change is overdue, and for the sake of the horses, it needs to come now.”

The April 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale is taking place this week at Keeneland, which is also the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house. Horses ran timed sprints Monday and will be offered for sale Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Association of Racing Commissioners International issued a statement clarifying that horses treated with bisphosphonates, a controversial osteoporosis drug, may be denied entry into races while the organization formulates a policy to recommend to states.

The drugs have come under increased scrutiny by veterinary and racing organizations as deaths mount. Last year, Kentucky saw an unprecendented 80 percent increase in equine fatalities during racing. Bisphosphonates, which are recommended for navicular bone disease in older horses, are suspected of interfering with proper bone formation. Racing and sales officials have called on the industry to stop using them in horses under the age of 4.

Bimeda, the maker of Tildren, one of the medications, said in a statement to the Herald-Leader that they “welcome the recent partial bans proposed by racing organizations in the United States and Canada, regarding bisphosphonate use in young horses, and we are committed to research which will provide a better understanding of these important equine pharmaceuticals.”

Dechra, which makes the other drug, Osphos, pointed to another potential concern in an email: “There are two generations of bisphosphonates, non-nitrogenous (non-nitrogen containing) or nitrogenous (nitrogen-containing). Osphos is a first-generation non-nitrogenous bisphosphonate. This is the least potent class of bisphosphonate.

“There has been evidence of the non-approved and FEI-banned nitrogenous bisphosphonate zoledronate being compounded and used in horses. The nitrogenous bisphosphonates are not approved for use in the horse and work on a more complex pathway with a myriad of side effects as seen and documented in human medicine literature.”

The racing commissioners said that “bisphosphonate use in a racing environment is already prohibited and, if found, the trainer is subject to significant fine and suspension and the horse will be excluded from competition for at least 30 days to one year. The extra label use in any horse younger than 4 years of age of any bisphosphonate is prohibited.”

The racing commissioners, who recommend model rules for states to adopt, is considering a policy that would “disallow any horse from being entered in a race that has been treated with bisphosphonates prior to age 4 or for reasons not specifically cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as appropriate use. Owners and potential buyers of young horses are advised to insist on complete disclosure of any bisphosphonate treatments administered to horses they are considering for purchase.”

Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and Ocala Breeders’ Sales last month announced a ban on the use of bisphosphonates in young horses. The sales companies said that buyers will be allowed to request horses be tested and that the sales could be rescinded.

However, it is unclear if current testing would be able to detect the use of the drugs after more than three months

Editor’s Message: Allaboutcutting.net warned about using drugs on race horses previously in the attached article:  The Mechanical Horse,” written by Rick Dennis.

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IS CYBER BULLYING THE NEW NORM?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 7 comments

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS BEING RUN BY ADOLESCENTS?

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For allaboutcutting.net

April 9, 2019

IS CYBER BULLYING THE NEW NORM?

The latest in a round of lawsuits against cyber bullying, again comes from United States Congressman Devin Nunes of California.

Nunes, a House Intelligence Committee ranking member filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia state court against The McClatchy Company and others on Monday, alleging that one of the news agency’s reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes’ oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.

Nunes’ new complaint acknowledged the sensitivity of filing a defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against journalists but went on to allege that the defendants had “abandoned the role of journalists and chose to leverage their considerable power to spread falsehoods and to defame Nunes for political and financial gain.”

“They need to retract everything they did against me but they also need to come clean with the American people,” Nunes told “Hannity” on Fox News Monday night. “Retract all of their fake news stories. This is part of the broader clean-up. Remember, a few weeks ago, I filed against Twitter — they’re censoring conservatives. McClatchy is one of the worst offenders of this. But we’re coming after the rest of them. I think people are beginning to wake up now, I’m serious — I’m coming to clean up the mess.”

FILING A SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSE COMPLAINT:

The similarity of the Nunes Lawsuit and the current cyber bullying trend on social media platforms today are one and the same. The major difference between the two is:  Devin Nunes and his legal team are pursuing legal action in a court of law, while the rest of the population, who are under siege from internet “Cyber Bullying trolls” are left trying to negotiate the maze of social-media interphase reporting obstacles just to file an “abuse report.” 

Essentially, the every-day social media user trying to file an “abuse complaint” on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, for example, are usually left completely exasperated before the “abuse” filing process is over.  It’s a fact that social media platforms rely more on internet communication skills, via email, to solve a problem, rather than actual personal one-on-one communications via the telephone.  

So in one respect, I’d say social media platforms communication skills are very lacking, if not non-functional, to the average internet user. Technology is fine, except when it becomes obstructive to someone trying to file a legitimate “abuse complaint.”  Rather than having a system in place to speak to a live operator, it seems social media platform designers are more interested in “making a buck” rather than protecting the individual users on a specific platform. Of course, each social media platform offers a litany of rules and regulations to supposedly govern the civility on social media; however, in fact and reality, how many individuals are actually sanctioned for their harassment and constant “cyber-bullying tactics?” In my opinion, it’s just smoking mirrors!

CYBER BULLYING AND CYBER HARASSMENT:

Cyber Bullying or Cyber Harassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyber Bullying and cyber Harassment are also known as “online bullying.” It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Cyber Bullying is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victim’s personal information (DOXXING), or pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm. Victims may have lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation and a variety of emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry and depressed.

Awareness in the United States has risen since the 2010s, due in part to high-profile cases. Several US states and other countries have laws specific to cyber bullying. Some are designed to specifically target teen cyber bullying, while others use laws extending from the scope of physical harassment. In cases of adult cyber harassment, these reports are usually filed, beginning with local police.

Research has demonstrated a number of serious consequences of cyber-bullying victimization.

Internet trolling is a common form of bullying over the Internet in an online community (such as in online gaming or social media) in order to elicit a reaction, disruption or for someone’s own personal amusement. Cyber stalking is another form of bullying or harassment that uses electronic communications to stalk a victim. This may pose a credible threat to the victim.

INTERNET TROLL MONIKERS:

It’s been my experience that most internet “cyber-bullying trolls” and “cyber-harassment trolls” don’t have the guts nor the moral fiber or fortitude to initiate and repeat unwanted cyber-bullying and harassment attacks on an individual on social media while using their own names or identities.  Instead they use monikers like “Drama Drama”, “WTF”, “WTH”,  “Devin Nunes Cow” “Holy Moly”, etc.  Or they use a completely fictitious name which is unrelated to their real names. However, this provides a sense of security from identity disclosure to the cyber bully, which is completely false. A subpoena duces tecum from a lawyer, or a request from law enforcement, will usually disclose the culprit’s complete identity in quick fashion.

 

VALIDITY OF A “CYBER-BULLY’S” REMARKS:

It’s been my experience that the remarks, “Cyber Bullies use against a victim are usually false, slanderous and defamatory, which are strictly designed to 1) ruin a person’s reputation and 2) create a response from the individual being attacked, so-to-speak.  Good, bad or indifferent, a response is a response.  It’s also my opinion, from law enforcement experience, especially, “Criminal Profiler” training, “Cyber Bullies” are teetering on the border of being a “sociopath,” a “narcissist,”or a criminal, rather than being a normal social-media participant.  One of the tools that “Cyber Bullies” use in conjunction with their illegal activity is that they usually run in packs like dogs.  

In a Tweet on Twitter, or a post on Facebook, the “Cyber Bully” can rally his or her cohorts, or otherwise also seemingly mentally deficient individuals, to organize a concerted attack on an individual. Whichever the case may be, the unwarranted and unsolicited social-media attacks distort the truth and can produce economic, physical and mental harm to some individuals. Overall, “Cyber Bullying and Harassment” are a violation of the law and in my opinion more individuals should be arrested, prosecuted and transferred for an extended stay at the “Grey Bar Hotel” for his or her actions.

Case in point, I know of an individual who’s being “Cyber Bullied” on social media by a Twitter user who uses a moniker as his or her identity.  The problems arising for Twitter users are multiple:  1) The information being disseminated was only provided to one individual for which the identity of this individual is well known, 2) the information being disseminated is not completely true and accurate and 3) the false information being disseminated is very slanderous and defamatory by nature and content.  For the record, all appropriate options are on the table for resolving this matter, including, but not limited to, criminal and civil applications. Furthermore, if a “Cyber Bully” thinks they can hide behind a lawyer for protection while they’re committing a crime, he or she is completely wrong.

Another case in point is that not in the too far distant past, I was contacted by an individual who asked me if I would investigate a certain individual. The problem is that I don’t engage in or solicit for private investigations.  Another problem with this scenario is that I don’t engage in “Cyber Bullying.”  The last problem, for this individual, is that some of the information that was supplied to me concerning the individual was completely false. Therefore, I declined the offer.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE CYBER BULLYS?

Build a case against them, contact law enforcement and put them in jail! As the old adage says, “To engage with a fool is to become a fool.”  Therefore, the best way to handle a “Cyber Bully” is to completely ignore him or her.  If the criminal act persists, by all means, contact law enforcement.  One must remember, “Cyber Bullies” are criminals and eventually, as all criminals do, he or she will make a mistake.  This mistake will afford the recipient of such illegal action, a place in the crosshairs of a pair of handcuffs, a jail cell and a courtroom while being prosecuted.  In my opinion, the Federal Government needs to take control of all social media platforms because the adolescent-minded people running them, as well as operating on social media platforms of the criminal type, are completely out of control.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone: (985) 630-3500

 

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