Guest Commentary: EWA Vice President Vicki Tobin Responds to Wyoming’s Rep. Sue Wallis

CHICAGO, (EWA) – Thank you for not being embarrassed to publish the rantings of Sue Wallis. With your large readership, the horse world can see in print just how desperate and off the deep end Wallis has gone.

Why not go all out: Op Ed: Slaughter Bans Would Increase Horse Suffering,  Kill Jobs, Destroy What’s Left of Equine Businesses and Families, Bring on the Apocalypse, Bring Wall Street to Its Knees, Increase Global Warming, Start World War III, Bring on the Bubonic Plague, A Tsunami and the Doppelgangers, will rise.

Wallis starts her propaganda by completely ignoring that the amount of horses being slaughtered is the same as when the domestic plants were in operation. Perish the thought that common sense would prevail and she would realize that anything that is occurring cannot be attributed to the lack of slaughter. There can be no cause and effect if one of the factors has remained constant.

In her zealous quest to discredit HSUS, she has lied again. We didn’t follow HSUS, they followed us. HSUS did not become involved until AFTER the 1949 law in Texas shut down the plants. Their diligent legal team had the closures escalated and thus began HSUS’ involvement. Wallis is so enamored with Rick Berman [coined Dr. Evil by 60 Minutes] and his HumaneWatch that it has clouded the little bit of judgment she has. When will she realize that constantly attacking HSUS is not going to make Americans embrace horse slaughter? The strategy is old and tired and has run its course. HSUS’ support is as strong as ever.

The opposition to horse slaughter by horse owners, exists with or without HSUS. People are capable of forming their own opinions and don’t need HSUS or anyone to tell them what to support or not support. Unlike her small group of followers, we research and then decide whether to support an initiative. We don’t follow anyone blindly. We have disagreed with HSUS and others on issues and to continue to portray equine advocates as lemmings that aren’t capable of formulating an educated opinion is not only a lie but an insult to the horse community. We are not radical anything and all the name calling and lies won’t diminish what we have accomplished without funding or the knowledge and professionals we bring to the table. EWA is a 501c4 and have yet to ask for or collect one penny. We don’t work for HSUS, they don’t fund us and we don’t have Big Ag and the AQHA lining our pockets and donating to legislators to support our bills.

Wallis does not represent horse owners; she represents a foreign meat industry that she is trying to force down the throats of people that want no part of it. If she gets her way, horse owners will be forced to pay for a national passport system so the owners of 2% of the horse population can dump their horses. She is going to force costly regulations down the throats of the entire horse industry. She is going to bring the pollution, stench and violations of every regulation back to local communities that house the plants. She will take away valuable state and local resources to constantly battle with the plants to get them to follow regulations and then spend tens of thousands in court when they refuse to pay their fines. Who is going to pay for all that? The taxpayers, that’s who.

Wallis makes it sound like she wants to open a spa for horses. But those of us that have had the plants in our communities have experienced firsthand that it is nothing but death and destruction. And dare anyone to fine them or try to shut them down. One court battle after the next until they just about bankrupt the communities. And all because Wallis refuses to address the root cause of excess horses.

With the decades of killing horses, isn’t it obvious that slaughter does not control the population but encourages the exact opposite? Why on earth would the abusers change their behaviors when the dumping ground is available for their next batch of culls?

She slams educated legislators that can run circles around her and aligns with legislators that don’t understand the law.

If they did, they would understand that the courts have already ruled th at f

ees for inspections is a violation of the federal meat inspection act and yet, she and Lummis, keep trying to slip in amendments that are against the law. She ignores food safety laws by writing her own and hoping nobody will notice. The EU and FDA are strengthening food safety laws, not laxing them.

She complains of “all the horse suffering” and then opposes the very legislation that will end it and calls it ill advised.

Take note that she has no data to back any of her rantings. I for one would like to the data on how she arrived at the conclusion that the legislation is universally opposed by every segment of the horse world. Really? One of the largest exporting countries of horse meat, Canada, has proposed their own legislation to end

horse slaughter. Italy, one of the largest importers of horse meat is doing the same. Belgium, another large consumer has seen two major grocers remove and refuse to sell US horse meat. She won’t mention that one because it would require her to discuss food safety.

BTW, if there is such overwhelming support, why don’t slaughter proponents let the legislation go to the floor for a vote? Instead, they stall and block them every session.

The latest stall tactic was the call for the GAO report that took well over one year to produce and resulted in a report with no data, conflicting recommendations and pages full of anecdotal comments, gossip and conversations that were used to form opinions. How much did that farce of a report cost the American taxpayers?

Only Wallis would praise the abysmal record of regulation enforcement. The transport issues alone put that comment in the “say what?” category. Only Wallis would continue to declare undercover videos fake that were authenticated by the Canadian government. Only Wallis would continue to repeat over and over again that horses are livestock but fail to mention that calling them livestock does not make them food animals. Only Wallis continues to completely ignore food safety and that the meat she wants to feed foreign consumers would be banned for sale by the FDA in the U.S. Only Wallis would exploit Native Americans and try to portray their support as if it represents the Native American population in general when the “Tribes” that support her are a minute percentage of the Native American population.

She doesn’t understand that the horse industry does not produce meat. The horse industry is involved in activities that require live horses. The live horses bring $39 billion in revenue compared to 3 cents on every $100 earned from horse slaughter. Horse slaughter is no more than a rounding error on the horse industry’s balance sheet.

Almost every business in the US has had to downsize. Thousands upon thousands of businesses have shuttered their doors or are a mere shadow of their former market share. None of this has anything to do with the plants closing. The economy tanked after the plants closed and to think that the worst financial crises in US history since the Great Depression wouldn’t impact the horse industry is beyond stupid.

Killing horses is not going to put money in the pockets of consumers so they can afford to buy and care for horses. Killing horses isn’t going to bring American jobs back and would restore only the 30 or so jobs that were held by American citizens between the three plants.

And in case she has forgotten, slaughter is for food production. It is not the place to send excess or unwanted animals of any species. Regulations require that the animal be raised and regulated as a food animal. She refuses to acknowledge the recent EU report that revealed residues of banned substances in US horses and that each horse had falsified paperwork stating

the horse was drug free.

She claims pro-horse groups trying to help horses are begging for money but when she constantly begs, it’s not begging. What happened to her Horse Act of 2009? She said she was going to build a plant in Cheyenne, then a mobile plant, then it was in Platte and now it’s in 5 states. She’s a moving target with frequent organization name changes – United Orgs of the Horse with a donate button that went to United Horsemen’s Front so a deduction that shouldn’t have been deductible, became deductible. It was a mutual benefit then a 501c3 that lobbies full time. And then UHF changed to United Horsemen and was in Oregon but then was moving to Wyoming. First she was going to feed the toxic meat to children and prisoners in WY, then she was going to slaughter for zoos and now, multi species. John Holland, at no charge, advised her two years ago that a plant could not be financially supported for zoos and finally the light bulb came on and she says it doesn’t “pencil.”  How much did it cost her taxpayers for that study

?

She’s making everyone dizzy.

25 comments for “Guest Commentary: EWA Vice President Vicki Tobin Responds to Wyoming’s Rep. Sue Wallis

  1. Maria K23
    September 24, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Could not have said it better myself…well done, Ms. Tobin!

  2. Morgan Griffith
    September 24, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Oh thank you Vicki for going point for lying point against this seriously demented woman. I do not and will not understand why she is so single mindedly focused on HSUS. Does she not do ANY homework, just makes up things in her head and then screams it to the world like those demented souls you see screaming the world is ending on every corner? For the life of me I know not where she gets the info that she then corrupts and why she feels it so necessary to outright lie to everyone she meets. One can only hope that one day at least one of her supporters will look up actual published facts and see the light and then call Ms. Wallis on the carpet. I ain’t holding my breath. I guess stupid just remains stupid.

  3. September 24, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Wallis a self proclaimed expert on horses and ethics without either the education or experience to back it up. The sad part is that some people actually believe her ranting. Education, logic and science are of no consequence to Wallis. She creates her own reality based on self-serving interests. News Alert: The horse industry DOES NOT SUPPORT SLAUGHTER AND THE UNITED HORSEMEN DO NOT REPRESENT THE HORSE INDUSTRY.

    • Morgan Griffith
      September 24, 2011 at 4:50 am

      AMEN FAITH, AMEN!

    • September 24, 2011 at 5:24 am

      Actually, NO ONE believes Sue Wallis’ ranting, they are simply people who benefit from horse slaughter, so nothing that is said by Slaughterhouse Sue has to be the truth, facts, or anything else whether, truth or lie. Their only goal is to legalize horse slaughter in the US again. Unfortunately for them however, horse slaughter is never coming back here again, and very shortly, it will be illegal to export horses from the US for slaughter too.

      • Lynette
        September 24, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        You are so RIGHT Laura!!!! Horse slaughter will never come back to the US so those who support it had better figure out where else they can make the few bucks they get from slaughtering horses. They will no longer be able to get their blood money from our horses suffering.

  4. September 24, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Sue Wallis is always complaining about the HSUS asking for money and yet now if you want to view all of the content on her website, United Horsemen, you are required to join and pay $10 minimum a month. $120.00 a year! It will be interesting to see who anti’s up?or will she be preaching to herself?

    • September 24, 2011 at 5:19 am

      so well written.. Is there any chance that we could get that rebuttal posted on the United Horsemen’s Page… Like we read hers.. No likely. If anyone on there has any brains or common sense, it would just seem to reasonable.

  5. Elaine Nash
    September 24, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Sue Wallis is a thug, a bully, a lier, and would happily see even children eat cancer-causing horse meat if it would put a dime in her pocket. If there is any lower form of human predator than that, I’ve never heard of it. Just sayin’.

  6. Lynette
    September 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    GREAT JOB VICKI!!!! Facts, facts, facts will keep Slaughterhouse Sue’s horse slaughterhouse from ever being built. We the American people DO NOT want that type of busiess in our country. It is wrong to torture animals and these types of jobs are low wage, dangersous and the buisnesses don’t pay taxes so all of Sue’s main reasons for bringing this horrible business back are all a moot point. You might as well forget it Sue, we will not let you serve toxic horsemeat to our American child, prisoners or even un-knowing foreign consumers or their poor. Better find a new issue to support Sue. How about sand boxes in the desert?

  7. Mary Johnson
    September 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you, Vicki. Your comments were certainly on the mark. Of course, you can’t be rational with an irrational person. Wallis is the sorriest excuse for a “horse lover” that I have ever seen.

  8. Marge Mullen
    September 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Sue Wallis is the anti-christ and her tribble is just that!

    A very sick individual……would love to see her on Dr. Phil!!

  9. Loni
    September 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    God, Vicki, what a terrific response! This woman is nuttier than a fruitcake!

  10. September 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you Vicki, your article is great. When I think of Sue Wallis….it’s a big question mark, dose she think that Americans are going to accept a new beef. All horse burger with fries. Sue don’t understand that real horse people, see thier horses as companions, pets, and loyal friend. Peta, HSUS, has nothing to do with how we feel, we have been fighting horse slaughter, alot longer than them…. Your lies are viewed as they are, we know what is behind your ranting$.

  11. Tom Durfee
    September 24, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Sue Wallis needs to be investigated and prosecuted for the terrorist that she is. Knowingly poisoning hundreds of thousands of people is a terrorist act and she should be treated accordingly.

  12. Marianne
    September 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you Vicki Tobin.

  13. Barbara Wood
    September 24, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Well said! I am joing the fight AGAINST this most inhumane of practices.

  14. robin
    September 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    This Sue Wallis, Is a very sad lonely person. Why does she have to keep going after the horse. She must not have a heart. AND I think she could go into the slaughter house. And kill the horses, and it would not bug her. Now again why is she so greedy, hateful? I’d hate to be like her. SAD SAD SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I’d like to thank Vicki Tobin for this story. We can not let Sue Wallis get away with this. OH, Sue Wallis is a LIAR ALSO.

  15. Amy Curtis
    September 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I really think she was kicked in the head by a horse as a child. She really needs to be out of the political scene…although it is a good fit for her as politicians are liars and crooks anyway….I really hope she rots in hell!

  16. Maggie Frazier
    September 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Great rebuttal!!! How this demented woman can “represent” anyone in this country is beyond me. And people VOTE for her???????????
    Actually, I think the pro-slaughter group couldnt find a better spokesperson – certainly makes our side of the discussion the believable one, doesnt it?
    Looking forward to hearing about the conference next week.
    Keep on doing what youre doing
    Thank you
    Maggie

  17. Monika Courtney
    September 25, 2011 at 3:12 am

    The pro-slaughter folks have shown their low class at the summit, Wallis in the lead. They seem to know all the answers, yet nobody is asking them questions. Overwhelm the anti-slaughter world with Wallis ethics – no thanks. There are plenty of folks in WY. and the rest of America who are disgusted with Wallis and her propaganda. The nitpicking of Wallis discloses a deep frustration on how we educate on the truth. Experts at sabotaging the truth and masters of accusing opponents by labeling them as animal rights activists are lame attempts to gain composure in a world that is discovering the agenda of Wallis and cohorts. No one of us hides the truth. It is the base of our work. We expose the truth and alternatives, of which there are plenty, they are just not profit driven. Wallis represents an industry of exploitative minds trying to tap into a market by embellishing their agenda with lies and speculations. No hard data. The unprofessional and ethically questionable Wallis proved at her Summit that she has little to back her up. She is good at selling her twisted stories but misrepresents the facts. The mentality of DISCARDING must stop. It’s a well known fact that even in the good ol’USA inspections were seriously lacking to ensure any aspect of “humanity” which indeed does not exist, but is a big word for propaganda purposes. No slaughter was ever “humane”, whether here or abroad. This country is out of control with breeding. Not just horses, but dogs/cats who pay the ultimate price for an ignorant society at best. Regulate this excess breeding, increase registration fees and rethink the throw-away approach. The excuses of pro-slaughter folks do NOT reflect a responsible desire to find a morally feasible solution, but embellish their agenda with misleading fairy tales of humane euthanasia, which slaughter is not. The public health threat of adulterated meat is another significant component that is dismissed and reflects the very ill-minded principle of pro-slaughter action. To see how a modern country like the US resorts to such backwards dealings and trends of animal cruelty, is worrisome and shameful. Furthermore the finger pointing blame-game of labeling anyone opposing this very propaganda as an animal rights terrorist just demonstrates the lack of intelligence and the profit-driven tunnel-vision on the factual substance of the matter.
    Educate we must. End the lies we must. Little beginnings lead to greater results. Solutions against horse slaughter were presented to Dr. Grandin before the summit. She supported them. Yet in those there is no profit – which is the main incentive driving the pro-slaughter minds: greed and exploitation, a way to continue the irresponsible dumping grounds of looking the other way, an American trademark.
    Anyone following Wallis’ gospel reflects the spineless wonder lacking guts and backbone. Initiating arguments is a good tactic when you know and respect the truth. Since the pro-slaughter can’t achieve any control over their failure to convince the main stream, they just keep defying the truth to prove a point… just which one ?

  18. Monika Courtney
    September 25, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Dear Vicki, Thank you for your perseverance, EWA for tirelessly educating on the subject and reality. What is our role and responsibility, how can we all partake to make the dark chapter of horse slaughter a thing of the past, forever ?
    It is a privilege as a human being to shed light onto a sinister controversy by sharing the below links. The truth revealed is the first step – the second is to discern the underlying importance to educate others.

    The perversion and warfare of a Sue Wallis, self-appointed horse pro-slaughter Guru, contending to project her twisted perspective of unrestrained greed and corruption onto unsuspecting Americans, posing a national public health threat based on the laws of selfishness and debauched deception:

    The Truth Behind the United Horsemen’s Pro-Slaughter Campaign – Part 2 – YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cp-ueOTwxI&feature=share

    Instead – there are alternatives, many possibilities that offer better choices, once explored. These choices are based on truth, respect and high standards, not on greed and exploitative propaganda:

    ~ The film below is going global and has been highly acclaimed. Even the US grossly violated standards, according to Dr.Temple Grandin, who said how many times “staff” just behaved “bad”… they burn out, nothing is done neither humane nor “controlled”. We have an obligation to find and present the truth, before we suggest anything as hideous as horse slaughter – no matter where it is !

    ~ http://www.savingamericashorses.org/SavingAmerica%27sHorsesonWorldStageThroughCinema.pdf

    ~ http://www.savingamericashorses.org/The_story_of_Saving%20Americas_Horses_goes_Global.pdf
    ~ http://stablewomangazette.com/articles/eliminating-equine-slaughter
    ~ http://www.frontrangequinerescue.org check “Trail’s End Program”
    ~ http://www.causes.com/causes/567641-national-euthanization-clinic/about
    ~ http://www.horsefoodbank.org Hay Banks, Colorado Horse Care Food Bank has helped in several states, projects such as this can expand.
    Please share this message. Thank you.

  19. Sharon Kennedy
    September 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    The reality is that slaughterhouses are Satan’s playground. We defeat sin and evil the same way Christ defeated evil on our knees in persistent prayer.

  20. Ellen-Cathryn Nash
    September 26, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Yes Vicki, it is beyond stupid. Wallis reduces herself to an absurdity.

  21. Pat Wyoming
    September 29, 2011 at 4:47 am

    “With the decades of killing horses, isn’t it obvious that slaughter does not control the population but encourages the exact opposite? Why on earth would the abusers change their behaviors when the dumping ground is available for their next batch of culls?” You said it all Vicki. Horse slaughter makes no sense. There is NO rational basis for it other than she wants to kill horses for money. And to the meat man it doesn’t matter if the horse is pregnant, a young one, your stolen horse or a mustang taken from the range illegally (yes there are many ways they do that). All they care about is filling their meat order…need more meat. (That is what a former slaughter house worker said) We will not stop until we expose what this really is and when there is no demand for horse meat and no one will buy it or eat is when we will rest.

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