Humane Society of the United States Fights Back

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – In the wake of a humiliating defeat in Missouri of the small group of ranchers and breeders who would revive horse slaughter in the United State, the Humane Society of the United States made its thoughts public on the blog of CEO Wayne Pacelle.

Pacalle took direct aim at pro slaughter Wyoming State Representative Sue Wallis.

HSUS has been solidly in the crosshairs of Wallis and others who would bring the practice back.

Community Speaks Out Against Horse Slaughter in Missouri

Sue Wallis, a Wyoming state representative and the most visible booster for horse slaughter in the United States, took it on the chin the other day in Missouri, as local residents strongly opposed her proposal for a horse slaughter plant near the Mountain Grove community of nearly 5,000. There were about 300 angry residents who packed the town council meeting at the Mountain Grove Senior Center and wanted nothing to do with such an enterprise in their town.

They knew that profits would be slim, and that they’d also be getting too large a share of pollution problems, reduced property values, and animal cruelty bound up with this industry.

The community’s resounding rejection of the proposal put the lie to Wallis’s prior claim that “the folks in Missouri are 100 percent on board with what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to do it.”

Horse transport to slaughter
Kathy Milani/The HSUS

Some people want to become firefighters, to help people in the developing world, to open up a legitimate business, or to serve their country, in one form or another. As for Sue Wallis, she just seems to want to help kill horses.

It’s hard to know at any given time whether she is operating as an elected official, a rancher, an investor, or a prospective manager of a slaughter plant. For her, it seems that all roads lead to an equine abattoir.

The message Sue Wallis got the other night came from local people who were being asked to live with a horse slaughtering plant in their midst, and it was consistent with what we know of public opinion on the issue. In poll after poll, the majority of Americans?urban, suburban, and rural?have signaled their disapproval of horse slaughter, especially for sale of the meat in the global marketplace.

Representatives of the horse slaughter industry need to stop their excuse-making for horse owners who abandon their animals, or who only want to profit from them by selling them to a kill buyer. The horse slaughter business is predatory, cruel, and marginal. Even communities trying to attract business want nothing to do with it, despite the efforts by a handful of politicians who see just a bundle of tissue, sinew, bone, and hair rather than living, feeling animals who have played no small role in the history of our nation.

6 comments for “Humane Society of the United States Fights Back

  1. March 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    the world to a horse can be
    a pretty place
    vibrant colors, so much space
    but to those being chased. terrorized
    and killed
    the world is a chasm
    by suffering, filled


    i want to run as far as i can
    where it is safe
    away from man
    i want the grass, the field, the trees
    away from civilization’s disease…
    i want to run i will always try
    i will run until i die

  2. Susan
    March 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thanks to Mr Pacelle for a well-written piece. Ms Wallis is obviously an expendable tool for deeper pockets.

    Her 15 minutes of fame is ticking. She’s branded herself with a lost cause: Horse slaughter’s an unwanted, marginal industry that feeds off the worst of human nature.

    Ms Wallis does not own horses. She’s never been seen riding, mucking, grooming, or working at a rescue. To her, horses are dollars on the hoof, and by all appearances, an electronic paper trail from Belgium to her bank account.

    So it’s no surprise she has zero empathy for owners of thousands of horses stolen each year by greedy horse killers, or for the caring horse owners lied to by bottom-feeding dealers promising “a good home.”

    The fact that thousands of horses are stolen each year for slaughter speaks volumes about what Wallis and her backers really think about “property rights.”

    Passing the Federal ban will help honest horsemen, and show respect to the contribution America’s wild and domestic horses make to our lives.

    Some people just don’t get that. But for the 80% of Americans who do, Congress has the opportunity to do the right thing for us – and America’s horses – this session.

  3. Louie Cocroft
    March 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I should have stated that the inmates are preparing the Horses for castration, although I don’t see the veterinarian from BLM in the picture. This does make one wonder who actually does the castrating….and how.

  4. Louie Cocroft
    March 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    These are WILD HORSES, that have been through the trauma of helicopter roundups and being transported for miles, and GOD only knows what other things have been done to them along the way. Our tax dollars are being spent to do this to them. They belong to US and they belong on the Public Lands, which also belong to US.

  5. Louie Cocroft
    March 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Our Wild Horses and Burros need all of the help they can get. Those that have already been captured are in great danger. This is what happens to them when they are whisked out of sight to the prisons, never to be seen again.
    Look at ALL of the pictures and scroll the arrow to the top to read the captions.

    Look at ALL of the pictures and read the captions.


    Convict cowboys train horses, seek redemption at Nevada camp
    Las Vegas Review-Journal

    Louie Cocroft says:

    March 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    When you click on to the pictures, slide the arrow up to the top and view the caption. That will explain the picture. Be certain to view ALL of the pictures. There were NO comments on this story,


    • dun being wild
      March 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Yes, the stallions are cut. It is a normal practice for horses going into family use since stallions are not good in a family situations. The horses that the inmates are working with and training are going into the adopt a horse program or the parks or boarder patrol. None of which needs to deal with the problems of a stallion. The gelding is done under a Vet’s care and there are very few complications. Gelding is a standard practice with domestic horses also, and we would not have the over population of horses that we do if more people practiced common sense and gelded all but the best of the best. Why people have this strange idea that the herds will limit their numbers without human intervention is beyond me. The only limit to the horse population by nature is starvation and dying of thirst in times of drought. Right now if you look at the pictures just taken in the South Steens you will see that the mares are thin and there is little forage. This is a herd that is managed well. Think of what a bad winter would do to an over populated herd with small foal born in February and no feed for the mother and no new growth for at least another month.

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