New EU Regs Spell Likely End to Euro Markets for American Horse Meat

By Steven Long

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Despite claims by pro-horse slaughter activists who would seemingly put a slaughterhouse on every rural main street, the market for American horse meat just dwindled to almost nothing. The European Union released its 2013 regulations for meat imported into the 27 countries.

Under the new regulations, all horses and burros destined for slaughter and export to Europe must have a passport that shows they are free from substances such as phenalbutazone (bute), and clenbuterol. Such substances never leave an animal’s body and are carcinogens. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration bans their use in all food animals.

Almost all U.S. horses have been administered a dose of bute during their lifetime.
“These new rules would appear to make the entire issue of horse slaughter in America moot. If these guidelines are enforced, virtually every horse in America will become ineligible for slaughter,” said John Holland, president of the Chicago based Equine Welfare Alliance, the most prominent among the groups fighting to ban slaughter in the United States.
Holland said the issue of horse slaughter to benefit a relative few American breeders and horse owners is forcing unexpected problems for the overwhelming majority of horse owners from coast to coast who have nothing to do with the meat trade.

“There has been a lot of postulating about the “unintended consequences” of the 2007 inspections ban. Now the American horse industry will realize the unforeseen consequences if we are to continue to ship our excess horses to slaughter. It will require tracking of every drug given to a horse, the loss of our most effective and inexpensive medications and hugely increased veterinary costs overall. The days of that tube of bute being stashed in the grain room will be over,” Holland said.

The EU is putting teeth into strict enforcement of regulations that began in 2010 when the European nations warned horses coming to those countries from abroad must be in full compliance within three years. That time span has nearly lapsed.

The strict new passport regulations are contained in a European Commission document titled Imports of Animals and Food of Animal Origans From Non-EU Countries.

Horse slaughter activists such as Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis have been ignoring the European recommendations. That will now be impossible.

As is usually the case, Wallis has not returned emails or phone calls from Horseback seeking comment on the EU developments.

In an additional blow to the budding U.S. horse meat industry, it was leaned today that the Europeans have also have found Bute and Clinbuterol in Canadian horse product exported to Europe.
“It appears the Europeans have finally awoken to the abject reality of our many warnings that they are being fed unsafe horse meat. Their recent finding of phenylbutazone in samples of frozen Canadian horse meat shows that they are beginning to perform real tests, but if they routinely tested kidneys they would be in for a real shock!” Holland said.

71 comments for “New EU Regs Spell Likely End to Euro Markets for American Horse Meat

  1. Pam Vaught
    August 1, 2012 at 5:47 am

    This should be a wake up call for Sue Wallis and her gang, but she is so greedy she’ll probably still try to find a way around it by forging passports. According to reports this has been done in the past, that only made the Europeans more diligent as they do not want meat that has known cancer causing substance.

    • Susan
      August 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Good point.

      The forged passports .. aren’t they from countries with EU approved source country inspection programs ..?

      If I am reading the EU release correctly, US is not on the list of countries with an EU approved inspection program. Canada and Mexico are.

      So in theory, until US has an EU inspection program on US soil, there are no legal US sourced horses to hide forged passports amongst.

      So US horses, then, would have to be gotten past border inspections, with fake Coggins, then blend into the Canadian or Mexican horse slaughter pipeline.

      Will Canada want the liability of illegal US horses, and with 2 out of 4 EU Canadian abattoirs declining to take Thoroughbreds?

      At some point, with the risks at border crossings, and aerial and satellite surveillance popping up all over – big name trainers especially – might want to do what owners of 99% of other US horses do, call the vet.

      • August 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        They have never forged passports before because they weren’t required. We were supposed to be providing a Equine Identification Document (EID) but of course we never did. This was what the killers were forging – among other documents.

        A full passport would be much harder to forge, because it enumerates every med a horse has ever had from birth. The horse must also have some kind of permanent ID – like a microchip – that’s recorded in a national database and has to be issued to a horse before the age of 6 months. Then the passport and the ID must match.

        This is a MUCH bigger deal than what went before.

      • cel
        August 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

        At this point the U.S doesn’t need to be included. We have no horse slaughter plants, therefor, not hoses meat comes from the U.S. Once a horse is slaughtered in Mexico or Canada it is considered meat from those countries. In order for our horses to be protected we need to ban the slaughter of horses here and keep the slaughter plants from opening.

        • August 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm

          NO. The EU has told it’s plants in Mexico and Canada not to accept horses from the US after July, 31, 2013. I have the original inspections from the EU if anyone wants to see them.

          • August 4, 2012 at 11:54 am

            The countries that submitted traceability plans is what you’re looking at I guess. The US is checked in for every category EXCEPT horses because we didn’t submit a plan for a traceability system. Therefore, we CANNOT submit horses for slaughter to a EU regulated slaughter plant until/unless we come up with an acceptable plan, i.e. a passport system.

  2. Lynn
    August 1, 2012 at 6:48 am

    This is such good news FINALLY!!!! Can’t wait to see the PSA’s take on it.

  3. August 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    All I can say is that we have been warning them for years that this was going to happen. I only wish OUR government had had the guts to do the right thing instead of forcing the EU to do it for us.

    • Susan
      August 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

      Suzanne,

      So true. ‘Not with a bang but a whimper’

      How ironic this is happening because a few horse owners lie about the drugs, not because Congress responded to years of appeals from a landslide of American voters.

      Slaughter was never about the markets or the horses. It’s an old school play motivated by entitlement, not economics.

  4. Karen
    August 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

    It is about time.

  5. marjorie hughes
    August 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    thanks, steve! great to hear!

  6. beverly
    August 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Thank you steven…

  7. Shirleyvh
    August 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

    The only thing that worries me is “If these guidelines are enforced.” I hope the importers are doing testing, as I do not trust our exporters to render true passports. It is a huge step in the right direction.

    • AutumnSmoke
      August 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Good for the EU, better late than never.
      Question: Do EU food guidelines have any bearing on US animals/animal products exported to Canada, Mexico, Japan, etc? My concern is that slaughterers will surely find a market somewhere for US horsemeat.
      Don’t stop until federal bans are gained: US S1176/HR2966.

      • August 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

        Both Canada and Mexico were instructed by the EU to refuse American horses after July 31, 2013 – when the new rules go into effect – if we hadn’t implemented a passport comparable program of our own. Haven’t seen Mexico’s reply, but Canada agreed some time ago.

    • August 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      If their sanctions on an Irish supplier of horse meat are any indication, I think they will finally begin to put teeth into the program. I personally told them that the EIDs (voluntary affidavits called Equine Information Documents) would be a complete joke, then we sent them a couple dozen falsified EIDs from New Holland, then they found contaminated meat from horses with clean EIDs in Mexico. Certainly they know by now that they have to do far more, and this looks like they intend to do so.

      The next question is whether the USDA has put together such a program and submitted it for EU approval.

  8. Barbara G
    August 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    It looks like the labs that do the testing in the EU countries have come up with a new more sensitive method of doing the job. The boneless meat described sounds a lot like beef roasts. It looks like they don’t need a particular section of the meat to test anymore.

    • August 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      The results imply a sensitivity down to at least one part per million. Such tests (probably gas chromatography combined with Mass Spectrometry) have been around a while but are still rather expensive, so they probably test only .5% to 2% of the meat. However, once they start finding violative readings, as they have already, they will undoubtedly look closer. Personally, I would rather have a picnic held on a toxic waste dump than eat our horses!

      • August 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        No kidding, John!

      • jean
        August 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

        Right-on John! Thanks for all you do and continue to do for the welfare of our equines…you’re the best!

  9. F Bela
    August 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I can see how this is a death blow but is it really? Will those below – voting in favor of slaughter – consider this?

    Members voting n favor of slaughter:

    Cynthia M. Lummis, Wyoming; R
    Jack Kingston, Georgia R
    Jeff Flake, Arizona R
    Rodney Alexander, Louisiana R
    Steve Austria, Ohio R
    Jo Bonner, Alabama R
    John R. Carter, Texas R
    Tom Cole, Oklahoma R
    John Abney Culberson, Texas R
    Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri R
    Kay Granger, Texas R
    Tom Graves, Georgia R
    Michael M. Honda, California D (well now)
    Tom Latham, Iowa R
    Jerry Lewis, California R
    Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi R
    Denny Rehberg, Montana R
    Hal Rogers, Kentucky (Chairman) R
    Michael K. Simpson, Idaho R
    Steve Womack, Arkansas R
    Kevin Yoder, Kansas R

    • admin
      August 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      From your list, it looks as if it is no longer a bipartisan issue, or have you left out some Dems?

      The Editor

      • F Bela
        August 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm

        No I did not leave out any Dems (Bit please feel free to double check). Do not blame me for the numbers do not lie. I know who stands on the side of slaughter. Do you? ANTI SLAUGHTER ACT has 130+ D’s in support and 23 R’s.

    • CP
      August 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

      Remind those polititions, this is voting season, they favor slaughtering, they will be voted OUT! Those who support S.1176 will be voted IN!

    • August 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

      What does it matter who votes for what? These are NOT our rules. These are the European Union’s rules – you know, the ones who BUY our horse meat?

      We won’t slaughter horses if there is no market for the meat.

      • F Bela
        August 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        Because in this country, our voted in to office politicking dimwits set the rules. The above list was who will vote to remove the Moran amendment.

        • August 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

          They don’t make the rules for the EU! The EU says that after July 31, 2013 they will not accept our horses unless we have implemented a passport system comparable to theirs. Since we have done nothing, there is no way we can become compliant by that date. There will be NO market for our horses and Washington has nothing to do with it.

  10. Billee Hackett
    August 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I can’t believe how blind you are and don’t have a clue of what will happen if this is allowed to continue with all these horses. All the country in a drouth just trying to hang on, no hay or forage. You all don’t give a rip about the animal, it’s just you all want to prove we ag, rancher and farmer are all so dumb. Come out west and get off your couch and see what it is really like. Thanks

    • August 2, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Billee, you do not dispose of any animal into the food chain. It is not a disposal service but for animals that were specifically raised and regulated as food animals. Don’t you have vets in the west? If they can’t feed their horse and can’t place it elsewhere then pick up the phone, call the vet and have the animal humanely euthanized. That’s what you do when you care about your animals.

      • jean
        August 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

        This article has made my day…great news!!! It’s good to hear that people are finally waking up to the fact…consuming horsemeat is dangerous to one’s health, period!

    • faith
      August 2, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Billee why do you wrongly assume that we are not farmers etc. Many of us are and while we may hold other jobs we know the effects of a drought especially on farmers and their crops. Also why do you westerners falsely assume you are the major horse states in relation to horse population. You are not. Pa for example is among the top 10 most populous horse states and number two in dairy. Why don’t you get off your ranch and come east to see how responsible horse owners deal with the drought. Most of us have our hay in our barns and some of us cut early and have second cutting. I always have a little extra if someone is in need because in the east the horse community takes care of our own. One thing I know is our farmers are far from dumb and knew that it was going to be necessary to get the hay in early. No farmer I know would ever eat a horse. Yes feed prices will rise but I guarantee you that none of my animals will go hungry because I will work a second job if need be. YES please come east and see how horses should be cared for. Yesterday my 42 year old blind horse got down and could not get up on her own. What did I do kill her. No way I called my fellow animal response team members and along with local fire departments and equipment provided by PASART (google it) WE GOT HER UP and when she got down again at 3AM we got her up again. With the help of the vet and iv fluids she is up and running. PLEASE head east to see what it means to care and love horses. PS read Swift’s A Modest Proposal.

      • August 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

        Right! I’m in Indiana – extreme drought conditions this summer. Kept first cutting hay. Second cutting less than half of usual. NO third cutting! Still, we have enough for our horses, but not as much extra as usual, that’s for sure. Price is at $10 for 50lb. square bale. We don’t have any to sell this year, but if we did we wouldn’t charge that much. That’s a rip.

        • admin
          August 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

          We have endured those prices since the Texas drought hit almost two years ago. Now there is an abundance of hay and the prices have barely gone down.

          The Editor

          • August 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

            Ours probably won’t either. Why would they do that if they can get the higher price? Most people around here take care of each other – especially horse people. This guy that was wanting $10 per does not own horses.

    • Ldg
      August 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I guess the question to ask Billie is do you need hay for your horses or animals? Would you rather feed your horses or simply sell them to slaughter and if your answer is that you want to feed your horses, why don’t you, among other things, let Sue Wallis know that?

      And if you really do need hay, maybe some folks on here could provide some links where you and others could get some help?

    • August 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Billee, If you believe what you just posted you ARE dumb. We’ve been under extreme drought conditions all summer here in Indiana. I don’t see anyone abandoning their horses or whining for slaughter. We’re making it just fine. I grew up in Dallas during the famous drought in the 1950s. We survived that one too.

      Quit yer bitching!

      • faith
        August 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

        The 10 is really a ripoff. Hay around here goes for about 4/bale delivered and may go up to 5. I think round bales went from 35 to 50 but I do not feed them so I am not sure. I pay 1.75 because I help put it up. The farmers here are good people who would help anyone in need. We had some horses left to starve and as soon as the call went out for help hay, money, and grain came flooding in to help them. Perhaps we have a different concept of what it means to help because killing and eating is surely not an option. Billee HSUS the organization you proslaughter people despise has funds for hay. Perhaps the concerned queen of slaughter and her whatever its called this week can start getting a hay bank together. That would certainly help.

        • admin
          August 2, 2012 at 11:11 pm

          We envy your hay prices. $10 a bale at the feed store is not at all unusual in Texas. ‘Might add, we’ve seen $12.

          The Editor

    • Barbara Rocco
      August 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Slaughter has always been an option if you choose to send your horse to a horrible death so there is no reason for them to starve. You can also choose humane euthanasia by your vet or a well-placed bullet from your own gun. Your argument doesn’t hold water! On top of that, if there’s no hay here for our horses, let’s look at the hay growers and see how they’re shipping it to Europe because they get more $$ for it. What’s left over, is what we get — at a higher price. Stop blaming the anti-slaughter people for the greed in this industry. Keep the hay in America for those who need it! Slaughter is NOT about animal welfare, it is about the cattle and oil industries and a few such as Sue Wallis who want to line their pockets. She has claimed that she will “raise horses for slaughter” if we open the houses up here. Why would she have to raise them for slaughter if there are SO MANY unwanted? Makes no sense! We are all about the farmers but NOT about lining people’s pockets with the blood of our horses!

  11. CP
    August 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Thank God for the EU. Now it is time to remind your local polititions, this is Voting Season. They support slaughtering, they will be voted OUT!

    • Susan
      August 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      Yes, it can be done!

      Our District voted out a pro-slaughter Rep, and elected a Rep who has sponsored the bill.

      The former pro slaughter rep was a Democrat, and new Rep is Republican – it’s really a bi-partisan issue.

      The former Rep had no answer for the drugs. His rationale was straight from the Farm Bureau, horse slaughter should be an “option” and what about the starving horses in the fields.

      Ironically, a horse hoarder in the district – with ties alleged to the slaughter trade – was later arrested and convicted. So much for slaughter stopping starving in the fields.

      Voters weighed in with, gosh if the candidate won’t listen to the people on this issue, thinks it’s OK to contaminate the food supply for money, do this level of cruelty to horses for money, how will he vote about my food safety, or issues affecting my family?

      Horse people got on board and spread the word.

      We’re a mixed rural area .. if we can, anybody can!

  12. Annie
    August 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    This is great, hopefully with this news, it will be more difficult to reopen the slaughter houses in the U.S.

  13. August 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Now it would be nice if all those “do gooder” pro-slaughter people would put the time and money they’re spending on delivering horses to the slaughter market into eliminating horse over breeding. They can start raising money to help people geld their stallions. They can help create 4-H programs that teach kids how to ride, train, care for and respect horses. They can support foster programs that rescue horses from neglect and abuse and make them available for those who will care for them. If they have the land and wish to raise livestock, for God sake raise livestock and leave America’s horses alone. If they are involved for the sake of the horses, put your time and money to good use and make it a better planet for all of God’s creatures. As for the elected dopes that were duped into voting to open horse slaughter facilities in the US. They have no business making decisions about anything outside what they’re going to wear for the day. Send them home.

    • Susan
      August 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Bonnie, thank you for this post!

      We have been saying all along, resources will be freed up to help the horses once slaughter ends. The pro slaughter people are do-gooding their wallets only. It was never about the horses. Putting drugs in the food supply is a chilling reminder about how they disrespect fellow human beings.

      Once slaughter ends, free markets will do their work, less puppy mill over breeding, less abuse and neglect, and a better “floor” for the market.

      Next November, let’s enhance Congress by sending home anybody who thinks it’s OK to ship horses to a brutal death, and ignore the drugs, and be dismissive of 80% of Americans who want horse slaughter stopped. I’m tired of the Farm Bureau buying our democracy. Isn’t this why we fought the British?

      Thanks again for your beautiful post.

  14. Vicky Johnson
    August 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Keep your eyes open for the ‘exemptions’ and more of the fraudulent actions and documents that are likely to surface.
    Right now they are trying to implement NAIS or National Identification under the guise of ‘disease control’ when they don’t even effectively regulate the requirements in the UM&R for EIA.
    Write letters!

    Currently the legalized horse cartel under the ‘discretion’ of the Secretary of Agriculture is free to:
    • Acquire horses by lying to the owners, promising them excellent homes, with no accountability for stealing by fraud and deception
    • fabricate or create the foreign EID affidavits giving false or fraudulent information as a guarantee of wholesomeness concerning a horse’s lifetime drug history which they have no knowledge of with no accountability for falsifying documents
    • fabricate or create Health Certificates concerning exposure to communicable diseases which they have no knowledge of with no accountability to horse owners across the country whose horses may have be exposed.
    • Transport horses that have not been provided with 6 hours of food, water and rest prior to being loaded, and transport for more than 28 hours without food, water and rest, with no accountability for welfare violations.
    • Ship unknown, unregulated, adulterated or unwholesome horses into a food supply chain with no accountability to the humans that are consuming adulterated horsemeat or for terrorism of a human food supply chain.
    • Use unfair and discriminatory trade practices against producers in other countries with no accountability to the producers of those countries that are regulated under food animal laws.
    They are free to steal horses by deception and permanently hide them in the slaughter system without any fear of any consequences.

    • admin
      August 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Horseback fully supports implementation of NAIS. It just makes too much sense not to do so and it’s a minor inconvenience, nothing more.

      • August 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

        Does this version of NAIS apply to horses? I didn’t think it did, but it won’t satisfy the EU.

    • August 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Here’s our story of a horse that an owner was duped out of:
      We JUST won an 8 year old mare at a local auction last May. She had been bashed upside the head and was blinded in one eye. She was brought there by the local Amish Dealer. After doing research, we found out that on May 2, only two weeks prior, she was owned and loved by a woman who had lost everything: her husband died, she lost her house, etc. Her farrier promised her he would take her and find her a loving home but he turned right around and sold her to the Amish dealer.
      This horse was rescued by this woman from a PMU Feedlot as a yearling. She had impaled herself with a pipe through the shoulder. She was unable to be ridden and that Amish Dealer is known for abusing horses. Our guess is that they tried to ride her and when she bucked because of her shoulder, bashed her with a 2 x 4, which he’s known to do. Fortunately, after much rehab, we were able to get her to regain total vision in that eye and she’s been adopted. But we still haven’t found her other 2 horses :(

    • August 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      If horse slaughter continues, heres a list of requirements I put together that would close a lot of loopholes for people in the slaughter business to continue to operate unethically and illegally. Might be difficult to enforce, however, if we taxpayers demand that they be followed, perhaps with our majority numbers we could either shut down the horse slaughter industry here in the US (because quite frankly, as a business owner myself, I’m beyond tired of horse slaughter dealers ALWAYS operating outside the law in terms of business licensing, maintaining commercial insurance, getting finger printed and background checked like I have to do, etc–NO MORE FREE RIDES FOR THESE LOSERS!) or we can force them to spend money in order to operate legally and not have we taxpayers be forced to pay for their businesses:
      1. Anyone who deals in horse slaughter, be it a breeder, a kill buyer, an owner, a transporter, a slaughterhouse owner, a trainer, etc, will have to secure and pay for a Dealers License, complete with background checks, finger printing, fee’s, etc. Seriously, when I sold 3 cars and a horse trailer in a month, I was contacted by entities (the county I live in regarding a business license and the taxation board) that said I needed to get a Dealers license even though I really was a private party seller. Why shouldn’t people dealing and making a living with horse slaughter have to secure a Dealers license, complete with an IRS filing, and have all of their own rules, regulations and requirements seperate from the rest of us horse people who don’t deal in slaughter? Also, many people involved in horse slaughter are convicted felons, are often on parole, have warrants out on them, have issues with their drivers licenses (suspended, revoked, need a SR-22 filing, etc), so many people will NOT get finger printed and/or have background checks performed.
      2. Anyone dealing in horse slaughter will be required to carry COMMERCIAL liability business insurance with at least 1 million dollar liability limits, AND will also be required to pay for and carry COMMERCIAL vehicle insurance with the higher limits. MOST of the people involved in slaughter use their regular stock trailers for towing horses around locally, however, if their is an at-fault accident and their insurance carrier finds out the accident occurred while their vehicles were being used for business purposes, any claims will be denied. I know this because my husband was an insurance broker for 30 years and just buying a horse at the kill sale which will be shipped to slaughter and driving them home in the smaller stock trailer is considered by the insurance company to be business/commercial use of the vehicle.

      3. because the stakes are a bit higher when it comes to horse slaughter and shipping possibly tainted horse meat and sickening and/or killing people, anyone dealing in horse slaughter will have to carry General Liability Insurance to cover possible claims, and also prosecution for dealing in tainted horse meat.

      4. For the breeders who regularly “breed and dump” horses at the kill sales and/or ship directly to slaughter, they will be required to microchip and/or freeze or hot brand their horses to be able to identify them when they go to slaughter. When one of their horses goes through, the horse will be held, the breeder will be contacted and will be required to provide an entire record from birth of the horses vacination records, drug records, dewormer and supplements records, other “additives” records, etc. Every person that has owned that horse between the breeder and when they end up at the slaughterhouse will also be required to provide documentation/records on the horse as well. If these records are not provided, the horse cannot be slaughtered and must be humanely euthanized and disposed of at the sellers expense.

      5. Also for the breeders, they will have a quota of the number of horses they can produce every year (like what they have in many European countries, where they breed higher quality horses because they are breeding for quality instead of quantity) and if they go over their quota, they will be taxed/fined for every horse over the quota.

      6. Anyone dealing in slaughter horses will have their own required Bill of Sale stating that the horse is either free of drugs, vaccines, dewormers, additives, etc, or they are not, and they will be required to sign with copies going to their State, the Buyer, one for them, and a copy goes to the Federal government. This will enable a horses ownership, drug, and additive record to be more precisely traced. And although I do know people are always yapping about “less government”, I’ve also noticed that these same people always want less governement when it doesn’t benefit them, but more government when it does. This slaughter Bill of Sale will also differentiate the people who deal in horse slaughter from other horse people who do not, and will keep the anti-horse slaughter people from being subjected to rules, laws and regulations like the NAIS that not only cost us money, but also infringe on our private non-business/non-slaughter ownership of horses when we are not putting any horses into the food chain with drugs and other additives in their systems. Those of us who are in fact anti-horse slaughter should never be targeted just because other horse people choose to deal in horse slaughter.

      7. the seller of the horse going to slaughter will also pay an inspection fee at the slaughterhouse so that we taxpayers don’t have to;

      8. Anyone sending a horse to slaughter will be required to pay for a blood test to test for drugs and other “additives” in the horses system, and the horse will be held until the results of the blood test come back. If the horse is found to have drugs or other additives in their system and paperwork has been signed saying they were clean, not only will the seller have to pay for humane euthanasia and disposal of the horses body AT the facility they are at, than the person performing the fraudulant actions will be: *First time offense-fined, *Second offense-fined and suspended from selling horses to slaughter for 1 year, *Third offense-prosecuted as a repeat offender in fraudulant activities, possibly jailed, and their licensing is permanently revoked as a Dealer.

  15. Anne
    August 2, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    This can be viewed as pottentially good news, however this “no drugs” campaign could go way wrong. America’s wild horses could end up a main focus for just the fact that they have not had these medications. This should be a LARGE concern for horse lovers, as I know our government would love to be rid of our majestic horses.

    • August 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Many of our wild horses have had bute. They are wormed when they are gathered. Also, the only wild equidae the EU will buy is zebra.

      • Ldg
        August 2, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        BLM mustangs go to slaughter legally if the seller has the title to them. I’ve never heard of an EU plant rejecting mustangs out of hand. And really, if they are gathered illegally (by ranchers or others) and sent to slaughter, I doubt the plant would recognize them or return them to the KB, even if they did suspect they were mustangs.

        The only mustang an EU plant might not buy is a freeze branded mustang that comes in without the title, but KB’s are good at recycling documents so I doubt that they wouldn’t have a title or two to re-use.

        The BLM will worm them in captivity, but I don’t know of them getting bute except in rare instances. And we can hope that PZP would be on the list of banned substances at some point since it could, if given often enough, cause sterility.

        • August 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

          Yes, they have said they have given bute and wormed horses that they have released back into the wild.

    • August 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

      The EU prohibits all wild equidae meat except zebra meat. Go to page 3, third paragraph of this EU communication.

      http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/EU_Import_Regulations_letter.pdf

      • Ldg
        August 3, 2012 at 6:57 am

        Didn’t the first summit of the horse include a Canadian plant owner that said that mustangs did end up at their plant? And once a wild horse is off the range, they’re not considered wild anymore.

        Also, mustangs end up at Fallon auction all the time and if not rescued by advocates or adopted by others, they end up on Olson’s truck. Once again, the rules do not match the current reality.

        • August 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

          Canada has their own wild horses. But it would still be against regulations. Wild horses don’t have EIDs unless they were forged. He shouldn’t have said THAT!

          • Ldg
            August 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

            Suzanne, he was talking to an American audience about American mustangs that end up at his plant. It’s perfectly legal for a titled mustang to end up at slaughter. Once the BLM signs the horse over to the adopter, the BLM is no longer responsible for the horse and the adopter determines its fate. It is also no longer considered “wild” once its in a BLM holding facility. The BLM says that they quickly lose the ability to survive in the wild after capture as well.

            Don’t count on BLM administered bute to save wild horses. Usually if a horse is injured enough to cause the BLM to administer bute, (usually with an accompanying vet report) it is already at a short term care facility and not scheduled for release. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but its rare for a horse to get bute and then be released back to the wild.

            Now the 50K horses in Long term holding are wormed and, depending on the wormer used, those horses would be ineligible for slaughter even under the current rules. But, if those horses are actually “safe” under the document posted, why are people accusing the BLM of selling them to slaughter?

          • admin
            August 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

            The BLM says it doesn’t sell horses to slaughter and we believe them. However, it is Horseback’s firm belief that BLM employees sell horses to slaughter out the back door as compliant agency officials look the other way. Moreover, as proven by the Utah case last year, killer buyers do slip through.

            The Editor

          • August 4, 2012 at 4:49 am

            Of course they don’t sell horses to slaughter. They sell horses to KBs that send them to slaughter. It’s just semantics.

          • Ldg
            August 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

            well, so do they sell them to slaughter or not? I guess the consensus is that mustangs, one way or another, end up on the kill floor.

          • Ldg
            August 4, 2012 at 6:31 am

            admin, I think you are right on target about official BLM policy and what might happen in individual cases when people look the other way. That’s why it’s so important to monitor the long term holding facilities and why it’s so frustrating that the BLM, other than a few orchestrated tours, refuses to let those horses be seen and accounted for.

            Regarding the 1971 law, if it actually did contain language that prevented mustangs from being sold to slaughter, the 2004 Burns amendment overrode it.

          • Ldg
            August 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

            admin, the BLM put a halt to sales out of long term holding after that Utah incident. Sally Spencer was supposed to write some new protocols to keep that type of incident from happening again. I haven’t had time to follow up and see what those new safeguards might be or if they have started up the sales out of long term holding again,

            I have talked to Bea Ward who does the logistics and she seemed pretty straightforward about the statistics she keeps, (which are on the BLM website) but if a mustang isn’t freeze branded and if people familiar with mustangs aren’t around, it could very well pass for a domestic horse in a kill pen.

            I don’t know what has caused you to come to the belief that the BLM sells them to slaughter out the back door, but if you have some sources, I would love to see you go for it.

          • admin
            August 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm

            As you well know, journalists never reveal sources. It is a sacred trust.

            The Editor

          • August 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

            It’s been known among the locals for many years. They hear trucks coming and going in the night. The horses are not branded and are knows as “slicks.”

          • August 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

            He would STILL be in trouble if the EU knew he was breaking their rules about sending wild equidae other than zebras.

  16. August 3, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Forgot to mention that horses that were injured during round-ups or post round-up have received bute. You can obtain that information in the vet reports on the BLM site.

    • Ldg
      August 3, 2012 at 7:05 am

      vicki, I watch all the gather reports. The comment I was referring to was that many of our wild horses have had bute. That is simply not true. “Many” are not injured and of those that are, depending on the severity they might get bute (or the BLM just shoots them.)

      If anyone commenting here thinks that wild horses can’t end up in the slaughter pipeline because of some EU document, I have a bridge for sale.

      If the upcoming rules are followed ….. well, talk to me then.

      • August 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        Wild horses have been going to slaughter ILLEGALLY the entire time since 1971. But the BLM says some horses that have been RELEASED have had bute. They’re still out there. They will have to have passports after next July.

  17. Ldg
    August 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

    BTW, there are four Virginia Range stallions captured in July currently at Carson City to be gelded. After a small waiting period they will end up at Fallon. If adopters don’t show up for them, does anyone think Olson won’t?

    They may not be mustangs from a designated HMA and are not “managed” by the BLM, but they are surely wild horses unless you believe the NDOA (Nevada Dept of AG) designation that they are “feral” and don’t fall under the EU designation of “wild equids”.

    We are really getting off topic here. The hope is the rules will be followed and what can we do to make sure the transition smooth so that horses and owners get help.

  18. Ldg
    August 5, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Not asking for your sources, just sayin’ that an investigation into this would be very much appreciated.

    • admin
      August 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Ongoing. Open file.

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