State Selling Big Bend Ranch Horses to Slaughter

Story and Photo by Steven Long

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Texas Parks and Wildlife joins the Texas Department of Corrections in a state agency disposal method for eliminating surplus horses that many Texans are certain to find offensive.

Eleven horses from the stables of Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas’ largest recreation area, are being sold to a well known Presidio businessman known for deporting animals to the kill box of a slaughterhouse in nearby Ojinaga, Mexico just across the Rio Grande.

Big Bend Ranch is the setting of my new novel, Ruby’s Passing. It is available in both print and in the Kindle format at  www.amazon.com.

One Texan in particular is outraged by the state’s action. Jerry Finch is founder of Habitat for Horses, the nation’s largest animal rescue organization.

“Despite the known and proven fact that these horses, as all domestic horses, are filled with drugs that are forbidden in meat slaughtered for human consumption, despite the fact that the market for trained and health horses is doing fine in Texas and despite the fact that the reputation of a State agency is in the balance, Deputy Director Dan Sholly took it upon himself to seek out a method to destroy the animals at the lowest price and in cruelest way possible.” Finch said.

“Ignorance is no defense. If a person is in-charge of an activity, they should keep themselves fully aware of the results of their decisions. Passing poison meat into the market for human consumption, against the EU regulations, means that a representation of the State of Texas is participating in an unlawful act. I truly hope that the voice of the citizens be loud enough that every State department understands the consequences,” he said.

The horses are being sold for the princly sum of .25 cents a pound as meat on the hoof for canner prices. The transaction was discovered in open records requests obtained by  Texas animal welfare investigator, Julie Caramante.

To: Deirdre Hisler Cc: Barrett Durst; Rod Trevizo; David Riskind

Subject: Horse Sale

In an email correspondence obtained by Horseback TPWD officials discussed pricing of the “excess” horses.

From: Dan Sholly


I don’t recall receiving an answer (could be lost in my e-mails) to my question about sell pricing. Are we willing to take canner prices for our horses? Is that all they are worth? No blood lines? No high potential for more than dog food?
I am supportive of reducing the ramuda.

Earlier this year Texas Department of Criminal Justice sold 80 prison horses, animals that are coveted by the public in TDCJ’s rare auctions. The horses went to slaughter in Ojinaga.

Sauceda is the headquarters compound of Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Horseback Online learned of the sale when a memorandum from a TPWD official was provided to the magazine by Caramante.

64 comments for “State Selling Big Bend Ranch Horses to Slaughter

  1. Dixie
    August 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I think some one needs to set up a nice website for people looking at Texas as a vacation option. You know the ones with all the pretty pictures and historical sites. But instead of the body of the text being all the wonders of Texas it be about the corruption and collusion and pictures of dead donkys and the kill box when you click on a link. “Visit Texas where the politicions are corrupt and officals bought and sold” There are many other cruelty to equid problems that could be pointed out. Any web-site designers out there?

    • Joe
      August 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

      What is your and your other anti slaughter friends propose to do if the bill should pass? Now there is another 100,000 plus horses that will need to be adopted. You are not donating enough money to take care of the problem now!!
      You have NEVER proven that there is mass amounts of horse meat condemned due to drugs. There is beef being condemned every day due to drug residues, pork, poultry, fish. Just what is your big fuss about horses?

      Reply

      • admin
        August 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

        Joe, it’s not a matter of proving that “massive amounts of horsemeat is being condemned due to drugs.” The issue is that processing these contaminated horse is against the law.

        Moreover, again, reducing breeding will end much of this problem.

      • Joe
        August 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

        Editor

        You always keep saying every horse is full of BUTE. The senate is calling for a better study to clarify drugs used in all livestock. Some are reporting like Dr. Marini using the amount produced as to what may being actually used. Just because it was produced does not mean it was given to the livestock. Here is an article that will explain..

        http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/08/senators-urge-fda-to-collect-more-data-on-antibiotics-in-agriculture/

        • admin
          August 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

          Joe, this is a direct quote from the article you sent us. A couple of corrections.

          1. 13 senators sending a letter does not mean The Senate is calling for a study.
          2. I looked at the article you sent and the few senators are asking for a study regarding antibiotic use in livestock, not a study of a carcinogenic painkiller such as bute. Here is the applicable quote. “The senators commended FDA for asking drug companies to revise their antibiotic labels to eliminate “growth promotion” uses and for increasing veterinary oversight over the use of antibiotics in livestock. But they also expressed concern about the “considerable ambiguity” regarding the agency’s policies.”

          You continue to post inaccuracies and continue to get caught.

          The Editor

          • Joe
            August 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

            Is there any article that you agree with? If it is not about what you want you do not agree with it. Here is a video that I am sure will get your attention.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcdrJ3WOges

          • admin
            August 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm

            What utter nonsense. By the way, the majority of people opposed to killing horses for profit are not liberals at all, so it’s a cheap shot on your part to use an unpopular term that doesn’t apply to this issue anyway.

            I agree with you in that I hope our readers will watch the video you provided to us and will comment on the thing. You have a remarkable ability to get it wrong and probably don’t belong on this forum since most of our readers are highly articulate and educated.

          • Joe
            August 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm

            Talk about nonsense, you always say that horses slaughter is the only inhumane thing to happen. I am sure you have already seen ABC News.

            http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/plant-closed-usda-supplied-beef-burger/story?id=17051866

          • admin
            August 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

            Cruelty to any animal is despicable.

          • Joe
            August 22, 2012 at 4:35 am

            Admin

            You are so right. None of this would happen if USDA employees were doing their job at the plants. First some of these animal should not have been allowed to be unloaded.The USDA/APHIS vet who does the anti mortem inspections should have caught and condemended the animal or animals. Second where is the USDA/FSIS (ICC) inspector in charge? There is no excuse for this to happen. Both the plant owners and USDA are to blame. More so the USDA, the plant will try to slaughter the most he can so he does not loose money. But for the USDA to not be doing their job is unforgiving in my opinion. Just look at the large fines that were given at HORSE plants, if this were horses APHIS would have given out tickets for several thousand dollars per animal.

            Just watch when more of this story unfolds by CBS, the plant owners will be all to blame like what happened in Califorina at the Hallmark plant that is now closed. Only business suffers because USDA/APHIS and FSIS does not do their job that those employees are paid to do. If you remember (HSUS) Wayne Pacelle was the one who pushed for that plant closing. If HSUS really wants to do the right thing why doen’t they get on the USDA for failing to do their job for safe handling of ALL LIVESTOCK and food safety for ALL livestock and hold ALL parties accountable for their actions (USDA)as well.

  2. August 17, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Shirley we delivered 103,000 signatures to Gov. Perry’s office on January 18th, 2011. To date, not one word of acknowledgement, not a peep, not a whisper. Crickets. The petition is now up to 110,000 signatures. How many are enough? Google donkeys can do and you will find the petition on my blog on the left column where it is ongoing. by all means, please sign it and share it with others. I cannot post the link because the administrator has a filter.

    • Joe
      August 19, 2012 at 5:43 am

      Jerry Finch, Marjorie

      At a time like this you folks are going to have to start working a little harder. With all of the horses turned loose to fend for themselves you are not even putting a dent in the problem. It looks more like we need slaughter in America to get rid of some of these culls. Lets save the good ones and slaughter the rest. Read this article and you will see why.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/19/us/horses-fall-victim-to-hard-times-and-dry-times-on-the-range.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

      • admin
        August 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

        Joe, as usual you are ignoring several key facts, first of which is that horses are under no circumstances considered food animals for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is that their meat is poisoned by a multitude of carcinogenic medicines during their lifetime banned by the FDA. Some like bute remain in the meat for a lifetime. Please try to keep your comments here factual. Passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act will close loopholes that remain in federal law that permit these animals to be transported across international borders to slaughter.

        The Editor

        • Joe
          August 19, 2012 at 8:47 am

          Editor

          What is your and your other anti slaughter friends propose to do if the bill should pass? Now there is another 100,000 plus horses that will need to be adopted. You are not donating enough money to take care of the problem now!!

          You have NEVER proven that there is mass amounts of horse meat condemned due to drugs. There is beef being condemned every day due to drug residues, pork, poultry, fish. Just what is your big fuss about horses?

          • admin
            August 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

            Sorry Joe, almost all horse in America ar administered bute in their lifetime. I believe you know that but you continue to ignore the fact. Stop it.

            Next. the very simple answer is to reduce the number of horses bred. That will reduce the reprehensible practice of sending culls to slaughter – not stop it, but at least reduce it. Those culls may not have the proper confirmation to make them highly valuable – but there are thousands of horse lovers out there that would covet them, not to mention service organizations such as theraputic riding programs, police departments, pony clubs and a multitude of others who would likely take the horses.

          • August 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

            Joe, aside from the fact that the meat is so toxic the pet food industry won’t even use it, this is a market driven industry. If the Europeans want 10,000 horses and there is money to be made providing that number, then 10,000 will be found (and even stolen). The Europeans are becoming educated to this toxic meat and are putting restrictions in place which will hopefully bring this practice to a screeching halt.

  3. SHIRLEY LE GARDE
    August 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    WHY DO YOU NOT FOLLOW GRASSFIRE NATIONS PROCEDURES. TAKE UP A PETATION SIGNED BY THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND OTHERS STATING EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT REGARDING THIS SITUATION WITH THE HORSES/BURROS AND THE PARKS. WHEN YOU HAVE REACHED A HIGH NUMBER DELIVER IT IS PERSON TO PERRY’S OFFICE AND TO THE SENATORS, ETC. OF TEXAS. IN THE RIGHT WAY LET THEM KNOW YOUR REVOTE WILL DEPEND UPON WHAT THEY DO.

  4. August 16, 2012 at 10:25 am

    The Texas state park system has long been seen as the “family jewel” of our state and a great source of pride for all Texans. Yet the park system is presently under threat, due to a serious lack of financial resources. Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s ardent public support for the foundering Texas state park system – managed by the under-funded Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) – it now seems quite clear, that the governor has in fact set the preservation of our state parks on his “low priority” list
    The Texas state park system has long been seen as the “family jewel” of our state and a great source of pride for all Texans. Yet the park system is presently under threat, due to a serious lack of financial resources. Despite Gov. Rick Perry’s ardent public support for the foundering Texas state park system – managed by the under-funded Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) – it now seems quite clear, that the governor has in fact set the preservation of our state parks on his “low priority” list.

    Since Perry has been in office, he’s required all state agencies to cut their budgets by 10%, thanks to our state’s current “budgetary crisis.” Despite this necessity, however, the governor has repeatedly expressed his intention to find some way to preserve our state’s parks. Various potential solutions have been put forth (most of them involving creative ways to rechannel new tax funds toward TPWD). At any rate, we’ve been assured by our governor that, despite the current budgetary crisis in Texas, our state parks will be preserved.

    Or, not. This month, $46 million in revenue from hunting & fishing licenses fees – money that is typically collected to help fund the state’s park system – was found sitting in state bank accounts, untouched. Additionally,documents showing that Perry’s office has been pushing for the sale of 400 acres of state park land in Tarrant County. Despite numerous phone records & emails that suggest Perry’s plans for the public land, his spokesperson has flatly denied all of it. Yet it’s common knowledge that, last fall, Perry’s office unsuccessfully pushed for the sale of a massive portion of beautiful Big Bend State Park in west Texas.

  5. mary
    August 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Either pick up the phone and call BBSP to talk to them about an alternative home for them to go that you have found, that can compete with the price or shut up about it. Because unless you do something like that you are just blowing hot air on a website. Buyers that haul horses to Mexico are at horse auctions all the time waiting to bid and buy the cheapest ones that nobody else can use or afford to keep. Like life that’s the reality of it, harsh, but something has to be done. There is a nation wide drought. Cattle are suffering, cowboys are losing jobs, ranchers just can’t take in a bunch of random horses that are too old to work on or crippled, just because a bunch of people deem sending them to market like a cow,sheep, goat,pig, cruel. If you don’t like the horrible ways they’re treated in the Mexican slaughterhouses, then open up a more humane one here in America. America isn’t like it used to be, open grazing land is disappearing, largely due to tourists visiting places like far West Texas, thinking how pretty it is and buying little one or so acre plots of land just so they can build a home to let them look at the mountains. Nobody can ever just visit and go back home, so people boycotting Texas would be a blessing to many.

    • marjorie hughes
      August 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      We have done everything known to civilized law to reach rick perry’s attention. We are stonewalled–Same with TPWL.
      There is no way on this comment website to have a productive exchange–We’ll keep doing what we always do–contact the state agencies again and again to be met with deaf ears.

  6. Brenda Jones
    August 16, 2012 at 7:34 am

    Will we ever know the truth of what happened to these horses ?? The TPWD cannot be trusted. The TPWD executives and their BOARD of Directors are just an extension of the inhuman practices that continue to happen throughout the State of TX. The people of TX need to have the opportunity to save the horses and the burros. What happened to the heart of TX ????

    • August 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

      I think we have enough evidence to launch a real investigation and get the facts they don’t send out in FOIA requests. The burros, horses, and all wildlife and by extension the eco-system are at risk of complete loss unless we do. This is a real crisis.

  7. jerry lies
    August 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Seriously are you guys still trying to sell that lie that the Texas prison horses went to slaughter They did not ! I and others bought them Jerry arent there any real horses for you to “save” from slaughter that you keep making these lies up and have your fake press . This is not real news kids. its the internet

    • admin
      August 15, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      I covered the prison horse story from the beginning. Who are you. Reveal yourself.

      The Editor

      • marjorie hughes
        August 16, 2012 at 7:22 am

        And I was a daily witness to what went on in the Presidio pens! One day there, next day gone–only one way to leave–slaughter bound to Mexico

        • Joe
          August 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

          Marjorie

          For fifty cents a lb and you would own everyone. Spend more time getting people to donate to rescues. This is how you and other complainers will save horses, buy them and feed them.. Money talks and bs walks..

          • marjorie hughes
            August 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm

            Joe, all over the nation, rescues are putting up not shutting up. You have really missed the big point–the State of Texas continues to flout the law. Yes, money talks–$11,000 a truckload paid by the Mexicans per truck to the kill buyers–and they are coming into Presidio at least 10 times a week. Uh huh Money talks and BS walks!

    • julie
      August 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      A prison horse was SEEN in Presidio at Crennans pen. The brand cannot be mistaken.

      • admin
        August 16, 2012 at 7:49 pm

        Is this recent news?

  8. Anne
    August 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    So, are the horses being picked up? Where are they headed?

    • admin
      August 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      In all likelihood, the horses are long dead. The correspondence we quoted was in April.

      The Editor

  9. JNDauterive
    August 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I, too, will boycott TX tourism in response to this gross mismanagement of the ranch horses of Big Bend Park. It hurts me, too, as I love to camp in Texas and also frequent the art galleries in Houston. What a sick and shameful thing to do to the dutyful, serving, innocent creatures that hauled the humans that returned to betray them. SHAME, SHAME on Texas Parks and Wildlife! This makes me ill. Juliette Dauterive New Orleans, La.

    • August 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

      The local businesses will suffer, and so will the wildlife. They have remarked in FOIA docs in my possession that they do not shoot when witnesses are around. I say occupy and make their killing more difficult. Help the locals to fight this agency they live in fear of on the boarder. No joke, they are afraid of TPWD.

  10. August 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Please: TEXANS: VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE… If there is a person running against someone currently in office in State Government, vote for the new candidate. This is such a recurring problem.. All about money..never about humanity…not animals or people… it will only change if we change it.
    RED is the color of blood, and this state has been RED too long.

    • admin
      August 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      The board of Texas Parks and Wildlife as well as the Executive Director is appointed by GOP Gov. Rick Perry.

      The Editor

      • August 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

        All of whom have contributed huge campaign dollars to his campaigns. Friedkin for instance contributed $715,000. for his chairmanship job to Perry. The corruption is astounding.

  11. Cindy
    August 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Yes, there is blood all over their hands. As a former Texas state employee I was a public servant to serve the public…………. as all state employees are………that is the purpose of state agencies. this is not serving the public…………….. Blood money??????? Can they really sleep at night?? Really??

  12. Nancy
    August 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Dan Sholly was concerned that meat prices weren’t high enough. Very compassionate. Not surprising since he was apparently one of two people who shot a lot of burros in Big Bend State Park, wounding some in the belly and leaving them to die. (http://animaltourism.com/Blog/BigBendIAReport_11-07.pdf)

    • August 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Yes he was, and the report that there were 71 shot is based on what they wrote down. Luis Armendariz and Robert Garcia said they shot over 200 of these burros who represent the states only wild burro herd. Texas is one of only 7 states who has this treasure in their back yards. They are still shooting the burros and have never stopped despite their announcement that they had a moritorium on the shooting. Eye witness accounts tell me other wise. These people are interested in only one species, the bighorn sheep and are managing for them alone. The irony is that the loss of bio-diversity is killing the land and eventually even the sheep will die. This has played out at Diablo Wildlife Management Area where they de-stocked everything and then had to start removing the sheep too because the land is dead. Right next door (same property line) Circle Ranch is teeming with wildlife. Christopher Gill allows all species to exist including predators and his land is healthy. http://www.circleranchtx.com

  13. marjorie hughes
    August 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    To joe–
    you obviously did not read the Park’s correspondence regarding this transaction that was attached to the article. They willingly agreed to give them away for .25 instead of the now market rate of .50 per pound. They have no medical records on the Park’s horses yet insist that visitors to the Park who bring their horses for trailrides have certification, including Coggins papers. ThesePark horses with no vaccination or medical records were trotted off to the kill pens where legitimate paperwork does not exist.

    Now I dare you to get in touch with Rachael Waller Rondeaux of the Firelite South Ranch in Alpine who has the only rescue in this area and has bought over 40 horses in these same straits with HER OWN MONEY. Horse and burro rescues all over the country are “ponying up” to get these animals out of the slaughter pipeline. Aand Joe, I bet you work for TPWL.

    • Joe
      August 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

      Marjorie

      I am not saying anyone who truly wants to save the horses, buy paying a good offer like Jerry did at $ 0.50 cents oer lb. picked up at the owners place. Why don’t more of you people that always complain PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. I am sure Jerry will take good care of the horses, please help him as I will try to get a lot of horses for his rescue. Maybe into the thousands, like you say save the horses. I would think even the KB will sell for that fifty cents with no paperwork and do not have to deliver them.

      PUT YOU MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS… Lets see if your donation is as big as your comments.

  14. Kaycie
    August 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    As a Self Funded rescue organization I find “Joe’s” replies to some of these comments utterly offensive. It seems Joe, you are completely missing the point. Some of these horses ARE wanted. The transport methods are INHUMANE. Those who consume this meat are being POISONED. The slaughter methods used across the border are so incredibly ARCHAIC as to not be fit for any living thing, nor should they be acceptable to anyone without a psychopathic mindset. Where would America be without the HORSE? This is how we show our respect and gratitude to this magnificent creature?

    The rescue’s are doing everything they can to rehome the horses out there! SELLING them on a per pound basis because it’s the CHEAPEST way to go is heartless and a cop out. If some of these folks didn’t have pea-sized hearts they would reach out to the local REPUTABLE rescue organizations FIRST and give them a chance. We are out there and we ARE making a difference!

  15. Yvonne Gordon
    August 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Honestly, we are not even HUMAN till we address this issue: http://livesavours.yuku.com/topic/1861/honestly

    horses are one more reason we will probably not make it as a species when the earth has enough of our crap: we won’t be the first species to go extinct:

    those who make it out of this limited “kind” of being we are, meaning those who have EVOLVED a heart through spiritual regeneration, will inherit the earth and that earth won’t have slaughterhouses, I bet you that: It says in the Bible God will destroy those who are destroying the earth: Man is the one who destroys everything he touches:

  16. Margaret
    August 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    If I understabd this these were animials used for trail riding in the park or wild pertected horses. Shame on Texas and Texans dor allowing this.When those who took part in this sale are useless hope we can get.25 a pound for their cowardly ass.

    • August 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

      My sources tell me they were brood mares and babies plus two stallions and one injured trail riding horse.

      • August 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

        The stallions were rejected and the injured trail riding horse was traded and is now safe.

  17. August 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Habitat for Horses will pay 50 cents per pound and pick them up! Plus we will find them adoptive homes, make them current on all vaccines, trim hooves, etc. KInd of a better alternative than putting those who served so well through the meat process so someone in Europe can pig out on toxic meat.

    • Joe
      August 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Jerry

      Does your offer to buy horses for $0.50 cents per lb. apply to all lower 48 states? Would you also post your contact information. I am sure their will be a lot of people that will sell to you as long as you pay cash and pick them up at their location. This is the best offer to help horses that we have ever seen.

      • Nancy
        August 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        This fella Joe seems to have a way of turning a good thing into a bad one. If Jerry Finch will find the funds to pay better than meat price for Texas service horses, vet them and find them homes, isn’t that a good thing? Heck, the poor old state of Texas doubles their money on this deal.

        I can’t figure why anyone would try to turn a kind act back on someone like that.

      • August 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

        Joe you are a donkey’s you know what. Too bad we have not reached the point of selling donkey you know what meat like yours. You act like its a bad thing for people to rescue these horses. I am joining my 100,000 facebook friends and boycotting TX. Maybe you should try and help than stand back and throw rocks. Jerry is trying to help on a case by case. So of the rest of us.

        • August 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

          Vikki your remark is just as repulsive as Joes. The wild burros of Big Bend Ranch State Park are being shot, and you make a remark like that? Not only that they are being sent to slaughter and so are mules, both of whom have huge followings of people who love them just as you do the horse. Joe doesn’t have the brains to be a donkey nor does he have the moral or ethical capacity either.

          Donkeys are amazing animals full of intelligence, loyalty and history. If you want to know how the West was really won read the history of the donkey. Start with George Washington, and please do not denigrate these magnificent animals by having them share the same sentence with Joe’s name. He is obviously one of the killers from the BBRSP.

          • Christie
            August 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

            Miss Abbey,

            The point, I think, is that none of this horse, donkey, mule, burro, wild ass, haters is good enough to be called anything analogous to an equid. Equids are intelligent, majestic, generous, strong, adaptable, noble, gentle animals who have served man as his companions for centuries.

            People who share Joe’s point of view share none of these traits and are therefore unworthy of being compared in any way to any precious part of an equid. These are cold blooded creatures who sun themselves on rocks and slither through the grass lying in wait to strike with their poison filled tongues.

  18. Nancy Foster
    August 15, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Texans don’t want horses slaughtered in Texas…but state officials are willing to sell state owned horses to slaughter in Mexico. Something seems crooked here or the state officials just don’t give a damn what Texans want.

    • REBEL
      August 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

      it sure does………………hope you can put up tons of videos about this horror…………………….disqusting money making business for the prisons…

  19. Sylvia Schmidt
    August 15, 2012 at 9:22 am

    DO YOU KNOW IT IS AN INTERNET SOCIETY IN TODAYS WORLD???

    My Face Book Page has 360 friends who have on average 300 friends This 108,000 people that I am letting know how TEXAS slaughters its horses.

    I recommend to all BOYCOTT Texas tourism.

    Boycott Big Ben State Park. I will never spend my tourist dollar in TEXAS because of the prison sale & Big Bend State part sale to KILL BUYERS.

    Cordially,
    Sylvia Schmidt
    22093 rue Coquille
    Mandeville, LA 70471

    • Sylvia Schmidt
      August 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Wouldn’t the Public Relations of respectable treatment to retire these horses, and the prison horses, be so much more lucrative in the long run instead of bad PR. I will boycott TEXAS tourism because of this and encourage over 100,000 in FB friends to do the same.

  20. Deby Zimmerman
    August 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Are these domestic horses or are BLM mustangs also involved???? Either way, when there are those WANTING the horses from the prison, the selling of them to slaughter just PROVES the these bastards are doing it JUST PROVE A SICK POINT!!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE THESE DAYS??????? There is NO EXCUSE to do this!!! Those who are behind this need to be brought up on charges of partaking in animal cruelty and abuse, by conducting business with KNOWN killer buyers who CONSTANTLY abuse the horses in their care by their callous treatment and shipping and KNOWING that their destination to Mexico will be met with HORRENDOUS momoents of the KNOWLEDGE OF FEAR, ANXIETY AND PAIN BEFRE THEY FINALLY DIE….. This is NOT something that should be overlooked!!!!

  21. Marie Meredith
    August 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

    this is disgusting. who is the idiot who thought that one up? what’s he worth on the pound? it’s nothing to do with money to me, it’s the fact that they are sent to slaughter like garbage.

    • Joe
      August 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Marie

      I am sure Big Bend would be glad to get more money for the horses. Why don’t you and Caramante step up to the plate and buy these and other horses that are for sale and take care of them. Complaining when horses that get sold for slaughter. JUST BUY THEM AND SAVE THEIR LIVES. There are over 100,000 horses that you could buy and save them from slaughter.

      • August 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

        Did they give anyone the chance to purchase these horses? NO, so for your comment to Marie, why don’t you find out why they took .25cents a pound and not give the rescues a chance to pick them up. No one had a chance to pick them up.

      • Kathy
        August 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        Maybe you should go & see how they are treated. If you can stomach that, then you have no heart. It would be more humane to put them down then to subject them to that end.

      • Julie
        August 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        Joe you seem to be missing the picture here…there is such a thing as owner responsibility..why is that other people need to pick up the slack where others have a shortfalling?? It appears that if the horses were “canners” as they parks states they were, than why did the park let the stallion breed the mares indiscriminately?? It cost tax payers dollars to feed them for however long the park had them. Also, your values do not fall in line along with 80% of the American people. You sir, are in the minority of how most Americans view horses.

        To everyone else…boycotting BBSP and the other parks that are run by TPWD is not the answer…simply contact TPWD and let them know how you feel about the horses. Contacting media outlets and let them know what happened can also be helpful.

        I am waiting on additional information to come back from TPWD, but from what I am told most of these horses were mares and babies. When I was told about this situation I was hoping it was not true, and was saddened after I got the request back that it was.

  22. marjorie hughes
    August 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Their hands are covered in blood!

    • August 15, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      And, Marjorie we also know that the horses were not picked up, they were taken in by an employee, and they were all broodmares and babies. These people are killers who don’t have an ounce of compassion for the feelings of the living. They control what lives and what dies. It seems to me they are all suffering from a God complex. Right now, this very moment I have been informed that their helicopter shooters have arrived at the park. “Reportedly” they intend to shoot the globally critically endangered auodad. However, I have also learned that they are targeting the wild longhorn, and they never did stop shooting the burros. There is criminal behavior here, I am sure. Now, to find a way to make it stick. Nothing lives in the park anymore. They have been cleaning house trying to kill all the aoudad, elk, cougar, bobcat and burros to name a few. Not my idea of a nature getaway without wildlife.

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