Wallis Group Spins Slaughter’s Market Ending Blow by Europeans

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – In a carefully worded press release, American horse slaughter’s reigning diva attempted a positive  spin on what is almost certain to be a death blow to the market for American horse meat. Friday, the European Union slammed the doors on import of almost universally chemically tainted U.S. products coming from Canadian and Mexican horse slaughterhouses.

For several years,, efforts to return slaughter to American shores have been led by a rural Wyoming state representative, Sue Wallis (R) Recluse.

Wallis has failed in repeated attempts to open U.S. slaughterhouses in Missouri and New Mexico. In survey after survey taken over the last ten years as much as 80 percent of the American public is opposed to horse slaughter. Bills are active in Congress that would ban the practice altogether.

The Wallis release, distributed under the banner of The International Equine Business Association reads under the headline,  “International Equine Business Association calls for quick resolution of international horse industry crisis to prevent increased horse suffering.”

“Yesterday, October 12, 2012, the international commerce in horses for processing from the United States to both Canada and Mexico was disrupted by an unannounced action of the European Union. Approximately 2,500 head of horses per week have been crossing the border to European Union regulated plants in Mexico per week, and an estimated 1,300 head to Canada in recent months.

This is a higher number than usual driven by the widespread drought, devastating fires, high cost of feed, and lack of pasture forage in the United States leaving horse owners with few options except the selling of horses. There is a strong worldwide demand for cheval. Cheval is the common name for meat produced from the equine species in the same way that beef refers to meat produced from cattle, and pork refers to meat from hogs.

In the United States, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is still finalizing the validation of science underlying their equine drug residue testing program, which they anticipate will be completed by the end of the year. Several U.S. based companies anticipate receiving the necessary grants of inspection to begin operation at that time providing a much needed humane option for the horse industry in the United States. Currently the only viable outlet is transportation outside of the U.S. to the E.U. regulated plants in Mexico or Canada.

Today, the leaders of the International Equine Business Association: Sue Wallis of the United States, Bill des Barres of Canada, and Olivier Kemseke representing Mexico, Argentina, and the European Union are issuing the following statement:

“The International Equine Business Association (IEBA), including it’s partner the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC), and its members in the United States and Mexico who are businesses engaged in the provision of accurate information and education respecting the health and welfare of horses and the equine products trade, have been working to advance an industry leading Equine Identification, Tracking and Traceability system that provides a fully compliant, auditable data base that exceeds the standards of the European Union.

In consideration of the immediate welfare of some 48,000 horses in the next 3 months, it is notable that our organizations have sourced, contracted and facilitated the implementation of an internationally harmonized equine traceability system that can be fully utilized within the next 90 days in the U.S. and Canada. Major components similar to the industry driven IEBA Equine Quality Assurance Program in the United States, and the Equine Traceability Canada systems, are already in use in Mexico to assure all horses processed for food are uncontaminated, and that horses can be identified, tracked and traced in compliance with rules and regulation.”

To ensure the welfare of horses and avoid an international humanitarian and economic catastrophe, the International Equine Business Association joins with thousands of North American horse owners and businesses to call on all applicable government entities in North America and the European Union to work quickly to resolve this crisis as soon as possible. Times of worldwide economic and social hardship are exacerbated by regulatory actions that cause horrific, unnecessary animal suffering, destroy jobs, narrow economic opportunity, disrupt international commerce, and limit access to a sought after, affordable, high quality, and safe protein source for the world.

19 comments for “Wallis Group Spins Slaughter’s Market Ending Blow by Europeans

  1. June in Oregon
    October 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    So sad…comments above are made by well meaning people who have no idea how many unwanted horses there are. You are not willing to put up the $600 to uthanize and dispose of them. You really believe that there are no drugs administered to chickens, beef, pork and lamb? Since horses in the US have not been intended for meat the drugs used are not labeled as such. I think that can be fixed.
    I am a horse owner and can and will take care of my horses but I cannot save everyone else’s. Local santuaries cannot take them all. There are many more people who enjoy horse meat in this world than there are those who don’t believe in eating horses. There are millions of starving people who unfortunately wouldn’t benefit, because they couldn’t afford even horse meat.
    All of the people in the slaugher business are not crooked; there are bad people in all businesses. It is political suicide to support slaughter of horses because more than 80% of the public is unaware of the problem and very sympathetic to the idea if horses being companions and not livestock.
    By far most people have no idea of the magnitude of this problem or what real solutions would look like. We could just use bullets and have rendering plants. What a mess for a civilized society!
    Check your local classified ads for an idea of how many horses are available for less than $1000 or even for free; buy one and see how that feels. It costs me $100 per month to keep a horse. Then consider the dangerous, cripled, blind, old and otherwise unwanted that no one steps up to take care of. I see slaughter in an inspected plant as a preferred option to being miserable! Ideally only horses people wanted would be brought into this world and only responsible horse owners would have them. Ideally they would all be handled appropriatley at birth and trained to be good citizens. Sad we don’t live in an ideal world.

    • T Kay Pen
      October 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      What a joke! If you are spending a 100 a month to take care of your horse you do not own a 75,000 dollar horse let alone a 200.00 dollar horse that you care for. There is no way to feed a horse let along pay for hoof care, and vet a horse, or stable a horse for 100 a month.

      My Local classified have had very few horses for sale in the last year and will add that even 20 years ago when I was looking for a pony (Which I still have) for my son it took months to find one because most were sent to slaughter. Oh! And don’t fool yourself it is not the poor who eat horse meat it is the rich that don’t mind paying 100.00 or more for a nice drug full USA horse steak.
      The people of the US are not stupid we have the World Wide Web and do our homework and dig deep to find the truth. So what is your feeling about sending dogs and cat to slaughter after all there are so many unwanted in the USA and there is a market for them oversea.

      I would rather put a 45 in the head of my horses then to send them to slaughter. There is nothing and I mean nothing humane about the process.

  2. colorado
    October 15, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This was taken off the web site of Habitat For Horses

    Please be aware that these kill buyers/Horse Auctions may now be trying to sell or dump their horses.

    What Happened to Horse Slaughter?

    “Important fact – in every state, it is against the law to deny equine food, water and care. It is against the law to turn horses loose or to abandon them. In every state, the person in “care, custody and control” is the person who will be charged with the criminal act if any of these events occur. If you witness such an event – CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT!

    Don’t waste time contacting Habitat for Horses or your local horse rescue. You are the witness, make the call. If they need assistance, any number of equine organizations are willing to step in, but know that equine rescues cannot step in and take charge of any horse without legal action being taken first.

    Habitat for Horses will not be paying money to any killer buyer for any horses. They bought into making blood money off the bodies of dead horses and we will not relieve their financial disaster by sticking donated money in their pockets. Any money we receive will be spent buying hay, transporting and finding places for the horses. If we find any horse being denied feed or water by any auction house, feed lot or killer buyer, we will inform law enforcement and ask that charges be filed against them.”

  3. F Belardino
    October 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I have said this before and I will say it again. It’s 2012, not 1812 and this country has no need for so many horses being born. Yes, we can blame the big greed breeders and the backyard dimwits for that. Since Mrs. Wallis and her organized assembly of characters have the welfare of a horse in mind (gag alert!), why are they not pushing to end over breeding and conception practices? Yes, I understand a certain class of red neck’s are not keen on science but theses mares can easily be made to not give birth over and over and over. So, in the end, with less horses being brought into the world, they’re would be no need for slaughter. Oh wait – less and less horses being born means less profit for the “professionals” of the horse world. God is watching, Sue and I trust you are are you way DOWN!

  4. HorseLover152
    October 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Horses are a secondary food market and who in the world will say otherwise but Sue Wallis. Wallis, despite her ability to be elected, is no smarter than the haulers and kill buyers. None of these idiots thought this day would come. Apparently, right!??!

    All the animal welfare activists peta members and the entire congress and senate couldn’t accomplish what the EU just did. There is no one to call, no one to protest, no one to blame but yourselves slaughter fans. No market! Means NO MARKET. Its a free world and they get to buy the meat they want to buy! I know you all slaughter idiots think, why not, what is wrong, we have been doing this for years! We want to keep doing it! Its so unfair! We want the Europeans to eat bad horse meat!

    Who would want that? Greedy ignorant and unethical people, that is who would want that.

  5. Amy B
    October 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    They still insist that slaughter is the way to dispose of ‘unwanted horses’, yet these are the very horses that are treated with all those drugs. If they want to keep slaughter viable in this country they are going to have to breed specifically for the slaughter market, or they won’t have any use for their lovely traceback system. Adding more horses to the US supply kinda blows the whole ‘unwanted horses’ argument out of the water.

    Amy in TX

  6. Barbara Rocco
    October 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    There will now be a push by Wallis and her puppets to open “safe” horse slaughter plants here for which she will BREED HORSES who do not have Bute in their systems!!! This is next — mark my words. She probably already has her tentacles out to those she can “buy” and is in contact with the European markets that had planned to partner with her in the new slaughter plants here in the U.S. (Belgium, for one). Hey, Wallis: try making money legitimately and not off the blood of our companion animals! This will have nothing at all to do with the “welfare of the horse industry” of course, but she will blather her way out of that concept and people will soon forget that this was one of her campaign mottoes. All those “pesky mustangs and burros” will be sent to these new slaughter houses as well (because they are free of drugs), and the cattle and oil industries will be doing a “happy dance”!

  7. Lisa A.
    October 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The EU affadavit requiring the owner of the horse to list an honest representation as to whether or not the horse has received any drugs will NEVER provide a guarantee to consumers that dine on horse flesh the meat they’re eating is clean and free of any drug residue. When the EU affadavit was first introduced it took all but a few seconds to realize that there is no way to guarantee honesty! A horse can be sold at New Holland auction on Monday with a signed affadivit from it’s owner that the horse has had drugs within the past 6 mths. That same horse sold on Monday gets purchased by a buyer and toted off to another sale where the buyer (now the seller) completes the EU affadivit stating the horse is (and has been) drug free! Horse gets sold to slaughter supplier, shipped to slaughter, processed and because of random testing- passes through as processed “clean” meat. The EU affadivit is a joke and will never offer protection to the end consumers of horse flesh- while they may get a high protein, lean meat product it contains a high potential of carcinogenic & steroidal additives! Once the passport requiring horses 6 mths. of age and older is in effect (July 13th, 2012) – that will eliminate an even greater population of American horses from eligibility for slaughter. It’s time to eliminate American horses from the slaughter for human consumption equation, period.

    • Lisa L.
      October 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      ‘Honesty’ is certainly not a cornerstone for any aspect of American horses getting to the abbatoirs; everything from purchase to transport to slaughter seems steeped in skirting laws, disregardng standards of care under ‘humane’, and violating food safety policies.

      These are the realities of slaughtering American horses; we see stories in the media almost weekly. And the pro-slaughter contigent addresses NONE of this. They offer no commentary when individuals or companies are caught violating the law, and actually seem to voice support for wide-spread cruelties associated with horse ‘industries’.

      It doesn’t matter how articulate the response above; what does matter is the message conveyed – slaughtering horses IS far more important than the health of the people who may have consumed or will be exposed to tainted meat, and a mad dash to ensure our horses can continue to be killed.

  8. CanAmFam
    October 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    The world market for US horse meat is dead. They’ve realized it’s unsafe for human consumption. And testing isn’t the problem – it’s the overwhelmingly tainted supply that’s killing the market.

    There’s simply no feasible way to make American horse meat safe. American taxpayers and horse owners are not going to support the Pa$$port system, nor eliminate ubiquitous use of substances banned in equids. And you can’t make money raising horses strictly for slaughter.

  9. FAITh
    October 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    All that this contrived, illogical, misinformation and ranting proves is that saying “You cannot fix stupid,” is absolutely correct. Wallis most certainly must be afflicted a terminal case of stupidity. It appears she is so afflicted with the stupidity syndrome that her cognitive abilities have become so diminished that she is unaware that her prognosis appears from all rational accounts to be fatal. Go away you evil diseased woman and leave our horses alone. We do not need the inmates running the asylum. Yours seems to be a good case for bringing back labotomies. Do not worry the process, based on your standards of humane, is completely benign. You will be grateful for existence of the kind and caring humanitarians of the species whose disinterested concern for the welfare of the old and disabled who suffer from this debilitating malady have come together in order to do the right thing in this time of your suffering to act quickly to urge Congress to once again fund labotomies.

  10. F Belardino
    October 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

    “…leaving horse owners with few options except the selling of horses.” So are you going to reimburse me, Suzy? Let’s do the math shall we?

    My investment to date:
    $4,500 paid for 2 of the 3 horses. (1 is a rescue from one of your hell holes)
    $3,000 for 2 Tucker saddles.
    $2,000 estimated for tack.
    $12,000 estimated over 10 years for feed/hay.
    $10,000 estimated over 10 years for health care of the horses.
    $52,000 for 3 stall barn.

    Meat man may give me $200 per horse = $600.

    I have a better ideal. If God forbid, I am so down on my luck and I have no family that can help, no friends, and no rescue within a 100 miles radius, I will instead have our 3 horses put to sleep peaceably and respectfully via a trusted vet. Yes, that will cost me the same $600 I could get from your scum partners but no thank you. You see, I and others and true horse owners. Something you are not and could never be!

    • Kathryn Ireland
      October 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      Here, Here. If I find myself in the situation that prevents me to carry on caring for my dearly beloved companion, family member animals I will first do my utmost to find them a beautiful forever home with contracts for them never to go to slaughter, and if all else fails they will be put to rest peacefully and with the respect they deserve. I swear to my dying day they will NEVER be subject to the sweaty, geasy, greedy mitts of the horse slaughter industry. I’m sure I speak for the 80% of compassionate caring horse owners, which Sue Wallis isn’t, hasn’t been and never will be.
      What next Sue Wallis, your plans are as despicable as selling drugs on street corners. I mean lets face it at the present time you are willing to peddle tainted meat. Bang goes your theory of feeding poisonous meat to lower income school children. At least for now they are safe from the horror you wanted to inflict upon them.

  11. Joan R
    October 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

    The IEBA’s mission statement pretty much sums up what their agenda is, although they seem to forget that American horses are NOT produced for human consumption.

    “The International Equine Business Association is formed to serve the horse businesses and families of the World by protecting their economic, legislative, regulatory, judicial, environmental, custom and cultural interests.

    The Association promotes the role of the horse industry in resource stewardship, animal care, and in the production of high-quality, safe, nutritious meat, and other products.

    The purpose of the Association is to serve as a production agriculture association for the equine species, to mutually protect the international horse industry, and to promote the use of horses and equine products in commercial enterprises.”

  12. October 14, 2012 at 3:16 am

    One can only laugh at “Wallis math”. She claims 48,000 in the next 3 months… Considering that approximately 120,000 horses are slaughtered each year, how is she arriving at 192,000? (hint Sue: 48,000 for 3 months annualized is 192,000). Cheval, Sue? Seriously. An international flair is not going to give you credibility.

    Apparently, the newly released EU FVO report on Mexico slipped her mind just as the previously issued EU FVO reports are ignored. US horses are not safe for consumption. She wants to implement her system and yet, she still believes that banned substances can be detected with a blood test and bute quickly leaves the system. Does she honestly think anyone, let alone the EU, is going to trust her system?

    The EU doesn’t want meat from North American horses. It’s really quite sad that she can’t comprehend that the location of where they are killed isn’t the issue. US horses cannot meet food safety requirements no matter where they are killed. The EU requires passports by the age of 6 months. That eliminates the 48,000 she wants to kill in the next 3 months. Her first clue should have been when Canada stopped accepting TBs. And even with the sudden shutdown, she still hasn’t gotten the message.

    Is she going to reimburse horse owners for the vet calls so they can record every medication given to the horse? If the vet doesn’t record the meds, the system will be no better than we have today and will not meet food safety requirements.

    She’s had 5 years to figure this out and she still doesn’t get it. And that is the reason that Congress must swiftly end the slaughter of American horses. That is the only way to ensure food safety to foreign countries consuming horse meat and save the American taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars for another welfare program for the meat industry.

    • October 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Totally agree, Vicki! Wallis and the others can’t acknowledge the food safety issues in horses! If they did, they would have had to fold their tents and sneak away a long time ago. :)

  13. October 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me that pro-slaughter advocates don’t acknowledge that food safety rules apply to horses. With the abandonment of the CanEquid program by Equine Canada, Bill DesBarres recently took up the cause, bombarding horse associations with pro-chip marketing diatribe, attempting to lay the infrastructure to satisfy EU demands for horsemeat, all under the guise of isolating disease. He has partnered with Animal ID Systems, which has been heavily promoted by Cargill Meat Solutions, Monsanto and Schering-Plough – Big Ag intensive production systems, and this initiative was partially funded by the AgriMarketing Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

    DesBarres/Wallis/Duquette have steadfastly maintained that a $200 slaughter horse stubbornly clinging to life is what’s preventing you from buying a $5,000 horse. It will never be acceptable for the vast majority of horse owners to have their personal home/premises/farm registered with the government and monitored as if they were a food producer. These commodities traceability programs require every farm or “premises” be registered with government agencies, even if that premises houses a single animal. While the purported goal of disease containment appears to be beneficial, the requirement for citizens to register privately-owned property for tracking and monitoring purposes has very serious implications for our privacy, rights and freedoms – even more so because we are not raising food animals.

    Certainly from a disease perspective, traceability systems will be no more effective in stopping the spread of mass-level outbreaks than the current policies are, which rely on the owner to communicate federally reportable diseases – EIA (swamp fever), contagious equine metritis, equine piroplasmosis, rabies, anthrax, and provincially reported diseases – salmonella, WNV.

    • Lisa L.
      October 14, 2012 at 1:26 am

      “DesBarres/Wallis/Duquette have steadfastly maintained that a $200 slaughter horse stubbornly clinging to life is what’s preventing you from buying a $5,000 horse.”

      THAT is priceless, Heather – sane, completely descriptive and to the point; we ought to have it printed on letterhead stationary, and use it in all our correspondence.

  14. Lisa L.
    October 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Can someone please explain to me how North American horse slaughter and product export in ANY country is considered “humanitarian’?

    humanitarian [hjuːˌmænɪˈtɛərɪən]
    “1. having the interests of mankind at heart”
    (stolen off some dictionary web site)

    And this becomes an international, world-wide crisis because….??

    “…that cause horrific,unnecessary animal suffering, destroy jobs, narrow economic opportunity, disrupt international commerce, and limit access to a sought after, affordable, high quality, and safe protein source for the world.” ”

    Honestly, I’m not trying to be obtuse. But I had no idea that the EU, in an effort to keep people from becoming ill from eating food that isn’t quite what Nature intended, would cause a global economic collapse.

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