A Report From the Field: The Slaughter Wars
HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Horseack Online continues to receive reports from the field regarding the European Union action barring American horse meat from entering EU countries. The following from Susan Pohlman, founder of Whispering Winds Ranch, is typical
“We received this great news this afternoon and just had to share.
*UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: CANADIAN & MEXICO BORDERS CLOSED TO OUR HORSES! This
confirms the several phone calls I got this morning from those at auctions
in IN, TN and a conversation I had with TX TDA holding pen buyer. To add:
PA kill buyer, Brian Moore’s truck was turned back at the Canadian border
this morning. Owner of Shipshewana was not a happy man today after being
told he could not sell any “loose” horses! SHARE! UPCOMING SPECIAL SALES:Saturday,
October 13th: HORSE SALE CANCELED!!Due to unforeseen circumstances all
exports of horses to Canada and Mexico have been suspended. We just became
aware of this situation the morning 10/12/12. We have reached out to
numerous experts and traders in the business and as a result and due to the
uncertainty with the market we have decided to cancel the horse sale. We
will reschedule later this fall or early in 2013. As it stands we would
have no buyers and no place for the horses and would be unable to provide a
service to you or your animals. We understand that this is both a
frustration and inconvenience to you. We will keep you posted as more
details about the exports and a future sale become available Stockland
Livestock Sales, Davenport WA
It appears that the Canadian slaughterhouses are closed and that Europe is
not purchasing horse meat from Canada or the US. Although this is
fantastic news, there is still an issue of what to do with all the horses
that are currently in feedlots and holding facilities throughout the
countries. I have been asking people to monitor Equine Welfare Alliance’s
website <http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/> for updated information.
John Holland, Vicki Tobin, Jerry Finch, and several other very well
qualified people will be working on this throughout the next several days.
I know for us here at Whispering Winds, we count on them to bring us up to
date information on what is being done and how we can help. These are the
experts in the field with situations such as this.
I am excited for our horses and this great news, and I look forward to
upcoming information on the progress of caring for the thousands of horses
in holding facilities and kill pens through the nation. This is an effort
that so many of us for so many years have been working towards. It’s a
great step in the right direction.
Susan Pohlman, Founder/Director
Whispering Winds Ranch
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