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.

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
A 501c3 Non profit
Tax ID #20-5555199

26 comments for “A Report From the Field: The Slaughter Wars

  1. T Kay Pen
    October 21, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Who cares who called a stop in taking US horses at slaughter, or for what reason. This is a day for dancing for anyone who sees horses as more than food or a quick buck. Now the breeds, auction houses, and kill buyers are going to have to take responsible for their greed and over breeding and look for another line of work. For year’s breeds, auction houses, and kill buyers have had it easy.
    Now all the old and sick horses (that the pro-slaughter say go to slaughter) can be put down in a humane way and their bodies’ burn just like dogs and cats. All the young and healthy that come from big name breeds will in hope have a chance at life and not be pick up by the kill buyers, that or be put down in a humane way by the owners. No longer will it be the Breed baby breed program that the AQHA has been pushing to line their pockets. After all they were so proud of the 2,000,000 foals register in what 2010.
    The one thing we are going to have to watch is the BLM and make sure that the wild Mustangs don’t end up sold to slaughter. After all they are drug free.

  2. Carey
    October 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    To the Admin and the horse-loving/responsible owners on the board –

    If you quit feeding trolls, they will eventually starve to death. You can’t educate or reason with the willfully ignorant and trying to do so is just a waste of energy. Just let Joe and Natalie (who, if they aren’t going out or married should really hook up, they just aren’t allowed to reproduce) live in their little ‘everyone else should be made to deal with the over-breeding problem except those who are actually responsible’ world and otherwise ignore them. Nothing is to be gained by arguing over the internet with an idiot.

    • October 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Carey ~ You are right of course, but Joe is such a self-important, sarcastic sociopath it’s hard not to answer him.

      We really should try though because I would love nothing better than never hearing from this nitwit ever again.

  3. Joe
    October 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Urgent Notice

    The Eu announced this morning 10-15-2012 that our American horses are not full
    of BUTE and other drugs like the anti slaughter are trying to convince the world.

    That is nothing but a bunch of lies. There was a paperwork problem not a BUTE
    problem. And of course we have people on the pro slaughter side that do not have their ducks in a row or know all of the facts either. Horse slaughter is a very touchy subject but lets not create stories that are not true. Thanks for the space

    • admin
      October 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Again Joe, you are being irresponsible. The EU made no such announcement, nor could they since American horsemeat is tainted and can easily be shown to be so if the kidneys are tested. Further, about 25 other drugs are banned by the EU in food animals, not just Bute.

  4. Debbie Richmond
    October 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Friday, October 12, 2012 is engraved in my heart as the happiest day of my life.

  5. Joe
    October 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Susan Polman

    Since this is your goal you will need to care for more than 40 measley

    horses. You will need a lot of money to feed all od the horses you stopped
    going across the borders. None of you have come up with a safety net only
    create problems. Keep begging for money. You can help pay for these
    wild/feral/estray horses in Nevada. Don’t forget that there are more horses
    shipped to Russia and China. China eats more horse meat than all of the EU countries put together. This is not a permanent shut down.

    • admin
      October 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Joe, you are smoking some really bad dope. All indications are that China does not eat horse meat. We have t hat from unimpeachable sources. Also, I’m certain the people you are blaming will put on a mighty effort for the owners of these horses to take responsibility for them rather than dump them. Sorry.

      • Natalie
        October 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm

        I think Joe is dead on only he left out that there are THOUSANDS of horses sitting on semi trailers and in feedlots… I saw 200+ head get unloading up here in MN today that were all lame and had either major issues with human contact or had abnormalities…and some were just plain ugly. PLEASE tell me WHO is going to feed them AND where are you going to get the hay since according to the USDA %80 of the U.S is a disaster area via the drought. You all can whoop and holler about the “good” news but the day I see loose horses in my fields is the day it will become MY problem. because i’m not going to be the one cleaning up after your stupidity. by all means you can pay the rendering truck $300 a horse to pick the dead 1000lb carcass up off people’s farms.

        • admin
          October 14, 2012 at 8:37 pm

          It is the killer buyer’s and transporters responsibility to deal with those horses now. If they dump them, they need to do some time, simple as that. They are the owners of those horses now. Everyone who sees a situation such as you describe needs to write down the license number of the truck and take photographs of the horses and driver, if possible. The taxpayers must not inadvertently bail the killer buyers out of this situation by dumping their problem on local jurisdictions.

          The Editor

          • Natalie
            October 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

            yes It is. And what do you propose people who can’t bring their horses to next month’s auctions do when their hay runs out? they will let their horses all starve in the dirt lots to avoid “animal abandonment” Killing them would be the humane thing to do, instead I’ll get to go to auctions and watch starving horses go through bringing “No value” like foals and ponies currently do. not all horses get Bute or even yearly vaccines – as assumed. I have several horses who have never gotten the drug and I can list everything in their medical history and I show every weekend. However feeding humans our overly drugged track horses and performance horses is messed up. If they opened the plants back up it be doing all the horses a favor if people are stupid enough to eat it overseas so be it.- dallas crown sold to Zoos along with exporting the meat to other countries. You think people will stop raising TB’s and QH’s all track bound? good luck with that industry. I would never turn in my friends who in many cases rescue the horses from idiots who can’t take care of them, let them go MONTHS without hoof care and can’t feed them without a pasture season. Yes these horses get picked up and get sent to kill but at least their not suffering. Expecting the rescues to seize the number of horses that will be left this season with no one to speak for them is unrealistic. They will go unseen in barns, back pastures and wooded areas for months and no one will no, care or be the wiser ALL because their owners had no outlet for them. At no fault of the animal. No one will be able to even give a horse away. I had a gal pay me $500 to take her magnum psyche son all because no one would take him for free…I fed him, made him look nice and broke out even in the end and that’s a high dollar arabian. At my local sale barn people will LITERALLY bring horses in the middle of the night and put them in the loose barn pens. it’s kinda hard to track down a person if you dont know who they are. And it’ll fall on tax payers and the govt like everything else, so way to go. let’s screw the economy even more :-) too bad my future kids and grandchildren will be paying off the nations debt – why not add to the mess.

          • admin
            October 15, 2012 at 7:09 am

            Natalie, the Europeans made the decision, not Americans.

            The Editor

          • Joe
            October 15, 2012 at 8:51 am


            All of you better check what you are saying about the drugs in our American horses. The EU IS TAKING the meat from American horses. Your constant lies about
            all of our horses are full of BUTE is a complete LIE… The news was jost released, nice try…

          • Denise
            October 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

            Joe…having a conversation, much more a debate is like peeing into the wind without a towel handy.

            You ain’t the sharpest tool in the shead…in fact, you seem to be beyond the grinding sharpness available for the metal available and/or edge…time for the burn pile Dude.

            p.s. Smokin’ Joe…they ain’t taking the live ones right now…another dumba$$ moment.

          • Joe
            October 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

            Talk about being a dumb ass and being out of touch.


          • October 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm

            Joe ~ just because this shutdown was caused by a SNAFU, doesn’t mean it isn’t coming. That’s the very reason the killers jumped to the conclusion that this was “it.” We got that from THEM after all.

            But, they ARE right. Sometime between now and July 31, 2013, the EU will stop accepting our horses if we do not have a full birth-to-slaughter passport system in place. What Wallis is ranting about will NOT fulfill the requirements. Under EU regs, a horse must have a permanent ID and tracking begun by the age of 6 months. You can ID every living horse if you so desire, but they will still be rejected. The EU has been planning this for over two years, and it will happen.

            Did you even read the EU regs I gave you the link for? Nah. Did you read the special section on horses? Nah. Here it is again – if you don’t want to be a dumb ass and out of touch better read it. Especially this part on page 15, col. 2 about bute:
            Substances without an EU MRL for
            equidae which are not nor deemed essential
            Some medicines commonly used for horses
            world-wide e.g. phenylbutazone, are not listed
            in Reg. 1950/2006 or in Table 1 of the Annex to
            Regulation 37/2010. Any horse in the EU treated
            with phenylbutazone must be excluded from the
            food chain and signed out of the food chain in the
            EU regs: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/chemicalsafety/residues/docs/requirements_non_eu.pdf

            Get all that, Joe? NO MRL – Minimum Residue Level. Must be excluded from the human food chain and signed out of the human food chain on the passport.

            Not EXACTLY what you’ve been trying to sell, is it?

            Why don’t you call some kill buyers and tell them they are dumb asses and out of touch? They know a hell of a lot more than you do for SURE!

          • October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

            Joe ~ from EU food safety rules, 2013: Substances without an EU MRL for
            equidae wich are not nor deemed essential medicines

            Some medicines commonly used for horses
            world-wide e.g. phenylbutazone, are not listed
            in Reg. 1950/2006 or in Table 1 of the Annex to
            Regulation 37/2010. Any horse in the EU treated
            with phenylbutazone must be excluded from the
            food chain and signed out of the food chain in the

            EU regs: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/chemicalsafety/residues/docs/requirements_non_eu.pdf page 15, col. 2

            The only way to test for bute is a post-mortem kidney biopsy. A blood test does NOT get it done. Anyone who says otherwise or denies that most or our horses have received but AT SOMETIME DURING THEIR LIFETIME is the liar. It only takes one dose and NO withdrawal time. Read the excerpt I JUST posted.

          • Denise
            October 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

            Hey Natalie….EUTH THEM LIKE I DO!

            Vet chem euth (or gunshot with qualified shooter) and bury, compost or call the renderer….you dumba$$!

        • October 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

          Natalie ~ If it were a good system – for the HORSES – how is it that, according to you, we’re still seeing so many “excess” horses? It has NOT worked and never will. Oh, maybe for people like you who have no problem with the cruelty of horse slaughter or the fact that horse meat is dangerous for people to eat. But for the horses and the rest of us who are tired of worrying about our horses being stolen for slaughter and the incredible cruelty to horses in general – not to mention the disgraceful complicity of our government in knowingly selling dangerously adulterated meat overseas – it’s an opportunity

          Now, TRY to understand – WE had nothing to do with this, and we don’t know any more about it than you do. Without any warning – that we know of – the EU sent a directive to it’s Mexican and Canadian slaughter plants to stop accepting our horses. It’s the plants who are refusing our horses as they were told to do. That’s it. This DID come just a few days after EU inspectors in Mexico found the traceability of our horses was still as unacceptable as before. Maybe that had something to do with it, huh?

          The EU has been warning for over TWO YEARS that this was coming. Their 2013 regulations will require that the US implement a full passport system to track our horses from birth to slaughter like they do or they will not accept our horses after next July 31.
          EU regs: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/chemicalsafety/residues/docs/requirements_non_eu.pdf

          You were warned and did nothing. Now you blame everyone but yourselves. Figures.

          BTW, I’ve lived in rural Indiana – SEVERE drought conditions – for over 20 years. We were badly his by the recession AND drought, but I have NEVER seen abandoned horses in my field or anywhere else. Al my friends still have their horses, and we see new horses at people’s houses almost every time we go out.

          In fact, the only abandoned horses I ever even HEARD about in this area were abandoned because the owners were afraid to take them to auction because of the killer buyers. How do ya like THAT irony? The authorities turned the horses over to a shelter, something the owners could have done themselves if they’d bothered to inform themselves. The shelters are NOT full.

          Not happy? Take it up with the EU.

    • October 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Joe, I’ve just totally HAD IT with your idiocy. The EU has been promising for over two years that if the US didn’t have a passport system comparable to theirs, they would stop accepting our horses after July 31, 2013. I don’t know why they jumped the gun, but it was only a matter of a few months anyway. The US will not implement something as unpopular and expensive as a passport system and we all know it. American tax payers will not pay for a system they do not want so slaughtering of horses can continue – something 80% of us are against anyway.

      WE are NOT responsible for any horses but our own. If everyone just took responsibility for their own horses, there would never be any problems. Besides, we’ve had over 30 YEARS of uninterrupted horse slaughter. If slaughter is the answer to over-population, WHY HASN’T IT WORKED? Thirty years is long enough to prove slaughter is NOT the answer. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

      The wild horses in Nevada have been illegally removed from their Congressionally mandated ranges. The problem here is the BLM ignoring the LAW. It’s also illegal to sell these horses directly to slaughter. Make the BLM obey the law. Simple fix there.

      Neither Russia or China want our toxic horses any more than the EU does, you boob. WE didn’t do this, Joey, YOU and your sociopathic cohorts did this by totally ignoring the food safety laws and making it plain you would NEVER follow the regulations. YOU made the EU decide they didn’t want to eat our horses any more – NOT US.

      Get over it and GROW UP!

      • Natalie
        October 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Actually, it’s worked great. People don’t want a horse – there’s always an outlet. Seems like a pretty good system.

        • Denise
          October 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

          Not when you are peddling dirty meat for humans to eat, Princess.

      • Denise
        October 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

        Suzanne…as many in the antislaughter movement predicted, Russia/Eastern Europe (nonEU) and Asia would take the meat if the major consumer in Europe ceased.

        So now we go to the Southern Americas, Asia and Eastern Europe, etc and inform those consumers.

        In the end, a dirty food product from the US tarnishes and jeopardizes ALL US food products. The true livestockers and grain/veggie producers of the US better learn this quick…..because peddling dirty equine meat for the convenience of a few thieves, stoopid owners and sloppy breed groups ain’t worth a bad food rep for the rest of US food producers in a world global economy.

        • October 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

          I really don’t think the Russians and most Asians will take our horse meat after learning the EU has stopped. Russia already doesn’t accept several of our ag products and so do the Japanese. They are not idiots, and China in particular is trying to improve their food illness problems by adopting EU food safety rules.

          You are SO right about this horse meat trade tarnishing ALL American ag products. Especially since they all so publicly endorsed horse slaughter. What WERE they thinking?!

        • skip
          October 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

          Denise-please explain to all the readers of Horseback why there’s been no problem selling the meat from 130,000+ horses per year since 2007 and explain the anti-slaughter prediction that horsemeat would be purchased by Russia/Eastern Europe and Asia if the major consumer in Europe ceased-like they haven’t been purchasing meat prior to this development? Your statements are true to form…

  6. October 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

    The EU has been warning they were going to do this for over two years. Deadline was July 30, 2013, but the pro-slaughter faction was ignoring it all. Maybe that’s why the EU decided there was no point since we were never going to comply anyway. Ya think?

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