Wallis Will Also Speak This Weekend to the Pro-Slaughter Association of State Horse Councils Group in Denver
HOUSTON, (Horseback) – A trade association spearheaded by Wyoming Rep. Sue Wallis (R), has issued an invitation to an organizational meeting in the “Kansas City area” that will be top secret according to a document sent to Horseback Online late Thursday.
The invitation reads as if the group has an agenda it wants to prevent leaking to the press and public.
Nowhere in the invitation is the expected ban on phenalbutazone and scores of other dangerous chemicals by the European Union for imported food animals mentioned. Almost all U.S. Horses ingest bute at some point in their lives. The drug, a carcinogen, remains in the body of the host for life. The invitation reads:
The International Equine Business Association will have a private, members only, one day meeting in the Kansas City area on Monday December 3rd.
Anyone who is currently, or who plans to be directly involved in the horse processing business, in supplying processing facilities, or providing services such as feeding, veterinary care, or trucking will want to put this important meeting on their calendars, and plan to attend.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has committed to being ready to provide grants of inspection to equine processing plants in the U.S. by the end of the year. Several companies anticipate beginning operations at that time, and others are expected to come online over the course of the next year or two. In order to be ready, the International Equine Business Association, which has been formed to serve as a production agriculture association for the entire industry, has systems in place or in development to help companies be successful and sustainable.
The Agenda Includes:
Jennifer Woods from Canada who has designed the humane handling and assessment tool which is now being used to audit Canadian plants, and who will be providing third party humane handling audits for IEBA in the U.S., and Joey Astling from the USDA-APHIS Slaughter Horse Transport program will be leading this segment. It will cover what you need to know to comply with humane audits, and regulatory issues around trucking and how that will be handled that might be different than what is currently happening at the borders.
Equine Traceability and Testing
Hands-on training and information will be provided by Animal ID Solutions which is the company that has worked with IEBA to develop this system for the industry. Buyers will be able to acquire and use the tools necessary to enroll a horse in the IEBA database so that it can be absolutely established what the source of the horse was, how long the horse has been in the food system for drug withdrawal purposes, and other information. Information and training on optional live animal drug testing protocols will also be presented. The system includes an option for independent third party laboratory testing scientifically verifying each animal’s eligibility for processing.
Only IEBA members with contracts to sell directly to plants will have the training and authority to enroll horses in the database. One positive aspect of going this route is that our private business association owns and controls the database, we can lock down security and privacy to protect ourselves, and it is NOT a government run deal. On the other hand it will provide the assurance that is being demanded by the international marketplace and regulators to guarantee horses are free of contamination when they are slaughtered.
Security and Protection
This segment will be led by the Animal Agriculture Alliance and will cover the protection that you can build around an operation to protect against activist threats. This will include vetting employees, background checks, management and training of employees to ensure loyalty and vigilance, community relations to build a layer of support around your facility, and some very innovative (and inexpensive) ways to physically protect your grounds from top security experts who are also very savvy about agricultural operations. This portion of the meeting will also include legal defense against litigation presented by the Cavalry Group.
IEBA Member Services and Options
Through partnerships and arrangements with providers, IEBA offers their members options that are efficient and cost effective solutions for insurance, payroll, employee benefits administration, pre-employment background checks, employee training for humane handling, food safety and quality, protecting yourself and your company from activist threats, and media training. This will be an overview of what is available, and the various options that businesses could choose from to outsource some or all of their administrative functions.
This is a private, members only meeting for people who are going to own or run plants, anyone who will be managing or training employees at them, those who will be selling horses to them, those who will be providing services to them, and those who will be trucking horses. Apply for membership and register below.
As you know, what is left of the horse processing industry in the U.S. is a pretty small group who are generally known to each other. IEBA staff will review all applications, and memberships will be ratified by the board. If your membership is not accepted, this will be discussed with you, and your entire membership fee and registration will be refunded to you.
Please contact me if you have questions, or to make sure you are included in our IEBA updates and alerts at email@example.com, 307-680-8515, or message me privately on Facebook at http://facebook.com/sue.wallis52.