View Full Version : Bush Gives Okay to Kill 30,000 Horses

11-17-2008, 02:56 PM
Bureau of Land Management is preparing to have 30,000 horses slaughtered.

The livestock industry - which views wild horses as thieves that steal food from cows - has tried to take the law down through five administrations, and under the Bush administration is finally succeeding. The unraveling began three years ago, when a rollback made it legal for the BLM to sell horses in its custody that are over ten or who haven't been adopted on the third try through its adopt-a-horse program to the lowest bidder. This meant a ticket to the slaughterhouse.


OMG - this is so horrible... it's insane! Cause now these poor animals are going to have to travel 1,000+ grueling miles - just to be killed. It's awful! But you know - call it my general cynicism for the way money is made from flesh - bet ya nearly anything these dead animal parts will go to horse eaters... :mad:

"The way we treat animals: is like man did not love God"... :cry:

Admiral Halsey's RAM
11-17-2008, 03:10 PM
If Obama spoke up, I suspect this would not go through even though he has no actual powers just yet. Time to email and call him en masse.

11-17-2008, 04:01 PM
One more great use of taxpayer money! *sigh*

11-18-2008, 02:13 PM
Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, made known her intentions to adopt not just the doomed wild horses but most or all of the 30,000 horses and burros kept in federal holding pens. Lifelong animal lovers, the Pickenses just a few years ago led the fight to close the last horse slaughterhouse in the United States.

Madeleine Pickens is looking for land in the West that would be an appropriate home for the horses.

She is working with the BLM staff to adopt the horses, said Henri Bisson, the bureau's deputy director, while the agency persuades Congress to shift $20 million in funding to feed and protect the horses now in captivity for another year. As backup to Pickens's offer, he said, two other groups, both animal rescue organizations, have expressed similar interest in adoption. "We are very hopeful that euthanasia won't be necessary this year," he said.

The news that Pickens and others intend to adopt the wild horses and burros was celebrated by animal rights groups, several of which were preparing legal challenges to prevent the government from putting the horses to death.



I'm looking for a contact email for Madeleine Pickens. I think she deserves some serious thanks and high fives...

But looking towards the future I just don't know why the BLM doesn't sterilize the horses and set them free? It certainly makes economic (and compassionate) sense... Oh yeah, the cattle interests - phooey! :mad:

Admiral Halsey's RAM
11-25-2008, 03:02 AM
I was just going to post that^. There's video on the ABC News site.

12-09-2008, 12:27 AM
Seems there are still yet more horses that the BLM is "disposing" of:
(warning - on images)...

It has a link to a petition site that is very close to it's 50,000 signiture goal.

And just like the dairy industry with all the unwanted bull calves - I had forgotten about (or never thought of) all the foals born to make Premarin©. Of course we see what happens to them as well - doesn't it suck? :mad:

12-09-2008, 06:35 AM
Thanks for the link that got me through to the petition. Some of the comments on the article were interesting. It was good to see some debate other than the usual "meat is yummy" comments.

Some Premarin program horses make it out - A family up the road from me has two horses they got as yearlings, or maybe weanlings, from a Premarin program. There's a farm in a town next door that has gotten several adult horses from the program, including two stallions used at stud. I'm not googling for it now, but I wonder what percentage of horses in a Premarin barn go on to be placed rather than slaughtered?

12-09-2008, 06:03 PM
Neat that some made it to good homes :)
I haven't googled either - but I'm sure it's not enough... I'd think that horse too need to be "socialized" - most people want to ride them (else what are they for kind of mentality)...

This whole horse slaughter thing emabarasses and saddens me so... when I was a teen I had a horse - when I was "over that stage" I just sold *it* ... like it was an *it*. That was really heartless. But in truth... in my wildest imagination I never would have imagined then that they actually "killed" horses --- Strange how the world creeps up on you like that...

Bob Hauk
12-23-2008, 11:21 AM
Not to threadjack but while on the subject of horses here's some more &*%$@!*% %$@! to get really angered by.


12-24-2008, 09:09 AM
Thanks for posting about the horse-drawn carraiges - What irony "modern man" stuck in such primative use of animals. :confused:
There is a petition and more info here: Blinders (http://www.blindersthemovie.com/)

And not to belabor the sad horse issues it seems Belgium and Asian interests are continuting to ship horses to Mexico and Canada for slaughter:
http://www.txcn.com/sharedcontent/dws/txcn/houston/stories/khou081219_jj_horse-slaughter-transportation.7b642747.html It's a news story -(but does include video)... (warning).

The U.S. banned that type of action last year, but there’s a loophole, said Caramante. She says that the double-deckers can still be used to haul horses thousands of miles to feedlots, like the one in Morton, Texas. It’s owned by the Belgian company, Beltex.

“They feed them and get them fattened up. The ones that live go to El Paso and then off to the plant in Mexico,” said Caramante.

While it’s currently illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption in Texas, 11 News has found that at least two states are considering measures that would make it legal.

&*%$@!*% %$@! (ditto)...

12-27-2008, 08:14 PM
If Obama spoke up, I suspect this would not go through even though he has no actual powers just yet. Time to email and call him en masse.

I wonder how one would write to Obama?!

12-28-2008, 10:14 PM
For what it's worth you can "share your vision" here: http://change.gov/page/s/yourvision

But, be warned - there is absolutely nothing on the Obama site which remotely resembles any kind of non-human animal policy... However there is a blurb about protecting the rights of anglers and hunters - go figure...:confused:

Best thing to do is to contact your state rep - and urge them to pass legislation to prohibit the transport of horses for slaughter purposes...
You can get to your specific state on this issue here: http://capwiz.com/compassionindex/issues/bills/?bill=9279411