The United Horse Killers of America
Part 3 – Forrest Lucas
Forrest Lucas, billionaire, Lucas Oil/Lucas Stadium owner, rancher and founder of the pro-horse slaughter, pro-horse soring, pro-puppy mill, anti-animal lobbying group. Protect the Harvest, is a major threat to the fight to end horse slaughter and to the protection and preservation of America’s Wild Horses and Burros.
Lucas is one of the loudest and most out-spoken horse slaughter proponents in the nation. He said, “…we’re out here organized…” and “…we need to get horse slaughter back.” That was before he was given power by the current administration. Now that he has it, he is taking this country on a downward spiral and attempting to use his money and influence to destroy as many humane policies as possible. […]
Thanks to our friends at Equine Advocates, who remain at the forefront of fighting against horse slaughter, for bringing this article to our attention.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
(photo: Christian Hartmann / Reuters)
by Susanna Forrest
“In 1997, the Los Angeles Timesbroke the news that 90 percent of the mustangs removed from the range by the Bureau of Land Management had been sold on for meat by their supposed adopters. An Oregon horse abattoir called Cavel West was named in the report.”
Read this entire article HERE.
Source: Equine Welfare Alliance PR
Chicago (EWA)– EWA has learned that Mr. Douglas A. Glenn, Director, Office of Financial Management, Department of the Interior, has notified his department in a letter dated 22 February, that the GAO (Government Accountability Office) has been tasked to study any changes in the state of equine welfare in the US from 2010 to the present.
The request to the GAO was made by the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee and the Chair of House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration.
Attached to the letter was a statement of the scope of the work to be performed, including addressing four questions:
- What is known about changes and trends in the U.S. horse market since 2010?
- What impact, if any, has the prohibition on USDA funding for horse slaughter inspection had on horse welfare and on states, local governments and Indian tribes?
- What is known about the number of abandoned and unwanted horses in the U.S. and associated environmental impacts?
- What is the current capacity of animal welfare organizations and shelters to accept and care for unwanted and abandoned horses?
FRANKFORT, KY — Despite the news about the existence of SB139 going viral with people all across Kentucky contacting the State Legislature opposing the measure, this morning the bill passed out of the State Agricultural Committee unanimously with a vote count of 15-0-0.
SB139 endangers what protections horses currently have in Kentucky against cruelty and abuse by lowering their status from a domestic animal to livestock. It also opens the door to horse slaughter in Kentucky should that return to US soil.
This move is strongly supported by the agricultural and horse racing communities in Kentucky who already treat horses with shocking disrespect.
The next step is to send it to the full Kentucky State House for a vote. If SB139 passes there the bill will be sent to the Governor to sign into law.
Entire article posted at the Source: SB139 passes the Kentucky State House Ag Committee 15-0-0
FRANKFORT, KY — Kentucky is marketed as the Horse Capital of the World, the State with “unbridled spirit”, as seen in its logo.
Tragically, this unbridled spirit does not extend to the safety, well-being and benevolent treatment of the horses it so proudly hails as an integral part of its history, economy and culture.
Kentucky is renowned for its lack of animal protection laws and that extends to its horses. According to some, Kentucky ranks in the bottom five in animal welfare but most recently there have been claims it is at the very bottom.
Here are two examples involving racehorses. There are many more.
1. There is nothing on the books that governs how many times a racehorse can be whipped or for how long before it becomes cruelty or abuse, a Churchill Downs veterinarian smirked several years ago.
2. When PeTA exposed horrific acts of cruelty exposed in a shocking undercover video Kentucky horseracing officials were asked to review it, and claimed they saw nothing wrong.
Now the Kentucky State legislature is laying the groundwork to bring horse slaughter to Kentucky.
Entire article posted at its Source: Kentucky legislature setting the stage for the slaughter of horses with SB 139
S0urce: Multiple “The women had a combined 42 pounds of horse meat concealed inside juice boxes…” STERLING, Va. – Customs agents have seen all sorts of things come through t…
Source: Agents Seize Horse Meat, Genitals at Airport Outside Capital