THIS IS THE BODY OF THE LETTER I GOT TODAY - am sure other rescues got it too...my comments in BOLD and BOLD
To Whom It May Concern:
Hey there Slaughterhouse Sue - that would be Jo Deibel you are addressing.
A RESCUE and REJUVENATION program of the United Horsemen's Unified Equine System has been created to care for "unwanted" horses and give them a chance to become "wanted," healthy and happy.
Let's see since there is NO free breeding in the USA and no one has a litter of baby horses show up on their doorstep ALL horses (except wild horses) WERE wanted at one time. They have simply outgrown the purpose for which they are bred, making them HOMELESS HORSES - NOT unwanted horses.
The Unified Equine System is a holistic system that is designed to provide a solution to the problem of excess domestic horses in the United States.
How about breeding for quality and not quantity, ya think that might slow down the increase in the number of HOMELESS HORSES? Seems your VP is a AQHA BREEDER - doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of rescue? Angel Acres doesn't breed their rescue horses...and neither do other good rescues, so I guess that kicks your faux rescue group to the curb in that department, doesn't it?
The United Horsemen seek to help horses and owners in any situation. People may donate equines they are not able or willing to keep, at any of our satellite rescue centers planned for multiple locations in the U.S. The horses will immediately be examined by a veterinarian.
I personally think this statement equates to - Send us your horses, we'll slaughter them for free for ya AND we will sanitize their horrific death by using words that make it seem less brutal and vile than it is!
If they are in good condition, and potentially useful, they will be sent to the Rescue Program, a collaborative effort with college and university equine programs and private horse trainers to train, re-train and market horses.
OMG - IF they are in good condition they will be sent to rescue? And if not, they'll get a big ole bash in the frigging skull? IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING?! Because that is what slaughter is...brutally being bashed in the head, your throat slit as you are hanging upside down by one hoof!
The Rescue Program may also be a good option for trained, dependable older horses who are no longer needed or wanted in their current situation. Once evaluated by professionals, and wherever possible, these horses will be placed as kids' horses, or provided at little or no cost to therapeutic riding programs, and other equine nonprofit purposes. If appropriate, they may be sold to riding schools, trail riding businesses, or other such enterprises.
OOOOHHHH...sssoooo if there is ANY potential left for you guys to get a few bucks you'll sell them up the road?! NICE!! GREAT FRIGGING RESCUE PROGRAM YOU GOT GOING!
Lack of training can be a significant factor in a horse becoming "unwanted." The Unified Equine Rescue Program is an ideal place for untrained, but potentially desirable, horses. The Rescue Program connects untrained prospects with capable professionals and student trainers, giving these horses the best chance to succeed. This element of the Rescue Program is set up with the breeder and owner in mind - people unexpectedly hit by the downed horse market and who now may not be able to afford training.
So, the lack of training - probably by a backyard breeder - causes the horse to be HOMELESS and now it's the horses fault...nice...this statement is just total bs!
Horses in poor condition will be placed in the Rejuvenation Program for extra feed, care, and supplementation, until they are healthy and ready for re-evaluation.
Hhhmmmm...how long is that? Until they are fat enough to be slaughtered at your bogus, bullshit rescue program?!
Pregnant mares, foals, yearlings, and weanlings will be put on pasture until ready for re-evaluation and placement. Mares may also be provided to university equine reproduction research programs.
OOHHH...boy...So in addition to slaughtering horses at your faux rescue you now want to send them off to research programs, too!! Pregnant mares too? HEY, are you gonna try to get into the Premarin biz too? Wooo! You guys sure are batting 1000 in the eyes of the horse loving community aren't you?!
The Unified Equine System will also offer an incentive program, paying bonuses to owners and/or trainers who are successful in competition with horses that came from the program.
No words for the above statement....sigh...
Because the Unified Equine System is organized by horse industry professionals, horses can be evaluated and placed as show prospects, ranch horses, therapeutic riding horses, rodeo bucking stock, and much more.
OMG - RODEO BUCKING STOCK?! That is so loaded with a million directions I could go, I will leave it for later.
Owners who donate horses to United Horsemen, a non-profit, 501c3 organization, will receive a 100% tax-deductible donation receipt.
Hey, you know what...if an owner donates to any NON PRO SLAUGHTER 501c3 rescue they get a tax donation to...you forgot to mention that in your statement!
For horses that have lived past their useful life, are unsound, un-trainable, or otherwise not suitable for re-homing, a humane system of slaughter will be utilized. Equipment and management practices approved by Dr. Temple Grandin will provide a quick, clean death with a minimum of stress and pain. Horses will be handled humanely and respectfully, employees will undergo proper training, and the facility will be monitored to prevent mishandling and abuse.
THERE IS NO WAY TO SLAUGHTER A HORSE HUMANELY!! HORSES WERE NEVER, EVER PART OF THE AMERICAN FOOD CHAIN AND WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE SLAUGHTERED!!!!!
Every part of the horse will be put to good purposes, from providing nourishing, high quality meat to the hungry and to those who choose to buy it for their tables, to zoo diets for big cats and other carnivores, to canned pet food. Horse hide is very valuable as rawhide and as leather. Otherwise unusable parts will be rendered to essential oil and byproducts. Some parts can be used for both human and veterinary medicine. Even the hair can be used.
Every part of the horse can be used? How about when they are alive how the horse contributes to the economy? Didn't see a mention of how they help local communities.
Hayman makes money because he's feeding the horse, store selling him the timothy seed makes money, same for the grain store. Then there are the tack shops, apparel makers, on and on and on....a horse STOPS contributing to the economy once he dies but contribues enormously when he is a ALIVE!
Horses entering the system that are not appropriate for either the Rescue Program or the Processing Program will be put on pasture until their status changes. This would primarily be brood mares with baby colts, weanlings, yearlings, and horses who may have suffered an injury, will never be sound, but have been provided with veterinary medications that will need to be held for an appropriate withdrawal period before being processed.
What does this mean? Seems to me it means - "welp, there missy slaughterhourse suzy q. looks like ole Sunshine here ain't fit for anything but slaughter but she ain't fat enuff yet, so let's put her on some pasture and fatten her up so we can get some good money for our "rescue program"
The Rescue, Rejuvenation, and Slaughter Programs are complemented by the Equine Assurance Program, an industry-driven assurance program to address both animal welfare issues and food quality and safety issues through licensing, certification, and training; as well as the Horses for Humanity Program, which is specifically focused on using horse products for charitable purposes where horse meat can be provided to the hungry, or be contributed as pet food to nonprofit animal shelters. The National Do Not Slaughter Registry provides extra assurance to those who do not ever want to see their horse processed.
TOTAL BULLSHIT!!!! AMERICANS DO NOT FRIGGING EAT HORSEMEAT!!! WHAT AMERICAN WANTS TO EAT A HORSE?!
And you are trying to pass off SLAUGHTERED HORSES to AMERICA'S poorest citizens?! Do you realize that almost every SINGLE product we give horses to keep them healthy are carcinogenic to humans (that means they cause cancer). And there is NO withdrawal time for bute recognized by the FDA? NONE!! NO WITHDRAWAL TIME FOR BUTE RECOGNIZED BY THE FDA!
The FDA bans administration of bute in any animal intended for food. Click here to see the article detailing a study of bute in horses slaughtered for human consumption.
NO animal can be slaughtered for food that has had bute with the exception of cows before 20 months of age, did you know that, Mr. Man? Find me a horse that hasn't EVER had bute and I'll show you oceanfront property in Arizona.
If your horse rescue is interested in working with our program, please contact Sue Wallis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307)680-8515, or Dave Duquette at email@example.com or (541)571-7588. While no one really cares to think about horses getting processed, the reality is many horses are suffering far worse lives and deaths than a quick, humane death could ever be. Please help us help them through our realistic system that will end unnecessary suffering.
I got two words for your program their Slaughterhouse Sue Wallis and Dave D. and they rhyme with DUCK SHOE!