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COURT DECLARES HORSE SLAUGHTER TO
Mar 29, 2007
For Immediate Release
COURT DECLARES HORSE SLAUGHTER TO BE ILLEGAL
Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2007) - In a 51-page opinion issued
just hours ago, United States District Court Judge Colleen
Kollar-Kotelly held that the slaughter of horses in America
violates federal law.
Continue to Support Your Rescue
Literally hundreds of Equine Rescues responded with offers of
help today. They need your continued financial support as they
work to insure that horses across the United States can return
to health and find forever homes.
Your contribution to either Habitat for Horses or your local
rescue can and will make a difference in the lives of the horses
in our combined care.
To donate to Habitat for Horses
As of 11:00 am March 29, 2007 the National Horse Protection
Coalition is working through the courts to try to secure the
purchase and safety of potentially 200 horses either currently
at the Cavel slaughter plant in Dekalb Illinois, or that are
enroute to Cavel.
Cavel is asking the court for an emergency injunction to allow
them to kill the horses based on the premise that they have
nowhere to go with the animals.
The NHPC disagrees...and are in the process of securing a large
temporary triage facility capable of sheltering all horses in
need due to the shut down at Cavel. The NHPC is looking at
facilities in the northern part of Illinois as possible staging
The NHPC is in need of people to stand ready to help to feed and
care for the horses should they be successful in gaining custody
of the animals. They may not know the outcome of the courts
decision for a few hours yet, but need to be prepared
should the court rule in their favor.
Please email Gail Vacca at
email@example.com if you are able to physically assist in the
care of the horses. Please be certain to include your phone
number and location.
The NHPC will also need donations of equipment such as halters,
leads, buckets, hay, bedding, feed etc. Please do not send
anything just yet...please just stand ready and let them know if
you can help.
Thanks so very much!
National Horse Protection Coalition
Wilmington , Illinois
Massive Rescue Effort Fails / Request to Save Horses Denied /
Horse Slaughter Ends!
As of around 1 pm CDT, the horses waiting in the trucks for
slaughter at Cavel in DeKalb, Illinois have been turned away and
are returning to their point of origination, including points as
far away as Colorado and South Dakota. The attempt to rescue
these horses failed, despite a major effort by HSUS, the Animal
Welfare Institute and Habitat for Horses. In a few short hours
the combined efforts led to the acquisition of both temporary
and foster situation for well over 500 horses.
The returned horses are now traveling illegally, since (1) they
have no Coggins papers or health permits and (2) the horses are
no longer headed for slaughter. No doubt that the majority of
these horses have traveled far longer that the 28 hour limit
allowed. Once again, this action shows the apathy and true
intent of the killer-buyers.
I am deeply thankful for the hundreds of emails we received with
offers to help in this effort. Should it have worked, the horses
would have been safe. Now they face midnight rides into Mexico
and Canada as the killer-buyers attempt to reclaim their
investment. One horse was unloaded at Cavel and euthanized as a
result of injury during transportation.
The only way to guarantee the safety of our horses from these
brutal acts and from the transfer from American soil to Mexico
and Canada is the passage of the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act, now pending in both the House and the Senate.
Your support is needed to bring this horror to an end.
Once again, thank you for your swift support and join us in
celebrating one large victory – For the first time in ages, no
horses were slaughtered on a Thursday in the United States for
human consumption. Let’s hope it holds true until the AHSPA is
Thank you everybody, we all did it with our
Shane and Sia Barbi
American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
Sep 07, 2006
The House voted yes on 503, The American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act, today.
WE WON!!!!! THE HORSES WON!!!!
you everybody. Next it goes to the Senate (1915) and then the
White house, but this was the hardest to pass. This means no
more cruelty of hooves being sawed off from trailers, beatings
that leave horses with broken legs and missing eyes, etc
In memory of
"Bold Knight", Arabian (shown in the header
Shane and Sia Barbi
NOW IT'S ON TO THE SENATE!
"Let us never
forgot that our country was built by the horse,
so we are
disrespecting American History when we are cruel to the horse."
Shane and Sia Barbi
Models for Mammals - The Examiner
Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin,
The Examiner: Yeas and Nays
Jan 4, 2007 7:38 AM
If politicians weren't sufficiently charmed last year by Bo
Derek and her lobbying on behalf of a ban on the slaughter of
horses, they'll now have two more gorgeous blondes to fight off:
the Barbi Twins.
You'll recall (even if you wont admit it) Shane and Sia Barbi
from the popular September 1991 and January 1993 issues of
Playboy magazine, or their other scantily clad appearances in
myriad pin-up calendars.
But although the bombshells are clearly hot, this time they're
hot to trot about joining Derek in the effort to convince the
U.S. Senate to pass the ban (the House passed the bill in
September). The United States currently has three major
slaughter plants which sell the meat to foreign countries for
consumption. Such consumption is illegal in the U.S.
The Barbi Twins are taking the lead in this next lobbying
offensive and told Yeas & Nays that they hope to make their
first visit to the nations capital in November (being from
Hollywood, Shane and Sia somewhat adorably picked November
because, well, its Sweeps Week, which must be the West Coasts
version of a policy window). Following a planned trot, er, march
on Washington, the twins will head back to the West Coast for an
Animal Aid concert, modeled after the popular Farm Aid concerts
(Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson and his daughter Amy are also
campaigning for the slaughter ban).
Why not use the seven minutes of fame that we both got and use
them for the benefit of animals? asked Sia.
We treat animals like property, Shane said. The philosophy here
is to treat animals beyond property. They feel pain.
Its like eating the flag, said Sia.
While the Senate may ultimately pass this law, the twins do have
one political proposal that could be a bit tough for most
politicians to swallow.
I think we should have a Social Security program for horses,
Shane said. Lets give Social Security to any animal that works
in Hollywood films. These animals deserve a retirement for
making all that money.
SAVE OUR HORSES
- Page Six
Page Six December 31, 2006
THE Barbi Twins, Shane and Sia,
are teaming up with Willie Nelson and Bo Derek to stop the
export of horsemeat for human consumption abroad. "America has a
dirty little secret," the sisters e-mailed Page Six. "Horses
have always been an American symbol of freedom. Their loyal,
relentless work is part of what made this country . . . So why
is it that we are allowing nearly 100,000 horses to be
slaughtered annually in America for human consumption in slaugh
terhouses that are foreign-owned? . . . It's like stepping on
the American flag." The pin-ups are pushing the passage of the
American Horse Slaughter Preven tion Act, which would ban the
slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the export of live horses
for slaughter abroad.
We're Ridin' With Willie to Washington
T. Boone Pickens Applauds U.S.
Reps for Protecting Horses, Urges Senate to do the Same
DALLAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ --
The following was released today by T. Boone Pickens:
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503), a
bipartisan bill to end the slaughter of horses for human
consumption, has just passed the U.S. House of
Representatives with a final vote of 263 to 146. It now
moves on to the Senate, where Senator and veterinarian
John Ensign (R-NV) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have
reintroduced an identical measure (S. 1915).
"I applaud every U.S. Representative who voted in favor of
H.R. 503. Thank you for standing up for America, for our
ideals, and for our horses," said T. Boone Pickens,
legendary oilman and philanthropist, who along with his
wife, Madeleine, is an outspoken opponent of horse
slaughter. "I urge the Senate to pass the Senate version
of this bill quickly, and with no amendments."
Life-long animal lovers, T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens
have joined forces with key horse organizations, including
The National Horse Protection Coalition, in a campaign to
support The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
Together, they have run a series of full-page ads in
newspapers across the country, asking the public to
contact their lawmaker and urge them to vote "Yes" on H.R.
503. The Pickens plan on continuing the campaign through
the Senate vote.
"We are well on our way towards ending this despicable
practice," said Pickens. "But the fight is not over. We
will continue our efforts through the Senate vote, until
every American horse is safe from the threat of being
served as 'Sunday's Special' in a French restaurant."
A recent national poll conducted by Public Opinion
Strategies shows that nearly 70% of Americans strongly
oppose killing horses for people to eat. Republican and
Democrat, young and old, east coast to west coast, poll
findings show that Americans overwhelmingly oppose horse
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has the
support of 202 co- sponsors and is championed by more than
500 organizations, including such industry groups as the
National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Churchill
Although the slaughter of horses for human consumption is
illegal in many states, foreign-owned companies who
process horsemeat here are using federal loopholes to
continue killing horses, sending 39.5 million pounds of
horsemeat to France, Belgium and Japan in 2005.
Every day three horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., -
Dallas Crown in Kaufman, Texas, Beltex Corporation in Fort
Worth, Texas and Cavel International in DeKalb, Illinois,
ship out thousands of pounds of fresh horsemeat abroad.
Bragging, "from the stable to table in four days," these
foreign-owned plants slaughtered nearly 100,000 American
horses last year alone.
The process begins when owners across the country take
their horses to a legitimate sale, never suspecting that
within days their horse could end up on a plate in a
high-end restaurant overseas. Three years ago, 1986
Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand ended up in a
slaughterhouse in Japan. And because of the quick kill and
export, these slaughter plants have become a convenient
dumping ground for stolen horses. In fact, horse theft in
California dropped 34 percent after that state instituted
a ban on horse slaughter in 1998.
Horse slaughterhouses receive USDA oversight that costs
taxpayers millions of dollars - all for horsemeat that is
sold and consumed as a delicacy in high-dollar markets and
restaurants in France, Italy and Japan. Moreover, these
slaughterhouses use accounting loopholes to pay little or
no taxes - shipping 100% of the horsemeat and the profits
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, a bill to end
the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the
United States and the export of live horses for the same
purpose, was reintroduced in the House of Representatives
by Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chair John Sweeney
(R-NY), Representative John Spratt (D-SC), Representative
Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV).
Source: T. Boone Pickens
PRESS RELEASE - CROSS POST!
Aug. 25, 2006
Barbi's Fight Horse Slaughter
has a dirty little secret, and it’s not that little.
Horses have always been an
American symbol of freedom. Their loyal, relentless work is
part of what made this country. They are the living legends of
American history. So why is it that we are allowing nearly
100,000 horses to be slaughtered annually in America for human
consumption in slaughterhouses that are foreign-owned? It must
be because most of us don’t know about this horrible practice.
Even worse, the treatment of
horses going to slaughter is most often inhumane. They suffer
injuries in overcrowded trailers and abuse by handlers, and they
are often conscious during acts of mutilation and slaughter.
It’s like stepping on the American Flag.
The passage of the American
Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503 and S. 1915) would put
in place a permanent and immediate ban on both the slaughter of
horses in the U.S. and the exportation of live horses for
that you know about horse slaughter, make your voice heard.
Join Bo Derek, Ken Wahl, Jennifer Pryor, the Barbi Twins and my family,
and a host of others on Capitol Hill on Sept. 5, 2006 to
support the bill, which will be introduced and voted on that
Call or write your Members of
Congress today, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the
same. Please go to
It's time for the cowboys to
stand up for the horses!
House Votes to Prohibit the Slaughtering of Horses for Food -
Horse Slaughtering: The New Terrorism? -
U.S. House bans sales of horses for human food -
House bans killing horses
for meat -
House Votes to
Outlaw Horse Slaughter -
bill to shutter horsemeat industry
House votes to ban U.S. slaughter of horses for overseas
House votes to ban
killing horses for food -
US bans horse slaughter for meat -
Horse Slaughter Bill Passed by House
Various Articles about the subject:
SHI - Stolen Horse International
Online Horse Protection Petitions:
www.thepetitionsite.com - Against The Act Of Horse Slaughter
www.thepetitionsite.com - Ban the Export of Live Horses for
- Anti Horse Slaughter
www.petitiononline.com - An End To Horse Slaughter!
www.petitiononline.com - Ending Horse Slaughter
www.petitiononline.com - An End to Horse Slaughter Petition -
15306 Total Signatures
www.petitiononline.com - Opposing Sale of Horsemeat in France
- French Petition to Stop Horse Slaughter
www.britishhorseslaughter.org - British Horse Slaughter
www.gopetition.com - Stop Horse Slaughter
Abolish Horse Slaughter
www.igha.org - Horse
Aid's "Purple Ribbon Campaign
www.luckythreeranch.com - Willie Nelson and Friends - on behalf
of America's wild horses
www.luckythreeranch.com - American Horse Slaughter Prevention
- End Horse Slaughter in Illinois
- Return Protection from Slaughter to Wild Horses and Burros
- American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, HR 503
Kitty Liberation Front would like to recognize the efforts of a
woman who dedicated her life to this cause and recently passed
away. Our gratitude goes out to Mary Nash...
wanted facts and
answers. She was to point and didn't mess around" ... Julie
(Mary's friend still running Mary's website in her memory)
For more information than you can ever imagine check out Mary's
MAN HAULING HORSES TO SLAUGHTER
CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY
More information is
Badly beaten, abused horses stopped in Arkansas
Congress to act on bill to stop horse slaughter in September
August 10, 2006) - Just
days after a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives
tried to kill legislation aimed at curtailing commercial horse
slaughter in the United States, a Mississippi man hauling 19
horses to a Texas slaughterhouse has been charged with animal
cruelty involving horses in Arkansas.
Bryan Morgan of Belmont, MS was
charged with five counts of animal cruelty under Arkansas state
law in Texarkana this week after eyewitness testimony,
photographs and video showed 19 horses being transported in a
single trailer to the BelTex slaughterhouse in Fort Worth were
badly injured and abused.
"This only further demonstrates
the immediate need for my legislation to be passed and signed
into law,” said Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), who with Rep. John
Spratt (D-SC) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) is leading the fight
to outlaw horse slaughter. “This is a perfect example of why I
am so committed to seeing an end to this brutal practice as
quickly as possible."
Although it is what one
congressional witness, Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, called
“America’s dirty little secret,” some 90,000 horses are hauled
to three U.S. slaughterhouses in Texas and Illinois each year
and butchered for human consumption, with the meat exported to
Europe and Asia and sold as a delicacy in high end restaurants.
“If there were any doubt that
the horse slaughter industry leads
to cruelty and abuse of horses, this erases it with graphic
reality,” said Chris Heyde, deputy legislative director of the
Society for Animal Protective Legislation
(SAPL), based in Washington, D.C. The American Horse
Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R.
503) is scheduled to be voted on by the House of
Representatives in early September.
In the Arkansas case, Morgan
picked up the horses in Mississippi and was driving to Fort
Worth when the trailer he was pulling blew two tires and forced
him to stop in Texarkana for repairs. Employees at the shop
called local police after noticing several horses had abrasions
and marks across their faces and bodies, including one with
facial gashes and swollen eyes.
“It looked like someone took a
baseball bat and beat the hell out of the horse,” said Greg Fett,
manager of GCR Tires in Texarkana.
Twenty citations for animal
cruelty were initially written by local police, after which
Morgan was allowed to drive the horses on to the
slaughterhouse. This incident illustrates how woefully
inadequate the regulations of the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) are in ensuring the humane treatment of
horses being transported to slaughter facilities.
“The local police in Texarkana
were particularly diligent in this situation,” said SAPL legal
counsel Tracy Silverman. “Often we just never hear about these
cases and thankfully
responsible citizens alerted authorities to the severely injured
At a hearing before the House
Agriculture Committee on July 28, Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
condemned the legislation that would stop commercial horse
slaughter as an unwarranted intrusion on the rights of horse
owners. The committee allowed the bill to go to the House floor
for a vote, but only
after deriding it as unnecessary and unfair to horse owners.
SAPL will assist in the
prosecution of Morgan and is
filing a formal complaint with the USDA against Robbie Solomon
of Belmont, MS, the owner and
shipper of the horses, for violating several federal
regulations regarding the commercial transportation of horses to
For More Information or
Alex Howe, Fenton Communications (202) 822-5200
Chris Heyde, SAPL Deputy Legislative Director (703) 836-4300
for Animal Protective Legislation, the Animal Welfare
Institute's legislative arm, is the unsurpassed leader in
obtaining laws to benefit animals in need, including the
protection of domestic and wild horses. More information is
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