HSUS – A Deflection for Sacia’s Pro-Horse Slaughter Stance

Horse on the Way to Slaughter
Horse on the Way to Slaughter. Humane Farm Association photograph.

A recent article in The Journal Standard, “AT THE CAPITOL, You Can’t Change the Facts on HSUS,” authored by Illinois State Representative Jim Sacia, is a clear example of deflection.

Sacia deflects criticism from himself for his pro-horse slaughter stance by pointing a finger at Wayne Pacelle of HSUS (who he refers to as “Big Dog”), alleging misrepresentation of use of donation dollars.

“Spin it any way you want to, folks, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) contributes far less than one percent of the donations it receives to your animal shelters. This is not data made up by Jim Sacia. It comes from credible agencies such as the Center for Consumer Freedom, humanewatch.org, animalallegience.com, dairyherd.com, the local Illinois Farm Bureau offices, and numerous others.

Recently, the “Big Dog” himself, no pun intended, challenged my recent article regarding the fleecing by HSUS of you the citizens, who buy into their swill.

Interestingly, he did not challenge my factual information on the amount of money contributed to them that actually finds its way to animal shelters. Rather, it was an attack on my support for horse slaughter in the United States, which should be termed the humane termination of unwanted horses

Due to the efforts of HSUS and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, horse slaughter was ended in the U.S. in 2007. Before you rejoice, think of what your support for that did.

The same number of horses (or more) are still being slaughtered. We now have a decimated horse market. Horses that previously brought $1000 at auction now bring less than $100. The “killer buyers” are stuffing them in trailers and transporting them more than forty hours to Mexico with little food and water.

In Mexico their end of life is anything but humane. It would sicken you to know the way in which many are put to death. Nearly 100,000 U.S. horses a year face this plight there, but you can rejoice — out of sight out of mind.”


The allegations against HSUS made by Sacia, if true, would indeed be deplorable. But take his charges against Pacelle and company out of the equation, and Sacia’s “rebuttal” still fails to impress. It is inaccurate, full of misleading statements and reeks of image management.

Why is there no mention of the horses that are regularly shipped across the border to Canada?

“According to the USDA’s figures, released in March 2010, 88,276 horses were slaughtered in North America during 2009—a decrease of 38 percent from the decade high of 140,911 horses processed in 2007. From 2001-2009, the mean number of horses slaughtered each year was 97,954. So 2009’s total is below average, but the number of horses slaughtered in Mexico and Canada is historically high, making up for the lack of in the United States.”


These figures did not significantly change for 2010, so why does Sacia contend that all of these horses are transported south of the border? Although he circumvents the brutal “puntilla knife” butchering method used by Mexican slaughterhouses, he is intimating that horse slaughter outside of Mexico is humane by comparison.

Clearly this is a politically Machiavellian tactic Sacia is using to persuade the gullible citizen that the process of horse slaughter is humane in the US and Canada without illuminating the horrors of the captive bolt and rifle and the inadequacies of humane facilities. There is ample undercover footage and verbiage to corroborate otherwise. Those of us who are knowledgeable of the callousness of horse slaughter in Canada, and formerly in the US, cannot be deceived. But what about the general population? The terms humane and horse slaughter are bipolar; diametrically opposed.

Moreover, his statement; “The same number of horses (or more) are still being slaughtered” is simply farcical.

The same number are being slaughtered because the US, in spite of the ban on horse slaughter, is still transporting their horses to these countries for slaughter. Re-instating horse slaughter in the US will not change this number and in fact may exacerbate the situation. One need only look at the change in the horse slaughter statistics since the closure of the plants in the US in 2007 – a 38% decrease! Who is he kidding?

As for the prices of horses at auction it is a direct result of the downturn in the economy; not as a consequence of the ban on horse slaughter in the US. Even when prices were higher the same number of horses were destined for the slaughter pipeline as clearly indicated in the data released by the USDA in 2010.

In conclusion, Sacia continues in the same vein.

“I have been writing weekly articles for nearly my entire eight years in office, I often receive responses. Never have I received more positive responses than my recently published article on the fleecing of you by HSUS. They number in the hundreds from across the entire United States. Finally a negative one and it comes from the “Big Dog” himself — go figure.

“Give your support to area shelters.”

Sacia’s use of HSUS in this article is a prime example of deflection. Support your local shelters and while we’re on the subject, help horses too, support horse slaughter, a humane and well-designed alternative.

Go figure.

Written by JANE ALLIN

Note: State Rep. Jim Sacia took any opportunity available to vote against bills in the Illinois House banning horse slaughter, and introduced bills to overturn the Illinois law finally enacted in 2007 that shut down Cavel International in DeKalb, the last horse slaughter plant operating on U.S. soil, ever since.

Last Minute Addition: To read a mea culpa letter from his wife (including a photograph of Sacia with a horse), go here >>

16 thoughts on “HSUS – A Deflection for Sacia’s Pro-Horse Slaughter Stance”

  1. A Silent Tear

    Stand proud wild horse of the desert plain
    Do not let them your spirit claim
    Stand tall, stand firm, do not give in
    Though domination men seek to win.

    God made you strong and gave you heart
    And set you free right from the start
    To roam the valleys and the hills
    Yet your freedom men seek to steal.

    Don’t they know or can’t they see
    This is where you were meant to be.
    Other beasts of burden cannot compare
    Nor your beauty do they share.

    If we listen we might hear
    The thunderous roar, the silent tear
    Of slaughtered ones from the past
    And understand your plight at last.


  2. Well said Jane.

    For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice.


  3. Sacia’s wife hasn’t a clue it seems.

    Many people who own horses believe in horse slaughter as a humane alternative. Unfortunately, as we all know, there is nothing humane about slaughter, whether it be horses, pigs, cattle or sheep for example. That is my opinion and will obviously differ from some.

    I cannot understand those who own horses who believe this is a viable alternative, unless they have no emotional value of these most perceptive creatures. I ask the Sacias – would you send your loving dogs or cats to slaughter? I doubt it as they tend to be less expensive, live inside the home and have shorter lives – to the Sacia’s it seems they can tolerate an animal for 10-15 years that poses no real effort to maintain.

    People who bring an animal into their life for companionship or entertainment are responsible for the duration of their lives – period – there is no room for discarding. I will not expand on my thoughts about the factory farming epidemic that exists as that is yet another subject.

    Slaughter is exactly what the definition of the word is described as – massacre, killing in a brutal or violent matter. Humane and slaughter have no position in the same sentence or context when it comes to the horse, they are as foreign as water and oil are in a jar of salad dressing. To me this is true for all animals but
    I have concluded that people like the Sacia’s are part of the evil that seems to prevail. Absolutely no respect whatsoever for the whole of the matter. Who draws the line as to when a “he or she” becomes an it (i.e. something that is considered disposible)?


  4. You can bet Mrs. Sacia has never seen a video of a horse being slaughtered in a Mexican slaughter house.

    If anyone has her email address one should be sent to her and then ask her for comments. Be interesting to see what she has to say.


  5. I would just like to say that cats and dogs and horse do not always face a ‘humane’ end. Yes, cats and dogs are more often euthanized more humanely than a horse sent to slaughter…but there are still a lot of gassing shelters out there and other methods used on ‘unwanted animals’ that are in no way humane. The only animals that receive a peaceful and humane death, really, are the well loved pets put to sleep by veterinarians with owners present comforting them…and even then it can go wrong. Humane societies and shelters do their best in most cases…but not all are perfect and some are downright terrible and some pounds and animal controls are abysmal…so for Mrs.Sacia to say that horses deserve what dogs and cats get is just silly and wrong. And to even suggest that slaughter is somehow a humane end for a horse is absurd and wrong. Slaughter in Mexico is horrific…slaughter in Canada and previously in the States…not a whole lot better. When will these folks wake up and realize that they cannot tout horse slaughter as a ‘humane’ way to deal with too many horses?


    1. Is there really any way to do group killing that is “humane?” I believe one of the definitions of slaughter is to wipe out a group. Isn’t that what these gas chambers do with cats and dogs? The animals are acutely aware of their fate. Some are not even killed and go through even more terrifying agonies before they are finally released from this world through death. Again, controlling rampant overbreeding would alleviate so much pain and suffering. Puppy mills are the scourge of the dog world and should be “put down” along with horse slaughter.


  6. this guy SACHIA is trying to put doubt in our minds. don’t buy into it. the humane society is there lobbying for ALL ANIMALS.


  7. I agree that Sacia is a piece of crap.

    I am not sure how many of you on this list know that HSUS holds the rights to the PZP that is used on the Mustang mares. I believe this is one reason you do not see HSUS doing more for the wild ones. They are in it to make the $$$ and for no other reasons.

    With that said you can read any of the following:

    The Truth About HSUS
    The Rot at the Heart of the Movement
    Going Rogue
    Betrayal & Deceit at the Humane Society of the United States
    While Rome Burns, Emperor Pacelle Strums His Lyre
    Michael Vick’s new spokesman says ‘You are a monster too!’
    HSUS: Abused Dogs Should Face “Pretty Certain” Death
    In Bed with Monsters
    It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again
    Wayne Pacelle Under Siege
    HSUS Defends Wilkes County Massacre
    The Death of Hope at HSUS

    The Truth About ASPCA
    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished…. ASPCA-Style
    The Empire Strikes Back
    New York City in Chaos
    The Real Elephant in the Room
    The Rot at the Heart of the Movement
    Jerome is Dead as ASPCA Turns its Back
    Hungry Dog to be Killed
    The ASPCA’s One-Two Punch
    Power to the People
    The Animals of NYS vs. Ed Sayres, ASPCA
    Ed Sayres Threatens To Kill Oreo’s Law
    An Avalanche of Bad News for Abused Dogs
    The Need for Oreo’s Law
    Understanding Oreo’s Law
    Betrayal at the ASPCA

    The Truth About PETA
    The Butcher Who Cried “Hoarder”
    The Rot at the Heart of the Movement
    The Butcher of Norfolk (4th Edition)
    Said the killing apologist to the killer
    Who Loves PETA?
    The Butcher of Norfolk


    1. Everyone has their critics of course. But this post is not really about HSUS, but about Sacia using them to deflect from his own notoriety as the Horse Slaughter King of Illinois.




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