FROM THE REPORT
Animals’ Angels recently investigated the Morton, Texas Feedlot and two export holding pens in Del Rio, Texas and Eagle Pass, Texas.
During this investigation Animals’ Angels found that horses rejected at the border are not provided food, water or rest but are immediately reloaded for the kill buyer to take away. In some cases, horses go without food or water for 25+ hours by the time they are returned by the shipper.
No accountability and no systems are in place for refused horses at the export pens. Animals’ Angels found no records of the export pen operators or the Beltex feedlot operator reporting cases of unfit horses to APHIS or to local law enforcement. Rejected horses are not monitored or linked to their shippers since APHIS does not maintain a database to trace slaughter tags of individual horses.
Animals’ Angels’ observations also confirmed that only horses that spend the night at the export pens receive any food. In many cases, horses that go to slaughter arrive at the pens in the morning from locations as far as 12+ hours away, remain at the pens for 6-8 hours, are loaded back on the trailer and then face another 17 hour transport to the plants. Many horses are without food for 35 hours by the time they finally arrive at the slaughter plant.
Investigations further revealed that at all pens operated by the Texas Department of Agriculture, state employees habitually allowed the use of trailers that are a deadly risk to horses. Animal Angels’ observed trailers with large holes in the metal sides capable of terrible injuries such as the off of feet and legs. There were trailers with gaps and holes in roofs capable of puncturing eyes and even decapitation and exposed nails and broken flooring. They additionally discovered many open roof trailers with no protection from wind or sun during the 17-hour transport.
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ACTIONS BEING TAKEN
Animals’ Angels are sharing these findings with USDA/APHIS and the Texas Department of Agriculture with a list of suggestions urging them to improve these unacceptable conditions.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Contact the following and urge them to take immediate action on the cruelties exposed in this Animals’ Angels investigation.
Jon Garza – Director, Livestock Exports, Texas Department of Agriculture
PHONE: 512-463-6098, EMAIL: jon.garza@TexasAgriculture.gov
Doyle Fuchs – Livestock Specialist, Texas Department of Agriculture
PHONE: 512-463-7628, EMAIL: doyle.fuchs@TexasAgriculture.gov
Joey Astling – Compliance Specialist – USDA/APHIS Equine Transportation Program
PHONE: 301-734-5324, EMAIL: email@example.com
Dr. Paul G. Egrie – Farm Animal Welfare VMO – USDA/APHIS
PHONE: 301-734-0695 , EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to send a single communication to all of these contacts, here are all four emails: jon.garza@TexasAgriculture.gov, doyle.fuchs@TexasAgriculture.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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