COMMERCE, TX — Horses are being exploited and abused at Texas A&M University including at Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) reports One Green Planet.
Justice for Tina
According to a petition on Care2 written by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a horse by the name of Tina was brutally shot to death after being impregnated when she was suffering from a severe case of painful laminitis. Her foal was removed from her body and used for “educational” purposes at the school. (See Image. WARNING-GRAPHIC).
Reports showed that Tina’s laminitis had been neglected for so long that the pedal bones in her feet had “rotated through the soles of her feet,” causing “debilitating pain.”
It was also established Tina was not healthy enough to be impregnated.
This egregious cruelty was exposed by a whistleblower. Read more and sign Petition »
Additionally, TAMUC has been known to sell horses online and send them to animal auctions, where their destiny is an almost-certain trip to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered.
Sign the Petition
If you love horses and are saddened by TAMUC’s treatment of them, please take a moment to sign this petition addressed to the university asking them two things: to instate a zero-tolerance policy for neglect and abuse of their horses, and to stop selling horses online and at auctions, where they are almost always purchased to be slaughtered.
Shame them publicly on Twitter. Tweet them using @TAMUC. Example: I just signed the Petition at https://goo.gl/k2zx1l re horrible horse cruelty @TAMUC. It will also raise awareness.
See also their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tamuc/.
Texas A&M and Horses
The Department of Animal Science Horse Center at Texas A&M University supports the teaching, research and extension efforts of the faculty and students within the Department of Animal Science. The Horse Center breeds and sells horses throughout Texas, giving students a hands-on approach to the horse industry from breeding to management to marketing.
Texas A&M University–Commerce is a public research university located in Commerce, Texas. With an enrollment of over 12,000 students as of fall 2016, the university is the third largest institution in the Texas A&M University System.
Source: Texas A&M University’s website.
Headshot of a horse at Texas A&M. From their website.
5/10/17, 3:07 am
18 thoughts on “Sign Petition telling Texas A&M to stop abusing and sending horses to slaughter”
It’s all about money as usual farmers want to use the wild horses territory to feed their cattle so they can make more money selling more meat.
They want to slaughter more horses so they can slaughter more cows
Stop instate a zero-tolerance policy for neglect and abuse of their horses, and to stop selling horses online and at auctions, where they are almost always purchased to be slaughtered.
Needs to be stopped
This is sicking
All these people with all there knowledge have not stoped horse slaughter. ” The proof is in the pudding as the expression goes. “! …. I think people need to cut the crap and get on with it and end it…. every horse that dies we ourselves are to blame because they are here on earth to serve us and we destroy them. 😂. ..we are all to blame. End horse slaughter it hurts everyone and everything it does, kills all of us. GET SERIOUS STOP TALKING AND START DOING.
Advocates can make individual phone calls, send emails etc and they will possibly have some impact. But as Jo Anne states they can be ignored and email turned off.
If you wish contact the University contact the President’s Office at 903.886.5014. We did try to add the the email link here but it is not opening, working.
The people who Petitions are directed at receive an email every time someone signs. Perhaps they have already shut down the email address. The Petition organizer will make sure the intended target receive Petition results.
You see how and why social media especially Twitter is where all the action is and gets results. It’s not so easy to turn off and it is public and the record of it is long lasting. This is a proven fact. Phone calls and emails are not public.
Write an editorial. We are writing on that as an advocacy tool in a upcoming post.
JUST DO IT!
We say do all of it. Do some of it. But do something.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
This cruelty took place in Texas where we have many years of experience. Texas is deeply entrenched culturally in animal abuse and slaughter of which horses have always suffered mightily. It is shameful. The many good citizens there fight the good fight but it is very often a David and Goliath situation.
Even Animals Angels with their mountains of documented evidence can’t get Texas law enforcement to take action and shut down horribly cruel horse feedlots and make arrests.
Keep at the abusers. We have also had impressive victories in Texas over the years but the battles to do good for horses have been long and hard fought.
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I agree with Maggie that individual letters, phone calls,faxes and emails have more impact than signing a petition. I am surprised that PETA doesn’t recognize this and help inform people to do MORE than sign the petition by providing names and phone numbers of the right parties to call at the university, their fax numbers, their emails and their actual address and encourage people to take action in more than one way.
Being in Texas, the university no doubt receives a hefty grant from the AQHA which I wish PETA could investigate and let the public know. I am aware of another university with a veterinary school that does not speak out against horse slaughter nor allow their employees to do so if identified as being employed by the university when they write or speak and the reason was the significant grant received from the AQHA. Sorry I cannot divulge the names given to me confidentially but I’m sure the AQHA’s tenacles of money for silence is far-reaching when it comes to veterinary universities.
However, I can state my personal experiences with the veterinary college at Michigan State University. I had to write to the dean of the university when one of their employees was using — and had been using for a considerable amount of time — her MSU email address in her pro-slaughter activities! This is a land grant public university funded by my tax dollars. I received back a Pontius Pilate type response but the woman did stop using her MSU email address for her pro-slaughter activities. This same university also has an Arabian breeding program for its students. http://www.msuarabians.com/facility.html Yes, Arabian horses were quite the rage and sold for outrageous prices many decades ago but things have changed dramatically and a veterinary college needs to teach responsible breeding and horse management. While we are sending upwards of 150,000 horses to slaughter each year, students can obtain their experience in breeding, stallion, mare and foal management through internships at offsite farms not ones funded by my taxes. The link above states that these horses are also used in their “. . .teaching and research programs conducted at the Horse Teaching and Research Center”. This same university has sold horses at auctions where they are in danger. When I founded CANTER, I was approached by a veterinarian at Michigan State University to please take in a horse that had been used for her research because it was “too kind and sweet to go to auction” where she knew kill buyers would be present. The horse happened to be an ex-racehorse and we took it in. What about all the others?
I hope PETA or someone with investigative capabilities and time will look into just what universities have received grants from the AQHA and what the public stance on horse slaughter is for the universities.
Of course, The Jockey Club also provides funds to veterinary universities for research and when I have asked for a public statement on their stance on horse slaughter and what they have done to help pass legislation to end the transport for slaughter for a presentation I was giving at the American Equine Summit, they stated in writing they opposed horse slaughter but they added that they had not taken any action on the matter because they rely on the American Horse Council and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association “to represent [their] interests in federal legislative matters.” !! We certainly know that The Jockey Club has lobbyists on retainer so why lie about their failure to have them lobby for anti-slaughter legislation when they certainly are being used to “represent [their] interests in federal legislative matters” in other ways.
At the very least, any horses that are bred by a university or used in research should always be protected from ever ending up at a slaughterhouse.
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All so very true, Jo Anne, Obviously, you have done much research & had more experience than I have. I seem to remember the Horse Council being quiet regarding horse slaughter – am I wrong? It is shameful that these schools are so eager for financial grants that it seems the reasons for the grants kind of get schluffed off – so to speak. I do remember writing letters & emails to Oregon State University regarding the sterilization of wild mares – thanks to another horse blog – the email addresses of board members etc etc were listed – I believe they got a lot of backlash about that one. It does pay, as you said, to let the various individuals know exactly how people feel – even ones from outside their state.
Maggie, you are correct about the Horse Council. There can be individual state horse councils and the American Horse Council but all I believe are pro-slaughter as are the Farm Bureaus of individual states and the national Farm Bureau.
I am all for social media as it has proven its ability to get the word out and get it out quickly but whenever I see a post that contains an actual email or phone, I really jump into action. Frequently, they get so many calls and emails, that it is not unusual that they quit answering and change the email address! Still, it is worth it to take the few extra minutes. How many hours or days are the horses in the slaughter pipeline?
Isn’t it strange that organizations that I would think would be encouraging owners to care for their animals better have the mindset that slaughter is needed “for the horse industry”? The Farm Bureaus seem to just be for “Big Ag” – which is terrified to allow horse slaughter to be banned or, apparently, afraid to let a Big Lick ban come up for a vote. It was Gandhi who said “you can tell much about a country by the way they treat their animals”. Certainly says something about us, doesnt it?
The American Horse Council has taken a neutral stance on the federal bill against horse slaughter publicly where they have actively used their power on the Hill to lobby against banning horse slaughter. We check regularly to see that they are maintaining it.
In the meantime, they have had a very active role in taking tightening the law against soring.
We are not taking a stand for or against, just stating their current public positions and activities.
Absolutely disgusting. Shame on you Texas A&M. 😡😡😡
Considering how many times we all (horse advocates) are reminded that just signing a petition or sending a form letter only counts as ONE letter regardless of how many of us do so – it would behoove everyone who feels strongly about this issue to write a PERSONAL comment if nothing else. Sure signing a petition makes us all feel good – & possibly does make it known that people are aware – but writing your own personal feelings does far more. I remember reading about Texas A & M transporting horses to kill pens – does this sound like a teaching university? Considering that several other states universities also signed on to #1 – spaying WILD mares, and #2 – collaring WILD mares – I’m thinking there should be some more oversight as to the grants they are given!
We appreciate your thoughts Maggie. Thank you.
Just a few notes.
Petitions do work. They have accomplished a lot of good things.
We for sure wouldn’t ask people to do things that looks like helping horses but don’t have a hope in heck.
You are SO right to point out with Petitions always write in your own words how you feel and why you are signing it. Always.
Right again on form letters or those point and click letters big groups use. They are a total waste of time and do nothing for the horses.
Animal agriculture is gruesome and totally inhumane all across the board, including universities who teach about it. No wonder a vet can sit straight faced and give testimony that horse slaughter is euthanasia. This is where they are taught to be so cold-blooded.
I agree petitions are a good thing – my only thought was to write a personal message – which hopefully will be read by someone, right? Any veterinarian who believes horse slaughter is euthanasia shouldnt BE a vet! If doctors are supposed to “do no harm” – that also should apply to veterinarians. Otherwise, why would anyone go into that field if you have no more feeling for animals than that? Oh yeah, because animal agriculture is big business!
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The AVMA revised the Veterinary Oath at their November 2010 meeting to be effective for future graduates. It reads as follows with additions in capitals: “Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health AND WELFARE, the prevention AND RELIEF of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.”
So the AVMA, the AAEP and any veterinarians who support horse slaughter are in violation of their oath –no matter which oath they took with reference to animals but also people! Veterinarians know the language on each and every medication, ointment, fly spray, etc. that is made for equines and it all states: “Not to be used in animals intended for human consumption”. My question to them: Since their oath includes “for the benefit of society” and “the promotion of public health”, do they not consider the people outside of the United States that will be consuming this tainted horse meat a part of “society” nor care about their “health”?
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Texas has nothing to be proud of.