Aussie racehorse kill buyer speaks out

An image from ABC's 7.30 program showing a horse being killed at a Queensland knackery. CREDIT:ABC

INTERVIEW WITH A KILL BUYER — HOW RACEHORSES END UP AS MEAT
by Chip Legrand
Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Oct 2019

“Peter Loffel is the face of horse racing’s unpalatable truth.

“He is known as a kill buyer, although he prefers the term horse trader. He buys horses no one wants and trucks them to a place no horse wants to end up – the Meramist abattoir featured in last week’s 7.30 expose on ABC.

“The horses he buys are nearly all retired racehorses or trotters, he tells The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He says he buys most of his gallopers direct from trainers, licensed participants in an industry which has spent the past four days claiming it has no idea so many thoroughbreds are sent to abattoirs.

‘Most of them are some sort of racehorse. We don’t buy people’s riding horses or saddle horses.’

“If what Loffel says is true, the industry’s claim that horses are being slaughtered beyond their sight is bunk; any trainer who sells a horse to Loffel knows exactly where [he] is going.

“The kill buying business is not complicated. Loffel buys some horses from auctions, but most of them he picks up cheaply from trainers and breeders.” Continue reading »

WHERE THERE’S RACING THERE’S SLAUGHTER

In addition to the hundreds and thousands of horses racing kills on U.S. racetracks, they send hundreds and thousands of racehorses across our borders to be mercilessly killed for their meat in Canada and Mexico. And it’s just as brutal and terrifying as anything shown in the undercover investigation that has shaken the people of Oz and everywhere else it has been seen.

You can’t help Australia’s racehorses but you can help American racehorses. Take action today on behalf of our racehorses by asking your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the anti horse slaughter bill, H.R.961. If they already have, contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor its companion bill, S.2006Go here for tips and guidelines to ensure your success »

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Quote of the Day

Horse meat tartare in Jeju Island, Korea, restaurant.

[Horse flesh] is about as healthful as food contaminated with DDT.

—Nicholas Dodman, professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine

If you are looking for more talking points why U.S. legislators should enact H.R.961 and S.2006 (the “SAFE Act”), outlawing horse slaughter on U.S. soil and outside the U.S., this is an excellent one.

This directly supports the arguments made about toxic horse meat and why we should ban it.

Take action against horse slaughter today »

Slaughter of U.S. horses in Canada

Three horses looking straight ahead. Photographer unknown.

In a phone call to the CFIA, we were told that just under 24,000 U.S. horses were slaughtered in Canada in 2018. See the overall numbers of horses slaughtered in Canadian plants for 2008 through 2016 here.

Also in 2018, we found that nearly 66,000 U.S. horses were transported to Mexico for slaughter.

TAKE ACTION

There is a bill pending before Congress that will outlaw the transport of horses across U.S. borders for the purpose of slaughter as well as outlaw horse slaughter on U.S. soil — H.R.961 — The SAFE Act (https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/961)

Will you pick up the phone right now and call your U.S. Representative requesting they cosponsor H.R. 961?

Find them at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members. Prepare what you want to say before you dial. Type it up if you have to. Always speak from the heart. Why do you want horse slaughter to end? That is what they want to hear.

The Capitol Hill switchboard number is 202 224 2131.

Nervous about phoning? Lots of us are. Don’t worry.

In just a few minutes, with an email and password, you can sign up with POPVOX and immediately start weighing in on bills important to you.

When you sign up, POPVOX identifies your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators for you and stores it on your page, and enables you to send a direct message to them, right where you are, delivery guaranteed. No fooling!

Someone wrote to us recently asking if we are getting a referral commission or something. We wish! But no, we just love them. We have been with them since they launched years in 2010.

Speaking of which, if you need talking points on any pending horse legislation, check out The Horse Fund’s Stakeholders’ page for inspiration. We have lots to say there — as usual.

Oh, and while you are at it on POPVOX, contact your two U.S. Senators and ask them to cosponsor H.R.961’s companion bill in the Senate — S.2006.

WHY IS THIS SO CRITICAL?

We don’t have time to waste.

There is congressional rule instituted this year stating when you get 290 or more cosponsors on a bill, you can bypass all the committees it has been assigned to and make a motion for a debate and vote. The promoters of the horse soring bill have already successfully used this provision. Why haven’t we accomplished this yet on the horse slaughter bill?

This is a moment of great opportunity. Do you know how many of our bills outlawing horse slaughter have “died in committee”? All but one. This is tragic.

Together we can turn this tragedy into a long awaited and cherished victory. Ask your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R.961 and your U.S. Senators to cosponsor S.2006.

WHAT IT COULD MEAN

Removing the tens of thousands of horses from crossing into Canada for slaughter would severely hurt, maybe even cripple, the horse slaughter business there. Wouldn’t that be an achievement not just for our horses, but all horses who are mercilessly killed there?

Thank you everyone.
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See H.R.961 Cosponsors at Congress.gov »

See “Died in Committee”, Tuesday’s Horse »

Updated 10:11 am EST

Calendar rule moves bills with 290 cosponsors past Comittee

Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.
Galloping horse statuary near Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Photographer unknown.

THE HOUSE

Did you know H.R.6 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) provides for:

creating a Consensus Calendar, which provides an alternative path to a floor vote for measures with 290 or more cosponsors

If you saw our post “Died in Committee” back in May you see just how momentous for us the Consensus Calendar is.

All of our bills to end horse slaughter except for 1 in all of these years have died in committee. The Consensus Calendar states when a bill reaches 290 cosponsors the bill’s originator can make a Motion get a date to go straight to the House for debate and vote regardless of how many Committee assignments the bill has.

H.R.961 — The Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019 — has 155 cosponsors as of this writing. We have had 240 cosponsors on previous bills. 290 and more are achievable.

Not sure the Consensus Calendar is actually being used?

Take a look at another piece of horse related legislation — H.R.693, the anti-soring bill — which as of this writing has 307 cosponsors. A Motion to place it on the Consensus Calendar was filed and is awaiting its Hearing date.

If the horse soring bill can get 300+ cosponsors so can H.R.961.

THE SENATE

A companion bill to H.R.961 was introduced on June 27, 2019, namely S.2006. It has 3 cosponsors as of this writing. The bill text has not been published on Congress.gov yet. For insight into that see our post here »

SUMMER TIME

It’s summer time and the “living is easy”, but staff are present on The Hill virtually all year round. The House Calendar shows the House will be in session for 9 days in July, but they do not need to be in session for Representatives to cosponsor bills. Just in case you were wondering.

TAKE ACTION

Please visit our action page for H.R.961 / S.2006 and contact your legislators to cosponsor The SAFE Act of 2019. You can do this quickly and easily online.

Many of you already have open communication with your legislators via email. Please make the most of this for our horses.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Popular hashtags are #HR961 #Yes2SAFE #HorseMeat #FoodSafety #NoToxicHorseMeat

THANK YOU.

We thank you. The horses thank you.