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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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.

H.R. 961 & S. 2006 — Take Action Kansas and Kentucky

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019” & S. 2006

A big hello and welcome to the horse loving citizens of Kansas and Kentucky.

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 160 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are the U.S. Representatives from the States of Kansas and Kentucky. The ones who have already cosponsored are marked with a big YES.

KANSAS (KS)

District 1: Roger Marshall [R]
District 2: Steve Watkins [R]
District 3: Sharice Davids (D) — YES!
District 4: Ron Estes [R]

KENTUCKY (KY)

District 1: James Comer [R]
District 2: Brett Guthrie ([R]
District 3: John Yarmuth [D] — YES!
District 4: Thomas Massie ([R]
District 5: Hal Rogers ([R]
District 6: Andy Barr [R] — YES!

If they have not cosponsored, you know what to do. Contact them now and ask them to please cosponsor this important bill that protects people from being exposed to toxic horse meat and horses from slaughter.

Here’s a link that walks you through it without leaving Tuesday’s Horse.

S. 2006

Please note that H.R. 961 now has a companion bill in the U.S. Senate — S. 2006, so contact both of your U.S. Senators too while you are there. Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.

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H.R. 961 — Take Action Indiana

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

US Capitol Dome and Flag.

H.R. 961 — The “SAFE Act of 2019”

A big shout out to all you great horse loving Hoosiers!

Are you ready to take action and help get us the necessary cosponsors to blast H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act of 2019), out of Committee and onto the House Floor for a vote? Right now H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. Our target — 290!

Below are all of the U.S. Representatives from the State of Indiana. If they have already cosponsored they are marked with a big YES. As of this writing, you will see there is not a single, solitary YES.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES FROM INDIANA

District 1: Pete Visclosky [D]
District 2: Jackie Walorski [R]
District 3: Jim Banks [R]
District 4: Jim Baird [R]
District 5: Susan Brooks [R]
District 6: Greg Pence [R]
District 7: André Carson [D]
District 8: Larry Bucshon [R]
District 9: Trey Hollingsworth [R]

• Source: Congress.gov — H.R. 961 Cosponsors by State in Alphabetical Order.

Citizens of Indiana, if you have already contacted your U.S. Representative to cosponsor H.R. 961 please contact them again! Remind them that this is not only about protecting America’s horses from slaughter but also people from exposure to horse meat full of toxins dangerous to human health. More below.

HEY BEGINNERS. IT’S EASY!

For those new to the process, here’s a link that walks you through it. Should take about 10 minutes. If you already know who represents you, it will be even quicker.

Please note that this is a bipartisan issue.

Magic Number — 290

We need a minimum of 290 cosponsors to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar Rule which we can use to move the Bill onto the House Floor for debate and vote regardless of Committee assignments.

As of this writing, H.R. 961 has 155 cosponsors. We gained 4 in one week. Well done!

Horse Slaughter & H.R. 961

H.R. 961 is not just about eliminating toxic horse meat from the human food chain, as important as that is. It is also very much about eliminating the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil and transporting them outside the U.S. for the purposes of slaughter.

The language is quite specific. Under SEC. 3. PROHIBITIONS it reads:

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“(3) the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption is hereby prohibited.”.

Read full Bill text here »

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