Bogus Agenda Misleads Public
Here we go, again. Less than a week after retaining her seat in the Wyoming state house, Rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis and her faithful sidekick Dave Duquette are brewing another big pot of steaming hot horse crap in an effort to mislead and dupe the American public over facts surrounding the predatory business of horse slaughter in the United States.
On Sunday, November 7th , a spiritual day of rest for many, United Horsemen, an organization founded and run by Utah horse trainer Dave Duquette, announced that they will be sponsoring the “Summit of the Horse” in Las Vegas, January 3-6, 2011. The alleged Summit’s press release holds true to form with past statements made by Wallis and Duquette where their rhetoric is devoid of common sense and flies in the face of documented scientific fact and the truth.
“If you refuse to stand idly by while extreme environmentalists and wild horse non-experts create West-wide ecological destruction by allowing horses to overrun the resource base…this is your chance. Those of us who live on the land, and understand implicitly the danger presented by a one-species myopia that will destroy native wildlife, and cause damage that will take hundreds of years and billions of dollars to restore…we need to speak up”
Interesting choice of words as “myopia” ,when used as a noun, means “tunnel vision” or “blind spot” and it’s synonyms are “blind side, blinders, constricted vision, fixation, monomania, narrow outlook, narrowmindedness, obsession, one-track mind, shortsightedness”. Personally I believe that the author of that paragraph experienced a bit of a Freudian slip and actually managed to explain him/herself quite eloquently.
Likewise, I am curious if it will take “hundreds of years” and “billions of dollars” to restore the public lands where a few thousand, native wild horses graze how long will it take to restore the damage done by millions of non-native, privately owned cattle and sheep that are allowed to graze on the same land that has been federally allocated to the horses? Would that be a thousand years and a gazillion dollars? I am just curious.
The rest of the prejudicial stereotyping does not warrant a response other than the fact that “advocates” represent the bulk of American society and are fine folks who come from all walks of life and from varied locations. And it has been proven by both multiple congressional votes and numerous qualified polls that America does not want the bloody, inhumane business of horse slaughter within their borders.
Further misrepresentation of the facts is evident if you revue their proposed agenda which is noted to be “subject to change”. Not only do they list major Federal officials, such as the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, they also assigned the honored speakers topics of discussion. The words “invited” and “tentative” pepper the agenda which makes one dig in an attempt to see if they even have one single speaker that has agreed to attend. Other alleged speakers include Dr. Boyd Spratling, a member of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, Sylvia Baca, Under Secretary of the Interior, Don Glenn, director of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program, newly elected Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, David Martosko, Temple Grandin, rodeo stock contractor Ike Sankey, John Falen of the Public Lands Council, and Bill and Jann Parker of the Billings horse auction. I am surprised that President Obama’s name does not appear but then again, there is always tomorrow.
“I am unaware of any invited Departmental or BLM speaker having accepted an invitation to this event,” said the agency’s chief Washington spokesman. “The BLM, which does not sell any wild horses or burros to slaughterhouses or to “killer buyers,” has made it clear that in crafting a new management strategy for wild horses and burros it will not consider sales “without limitation” or the euthanasia of healthy, unadopted animals.”
Another federal official stated:
“Federal employees are prohibited from participation in these types of events because of conflict of interest,”
Yet Wallis and Duquette boldly go where no ethical person has gone before and publicly post misleading and inaccurate information as if they have total immunity to any accountability for being honest, ethical, moral or factual.
In reality the “Duo of Deceit” are probably the very best thing to ever happen to the horses of the United States. Each and every time they open their mouths they diminish their stature and demean their demented cause. With every deranged press release they unwittingly validate and galvanize the American public against their greedy plans and they have not, to date, managed to post anything related to the subject of horse slaughter that is grounded in either fact or science. It would behoove both of them to bone up on the subject by reading the Equine Welfare Alliance’s most recent submission to the GAO where quantified and qualified facts, along with sane science, are applied to the issue of horse slaughter in the United States. Click (HERE) to view.
To peruse the remainder of the “Summit” website sends one down a long, descending road of questions from which there may be no return. Instead of applying proper business principles and adjusting their production on the front end these neophytes to profitable business prefer to overproduce and then discard their product, at a loss, on the backside. It makes no sense. Even their venue smacks of poor business decisions; an off the strip casino where you can get a room for 50 bucks, a buffet for 5 dollars and a hooker and a bottle of booze for a hundred. If this was legit, wouldn’t you think holding it in D.C., where the bulk of the alleged speakers reside and law makers convene, would be more expedient and influential? Oh, and let’s kick this thing off on the Monday immediately after the Christmas and New Year holiday, brilliant.
In hindsight we should probably feel sorry for these folks, imagine what a better place they would be in if they expended as much energy on making this world a better place to live versus centering their lives around the blood and dead flesh of one of our most revered companion animals, the horse. We don’t eat our dogs, we don’t eat our cats, we don’t eat our parakeets nor do we eat our goldfish and koi, why oh why would we want to eat our horses?
Wallis and Duquette love to tout the misconception that they are true examples of the frontier west but they continue to miss one bold and inescapable fact; real cowboys don’t eat their friends.