Saturday, December 25, 2010

Famed Livestock Behaviorist Shuns Advance Publicity at Vegas Summit

Horseback Magazine

December 25, 2010
HOUSTON, (Horseback) – A nationally know animal behaviorist, Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University, has asked that her name not be linked to pre-publicity for controversial gathering of ranchers, horse breeders, and representatives of the meat industry and industry wanabes who will gather in Las Vegas shortly after the New Year.
Yet Grandin will speak at the event.
“Temple is attending the meeting and will be presenting, said the famed professor’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Miller. She gave no further explanation why Grandin is reluctant that her name be used in advance publicity which has been widely circulated to the press. In notes sent to anti-horse slaughter advocates Miller said the Colorado State faculty member had asked event organizer Sue Wallis, a Wyoming legislator that her name not be used in pre-publicity for the event.
Organizers of the event are hoping to build a legal horse slaughter plant in Wyoming. Grandin gained fame by designing a system which tricks cattle into a state of well being as they are led to slaughter by a captive bolt gun, a device that sometimes misses its mark and leaves animals maimed.
Other guests touted to speak at the summit include Bob Abbey, director of the federal Bureau of Land Management, an agency under fire for allegedly attempting to drive the wild horses of the American West to extinction in favor of providing cheap grazing land to farmers and ranchers.
Recently ethics complaints have been filed against Summit organizer Wallis R, Wyoming with her state legislature alleging self dealing and possible IRS violations of the 501(c)3 non profit status of her groups. The complaint was filed by wild horse advocate Pat Fazio, Ph.D.
Another Summit participant, BLM’s lead helicopter chase contractor, Dave Cattoor, once plead guilty to the misdemeanor of illegally capturing wild horses which were later allegedly sold for slaughter.

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