Trust Us, Say the NDP. Not, Say Albertans

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(L to R) Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Lori Sigurdson, and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier. Photo by Jenn Webster.

 

The “Legislate First, Ask Questions Later” approach to Bill 6 is still not flying with Alberta farmers and ranchers.

By Jenn Webster

They came in sprayers, grain trucks, round bale haulers, tractors, combines, on horseback and in a variety of agriculture modes of transportation. There were elderly folks with walkers, feedlot workers, mother and baby strollers, members of Hutterite colonies, team penners, grain producers, hay suppliers, horse trainers, cattle producers… literally thousands of Alberta agriculture folks united against Bill 6. Some might tell you hundreds of people showed up. Some may show you angles of images that make it appear only a “few” of Alberta’s farmers and ranchers showed up – simply not true. The agriculture industry joined arms today and met the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Oneil Carlier and the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, Lori Sigurdson, head on.

The turnout in Okotoks today was impressive, to say the least.

The-turnout

The masses in Okotoks at a rally about Bill 6, December 2, 2015. Photo by Jenn Webster.

 

A convoy left from the Fort MacLeod Agriplex at 6:30 a.m., met up with folks in Granum, who met up with folks in at the Claresholm Weigh Scale area, who met folks at the Stavely MD building, who – well, you get the point. Frustrated farmers and ranchers continued on to the Best Western hotel in Okotoks where an Alberta Farm and Ranch session was being hosted by the Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training & Labour. The session was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and was initially supposed to be housed inside the hotel meeting room where attendees were required to preregister for a seat. The topic of discussion was Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act.

It was decided today that the Okotoks meeting would be held outside in the parking lot, as there were so many people in attendance, officials couldn’t possibly address the masses any other way.

“Our officials are currently working on amendments that we will share very soon to clarify our intentions…” said Carlier.

“Specifically WCB coverage and rules will only apply to paid employees, unless the farm or ranch operator chooses to opt their family and neighbors into the coverage, as some already do. On Occupational Health & Safety, the rules will set minimum safety standards – only paid employees will be included. These amendments will take effect at the same time the Bill does. Rules that relate to employment standards, (things like hours of work and other employment standards) won’t take effect until spring 2016. The same is true for labour relation-related provisions. We need to make sure that the specifics of how the Bill is implemented works for farms and ranches and that’s why we’ll continue our consultations with you throughout the winter…”

It was at that point that someone from the crowd yelled, “We don’t want the Bill!”

Pretending not to hear, Minister Oneil Carlier continued on, underscoring what could have perhaps, began the entire feud in the first place.

Sigurdson had her turn on the stage but was met from the beginning with more of the same vocal opposition from the crowd.

“I understand there’s a lot of passion out there…” she started.

Which was immediately countered by an angry voice – “A LOT OF PASSION?!?”

This is farming and ranching we’re talking about. Bill 6 might be a very passionate topic, but that’s because the people it affects are the ones feeding the world, teaching your kids to ride, harvesting grain, calving out calves, producing honey, producing eggs, hatching fish, etc. etc. etc.

Their way of life isn’t only about passion. It’s who they are.

Bill 6 is causing a showdown all across the province this week as people of the farming and ranching community have come out in droves to let the government know what they think. And it appears they all very passionate about safety – after all, our families are precious to us.

So what is Bill 6 really about?

Unionization? A tax grab? A decoy to distract the masses from the Alberta Carbon tax bill?

While the answer to that question is still not clear, one thing is for certain– another convoy is planned for southern Alberta tomorrow. Destination, Lethbridge. And for those in more northern parts of the province of Alberta, a rally is planned for the steps of the Legislature Building in Edmonton, AB.

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Photo by Jenn Webster.

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Comment heard from the audience, “This bill is draconian. You will make criminals out of law abiding citizens… We are standing outside and there’s not even enough chairs for the seniors…”  Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

Photo by Jenn Webster.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill 6

Photo by Natalie Jackman, www.have-dog.com

Our unabashedly, proud agriculture family. Complete with pony and buffalo. Photo by Natalie Jackman, www.have-dog.com

 

RE: BILL 6

Dear Premier Notley,

I find it gut wrenching to receive the following email (please see below). As the owner of an equine training breeding and boarding facility, Bill 6 will directly affect my family. I tried to register to attend the information session being held in my area on December 2, 2015 but sadly all the seats are full. The following email from the Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour suggests that I should attend the next closest meeting in ATHABASCA.
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Are you seriously suggesting that I pack up my children, leave our animals, our farm, our businesses and drive 489 kms (4 HOURS + 41 MINS) to have a chance at an information session?

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Please understand, a horse training business is somewhat dangerous in nature and therefore, we already do carry WCB coverage for our business. We have done so for the last +10 years. My husband, a professional horse trainer, is a great man and works very hard to support us. We truly understand the consequences of having him injured, sidelined or worse. But please know that we have struggled to pay the WCB premiums at times – so I’d like to know – will there be any government financial assistance when it comes to requiring farmers and ranchers to carry WCB? What about government financial assistance for helping us deal with the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code?

I have questions. I want to understand.

I can assure you that rarely ever, do horses colic between the hours of 9-5, Monday to Friday. Automatic waterers typically freeze in the middle of the night. And a plethora of other things happen around here at times outside of “business hours” because the animals have their own minds too. We have  to deal with them, regardless of how many hours we have already logged, or what day it is.

We have animals to feed, even on Christmas morning.

Furthermore, our children stay alongside us feeding the animals and assisting around the farm because they truly love it. How and who will determine what a “chore” is vs. “employable work?”
Who will be writing the safety manuals? I implore the government to seek the guidance of knowledgeable individuals in our industry before this legislation is passed. I am sincerely asking for a chance to educate myself before this goes through.

Thank-you for the consideration,
– Jennifer Webster

PS – Thanks for adding me to the “waitlist.”

 

 

American Mustang

AM-Horses-in-Pen-JumpingThe subject of the management of wild horses remains a hot topic in mainstream media on both sides of the border. Here in Alberta, the provincial government’s decision to issue permits for the capture of 200 wild horses has triggered outrage and protests. In the past few days, Jann Arden added her voice and celebrity to the drive against the cull when she took to the skies with a local rancher and veterinarian to conduct her own count of the horses (the provincial government puts the population at just under 1,000, while opponents state this is an exaggerated figure).

Down south, the problem is magnified with over 32,000 wild horses roaming the rangeland, and upwards of 50,000 held in Bureau of Land and Management government holding facilities. The new film, American Mustang, examines this issue in what is described as “an artful blend of exquisite nature documentary and character-driven narrative.”

The film premiered last November to critical accolades at the Denver Film Festival, where one reviewer wrote, “His (Director Monty Miranda) breathtaking images, shot in 3-D on the open ranges of eight western states, bring us a deep appreciation for the life of the mustang running free and are juxtaposed by the Bureau of Land Management round-ups and the captivity that is often their heartbreaking reality.”

The film stars Luke and Jim Neubert, the sons of California-based cowboy and clinician Bryan Neubert, as well as Julia Putnam, Allison Eastwood (daughter of Clint), and is narrated by long-time mustang activist, Daryl Hannah. The film is the brainchild of its producer, Ellie Phipps Price, who wanted to create a film that would stir action by bringing the state of the American Mustang to the attention of the general public. Price does more than just wear the t-shirt – she has been an active and dedicated steward of wild horses for decades. In 2009, Ellie adopted 172 mustangs and has since created a sanctuary for wild horses on 2,000 acres of property in Northern California.

WPRA Enforcing Drug Policy at Calgary

BY DEANNA BUSCHERT

Lindsay Sears Calgary Stampede

Two- time World Champion Barrel Racer Lindsay Sears, believes drug testing is necessary for the sport, if it is done correctly. Photo by Deanna Buschert.

For the first time in Canada, drug testing has made its way to the sport of barrel racing. Last November, Canada’s Lindsay Sears stated the need for proper drug enforcement in the sport to the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal. At that time the Women’s Professional Barrel Racing Association (WPRA), had presented an extensive policy to its members in October of 2012, but were stalling at actually implementing these rules.

On July 9th, at the Calgary Stampede, shortly after the first barrel racing performance of Pool B, Sears was escorted to the sidelines to participate in the controversial WPRA drug testing process.

After having her bay gelding Moe tested, Sears said she did hear rumors of testing earlier in the day.

“I heard they did it in the first group,” said Sears. “I didn’t know they were here until this morning.”

So far the WPRA’s behind the scenes testing, is a discrete random process.

“As soon as you are done running, somebody escorts you with your horse – so that nothing has been administered between your run and your test.”

Sears said she did not know until after her run, that she was going to be pulled aside.

Despite the fact that the WPRA is finally cracking down on its own policies, Sears said she is only somewhat satisfied with the whole process.

“I think it is necessary for our sport. The problem with drug testing is that there are a lot of tests. In my opinion the NSAIDs drugs (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), are not the problem and that is what they are mainly testing for.”

These NSAIDs drugs such as Bute and Banamine, Sears noted, are like taking a Tylenol for a headache.

“I think the Class 3 drugs are the issue.”

Class 3 drugs which are outlined in the WPRA Drug Rules and Guidelines include non-therapeutic, autonomic nervous system stimulants and anabolic and (or) androgenic steroids.

“We are no different than horse racing. They need to tailor the drug testing to our sport. If the WPRA would do that, I am okay with it. But if they make us abide by jumping rules, I don’t think that is fair, because our sport is different. Our horses need different things than a jumper or a cutter.”

A professional barrel horse, Sears points out spends a lot of time on the road-hauling from rodeo to rodeo.

“The problem with these horses is the trailering. Some people think it is the runs that are hard on them. It’s not. It’s the miles they go, that are hard on them.”

Is this drug testing process now beneficial for barrel racing?

“I think it is necessary in order for our sport to go forward. We are like every other equine sport that is having to do it. I don’t think we are much different. Whether you like it or not, the public really likes it and it makes them feel better about it.”

Sears smiled and looked back at her horses.

“If the WPRA were to do it correctly, it would be a good thing.”

An Attack on 4-H

It’s no secret I’m a fan of 4-H organization. This year I became a leader in our 4-H equine club, and it’s been one of the most fulfilling decisions I’ve made in my life. It’s a bit of work, but we have a great group of parents who all pitch in, and wonderful bunch of kids.

As any 4-H parent knows, one of the pleasures of being involved in the organization is watching our collective kids grow. It really does take a village. I’m sure even Wee will one day grow into this hat. (smile)

I snapped this shot at one or another of the 4-H on Parade events, hosted by the Calgary Stampede we’ve attended over the years. It remains one of the highlights of 4-H involvement for our family, as the kids get to hang out with their friends from other livestock clubs, and take part in activities which encourage leadership and creativity, such as stall judging and decorating.

This pledge is repeated by members of all 4-H clubs throughout North America at every meeting and event. I like it. It’s old fashioned – a few simple thoughts with a deep message.

I want to show you PETA’s take on the 4-H pledge, for it appears the group has decided to target the 4-H youth organization. This photo is taken from the Colorado CattleWomen’s Facebook page, It was snapped at the Colorado State Fair, where PETA had a booth.

In other news, only a few days ago in Kansas, a federal judge upheld the right of the Kansas State Fair to shield visitors from an anti-processing video PETA had stationed front and center at a booth they had at that fair. It seems PETA wanted to show a graphic video and photos facing out to the walk-by traffic, and organizers simply asked them to restrict the viewing of these images to inside their booth. They didn’t even suggest they remove them.

PETA did what PETA does best – it filed a lawsuit.

The Huffington Post reported the federal judge, “determined the fair is a ‘limited public forum,’ because exhibitors have to apply for a booth and pay a fee — unlike a public square, for example, where anybody has the right to protest or speak,” and upheld the Kansas State Fair’s right to shield people walking by from easily seeing images which were extreme and graphic.

It’s not about censorship, it’s about appropriateness.

Truthfully, our Western Horse Review booth has been disallowed from displaying certain contents now and again at certain tradefair venues, not due to inflammatory or sensational intent, but rather, for they infringed one or another of the event’s trade fair rules. I would suggest it’s not at all unusual for a trade fair manager to show up at a booth, and announce, “you can’t do this.”

PETA, of course, is playing the freedom of speech and First Amendment rights card, both unsurprising and unoriginal.

I wonder, given the precedent PETA has set in the above two cases: an inflammatory and direct attack on a respected youth organization of the rural lifestyle; and secondly, legal action in attempt to force their issue . . . how many other fairs and rural events will consider allowing PETA into their trade shows?

 

Likes of the Week

Can it really be the last week of summer? Apparently. Among

other things, we’re busy preparing Wee for her first cutting show. It’s a bit of a crash course at this point, as so much of her time was devoted to 4H over the summer, and I’ve been busy for the past two weeks helping Teenager settle in for her first year of university studies in Arizona.

While I was away these arrived for Wee. The absolute sweetest of little-girl chaps. All flowers and swirls and just a hint of tomboy, succinctly Wee. She loves them, and Christmas has definitely come early for her at the log house. Fashioned by Heather Baumgartner of HB Leather, these are Canadian-made and perfectly gorgeous.

I have so much to post about, we have a lot going on at the magazine this fall, but for now, in these last few days of summer holidays, just sharing some links and videos you might be interested in.

If you’ve been following the Tennessee Walking Horse soring controversy, you’ll know it’s at a significant and intense head this week, as the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, the equivalent of the World Show for the breed, is ongoing at Shelbyville, Tennessee. On one side, the trainers and breeders who desire the public to understand this is not as prevalent as activists such as the Humane Society of America – which released a damning undercover film on YouTube earlier this year on soring – maintain it is. Many say soring is widespread and commonplace, others state it’s the work of a few greedy industry players. One of the better articles I’ve found on the crackdown in the walking horse industry here. The video accompanying the piece is worthwhile too.

Holding in the genre of controversy, I’m still marvelling over blogger Cami Ryan’s excellent essay, Dear Pam, challenging the motivations of PETA spokesperson, Pamela Anderson. Straight shooting, and I like it.

One of the surprises we have for you readers this fall concerns photography, hence we’ve been doing a lot of research regarding the subject. I came across this and it made me yearn for a western-photography themed workshop with a parallel degree of yummy.

Something I loved discovering just lately – the Days Inn in Brandon, Manitoba  now sports western artwork in 15 of their executive suites, but not the usual uninspiring bought-at-a-box-store drudgery, but the real mccoy – Shannon Lawlor prints. Kudo’s to managers Dave and Melody Brooks for showcasing our western heritage and treating all of us who might be passing through with a gorgeous visual. I’m looking forward to checking these walls out!

Finally, another video, this one the trailer for Wild Horse, Wild Ride, has been receiving some great reviews and awards. Looking forward to seeing it.

Thanks for tuning in and have a great long weekend.

Just An Opinion

Since the May/June issue of Western Horse Review has been released, I’ve been asked several times to have my Editor’s Note reprinted on various websites and blogs. I appreciate the gesture, so I’m reprinting it here for sharing purposes. Feel free to link to it and if you haven’t already read Deanna Buschert’s excellent piece, Horse Meat Market, in the issue, be sure to pick it up – it’s on newsstands now. 

The heavy topic of horse processing, or slaughter, is multi-faceted, with many tangents. It bears down on breeders who play the odds producing what many consider is far too many foals. It lives in our sense of the majesty of a wild mustang and its symbolic freedom. It presents a major public relations threat to the sport of horse racing and all other horse activities. It dwells on humane issues such as neglected and unwanted horses, transportation and slaughterhouse facilities.

It speaks to each and every one of us to be responsible horse owners, buyers and breeders.

In the story Horse Meat Capital, we decided to focus on one aspect of the debate – the slaughterhouse. This piece was decided on after the emergence of disturbing video footage of horses in a Quebec slaughterhouse. I want to thank writer Deanna Buschert for putting herself “out there” with her firsthand account of her trip to Bouvry Exports. It was a brave move.

One more thought. We’ve been posting horse processing related articles now and again on our Facebook page and my blog. The debate in the comment sections on both venues is often heated and emotional. Something that became very clear to me from the beginning: activists are extremely well mobilized. Case in point: our Home Page web poll asked the question, “is the option of horse slaughter necessary for a strong, viable horse industry?” When I pulled it down a week or so ago there were nearly 7,000 votes on the poll, with over 80% on the NO side. I’d love to inform you our web polls always have that level of response, but that’s simply not the case. Generally they average 250-500 votes. Activists skewed this poll, and a close look at our analytics program confirmed it.

Another case: I ran a blog post about a talk show incident on National Public Radio, during which the pro-slaughter guest left the show mid-air, a press release later stating she was “ambushed” by the other guests – all anti-slaughter advocates. Within an hour there were several hundred comments on the post awaiting approval – all commenting against, and many bluntly attacking, the “ambushed” speaker.

Finally, just last week an e-mail hit my Inbox; the writer mentioned she was browsing our website and was about to post it, “to share with my several thousand followers and Facebook groups that relate to horses,” but thought she should check with me first to see what my “stance” is on horse slaughter, “since we try to network with and promote only those who are totally opposed to slaughter.” The writer was from Manhattan.

There’s a generous thought out there that everyone deserves an opinion. Lately, I’ve been questioning that.

If your name is Madeleine Pickens, and you’ve saved hundreds of wild horses and given them sanctuary on your land, with your effort and your money, you are a stakeholder and your opinion should be considered valid.

If you’ve never known the full flavor of horse ownership in a manner that is relative to both your heart and your financial being – yes, the magic moments, but also the hit in the gut of an unexpected bill; then you haven’t seen the difficult choices that sometimes need to be made.

If you haven’t experienced the sadness of observing an old or unsound horse in a pasture, clearly suffering weather elements and struggling with the business of staying alive as best it can, you don’t really know anything about horses.

If you run with an angry and emotional gut, without much of a track record of informed decision-making, perhaps you should step back from this one. For this dilemma needs a good measure of logic to comprehend.

If you are a wealthy celebrity with a few horses running on your “ranch” and you enjoy the satisfaction of stepping into a controversial limelight and speaking out against horse slaughter, perhaps you should open up your pastures to a few thousand of said horses. Then you’ll be a real stakeholder, and your opinion will deserve attention.

If you believe the overpopulation of domestic horses will just take care of themselves if processing is outlawed; or, that there are enough horse rescues and able people in the world to look after all of the unwanted stock; or, believe in fairy tales, then perhaps you need to do a bit more research.

I spend an hour every morning reading newspapers, blogs and social media outlets gathering information and leads for Western Horse Review, and I can report to you, there has nary been a day in the past year, that I haven’t read about a horse neglect, abandonment or starvation incidence harsh enough to turn my stomach. I have come to understand that while everyone else is entitled to an opinion, the decisions of horse processing ultimately, will need to be decided by the real stakeholders of the welfare of the horse and the horse industry.

Currently, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

In This Issue: May/June

As promised we did the draw for the second set of Mane Event tickets to give away at noon. Congratulations Denise Pezderic, you’ve got yourself two passes to this weekend’s Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta. Pick up your tickets at the front ticket booth at the show.
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Denise’s response to the question of what she’s looking forward to at this year’s event:
“Hands down my favorite part of Mane Event is Jonathon Field. So much fun to watch him work with his horses. Just amazing. I love the problem solving and skill shown in the Trainers Challenge too, fun to watch the progress over the weekend. Jackie Johnson is fun and talented Saskatchewan gal that puts on a fun clinic as well. Mane Event rocks!”
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Our May/June issue just rolled off the press, and I want to share some of the contents with you.
We interviewed three Canadian barn builders and profiled a barn from each, timely and great ideas for anyone considering a build or reno this spring.

photo credit: Crimson Chickadee Photography

Our regular feature Out West, celebrating life in the West, pays homage to mothers and daughters and their horses, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Hayfork Steer by Vel Miller, Atascadero, California – wall mounted bronze.

This magnificent bronze is hanging on the wall of the horse person we’ve featured in our new Western Art feature – What’s Hanging on Your Wall, which asks just that question of horse people. We also profile B.C. artist Liz Mitten Ryan and tell you how the Glenbow Museum Senior Curator gathered up almost all of an original 17 Charlie Russell originals featured in the Calgary Stampede #1.
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Western Style Editor, Deanna Beckley shows you how to build four outfits for the show ring and profiles the best in equine shampoo and conditioners of the season.
Also kicking off this issue is a series we’ve discussing at editorial meetings for some time. Our Alternative Therapies begins with a look at the infrared light therapy and it’s benefits.

photo credit: Krista Kay Photography

Also in the health department, two potentially crippling lamenesses: navicular disease and laminitis are explored. As well we take a look at the benefits of packing a hoof boot along in your trailer.

While she generally tackles health related articles for the magazine, in this issue, Equine Health Editor Susan Kauffmann details the step-by-step plan she and her husband employed to build these sturdy and beautiful horse shelters. Don’t expect these to blow away in the next wind storm.

Futurity Road prospect, McCabe.

In the third instalment of the series Futurity Road, we continue to follow the paths of five futurity bound barrel racing prospects. In this segment, five becomes four as one of the prospects is sold, trainer Raylee Walters reveals her barn must-haves, catches us up with an analysis of the latest events the hopefuls competed in and also discusses the bit she has been using for each of the four remaining horses.
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Speaking of bits, cutting and cow horse trainer Dustin Gonnet reveals his handy go-to bit in our Bit of the Month.
Trick rider and Cavalia star Sally Bishop talks about the ups and downs of stunt riding and life on the road. She’s an incredibly brave woman with such a positive outlook on life, it’s not hard to find inspiration through the eyes of this accomplished horse woman.
Our ranch profile spotlights an ambitious and incredibly functional facility near Bozeman, Montana – Copper Spring Ranch.
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Lisa Scheistel continues her series on training the two-year-old, and, drum roll. .  we’re really pleased to present an exclusive article with Shawn Flarida, in our Secrets of a Four-Million Dollar Man. It seems he doesn’t appear to be stalled at four million dollars either, as he just won the Open at the NRBC Classic.
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Finally don’t miss 15 charming bed and bales stops across Canada, and a recap on the high sellers so far in spring sales (prices appear up!).

A billboard campaign posted by Angel Acres (a US based anti-slaughter group), displayed along an Ottawa, Ontario highway.

Last, but certainly not least – it’s an emotionally charged subject and one close to Canadian horse people, whether we like it or not, as our country allows horse processing. Feature writer Deanna Buschert examined her own thoughts and feelings on the subject as she visited a horse meat processing plant in Alberta to document the tender subject of horse slaughter. We hope you appreciate her candidness and professionalism on the subject.
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Hope you enjoy the issue. If you’d like to subscribe do so here. As well, we’ll have some single copies of this issue for sale at the Mane Event. Please stop by the Western Horse Review booth, not only to pick up a copy, but check out our giveaways and contests. We look forward to chatting with you.
Thanks so much for tuning in, and have a great weekend!

Radio Ambush?

Contrary to popular opinion, horse meat hasn't always been taboo in North America. It was sold as an alternative meat during World War II and as late as 1954 at this venue – Range Horse Meat Co. at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Oregon. (source: www.good.is)

Have you heard of the United Horsemen organization?

The group has drawn both positive and negative media attention since their inception a couple of years ago. Most recently they postponed their second annual International Summit of the Horse, originally scheduled for this weekend forward to January, 2013. Instead, they stated in a press release, they are going to focus on a two-prong and ambitious program towards their mandate, which is “working for a better future for the horse industry.” The new initiative is set to co-incide with the reopening of USDA regulated horse processing facilities in the United States.

You can read all about that on their website.

Just today, on the National Public Radio talk show, Sound Off With Sasha, four guests were invited on the show to talk about the issue of horse slaughter.

The guests included philanthropist/business woman Madeleine Pickens, dedicated to provide sanctuary for wild mustangs, President of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, author R. T. Fitch,  co-founder and President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation, and representative Sue Wallis, Wyoming State Legislator, former vice-president of United Horsemen, and a proponent and advocate for horse slaughter plants in the United States.

The resulting interview is quite insightful, particularly as a marker of the general public’s beliefs and perception of horse slaughter and wild horses (read: caller’s in).

Of note, Canadian processing plants are mentioned in the interview several times.

But, quite apart from that, United Horsemen now maintains that Wallis was the victim of a “set-up organized specifically to harass and vilify her personally, and the horse industry in general.” Wallis was apparently not aware of the other three guests on the show – all high-profile and staunch advocates against horse slaughter, believing she was being interviewed about the horse industry and the need for humane and regulated processing in the U.S.

Wallis left the interview prematurely and later stated, “There is no point in carrying on any sort of dialog with rabid radicals who have ulterior motives.”

Was Sue Wallis ambushed in a media setup by animal rights bullies? Here’s the link to the interview. Listen in and sound off on what you think.