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Mar 29, 2007

For Immediate Release


Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2007) - In a 51-page opinion issued just hours ago, United States District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly held that the slaughter of horses in America violates federal law.  (Read more....)

Continue to Support Your Rescue

Literally hundreds of Equine Rescues responded with offers of help today. They need your continued financial support as they work to insure that horses across the United States can return to health and find forever homes.

Your contribution to either Habitat for Horses or your local rescue can and will make a difference in the lives of the horses in our combined care.

To donate to Habitat for Horses

As of 11:00 am March 29, 2007 the National Horse Protection Coalition is working through the courts to try to secure the purchase and safety of potentially 200 horses either currently at the Cavel slaughter plant in Dekalb Illinois, or that are enroute to Cavel.

Cavel is asking the court for an emergency injunction to allow them to kill the horses based on the premise that they have nowhere to go with the animals.

The NHPC disagrees...and are in the process of securing a large temporary triage facility capable of sheltering all horses in need due to the shut down at Cavel. The NHPC is looking at facilities in the northern part of Illinois as possible staging grounds.

The NHPC is in need of people to stand ready to help to feed and care for the horses should they be successful in gaining custody of the animals. They may not know the outcome of the courts decision for a few hours yet, but  need to be prepared should the court rule in their favor.

Please email Gail Vacca at if you are able to physically assist in the care of the horses. Please be certain to include your phone number and location.

The NHPC will also need donations of equipment such as halters, leads, buckets, hay, bedding, feed etc. Please do not send anything just yet...please just stand ready and let them know if you can help.

Thanks so very much!

Gail Vacca
Illinois Coordinator
National Horse Protection Coalition
Wilmington , Illinois
Tel: 815-761-4937
Fax: 815-476-5257

Massive Rescue Effort Fails / Request to Save Horses Denied / Horse Slaughter Ends!

Dear Supporters, 

As of around 1 pm CDT, the horses waiting in the trucks for slaughter at Cavel in DeKalb, Illinois have been turned away and are returning to their point of origination, including points as far away as Colorado and South Dakota. The attempt to rescue these horses failed, despite a major effort by HSUS, the Animal Welfare Institute and Habitat for Horses. In a few short hours the combined efforts led to the acquisition of both temporary and foster situation for well over 500 horses.

The returned horses are now traveling illegally, since (1) they have no Coggins papers or health permits and (2) the horses are no longer headed for slaughter. No doubt that the majority of these horses have traveled far longer that the 28 hour limit allowed. Once again, this action shows the apathy and true intent of the killer-buyers.

I am deeply thankful for the hundreds of emails we received with offers to help in this effort. Should it have worked, the horses would have been safe. Now they face midnight rides into Mexico and Canada as the killer-buyers attempt to reclaim their investment. One horse was unloaded at Cavel and euthanized as a result of injury during transportation.

The only way to guarantee the safety of our horses from these brutal acts and from the transfer from American soil to Mexico and Canada is the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, now pending in both the House and the Senate. Your support is needed to bring this horror to an end.

Once again, thank you for your swift support and join us in celebrating one large victory – For the first time in ages, no horses were slaughtered on a Thursday in the United States for human consumption. Let’s hope it holds true until the AHSPA is finally passed


Thank you everybody, we all did it with our calls!
                                                                                              Shane and Sia Barbi
American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act PASSES!
Sep 07, 2006

The House voted yes on 503, The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, today.

Thank you everybody. Next it goes to the Senate (1915) and then the White house, but this was the hardest to pass. This means no more cruelty of hooves being sawed off from trailers, beatings that leave horses with broken legs and missing eyes, etc

In memory of
"Bold Knight", Arabian  (shown in the header above)

Shane and Sia Barbi   


"Let us never forgot that our country was built by the horse,
so we are disrespecting American History when we are cruel to the horse."

Shane and Sia Barbi   

Models for Mammals - The Examiner
Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin, The Examiner:  Yeas and Nays
Jan 4, 2007 7:38 AM

If politicians weren't sufficiently charmed last year by Bo Derek and her lobbying on behalf of a ban on the slaughter of horses, they'll now have two more gorgeous blondes to fight off: the Barbi Twins.

You'll recall (even if you wont admit it) Shane and Sia Barbi from the popular September 1991 and January 1993 issues of Playboy magazine, or their other scantily clad appearances in myriad pin-up calendars.
But although the bombshells are clearly hot, this time they're hot to trot about joining Derek in the effort to convince the U.S. Senate to pass the ban (the House passed the bill in September). The United States currently has three major slaughter plants which sell the meat to foreign countries for consumption. Such consumption is illegal in the U.S.

The Barbi Twins are taking the lead in this next lobbying offensive and told Yeas & Nays that they hope to make their first visit to the nations capital in November (being from Hollywood, Shane and Sia somewhat adorably picked November because, well, its Sweeps Week, which must be the West Coasts version of a policy window). Following a planned trot, er, march on Washington, the twins will head back to the West Coast for an Animal Aid concert, modeled after the popular Farm Aid concerts (Farm Aid founder Willie Nelson and his daughter Amy are also campaigning for the slaughter ban).

Why not use the seven minutes of fame that we both got and use them for the benefit of animals? asked Sia.
We treat animals like property, Shane said. The philosophy here is to treat animals beyond property. They feel pain.
Its like eating the flag, said Sia.
While the Senate may ultimately pass this law, the twins do have one political proposal that could be a bit tough for most politicians to swallow.

I think we should have a Social Security program for horses, Shane said. Lets give Social Security to any animal that works in Hollywood films. These animals deserve a retirement for making all that money.
Page Six December 31, 2006
THE Barbi Twins, Shane and Sia, are teaming up with Willie Nelson and Bo Derek to stop the export of horsemeat for human consumption abroad. "America has a dirty little secret," the sisters e-mailed Page Six. "Horses have always been an American symbol of freedom. Their loyal, relentless work is part of what made this country . . . So why is it that we are allowing nearly 100,000 horses to be slaughtered annually in America for human consumption in slaugh terhouses that are foreign-owned? . . . It's like stepping on the American flag." The pin-ups are pushing the passage of the American Horse Slaughter Preven tion Act, which would ban the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the export of live horses for slaughter abroad.

We're Ridin' With Willie to Washington

T. Boone Pickens Applauds U.S. Reps for Protecting Horses, Urges Senate to do the Same

DALLAS, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ --
The following was released today by T. Boone Pickens:

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503), a bipartisan bill to end the slaughter of horses for human consumption, has just passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a final vote of 263 to 146. It now moves on to the Senate, where Senator and veterinarian John Ensign (R-NV) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have reintroduced an identical measure (S. 1915).

"I applaud every U.S. Representative who voted in favor of H.R. 503. Thank you for standing up for America, for our ideals, and for our horses," said T. Boone Pickens, legendary oilman and philanthropist, who along with his wife, Madeleine, is an outspoken opponent of horse slaughter. "I urge the Senate to pass the Senate version of this bill quickly, and with no amendments."

Life-long animal lovers, T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens have joined forces with key horse organizations, including The National Horse Protection Coalition, in a campaign to support The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. Together, they have run a series of full-page ads in newspapers across the country, asking the public to contact their lawmaker and urge them to vote "Yes" on H.R. 503. The Pickens plan on continuing the campaign through the Senate vote.

"We are well on our way towards ending this despicable practice," said Pickens. "But the fight is not over. We will continue our efforts through the Senate vote, until every American horse is safe from the threat of being served as 'Sunday's Special' in a French restaurant."

A recent national poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies shows that nearly 70% of Americans strongly oppose killing horses for people to eat. Republican and Democrat, young and old, east coast to west coast, poll findings show that Americans overwhelmingly oppose horse slaughter.
The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act has the support of 202 co- sponsors and is championed by more than 500 organizations, including such industry groups as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Churchill Downs.

Although the slaughter of horses for human consumption is illegal in many states, foreign-owned companies who process horsemeat here are using federal loopholes to continue killing horses, sending 39.5 million pounds of horsemeat to France, Belgium and Japan in 2005.

Every day three horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., - Dallas Crown in Kaufman, Texas, Beltex Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas and Cavel International in DeKalb, Illinois, ship out thousands of pounds of fresh horsemeat abroad. Bragging, "from the stable to table in four days," these foreign-owned plants slaughtered nearly 100,000 American horses last year alone.

The process begins when owners across the country take their horses to a legitimate sale, never suspecting that within days their horse could end up on a plate in a high-end restaurant overseas. Three years ago, 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand ended up in a slaughterhouse in Japan. And because of the quick kill and export, these slaughter plants have become a convenient dumping ground for stolen horses. In fact, horse theft in California dropped 34 percent after that state instituted a ban on horse slaughter in 1998.
Horse slaughterhouses receive USDA oversight that costs taxpayers millions of dollars - all for horsemeat that is sold and consumed as a delicacy in high-dollar markets and restaurants in France, Italy and Japan. Moreover, these slaughterhouses use accounting loopholes to pay little or no taxes - shipping 100% of the horsemeat and the profits abroad.

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, a bill to end the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States and the export of live horses for the same purpose, was reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chair John Sweeney (R-NY), Representative John Spratt (D-SC), Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV).

Source: T. Boone Pickens

Aug. 25, 2006

Willie and Barbi's Fight Horse Slaughter

America has a dirty little secret, and it’s not that little.

Horses have always been an American symbol of freedom.  Their loyal, relentless work is part of what made this country.  They are the living legends of American history.  So why is it that we are allowing nearly 100,000 horses to be slaughtered annually in America for human consumption in slaughterhouses that are foreign-owned?  It must be because most of us don’t know about this horrible practice.

Even worse, the treatment of horses going to slaughter is most often inhumane. They suffer injuries in overcrowded trailers and abuse by handlers, and they are often conscious during acts of mutilation and slaughter.  It’s like stepping on the American Flag.

The passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503 and S. 1915) would put in place a permanent and immediate ban on both the slaughter of horses in the U.S. and the exportation of live horses for slaughter abroad.

Now that you know about horse slaughter, make your voice heard.   Join Bo Derek, Ken Wahl, Jennifer Pryor, the Barbi Twins and my family, and a host of others on Capitol Hill on Sept. 5, 2006 to support the bill, which will be introduced and voted on that week. 

Call or write your Members of Congress today, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.   Please go to

It's time for the cowboys to stand up for the horses!


Willie Nelson


House Votes to Prohibit the Slaughtering of Horses for Food -

Horse Slaughtering: The New Terrorism? -
U.S. House bans sales of horses for human food -
House bans killing horses for meat -
House Votes to Outlaw Horse Slaughter -
House approves bill to shutter horsemeat industry -
House votes to ban U.S. slaughter of horses for overseas consumers -
House votes to ban killing horses for food -
US bans horse slaughter for meat -
Horse Slaughter Bill Passed by House by Amanda Duckworth,

Various Articles about the subject:

SHI - Stolen Horse International

Online Horse Protection Petitions: - Against The Act Of Horse Slaughter - Ban the Export of Live Horses for Slaughter Petition - Anti Horse Slaughter - horse slaughter - An End To Horse Slaughter! - Ending Horse Slaughter - An End to Horse Slaughter Petition - 15306 Total Signatures - Opposing Sale of Horsemeat in France - French Petition to Stop Horse Slaughter - British Horse Slaughter - Stop Horse Slaughter in Canada - Abolish Horse Slaughter - Horse Aid's "Purple Ribbon Campaign - Willie Nelson and Friends - on behalf of America's wild horses - American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Form - End Horse Slaughter in Illinois - Return Protection from Slaughter to Wild Horses and Burros Letter - American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, HR 503

Kitty Liberation Front would like to recognize the efforts of a woman who dedicated her life to this cause and recently passed away.  Our gratitude goes out to Mary Nash...  "She wanted facts and answers. She was to point and didn't mess around" ... Julie (Mary's friend still running Mary's website in her memory)

For more information than you can ever imagine check out Mary's website:
Aug. 11, 2006 - More information is available at

Badly beaten, abused horses stopped in Arkansas
Congress to act on bill to stop horse slaughter in September

August 10, 2006)
- Just days after a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives tried to kill legislation aimed at curtailing commercial horse slaughter in the United States, a Mississippi man hauling 19 horses to a Texas slaughterhouse has been charged with animal cruelty involving horses in Arkansas.

Bryan Morgan of Belmont, MS was charged with five counts of animal cruelty under Arkansas state law in Texarkana this week after eyewitness testimony, photographs and video showed 19 horses being transported in a single trailer to the BelTex slaughterhouse in Fort Worth were badly injured and abused.

"This only further demonstrates the immediate need for my legislation to be passed and signed into law,” said Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), who with Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) is leading the fight to outlaw horse slaughter. “This is a perfect example of why I am so committed to seeing an end to this brutal practice as quickly as possible."

Although it is what one congressional witness, Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, called “America’s dirty little secret,” some 90,000 horses are hauled to three U.S. slaughterhouses in Texas and Illinois each year and butchered for human consumption, with the meat exported to Europe and Asia and sold as a delicacy in high end restaurants.

“If there were any doubt that the horse slaughter industry leads to cruelty and abuse of horses, this erases it with graphic reality,” said Chris Heyde, deputy legislative director of the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL), based in Washington, D.C.  The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503) is scheduled to be voted on by the House of Representatives in early September.

In the Arkansas case, Morgan picked up the horses in Mississippi and was driving to Fort Worth when the trailer he was pulling blew two tires and forced him to stop in Texarkana for repairs.  Employees at the shop called local police after noticing several horses had abrasions and marks across their faces and bodies, including one with facial gashes and swollen eyes. 

“It looked like someone took a baseball bat and beat the hell out of the horse,” said Greg Fett, manager of GCR Tires in Texarkana.

Twenty citations for animal cruelty were initially written by local police, after which Morgan was allowed to drive the horses on to the slaughterhouse.  This incident illustrates how woefully inadequate the regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are in ensuring the humane treatment of horses being transported to slaughter facilities. 

“The local police in Texarkana were particularly diligent in this situation,” said SAPL legal counsel Tracy Silverman.  “Often we just never hear about these cases and thankfully responsible citizens alerted authorities to the severely injured animals.”

At a hearing before the House Agriculture Committee on July 28, Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) condemned the legislation that would stop commercial horse slaughter as an unwarranted intrusion on the rights of horse owners.  The committee allowed the bill to go to the House floor for a vote, but only after deriding it as unnecessary and unfair to horse owners.

SAPL will assist in the prosecution of Morgan and is filing a formal complaint with the USDA against Robbie Solomon of Belmont, MS, the owner and shipper of the horses, for violating several federal regulations regarding the commercial transportation of horses to slaughter.  


For More Information or Photos Contact:
Alex Howe, Fenton Communications                  (202) 822-5200
Chris Heyde, SAPL Deputy Legislative Director    (703) 836-4300

The Society for Animal Protective Legislation, the Animal Welfare Institute's legislative arm, is the unsurpassed leader in obtaining laws to benefit animals in need, including the protection of domestic and wild horses. More information is available at


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