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18 March 2007 - Vol. # 20

Volunteers Needed ** Help Mayor ** Horse Slaughter ** Horse-Carriage Accident in S. C.

tabling and research
tablingOur tabling efforts on Sunday were very successful. We got a lot of signatures on our petitions -- it is good to be back. Besides the core group, several new people joined the effort. Thanks to all of you. Next week we will be tabling on Saturday, March 24th. We need volunteers to help us get signatures on petitions to the Mayor and City Council -- and to hold posters. This is not a demonstration but an educational event. It is an excellent opportunity to help the horses and get to see how supportive both tourists and New Yorkers are. You can volunteer for one hour or four. We need to know when you will be there so we are sure to have coverage. Please contact Teresa at if you can volunteer.

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2007 WHERE: near Central Park South - information will be given to volunteers. TIME: 1-5 PM

RESEARCH NEEDED: If you cannot make it to our tabling events, we also need help with research - with some of the city agencies such as the Department of Buildings - and general Internet research on specific topics. You will need a computer and a few hours to spare per week. If this sounds like something that interests you, please contact me at

Opinion Piece by Steve Rei, Esq.*
Mayor Paula BrownDear Friends Against Horse Slaughter: Mayor Paula Bacon of Kaufman, Texas has been one of the true leaders opposing horse slaughter. Her term will expire in May, but she knows her work is not finished and is working hard on her re-election campaign. Supporters of the horse slaughter plant funded efforts to defeat her in her last re-election. She needs our financial help.

Mayor Bacon has been on a number of national news networks and numerous radio and TV stations telling of the horror of horse slaughter and the stigma it has brought to her town. Instead of growing in prosperity as many communities surrounding Dallas are doing, Kaufman is simply known as, "That place where they kill horses." Mayor Bacon has led the city in repeated efforts to stop the horse slaughter plant's numerous violations to the expensive sewer system, and to control the plant's stench that falls over the town. When the plant ignored these efforts, she asked the City Council to declare Dallas Crown a "nuisance," to, in effect, close them down. These efforts, as so many other efforts, have been stopped by a myriad of lawyers throwing paper at the court system

Mayor Bacon has fought beside us for years. As an elected official, she is perhaps the most powerful voice we have coming from one of the three communities where horse slaughter plants exist in the United States. It has taken a lot of courage, but she has taken a strong stance against the shame that horse slaughter represents. Now it's time to give her our support for all she has done and continues to do. We need her in office, to continue her fight against Dallas Crown and to support our battle in Washington DC as the Federal Bills come to the floor for a final victory. Your contribution, no matter how small, will ensure that her strong voice will continue in our battle. Please visit Mayor Paula Bacon's web site to make a contribution. Or you can send it to Mayor Paula Bacon, 1504 South Houston Street, Kaufman, TX 75142. Steve Rei, Esq. is president of the National Equine Rescue Coalition.

Our dirty little secret
Dallas CrownThere is no question that more than any other animal, the horse has helped to make America what it is today ... in settling our vast country; in wars; agriculture; transportation; even the US mail depended on the horse. Before the car and train, the horse was the prime means of land transportation. We owe this gentle giant a lot - at the very least a life with dignity without the threat of being slaughtered for human consumption - the ultimate insult.

Read Mayor Bacon's letter to the editor in the February 2007 issue of Texas Monthly Magazine in which she lists some interesting facts about Dallas Crown Inc., the Belgian owned horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas. She refers to the fact that this corporation only pays a paltry $5 in federal income tax, but generates $12 million in sales. She also points out that millions of our federal tax dollars is spent to provide oversight for an industry that employs a total of fewer than 200 people at all three plants.

horse pulledThe September 4, 2006 issue of USA Today, "Texas Mayor Wants Slaughter Plant Closed " addresses further the problems many in the town have with Dallas Crown -- how the "stale smell of offal and blood" permeate the air - even a mile away. Bacon blames Dallas Crown for the odor, horseflies, blood runoff, vultures and strain on the Kaufman sewage system.

The horse pictured here senses his doom as he is forced off a trailer truck on the way to slaughter. It does not matter if the horses are weak or in pain from their long haul. Money talks.

Visit Save da Horses Web Site
receipt for horse slaughterAlthough it is graphic and may be upsetting, please visit the web site Save da Horses to get a more visual understanding of what happens to horses in a horse slaughter plant.
The Live Stock receipt pictured here shows that of the 30 horses received, "0" fell into the category of "deads, cripples, bruises or downers" meaning that they were all apparently healthy. This flies in the face of claims by the opposition that horses going to slaughter are mostly sick and old.

Driver run over & hospitalized

rsized into parkBEAUFORT GAZETTE - "Downtown Carriage Driver Run Over by Runaway Buggy" by Lori Yount - March 15, 2007 -- A carriage tour driver was run over by a buggy Wednesday after the horse got spooked, leaving the woman in fair condition at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, according to authorities.

The 20-year-old Sea Island Carriage Co. driver was on the ground walking and leading the horse and buggy with two passengers in it past a large Coca-Cola truck on Craven Street from the Old Point neighborhood and was about to cross Carteret Street shortly after noon.

Authorities say the horse was spooked as the driver was trying to get back on the buggy. The horse bolted and pulled the carriage over the driver, according to Beaufort police. The two out-of-town visitors were taken for a wild ride down Craven Street until the male passenger took the reins and stopped the horse and carriage in a parking lot near the intersection of Craven and Charles streets, Beaufort Deputy Chief of Police Maj. Matt Clancy said. No injuries were reported to the couple or the horse, he said. The driver was taken by Beaufort County EMS to the hospital. Her name wasn't being released because of confusion over her last name since she was recently married.

Though rare, incidents involving horse-drawn carriages have resulted in injuries in the past. In 2003, a Pennsylvania woman received minor injuries after being dragged more than 100 feet by a spooked horse pulling a SouthurnRose Buggy Tours carriage near the Downtown Marina parking lot. Sea Island Carriage Co., owned by Walter Gay, is in its first year of operation after winning a city bid to operate one of the two buggy-tour companies in downtown Beaufort. The city only allows two carriage companies to operate downtown and last year awarded new contracts that will run through 2011. SouthurnRose Buggy Tours won the other contract. Gay said the driver and General Lee, the 4 1/2-year-old Belgian draft horse, did a "good job" and no one is at fault. The company will resume tours once the driver has recovered, he said. "She appears in good spirits," said Gay, who visited her in the hospital and said her injuries seemed to be mostly bruises. No charges are expected in the case, Clancy said. "We're not going to lock the horse up," he said.

PICTURES: 1st - tabling near Central Park; 2nd - Mayor Paula Bacon in front of Dallas Crown, the slaughter plant; 3rd - horses corralled at Dallas Crown; 4th - resistant horse at slaughter plant; 5th - carriage horse

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Thank you for caring about the horses, Elizabeth Forel - Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages