UPDATE: This press release should have been included with this article. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
The following is the news release submitted to the public media in Western Washington today on the Florence Packing / Bouvry Exports story we have been pursuing for the past few months.
I want to thank each and everyone of you for your help and support in helping expose this situation here in Washington State.
Special thanks go to my fellow horse rescue sanctuary operators in our group who are willing to step up to the plate on this issue, the staff at PSH for their diligent work in helping investigate this plan, Laura Allen and her husband Russ for their continuing efforts in support of trying to prevent this from happening, Keith Dane and his staff for being there when we needed them, Sonja Meadows for her wise counsel on conducting the investigation, my northern neighbor Sinikka Crosland for these videos and all the excellent work she and her CHDC do on that side of the border, the unnamed photographer who took these photos (unnamed because we don’t want to risk a trespassing charge against her), my buddies Hilary Wood and Jerry Finch for their advice and encouragement from afar, and all the horse lovers and advocates across the country who contacted me to offer support and advice.
And of course I want to thank my anonymous source close to Bouvry Exports who was willing to risk more than we will ever know to do what was right in this case.
Claude Bouvry was given ample opportunity to confirm or deny his plan for Stanwood and can consider this a shot across his bow in warning that he is in for a battle if he proceeds.
With the equine protection legislation bottled up in Congress and Obama giving no indication he will issue an executive order banning slaughter, we apparently will have to fight these battles community by community as the horse butchers try to reopen in theU.S.
Thanks to each of you, we are ready here in Washington State, and also ready to help you in your own regions if they raise their ugly heads there.
The true mission of any animal welfare organization should be to eliminate the need for itself.
Red Carpet – Calamity of slaughter hovering over Washington
Ernest Dempsey — The Red Carpet in Los Angeles entertained millions last month; but this other “red carpet” in Stanwood, Washington, will appall every American that cares about life and humanity – for this is real blood.
While the political campaign for Presidential elections is keeping an average American’s mind occupied, the blade of butchery has been raised at the horses in Washington, and it can fall any minute – against the will of the people of America. A press release from the Horse Harbor Foundation in Poulsbo informs that Stanwood, WA, soon might become the region’s “Butcher Shop for Horses”.
Information in the aforementioned press release confirms what was leaked online in 2010, i.e., the Florence Packing plant on Florence Road, Stanwood, is being reopened as a “modernized” facility for horse slaughter, 5 years after horse slaughter was banned in the country on the grounds that horses are born and bred as companion and sports animals in America and not for the food chain.
Allen Warren of the Horse Harbor Foundation leads a group of horse rescue sanctuary operators, all aiming to convince Snohomish County commissioners to pass an ordinance banning equine slaughter and preventing the return of horse slaughter here.
Readers may not be surprised to learn about the name that is behind this impending butchery in the US. Bouvry Exports is the same horse meat provider whose shocking cruelty to horses, caught on tape, made news in 2010 and led to a call for wide public protest. The Canadian company, based in Calgary, means to make big profit of American horses by cutting them into pieces and selling the meat to Russia, China, and other Asian nations where rules regarding animal cruelty are loose, or ineffective in spirit.
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