Let me get this straight. On March 3, 2010, the State of Wyoming passes HB 122, allowing the slaughter of “estrays, livestock, and feral livestock”. Representative Sue Wallis (R-Recluse) sponsored the bill. Less than a month after the passage of the bill, United Organizations for the Horse (UOH) announces its “unified equine system” that offers to take so-called unwanted horses from private owners, brand inspectors, and law enforcement and either rehabilitate the animals, find other homes. or send them to slaughter. Private owners get tax rebates for the value of the donated horse. Brand inspectors and law enforcement get to feel good about finding a home for abandoned animals. What does UOH get?
According to the website, UOH is a non-profit group, registered in Wyoming, but is working on obtaining a 501 (c) (6) status, which will officially make it a lobbying group. The website also makes clear the reasons for UOH’s existence:
- to restore humane and regulated horse slaughter in the U.S.
- to control the overpopulation of wild and feral horses on federal, state, tribal, and private lands.
Oh, and Sue Wallis is the founder and sits on the Board of Directors.
What it doesn’t say is what kind of monetary remuneration UOH will receive by selling its donated horses to slaughter. It also does not make clear exactly where those animals will be sent for slaughter. (Hey, how about Wyoming, Sue?) The interests of Representative Wallis seem murky at best; the bill she sponsored will clearly benefit the lobbying organization for which she is responsible.
As for the wild horses, that’s another issue; however, last May, the Casper Star Tribune reported that UOH had plans for wild horse legislation. I’m not surprised. Conrad Burns, author of the infamous 2005 Burns Amendment to the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act, which opened the door to sale authority and slaughter of mustangs, is also on the UOH Board.
Stay tuned. And, thanks for listening.