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Charlie Stenholm (Texas) Likes Horse Slaughter, Too

22 January 2007 at 3:55:02 PM

The other day, a federal court ruled AGAINST horse slaughter in Texas. I already knew that Chet Edwards of our district (US House Dist 17) voted with Republicans against horse protection, but I was surprised to see that Charlie Stenholm, our former congressman until DeLay redistricted him out, is also for slaughterhouses. It was in this PR piece from , which represents the nation's three horse slaughtering plants. Charlie said.

 "Those who want these plants to shut down should be careful what they wish for," said Charlie Stenholm, former Member of Congress (D-Tex.) and spokesman for the plants. "If these plants shuts down tomorrow, the nation's patchwork of horse rescue facilities would be overwhelmed. They can barely manage to care for the approximately 6,000 horses already in the system. Adding an additional 90,000 horses every year will not result in humane treatment for horses, and we suspect the people fundraising on this issue know that. They have no solution."

Equine Web Design wrote up about commonhorsesense in 2004  and who is behind the website.

The web site echoes the typical pro-slaughter campfire anthems, the usual scare tactics that current pending legislation [House bill HR 857 and Senate Companion bill, S. 2352] is somehow a violation of the rights of horse owners and a democratic society; that the actual act of slaughter is humane; that horse thieves do not steal horses to make money selling to killer buyers; and that allowing horse slaughter to continue will prevent abuse and neglect of thousands of unwanted horses.

What the web site fails to address is these claims have been effectively refuted time and time again (see Horse Slaughter Facts, Where Would All The Horses Go?, and offsite link Response to AAEP Statement).

It makes one wonder why any one would develop a web site to perpetuate the same mistruths over and over again. What could possibly be gained by misleading the public? Or, more likely, who is to gain by misleading the public?

Perhaps that smell of death the 'virtually' eminates from the '' (pro horse slaughter) web site originates from the fact that the administrative contact, technical contact, and billing contact for the web site [as of 06-20-2004] happens to be none other than:

John Linebarger
5760 Remington Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76132

The same John Linebarger, the attorney, who requested an injunction that prevented the infamous Beltex horse slaughter plant from being shut down in Texas.

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