Editorial Opinion: Sue Wallis Misfires Again
August 8, 2011
I read with amusement Sue Wallis' August 8th attempt to discuss the BLM wild horse issue in a press release from the United Organizations of the Horse. In it she has reproduced a piece entitled, "Mustangs: Myth and Manipulation in the American West" by Linda Bunch and Becky Lisle.
This "article" quoted some of my writings regarding the need to distinguish "true advocates" from fringe groups. As professional writer for over 30 years and a co-host on a radio talk show, I openly have little respect for groups and individuals who post "news" and press releases without doing some basic fact checking first. Professionals check their facts. Fringe groups blather first, then occasionally do some research afterwards.
It's ironic that Sue Wallis, who along with her group that I have long considered to be included among those Hysteria Corps, laptop experts and self promoters, would be so careless as to publish my criticisms of their very actions in her press release.
The real issue behind this bit of distraction involves horse slaughter. In 1998 I was asked by a columnist of Knight Ridder newspapers to look into California Proposition 6, the state's anti-slaughter initiative. After checking the facts I wrote the pro-proposition (anti-slaughter) position that was published. Proposition 6 passed, the world didn't come to an end and incidents of horses being stolen declined. Since then I have looked into the corruption and cruelty that is so pervasive throughout the horse slaughter industry. Next to human trafficking, the horse slaughter industry has to be one of the sleaziest businesses on the planet.
I eat meat, as do hundreds of millions of others, however horses are not raised as food animals. There is little, if any, accountability and consumer safety involved with this "food product" and the major profits from this industry go overseas. The so-called United Organizations of the Horse may try to put lipstick on this pig, but it's still a pig. Our time would be better spent improving those legitimate food sources that actually feed Americans. Meanwhile you can send your leftover lipstick to Sue Wallis at