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A horse that is slaughtered immediately ceases to contribute to the economy. A horse that lives adds constantly to the economy. He requires food, a veterinarian, a farrier, a dentist, and people to care for him. The ripple effect of that living horse across the economy is huge. Hay and grain will be grown and bought for him; he will require medication and vaccinations; he will require a place to live, like a boarding stable. From a purely economic point of view, it's a no-brainer.
Rep. Wallis is a Wyoming elected state representative
Rep. Wallis is also the executive director of a lobbying group, whose purpose is to promote horse slaughter in the State of Wyoming
Rep. Wallis was also the sponsor of a Wyoming HB 122, which enables the Wyoming
Livestock Board to send stray or feral horses to slaughter
Rep. Wallis' bill HB 122 was brought to session and signed into law in less than 30 days time, with little to no time for public comment, according to the recordU
Under Wyoming legislative ethics law (W.S. 9-13-106), very clear distinctions are made as to conflicts of interest for state legislators, and, states that any legislator "...shall not make an official decision...if the
Also, under "Organizational Structure," on the UOH's web page it lists two other affiliated corporations: 1) The United Horsemen's Front, which categorizes itself as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charitable organization and 2) Unified Equine LLC - "a Wyoming limited liability company under which all humane horse processing and related businesses are operated."
However, Unified Equine, LLC does not stand up to scrutiny. The Wyoming Secretary of State currently does not have a Unified Equine, LLC listed as either an active or inactive corporation in the State of Wyoming, and it would be of interest to see if such an organization has or will have Rep. Wallis as a paid employee. The United Horseman's Front is listed at www.guidestar.org as a nonprofit corporation under category "Animal related / (Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs))" as a 501(c)(3) charitable group established in 2009. It's President is Dave Duquette, owner of Duquette Quarter Horses in Hermiston, OR.
......... Mr. Duquette and his organization will be further addressed in tomorrow's edition.More information: