If you don’t like the idea of shipping live horses to Japan for sushi there is something you can do about it. These photos surfaced recently are of horses in wooden crates waiting to load onto Atlas Airlines and ANA Airlines. Why can’t we campaign against the airlines and try to convince the airline to stop transporting horses for slaughter to Japan?
The power of digital media is truly amazing!
Step One: is a petition which we hope you will sign [Sign ERN Petition].
We can tell exactly how many horses ship where by visiting the USDA portal. Select the Product Group: “FATUS”. Then the product selection for horses and options by exports, and years. However, if you note USA had a rapid drop between 2014-June 2016, which indicates that USA is no longer shipping American horses. All the horses going to Japan are out of Canada.
Step Two: is to send a letter to executives to make them aware of the practice of shipping horses to Japan. With a large company like Atlas Air, they mostly likely are completely unaware. The following letter was sent to 48 employees on their “Contact Us Page.”
Step Three: is to move upwards to the Board of Directors for Atlas Air. The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of any major corporation. The financial reports are usually public (for publicly traded companies) and includes a list of the Board of Directors. This list is available at BOD Atlas Air
Although there is a second carrier of equines to Japan, I suspect it will be easier to contact and work with Atlas Air than ANA because Atlas Air is an American Company.
Step Five is the Chairman of the Board. In the hierarchy of big corporations, the Chairman of the Board holds the most power. He/She has the power to hire and fire the CEO. Lt. Frederick McCorkle is the Chairman for Atlas Air. A quick Google search revealed an address of a business. We will prepare a professional packet of information to send to the address below.We have created a petition for equine advocates to sign. The plan is to collect signatures to demonstrate the strength of request. The signatures demonstrate to Atlas Air that people care, and want them to stop. It’s not just a “Lone Nut” with a random request.
Once the petition has gained sufficient momentum. I will send Lt. Fredrick McCorkle a request to propose to the Board of Directors that Atlas Air STOP the transport of American horses to Japan on their fleet.
While in a perfect world, it would be a simple 5 step solution. However, I anticipate it will not be this easier. Nothing seems to come easily in finding a solution to horse slaughter. We can’t seem to pass laws to prevent the transport of horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. According to GovTrack, the Safe Act has a 9% chance of protecting American horses in the future.
Even if the Safe Act were to miraculously pass, we can’t control what Canada and Mexico do with their unwanted horses population. It is a losing battle in many ways, but we can win the war by collaborating in numbers to help our horses.