by R.T. Fitch
Earlier this year, Montana’s Rep. Ed Butcher, Republican (yes; that is really his name) shoved down the collective throats of the state’s public and Legislature a bill, HB 418, that would not only open the door for the construction of horse slaughter plants but also defensive and divisive wording that virtually strips the good people of Montana of their rights to protest said construction.
Montana’s Governor, Brian Schweitzer, displayed a momentary spark of common sense when he sent the bill back to Butcher over concerns of violating the public’s rights through the verbiage of restrictions over protest (not over the construction of horse slaughter plants) and when “Bloody” Butcher threw it back in his face, with no changes, the Governor then took the coward’s way out and let it sit on his desk, unattended, until it automatically became law. On the very last day that he could have defended the rights of his state’s people and his own views, he flew off to the Kentucky Derby on a horsey holiday and allowed one of the most outlandish and repulsive bills in recent U.S. history to become law. (Ain’t that special?)
Well folks, last week, it did indeed become law and it fell flat on its face. As it
stands it is an embarrassment to the current Montana Legislature, the good people of the State and the entire United States. Why, you ask? Because it is totally, undeniably, 100% illegal and in violation of Federal Law.
In 2007 the three remaining, controversial and foreign owned horse slaughter plants were shuttered. For years they had been blights on their local communities due to environmental issues, failure to pay taxes and the employment of illegals, not to mention the horrid image of eating pets and companion animals that were conjured up. The final stake in the heart of this predatory industry was the USDA pulling all of it’s inspectors from the plants as the USDA does “not” recognize horses as “food animals” or livestock.
And by USDA regulations you cannot ship or export un-inspected meat; case closed, the plants are shut down. But this did not stop the anti-horse people from killing horses for consumption by wealthy foreigners. Since 2007 horse killers have been actively shipping our American horses across both our northern and southern borders to be slaughtered for human consumption abroad. 130,000+ last year alone, that’s the second highest annual amount of slaughtered horses since records have been kept. (A whole bunch of your national icon, publicly owned, wild mustangs went this way along with our domestic horses)
So here comes our buddy, “Bloody” Butcher with his grand scheme to pass state legislation, in direct violation of federal law, to open a slaughter plant in Montana.
Think about it and then check the public records on Butcher’s past public service and you will find that he lost his morale compass many years ago and likes to hang close to those who might/maybe/could send a little “lagniappe” his way. (Ya think?)
But he made a career ending mistake with this smelly legislation and on the week that it became law, he tried to launch a smoke screen to hide his ill-conceived blunder. (We tried to warn him)
The EU is in the process of establishing regulations on imported meat that will require lifelong medical records, of the animal, or verification that the animal has been in quarantine for at least 180 days without any non-regulated meat animal medications. Ladies and gentlemen, we pump our horses full of needed medication that have a clear warning on the label, “Not for use on Food Animals”. Many of these drugs are known to cause cancer and many other serious aliments in humans. So, ole Butcher just lost his big time European market as most of the horse meat would have been sent to Belgium, IF it could have ever been shipped/exported out of the country in the first place, which wasn’t going to happen.
So knowing that he is backed into a corner and fully aware that he has made himself and his Republican party look like a bunch of uneducated imbeciles he tries another approach, Communist China. (Ya’ all could soon be seeing “RED” in Montana and we don’t mean Republicans!)
In a recent article in the “Missoulian”, written by Mike Dennison, Butcher makes another PC flub by stating;
“You have to work on their time frame, and they’re very cautious. These people are good businessmen. (gotta love “those people”, those Chinese) You have to be able to present a very logical business proposal.”
Well guess what Ed, you shot yourself in the foot by opening you mouth yet another time as there is “NO” business case when you have a product that you cannot ship and is illegal for sale in the country that it is processed. Who in the heck do you think you are kidding!?!?
It is shocking that in the United States of America such lunacy, nonsense and
unpatriotic drivel is given a podium on which to speak let alone possessing the power to affect the laws of this great land and the magnificent state of Montana.
We are all diminished by the likes of “Bloody” Butcher and his misguided gang of horse eating thugs. They are totally out of touch with the will of the people and have no problem turning their backs on the voters that they represent. In their closed, shuttered, narrow minds they believe that they know what is best for the public and of course, they are well aware of what is best for them. Yet they forget the power of the ballot box and innate intelligence of those who first put them in office; the public is the customer and the politicians are the service providers so when the public no longer receives the service that is required it is time to change the provider. And that time is NOW!
Elections are coming as well as a tsunami of disgust and anger over the past atrocities perpetuated by the likes of Butcher. Exercise your power, pull the lever, push the chad, fire the silver bullet and put these bottom feeders out to pasture, where they belong. Even if you don’t live in Montana, campaign, write letters, email, blog and support the opposition to the likes of Butcher and Schweitzer. We made a pledge prior to the passage of the horse killing legislation that we would spend our last penny and work or fingers to the bone to get these horse meat lovers out of office and that’s a pledge we intend to keep.
Don’t give up good people of Montana, a nation of disgusted Americans stands behind you and will help you clean house; we then hope that you will stand with us and assist in sweeping out the mess that we have in D.C., on Capital hill. There are a few good folks, out there, and it is our job to ensure that we remove all of the deadwood roadblocks that impede their way forward. Clean house in the States, first, and then on to D.C. where a good scrubbing is due. It’s time to put a shine back on this country and get our government back on track. Not only do we owe this to our children and future generations but to the world in general as our image, as of late, has been less than stellar.
It’s time to put the smile of humanity back on our collective faces.
Let’s show the world that we care, that we have a heart and that we embody compassion.
Let’s go and save some horses!
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…and the “Butcher” hits just roll on and on and on and on and on and on!