Update by R.T. Fitch
Mixed Bag of Government Speak
(HOUSTON) – SFTHH – The long awaited report from the federal Government Accountability Office was released on June 22, 2011. Allegedly leaked and discussed during the controversial, failed horse slaughter festival, held in Las Vegas in early January, equine advocates were bracing for a compromised accounting and they were not far off the mark. Without any baseline of comparable markets the report acknowledges the fall in prices of equine sales since the closer of foreigner owned horse slaughter plants in the U.S. since 2007 but fails to recognize the parallel fiscal crisis the global economy entered into at during the same time frame. There is no reference or comparison to the dive in livestock prices nor an indication of essential industries, such as housing and auto, that had tanked and have yet to recover.
But upon closer scrutiny the report is not a slam dunk for either the pro or anti-horse side as it pretty much, summed up in layman terms says, “If you are going to butcher companion animals for human consumption (tainted with drugs?) then either get your act together or pull the plug on it entirely!”