12 Year Old Reader Speaks Out
“Sunday is the day that we like to give our readers something uplifting to read and to absorb. I must admit that after the events of the past week it has been pretty slim pickings here at Straight from the Horse’s Heart, but amongst all the bad news, a glimmer of hope has come forward. One of our readers submitted a report, via a comment, that her 12 year old son wrote on the night the congressional committee decided to strip language from an appropriation bill, behind closed doors no less, and leaves open the potential option of preparatory horse slaughter returning to the United States. Although the content may not be uplifting (mom says there are a few errors but heck, he is 12) but the intent is pure gold. This school report breaths life into the future and hope that even young Americans “get it”. Hence the reason we fight on, for them, for their generation and for their future. We need to ensure that we leave for them a compassionate society, one that does not eat their friends and a country that revels in its symbol of western freedom, the wild horse. A special thanks, to the young contributor.” ~ R.T.
You may have picked the wrong day to give me this assignment.
Something you may not know is that I pay a lot of attention to what the government does, especially if it concerns my family. The government did something today that will affect us all. The house and senate voted for the AG Appropriations Bill. How will that affect us all you may be wondering? It will affect us all in the way of higher taxes. The government agreed that they needed to lower spending, especially in this economy, but that didn’t happen. There was a “rider” an amendment in the bill that was supposed to be stripped from the bill, but, the rep’s, behind closed doors, kept the amendment in, in a 3 to 1 vote. What is this amendment and how does it affect us? It is an amendment that has been kept OUT of this operating bill since 2006.
This amendment allows for USDA inspectors to go back into horse slaughter houses and inspect the meat. Yes, that’s right, horse slaughter. We here in America do not eat horse meat, and there are not enough inspectors to inspect the food we have or that comes in. On average, most meat production facilities are inspected every 5 years. Does that make you feel safe? I know it doesn’t make me feel safe. But, now that the amendment to allow inspectors to be in a facility that we don’t even need has been left in, the taxpayers of America will have to pick up the cost.
What is the cost? The cost for 1 year is 5 million dollars, yes, 5 million dollars to inspect horse meat that doesn’t even stay in America and is shipped overseas to places like France, Italy and Japan, where the cost for the meat is around $20 a pound. Why should we have to pay for that? You may be wondering where do percent’s figure into this? I will tell you. In the U.S., 70% of Americans do not want horse slaughter in any form. That 70% is based on 100% of the people who even know about it. Not every American knows about this, so it is very likely that far more than 70% would not want to have horse slaughter in the United States. Especially if they knew that their hard-earned money was paying for it just so foreign owners can make a profit.
There is 0% benefit to the United States for having horse slaughter facilities. Some say it will create jobs. It will. Low paying jobs that have more drawbacks than positives. Horse theft rises 30% when a slaughter house is open. When you look at the overall picture, it costs more to have a horse slaughter facility in your area or state.
Now, I know you are wondering, how do I know all of this? My mom has worked every day since 2006 to stop horse slaughter and I have learned everything I know from her. There are more percent’s I could give you to show why they are not needed, but I would have to go look them up. All point to keeping horse slaughter out of the United States. But, greedy politicians that don’t care what we think they only see the dollar signs.(deals made behind closed doors) It is a very sad day – again, in America, for its people and its horses
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