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Horse Slaughter Controversy Won’t Quit

Source: A Humane Nation ~ Wayne Pacelle

“The notion that the U.S. would resume horse slaughtering at a time when the global horse meat market is in turmoil raises all sorts of curious questions.”

The issue of horse slaughter is playing out at the highest levels of government – both as a matter of policy and the actual mechanics of overseeing the industry and its effects. Presented with a half dozen applications for horse slaughter plants his agency will be called on to inspect, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week that there should be a “third way” to manage America’s horse population, and that we can develop a system to deal with homeless horses without sending them to slaughter. European authorities are still trying to figure out how some parties in the supply chain swapped out beef for horse, and duped consumers. They’re also trying to determine how to maintain food safety standards by allowing trade in a class of animals not originally raised for food, and in terms of the industries from which they originate, are routinely fed and injected with drugs not fit for human consumption.

In Congress, several veteran lawmakers introduced legislation two weeks ago to ban the live export of horses for slaughter for human consumption. Meanwhile, under pressure from agriculture interests, Oklahoma is poised to repeal its longstanding horse slaughter ban. That would clear the state path for a horse slaughter plant to open, but doesn’t guarantee any final approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on any particular plant.

The notion that the U.S. would resume horse slaughtering at a time when the global horse meat market is in turmoil raises all sorts of curious questions. Where does the financing come from? Why would anyone invest in a shadowy business enterprise like horse slaughter, with no domestic market, with congressional legislation looming to ban exports, and with the primary global market of Europe in a tail-spin over the recent horse meat scandal? It’s like investing in beach-front property right after a hurricane has slammed into the area.

The HSUS and the ASPCA have just released a poll that reveals that 66 percent of Oklahoma voters won’t support horse slaughter legislation. Yet the state legislature, goaded by the phony arguments of horse slaughter proponents that killing horses is good for the animals, seems hell-bent on the idea. Remember though, it took a ballot measure to outlaw cockfighting in the state. There were some lawmakers aligned with the cockfighting lobby who believed it was a form of economic development they didn’t want to squander. Hell, the family of the author of the horse slaughtering bill runs a major horse auction site, and she may be able to get a piece of the economic action that results if Oklahoma becomes the new hub of the American horse slaughter industry.

And why are the cattlemen so hot on horse slaughter? Yes, I understand they take a strictly utilitarian view toward animals, and would rather sell off a horse they no longer want for $200 to a killer buyer than to pay $200 to humanely dispose of the animal. But aside from that, if the U.S. has a horse meat scandal like Europe does, you can bet that beef sales will plunge here. As was the case with “downers,” sick or injured cattle they still wanted to slaughter, big beef is an industry that’s pennywise and pound foolish.

The whole thing smells like a rotting carcass. One thing you can count on is that The HSUS will not relent in our efforts to protect horses in the U.S. and throughout the world, especially from this predatory, vile slaughtering industry.

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  1. TO EVERYONE DO SOMETHING AND SHARE LIKE THE WIND THIS EXACT MESSAGE CUT AND PASTE BUT DO SOMETHING!!!WILL YOU WALK AWAY OR WILL YOU FIGHT FOR THEM. WHAT HAPPENS IS UP TO YOU. I KNOW YOUR BUSY BUT THEY WISH YOU REMEMBERED THEM NOW IN THEIR TIME OF NEED. EVERYDAY COUNTS DOWN TO THAT NEW SLAUGHTERHOUSE IN NEW MEXICO OPENING. YOU KNOW THE ONE>>> THE ONE THAT SHOT THAT YOUNG HORSE IN THE HEAD FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN TO UPSET THOSE THAT WERE FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE OUTSIDE THE GATE… SO WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THESE COUNTING DAYS GET BUSY AND FORGET THEM????? DON’T EXPECT THEM TO BE THERE FOR YOU LATER THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLY BUT YOU DIDN’T TAKE THE TIME TO TRY AND SAVE THEM. SAY YOU WILL OR SAY GOODBYE…………….
    Reinstate a National Ban on the Slaughter of Horses!

    Can you imagine having horse for dinner? Some companies are hoping you will in the near future. The Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico hopes to be the first company in the United States to slaughter horses for meat. Slaughterhouses in other states are also planning to begin producing horse meat for human consumption. These companies are waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of such practices.

    Horses are incredibly sensitive and intelligent animals. The thought of eating a horse is sickening, as many of us have gone horseback riding, been to a horse stable, and maybe even owned and loved a horse as a pet. For those who have encountered a horse, you know how easy it is to develop a connection with this incredible animal.

    Like many animals, most horses killed for meat are perfectly healthy and young. The way that horses are killed, the captive bolt method, can be very harmful to the animal and to the meat that humans would then ingest. Certain traits that horses have, like cunning fight or flight responses, can make stunning them properly very difficult, and they can sometimes be fully aware as the slaughter is carried out. Not only is the slaughter of horses inhumane, but it could also be very unhealthy for humans to consume horse meat.

    Sign these petitions to stop the slaughter of horses before it starts, and urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to place a national ban on the production of horse meat for human consumption:

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/us-against-horse-slaughter-2-boycott/

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/endhorseslaughternow/

    http://www.petitiononline.com/trotaway/petition.html

    http://forcechange.com/62426/reinstate-a-national-ban-on-the-slaughter-of-horses/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=37cb9477d2-NL3863_26_2013&utm_medium=email

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/against-american-horse-slaughter-prevention-act.html

    Read more: http://stophorseslaughter.com/site/

    We hold the solutions in our hands. We are here for animals. Help us spread the message by sharing the page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Cruelty-Exposed/363725540304160
    Photo: Reinstate a National Ban on the Slaughter of Horses! Can you imagine having horse for dinner? Some companies are hoping you will in the near future. The Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico hopes to be the first company in the United States to slaughter horses for meat. Slaughterhouses in other states are also planning to begin producing horse meat for human consumption. These companies are waiting for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s approval of such practices. Horses are incredibly sensitive and intelligent animals. The thought of eating a horse is sickening, as many of us have gone horseback riding, been to a horse stable, and maybe even owned and loved a horse as a pet. For those who have encountered a horse, you know how easy it is to develop a connection with this incredible animal. Like many animals, most horses killed for meat are perfectly healthy and young. The way that horses are killed, the captive bolt method, can be very harmful to the animal and to the meat that humans would then ingest. Certain traits that horses have, like cunning fight or flight responses, can make stunning them properly very difficult, and they can sometimes be fully aware as the slaughter is carried out. Not only is the slaughter of horses inhumane, but it could also be very unhealthy for humans to consume horse meat. Sign these petitions to stop the slaughter of horses before it starts, and urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to place a national ban on the production of horse meat for human consumption: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/us-against-horse-slaughter-2-boycott/ http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/endhorseslaughternow/ http://www.petitiononline.com/trotaway/petition.html http://forcechange.com/62426/reinstate-a-national-ban-on-the-slaughter-of-horses/?utm_source=ForceChange+Newsletter&utm_campaign=37cb9477d2-NL3863_26_2013&utm_medium=email http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/against-american-horse-slaughter-prevention-act.html Read more: http://stophorseslaughter.com/site/ We hold the solutions in our hands. We are here for animals. Help us spread the message by sharing the page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Animal-Cruelty-Exposed/363725540304160

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  2. glad to see i share the same sense of logic as the author. additionally the texas cattlemens association was instrumental in closing the slaughter houses in texas and the sale of horse meat to other countries has adversely affected our country’s beef market. there’s just no valid reason to slaughter horses.

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  3. This is a great article from Wayne Pacelle……this is great validation of one more powerful contender in the hats of horse slaughter advocates………………

    Thank you R.T.

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  4. People have been saying for years how cattle ruin the ground etc. I don’t know. I never saw any correlation to cows for slaughter. I mean I grew up eating cow.

    And I know a few others here who are omnivores. Every time I saw people telling me “go vegan” it kinda made me want to go more carnivore.

    But now that the European food chain has been contaminated and everyone keeps blaming everyone else, and no ones taking REAL RESPONSIBILITY I see I have to become REALLY proactive about me and my health.

    So far what I’ve seen is prepared food and frozen foods that have been targeted for the switch. I’m truly disgusted that none would do this. But I know it’s just a matter of time before we find out that our food chain has been effected.

    So I’m back off red meat again. A couple days ago horse DNA was found in chicken nuggets. It is absolutely filthy, vile disgusting that this is continuing to happen.

    I’ve found a place that does “flavored” TVP. I can get taco and sausage TVP, Mix that up with my stir fry. This time it may be permanent vegetarian. For me right now it’s the only guarantee I have of not getting horse meat on dinner plate.

    Sorry for ranting. I am so steamed about major lack of oversight. And regardless of what some say–you start slaughter again in this country you start down that road and there’s very little chance of turning back.

    Thank you to everyone who encourages me to go at leat vegetarian. Not sure I can do the whole vegan thing, but then if you knew me 5 years ago you’d know vegetables would be something I wouldn’t put on my plate period.

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    • I too agree with you on the fact if slaughter starts back up here again……it’s going to be hard to turn it around….
      This could end up even uglier than we know due to the economy being bad in many areas, could
      cause a chain reaction of “horse theft”,….. amongst the struggling lowlifes…..
      .

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  5. Good Morning, Please share all the information with your friends and family. Horses have a purpose in this world, they have been by our side working for 6,000 years. They helped create this country and now we turn our backs on them. Horses need jobs again, plowing fields, pulling carriages, therapy, showmanship etc…. All horse vocations need to stick together and treat our horses humanly. Show support by educating non-horse people so they too can understand the fight. Our connection with horse is strong, lets keep it that way!

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  6. If you’re a religious person then maybe you’ll remember this…

    Genesis 1:29, Then God said to Adam, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

    Originally God did not make animals for us to eat. He gave us seed-bearing plants and fruit bearing trees…sounds sorta like the Mediterranean diet huh?

    (Gen. 9 he gives Noah the animals to eat)

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    • Amen to that, Steve! Except the last part about Noah? I thought God made Noah take two of each creature to make certain they too could pro-create & not perish, along with his family? I believe that animals are here for other reasons, or, just to be, not for food. I feel absolutely horrified about all the animals I grew up having to eat, because I didn’t know better then. I also believe that America can no longer truthfully say, “In God We Trust”, it should say, “In Money We Trust”. America has lost her very backbone, she has lost her strength, she has lost what made her “America” in the first place. I do believe our ancestors & our country’s forefather’s would be completely appalled & disgusted & ashamed of what this once beautiful, proud country has become, a nation of money worshipping, horse eating, despicable, lifeless, brainless, zombies! Education might help those who just don’t “get it”, or understand what’s going on, but, that will only help if they choose to use their brains (if they have any), listen, & learn.

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  7. Unfortunately all of us here on RT’s blog are horse advocates and that’s why we’re here. What we need to do is spread the word to all those folks out there who aren’t following R.T So get the word out – write letters to your local papers, send emails and facebook share to people who don’t know.

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    • I think most people are doing so who are following this, isn’t that the whole point of being a horse advocate??…………I certainlyhave shared, emailed,,called, talked to many folks are so wrapped up in themselves not following it’s hard to get their attention…

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      • Robyn, I agree with you. We already know & are helping in whatever way we can. It is hard to reach others sometimes, because as you said, they’re too wrapped up in themselves, kind of the “me, me attitude”. Or, they choose to just brush it off, not listen because maybe deep down, they don’t want to know the truth or details, like if they ignore it, everything will be fine. Or, they choose to argue with you no matter what. It’s like you raise your child one way, or to have manners & respect, & hopefully that child grows up following that path, but someone else raises their child differently, so that child grows up with those beliefs, traits, & follows what they were taught. We all keep trying, & keep fighting for our horses & burros (for all animals actually!), in hopes of reaching as many people as we can, in hopes that they will listen.

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      • Valerie,

        Lately I have personally called people I know and asked for them to make those calls or
        sign petitions….that seems to be working better….Making it more personal and telling them how much it means not only to me but for our horses and everyone else involved…..I always make it a team effort request….maybe that might help??

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  8. You are a genious, RT!!! What does it take in terms of signatures in Oklahoma to force a ballot measure? How long would it take from the date that enough signatures have been gathered to the day the election could be held. Is a special election possible, or would it have to wait til the next regular election?

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