Political Back-Stabbing Kills Horse Slaughter Ammendment

By Rebecca Shabad as published on The Hill

The Face of U.S. Politics

The Face of U.S. Politics

Republicans narrowly blocked an amendment to a spending bill Wednesday that would have defunded inspections of horse slaughter facilities.

The amendment from Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) would have prohibited funding for the inspection of horse slaughter facilities, which would effectively prevent them from operating.

GOP appropriators defeated the proposal in a 24-24 vote during a markup of a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.

For the last three years, Farr said the USDA has asked Congress to defund the practice in its budget requests.

“Supporting this amendment does not stop the slaughter of horses,” said Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the bill.

Aderholt argued the practice would just be moved “off-shore” and “out of sight.”

Democrats, however, said the practice is not humane and Congress has previously stated it does not support the slaughter of horses.

In April, Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Frank Guinta, (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act to ban the killing of horses for human consumption in the U.S.

The bill also would ban the export of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses, where the animals are killed and shipped overseas.

The U.S. already has a ban in place on the sale of horse meat for human consumption, but it must be reviewed by Congress each year.

12 comments on “Political Back-Stabbing Kills Horse Slaughter Ammendment

  1. So they want balanced budgets with Less Federal Spending? Yet. They pay for the Absolutely Most Unwanted American Horse Cruelty to produce toxic meats in America not consumed by Americans and take money away from other strapped meat industries? Who are these people? Let me guess they met in Roswell next to the crop circles?.

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  2. This is so wrong and beyond ridiculous and should make everyone angry. It’s time to start caring about animals. Saving horses is way overdue!

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  3. They have no moral sense for animals, hardly any for people other than themselves. Balanced budgets? now that is a real joke with the millions spent on the BLM and their so called land management.

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  4. You can blame a large part of this on the Quarter Horse Association because I read a article a few weeks ago about the firing up their members to stop any bill that would block horse slaughter. Because that group of over-breeders knows that without some way to dump foals they can’t sell they will go bankrupt. This is what this gang has done for years they will kill or block any bill that is introduced to stop this cruelty. You will notice too that the new anti-horse slaughter bills are still sitting in committee where they generally go to die.

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  5. Here is the breakdown on the vote yesterday thanks to “Ban Horse Slaughter” on
    FB. Of course, the Ayes would have defunded inspections of horse slaughter facilities. The Nays want horse slaughter, and want to provide funds to inspect the facilities. SO, if your representative voted NAY, you have the option, of course, of calling him/her and letting them know you won’t vote for them… Senate coming up, but date of vote is unknown…This fight is not over…
    The Ayes:
    FL 4 Crenshaw, Ander
    PA 15 Dent, Charles W.
    KS 3 Yoder, Kevin
    OH 14 Joyce, David
    NV 2 Amodei, Mark
    FL 13 Jolly, David
    NY 17 Lowey, Nita
    OH 9 Kaptur, Marcy
    NY 15 Serrano, José E.
    CT 3 DeLauro, Rosa L.
    NC 4 Price, David
    CA 40 Roybal-Allard, Lucille
    CA 20 Farr, Sam
    PA 2 Fattah, Chaka
    GA 2 Bishop Jr., Sanford D.
    CA 13 Lee, Barbara
    CA 17 Honda, Mike
    MN 4 McCollum, Betty
    NY 3 Israel, Steve
    OH 13 Ryan, Tim
    MD 2 Ruppersberger, Dutch
    FL 23 Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
    ME 1 Pingree, Chellie
    IL 5 Quigley, Mike
    WA 6 Kilmer, Derek
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    The Nays:
    KY 5 Rogers, Harold
    NJ 11 Frelinghuysen, Rodney
    AL 4 Aderholt, Robert
    TX 12 Granger, Kay
    ID 2 Simpson, Mike
    TX 31 Carter, John
    CA 42 Calvert, Ken
    OK 4 Cole, Tom
    FL 25 Diaz-Balart, Mario
    GA 14 Graves, Tom
    AR 3 Womack, Steve
    NE 1 Fortenberry, Jeff
    TN 3 Fleischmann, Chuck
    WA 3 Herrera Beutler, Jaime
    CA 21 Valadao, David
    MD 1 Harris, Andy
    AL 2 Roby, Martha
    UT 2 Stewart, Chris
    VA 2 Rigell, Scott
    IA 3 Young, David
    WV 3 Jenkins, Evan
    MS 4 Palazzo, Steven
    TX 28 Cuellar, Henry
    WV 3 Jenkins, Evan
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    Didnt vote:
    TX 7 Culberson, John
    FL 17 Rooney, Tom
    IN 1 Visclosky, Peter

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