A Conference Committee of lawmakers is meeting to work out the versions of Agriculture Spending Bill for fiscal 2012. Thus far, differing versions have been passed in the House and the Senate – with grave ramifications for our horses. Again, our horses are under siege. The powers-to-be are again attempting passage of horse slaughter cloaked as “benefits” to the industry. Nonsense!
No horse is going to be “happy or thrilled” to have this bill passed as certain legislators would have you believe. Nor are the horse people of America going to be pleased either. As for our taxpayers, you had better pay attention whether or not you love horses!
Per a spokesman, “One key issue to be decided is whether Congress will potentially add millions of tax dollars in new spending to allow foreign-owned horse slaughter plants to re-open on American soil.” Is everyone getting this picture? We are going to reopen the slaughter industry to bump off horses so that we can shrinkwrap the meat and send it to other countries for their dining experience. Good grief!
Each year since the slaughter houses closed, the appropriations bill includes a provision to allow inspectors into horse slaughter plants to approve horse meat for human consumption, and each year this slip onto the bill has not made it.
Consequently horse slaughter has been prevented from recurring in the USA. Even Texas and Illinois were finally shut down. Thanks to Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia who successfully retained the language that kept the plants shut down due to lack of funding for inspectors. The bill passed in the House but the Senate did not pass it. So horses face this slaughter jeopardy again.
I spoke about the cost to taxpayers! Perhaps 5 and many more million dollars annually is a drop in the bucket in face of the trillions we are saddled with already. But really now. Do our taxpayers want to subsidize government inspections of horse meat? Do our taxpayers want to have foreign companies own horse slaughter plans on our soil? Do we all consider horses an American iconic animal – what is that worth to us? Do we really want to kill our horses to ship their meat overseas?
Lobbyists are at their very best during hot issues. They are “scurrying” everywhere on Capitol Hill seeking this expenditure and justifying it “because it is helping horses by killing them.” Please never offer me help. More good grief!
Does anyone reading my article believe that horses are treated humanely when slated for the killers? And, for that matter, do we believe other animals are treated well? Horses work closely and in partnership with humans, obey and perform, are docile and subservient in countless different ways than other slaughter animals. They certainly endure a lot just being horses but to have their fate end up on the dinner plate after cruel and oft-documented inhumane treatment at the abattoir???
“We’ve got a policy vehicle, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176/H.R. 2966), to put a stop to this mistreatment of animals. Americans don’t eat horses, and they don’t want them inhumanely killed, shrink-wrapped, and sent to Japan or Belgium for a high-priced appetizer. It’s time to stop the export of American horses for slaughter — not add money to the cash-strapped federal budget to open more slaughter plants,” says the Humane Society of the US spokesman.
We simply must take action. Contact your US Senator or Representative and tell them you support the House position on the defunding of horse slaughter plants. In addition, tell them that taxpayers do not wish to pay millions of dollars to subsidize horse slaughter.
And I plan on discussing our pro horse slaughter legislative activist, famed Sue Wallis, out there. You won’t believe her reaction nor that of her cronies. I’ll give you a tidbit. Are people that are pro horse slaughter heroes?
Have we gone mad?