A step in the right direction – to ban horse slaughter in the US

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The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted last week to approve an amendment to an Agriculture Appropriations bill. If the measure makes it all the way through the Congress, it would shut down the use of taxpayer dollars for inspections on horse slaughter plants.

Without these inspections, horse slaughter operations would not be allowed to operate in the United States. This would be a tremendously compassionate move on the part of the Congress.

A Wall Street Journal article notes the bipartisan amendment was introduced by Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Bill Young (R-Fla.). The WSJ also reminded its readers that a spending ban was in place going back to 2005. But in 2012 the spending was reintroduced. So several applications for new horse slaughter facilities were subsequently filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

And there ‘s more good news. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) have introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094). If passed into law, no one would be allowed to transport American horses abroad to be slaughtered.

And finally, the article cites a national poll commissioned by the ASPCA. The results show 80 percent of American voters and 71 percent of horse guardians  are opposed to the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption.


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Good News: Proposed horse slaughterhouse hitting roadblocks

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The proposed slaughterhouse in New Mexico has reportedly hit a roadblock due to environmental regulations. So it seems regulations to protect the environment can have a duel purpose – in this case to save horses from extreme suffering.

At the heart of the issue is a permit required under the federal Clean Water Act, one needed for discharging waste into water. It might be a technicality in this case. But we need is something to stop horse slaughter without the need for technicalities.

We need a firm, federal ban – today. And we need regulations in place ensure that individuals who breed horses for activities such as horse racing are required to care for each one over the course of their natural lives – or turn over guardianship to others who will care for them.

We have a system in place now where far too many horses are being bred for some profit-making venture and then discarded when they are no longer of “value” to that venture.

In this case, let’s hope more logical and compassionate heads prevail and a ban is put in place before the first horse is sent through the New Mexico facility.



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Oklahoma Governor lifts ban on horse slaughter

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed new legislation Friday to lift the ban on horse slaughter in the state. And the quotes in an Associated Press article show Fallin has a complete lack understanding about this issue and a complete lack of knowledge where animal welfare is concerned.

The Governor is quoted as saying –

“Those of us who care about the wellbeing of horses – and we all should – cannot be satisfied with a status quo that encourages abuse and neglect, or that rewards the potentially inhumane slaughter of animals in foreign countries.”

To suggest that the wellbeing of horses and a change in the status quo should include an inhumane death is wrong on its face. The change should come from those responsible for creating the problem. We should force, for example, the horse racing industry to care from the animals it breeds, until the time of their natural deaths.

We should not allow inhumane slaughter – here or in foreign countries. Yes, horses are suffering and need help, but the solution should not be more suffering.

Once again, we have a politician who desperately wants to let the offenders off the hook, to the detriment of the innocent.

Horse rescue groups might be able to handle the cases where horses become homeless for more legitimate reasons, if not for the numbers who are constantly discarded by entities such as the racing industry.

Horse slaughter does not help horses, it merely adds another layer of profit for a select few – more profit from the suffering of horses.


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Breaking News: New Mexico slaughterhouse worker shoots horse and posts video

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A contract worker for the New Mexico slaughter house has posted a video online, showing him fatally shooting a horse. In the clip, he reportedly swears at activists just before killing the horse. I refuse to watch it.

Rick De Los Santos is the part-owner of Valley Meat Co. NBC News reports he is the man who sued the USDA in an effort to reopen inspections of horse-slaughter plants in the US, which led to the door opening for slaughterhouses to resume operations. De Los Santos states he had no part in the shooting and that the worker engaged in this act at his home.

But it shows how little regard people like this have for animal welfare. The article does not include any statements from De Los Santos directly renouncing this horrible act.

It is hard to imagine how anyone can be cold-hearted enough to do something like this, especially to a degree where he was merely making a statement against people who promote animal welfare.

Sadly, some people seem to have no moral compass at all. And this is what some individuals at the federal level are opening the door to.


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HSUS promotes bill to end horse slaughter

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This video is part of the Humane Society of the US’s effort to promote legislation to end horse slaughter.

WARNING: The images of horses being killed with captive bolts are extremely troubling and may not be appropriate for all viewers.

We need to ban horse slaughter and ban the transport of horses to other countries for slaughter. And then we need to make sure the horse-racing industries and others take responsibility for their horses – for their lifetime.

It is true that some horses become homeless for more legitimate, financial reasons. But too many come from horse racing and other entities that are simply turning over horses that are no longer of “value” to them.

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