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post #11 of 34 Old 03-22-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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I live in Virginia. Don't know if they'll get on board or not. Our governor's a pretty level headed guy, as a state we like to hunt, and a lot of our industry is cattle and crops, so it could go either way.

The east coast tends to have as many fruits and nuts as the west coast, unfortunately. Doesn't help that we have Washington D.C. on our doorsteps, either!
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post #12 of 34 Old 03-22-2010, 07:01 PM
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Yes, yes, yes! Finally! Big thumbs up for Wyoming!

I'm not too sure that Georgia will follow... Could go either way, I suppose. They're even split over the slaughter thing.
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Good news. Maybe that will help with all the problems we have now because of the prior bans.

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oh good! if its a humane way to slaughter them then its so much better for everybody involved then just abandoning the horses!

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South Dakota is following WY!

South Dakota's Legislature Passes Strongly Worded Resolution Calling on Congress and the Federal Government to Reinstate USDA Inspection of Horse Meat

The only thing preventing investment and jobs creation in a number of states is the inability to inspect horse meat for interstate and export purposes.

PIERRE - South Dakota State Senator Frank Kloucek announced today that a concurrent resolution calling on Congress to repeal roadblocks to the humane slaughter of horses, and the inspection of horse meat has passed by an overwhelming majority with only three no votes.
Just a few short years ago the equine industry was a $1.2 Billion dollar industry that supported some 460,000 direct full-time jobs working with horses every day, and another 1,600,000 indirect jobs. All indications are that the equine industry will have been effectively downsized by at least 50% in very short order, and have suffered the loss of at least 500,000 jobs.

Most of this can be laid squarely in the lap of the animal rights driven effort that led to the closure of the last U.S. horse processing plants in 2007. While some will claim that all of this economic distress is the result of the current nationwide situation, others will point out that the horse industry survived the economic downturn of the 1980s relatively intact.

Worst of all, the horses are suffering. The website, http://amillionhorses.com, has been documenting every media report of abandoned, neglected, and abused horses since the early 1990s and the increase in suffering is absolutely horrific. There was a 400% increase in stories detailing neglect and abandonment of horses from 2008 to 2009.
A young, starving feral horse found on the Navajo Nation with its hind end eaten by wild dogs while still alive. It had to be euthanized.

Members and supporters of the United Organizations of the Horse wholeheartedly believe that the key to rejuvenating the entire equine industry, and stopping the suffering of horses, is allowing for the option of a quick, humane death for unneeded horses, and the utilization of the healthy, wholesome meat by those who choose to do so.

There is a thriving worldwide market for horse meat. As was recently noted by Claude Bouvary, the owner of Bouvary Exports in Canada, one of the leading purveyors of horse meat worldwide, "Around the world today, there are as many meals of horse meat served every day, as there are McDonald's hamburgers."

There is a burgeoning underground interest in horse meat in the United States, and for good reason, the meat is very high in protein, very low in fat, and delicious. Gourmet chefs as well as those who are interested in wholesome, healthy meats from sustainable sources and well cared for animals are importing the meat. Others are obtaining it from local sources where that is legal.

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It looks like all it took was one state to start the ball rolling.

I'm not surprised SD is right behind WY in this. I'd be surprised if MT, UT, ND, and ID also didn't fall in line fairly shortly.

The eastern states may take longer, but there is a real need to do something about the abused, neglected, and abandoned horses in this country.

The rescues are full to bursting, and those of us who have horses know what our financial capabilities are concerning adding more. I have my quota; I can't acquire any more without seriously jeopardizing the health and well being of the animals already in my care, as well as my finances.

Arguments to the contrary, there are unwanted horses and the numbers increase every day. This has now reached crisis level, and I applaud WY and SD for realizing this and taking action. Especially since it's not going to be popular with a certain subset of American society.
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It looks like all it took was one state to start the ball rolling.
Probably not enough volume to support a plant in every state. But making it legal to sell in all states would be a good thing.
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ok, so i haven't done any RESEARCH regarding this issue... if it's regulated at state level, then how the heck did they close the plants down in the first place?

but kudos! glad to see this happening now.
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The federal government wouldn't let USDA inspectors go to the plants. What usually happens is that the government pays the salary of the inspectors and the plant pays any overtime. When the gov quit paying the salary the plants paid it all then all the inspectors were pulled out and the plants had to close because the meat had to be federally inspected to be exported.

At least that's how I understand it.

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Because the inspectors were Federal government, and the USDA stated that they weren't going to allow their inspectors on site. The plants would had to have paid private inspectors, but the costs were apparently too prohibitive.

Don't know how they're going to get around that if the USDA is still playing hard ball, but I'm thinking they might be on board with the plan. However, states can regulate within their own borders whether or not they sell/give away any type of meat.

There was never a ban on equine slaughter nationwide, just a law stating that it couldn't be sold for human consumption. I see that WY is taking the tack that they won't be selling it for human consumption, but giving it away. That's perfectly legal. They'll be selling it for non-human consumption though, which is also perfectly legal.

There are only several states that have banned within their own borders the human consumption of horse meat. California is one, and I'm not sure of the others.

States have their own laws and rights and as long as something doesn't conflict with Federal law, that's the way it was set up to work. The Civil War was fought over States' rights, not slavery. Slavery was just one of the rights the southern states wanted to keep, but they lost and Federal law making slavery illegal went into effect.

With Dr. Grandin on board helping to make the slaughter plants more humane for equine processing, I'm very pleased. My biggest concerns weren't that the horses were going to slaughter, just that the process needed to be species-specific.

mls, even if every state doesn't have an open slaughter plant, at least they'll be closer than Canada and Mexico. Plus, we have the added benefit of now being able to regulate how the horses are cared for before they're processed.

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