10-13-2012, 06:29 PM
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Fact check time ---
There never was a ban on horse slaughter here in the US.
Local laws (actually state laws) shut down every plant that was still open (only 3 of them -- One in Ill and 2 in Texas) in 2007.
About that same time, the animal rights nuts got Congress to 'de-fund' USDA Inspectors for horse slaughter. The slaughter facilities and meat MUST be inspected in order for it to be shipped or sold across state lines or exported to EU countries.
Obama signed a bill (not of his origin) that allowed USDA slaughter inspectors to once inspect horse slaughter facilities. There is still one glitch in the system. The Republican house has refused to fund it. American investors that want to open plants in the US are trying to get permission to pay the USDA inspectors out of THEIR pockets and not from USDA funds. So far that has not happened. If you want US plants to open, try writing your Congressmen and beg them to either fund the USDA inspectors or let the Plant owners pay the bill (which they are willing to do but current laws will not let them.)
There is a 501 c-3 set up to lobby for humane slaughter in the US and to help put investors together with those wanting see slaughter restored. They are called the 'International Equine Business Association'. I am not a member, but I am on their e-mail list and it is their E-mail that told me that the Canadian and Mexican plants were shut down yesterday.
The investors wanting to open plants here in the US have already either purchased existing plants and will convert them to 'fit' processing horses or have found closed or existing plants that can be set up for horses. No one is going to spend the money to get them ready without laws letting USDA inspectors inspect the plants and the meat.
The EU is not the only buyer either. Japan, South Korea and SE Asia are also on board to purchase meat as are Eastern European countries. Within 3 months, laboratories will be set up to test live horses and meat for any drug or chemical residues. It is already set up to micro-chip horses to identify each horse and the meat from that horse.
It is way past due. I just hope it gets set up and done.