In America, we believe in freedom and free markets. In Europe, y'all believe in a system of government control and regulation that is repulsive to most Americans. We don't have helmets laws for our riders, or training requirements. We don't live in a place where you can't swing a dead cat without having it cross 3 national borders. We don't want to pay European prices for our food or gas or horses or houses or anything else.
Europe runs on a system that a lot of city dwellers in America approve of - a tightly regulated place. Unhappily, our cities in America often want to force that stuff on the rest of us, just like Europe does. I'm not telling y'all how to live, but I'm not interested in you telling ME how to live. So I think we ought to be looking at other markets. Asia and Africa aren't likely to complain about American beef, nor about American horsemeat.[/QUOTE]
No country is without laws. Just because the EU has imposed laws on food products doesn't mean that the US is any more free in other ways.
The helmet law was very much pushed by insurance and healthcare costs - people with brain damage cost more to take care of long term. I don't understand what you mean by 'training requirements'? If you mean driving tests then here in CT I have to take the same sort of theory and driving test as in the UK PLUS spend 8 hours in a classroom listening to some lectures on safe driving that your kids do in school - we don't do that in the UK and the US refuses to accept that the UK has modern driving standards. You can move to any part of the UK and still use the same driving licence but if I move to another state here I have to take another driving test.
There are many states here in the US that have bans on various products that other states don't have, a lot of these things are horticultural based but some are just down to materials they are made of
Almost every town has its own zoning laws, they can control how many horses you can keep on your property and how you keep them in terms of stabling/shelter. I can't allow my horses here to graze within 10 feet of my own boundary fence.
In the UK you can put up as many sheds on your tiny garden as you like - here in CT I have to get planning permission to do that regardless of how much acreage I have.
The EU chooses to try to protect its food sources - a lot of that is also about controling things like Foot and Mouth disease, anthrax, mad cow disease. Its also reduced the amount of stock that were stolen to put through slaughter yards.
I would be a lot happier to see a slaughter yard in every state in the US so animals don't have to be put through long journeys