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    04-12-2013, 10:34 AM
Every American who owns a horse, please read

For those of you who think that US horse slaughter is cruel, you should read an email that I received today. Here is what the head of the USDA is actually doing about this. I have found all of the links and copied them so that you can do your due diligence.


April 11, 2013

USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack is a
Willing Accomplice
for Anti Agriculture Extremist Groups

Yesterday USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack introduced USDA’s 2014 Agriculture Appropriations
Request that, if passed, would serve as the final crushing blow to what remains of the U.S. Horse and pet industries.

Tom Vilsack is proposing to defund inspectors for U.S. Horse processing facilities currently poised to open in several states in order to bring relief to the over population of unwanted horses across the country. As indicated in the 2011 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report,
U.S. GAO - Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter
lack of domesticated horse processing has exacerbated the suffering of horses and has caused more abandonment and neglect for horses nation-wide. Accordingly, Congress passed the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations to legalize horse processing in November 2011. USDA has ignored the law and requests for inspectors for many months.

In early March 2013, a memo was released
from the USDA office indicating that USDA had plans to “advise Congress to reinstate the ban.” Several weeks later, Vilsack made the statement declaring that the U.S. Needs a “third option for unwanted horses.”
Secretary Vilsack Says Another Option Needed for Unwanted Horses | Food Safety News

While defunding inspectors for horse processing, Vilsack is simultaneously asking Congress for funding to allow USDA/APHIS to implement and fund a new Retail Pet Rule that would likely regulate the U.S. Pet industry out of existance. USDA stated, "The 2014 Budget proposes $29 million
Budget for 2014 | USDA
For Animal Welfare activities. The requested funding levels will help support these important regulatory efforts."

The motivation for this appalling anti-agriculture and anti-business budget move comes into question given the fact that the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund donated $750,000 in campaign contributions
to the USDA Secretary's wife, Christie Vilsack’s failed 2012 congressional run in Iowa.

Mindy Patterson, president of The Cavalry Group stated, “At a time when our nation’s economy is hurting and jobs are scarce, it is tragic that our U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, whose job is to promote and protect America’s most vital industry, is clearly assisting in its demise.

Vilsack is set to appear before House Agriculture Appropriations Committee next Tuesday, April 16, 2013, and before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee on May 9, 2013 to explain his actions.

The Fiscal Year 2014 Budget is available online at the Office of Budget and Management and budget overviews are organized by agency.

Appendix | The White House
Budget for 2014 | USDA

For more information or to schedule an interview please call:

Phone: 855-748-4210
email: cavalry@thecavalrygroup.com
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    04-12-2013, 11:13 AM
Sad, but not unexpected. Following the law isn't an executive branch strong point.
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    04-12-2013, 11:32 AM
Bsms, thought you'd enjoy the WWII pics, bc of your new Avatar. =D
    04-12-2013, 11:53 AM
Can somebody put this in leymans terms please?
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    04-12-2013, 12:01 PM
The USDA Sec'y, Tom Villsack, supported by PETA and the Humane Society (That's an oxymoron), is actively fighting against horse slaughter in the US. It's another attempt to neuter state laws that are to permit the opening of horse slaughterhouses, which we NEED. We now have NONE in the United States. THAT means, the meat market must transport animals to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. When we had US slaughter, they traveled hours-day to such facilities and within US borders. I can guarantee that the animals were treated humanely and THAT is bc we would have had news story after news story about inhumane treatment by US meat market personnel, if it HAD happened.
NOW, especially in Mexico, the animals are treated like meat before they become meat.
We NEED US horse slaughter, but Villsack is using all of his powers to stop states like New Mexico, who voted YES to it, from opening up new plants.
Is that clear?
    04-12-2013, 12:03 PM
Further, it isn't bc we want more human meat. Before, Ole' Dapple became Alpo, his mane and tail became brushes for vacuum cleaners, the bones became bone meal fertilizer, the hooves were used for blue and the organs--not sure about them, but nothing was wasted.
    04-12-2013, 12:08 PM
Thank you corporal. I agree that id rather our rules and regulations for horses going to slaughter than the lack of them outside the country. The way I see it, too many horses, lots of starving people in our own country, money into our meat market, supplying cheaper meat for the families who might be a lil under these days, less neglected starving horse, less starving people.......tada. It seems upside down to me that they'd be trying to keep em shut down.
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    04-12-2013, 12:09 PM
The other goods is a good point too. I wonder how many other economic circles would benefit within the US, from legal, regulated horse slaughter.
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    04-12-2013, 02:01 PM
The USDA is destroying US non-industrial farming as it is, just look at what's happened to numerous local farmers who have been shut down over ridiculous false issues. Anyways, it's no surprise that they are trying to prevent horse slaughter. So many activists are crying and whining about how cruel it is and they are just trying to save face. Not to mention personal gain...

I love horses as much as the next person on here, and it breaks my heart to know they spend their last days in an overcrowded trailer suffering countless injuries and arrive at a facility where they are treated even worse. Too bad HSUS turns a blind eye to that issue though. I guess it if doesn't happen here, it just doesn't happen then.
    04-12-2013, 02:09 PM
Let's not forgot the 2006-7 push for NAIS, either. They were trying to get every animal owner to voluntarily buy tagging equipment from the USDA's own favorite vender, so that you would have to account for owning and the death of EVERY ONE OF THEM to the government.
It's gone underground, but if they win THIS fight it will again rear it's ugly head.
Doesn't sound too bad re: horses. But, this would mean that every chicken owner would have to keep track of every baby chick and report to a USDA employee, every pig owner, every sheep and goat owner, every rabbit owner..you understand.
More government intrusion, more money stolen from Americans. Thank you King John..Oh, I mean, President Obama.

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