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bsms 01-19-2014 07:03 PM

Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.
"Now, given a bit of language written into the omnibus spending bill that was approved by the Senate on Thursday night, it's seeming more certain that there will be no horse slaughtering on U.S. soil in the foreseeable future. The House already approved the spending measure, which now heads to President Obama for his signature.

The provision bans the funding of U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections at horse slaughter plants. And without inspections, slaughterhouses can't be in business. Game over.

"Americans do not want to see scarce tax dollars used to oversee an inhumane, disreputable horse slaughter industry," Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society argues in a press release. He has been lobbying for a ban on funding for horse slaughter inspections."
Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S. : The Salt : NPR

I may feel squeamish at the mental picture of slaughter, but it makes more sense to me than shipping horses to Mexico for slaughter. Congress! Is there anything they can't fix? < / sarc >

Saddlebag 01-20-2014 01:41 PM

What would this world be without bleeding hearts screwing everything up? It's not common sense that makes these decisions, it's all about votes and money to get the votes.

FlyGap 01-20-2014 01:47 PM

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Time for the states to step in and pay for it themselves. This is ridiculous.
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jaydee 01-20-2014 02:03 PM

Wasn't it something to do with funding inspections that closed them in the first place - or part of why that happened?

Dreamcatcher Arabians 01-20-2014 02:08 PM

I think there's some legal language that says either the slaughter houses or the states can't pay for the inspectors, conflict of interest or something. I forget exactly how it went but it got slapped down back in the beginning when they first passed this insane law.

stevenson 01-21-2014 03:31 AM

The law had to read for human consumption, so there would be inspections. horses cannot be slaughtered at the same facility as cattle. With no inspections then the industry could be just as horrid as in Mexico, so saving horses from inhumane treatment just got defeated.
Off to Mexico they go .

Cherie 01-21-2014 08:36 AM

Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma is going to try to put funding back into the Farm Bill they are working on. If that does not work, he plans to introduce a stand alone bill providing funding for inspectors.

There are more people that know nothing about horses or the 'unintended consequences' of NOT having processing facilities here in the US. Most voters' votes that elect Representatives are cast by these uninformed city and suburban dwellers. Most public opinion is shaped by the false propaganda that is put out by the evil HSUS and other animal rights groups. These good people with good intentions just do not realize how much more horses suffer because of their actions. Even worse, they give the HSUS over $100,000,000 a year to shape more opinions against actual horse welfare.

bsms 01-21-2014 09:20 AM

It reflects a perpetual problem - most people live in cites, and do not understand what happens outside of a city, yet they feel free to impose rules on farmers, ranches, national forests, etc. They think ranchers graze on public land for free, and that grazing destroys the land. They have no concept of logging. They think of the 'clear cut and move on' logging of the 1800s, and they believe the propaganda that says all logging is like that.

I blame organizations like HSUS, that raise funds and live off of pushing propaganda about what goes on. Like all propagandists, they never discuss alternatives. So people who don't know one end of a horse from the other end make rules for horses (or ranches, or wildlife) based on feeling good. But the minority that lives in a rural area, or that owns horses, has to deal with the imposed rules.

I wouldn't think of telling a city where to have the bus lines run. In return, I wish they wouldn't tell me what to do with a horse.

Saddlebag 01-22-2014 12:05 PM

There's a small processing plant nearby. I know that everything has to be steam cleaned after processing one type of animal before they can do another. This is a 3 person operation. With the huge operations it is better to specialize for efficiency. Even the handling facilities for each is different. Some states are likely under enormous pressure to not have inspectors but that boils down to winning the vote. Perhaps the politicians should be challenged for allowing the inhumane long distance transfer of horses when no other livestock has to travel like that.

Saddlebag 01-25-2014 11:31 AM

I've been thinking this over. What I'm wondering is that there will be no inspectors if the meat is for human consumption. Does pet food require inspectors?

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