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Legislation for Horse Slaughter Will Not End Export or Abandonment Issues

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Even though bringing the slaughter facilities back into the U.S. will undoubtedly reduce the numbers of horses exported, just as they were in the past, thousands of horses will still continue to be exported to Canada, as well as to Mexico when those facilities run low.

Up until recently, the media was flooded with articles stating that our horses were now being exported due to animal welfare groups and the ban on horse slaughter. Ironically, they were never exported because of a ban on horse slaughter; they've been exported because there isn't one. That's why one is so badly needed.

Currently other state resolutions are making their way though state legislation processes. North Dakota lawmakers have agreed to a $50,000.00 grant to study the feasibility of a horse slaughtering facility in their state, and Montana's resolution, which includes

legislation to protect against anyone from attempting to prosecute or block the construction or process of a horse slaughter facility, has just passed the state's House, and now moves to the Senate for a vote. Rep. Jim Sacia of Illinois is attempting to overturn the legislation in Illinois that closed Cavel in 2007, and that legislation is currently awaiting the final House vote in Illinois. Other states, such as Arizona, Tennessee, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Arkansas have legislation pending. Utah and Wyoming, Rep. Wallis's state, have already passed their resolutions in the state's House and Senate.

Even if these resolutions should pass state House and Senate hearings, there is still federal legislation that has removed funding for USDA inspection of horse meat that they would have to try to overturn before any facility could begin operations. This does give horse welfare advocates a little bit more time to block the assault from Rep. Wallis's NCSL and the state legislators following her lead.

The only way to protect U.S. horses from state legislators with their own personal agendas, such as Rep. Wallis and the NCSL, is to pass a federal ban against the slaughter of horses. The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009 (HR 503), needs to be swiftly passed through Congress. Federal legislation will take priority over state legislation, and block the chance for states to try to open horse slaughter houses in the U.S. Without this federal legislation against slaughtering and exporting for slaughter, U.S. horses are doomed.

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Equine Welfare Advocate involved in the grass roots effort to end horse slaughter. www.vickitobin.com
vickiEquine Welfare Advocate involved in the grass roots effort to end horse slaughter. www.vickitobin.com

Horse Slaughter

Very well said, Valerie. Let's hope our legislators are reading the truth and pass HR 503 quickly. It is time to end this polluting, cruel and abusive business once and for all.

by vicki (1 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 5 comments) on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 10:55:22 AM
 


My name is Lucille Matte and I am part of a grassroots effort to ban horse slaughter in the USA and the transport of horses across our border for that same purpose. I am involved in contacting legislatures, researching facts about horse slaughter and helping rescues with fundraisers.
Lucille MatteMy name is Lucille Matte and I am part of a grassroots effort to ban horse slaughter in the USA and the transport of horses across our border for that same purpose. I am involved in contacting legislatures, researching facts about horse slaughter and helping rescues with fundraisers.

Horse Slaughter Legislation

This article is well written and includes much needed factual information concerning horse slaughter.  I hope each reader will take the time to look at the facts and do their research regarding this much needed legislation.  I also hope that readers will take time to contact their US legislators and ask them to vote yes to HR 503 the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009.

by Lucille Matte (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 1 comments) on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 12:24:28 PM
 


Single, horse owner for 38 years, enjoy kayaking, nature, water, the desert. Worked many years in radio, currently working in glass art. Have spent the last 11 years working to end horse slaughter along with thousands of my horse owning friends.
Terry WattSingle, horse owner for 38 years, enjoy kayaking, nature, water, the desert. Worked many years in radio, currently working in glass art. Have spent the last 11 years working to end horse slaughter along with thousands of my horse owning friends.

Unregulated Commercial Slaughter

Thank you for writing this Valerie.  First, these misleading titles seem to be the new thing since the Bush administration passed a bill called the Patriot Act, which was anything but patriotic or constitutional.  Same with the title of this resolution - the "Horse Industry Policy".  Which "horse industry?"  The one that actually owns horses, or the one that wants to continue to kill horses?  It's the second one in case you couldn't guess.  This isn't the policy of any horse industry I'm a part of.  But the title sure gives the impression that this is the HORSE INDUSTRY's policy.  That's you and me horse owners.  WRONG.  So they title their resolution of lies with a lie.  And unfortunately we have legislators falling for it.

 This is like an anti-gun lobby writing a resolution called the "Gun Industry Policy" and then everyone believes that the gun industry actually had something to do with it.

 There will come a day when one of the big organizations will file a lawsuit against commercial horse slaughter which will effectively end the entire dirty lying business.  That lawsuit will bring to light what the USDA, FDA, AVMA and these resolutions do not want brought to light.  That is the complete and total lack of regulations applying to horses - that do apply to ALL food animals.  Banned food animal medications are routinely given to horses of all ages throughout their lives.  These medications are illegal to give to animals slaughtered for human consumption - and most especially "commercially" slaughtered for human consumption.  IT'S THAT SIMPLE.  It's illegal.  It's hazardous to human health to consume meat from unregulated animals with no records of medications, no withdrawal periods, no set withdrawal periods for medications used, etc, etc, etc.  Food animal producers face fines, prosecution, etc, when they illegally medicate their animals - and for good reason,  "food safety".   There is no way to know what is in any given horse's system at the time of slaughter because they come from various sources around the country with no records.  Consuming US horsemeat is a game of Russian Roulette and commercially slaughtering unregulated animals for human consumption is illegal. 

So go ahead and build a new slaughterhouse, spend the money & waste your time,  I'll sue myself if I have to.  There is no way to defend this particular issue in a court of law.  Horses are either food animals or they're not.  In the US, they're not.  This double standard should leave legitimate food producers fuming as they have to comply with food animal regulations while the horse slaughter companies don't because the regulatory agencies refuse to even acknowledge it's illegal.

 

by Terry Watt (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 1 comments) on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 6:27:53 PM
 


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by Gary Coleman (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 3 comments) on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 8:29:11 PM
 


I am a physician-scientist. My area of interest is protecting the brain against neurodegenerative disorders where overactivation of glutamate receptors especially the NMDA receptor is the final common pathway of neuronal cell death. Accumulated data from my laboratory is analyzed using standard statistical methods and submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Ann MariniI am a physician-scientist. My area of interest is protecting the brain against neurodegenerative disorders where overactivation of glutamate receptors especially the NMDA receptor is the final common pathway of neuronal cell death. Accumulated data from my laboratory is analyzed using standard statistical methods and submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Personal responsibility and accountability.

Thank you Valerie for writing an honest and truthful article. The lies and deception of the pro-slaughter camp that culminated in the passage of the Horse Industry Policy is yet another attempt to strong arm Congress to keep the slaughter pipeline open. The deliberately deceptive ways of pro-slaughter has been elegantly pointed out by you in this article. Congress must be aware of pro-slaughter lies and deception. The American people are sick of their lies and duplicitous tactics. Horse slaughter is a brutal, cruel and horrific practice that must end. Our horses must not suffer the consequences because of personal irresponsibility and those who do not wish to hold themselves accountable.

Personal responsibility and accountability need to be front and center whenever the topic of horse slaughter comes up.

by Ann Marini (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 1 comments) on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 8:32:49 PM
 


I AM FURIOUS OVER HORSE SLAUGHTER.
Linda BI AM FURIOUS OVER HORSE SLAUGHTER.

Horse slaughter

Thank you Valerie.  It is a known fact that some Senators are horse breeders and they want horse slaughter to be available so they can make money and get rid of  horses they don't want. It is also a known fact that there are some members of our Government that will get paid to stop the horse slaughter bills from getting passed... This is all about money no other reason and our horses are suffering. Pass 503 and stop these heartless individuals that lie and try to make excuses for this dispecable business.

by Linda B (0 articles, 0 quicklinks, 0 diaries, 1 comments) on Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 8:37:14 PM
 

 

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