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Breaking News: 2014 Is, Indeed, the Year of the Horse!

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 9:30pm
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The U.S. Congress just released the brand new funding bill for FY2014 – a massive bill involving more than a trillion tax dollars – and we are thrilled to announce that horse slaughter will not be coming back to United States soil.

The ASPCA worked day and night to ensure that tax dollars would not be spent on inspections that enable the slaughter of horses for human consumption. We worked closely with other animal welfare organizations, consumer safety groups, as well as thousands of citizens representing the 80% of Americans that oppose horse slaughter, and Congress has listened. The message from Capitol Hill is loud and clear on this issue: Our horses deserve better and this dangerous industry must not be tolerated. Horse slaughter has no business here

Advocates fought hard when the Agriculture Appropriations bill was being considered at committee level, winning votes in both the House and Senate that amended the bills to prohibit funding for horse slaughter inspections.  And tonight, we finally know that this horse slaughter funding limitation is intact! Congress is not expected to make any changes to the bill text at this stage of the game, so the writing is on the wall for any efforts to open horse slaughter plants in the U.S.  Both chambers are expected to pass the bill, and the president is expected to sign it into law, later this week.

Now is the time for Congress to take the final step in protecting America’s horses from this nightmarish industry, by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094 / S. 541) to prevent both the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in this country, and their export for that purpose abroad.

Be a voice for horses and urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the SAFE Act today!

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Suzanne Moore

Slaughter plants CANNOT sell horses for human consumption without USDA inspections - period. No horse slaughter plants will even be OPENED with the defunding of the necessary USDA inspections.

jennifer ingman

You are absolutely correct,this leaves a whole can of worms unlooked at,it doesn't solve the problem,it just sweeps it away.Just because there will be no oversight,doesn't for a minute mean that it won't be done behind closed doors.Dammit.

Suzanne Moore

No, it will not be done at all. The only kind of horse slaughter that's worth doing is for human consumption. They could not stay in business with just the non-human market because that market barely exists any more, certainly not in the US. We do not use horse meat in pet food and many zoos are switching to beef because they've seen that their big cats are healthier on beef.

Having no USDA inspections of the horses before and after slaughter does NOT mean there's no oversight. Humane issues fall under another category - what little humane oversight there is.

Horse meat cannot be sold for human consumption without the USDA inspections.

Stephani

Without funding for inspections, the plants cannot open.

Grace

YAY!

Suzanne Moore

RIGHT! I cannot believe so many people don't already know that!

Marti

Most of the horses who end tip in the slaughter pipeline are NOT elderly, starved, sick or abused - they are young healthy horses. Two of my horses were in the "Kill Pen" - one was 2 the other was just 18mos. The scary part is how many SICK and iINJURED horses end up being slaughtered for food. Sadly over breeding is the real devil in this scenario - the fact that there are so many more horses than homes is an issue that should be addressed by horse breed associations and clubs. Perhaps breeders should be given an ID that is put on each of their foals so that if they do enter the pipeline the breeder can be called to take back the horse and rehome it instead of leaving that burden on the kindness of the rescue groups who attend the auctions and try save as many as possible.

Suzanne Moore

No, you can't fix stupid and you just proved it. I lived within 30 miles of Dallas Crown in Kaufman, TX for 15 years. I KNOW what went on in our domestic horse slaughter plants. So did the USDA. They took literally hundreds of pictures of the most egregious cruelty you will ever see - but they never did anything about it. See some of the pictures from Beltex and Dallas Crown here: http://www.kaufmanzoning.net The pictures from the plant in DeKalb, IL are no better. Our horse slaughter plants were absolutely no better than those in Mexico and Canada. Why would you even THINK that?

The defunding of USDA inspections will prevent any domestic horse slaughter plants from opening - period. That's what it means for the slaughter plants themselves. What are you talking about? They don't need inspections if they're not open. And those inspections had nothing to do with the cruelty. There's no "euthanasia" in horse slaughter plants! They just keep on even if they have to string them up for evisceration while they are still conscious. And how in the world do you see any possibility for the door having been left open? Slaughter plants MUST have USDA inspections or they can't sell the meat they produce. End of story.

No, it doesn't keep our horses from being shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter, but having domestic plants wouldn't stop that either. When our domestic plants were open, we still shipped thousands of horses to slaughter in Mexico and Canada. When our domestic plants closed, Mexico and Canada were perfectly willing to take up the slack. We have sent just as many - if not more - horses for slaughter via Mexico and Canada as we slaughtered when our plants were open. The slaughter number follows the MARKET, not how many horses might be available or which country they are actually slaughtered in.

Even if there were "hundreds of thousands" of "unwanted" horses - which there is NOT - they would go to Mexico and Canada for slaughter unless the market was so down you couldn't sell them for slaughter anywhere. We've had unfettered access to horse slaughter for over 30 years, and we still have "hundreds of thousands" of horses that "need" to be slaughtered? That just PROVES that slaughter is a gigantic FAIL in population control.

No, you can't stop people from mistreating their horses, but you sure can prosecute them to the limit of the law. Abuse is ILLEGAL, or didn't you know that? In fact, statistics from Texas, California and Illinois show that horse abuse and neglect INCREASED in the areas around the slaughter plants. Those horses need to be sent to rescues - there is plenty of room - not KILLED!

No, you can't fix stupid, Stupid, and your post is so stupid I can hardly understand what points you are trying to make. Why didn't you use your real name, Stupid? I did.

Suzanne Moore

No, you can't fix stupid and you just proved it. I lived within 30 miles of Dallas Crown in Kaufman, TX for 15 years. I KNOW what went on in our domestic horse slaughter plants. So did the USDA. They took literally hundreds of pictures of the most egregious cruelty you will ever see - but they never did anything about it. See some of the pictures from Beltex and Dallas Crown here: http://www.kaufmanzoning.net The pictures from the plant in DeKalb, IL are no better. Our horse slaughter plants were absolutely no better than those in Mexico and Canada. Why would you even THINK that?

The defunding of USDA inspections will prevent any domestic horse slaughter plants from opening - period. That's what it means for the slaughter plants themselves. What ARE you talking about? They don't need inspections if they're not open. And those inspections had nothing to do with the cruelty. There's no "euthanasia" in horse slaughter plants! They just keep on even if they have to string them up for evisceration while they are still conscious. And how in the world do you see any possibility for the door having been left open? Slaughter plants MUST have USDA inspections or they can't sell the meat they produce. End of story.

No, it doesn't keep our horses from being shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter, but having domestic plants wouldn't stop that anyway. When our domestic plants were open, we still shipped thousands of horses to slaughter in Mexico and Canada. When our domestic plants closed, Mexico and Canada were perfectly willing to take up the slack. We have sent just as many - if not more - horses for slaughter via Mexico and Canada as we slaughtered when our plants were open. The slaughter number follows the MARKET, not how many horses might be available or which country they are actually slaughtered in.

Even if there were "hundreds of thousands" of "unwanted" horses - which there is NOT - they would go to Mexico and Canada for slaughter unless the market was so down you couldn't sell them for slaughter anywhere. We've had unfettered access to horse slaughter for over 30 years, and we still have "hundreds of thousands" of horses that "need" to be slaughtered? That just PROVES that slaughter is a gigantic FAIL in population control.

No, you can't stop people from mistreating their horses, but you sure can prosecute them to the limit of the law. Abuse is ILLEGAL, or didn't you know that? In fact, statistics from Texas, California and Illinois show that horse abuse and neglect INCREASED in the areas around the slaughter plants. Those horses need to be sent to rescues - there is plenty of room - not KILLED!

No, you can't fix stupid, Stupid, and your post is so stupid I can hardly understand what points you are trying to make. Why didn't you use your real name, Stupid? I did.

tal

I got that the slaughterhouses included in this were for meat consumption leaving it open for slaughter for other purposes?? And to clarify there is no "harvesting" of horses - horses do not "grow" in a garden or a field to be harvested they are rounded up and killed or purchased and killed they are birthed, raised and then killed. Harvesting takes the truth out of what happens to them.

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