Horse for the U.S.A.

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(Note – Here’s an article from the other side of the horse slaughter debate. I’m sure the author and Bloomburg would be interested in your thoughts. Click HERE to comment. )

Bloomburg.com /Marc Champion / Mar 19, 2013

Just livestock? Seriously?

Just livestock? Seriously?

All things die, including horses. The attempt to prevent the U.S. from reopening slaughterhouses for the animals is surely foolish.

Consider what has happened since the last horses were slaughtered in the U.S. in 2007, after Congress banned the Food and Drug Administration from funding the inspection of horse slaughterhouses. Since then, as a Bloomberg News story reports today, the number of horses that the U.S. ships out of the country to be slaughtered in other North American countries more than doubled, to 197,442.

So in our anxiety to be more humane, we have subjected the animals to a long and inhumane truck ride before they meet the same end in other countries. There were at last count 4.6 million horses living in the U.S. and many of them will die or be killed each year. That’s why not all animal rights groups supported the U.S. decision to close down horse slaughterhouses in the first place. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals opposed it, believing it would increase suffering for horses.

Consider then the legislation that’s being proposed in order to prevent those unintended consequences from continuing. There’s a bill to ban the slaughter of horses as well as their transport for slaughter abroad.

Who is going to regulate whether a buyer of a U.S. horses in Mexico then sells them on to a slaughterhouse? If there is a profitable market for the meat then middlemen will provide the service. And why not? I understand taking the position that killing any animal is cruel, but not that it’s OK to kill cattle for meat but not horses. This is about our own sentimentality, not the animals.

Then there is the argument about the medicines and drugs horses are given that may be dangerous to human health. If we learned anything from the recent horsemeat scare in Europe it is that there is not much to be scared of, unless you eat more than 500 burgers containing 100 percent horsemeat in a day. There are much bigger safety threats to worry about in the food that we eat.

Finally, if slaughterhouses are reopened, won’t the U.S. face the same problem with horsemeat getting substituted for beef? Maybe. Maybe it will anyhow.

Most of the meat substitution in Europe came from countries other than those where the food was being consumed. It resulted from acts of fraud and was a response to the fact that horsemeat is cheaper than beef. Many of the horsemeat TV meals sold as beef in the U.K. were produced by a French company, which bought the meat from a Cyprus-registered firm, which relabelled meat from a horse slaughterhouse in Romania. The U.S. imports such processed foods, too.

The ban on FDA inspections of horse slaughterhouses was lifted in 2011. The FDA should restart the inspections so the horsemeat can be processed. The U.S. should regulate its own horsemeat industry, ensure the animals are killed in a humane way, regulate drug contamination as needed and leave it up to consumers to decide whether they think a horse is a pet or a domesticated animal they’d like to eat.




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
20 Comments
  • Debra Gordon

    That we do not eat dogs or cats, does not mean that it is time we do so. We don’t eat horses because we love them, care for them, and accept horses as partners in the building of this land. I would have no animals go through the slaughterhouse, as it is inhumane, and no argument will change that. But the horse is subjected to more horror than the author of this article could tolerate watching. They are trusting that we are going to care for them, as we have. They trust the human (I don’t know why)to secure their lives not for meat. Ingrid Newkirk recanted her support of horse slaughter after finding out that there is more pain and suffering and that the captive bolt gun is not the right method for the horse. It is appalling that anyone could eat their pets. It is appalling that this is being reconsidered, and especially that the greed involved is couching the whole subject in “humane” terms. There is nothing, nothing at all “humane” about slaughtering a horse while they are still cognizant that they are being cut apart. How dare you suggest that Americans will support an act so heinous.

    March 20, 2013
  • DEBRA

    HORSE’S ARE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, INTELLIGENT ANIMALS PLACED ON THIS EARTH. WHY IS IT THAT THE EVIL PEOPLE WE LIVE AMONGST MUST FIND A WAY TO MAKE EVERY LIVING CREATURE A MEAL ON A PLATE. AND THE TORTURE THAT ALL THESE ANIMALS GO THROUGH IS THE MOST EVIL ACT MANKIND CAN PARTAKE IN. I BEG OF YOU TO BAN HORSE MEAT USAGE IN AMERICA AND DO NOT ALLOW ANY HORSE SLAUGHTER HOUSES IN THE USA. I THANK YOU FOR LISTENING PLEASE THINK DEEPLY BEFORE YOU DECIDE THE FATE OF SUCH AN INNOCENT
    HARMLESS DEFENSELESS CREATURE THAT GOD HAS PLACED ON THIS EARTH.

    March 20, 2013
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    “All thing die, including horses:? This is like the Auschwitz concentration camps – networks of concentration and extermination camps operated by the Nazi regime. God help us if people like Bloomberg are allowed to spew nonsense like this.

    March 20, 2013
  • Kerry

    RT, I will post on the original page in a moment, but Debra, Horses are by no means defenseless, it’s just that they are not inheriently violent creatures. That horse in your back yard is as wild as the mustangs out in Nevada. But because of their uniqueness, they do have and allow a special bond with humans.

    March 20, 2013
      • Jo

        My father once said
        “I can’t wait until tomorrow”.
        I asked him why, and he answered,
        “Because I get better looking everyday”.

        March 20, 2013
  • Ranching Cowgirl

    The inhumane slaughter of horses is wrong and these politicians know it.
    It is brutal and inhumane in every way to say it helps dispose of the weak and sick horses is a lie. Horse meat is not a safe meat product, horses are not raised to be eaten they are given drugs that can cause cancer in humans.
    Horses are raised as pets like dogs and cats not beef cattle. The trailers horses are shipped in to the slaughter houses are built and designed for swine,sheep and cattle. Horses do not fit they get beat up and injured they arrive scared and bleeding, only to be inhumanely killed.
    If you have any morals or ethical values of any kind you know this is wrong!
    Horses built this country and they are not being treated as well as some poodles. No one ever eats their old dog they put it down humanely. Would you sell your old family dog for a few bucks knowing it would end up in burger on someones plate? No you would not you would pay a vet to put it down. Horses deserve the same!

    It is time as a people, we take our country back from these stupid money hungry politicians that are taking away our freedoms and rights. The forget they are elected to serve the people by the people!

    March 20, 2013
  • Jo

    Oh yes, horses are ” Just Livestock ”
    Only a moron would say such a thing!!

    March 20, 2013
  • Linda Jackson

    To reiterate some serious issues: The UK was eating horse meat without being made aware of what they had in their burgers, first point.

    Next, the US was made aware of pink slime added to their burgers; there’s a truth in labeling factor here.

    Not only is illegal to eat manatees in Florida, people are arrested here for human contact with the mermaids. Aren’t horses more intelligent than manatees? Ask a horse owner for that one.

    Lastly the reason for feeding horses to humans is human overpopulation…see the 1973 science fiction film “Soylent Green is People” and, if that doesn’t make you shutter maybe you aren’t as “human” as all that.

    The thought of people eating horses affects me in the same way as people eating cats and dogs; yuch!

    March 20, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Your points are good ones, Linda — except where you decide to compare manatees and horses. Why? They are both God’s wonderful creatures, made with the same lovely attributes and qualities, and every bit of intelligence they need — straight from the intelligent Source of all life. (Besides, what does intelligence have to do with whether someone deserves to be treated justly, respectfully, compassionately?)

      When a good friend of mine went kayaking last month in Florida, manatees swam up to his side, rolled over, and begged for belly rubs. He obliged with a gentle stroke of his paddle.

      So, please let’s not stoop to demeaning some animals in order to build up others we know better or like better. They’re all equally grand, certainly in my mind and surely in the Mind of their loving, all-good Creator. :-)

      March 20, 2013
  • Slaughter Plants are wrong any slaughter of a horse is WRONG!!!! STOP it all NO shipping to other country’s too!!! Horses are not an animal to EAT!! They have feelings folks, happy, scared, timid, happy, and yes love!!! What are we doing it just sicken’s my heart watch a horse being slaughtered then ask yourself if this is ok and humane!?!?! I DON”T WANT MY TAX DOLLAR spent on inspecting such a foul place!!! Horses deserve better from us all!!! They have forged this country through out the century’s, and you want to string them up and eat them oh my god please this is just wrong so wrong!!!! SO we have a lot of abused ones which we always will because of irresponsible owners, so what we have an over load of dogs and cats to and abuse shall we butcher them too!??!?!? Come on people!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS is ALL ABOUT MONEY AND GREED NOT helping the horse!!! THANKS

    March 20, 2013
  • Peter Hussmann

    It is interesting to me that from all that I have read so far from the pro slaughter side no one is addressing the issue that there are too many domestic horses in this country. The “humane” thing to do is to regulate the over breeding that is going on and you can still euthanize the old and the sick with a lethal injection. Besides everyone knows that it will not be the old and sick horses being slaughtered for food, but the young and healthy. When was the last time and old sick cow was butchered for its tender meat? But the horse industry in this country is big business and there is a lot of money to be made by breeding and slaughtering. It is time we stop treating the horse as livestock and treat it with the diginity and respect it has earned.

    March 20, 2013
  • Jackie

    I agree with Peter. This problem starts with the over breeding of domestic horses. And THESE are the ones being sent to the slaughterhouses to be turned into FOOD for human consumption. The slaughterhouses don’t want to waste time and money on the the old and/or sick horses. Many are just left behind in the holding pens to starve to death; IF they survived the horrendous ride in an overcrowded stock trailer to get there.

    March 20, 2013
  • Daryl

    so now you sick people are trying some thing new. WEll it is not going to work, you see it’s not right. We are not starving to death, it is their land you are taking them off of, you have no right, and they should not be sold to a meat buyer form any where…. how sad you all have no heart, one day it will come back to bite your butt.

    March 20, 2013
  • susan rudnicki

    Bloomberg won’t post my comment, for some reason. Neither will the Fox news story

    March 20, 2013
    • susan rudnicki

      Seems no comments can have a link within the text–the http://www.kaufmanzoning.net on horse slaughter report by USDA

      March 20, 2013
      • Daryl

        I think we have scared them, making known facts pictures and video to back it up, adn have others talking and writting, so now we get blocked out….oh how I wish I had money to go to Washington and fight for the horses of all ages.

        March 20, 2013
    • Daryl

      I think government has told them to down play it of just not post them. I made 3 calls to day to Grayson,Nelson, & Rubio, the person was very polite, but I bet my message was tossed in the trash, and never got to any of them. they try and do this stuff on hte QT and it got out this time, the people are responding & they doo not know what to do next, this slaughter thing is big bucks and big business and no one cares who is hurt or how they are killed of even if they don’t make to the pens
      these guys get $350.00 per head to get them off the range. Does any one really think the Preident does not know what is happening? If he wanted it stopped it would be, he is staying out of it, and spokes men are doing the talking, tell any one any thing>? It is so horrible from stat to finish.

      March 20, 2013
  • Valerie Wehmueller

    Why does anyone, including our inept government, believe “them”, the “other side”, & not us? Our “side” has the facts & the truth, I guess they can’t face that. Anyone, horse lover or owner, or not, who has ever been face to face with a horse, & gazed into it’s eyes, has seen love, & they’ve seen the window to eachother’s souls, an unspoken connection. Horses are our Creator’s gift to mankind, to cherish, they are truly like no other creature on this earth. Evil is attacking that which we all love, to provoke us, to watch us cry, to laugh at us, to cause pain & death to a part of us. They will NOT get away with this! Good will prevail over evil! I believe in my heart that each & every one of us, horse & animal advocates, were put here for a reason, to stop this cruelty & animal abuse. No animal deserves to be tortured or abused. Horses are not “food animals” in America. Never have been in our entire history of “being”. They are not raised or regulated as such, &, are not safe to eat. We will not stop our fight for them until we win, that is a FACT!

    March 21, 2013