IMPORTANT: Moran Statement on Reports of Horse Slaughter Plants Reopening

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Congressman James P. Moran (D-VA)

102Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, today reaffirmed his commitment to banning horse slaughter in the U.S. His statement follows recent actions by the Oklahoma Legislature to repeal the state ban on horse slaughter and media reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) may soon approve the opening of a horse slaughter plant in New Mexico. 

Moran has spearheaded the fight in Congress to reinstate the ban on horse slaughter for human consumption, citing safety, cost, and public opposition to the practice. 

“Recent news reports of horse slaughter plants reopening are deeply troubling. As one of the nearly 80 percent of Americans who oppose the slaughter of horses for human consumption, we must fight to prevent the resumption of this inhumane, unsafe, and unnecessary practice,” Moran said. “At a time when USDA’s meat inspection budget is being slashed by sequestration, it would be irresponsible to divert dwindling food inspection resources to the horsemeat industry.” 

“Secretary Vilsack has already indicated that federal meat inspectors will be furloughed, impacting the operations of over 6,000 food processing businesses,” Moran continued. “Requiring USDA inspections of horse slaughter plants would even further decrease funding available for beef, chicken, and pork inspections – meat actually consumed by Americans.” 

A Colorado State University report concluded that 90 percent of horses going to slaughter “are healthy, sound horses with no behavior problems.” Horses are not raised as food animals and are routinely given substances, including the anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone, that are banned by the FDA from administration to animals destined for human consumption. 

The expanding scandal in the EU involving beef adulterated with horsemeat demonstrates the risks involved in reinstating horse slaughter in the U.S. According to a London-based consumer research firm, U.K. frozen burger sales dropped by 43 percent during the month of February.  

Moran continued: “I am pleased that the Obama Administration supports the reinstatement of the amendment I have offered to ban USDA inspections at horse slaughter plants, and will being working with my colleagues in the coming weeks to include that language in the final FY13 appropriations bill.”  

The Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill ended a five-year funding ban on USDA horse slaughter inspections, allowing horse slaughter facilities to legally reopen. A Moran amendment banning horse slaughter inspections was approved in the House Appropriations Committee, but the language was stripped during closed-door conference committee negotiations. This amendment was again added to the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill last year, but the federal government is still operating on a continuing resolution based upon the 2012 bill. 

A copy of this will also be available shortly on the Congressman’s website athttp://moran.house.gov/

 

Message from the EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE:

We have just received word that the senate will indeed be opening the 2013 Ag appropriations bill next week.
  
They are adopting the bill passed by the house that does not have the defunding language. The house did not open discussions and carried over the existing language.
  
It is very important that you contact Senator Mikulski and the subcommittee members and ask that the language defunding horse inspections be restored. 
  
Please call NOW as next week may be too late…  
For phone and fax numbers, reread this article




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
16 Comments
  • Diane Symons

    America does not eat horses. Why do we have to pay for inspectors when people are struggling and the meat goes to EU? Horses are in the same field as cats and dogs they are pets, show animals, not meat it is not our culture to eat them yet we must pay to have them slaughter and sent to EU. I support America not EU.

    March 8, 2013
  • I have been fighting so hard for all the wild horses and also the burros, some days I feel like no matter what we do or say Washington does what ever it wants and it’s only getting worse!!! But I will keep fighting I have too!!! 🙂

    March 8, 2013
  • Now is the time to work…not whine. Tweet, FB, Email, and thank Rep. Moran and the President for their continuing support to defund inspection of horse slaughter. What comes out of the house is very important, but remember, it was the SENATE that screwed us last time.. John Cornyn was one of them, and my newly elected Senator TED CRUZ has no heart at all, even for people, so I’m doubting much that he is inclined to help horses. BUT, If these Senators hear from enough of us, over and over again, Perhaps we can keep the SAME BACKROOM DEAL from happening again.. If I can stay on the back of these clunks, you can work on your Senators as well as the Subcommittee listed above… This will take New Mexico and Oklahoma proposed horse slaughter plants out of the picture, so that we can get on to working for the permanent Federal Bans.

    March 8, 2013
  • This has to stop! Just ban horse slaughter and transportation of horses to slaughter over our borders! 80% of USA against horse slaughter. Only greedy, overbreeding, want that last cent out of the horse people want this type of cruelty and waste of tax payer dollars here!

    March 8, 2013
  • shirley smith

    American horses should not be slaughtered for food for Europe they should kill their own not ours. Americans do not eat horses, probably never will as they are our companions just like our dogs and cats. I would never eat my friend. The meat is proven to be toxic so they should stop eating it!

    March 8, 2013
  • tucker bailey

    In this time of government cuts there isn’t enough people to look after the meat now going through the system. Besides, we as Americans DON’T eat horse meat. They are our partners and friends and our history was written upon the horses back. We owe the horse our great respect – not the cruel inhumane treatment a horse would get at a slaughterhouse. It’s been proven that areas that have horse slaughter houses suffer from waste and added crime.

    March 8, 2013
  • Daryl

    It is so sad the animals who helped win the west are treated the way they are, in a round up , in pens, in life it self, adn then made in to meat, sent over seas and then thrown away, not the way I want to think of america doing this to the icons of the west. Wake up america stand up and fight for their lives and freedom.

    March 8, 2013
  • sherriey

    i am confused!
    one news-flash says the Obama admin is in favor of reestablishing slaughter….now this congressman says different. confused?
    another thing…if you think about it..if we are short on USDA inspectors for normal meat….who says horsemeat won’t “accidentally” find its way into our food system sometime soon…more so now?

    March 8, 2013
    • Daryl

      Hi you are so right, and Washington is all for it, get rid of them, but they keep on rounding them up and making us pay for their keep, then kill them and put them on tables to make people sick,or kill us…same old run around from all the law makers in Washington, our president has let this happen to these horses.

      March 10, 2013
    • Sherriey: I believe that you misread the report that President Obama was FOR horse slaughter.. As you read in Representative Jim Moran’s open statement. He is against horse slaughter and has always been against it… He did NOT ok horse slaughter as his preference. It is documented so many places that I hate to type it again, and a little research on the subject by the people who post here could certainly clear up the confusion. The Moran amendment which prevents the USDA from inspecting horse meat was intact when the 2011 Ag bill went from the House to the Senate.. A few senators intent on having horse slaughter legalized knocked the amendment from the senate bill, then stacked a small backroom committee to legalize the inspection of horse meat and keep the amendment out or the resolution between the house and senate. Those guilty were Senators Blunt, Kohl (no longer in the senate) and Rep Kingston. Representative Farr from Ca. was the lone vote against authorizing the inspections. This was one small sentence in the huge Ag Bill that had to be signed to keep government running. the Pres. had to sign it the next day, and had no line item veto… Signing this bill did not mean he was in favor of horse slaughter. He was not, but had no option but to sign the bill that Congress had passed. The bill is once again passed the house with the Moran Amendment in tact.. Some senators, particularly Blunt and others will be trying to delete it again. The President and Rep Moran and others will be fighting to keep this in the AG BILL this time… We must support them and quit trying to blame in the past.. Now it is so important to once again do everything that we can to support the MORAN AMENDMENT; until that day when we can pass the Permanent BAN on Horse Slaughter or any Transport to Slaughter for US horses, this is a must.

      March 10, 2013
      • Eileen Paramore

        Well said Paula…I was a little confused myself. First i read Pres. Obama was for it, and then i read that the Obama Administration was pushing against it. So happy to hear our Pres. isn’t for the slaughter of our beautiful, iconic horses. And to know that my tax dollars can go toward something like this along with the round-ups of our Wild Mustangs and Burro’s downright infuriates me to the point of actually feeling my blood boiling. Knowing my hard earned money goes toward these idiots to make them richer does not sit right with me. I would so much rather my tax dollars going toward rescues to help with unwanted horses. No horse to me should be unwanted and subjected to this fate. This is all truly nauseating.

        March 28, 2013
  • Ronnie

    Insanity! If the horse slaughter “debate” wasn’t crazy enough before. To even think of funding horse slaughter inspections when our food is already compromised with so many dying of e-coli etc… And when horse meat has proven to be extremely unhealthy…toxic… with Europe in a mess with horse meat tainted food. Then there is the “small” matter of the U.S. in financial turmoil. Social services severely cut, & so on… But ok to try to fund horse slaughter??!!

    March 10, 2013
    • Ronnie, thanks for your comment, and PLEAAASE send your statement to your Representative and Senators.. We must be vocal against all of the money being spent by the Farm Bureau. the AQHA and others who are trying to BUY HORSE SLAUGHTER.

      March 10, 2013
  • And perhaps we should also email, fax and call Mr. Obama and tell him to at least LOOK and make sure the bill HAS ALL OF MR. MORAN’S DEFUNDING WORDS in it BEFORE signing this bill this time! Too many shady money mongers wanting to pad their wallets, who may try and sneak in and remove wording again.

    March 10, 2013
    • Susie, It certainly does not hurt to contact the President, but your word is more urgently needed to your Representative and Senators. They are the ones that have the ultimate call about what ends up in the Ag Bill. And we have the ultimate challenge to get the Congress to bring the Bills to Ban Horse Slaughter and Transport to Slaughter to the floor this session for a vote…

      March 10, 2013
  • Eileen Paramore

    Thankyou Paula, I had already called my Rep’s about this nonsense. When i called them to oppose horse slaughteri had already knew about the bill, but they told me about it again. I love my Reps…They are against it. I know this because i followed up on votes, who voted yay, and who voted nay. My Rep’s had always voted for the side of our horses. My Reps. represent North Carolina, they are Sen. Kay Hagan, Sen. Richard Burr, and Rep. Walter Jones

    March 28, 2013