New Budget BANS Horse Slaughter Inspectors!


Breaking News from Equine Welfare Alliance, comments from Jerry Finch

images-20Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has entered this statement into the new budget:

Page 197 of Dept. of Agriculture Appendix

SEC. 725. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to

pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to-(1) inspect horses under section

3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603); (2) inspect horses

under section 903 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform

Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104127); or (3) implement or

enforce section 352.19 of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations.

This will renew the ban on horse meat inspectors that was removed by the back room acts of the pro-slaughter advocates that roam the Halls of Congress and make any thought of opening another US equine slaughterhouse nothing more than a complete waste of time. The budget hasn’t passed yet, not until the suits in DC scream and yell at one another and all the lobbyist have a chance to make private donations to the retirement funds of their favorite Senators and Representatives, but know that there are a few people in DC on our side that actually want to see horse slaughter end.


AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Debbie Tracy

    Oh my goodness I can’t breath, I don’t dare breath!?!? This is a step a HUGE step and I hope of course this will go through and I am not makeing light of it BUT I want it all to stop I don’t want our horses going across the borders you know, cause they still will BUT this is a start right Hopefully I don’t dare get to excited!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS, wonder how Valley Meat and Oklahoma are breathing??

    April 10, 2013
  • Margaret

    Eventhough I’m not in Washington count me in! It will be a HAPPY HAPPY day when slaughter is banned once nd for all.

    April 10, 2013
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    April 10, 2013
  • Judy Wendt

    Now, let’s get the federal budget passed so this Ag. Appropriations Bill is included in the law of the land. Watch those sneaky back room politicians – including Sue Wallis – who may try to attach a rider like they did in 2011 that allows inspections. In the meantime, work hard to pass the SAFE Act. There are now 65 sponsors in the House, 49-Ds and just 16-Rs. Get more republicans in your state on board as 80% of this country wants!!!! They work for us.

    April 10, 2013
  • I am crying happy tears..thank you Jesus for answering my prayers.

    April 10, 2013
  • janwindsong

    It is GOOD to know he has pur backs. Go team! Send this news tp ypour DC reps.

    April 10, 2013
  • Arlene

    May I second that wonderful Spirited Halleluiah and follow it with a Huge Thank You !!!!!!!!!!! to all here and Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack …………….

    April 10, 2013
  • Jade

    WOOHOO! Now is the time to really push this through, and as Judy commented above, make sure it doesn’t end up on an obscure bill as a “rider”! Dancing my way to a disco beat! Blessed BE!

    April 10, 2013
  • Jade

    In the immortal words of Eliot Ness (played by Kevin Costner in the UNTOUCHABLES): NEVER STOP FIGHTING TILL THE FIGHT IS OVER!!!!

    April 10, 2013
  • Daryl

    We need to pray, and hope and see what comes of it.
    We need a break here for these animals.

    April 10, 2013
  • I’ll believe it after there is no chance of the dirty birds entering a back room and it’s passed. This however is only the cake in the problem. We still need the icing to stop export!! This time we can’t allow our dirty boys to shelve the ban. We must be diligent and pound them till they get it on the floor. No more shelving the bans allowed!

    April 10, 2013
  • Bev Lowe

    Now they need to make transporting horse to slaughter illegal…

    April 10, 2013
  • Debbie Richmond

    That’s encouraging. I would be watchful, however, for riders approving private inspections given that federal gov’t agencies don’t appear to be much more than PR machines and middlemen for corporations.

    And this is a timely PR move for Vilsack who apparently has his eye on running for governor.

    There also has been no slowdown of loose horses at auctions after the EU ban, price has dropped in some areas but I hear they’re being stockpiled and put in cold storage along with beef. Follow the beef market and you can figure out where the horses disappear to.

    Horse racing is an “agricultural” pursuit, so you hopefully can connect the dots between Ag and gambling. Many states are campaigning hard for more online gambling, more racinos, Ohio’s got 2 new ones in the works – more gambling means more dead horses, thanks to the puppy mill horse breeders who idealize, exploit and discard horses like toilet paper, so if you can manage to talk the gambling industry out of using live animals and move toward betting on what doesn’t eat you might have a long shot at stopping the neverending trainwreck.

    No federal law is going to stop horse slaughter, that is the point that needs to be driven home to the public who are crusading for more empty promises. In case anyone hasn’t noticed, our Constitution has been all but ignored of late.

    I respect and appreciate human altruism, but it’s destructive when you ignore reality.

    April 11, 2013
    • Judy Wendt

      Debbie, if altruism doesn’t combat profiteering what will? You are right about the attached riders to bills. Governmental officials need to be watched and their suspicious behavior (like what happened in 2011) reported more carefully. Now that the issue with horses is at the fore front, I am hopeful they will be protected and the specter of this horror abates – at least for horses. Without this “demand” over breeding shouldn’t continue.

      April 11, 2013
    • sherriey

      i agree with you…i am realistic…i hold my collective breath…..and pray…..

      April 11, 2013
  • Donna McArdle

    I have shivers , goosebumps, omg the voice of reason finally! all of us who advocate for the horses need to continue to work to get the safe act passed…. This is just the first step, imagine the day that the American horses are no longer slaughtered for meat? It will an amazing day! Thank you Tom Vislak! Call and thank him!

    April 11, 2013
  • Pamela Vise

    Praise the Lord and St. Francis (patron saint of animals). Thanks Jerry

    April 11, 2013
  • I want to thank Tom Vislak, for introducing this bill. Just because I live in Canada doesn’t mean I agree with horse slaughter, I don’t and I will never rest until the last slaughter house is closed (in Canada) and Mexico.

    April 11, 2013
  • Dianne Meyer

    Keep pushing every day.Email,call all the reps and committee members.We need this to be able to have some time to work on passing the bills to ban horse slaughter and transportation to slaughter for any purpose within and out of the U S .Then we need to get horses out of Livestock and into companion and working animals.Let the breeders keep all the tax breaks they have just remove horses from livestock definition.

    April 11, 2013
  • elizabeth dana

    Please tell us the next steps in the process who do we call etc how do we watch for the language….

    April 14, 2013
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    April 15, 2013