Obama Administration Blocks Horse Slaughter

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Obama Administration Blocks the Reinstatement of Horse Slaughter | Seattle PI, Candace Calloway Whiting

For-Proposal8-450x600By including a proposal in the 2014 budget to prohibit the funding of horse meat inspection, the Obama administration essentially eliminated the possibility that horse slaughter will resume in this country. Some senators may fight this, but given the financial sequester and budget cutbacks it will be a hard sell to set aside money for something most Americans don’t want anyway.

If you are wondering why the handful of businessmen who prematurely invested in horse slaughter plants think they can strong arm congress into funding inspectors, it is because the horse breeding industry, and to some extent the entire agribusiness community is involved.

Habitat for Horses’ Jerry Finch explains it in detail in his series on slaughter:

Who really benefits from horse slaughter in America? The killer buyers? They do benefit from horse slaughter, indeed they seem to do quite well, although they are not the power behind the horse slaughter lobby, just the workers doing the dirty work. Instead, we are looking for people of social and economical status, capable of getting a hold of politicians and controlling them. Let’s keep following the money trail.

The answer to the above question comes after examining data collected by USDA at one of the US-based plants regarding the breed of slaughter bound horses. According to such data, roughly 70% of horses slaughtered are quarter horses, followed by 21% thoroughbreds and other breeds. Since quarter horses have a strong, muscular conformation, are relatively heavyweight and numerous (meaning lower prices) they are indeed preferred by the horse meat corporations, which therefore maximize the ratio of “raw matter” obtained per dollar spent purchasing the animal. However, the fact that quarter horses are slaughtered in numbers greater than any other breed is not just a mere consequence. In fact, almost any piece of pro-slaughter propaganda, misinformation and horse-butchering eulogy published in the past ten years can be traced back to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), despite the efforts of the Amarillo-based breed registry to conceal their origin by developing a network of think-tanks and phony “non-profit” organizations.

…In general, agribusiness confronts anything that remotely questions on legal, ethical, medical, scientific or social grounds not only its practices, Agribusiness, particularly the meat industry, reacts aggressively to both stronger regulations and anything that is remotely related to the humane treatment of animals or environmental protection. From livestock feedlot laws and urban waste management to horse slaughter, agribusiness always vocally opposes any piece of legislation, behavior or concept that supposes a step forward in the right direction, effectively deploying a zero tolerance policy that has become its defining signature.

The rationale behind such zero tolerance policy to preserve its economical interests and power position, agribusiness must deny any ideas generally identified as “animal welfare” or “environmentalism” from gaining a foothold in the minds of both policy makers and society. It does so by employing vast amounts of resources in direct political action and the media.

Given the recent discovery of horse meat in beef in Europe (horse meat has even been found in chicken nuggets ) and the problems associated with the toxic nature to humans of some of the drugs routinely given to horses, the meat inspection would be a quagmire even if it were financed.  All in all, it would have been an economic disaster and a political nightmare to reinstate horse slaughter, and our President is much too savvy to endorse it.




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
22 Comments
  • Kathy

    where is the like button!

    April 14, 2013
  • WELL, NIXON SIGNED THE FREE ROAMING HORSE BILL IN 1971, AND NOW OBAMA HAS EFFECTIVELY BLOCKED SLAUGHTER, BUT WHEN WILL PEOPLE WAKE UP TO THE BREED ASSOCIATION THAT ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES THE SALE OF COLTS TO FEED LOTS? WHEN I DID PMU RESCUE, ABOUT 2005, AQHA CAME OUT NOT JUST IN SUPPORT FOR SLAUGHTER , BUT BREEDING FOR SLAUGHTER. SCANDALOUS. and every person that has been shopping for a gentle horse that has come to me recently? for an Arabian? because they have been injured by a Quarter Horse.

    April 14, 2013
  • Jackie

    YES!!

    April 14, 2013
  • Roberta Hatleli

    I sincerely hope they can put a stop to the slaughter and the transport of horses for the purpose of slaughter.

    April 14, 2013
  • sherriey

    absolutely the best news i’ve had all day….but….i still hold my collective breath…….

    April 14, 2013
  • Sorry, I’ve been encouraged too many times. I hope it is so, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    April 14, 2013
  • Laura Riggs

    Thank you to everyone who put the pressure on by making phone calls, emailing and sharing information.

    Best News I’ve had in a long time!!

    April 14, 2013
  • Amy Roth

    This is awesome. I’m not an Obama supporter, but THIS, THIS is worth an applause. Good news. Thanks.

    April 14, 2013
  • BEATRICE

    I am not an Obama fan but if he can and will block the opening of horse slaughterhouses then I will give him his due…THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA.

    April 15, 2013
  • Arlene

    Halleluiah, not a Obama supporter either !!!! But you are right This demands a huge applause !!!!!!

    April 15, 2013
  • There is nothing humane about slaughter.
    this is a big step forward for banning horse slaughter in the USA. Now regs must be put in place to regulate and control breeding practices.

    April 15, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    NOW, we NEED to stop the horses being transported across the borders THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW!!!

    OUR lovely GOV. has looked the other way long enough no more we the people will NOT abide by this any longer!!!!!

    April 15, 2013
  • Bob

    The fact that the president has not actually come out against slaughtering horses for food is a sad comentary on the current political climate. The sequester and the lack of funds get the credit. Believe me, I’ll take it from any source and for any reason, such as the fear of health threat from equine medication and drugs. But the American people must continue to made aware of the situation through any means possible. Jerry has done an admirable job of documenting the true situation for us. Now we must continue to write our local, state and federal officials. I feel certain that the letters delivered to Mr. Obama through Jerry’s previous efforts have had an impact. Let’s enjoy this victory while we realize the war on horse slaughter rages on.

    April 15, 2013
  • Nancy B

    Thank you Jerry!

    April 15, 2013
  • cynthia

    I am really worried because these drooling blood thirsty killer buyers are getting bold! Lock your gates! Push the Congress and White House! We need to take action, Do not stand still and just wait.

    April 19, 2013
  • This is very good news! Kudos Obama!

    June 2, 2013
    • well, about the only thing the administration is doing correctly.

      June 2, 2013
  • Arlene

    OK since he blocked Horse Slaughter , that means there will be no horse slaughter in America RIGHT, no horse slaughter plant in NM , Right ?????

    June 2, 2013
      • Arlene

        Bottomline ??? Why are they trying to open slaughter houses !!!!!!

        June 3, 2013
  • To the point of “Agribusiness, particularly the meat industry, reacts aggressively to both stronger regulations and anything that is remotely related to the humane treatment of animals or environmental protection” nails it!! As a trainer who produced an entire training and horsekeeping program on HUMANE values and environmental awareness I continue to stand firm pushing back on the Agribusiness world and will continue. It threatens their “MONEY & GREED” if horses become revered and removed from the livestock category through “humane treatment” the slippery slope to improving conditions of cows and pigs will follow at great cost to the few who are grossly invested. The awakening cannot be stopped as the working class joins together in a united front demanding reverence and impeccable stewardship for ALL the species we share this planet with. The horse is a corner stone for the shift in awareness and great change that aids in saving our planet. You may think this is an overreaction, but I ask that you consider the greater picture and ramifications of our continued behavior as a species that has great power – with great power comes great responsibility……………

    June 2, 2013
  • Well said Missy!

    June 3, 2013