The Brits are mad and the Pros are raving


July 17, 2013

On the other side of the pond, consumers in the EU are starting to question why no one has been held criminally negligent for the horsemeat scandal. I guess they aren’t used to the way our officials handle bad guys like Tom Davis. 

British lawmakers blast slow horsemeat scandal probe


images-24LONDON (AFP) –  British lawmakers on Tuesday condemned the slow pace of the investigation into Europe’s horsemeat scandal, with no prosecutions in Britain six months after the problems emerged.

Parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee said British and Irish authorities had failed to recognise the scale of the scandal, which led to thousands of beef products being pulled from supermarkets across Europe after they were found to contain horsemeat.

“We are concerned at the failure of authorities in both the UK and Ireland to acknowledge the extent of this and to bring prosecutions,” the committee said in a report.

It added that the scandal had revealed that a “complex, highly organised network” of companies were involved in the “fraudulent and illegal” mislabelling of meat.

“We are dismayed at the slow pace of investigations and would like assurance that prosecutions will be mounted where there is evidence of fraud or other illegal activity,” the report added. CONTINUED….

Ah, but here in the good ol’ USA things are different. When we’re told something, we believe it, right? In Utah, lawmakers are meeting to discuss the horrible situation with horses and doing their best to understand what they can do to help. Bless ’em and their selfless little hearts.

Horse slaughter to be discussed in legislative hearing

Deseret News, By Amy Joi O’Donoghue

imagesSALT LAKE CITY — Jacob Anderegg is a Lehi lawmaker who has watched many of his Utah County neighbors struggle to care for their horses in tough economic times.

“If you have to make a choice to feed your family or your horse, should government stand in the way?”

Anderegg, a Republican, said the options of what to do with unwanted horses are slim across the country and he wants his colleagues on the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee to be briefed in their Wednesday afternoon meeting about what is legal, and what isn’t, in Utah.

“The main purpose is to have a discussion and bring it before the committee to have an open dialogue and a discussion of the salient points,” he said.

Horses can be legally slaughtered in Utah for pet food, for example, but the Utah Department of Agriculture said it knows of no rendering plant that would take a horse for pet food because there simply isn’t a market.

I’ll let you read the rest of the garbage, uh… discussion by clicking HERE

Meanwhile, a few miles down the road, the good folks in Missouri are expressing their thankfulness for having Rains Natural Meat and horse slaughter facility opening in Gallatin, Home of the horse-loving Amish. I’ll gladly give you the link to the article, “WHAT OTHERS SAY: Humane horse slaughter may serve sound purpose,” but I don’t want to put any of their words on this page. I seriously fear my readers might have a foaming-at-the-mouth fit. Read it if you must, but check in with your therapist before leaving home.

Facts to ponder: Propaganda is a powerful tool used to manipulate the unthinking, reactive masses. We are all subjected to its influence. Those last two articles are prime examples of professionally produced “news” articles designed solely to bring profit to the pockets of a few at the expense of the horses. No horse was ever slaughtered in any slaughterhouse to aid the American public or to assist in controlling the population of horses. The overpopulation of horses, if it is a problem, was created by the same people that want horse slaughter – the mass breeders, namely the AQHA and all its sister organizations.

Think what would happen if cloning became a way to produce winning foals. Instead of churning out hundreds of babies (and registering all of them at birth), a cloning breeder would only produce and register a handful each year. Alas, a giant drop in registrations.  Now you know why the AQHA is in court today fighting the registration of clones.

In the past, I’ve challenged pro-slaughter organizations and individuals to come up with just one logical, true reason for horse slaughter other than money. That challenge is still valid today. Put aside all the propaganda crap, throw away the “hundreds of starving horses wandering through the National Parks” stories, don’t come here whining about trying to help the poor horse owner who can’t afford a bullet. One reason, that’s all I want, other than money. If you can, then I will support the cause. Amaze me with the one fact that will cause me to say, “Damn, I never thought about that.”

3amigosBecause you can’t. The horse slaughter supporters don’t want to admit to the public that they are in it only for the money. Like a secret cult, they protect their own. The “Friends of Salazar” and flag wavers of Sloppy Sue, the horse-haters of the BLM and the “Protect from Prosecution” supporters in the EU stand side-by-side not because they care about one another, but because they lust after the blood money the cult brings them.

And the noble, majestic horse means more to them dead than alive.


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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Robynne Catheron

    Have any of the prospective plants stated how they’re planning to dispose of the blood and bones, and other unusable parts? I haven’t been able to find any information whatsoever, and I’d sure like to know. I’m sure some of the townspeople are interested as well. Also, how do the three mayors feel about having slaughterhouses in their towns? Are they looking forward to the stench and the horses’ screams and the surprising lack of promised jobs? I wonder why we haven’t heard of uprisings and anti-slaughter rallies and mass protests in these towns, did they all drink the Kool aid?

    July 17, 2013
    • Robynne Catheron

      Sorry, that rant was nowhere near related to your article. I’m just seething mad. 🙁

      July 17, 2013
    • I don’t think they know what they don’t know. IF they do start slaughtering horses, they will find out in record time what we have been trying to tell them was the TRUTH.

      July 20, 2013
    • Robynne Catheron

      Oh my. Excellent work, indeed.

      July 17, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      You’re not kidding!

      I posted a comment there.

      Thanks, Jerry. (Actually, I get Animal Blawg regularly, but hadn’t seen it yet, ‘cuz went to YOUR blog first! 🙂 )

      July 17, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    I wrote to the lawmaker yesterday on his facebook message page, and it was a sincere honest analogy of what horse slaughter really is guess I probably did it for nothing right??

    Also read the other and commented yesterday?? It seems to me right now the devil has it’s claws way out and our fight to stop this is NOT being heard?? Oh my goodness what on earth can we do??? I was on the NM against horse slaughter facebook page and asked if anyone knew since court date is now in NM is this better or worse, they felt it would be worse, NICE right, I sure hope to god they are wrong??? It really all hinges on AUG 2 doesn’t it????

    July 17, 2013
    • JanSchultz

      It is what it is Debbie. Keep fighting. Keep writing to educate. Keep the pressure on the politicians. Never give up and I Know you won’t.

      July 18, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Oh gosh I had to write again, I am and will continue to help stop this, just had to rant above I guess, SORRY call the white house executive order call call call I WILL TOO 🙂

    July 17, 2013
  • Debra Gordon

    I’ve gone to my representatives in person, and laid upon their desks and sat across from their interns, and told them with facts, photos, and polls. All against horse slaughter. What I want is concrete answers to why they do not fear the solid 80% of Americans and possibly 92% of Americans who are against it. Why does this not make them slam their fists down and say, “NO! My constituents are against it!” But they are listening to corporations like AQHA, and their minions, and Stinky Sue, and Silly Salazar. Not to those who placed them there in the first place. I am going to continue to stir this pot here in DC. You can bet on that.

    July 17, 2013
  • Daryl

    Does any one think any body cares about the abuse of these horses? I don’t think they care at all, and we are a bother to them, I want to be a thorn in their sides, NO more horses to go to slaughter.

    July 17, 2013
    • JanSchultz

      Most people have no idea this is happening. They do love horses just don’t have their ear to the ground. Keep writing, write to your local newspaper, write to your political representatives, write to every article you see. Keep fighting.

      July 18, 2013
  • There has been progress. Both Chambers of Congress have the defunding language in their respective versions of the Budget, something which never happened before.

    We do have increased interest in the SAFE Act in DC. Probably not enough to pass it, but you never know.

    We have the July 31 deadline when the EU has SAID they will stop accepting our horses in EU certified horse slaughter plants – which where our horses go in Mexico and Canada – because of lack of traceability. Don’t know how this will play out, but people in the EU and UK are plenty steamed about the horse meat scandal, and many have been calling for an end to importing North American horse meat because of cruelty issues.

    We are closer than we’ve ever been. Keep fighting!!!!

    July 20, 2013
  • GREAT post, Jerry!

    July 20, 2013