Wayne Pacelle: Horse Sense, Not Slaughter
It is great news that Jim Moran’s amendment to the 2015 AG spending bill to stop funding of horse slaughter plants in the US pass! Be sure to note the names of those politicians who are pro-horse slaughter: Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Mark Amodei (R-NV), John Carter (R-TX), Tom Cole (R-OK), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), John Culberson (R-TX), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Kay Granger (R-TX), Sam Graves (R-MO), Jaime Herrera Buetler (R-WA), Jack Kingston (R-GA), Tom Latham (R-IA), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), Martha Roby (R-AL), Hal Rogers (R-KY), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Chris Stewart (R-UT), David Valadao (R-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), Kevin Yoder (R-KS) They need to be remembered come election day. ~ HfH
From: HSUS – Wayne Pacelle’s Blog: A Humane Nation
By: Wayne Pacelle
Late this morning, the House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment, offered by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., to the 2015 agriculture spending bill, to bar U.S. Department of Agriculture funding of horse slaughter plants in the United States, by a bipartisan vote of 28-22. The Senate approved an identical amendment, offered by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., just last week.
The House and Senate versions of the spending bills will now go to a conference committee, with the anti-horse slaughter provision included in both bills. It is likely to be retained in the final measure sent to President Obama for his signature. The policy of defunding horse slaughter operations is now law, so the recent actions by the House and Senate appropriators are designed to extend the current policy they helped put in place last year. The practical effect of the action is to prevent the opening of horse slaughter plants in Iowa, Missouri and New Mexico, or in any other state that develops such a misguided plan.
Horses helped settle the country, and we owe them more than to turn them into chopped patties. Horses are not raised for food here, and they are typically dosed with a variety of drugs not appropriate for human consumption. And since there’s no market for horse meat in the United States, it’s entirely an export market, to the dwindling number of countries that tolerate horse-eating.
Obviously, we as a nation have many horses without homes. It’s best to get those horses to potential adopters or to rescues or sanctuaries. When that’s not possible, horses can be euthanized, a more humane option than random-source collection, long-distance transport, and inhumane slaughter at plants where they can see or hear other horses being killed right in front of them. When faced with this brutalization of their fellow victims, their eyes open wide like saucers and they experience fear and even terror, based on our undercover investigations of these plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Habitat for Horses is always on the lookout for a few great people at our ranches. The work is unique, the animals are special and we want folks who both know and understand the special connection our animals need.