US agriculture bill could bury horse slaughter plans

What you see in the depth of her eyes is what you are to the world.

Mid-January is too late for the January 1st opening of the slaughterhouses. There must be some way to stop them – perhaps in New Mexico AG Gary King will find a way. ~ HfH

From: HorseTalk

Michael Markarian, the chief program and policy officer of the Humane Society of the United States and president of The Fund for Animals, said the law change was urgently needed, given the pending opening of horse slaughter plants in the US.

Michael Markarian, the chief program and policy officer of the Humane Society of the United States and president of The Fund for Animals, said the law change was urgently needed, given the pending opening of horse slaughter plants in the US.

A wide-ranging agriculture bill set to be dealt with by Congress in mid-January could bury plans to resume horse slaughter on US soil.

Three plants in the US have approval from the US Department of Agriculture to slaughter horses, but the upcoming agriculture bill could again defund the federal plant inspections required for abattoirs to slaughter horses for human consumption.

Its passage would mean such plants could not operate on US soil, reinstating a prohibition that had been in place from 2007 to 2011.

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10 Comments
  • Let us all pray and hope for this

    December 25, 2013
  • Paula Denmon

    Merry Christmas. Now back to work. Stop opening in Missouri and New Mexico. Ag bill should land in our favor. Call Congress. POTUS WILL SIGN.

    December 25, 2013
  • LNorman

    P.S. I would love Maestro for Christmas, he would live with my mustang, Loverboy, and be spoiled beyond belief for all his life! My beloved Arabian, The Damn Yankee, was a grey and lived a wonderful 31 years! Just wishin’ and dreamin! Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2013
  • There is something we can do right now to stop horse slaughter plants from opening in America! Slaughtering American horses is not just an American issue — it is a global issue! We know that most, if not all, adult horses maybe be toxic to eat; since they are not raised in the food pipeline there is no telling what banned substances they have been injected with or used on their bodies. A bill was passed last week putting a ‘cap’ on the 12 US Federal Department budgets. In order for the budgets to be passed, they must not exceed the ‘caps’ set for each of the 12 budgets.

    Text from the petition link posted below:

    Sen Blunt, Sen Pryor, Rep Aderholt and Rep Farr: Keep the defunding verbiage in the Ag Budget

    Why this is important

    The defunding language was removed from the Ag Budget in 2011 in a sneaky move on the part of Sen Blunt, Sen Kohl and Rep Kingston. We are faced with equine slaughter operations opening on US soil for the first time in 6 years because of this deceptive move. We do NOT want that language removed this time! The American Taxpayer is already dealing with poor inspections of our meat due to the budget cuts. We do not want the USDA inspecting meat that will not be used in the American food supply!

    We The People are aware that the Ag Appropriations Conference will be held shortly. We urge you to leave the horse slaughter inspection defunding language (by Rep Moran) in the budget. The House and Senate Bills are identical and therefore do not need to be reconciled! They are IDENTICAL! It is undemocratic to pull out this language this time!

    Our horses are unfit for human consumption, and we do not want our tax dollars funding USDA inspections at the tune of $400k per plant, per year. 80% of Americans are opposed to equine slaughter.

    Please represent We The People, and keep the DEFUNDING in the budget! Please see http://www.kaufmanzoning.org to learn about the horror and reality of equine slaughter.”

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Sen_Blunt_Sen_Pryor_Rep_Aderholt_and_Rep_Farr_Keep_the_defunding_verbiage_in_the_Ag_Budget/?copy

    December 26, 2013
    • Nancy Watson

      We are closing the petition tonight to ensure it is delivered to the Conference members before they meet. Please sign and share far and wide tonight, we need to let them know were watching them, and counting on them to do the right thing this time!

      December 26, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    I gotta re-read this before i make a comment to make sure i fully understand. But again I sit here in tears… one of the post this morn. is about Sri Lanka Sri lankin island news about how the Prime minister there is making the island along with government a sactuary for wild horses… something like thta & i wasn’t real nice about my comment i didn’t mean any direspect but “salt on the wound” to me it just makes me hate my country leaders even more!!!

    December 26, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    tweet equine I signed the petition i will pass it on! to everyone thanx

    December 26, 2013
  • Penny Zielstorf

    We the American people are asking that our government take a stand by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094/S. 541) to prevent horse slaughter from resuming in our country and to permanently stop the shipment of our wild and domestic horses to slaughter for other countries. Please hear our voices we are asking we are the tax payers we are the people. Thank you

    December 30, 2013
    • Thank You Penny beautifully said !!!!!

      December 30, 2013