Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Congress Has Another Chance to End Horse Slaughter - Will They Blow It Again?

Congress Has a Chance to Strike a Blow Against Horse Slaughter

By Bonnie Erbe, July 14, 2009 03:40 PM ET | US News & World Report;
Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Today is Save the Horses Day (my phrase) on Capitol Hill for equine enthusiasts nationwide. The Humane Society and Animal Welfare Institute have invited horse lovers and rescue operations from across the country to convene at the U.S. Capitol to lobby their House members and Senators to support a bill that would ban the transport of U.S. horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.

I covered the group's breakfast session in the Russell Senate Office Building where Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) addressed the crowd. She explained her life-long love of horses and why she's one of four co-authors (along with Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.)) of a bill, S-727/H.R. 503, to ban transport for horse slaughter.

Several years ago the last horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. was shuttered. But the bloody doors flew wide open at Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses, waiting for the outflow of horses shipped from the United States. Transport of these mostly healthy, mostly young (average age: 7) horses in crowded, open trailers for days, almost always without food or water, is horrible enough. Then, they are lined up where untrained low-wage workers shoot bolts into their brains. The horses can take hours to die and the bolts frequently miss. You could not imagine a more inhumane fate.

Both groups discussed the "myth" of the unwanted horse. So-called killer buyers are making so much money off of horses' misery, they now outbid rescue groups trying to save the horses.

The bill, by the way, encourages as an alternative to transport, humane euthanization here in the U.S. by gunshot or sedation. I don't agree with that portion of the bill, but gun crazed horse killers can't complain the bill robs them of the power to kill their own horses. Unfortunately, it does not. What they lose by killing the horses themselves is the $400 fee the horse would bring at auction. And if they kill the horse legally, they usually have to pay something to dispose of the remains.

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Christine A Jubic aka "MuleKist" of NY
Jul 15, 2009 16:13:19 PM

We Dont Need No Stinkin Bill to End Horse Slaughter

They have an Anti-Horse Slaughter "Lobby Day" every year in Washington DC. We have been lobbying and submitting anti-horse slaughter bills since our own senator from NY (Sweeney) submitted the first one waaaay back in the mid to late 90's. There has been some form of anti-horse slaughter bill "on the hill" eversince, and you would think it would be apparent to the anti-horse slaughter camp by now that it just aint gonna happen. They WILL NOT pass our bills I dont care how much support the politicians claim to give will never be banned through the legislative process. There is just too much $pecial Intere$t Money Involved on the Pro-slaughter side, most of it coming from BigAg and the cattlemen, the rest coming from the Equine Industry itself; The Jockey Club, the Breed associations like the AQHA, APHA, etc.

However, the GOOD NEWS is, that we dont need a bill to end horse slaughter....all we need to do is hold the Industry ACCOUNTABLE for all the "unwanted" horses they are producing & promoting the breeding of. Afterall, it is they that are claiming a "need" for horse slaughter to dispose of the horses that are no longer profitable for them to use.

Cut and paste the link below to your web browser to learn more about our "Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter" Industry Accountability Campaigns,....We are tired of asking nicely and waitin for our bills to pass,...

NOW is the time for DEMANDS!

See you in SARATOGA this summer where we will let the TB racing industry have it again !

Be there or be square!

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