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Congress Blocks Slaughtering Horses For Meat In U.S.
NPR ^ | January 17, 2014 | Allison Aubrey

Posted on 01/19/2014 2:34:06 PM PST by nickcarraway

Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests.

Americans may recoil at the thought of eating horse meat, but other countries feel quite differently, as the sign above this butcher shop in Paris attests.

When a federal ban on slaughtering horses to produce horse meat was lifted several years back, ranchers including Rick De Los Santos, a New Mexico rancher and owner of Valley Meat Co., stepped up to start operations with an aim to export the meat.

But, as we've reported, his plans for a horse meat slaughterhouse have hit major roadblocks. There have been lawsuits to stop him and others trying to get into the business. And plenty of stories about the ick factor evoked by the image of butchering a beautiful thoroughbred.

Now, given a bit of language written into the omnibus spending bill that was approved by the Senate on Thursday night, it's seeming more certain that there will be no horse slaughtering on U.S. soil in the foreseeable future. The House already approved the spending measure, which now heads to President Obama for his signature.

The provision bans the funding of U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections at horse slaughter plants. And without inspections, slaughterhouses can't be in business. Game over.

"Americans do not want to see scarce tax dollars used to oversee an inhumane, disreputable horse slaughter industry," Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society argues in a press release. He has been lobbying for a ban on funding for horse slaughter inspections.

"We don't have dog and cat slaughter plants in the U.S. catering to small markets overseas, and we shouldn't have horse slaughter operations for that purpose, either," Pacelle writes.

For retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), it's a win he helped usher through.

"These incredible companion animals don't deserve to be callously slaughtered for human consumption," his office wrote in an email to The Salt. "We fought hard for the past three years to reinstate this ban to prevent slaughter facilities from reopening on American soil."

The flip side of the argument is that horse slaughter is a practical way to handle the problem of abandoned horses. Horses can be very expensive to maintain, and when owners can't afford them, it's not unheard of for them to be sent to factories in Mexico and Canada.

That's the argument put forth by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who tried but failed to strike the ban on funding inspections from the spending bill.

"Without these facilities, aging horses are often neglected or forced to endure cruel conditions as they are transported to processing facilities across the border," Inhofe wrote in a release. "This provision is counterproductive to what animal rights activists are hoping to achieve."

And Inhofe is not giving up yet.

Before Thursday night's Senate vote, Inhofe said he and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OKla.) plan to introduce separate legislation that would lift the ban on funding for horse slaughterhouse inspections.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; business; foodsupply; horses; meat; multiculturalism
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1 posted on 01/19/2014 2:34:06 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The utterly-corrupt EXEMPT treasonous HATED Congress
just has not found a way to make money from it ... yet.


2 posted on 01/19/2014 2:37:09 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: nickcarraway
and they say congress can't get anything done. no matter what else happens, the horse meat thing is handled
3 posted on 01/19/2014 2:38:12 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: nickcarraway
Lewis and Clark et. al. et plenty of Dog.

Where are the Dog slaughter houses?

4 posted on 01/19/2014 2:38:23 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

T. Boone Pickens trophy wife, Madeleine, gets her way again.


5 posted on 01/19/2014 2:39:21 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Shwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: nickcarraway

Cows seem so much more vegetative than horses. I wouldn’t want to see horses slaughtered on the same scale as cows. I’m no expert on the subject.


6 posted on 01/19/2014 2:39:37 PM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: nickcarraway

Why couldn’t the states decide this for themselves?

The feds could ban horsemeat crossing state lines if they wanted to be intrusive.


7 posted on 01/19/2014 2:41:10 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: nickcarraway

I’d certainly at least try it. I eat chicken feet and sea cucumbers.


8 posted on 01/19/2014 2:41:37 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: nickcarraway

It is shortsighted, tree-huggin’ do-gooders like these idiots that have led to many people simply turning their domestic horses out on federal or state lands to fend for themselves. They become unwitting prey to various other animals, or die from exposure, exhaustion or dehydration.
Animals that have been cared-for their entire lives are ill equipped to survive in the wild.
But, these jackasses would rather that, than a more humane end. Processing horse meat is no different than beef, pork, or poultry; or, deer, wild turkey, pheasant, squirrel, rabbit, and on and on and on.

Get past the supposed ick factor and really consider the better approach.


9 posted on 01/19/2014 2:41:39 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: nickcarraway

“I’ll sign the bill as long as it doesn’t include dogs...”
bHusseinO

smile
smile


10 posted on 01/19/2014 2:45:06 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: nickcarraway

But slaughtering babies is A-OK


11 posted on 01/19/2014 2:47:20 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: PubliusMM

Worse than that are the much longer, grueling hauls to the Mexican border where they’ll ~still~ be slaughtered with very little in the way of “humane” treatment.


12 posted on 01/19/2014 2:48:02 PM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: nickcarraway

Wonderful news. There is no humane way to slaughter horses. Plus most horse meat would not be fit for human consumption because of the drugs commonly used in routine horse care such as wormers.


13 posted on 01/19/2014 3:02:33 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: DoughtyOne

Horses, dogs, bald eagles, et al must be available for consumption if there’s a market for their meat, and if not, if someone wants to create one for the same.

The Government can’t dictate what the people want to eat.


14 posted on 01/19/2014 3:06:34 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: lastchance

There’s no humane way to slaughter anything, if horses can’t be slaughtered humanely.


15 posted on 01/19/2014 3:08:17 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: lastchance

If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anything humanely.


16 posted on 01/19/2014 3:08:32 PM PST by Benito Cereno
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To: PubliusMM

And shipping them to a less humane slaughter is even more stupid.


17 posted on 01/19/2014 3:23:02 PM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: nickcarraway

Wow, great priorities! Horses trump punishing the IRS!


18 posted on 01/19/2014 3:23:34 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Paladin2

I recently made the mistake of Googling “dog” and “Chinese food” while looking for animal halloween costumes.

Not a mistake I will make again.

Eye opening..... to say the least.


19 posted on 01/19/2014 3:26:47 PM PST by digger48
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To: nickcarraway

65-70 years ago i used to buy horsemeat for cat food all the time.


20 posted on 01/19/2014 3:37:18 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Diogenesis

It is amazing that the democrats can pull off such a sneaky victory for oppressive laws.

There ain’t nothing wrong with people who eat houses, and there ain’t nothing but wast to let a houses perfectly good meat rot. Whats next will we be prohibited from eating cows and chickens because loonitic out east anthropomisized them?

Please Let the democratic lawmakers that made this happen know that instead of horse meat they owe these people the food “culturally acceptable food” off their own table.

This particular usurpation however is a direct product of the FDA which apparent mandates that they have to inspect everything we eat. So i guess a lot of people won’t be eating perfectly good food because the FDA demands the right to look at it first without even the time or money to do so.


21 posted on 01/19/2014 3:46:44 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Paladin2

“Lewis and Clark et. al. et plenty of Dog.
Where are the Dog slaughter houses?”

It would be fun to ask democrats seriously how many poor people around the world are starving to-death because they have outlawed their food supply because Democrats in their arrogance have deemed that food “actually unacceptable” or have otherwise decided that the animal is more important than the person.


22 posted on 01/19/2014 3:50:39 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: nickcarraway

Let PETA get strong enough and it will be...

Congress Blocks Slaughtering Cows For Meat In U.S.


23 posted on 01/19/2014 3:51:09 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Monorprise
"the animal is more important than the person. (Bammy is an animal?)"

Whatta 'bout insects? (They are going to inherit the Earth)

24 posted on 01/19/2014 3:52:32 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: tet68
"Congress Blocks Slaughtering Cows For Meat In U.S."

Holy Cow!

25 posted on 01/19/2014 3:53:10 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: dalereed

“65-70 years ago i used to buy horsemeat for cat food all the time.”

People in other parts of the world still eat the stuff. I don’t see anything wrong with eating anything nonhuman. We live in a world of food. People who get picky based upon anthropomorphic ideas are the first to starve.

In this case the Democrats have decided that others should starve because they don’t happen to like the idea of eating what they eat.


26 posted on 01/19/2014 3:53:47 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: nickcarraway

PETA

People
Eating
Tasty
Animals


27 posted on 01/19/2014 3:55:05 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: nickcarraway

Taking care of horses, but not veterans...although this won’t be good for horses, either, IMHO. Horses will still go to slaughter - just be sold for less $$$ and sent to Mexico for humane slaughter there! < / sarc >


28 posted on 01/19/2014 3:55:16 PM PST by Mr Rogers (Liberals are like locusts...)
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To: Monorprise
" loonitic out east"

Yep, ya never hear much about the Loonie and Toonie hunters.


29 posted on 01/19/2014 3:57:03 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

Obsessive animal lovers have decreed that every dog or cat born DESERVES to be fed a proper diet and given warm and secure housing until the dysfunctions of natural old age can no longer be remediated. It appears that horses are now to be added to the roster of pampered quadrupeds, whatever the cost.
My local TV “news” producers/reporters devote a great deal of time to promoting adoption of animal pets, but none to promoting adoption of human children that lack private homes and personal parental care and attention.


30 posted on 01/19/2014 3:57:32 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: digger48
"Eye opening..... to say the least. "

Many have been there b4. (without being any happier about the situation)

31 posted on 01/19/2014 4:00:06 PM PST by Paladin2
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32 posted on 01/19/2014 4:01:44 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ?............................ Enforce the Bill of Rights............ It's the LAW !!!)
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To: Atlas Sneezed

“Why couldn’t the states decide this for themselves?

The feds could ban horsemeat crossing state lines if they wanted to be intrusive.”

I agree this is constitutionally at most a state issue.

That being said only a moron outlaws a food source, and that is what were talking about here. If that food is poisons the punishment is getting sick, ain’t no legitimate reason for State involvement.

That being said the unconstitutional problem is the so called “U.S. Department of Agriculture” inspections requirement which is no doubt an outgrown of the usurpation of our right to intrastate commerce.

The congressmen need to focus on abolishing that requirement not forcing the rest of us to pay for the Federal employee inspection of food most of us we won’t ever eat.

If someone wants to buy and eat horse meat let them inspect it themselves.


33 posted on 01/19/2014 4:04:09 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Carry_Okie
Well, THAT explains everything:


34 posted on 01/19/2014 4:04:41 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I guess the only thing we got going for our freedom to eat is that the animals aren’t generally cute enough to inspire a liberals anthropomorphic affection.

The same thing goes for plants, whom most liberals see as fixtures of the landscape rather than living things they can put faces and feelings to.


35 posted on 01/19/2014 4:09:40 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Elsiejay

Theses people are nuts, all theses beasts are animals nothing more. Don’t want to eat them? Fine! Don’t eat them but deny anther man in anther place the right to eat them and he just might stave because of you!

If a liberal doesn’t want anyone else to eat something they should forgo eating themselves so that their food may be sent to feed the family who’s food they outlawed.


36 posted on 01/19/2014 4:13:10 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: nickcarraway

Father-in-law ate it in Germany after the war...ate it at a defeated Nazi camp...it was a big bbq’d steak...he said it was fine...


37 posted on 01/19/2014 4:14:32 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Pajama-boy-in-chief's beatings continue until morale improves.)
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To: lastchance

Do you have an answer as to what we should do with about 90,000 unwanted horses per year? Without slaughter they are worthless so that is how most unwanted horses are treated; abandoned, abused, starved. If slaughter here is not legal but they can be trucked to Mexico the haul is harder for them and no one with any authority in Mexico cares how they are treated or slaughtered. Truth is most of the horrific videos of horse slaughter were not filmed here but in Mexico. At least if it is legalized here it can be regulated.

Anyone that is against slaughter should be busy figuring out what to do with the unwanted horses first. We all know the problem is irresponsible owners and breeders, same as with dogs and cats. Reality is there is no way to stop irresponsible breeders and owners and that is why so many dogs and cats are killed every day in this country.


38 posted on 01/19/2014 4:15:49 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: Tammy8

Thank you for posting that. The problem is being greatly exacerbated by the 0bama Economy too. Many horse owners are finding themselves in a no win situation.


39 posted on 01/19/2014 4:21:17 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Atlas Sneezed
The feds could ban horsemeat crossing state lines if they wanted to be intrusive.

That is the case with all meat sales. Exports are not possible without FSIS approval though.

40 posted on 01/19/2014 4:27:41 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Monorprise
"The same thing goes for plants"

I've always wondered just where are the plants' rights activists?

should we have laws AGAINST cutting your lawn?

Eating plants or, even worse, the seeds of plants?

41 posted on 01/19/2014 4:30:57 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“Well, THAT explains everything:”

Dinner on the hoof!


42 posted on 01/19/2014 4:35:48 PM PST by dalereed
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To: nickcarraway

I wish there were some document that spelled out exactly what the federal government could do. It seems like they’re always making laws.


43 posted on 01/19/2014 4:41:43 PM PST by thesharkboy (posting without reading the article since 1998)
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To: CincyRichieRich

I’ve had horse meat. There’s not much flavor to it compared to beef; it’s too lean. Meat needs a certain amount of fat in it to have a good flavor.

Morally, I have no objection to it. If a horse is going to be put down because it’s injured (not diseased) and the meat isn’t used, it’s a waste of good food that a hungry person could be eating. I don’t know that I’d especially like to see a horse meat industry, however.


44 posted on 01/19/2014 4:48:04 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: nickcarraway

This issue shows better than any other why the 19th Amendment was a really bad idea.


45 posted on 01/19/2014 4:50:58 PM PST by NVDave
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To: beelzepug
it’s a waste of good food that a hungry person could be eating

Horse burgers, horse salad, horse pie, horse chops, horse ribs, horse tacos, spaghetti and horse balls...

46 posted on 01/19/2014 4:56:39 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: nickcarraway

A lot of backhoes are rented out on an hourly basis here in the Midwest.


47 posted on 01/19/2014 5:01:21 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: nickcarraway

Typical feel-good leftism that will create unintended consequences and problems bigger than the ones the law intended to solve.


48 posted on 01/19/2014 5:03:15 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Tammy8
The anti slaughter nuts and Obama’s economy has destroyed the horse market. Slaughter prices kept a floor under horse prices. Now many horses are worthless. Responsible breeders of quality animals that regular folks can afford are getting out in droves. Soon the horse world will belong to the rich only. The horse industry was a large industry that provided a lot of jobs. Now it is dying. It has been my life for over fifty years. I hate that many people now will never have the joy of being in horses. Not to mention the suffering of the animals
49 posted on 01/19/2014 5:05:26 PM PST by Himyar
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To: NVDave

“...19th Amendment was a really bad idea.”

You’re a braver man than I am, Dave.


50 posted on 01/19/2014 5:12:24 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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