Skip to comments.Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption
Posted on 11/29/2011 4:55:10 PM PST by SJackson
Horse slaughter plants are legal again in the United States. Restrictions on horse meat processing for human consumption have been lifted.
In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture. On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.
Horse slaughter has been prohibited in the United States as funding for inspections of horses in transit and at slaughter houses was non-existent. This worked because the horse meat cannot be sold for human consumption without such inspections. The House version of the bill retained the de-funding language and the Senate version did not. The conference committee charged with reconciling the two opted to not include it. The result is that it is now legal to slaughter horses for humans to eat.
Notwithstanding that 70% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, that President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption (horses can be sent to Mexico and Canada), that documentation of animal cruelty, slaughterhouse stench, fluid runoff and negative community impact exists, it is taxpayers that will bear the costs!
Wyoming state representative Sue Wallis and her pro-slaughter group estimate that between 120,000 and 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year and that Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, are considering opening slaughter plants.
During these trying times, is the only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Americans need to eat horses?
Tastes like chicken./s
I had 2013 in the pool for when the USA becomes an official 3rd world nation. Damn!
“is the only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Americans need to eat horses?”
Is there any serious argument FOR the government telling us what meats we can and cannot consume?
The only real story here is Obama trying to jump in and take credit for congress repealing a mess they had ill advisedly made.
It's been a couple years since we visited this topic. At the time I think the issue was shipping horses to France, where humans eat them.
Can't blame Obama till he signs the bill, but he's written about eating dog in Indonesia, so this shouldn't be an issue.
Personally I'm not a horse fan, but I certainly wouldn't eat one for various reasons. I suppose eating horse doesn't have to be illegal, but I always wonder about the impetus to changes. Is there a "let's eat horse" lobby? Do they want horse as an ingredient on Iron Chef?
Just because Americans don’t eat horse meat is no reason to ban slaughterhouses from processing horses for export. Such bans merely lead to the export of live horses who are then slaughtered in Mexico and then Mexican’s end up with jobs that Americans could definitely use right about now.
Oh, and when you live on a ranch you discover that “wild horse” is how you say ‘pigeon’ in the country.
A Muslim Holiday special?
Read the labels on the hamburger and dog food contents, very, very carefully!
This is disgusting! I’ll eat alot of things, but I draw the line at horses. What’s next? Dogs and cats? And people say he’s compassionate!
I guess they cannot print food stamps fast enough to keep up with Obama’s give-away programs....
No, and yes. Don't know if this crosses the threshold, but practically the politician that supports the right to eat cats and dogs will lose. Horses, who knows.
“Wilbu-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r! Put down the chain saw!”
The propaganda said that slaughtering horses for dog food had been made illegal. Maybe that was a lie. If you want European style steak tartar, go back to Italy. This is not Europe.
Can I get fries with that?
As much as we all like horses, this is a good thing. Here in OK, hay and grain prices coupled with the bad economy have forced people to turn their horses loose. You can’t give horses away anymore. I don’t know how many free horses I have turned down this fall. Taking them to the live stock auction used to get you at least $100, now even young but unbroken horses bring less than the $10 auction fee.
Or domestic consumption. I guess it's a values thing. I've no real position either way, other than to note that if most American's oppose horse slaughter, haven't a clue, then there's no reason to change. Same position on dogs and cats.
Back in the day (1970’s) I bought canned horse meat in the generic aisle in the supermarket.
It made great chili & other dishes while camping. Tasted good too.
look for Flicka, Fury, Silver, Scout, Trigger etc;..
As a longtime horse owner, this disgusts me. Horses are not cows.
Actually it tastes like a cross between beef and venison.
I had it in Russia and it was pretty good.
This is actually a good thing (and I say this as a horse owner). It used to be legal here, and slaughterhouses were humane (well, as much as they can be) and the horses were also scanned for chips indicating that they were owned and may have been rustled from a field. When US slaughterhouses were made illegal, horses were then taken to the closest ones, in Mexico, which is both a longer trip and where conditions are probably pretty horrible.
Horses that are sent to slaughter are sometimes old work horses, but often are untameable horses (such as mustangs that somebody has bought way too late to domesticate), dangerous horses with a history of attacking human beings, and deformed or permanently injured horses from institutional settings (breeding farms, for example).
It would be much better for them to be sent to local slaughterhouses that followed US practice and also checked them to see if they were branded or chipped and if the owner was aware that the horse had been sent there. Horse rustling is still a big thing in rural areas where people leave horses out in distant pastures near the road.
That’s not right Willburrr.
I think it's better to slaughter these animals than to leave it up to the owners to starve them.
Anyone who disagrees with me on this matter is SICK.
Can only imagine the law suits and 'issues' when people find that the meat served up; was not what it was supposed to be and we are all on alert for 'buyer beware'.
Back in the day horses were so small a large man could not possibly ride one. You will see them teamed together to pull small chariots which were built as light as possible.
The modern horse is a product of selective breeding for larger, stronger animals.
Mrs Hogwallop up and R-U-N-N-O-F-T.
She must have been lookin’ for answers.
Possibly. Good riddance, as far as I’m concerned.
I do miss her cooking, though.
This stew’s awful good.
I slaughtered this horse last Tuesday.
I’m afraid she’s startin’ to turn.
As a result, each winter, tens of thousands of deer are killed by either starvation, being hit by autos, trains, and other vehicles...and causing hundreds of human deaths and tens of million in damages, taken down by wild dogs..and sually left to die a horrid death.
People in suburbia suffer form the Bambi syndrome..don't want the "cute" deer hunted, so they unwittingly condemn thousands to awful deaths.
Instead, hunting would raise revenues via sale of licenses, spare many deer from starvation , result in a stronger herd, and many hunters would gladly donate an extra kill to be used to feed hungry families. Venison is gaining in popularity, especially as it's very low in fat content...
Why shouldn’t people be allowed to eat horses if they want to? People eat pig, lobster and all kinds of other critters.
He's doing this for the exact same reason he's blocking new pipelines and drilling, and forcing mass public transit down our throats....
HE'S DOING THIS BECAUSE A POPULACE THAT CANNOT MOVE, CANNOT REVOLT !
Horses would be very useful in case of Civil War II, don't you think ?
On a trip not long ago on I-70 ~ we saw DOZENS of starving horses on public lands within sight of the highway ~ all the way from DC to Indianapolis.
A certain fast food is making plans as we speak, Tentatively it's going to be called a McMr.Ed
I’d imagine the local LA Mart is going to have it back there between the QUAIL EGGS and SNAKE
Didn't work for buffalo.
Then again, if Michelle is a fan of horse.....
I'm told in France the best fries are cooked in horse fat.
In deference to our French allies, I'm going to resist the temptation to post horse receipes.
There is no reason to ban horse meat for human consumption. Horses are commodities. If you want to keep a horse as a pet, fine. But don’t limit other people’s freedom.
Sarah Jessica Parker better lay low, if she knows what’s good for her.
I’ll take a number 3 Shetland meal please.
Is dog meat next?
Oh, and when you live on a ranch you discover that wild horse is how you say pigeon in the country.
Before obama leaves the WEhite House you might be glad to get some dog meat to eat.
Congress passed the law, but Obama gets the kudos. Figures!
It’s more likely to happen humanely if it’s done in the states. People were still consuming horse meat, and the abbatoirs were in Canada and Mexico.
Now when you want to cook a winner, it can be 100% domestic.
Yee haa, Trigger to the plate!!
This is a good deal.
There are so many horses running loose and starving.
The drought in TX had horses being sold at sale barns for less than $20.
Prime stock, but could not be kept due to food cost.
The scum let them loose on others property to die of starvation.
There needs to be a market for the overabundance of horse and livestock.
Too many of the feel good girls let their ponies run loose on others land, only to suffer a horrible death.
It’s not Disney land out there, you well intentioned goofballs.
Life gets in the way of free range horses!