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American horse slaughtering–Part Two December 15, 2005

Posted by dr. gonzo in Horse Slaughter.

Holy crap! This is so fun, anyone could leave some comments now and again, I want to know what you think, even if you disagree. Anyway onto part two of the American horse slaughtering blog entry.

You can read part one here.

The United States is home to only three horse slaughterhouses. One, Cavel International, is here in DeKalb, Illinois. The other two are located in the great state of Texas, where everything is bigger, even horse slaughtering, albeit only twice as big as in Illinois. There used to be another one in Oregon but, as I said before, the Animal Liberation Front claimed to burn it down, regardless of who did it, the plant burnt down.

However, before I get to the Texas slaughterhouses and what I have been able to dig up on them a quick note relating to federal horse slaughtering legislation.

S. 1915 and H.R. 503 are not the only horse slaughtering related legislation pending right now. H.R. 297 in the House and S. 576 in the Senate aim “To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.”

This, of course would avert a controversy such as that which occurred this year involving wild mustangs and their sale to Cavel for slaughter by the Bureau of Land Management. Here is one AP Story and another from a few days earlier from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, one of those two stories was referenced by the Northern Star in the above link. The Chronicle also covered it here.

The passage would also stop the Ford Motor Company from capitalizing on this type of conundrum as they did when they garnered loads of good press for helping the BLM save “the lives of 52 other mustangs,” according to the AP in April 2005.

Anyway, the bills could all be moot points thanks to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. Try Ctrl+F to find horses, the act amends numerous existing laws to starve funding for inspection of horse meat. Again, the actual effect of the law is still to be sorted out by lawyers.

These posts are losing direction slowly, so I will post a part three that talks solely about Texas and its two horse slaughterhouses, interestingly enough none of these pending bills or the appropriations bill, which passed the House in June, the Senate Sept. 22, 2005 and was signed by the President as Public Law 109-097 on Nov. 10, may actually affect one of the plants in Texas. More on all of that to come.


1. Rick Nystrom - December 15, 2005

Whats up, here are my thoughts. Who cares if people eat horses? What really is your beef here? That wild mustangs are being slaughtered, or just the fact that they are horses? wild mustangs have been a huge issue in the northwest for a long time, and their interference with grazing rights. The legislation on them in Wyoming/Montana is a mile long. Here is my personal opinion, if people want to eat horse, good for them. If the animal is killed humanely, then they are doing things better than any beef or pork slaughter house is doing. If there is a market for it, then they deserve to fill that market. I have no more sympathy for a cow than a horse, than a sheep. Deer are wild, they are hunted and killed numbering into the hundreds of thousands right here in Illinois,,, maybe post three should speak of what the real issue is here?

2. Kerouac - December 15, 2005

No beef. Just horse. That mustang crap is a load of bull perpetuated by gigantic corporate farmers who want us all to think that the terrible wild horses are destroying the West. Not likely. Secondly, eat all the horse you want, it’s not something Americans do so why should we tolerate these slaughter houses. It is a question of culture. If Europeans or Asians want to eat horse that’s fine but slaughter your own horses in your own cultural areas, that way there isn’t some Trans-Oceanic culture war going on. You don’t see slaughter houses for cats and dogs and gerbils across the U.S. now do you?

3. Japanese food - January 2, 2007

Last time I went to this place it looked difgferent. Did you tredesign the blog or something? Looks great either way. Thanks for the post. I added a trackback to my blog

4. M. Sullivan - January 12, 2007

American Horse Slaughter-
I live in the state of Nevada and have been watching our Department of Interior-BLM, and the outrageous mismanagement of our tax dollares and federal lands.

There are currently about 30,000 wild horses in government holding, more than remain in the wild. Last year, only half of the horses rounded up got adopted. 7,000 more will be rounded up this fiscal year. Because of the Burns Amendment mandate that horses deemed ‘un-adoptable’ be sold without any restrictions, including at livestock auctions, there is real concern as to the fate of thousands of wild horses currently in government holding.

Faced with public outcry over this situation, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) claimed to have worked on an arrangement with US-based slaughter plants whereby the plants would no longer have accepted BLM-branded horses. Yet, America’s wild horses are still finding their way to slaughter in the US, as well as Canada and Mexico. Just a few weeks ago, the Humane Society of the US released an undercover video that revealed the barbaric practices of Mexican slaughterhouses, where workers repeatedly stab horses with a short dagger in an attempt to sever the spinal cord, leaving them paralyzed and unable to breathe, but still sensible to pain as they are hoisted up by a chain and their necks slit.

As this New Year ushers in a new Congress (sans Senator Burns and with Rep. Rahall as head of the Resources Committee), I hope that America’s wild horses will finally get their rightful place in the American landscape and a reprieve from government mismanagement.

I understand that different cultures grow up eating different foods, dogs, cats, horses, etc.

But using our tax dollars (mine) to round up animals, as native as the american indian, and basically give them away with no followup-so of course people who don’t actually work for a living are taking these horses and burros over the border as fast as their crappy trucks will take them, is unacceptable to me.

Thanks-had to add my three cents..

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