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5.03.06-ESPN column

ESPN.com has just posted, about one hour ago, a pretty good horse slaughter column by Bill Finley. Finley is the horse guru over at ESPN. Check it out, it’s a good read.

This is in the news over at ESPN, of course, because of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6.

A few good quotes from the column:

“Polls show that the vast majority of Americans are against the slaughtering of horses. In Texas, home to two of this country’s three equine slaughterhouses, 72 percent of those polled said they were opposed to the slaughtering of horses for human consumption. That sentiment is shared by most members of Congress.”

And this gem, expose those swine Bill!

But the will of the people too often doesn’t matter in Congress. For varied reasons, cattlemen’s groups, the American Quarter Horse Association and, shamefully, the American Association of Equine Practitioners are pro-slaughter. These groups have gotten to a couple of powerful lawmakers who have continually found ways to keep slaughter alive.

Chief among them is Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), whom is the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee. It should come as a surprise to no one that one of the top contributors to his 2006 campaign was the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

“What is frustrating is that there are two or three individuals in Congress who are thwarting the overwhelming sentiment of the American people that we put a stop to horse slaughter,” [Congressman Ed] Whitfield [(R-KY)] said.

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