President's Budget Proposes Horse Slaughter Ban

March 5, 2014 04:01 AM
 

Animal protection advocates applauded President Barack Obama on Tuesday for proposing to continue a federal funding ban that's blocking the resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S.

The president and Congress agreed earlier this year to withhold money through September for Agriculture Department inspections necessary for slaughterhouses to process horse meat for human consumption.

The president's budget calls for the funding prohibition to remain in place through the end of the next budget year in September 2015.

"Wasting tax dollars on the cruelty of horse slaughter makes no sense, and we urge Congress to once again adopt this provision," said Nancy Perry, a senior vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The ban on inspection funding derailed a New Mexico company's plan to slaughter horses to export the meat to overseas consumers.

Blair Dunn, a lawyer for Valley Meat in Roswell and Rains Natural Meats in Missouri, said the "president's budget is not law and certainly not the end of the story."

"Amid the other problems with the president's budget and the midterm elections it is unwise to assume that this provision will remain in the budget in its final form," Dunn said in a statement.

After Congress initially eliminated inspection funding, the last U.S. horse slaughterhouses closed in 2007. Plants in New Mexico, Missouri and Iowa unsuccessfully sought to resume horse slaughtering when federal money was restored in 2011.

Source: Associated Press

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3/5/2014 07:21 AM
 

  Jeri, most of us are not "animal protection advocates," We are people who want to keep our horses safe from horse theft and disease (horses being shipped for slaughter are not required to have health certificates). We are people who want to keep our communities safe from criminals and environmental contamination. (Criminals are attracted to horse slaughter like flies). We are people who want to keep our property values up and tourism dollars coming in. Thank you! The points are outlined in a petition I have started, although I have not had time to promote it like I should, because all of my time has been spent in the comments sections of your stories. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-horse-slaughter-in I met with two people yesterday who actually thought, due to your reporting, that horse slaughter is an "end of life option" because you have written that over and over again. I had to explain to them that according to the USDA, The average age of a horse going to slaughter is four to six years old, with four percent over the age of nine. Neither one realized from reading your stories, that Missouri law provides for people to dispose of dead horses by 1) burial, 2) cremation, 3) rendering companies. They thought that horse slaughter was the only option, when it isn't. Do you see my frustration here? Horse slaughter is about money, it always has been, and always will be. I have it from two sources now that the Mafia (organized crime) is and has been involved in horse slaughter. Why not see if you can confirm this either way?"

 
 
Anonymous
3/5/2014 07:21 AM
 

  Jeri, most of us are not "animal protection advocates," We are people who want to keep our horses safe from horse theft and disease (horses being shipped for slaughter are not required to have health certificates). We are people who want to keep our communities safe from criminals and environmental contamination. (Criminals are attracted to horse slaughter like flies). We are people who want to keep our property values up and tourism dollars coming in. Thank you! The points are outlined in a petition I have started, although I have not had time to promote it like I should, because all of my time has been spent in the comments sections of your stories. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-horse-slaughter-in I met with two people yesterday who actually thought, due to your reporting, that horse slaughter is an "end of life option" because you have written that over and over again. I had to explain to them that according to the USDA, The average age of a horse going to slaughter is four to six years old, with four percent over the age of nine. Neither one realized from reading your stories, that Missouri law provides for people to dispose of dead horses by 1) burial, 2) cremation, 3) rendering companies. They thought that horse slaughter was the only option, when it isn't. Do you see my frustration here? Horse slaughter is about money, it always has been, and always will be. I have it from two sources now that the Mafia (organized crime) is and has been involved in horse slaughter. Why not see if you can confirm this either way?"

 
 
Anonymous
3/5/2014 07:22 AM
 

  Jeri, most of us are not "animal protection advocates," We are people who want to keep our horses safe from horse theft and disease (horses being shipped for slaughter are not required to have health certificates). We are people who want to keep our communities safe from criminals and environmental contamination. (Criminals are attracted to horse slaughter like flies). We are people who want to keep our property values up and tourism dollars coming in. Thank you! I spoke with two people yesterday who actually thought, due to your reporting, that horse slaughter is an "end of life option" because you have written that over and over again. I had to explain to them that according to the USDA, The average age of a horse going to slaughter is four to six years old, with four percent over the age of nine. Neither one realized from reading your stories, that Missouri law provides for people to dispose of dead horses by 1) burial, 2) cremation, 3) rendering companies. They thought that horse slaughter was the only option, when it isn't. Do you see my frustration here?

 
 
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