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February 2012 Archive for AgDay Inbox

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Horse Slaughter

Feb 28, 2012

If the United States as a whole doesn't eat horse meat, in my opinion the United States should NOT produce horse meat. Horses are the iconic work vehicle of the old Western society. Americans view horses as a part of our history and heritage, NOT as a meal to feed the family! If other countries accept the animal historically responsible for helping the American cowboy settle the West, then let them kill them and eat them!


I have had horses most of my life and don’t see anything wrong with a slaughter plant. At least then you would know things were being handled humanely. When horses got so cheap everyone got them and now don’t take care of them right because the food has gotten so high. We live in a small town and there are more horses now than ever and the ones that have them don’t exercise them, just have them so they can say they have them. I also think the woman you interviewed knows nothing about animal slaughter and the regulations that go with it. Hope they see the positive for the plant.


Maybe we need to change the name from horse slaughter to humane care for horses or something more acceptable. What really are they thinking horses like people sooner or later die. If horses are shipped out of our country and then slaughtered they are still slaughtered, why not keep the jobs here. We have enough of our jobs lost to other countries.


I am in favor of a legal means to slaughter older horses for their meat. Dogs, and zoo carnivores in this country, as well as many foreign people all find horse meat to be a nourishing addition to the diet. Why should that be forbidden?

Billy W. Ryals, Jr.

I think that the plants should be reopened and soon! I drive through communities with starving horses standing on dirt with nothing to eat.

If the plants were open it would drive the price up so that people who can't afford to feed them couldn't afford to buy them either! There is no market for these horses that are either too old or horses that are of no use so they are left hungry in many fields.



I think we need the horse slaughter plant in the United States. There is a need for a place to go with horses that are unwanted or no longer beneficial use due to old age or injuries.
Also we could stop sending them to Mexico where they are hauled long distances, then killed inhumanely. The United States could regulate how they are killed and preformed in a humane way.
There are horses the people can’t afford to feed, they are starved, neglected and even turned loose because there is no place or market to go with them. Horses are going to be slaughtered so why not in the US where it can be regulated and create jobs for US citizens.
Randy Melton
Dike, Texas

I support the efforts of this company to open a horse slaughter plant. I am a long time horse lover, proffesional horsewoman and a horse hobbyist. I have as much love and respect for these animals as is humanly possible and I have seen such abuse and neglect over the past few years that it makes me ill. There is a time and place for horse slaughter and it should be available as an opption. I could write you pages and pages as to the neglect that the ban has caused and a few more pages as to why it is a good thing, if anyone cares to hear I'll be glad to explain but I'm sure most of us that are eduacated in the equine world already understand this. If the HSUS wants to do something to help horses and they should consider using some of that money they raise to educate people that most stallions should be gelded, only the best mares should be bred and for the most part breeding should be left to those that understand it. Also! educate the backyard horseman and hobbyist about how to find an appropriate horse for their skill level, what it takes to care for that horse and the cost of caring for that animal. If more people were knowledgable in these areas their horse ownership may be more successful and fewer animals would become unwanted or become unuseable. Oh, yah, that would mean they might have to spend a whole penny of every doller they have donated to them, or maybe even 2 whole cents to the actual benefit of animals. But then of course the corporate officers, lawyers, ad agencies and lobbyist might not get as rich. The HSUS isn't about helping animals it's about a few people getting rich off the sympathies of good caring people. I wonder what people would think if they really knew they were getting duped.



Hen Housing Regulation

Feb 24, 2012

RE: Egg producers and Humane Society

Let me relate a little story from my youth. Around 1955 my father owned a small boat that was moored in a small cove on the Hudson River near Croton-on-Hudson. The river is an estuary and was not regulated by the State of New York (no license required) until you reached Troy where the river was no longer tidal.

In any case the Coast Guard put out an offer that if you wanted to you could register your boat with them and they gave you a number to attach to your bow area. It was voluntary and sounded great. This is what we tritely call “the camel’s nose under the tent”. Fast forward to this time and you will find it is mandatory to register your boat with the State of New York, it must have a title, you must pay license and inspection fee, have lights of a certain designation, a certain number of life preservers, fire extinguisher, emergency flares or other devises, horn of a certain decibel, etc ad infinitum. Ah but of course with all the fees for license and other fees it makes it all the more punitive. And of course the inspection Nazis will now stop you to see if you comply so they can fine you or sniff for alcohol.

In the 1950’s it was a pleasant experience to take a boat out on the Hudson where you were left alone and the accident and drowning numbers were no higher than today. Oh sure there were a few hot dogs who, no matter what the law, would still be idiots doing the same thing.

My point is this. All of these proposals sound wonderful and then the malevolent nose gets a tiny nose hold under the tent. It will incrementally put a stranglehold on whatever it seeks to regulate. It will not only take the fun out of any task but make it more expensive and instead of pleasurable, toil will be its fruit. Many just give up because there is no longer any pleasure nor reward of accomplishment.

In this case of the Humane Society poking its nose into chicken housing will result in a mortally wounded industry as the march to more control will inevitably follow as we create another Federal agency regally ruled by beltway rubes who wouldn’t know that potatoes don’t grow on bushes. The stooge who you showed that was working with the Humane Society will be sorry when he wakes up aware that he is working with a degenerate enemy who seeks to destroy him.

Farmers and ranchers must wake up and realize that 90% of the people in Washington have no knowledge of what it takes to produce food. They are your enemy because they are invincibly ignorant.

Then you also have a corn industry sycophant Orion Samulson telling us that ethanol has absolutely nothing to do with the price increase in feed for our livestock including poultry. This man must think that we farmers and consumers are complete morons to believe that. I think he is on ADM’s payroll as he is no friend of the farmer or consumer.

Tom Jacques
Hartville, MO

Hen Housing

Feb 24, 2012

Past experience in nearly every industry shows that once the federal government becomes involved in an industry, their role does not shrink. It grows like a malignant cancer that in best case scenarios strangles the industry and the business owners in that industry. In the worst case, it paralyzes the industry and eliminates the indivdual business owner. I farm and work in the insurance industry. My time spent with state and federal regulation grows each year. It has to stop.





Just when I think I have seen it all, I see something even more ridiculous coming out of Washington. This proposal on the cage situation with chickens is about the limit of senselessness. Mr Vilsack needs to step up and voice his opinion on how ridiculous some of these proposals are. We obviously need more people in D C that know what farming is all about, or we might as well close down all farming and import everything like Japan does.

What is next ? - maybe 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes for all cattle ? Or maybe we can propose that all fish must live in distilled water - no impurities allowed.

Kurt Bachman




If this country wants to see another entire industry "exported" or chased away from this country, then just keep thinking you can 'deal' with yet another loud, persistant and obnoxious activist group!

Adopt another "NRA v. gun grabber" attitude and never N-E-V-E-R grant the first crumb to these people….otherwise, soon--sooner than you think--the activists will have the whole 'cake' (or at least enough of it so as to make the remainder worthless to fight over).

I like my food grown HERE!

Dick House (former farmer)
Arthur, IL





Dear people of AgDay:

I'm 17 and live in central Illinois and been around the farm with my grandpa ever since I can remember. I don't have the years on most people but I firmly believe that this new proposed regulation for laying hens could lead to bigger problems in agriculture. When USHS starts to influence its ideas in an already self productive industry it will lead to a Pandora box. While we don't have laying hen operation , we are cattle and hogs ,I still believe this could lead to major tug-of-war between activist groups and the American farmer. American farmers are the most productive in the world and need freedom to operate. While I remain positive for my future.I also still worry where the industry is heading at times. Its easy for someone to sit down and say "this, this,and this needs to change" when in reality they don't know what they are talking about to begin with.


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