My View From The Country

Horse Slaughter Set To Resume, Or Is It?

While prospective plants are indicating they will soon be ready to resume horse slaughter, it may be premature to say that the industry has indeed returned to the U.S.

The last plant to process horses in the U.S. closed six years ago. The result was a decline in the value of horses, increased cases of horse abuse, and an exodus of horses moving across the border to be processed in plants that were possibly not subject to the same standards as U.S. plants.

The ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. expired in 2011, but USDA kept the ban alive, in effect, by not issuing inspectors to the plants. USDA subsequently lost a lawsuit whereby the agency was instructed to begin to provide inspection services. Two plants – the first in New Mexico and the second in Iowa – have now received USDA approval. In addition, a third plant, this one in Missouri, has asked for, and is expected to receive, permission as well.

 

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There’s been a lot of excitement within the horse industry that the return of horse slaughter to the U.S. will eliminate many problems the industry has experienced – on both the price and humane care fronts – since the processing ban was initiated. While the prospective plants are all indicating that they will ramp up production, it may be premature to say that the return of horse slaughter has indeed returned to the U.S.

The Humane Society of the U.S. has filed suit requesting injunctive relief to stop the processing of horses, and the Obama administration has requested Congress to reinstitute the ban. With the political polarity in Congress, no one can predict that such a ban will be reinstituted, but the question is whether the plants have enough confidence that the ban will remain shelved if the House majority reverts back to the Democrats in 2014. The way seems to be cleared for a reinstitution of horse slaughter, but the hurdles remain.

 

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Discuss this Blog Entry 92

on Jul 12, 2013

First off . Its illegal to sell wild horses for slaughter. Secondly the Federal report that was asked for by the bureau of land management showed that money needs to be spent on fertility-control , not round ups. What the wild horse advocates had been trying to tell them for years .(But they are still ignoring) And this is your best one .'That Wild horses are degrading ecosystems on public lands. .REALLY , Its the wild horses. When The BLM has 40 times more cattle grazing on there land then horses. Yet its the horses degrading the land.? The cattle don't have anything to do with it huh ? Cattle need to be cut back in a much larger %then wild horses. But there not cut back at all. It always amazes me how the pro slaughter people like to ignore all the facts ,show no reasoning . And then when they can't answer any facts or reasoning they simply accuse Anti slaughter people of using emotion.

on Jul 12, 2013

And plain and simply, calling horses livestock does not make them a food animal. To be a food animal, the animal must be raised and regulated as a food animal. Fact: You can call them livestock, farm animals, service or work animals, whatever you wish but in the US, horses are not raised as food animals.

Jenn (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Actually livestock doesn't mean they're necessarily raised for food, but since you probably don't make your living off the back of a horse, you don't need to worry about these things. http://www.thehorse.com/articles/10520/definition-of-horses-as-livestock. I realize there's no changing your minds; you believe that horse slaughter is horrific. And no one is telling you your horse has to end up there. Isn't one of your side's arguments that if you own a horse, you should be responsible for it until its death? Just don't sell any of your horses and you won't have to worry about that.

on Jul 13, 2013

Why does it matter what anyone calls horses? The issue is they are not raised and regulated as food animals and should not be entering the food chain. What you call them doesn't matter. What matters is how they are raised – for food or other purposes. If other purposes, that makes them a non-food animal and they should be humanely euthanized as we do with all non-food animals in our country.

Jake (not verified)
on Jul 16, 2013

Well that should change and we should start regulating them as food animals.

darla (not verified)
on Jul 16, 2013

you have my vote

Gedei (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Well Debbie, I guess your against?!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Horse lovers just need to calm down. We're not trying to eat your horse.

Seriously, there's nothing wrong with this. The species isn't sacred. I'm ready for a horse steak thank you very much.

B.D. Williams (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Horsemeat is not legal to sell for human consumption in most states. It's also not safe to eat. Horses are bred, raised, and kept as sporting and companion/pleasure animals in the US. As such, they are given a variety of medications and drugs that are specifically labeled "not intended for food animals." Many of these drugs have no withdrawal period, which means it never fully leaves the horse's system. While not poisonous on the first steak, these drugs will slowly build up in your body over time, potentially causing all kinds of long term negative effects on your health. No thank you.

Learn more about the drugs given to horses:
http://stophorseslaughter.com/site/?cat=14

Shawnee (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013
Gloria Eighmey (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

So you say " Horse lovers just need to calm down. We're not trying to eat your horse." Tell that to the people that have had there beloved horse stolen. Or those sold that kill Byers deceptively lied they were going to good homes. Or all those taking a horse to an auction with no idea they were sold to a kill buyer. I recently gave a horse away to what I thought would be a forever good home only to find out she sold her and wont tell me who too.It is a nightmare to think any horse I raised trained or ever sold could end up in slaughter. Millions of people, including most horse owners ,trainers and the majority of breeders who do actually care about the horses they have raised ; must always worry if they are ever sold, they could at some time end up being sold to slaughter. They are all held hostage to horse slaughter Horses are not raised for food in our country. Horses are pets,companion and sport partners that simply due to bad luck and being at the wrong place at the wrong time get sold for slaughter.These Young, healthy, trusting horses are betrayed, terrified and slaughtered for the greed of a few. Gloria Eighmey

on Jul 12, 2013

So you say " Horse lovers just need to calm down. We're not trying to eat your horse." Tell that to the people that have had there beloved horse stolen and sold to slaughter.. Or those sold that kill Byers deceptively lied they were going to good homes. Or all those taking a horse to an auction with no idea they were sold to a kill buyer. I recently gave a horse away to what I thought would be a forever good home only to find out she sold her and wont tell me who too.It is a nightmare to think any horse I raised trained or ever sold could end up in slaughter. Millions of people, including most horse owners ,trainers and the majority of breeders who do actually care about the horses they have raised ; must always worry if they are ever sold, they could at some time end up being sold to slaughter. They are all held hostage to horse slaughter Horses are not raised for food in our country. Horses are pets,companion and sport partners that simply due to bad luck and being at the wrong place at the wrong time get sold for slaughter.These Young, healthy, trusting horses are betrayed, terrified and slaughtered for the greed of a few. Gloria Eighmey

F Bella (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

"There’s been a lot of excitement within the horse industry that the return of horse slaughter to the U.S. will eliminate many problems the industry has experienced"

This is the most propaganda driven and filled with hideousness statement I believe I have ever read in this debate. Excitement? Why are we "excited" to be billed 5-10 million a year in taxes to inspect the meat of a 'not raised for food animal' that will not be consumed or allowed to be consumed in our country. Why would meat farmers want this? I know why but look at what occurred overseas. Do you want your buyers to not buy in fear of horse-meat being used in pre-cooked meatballs? You are shooting yourself in the foot and there is nothing exciting about the death of an animal that built this country. I would suggest that this industry take responsibly for over-breeding. Start there. It's 2013 not 1813. We do not need to so many horses being born do we? No we don't. You will lose this fight and my taxes are not going to support your waste bin.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

You are right

on Jul 12, 2013

But as long as there is horse slaughter it makes it IMPOSSIBLE to stop the over breeding of horses.All business are going to produce as much of a product that there is a profitable demand for. And this includes horse slaughter. There not over stocked untill they also exceed the 150,000 horses sold to slaughter a year .As long as there is a profitable slaughter market it garrenties the over breeding of horses Slaughter cases the excess horses that they claim slaughter is the solution for. That’s a good one. There is going to be enough horses bred to supply both the slaughter and the live horse market. If fresh oranges were the equivalent of horses for LIVE human use. And orange juice the equivalent of horses sold for slaughter. There is are going to be enough oranges grown to fill the profitable market for both fresh oranges and orange juice. But the orange juice business doesn’t try and make the outrageous claim that there profitable product is a unfortunate necessity because of all those unwanted oranges.Horses sold for slaughter are no more unwanted then cattle sold for slaughter. It cost alot of money to breed and raise a horse. If there wasn’t a profitable slaughter market for these excess horses to be sold too, people would stop breeding them. USDA statisticts show 92% of horses slaughtered are young healthy horses that could and would have been used to fill the live horse use market. But every year they are sold to slaughter for profit which every year then opens up the door for that many new horses to be bred to fill the live horse market.

F Bella (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

"Horse lovers just need to calm down. We're not trying to eat your horse." No you are not but you are taxing horse lovers and the rest of this country to pay for inspections of a non food animal. I would suggest if you wish to slaughter... do it on your own dime!

Terri Russell (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

great Response. F. Bella. I Agree Wholeheartedly.

B.D. Williams (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Stopping slaughter was not the reason for the decline in the value of horses. Horse prices had been going down since 9-11, when the economy started to nose dive. Horses are LUXURY items. They are not a necessity. As the economy steadily declined, fuel prices went up causing feed and hay prices to go up. Droughts in parts of the nation increased feed/hay prices even more. This is a no-brainer here. Horse slaughter only accounts for a fraction of horses bought and sold in the US every year. The only part of the horse market that slaughter has any direct impact on are horses sold at auctions, specifically horses with no skill (unbroke or greenbroke) or no papers. The majority of horses bought and sold in the US are done by private sale, not at a low-end skeevy auction.

Gloria Eighmey (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

You are so right. Its is impossible the closing of the US. plants had anything to do with the price drop in horses. Because once again ,the slaughter option never ended .And you can't attribute negative consequences to something that hasn't changed .Due to their recession also, the Spain horse industry and horse prices have dropped as badly as ours. It made national news how the horse breeder who had bought 20 mares for over $20,000 EACH . Sold them t horse slaughter because the price had dropped that much and there was not now a market for the foals he had been raising before. And Spain has 80 horse horse slaughter plants . PLEASE TRY AND EXPLAIN THAT ONE. Even though pro slaughter people like to pretend that by some miracle the horse industry was the only business not affected by the recession ,it simply isn't so. The pro slaughter people also like to pretend that horse industry some how does not run on the same rule of supply and demand as every other business does.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2013

I do agree with one thing you said. Prices started to go around 9/11 and it all stems back to you bunny and happy rainbow humane people that think horse slaughter is so bad. Lets us this income and meat and make something out of it. Lets feed our poor people that live off of our tax dollars.

AppyMama (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

"excitement" is not exactly the word I would use to describe my feelings on the subject of re-opening horse slaughter plants. More like DISGUST. REPULSED. It's sickening to think horses could be once again exposed to this type of barbaric treatment. What's the purpose of SLAUGHTERING horses when their flesh is toxic to humans and cannot be consumed?! Horse slaughter is nothing more than GREED. It allows breeders to continue to over-breed and simply throw away the horses that don't sell, or don't have that perfect confirmation, color - or whatever it is they are hoping to get. It allows the racing industry and easy way to get rid of the horses that don't make them enough money or are injured running their hearts out for the greedy owner. Horse slaughter should NOT be allowed within the US or anywhere for that matter.

Jenn (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

apparently plenty of people here think that nice, well-bred horses happen by accident.

Regina (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Well Jenn after reading all your posts I can see you are a pro slaughter believer. Sadly you have reused all the pro slaughter rhetoric we have all heard. I have been a member of the AQHA for over 30 years and no, nice well-bred horses don't happen by accident BUT the overbreeding " keep the best slaughter the rest" mind set that has overtaken the greedy little minds of most of the big horse industries have made me ashamed to be affiliated with any of them. I know if you or anyone cared about this issue they would wonder why these slaughter plants have gotten to this point so quickly and easily and mostly silently. Who is to gain from all of this? If it wasn't so sickeningly wrong it would almost be comical to imply that it would benefit the "poor, suffering" horses. Good God commonsense tells us that there will always be abused and unwanted animals (dogs, cats, horses and yes even people) and your answer is to kill them all? Well Scrooge, getting rid of the excess population doesn't work if you give the big breeding businesses an easy outlet to dump THEIR excess. That's like putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. It is a win win for them and I for one do not want my tax dollars to go to line their or any foreign companies pockets. I have horses and I have worked two to three jobs and YES actually sacrificed some things to take care of my horses because they are living things and they are MY RESPONSIBILITY! Don't suggest that if we slaughter all the unwanted horses in this country that there will be a stopping point and a balance because that is just a irresponsible slippery slope that will never happen. It is a sad statement that a country as great as the USA is actually debating this grisly and shameful business. Where do we stand? I stand with the horse!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Is there a petition for those in favor od horse slaughter?

Gloria Eighmey (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Yes there is one.Sue wallis started one. But it has about 5% of the amount of signitures as the anti slaughter petition has.

on Jul 12, 2013

What has anyone said to imply well-bred horses happen by accident ? Just the opposite. It takes good breeding stock. I had breed horses for years. Have many friends that have breed for years. And got good quality horses. If people are geting culls I suggest they get better breeding stock. They have no buisness breeding in the first place

Jenn (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Gloria- You keep screaming that breeders are "overbreeding". So as I understand it, what you want is breeders to stop breeding altogether. Or only breed enough for themselves. Which means the general public will be left with the stuff that "unqualified" folks will breed. And we both know that is often a recipe for disaster.

F Bella (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Pro Slaughter wants everyone to believe that all the horses going to slaughter are old or injured, without any other options, or unwanted. In truth, USDA statistics show that 92% of all horses sent to slaughter arrive in “good” condition–meaning they are sound and in good health.

Horse slaughter actually prevents horse welfare; rescue operators are routinely outbid by killer buyers at auctions. When no other option exists, unwanted horses should be humanely euthanized by a licensed veterinarian. Horse slaughter is a far cry from humane euthanasia and any proper horse owner understands that the fright and flight instincts of a horse make the slaughter process impossible to be humane.

The horse is a companion animal and labeled as such by the FDA and by God (Unclean). Their meat is highly toxic due to everyday medications we give our companions to be free of aches and pains. A horse is not raised as a food animal and a food animal is not our police officers, used by our military, fought our pass wars, stood stall in riots, used to pull the casket of a passing President, used as therapy animals for those with autism, MS and, etc.

Never mistake the slaughtering of a non-food animal as welfare. This is pure clap trap spoken by those driven by greed and/or the irresponsible.
If refuse to allow my tax dollars be used to pay for inspection of meat not consumed in our country!

Nice try folks!

Gloria Eighmey (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Jean, Sorry if you misunderstood me. I don't want or mean for breeders to stop breeding all together ,or only breed for them selves at all.In fact I don't think this could or should be done. If people didn't breed horses that they" cannot take them from cradle to grave " Then where would all the horses come from for all the people who want to bye one and will love until death . Most people don't have the quality of stallions , and a lot don't have the quality of mares that should be bred. And a lot if not most have no desire to breed there mares, They want and have there horses to ride,or show, and love .Not to breed. There are a lot of horses and horse breeds that still need to be cut back DRASTICALLY in the amount bred. But there are also actually some smaller breeds such as some Warmbloods and Friesians that the horse supply still does not exceed the live horse demand. Even if ALL the people who actually cared about there horses now quit breeding because they feared the horses could end up in slaughter(as I have) it still would not help. Because then the people who just care about the money and don't care about the horses would only breed even MORE horses to make up for all those that the people who do care about them stopped breeding There is NO one that wants the over breeding of horses to end more then me. But I fear it will be IMPOSSIBLE to ever stop the over breeding of horses until all profitable horse slaughter market is ended. Including those being shipped to Canada and Mexico. Supply and demand dictates that as long as there is profit to be made in selling horses for slaughter. There is going to be enough horses bred to supply both the slaughter and the live horse market. By SOMEONE . ALL horse slaughter needs to end. That is the only solution to overbreeding.If you tead all may other posts on here I think I have made it CLEAR why its impossible to stop the over breeding to only fill the supply and demand for live horses is IMPOSSIBLE intel ALL profitable slaughter is ended. Including those sold and slaughtered in Mexico and Canada. In tell slaughter is ended the basic economical law of suppy and demand of all businesses will guarantee that enough horses are going to be bred to fill the demand for both the live horse market,and the profitable slaughter market.All businesses are going to produce as much of their product as what their is a profitable demand for.And this includes the horse industry. And Slaughter is now part of the

on Jul 12, 2013

Jean, Sorry if you misunderstood me. I don't want or mean for breeders to stop breeding all together ,or only breed for them selves at all.In fact I don't think this could or should be done. If people didn't breed horses that they" cannot take them from cradle to grave " Then where would all the horses come from for all the people who want to bye one and will love until death . Most people don't have the quality of stallions , and a lot don't have the quality of mares that should be bred. And a lot if not most have no desire to breed there mares, They want and have there horses to ride,or show, and love .Not to breed. There are a lot of horses and horse breeds that still need to be cut back DRASTICALLY in the amount bred. But there are also actually some smaller breeds such as some Warmbloods and Friesians that the horse supply still does not exceed the live horse demand. Even if ALL the people who actually cared about there horses now quit breeding because they feared the horses could end up in slaughter(as I have) it still would not help. Because then the people who just care about the money and don't care about the horses would only breed even MORE horses to make up for all those that the people who do care about them stopped breeding There is NO one that wants the over breeding of horses to end more then me. But I fear it will be IMPOSSIBLE to ever stop the over breeding of horses until all profitable horse slaughter market is ended. Including those being shipped to Canada and Mexico. Supply and demand dictates that as long as there is profit to be made in selling horses for slaughter. There is going to be enough horses bred to supply both the slaughter and the live horse market. By SOMEONE . ALL horse slaughter needs to end. That is the only solution to overbreeding.If you read all my other posts on here I think I have made it CLEAR why its impossible to stop the over breeding to only fill the supply and demand for live horses is IMPOSSIBLE Intel ALL profitable slaughter is ended. If you read them all and still do not agree or comprehend this please reply and say what you disagree with or don't comprehend about the statement that "Its impossible to stop the over breeding in tell all profitable horse slaughter is ended." I will be glad to reply and try to explain it better. If that is possible. . In tell all profitable slaughter is ended the basic economical law of supply and demand of all businesses will guarantee that enough horses are going to be bred to fill the demand for both the live horse market,and the profitable slaughter marke .All businesses are going to make as much of their product as what their is a profitable demand for. And this includes the horse industry.

on Jul 14, 2013

Jenn, what they should do is breed as many as they want but they need to take responsibility for horses they choose to breed. If they want to breed 100 horses and can only sell 5, then they have 95 horses to take care for. If they don’t want to care for them, then they shouldn’t be bringing horses into the population or be prepared to humanely euthanize them. That is what’s causing the excess. They expect to dump the 95 so they can breed more. Less than 2% of the horse population goes to slaughter so it is quite obvious, the owners of the other 98% get it. That is the model to follow, not that of owners that don’t want to be held accountable for their choices and expect everyone else to clean up after them.

Jenn (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

It seems to me what is being overlooked in this debate is the quality of life a horse has while he's alive. I'd much rather see one get a bolt to the head than starve to death. Starvation is not humane. I would think that as horse lovers all of you would be concerned with quality of life but that seems to me to be the least discussed issue.

Regina (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Jenn, how is sending a horse to slaughter any better than starvation? Both are torturous ends to a horse. If I can no longer take care of my horses and slaughter or starvation is my only options I would man up and put my horses down. They deserve a quick and honorable death. It goes back to RESPONSIBILITY!

Gloria Eighmey (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Like starvation is the only option? That's about as truthfull as the articals statement "There’s been a lot of excitement within the horse industry that the return of horse slaughter to the U.S. will eliminate many problems the industry has experienced " What a crock. What part of " THE SLAUGHTER OPTION NEVER ENDED" do pro slaughter people not get? (Actually, what they PRETEND not to get. ) The pro slaughter people just ignore the recession that has affected all businesses, and continue to parrot their proven lie that the closing of the U.S. plants is what caused any and all horse problems, including more unwanted , abandoned,starving or abused horses When that's IMPOSSIBLE! Because horse slaughter and the slaughter option has never ended! There are more horses sold to slaughter now than before the U.S. horse slaughter plants were closed. Now 100% are being shipped to Canada and Mexico when before it was around 30%. A little deductive reasoning, please. You can't attribute negative consequences to something that HASN'T CHANGED. If people wanted to sell their horse to slaughter, THEY STILL COULD. They can take them to any horse auction in the country and the kill buyers are still there buying as many or more horses then ever

on Jul 13, 2013

Jenn, a starving horse at has a chance at life. A slaughtered horse doesn’t. It is amazing how slaughter supporters contradict themselves from one sentence to the next and one poster to the next. You guys claim you need slaughter to prevent starvation and yet, whine about horses starving. We have slaughter and have had it for decades. It has not been a solution to overpopulation or abuse/neglect nor will it ever be a solution. We still have excess horses and we still have abuse and neglect. How many more years of slaughter do you need? Did it ever occur to you that people that have horses that are starving don’t want to send their horses to slaughter? There is nothing stopping them. We’ve had many, many calls from owners that don’t want to sell or give away their horse because they are in fear it will end up on a slaughter truck. In those cases, slaughter is causing the starvation. More owners would be willing to relinquish their horses if slaughter wasn’t available. Instead, they hang on to them hoping their situation will change. Instead of trying to find excuses for slaughter, how about working on fixing the problem? Slaughter isn’t a solution, it is a symptom. Get involved in programs that have been implemented to find second careers for horses, race track programs, hay banks, rescue “in place”, prison programs, therapy programs, find out which states have low cost euthanasia and disposal through state DOAs, vet associations and vet colleges. There is a lot of help out there but you have to acknowledge it’s there (i.e, we have no solutions) and realize that killing the victims of over breeding and irresponsible owners and breeders is not the only answer.

Gloria Eighmey (not verified)
on Jul 13, 2013

So wonderfully said.

Regina (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

Maybe this comment won't get queued? I don't understand why the cattle industry is behind horse slaughter. Financially they are shooting themselves in the foot due to the fact that as soon as these plants start up the American people will be wary of beef products that could be easily contaminated with horse meat that may or may not be tainted (market goes down). I hope it is not the knee-jerk paranoia of how dare they tell me what to do with my animals, if they stop horse slaughter can cattle be far behind. Which doesn't hold water since none of these bills or organizations have mentioned cattle at all. It seem that a few horse haters have the backing of some lucrative organizations. Just trying to understand the logic.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 12, 2013

If it wasn't for professional breeders we would not be discussing the over population of horses and the need for slaughter. I am against slaughter and believe that the issue is not how to get rid of the horses we have it's to limit the breeding that goes on in the United States. Have you been to an auction it isn't old sick horses. It is young healthy horses between the ages of 1 and 12. It is registered tattooed and branded horses some right from the track. I saw 15 to 20 saddlebred horses. some had raced and won thousands of dollars but because they were not good broodmare's or that some of them hadn't performed well enough they were now at an auction. The sad part is if you look around the auction you see kill buyers getting these horses for as little as 10 dollars.It's time to hold the owners and breeders responsible for all of these unwanted horses. The kill buyers don't want the old sick horses they want the big healthy ones because they get paid by the pound.Now I could go on about how inhumane slaughter is and as a horse owner I could tell you about all of the drugs we give our horses But I would rather end by telling you I come from a family of hunters we eat meat .we hunt for food and it is done humanely. And my grandfather raised beef cattle some things are meant to be food and American horses are not one of them.

A.M.B. (not verified)
on Jul 13, 2013

What a crock of hooey- horse slaughter never ended, it just moved across borders! The economy tanked, that's what happened to the market (and other markets). As for abuse and abandonment, there isn't more. Those who abuse animals are going to abuse them, and those who don't, will not. What we're seeing is horses abandoned at the borders because slaughterhouses didn't want them. What we're seeing is increased awareness of what used to be 'normal' or hush hush, thanks to social media. Horses run through equipment designed to slaughter cattle has never been humane for the horse. Ever. The only folks to profit from horse slaughter in the U.S. are breed registries, kill buyers, and the foreign owners who use American horses, pollute American soil, and pay no American taxes for their gains.

bill (not verified)
on Jul 18, 2013

if you study our governments track record all they are going they to do is tell the people what they want us to know which is nothing as normal . they will pass the slaughterhouse bill right under our noses. our equine friends do not stand a chance.we really need to get people who do not want there horses to give them to people who do. stop talkin everyone and do the right thing

Bearman Livestock (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2013

Horses are livestock. They are not pets and they were never designed to be pets. They are great animals though. But for all you rainbow and bunny world people.....Maybe we should open shelters like we do with dogs and cats for horses. Then after a few days when the horse isn't addopted put the animal down. What a waste. I guess we are a wasteful country. We could be using this horse meat for our pet foods. Help feed the hungry people in the world. Give the horse meat to people on food stamps. Since we have more people on wellfare then employed. Maybe we should start thinking outside of the box and do some good with this horse meat. These people are so far removed from the farm. They have no clue what farming and ranching is or where their food comes from.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 2, 2013

Does anyone on here realize how many thousands of wild horses our government feeds with our tax dollars? Just another point to bring up. A couple years ago when hay went so high and corn went to $7.00 the government started selling these horses to kill buyers! Amen. Over populated and our government feeds them. But at least they know enough not to waste an animal. They gave it new life and sent it somewhere where it could be used. The native americans used everything on every animal including their horses. Maybe the wasteful American people should start thinking more like this. Maybe our taxes wouldn't be so high, people so poor, and government so broke and dependent on other countries.

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