Banning Horse Slaughter in the U.S.
Susan Setzke 05/18/2013 @ 4:10pm
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham is right to want to have horse slaughter banned in the U.S. It was banned in 2006 for many valid reasons and should have stayed that way. But, once again, the "dirty" back-door dealings of 3 Senators at the11th hour changed that in the 2012 FY budget. It is that kind of bad conduct that makes Americans distrust and condemn their elected officials. The pro-slaughter propaganda spouted by Republican Kristi Noem about the increasing numbers of unwanted horses after the plants closed in 2006 is totally used out of context and from an extremely flawed GAO Report. In 2006-2007, we were entering one of the worst economic crisis in our nation's history. This is what had a direct impact on the number of horses that were considered unwanted. Remember, horse slaughter was still an option as horses from the U.S. were being sent to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. So, closing the plants in the U.S. did nothing to support increased numbers of unwanted horses. Also, most of the "abandoned" horses were a result of killer buyers turning horses rejected for slaughter loose at the Mexican border. Abuse and neglect are not a result of whether or not we have horse slaughter, it is due to the fluctuations in our economy and is isolated and individual in nature, not the norm. The majority of Americans are strongly opposed to horse slaughter returning to the U.S. We need people in office to listen to us and abide by our requests since they, in fact, represent "we the people" and work for "us" not "them and their special interest groups." Get your facts straight before you speak and ban horse slaughter in the U.S. to encourage responsible horse ownership and breeding practices and rid the unwanted horse problems that horse slaughter condones and promotes today.
How many abandoned horses estimated in GAO report?
Vickery Eckhoff 05/18/2013 @ 1:01pm
Because, as GAO states on p. 2, "national data is lacking." What GAO does have are anecdotal comments by state veterinarians commenting on horse welfare in the wake of the 2007 economic crisis. That occurred at the same time that the plants closed. And why did the veterinarians comment? Because "national data is lacking."
How did Kristi Noem get elected without understanding the 2007 economic crisis' impact on the welfare of people and animals? And can you trust an elected official who goes around misleading the public about what's in government reports?
Banning Horse Slaughter
Debra Tracy 05/16/2013 @ 1:04pm
What does Michelle Lujan Grisham mean withdrawing an amendment on horse slaughter BAN!?!?
Please tell me Kristi Noem does NOT really believe in ALL the unwanted horses or abused because of the GAO report, it is not even a proven justifiable fact, the report is a farce and even THAT report agreed on Banning horse slaughter...... Is she just not really knowledgeable or has she been bought too, we have had slaughter here or there for what 20 30 years think it's working,NO ,it promotes over Breeding, it promotes neglect, It promotes Corrupt dealings ALL driven by GREED, supply and demand is she really, honestly THAT STUPID?? I hate saying that but REALLY, what is going on in this country that the American's 80% of us do not want this do not need it and OUR politicians don't give a rats AS- what we want doesn't matter AT ALL.... Everything we humans touch we KILL & DESTROY,,, IF this slaughter takes place this will be another nightmare JUST LIKE BEFORE did we NOT learn anything from the past, guess not since they seem to want to go down that same road again, How frigg'en STUPID is that HONESTLY>>>>>> YUP GOOD times ahead unbelievable !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scary is what it is..
EPA gets an earful on RFS By: DANIEL LOOKER12/05/2013 @ 6:32pm
An EPA hearing in Arlington, Virginia Thursday on its proposal to roll back its mandate for…
Good cop, bad cop on nutrient management By: DANIEL LOOKER12/03/2013 @ 7:13pm
At its annual meeting in Des Moines this week, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is promoting the…
White House deploys economists for farm bill By: DANIEL LOOKER11/21/2013 @ 4:41pm
The White House Rural Council and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a report today that…