UPDATE June 13: Today the inspections for horse meat are defunded! BUT horses are NOT safe until we shut down transport and slaughter for GOOD! Take ACTION to stop the horror!
It appears the State House of Oklahoma approved horse slaughter in their state, 9-0! We just got word that this happened just moments ago. The Bill now goes to State Senate.
INSANELY the claim is this is a WELFARE decision not motivated by money. “Rep. Skye McNiel said that gain would be shared equally by all the state’s horse auctioneers and is not substantial compared to the financial gain to the state’s horse owners who are seeking an avenue to dispose of animals that have lost their use.”
That MAKES IT VERY URGENT TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTION ON A NATIONAL SCALE!
This is an important issue that hovers over all our beloved equines, domestic and wild.
In recent months the scandal that involves horse meat being passed off as beef in Europe has many in the US fearful that the practice is more commonplace and even our food supply is not safe.
Horses are simply not a regulated agricultural product in the US and simply not safe to consume. Proponents of horse slaughter say that simply asking those who want to sell horses for a profit if the horses are safe (not given medications) is enough to ensure safety. When you look at the serious risks posed by substances used in domestic animals, and wild horses immediately after capture, that is an absurd notion. Horses are not safe to eat.
The practice is also seen as barbaric by the vast majority of Americans. It still stands that Americans don’t eat horse.
Proponents also claim that jobs will be created and that there is a strong business model for profit. Both of those assertions are also incorrect. Minimal low wage jobs would be created, as a product that has no real market seeks to profit. The waste created by blood and by product of horse slaughter had devastating consequence on US soil in the past. This is not a strong business model.
A BILL is being introduced that would stop this train in it’s tracks.
“Enter Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. The three will introduce a bill on Wednesday that would put a stop to the pending horse slaughter.”~ ABC News.
Please take a moment to send a polite email to your federal legislators in Congress and urge them to cosponsor the SAFE Act (S. 541/H.R. 1094), a bill to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption.
Find your Senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=IL
Find your Representative in the House: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
THIS ACTION IS VITAL FOR ALL HORSES WILD AND DOMESTIC!
Below is a piece from Dave Philipps, the journalist relatively new to the wild horse issue, speaking about his investigation that eventually got him threatened with a “punch in the face,” by former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.