I was on Facebook this afternoon and read a link one of my friends posted. It was how President Obama just legalized horses for human consumption in the US. Needless to say I was sickened, upset, mad, and disgusted. My first questions was, why?? What kind of person would eat horse was my second question. I knew as soon as I read the headline, I needed to try to do something, anything to try to stop this. I really need to ask, WHY do we need to eat horse now??? Don't we kill enough animals for food? Don't we torture and make animals suffer enough, for food and clothes? I cannot be a hypocrite, I do eat meat, but not poultry. One of my New Years resolutions is to become a vegan. It was very disheartening to read about this and I thought it was a joke at first to be honest. It is very unnecessary for horses to be slaughtered for food! They suffer enough pulling carriages in NY, under disgusting conditions, shortening their lifespan just so people can have a tour of the park. Walk people!! Animals are living in inhumane conditions and they are made to do things beyond their control, because they do not have a voice. We need to be their voice. Animals are killed everyday so we can eat, and now horses have to be slaughtered for food just so people can make money? I watched a video on a website years ago about how they treated chickens before they were killed and I sat there and cried. It was a Tyson plant and after I seen it I didn't eat chicken for 6 years now. This is not the subject at hand but if the slaughter of a little chicken was bone chilling, I do not want to imagine what the slaughter of a horse looks like. As I write this I am getting so upset and I just wish I can do more but this is all I can do for now. Even if this petition is done in vein, at least I can say I try to make a difference in a cruel world where people don't care. Peta flied a complaint against Ringling Brothers Circus, and won. Now they have to retrain all of their handlers and pay a $270,000 fine for the abuse they cause the animals. Not enough I say because it was all caught on tape and so sad to watch. If they can do that, maybe I, a single mother from New Jersey, and all of us can stop the UNNECESSARY slaughter of horses for food. Please sign. I am asking friends, enemies and strangers for signatures. Thank you.
Here is the article I read............
Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption
Horse slaughter plants are legal again in the United States. Restrictions on horse meat processing for human consumption have been lifted.
In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture. On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.
Horse slaughter has been prohibited in the United States as funding for inspections of horses in transit and at slaughter houses was non-existent. This worked because the horse meat cannot be sold for human consumption without such inspections. The House version of the bill retained the de-funding language and the Senate version did not. The conference committee charged with reconciling the two opted to not include it. The result is that it is now legal to slaughter horses for humans to eat.
Notwithstanding that 70% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, that President Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption (horses can be sent to Mexico and Canada), that documentation of animal cruelty, slaughterhouse stench, fluid runoff and negative community impact exists, it is taxpayers that will bear the costs!
Wyoming state representative Sue Wallis and her pro-slaughter group estimate that between 120,000 and 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year and that Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, are considering opening slaughter plants.
During these trying times, is the only thing that Democrats and Republicans can agree on is that Americans need to eat horses?
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