House votes to ban horse slaughter

  1. It is an emotional issue. A law requiring horses to be euthanized by the owners vet in this country would end the debate. Why can't this be done?

    http://www.thehorse.com/viewarticle.aspx?ID=7590
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Down the Homestretch, the House Wanders Off Course

    ..."I'm for the horsies, too; I'll vote for it," allowed Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). But what about Iraq, energy, health care and the federal debt? "I can't believe that we are here today using the very limited time left to this Congress to deal with horsemeat," she said.
    Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), meeting privately with colleagues in the morning, referred to the legislation as "the horse [expletive] bill," according to someone present at the meeting.
    Even Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), who as Rules Committee chairman helped to jockey the horse bill to the floor, was a bit sheepish about trotting out the legislation....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...701343_pf.html
  4. by   indigo girl
    It's not really a solution since they will just ship the poor beasts off to Canada
    by cattlecars. I know it's not important to many people, but I just hate to think of this.
  5. by   elkpark
    I've ridden all my life and owned horses at various times in my life, so I'm as much of a horse lover as anyone, but I've got to ask: Why is slaughtering unwanted horses so much more objectionable than slaughtering cows, sheep, or pigs?? I don't see or hear the House trying to outlaw slaughtering them. Doesn't the US Congress have more pressing issues to worry about than this?
  6. by   ZASHAGALKA
    I'm just glad to know that our Congressmen have priorities. . . or at least, what they are.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  7. by   indigo girl
    Quote from elkpark
    I've ridden all my life and owned horses at various times in my life, so I'm as much of a horse lover as anyone, but I've got to ask: Why is slaughtering unwanted horses so much more objectionable than slaughtering cows, sheep, or pigs?? I don't see or hear the House trying to outlaw slaughtering them. Doesn't the US Congress have more pressing issues to worry about than this?

    I agree that it is not different slaughtering those other animals. But, doesn't it seem more like sending your beloved dog to a slaughter house? Is there no room for compassion?

    http://www.equineprotectionnetwork.c...ses/index.html

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/4160397.html

    http://www.news-journal.com/news/con...2006horse.html

    She's right, these horses are not old and decrepit.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Sep 9, '06
  8. by   Medic2RN
    I have to agree with Timothy.

    Two out of the three horse slaughter plants are in my general area. They export their horse meat to foreign countries because it is considered a delicacy. I guess that'll put a bunch of people out of work.
  9. by   VeryPlainJane
    amen brother! little known fact... in the us there are 20 animal shelters to every one human shelter... children who are homeless are one of the fastest growing segments of the general homeless population as for every four homeless persons, one of them will be a child.

    http://www.freedonation.com/homeless...ess_stats.php3

    Quote from zashagalka
    i'm just glad to know that our congressmen have priorities. . . or at least, what they are.

    ~faith,
    timothy.
  10. by   indigo girl
    Caring for humanity and caring for animals don't have to be mutually exclusive. It's only our thinking that makes it so.
    Last edit by indigo girl on Sep 11, '06

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