Americans Do Not Eat Horses!
by Cate Crismani
Now I ask you, how do you think a young child would react upon learning the meat on their plate was the pony next door! Even hard core prisoners would repulse this idea.
The poor? Families who have probably stopped eating beef to cut back on their food bill.
So why would they eat horses? They wouldn't.
Apparently slaughtering cattle, pigs, chickens, et al; the list goes on,for human consumption is not sufficient. Where once ranchers could get top dollar for prime beef and other meats, the meat industry has been hit hard in these financially trying times and ill economic climates. Further, the humane shifts in attitudes and practices regarding meat consumption have taken its toll on the cattle and meat industry.
People are simply eating less meat for health, philosophical, political and economical reasons.
So why would they eat horses? They wouldn't.
Compounding this murder, the pro-slaughter groups perpetrate the idea that ALL animal rights and animal welfare advocates are "terrorists"; an extremely hot-button word since 9/11! Specifically citing Wayne Pacelle, President of HSUS, Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA and John Holland, President of Equine Welfare Alliance as the leaders of the pack and repeatedly libeled as "enemies" by their sordid accussers.
Enemies of what?
We are the enemies of the pro-slaughter zealots, animal cruelty perpetrators and cold-blooded murderers.
But then I ask, who are the real terrorists?
Below are points of truth from the Animal Law Coalition and Equine Welfare Alliance.
1. Horses are our companions and pets; they helped build this country and still work in the military and law enforcement and, provide entertainment in horse racing, shows and other sports and exhibitions. Horses are not raised for food in the U.S.
2. The slaughter of horses simply cannot be made humane: Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA Inspector, told Congress in 2008 that the captive bolt used to slaughter horses is simply not effective. Horses, in particular, are very sensitive about anything coming towards their heads and cannot be restrained as required for effective stunning. Dr. Friedlander stated, "These animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected." The Government Accountability Office and dozens of veterinarians and other witnesses have confirmed that ineffective stunning is common and animals are conscious during slaughter.
3. The FDA does not regulate American horsemeat as food because there is no market for it in the U.S. and most importantly, horsemeat is dangerous, if not deadly, for humans to consume. Horses are given all manner of drugs, steroids, de-wormers and ointments throughout their lives. Horses are not tracked and typically may have several owners. A kill buyer has no idea of the veterinary or drug history of a horse taken to slaughter, and many of the most dangerous drugs have no or a very long withdrawal period. A typical drug given routinely to horses like aspirin, Bute, is a carcinogen and can cause aplastic anemia in humans. Bute is banned in all food producing animals and there is no withdrawal period.
4. The availability of slaughter actually increases the numbers of excess horses on the market. Slaughter creates a salvage or secondary market that encourages overbreeding. Banning slaughter would reduce the number of excess horses. Slaughter is not "an alternative" for so called unwanted horses or horses in need. Slaughter is a for profit industry driven by a demand for horsemeat, and has nothing to do with the numbers of excess or unwanted horses. Slaughter actually encourages overbreeding and adds to the problem of horses in need. The USDA has confirmed more than 92% of horses that end up at slaughter are healthy; they are not unwanted, neglected or abused. Horses are in need right now because of the economy and, in fact, slaughter is still available which is further proof that lack of slaughter does not result in excess or unwanted horses. Just the opposite!
For more information: log onto ;http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1519
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