Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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"Horse Slaughter Prevention Bills and Issues" -Geoffrey S. Becker

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From the three United States foreign owned slaughter plants -two in Texas, one in Illinois- 105,000 horses were killed there in 2006. Most of this meat went to Europe and Asia for human consumption. There are large debates on the ethics of horse slaughter, bringing the problem up to Congress and the Senate. In the House of Representatives, on June 8, 2005, they passed a bill that would take away funds for the inspection of horses under the meat inspection act. Many different bills have been proposed, mostly for the ban of slaughtering horses for human consumption, along with a few bills in favor of wild horses and burros.

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"Killings of Wild Horses Spark Outrage, Legislation" -James R. Carroll

41 mustangs, perfectly healthy, were sent to slaughter due to a new flawed federal program. Many congressmen and senators are very upset with the killings of these once wild horses. But a few have introduced a bill to outlaw the sales of mustangs. In 2005, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) halted sales when the heard of the slaughter. A separate effort has been brought up to ban any slaughter of horses, whether they be wild or domesticated, for the comsuption of humans. Republican Representative Ed Whitfild said that no horse should be slaughtered for human food, especially a horse under the protection of the BLM. There is an estimated 64,000 American horses slaughtered annually by the three foreign-owned plants in the United States, with the meat being exported to other countries.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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"Wild Horses Lose Protection from Slaughter" -Rebecca Rosen Lum

" A provision slipped into a federal appropriations bill silently killed a 1971 law that kept feral horses from being sold to slaughterhouses." It forces the Bureau of Land Management to sell all unadopted horses and burros and keep the profits. This mainly targets the wild horses that are over 10 years old (past likely adoption age) and young horses that have been to three auctions with out being sold. Senator Conrad Burns, who created this, says that his intentions were to keep the wild horses from overpopulating and running out of food. Some say it will not work, because the horses can just be brought to other states. Renee Been said, "This ends 33 years of protection."

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"Horse Slaughtering Deeply Divides Racing, Breeding Community" -Rick Maese

There is a huge controversy over the slaughter of horses. If a federal ban of horse slaughter were to go into effect, it would not solve the underlying problem: these unwanted horses. Many feel that it could lead to more abuse and neglect of horses. 15 years ago, each year more than 300,000 horses were slaughtered annually, but that number has decreased by 85 percent (mainly due to the fact that horse meat is no longer a main ingredient in pet food) AND abuse reports have NOT substantially increased. In the United States, horses are classified as live stock: in the same category as a cow or pig (when talking about slaughtering). BUT historically, these are not the American ideals. Horses have played a key role in the developement of America.

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"The High-Stakes Battle Over Horse Slaughter" -Jim Motavalli

There are many disputes over the three remaining United States slaughter houses. On March 10, 2006, Congress voted, and took away all funds towards meat inspectors at the slaughterhouses, when sending products overseas. But the petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to pay for the inspectors themselves -and was approved. Animal rights activists are slowly making changes in the society. One Texas slaughterhouse is close to closure due to unpaid fines, and a public nuisance (blood and other substances are clogging sewers).

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"A Horse is a Course, of Course. Or is it a Pet?" -Dan McGraw

In 1998, California voters were about to make a crucial decision about horse slaughtering. If it passes, it would make it a felony punishable by up to three years in jail to sell a horse to be slaughtered for human consumption in California, though there are no slaughter houses in California. Humanly euthanized horse still may be used for pain thinner, soaps, and pet food, just not for consumption. In 1997 alone, there were an estimated 87,000 horses killed in the four slaughter houses of the United States. If this is (was) passed, some equine veterinarians believe that it may cause more horse neglect due to the cost of euthanization and disposal of the horse vs. getting paid to have it slaughtered.

****Note: it was passed.

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"Animal Advocates Fight to Keep Horses Off the Menu" -Scott Gold

Since the outbreak of mad cow disease in Europe, horse meat has been at a higher demand in the United States and Canada, but there is a strong movement to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States. California was the first state. Because of this higher demand, the price of horse meat has risen from 50 cents per pound, up to 60 cents per pound. In this movement, they are also trying to help the wild horses that have been round up and sold at auction. They would like to make that illegal as well for the wild horses to go to slaughter. In the United States, horses are not thought of as a food animal, such as pig or cow, they are thought of as a pet -its like sending your dog or cat to the slaughter when you are done with it. In the United States, its just not right.

Friday, April 20, 2007

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"An End To Slaughter?" -anonymous

A new bill has been proposed to the United States House of Representatives that could put and end to horse slaughter. If passed, all slaughter of horses for human consumption would become illegal in the United States. Horses also may not be shipped to Canada or Mexico for slaughter.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Favorite Place in the World

My favorite place in the world is filled with fresh air and a gentle breeze (actually its usually pretty strong wind). I go there to escape from everything. Its a very calming, and fun place to be. I usually go there with a few of my good friends. I have been going there on at least a weekly basis for the past five years of my life. There are about 50 animals there, all are beautiful. These animals have become such a big part of my life. Its more than a hobby. For the past 6 months, I have been out there nearly everyday. It puts me in such a great mood when I go out there. The smell of grass and hay (big give away! ha ha).

This should be a pretty easy one to figure out! Especially if you know me!