(Closed) NWR: Obama, Congress restore U.S. horse-slaughter industry

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Slaughter is a necessary evil unfortunately, I just wish it was done more humanely.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Woot! My FB is blowing up with people thrilled with this – many of whom own, raise, show, and breed horses. Too many horses were being abandoned, neglected, abused, and shipped thousands of miles to slaughterhouses in Canada or Mexico. Because there was no base market price – the prices for GOOD horses plummeted as well.

I like horses, and my mom owns two(who she would probably put down before slaughtering) but I think this is a good thing. It must have been getting quite bad for Congress to move that quickly and un-ban the ban only…..3? 4? years after the initial ban.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

So, what I am understanding is that when the ban was created it was more so on the ban of verify the quality of the meat and spending money to do so. So horses were then being shipped over seas to be slaughtered and the meat was not being held to any standards when it came back?

Either way I think it is wrong, but we do still slaughter horses, pigs, chickens, deer for human consumption and if people are going to be consuming the meat then there should be standards. I may be way off base, so please tell me if I am misunderstanding the information.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@MapleMoose: You won’t. Any meat that is for human consumption is likely going to be exported to France or other countries where there is a stronger market for it. In the U.S. it will mostly be used for pet food.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@MapleMoose: I’m not sure I quite get what you’re asking – sorry!

I know that the ban originally went into to effect mostly after major pushes and media campaigns by animal rights organizations to shut down the slaughterhouses. I’d have to do some more research – but I don’t think it was ever a quality issue.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@hisgoosiegirl: It might be my fault she is confused, because I was confused over the whole thing and I thought that was more of what the unbanings were about.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

It sounds like they banned the inspection of horse meat- which in turn meant it couldn’t be sold or exported. So they effectively shut down the slaughterhouses without actually shutting them down.

Apparently, even PETA says this is a good move – need to find articles by them a few years ago campaigning to end horse slaughter!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Basically dirty shit and terrible over breeding and neglect is going on right now with horses. If the US legalizes it would hypothetically regulate and inspect plants to insure more humane processes and have an end to the suffering for many horses out there today.

Its pretty much like the problem we have with dogs and cats.

I hate the slaughter of anything. I am a horse owner, and both of the sides of the story are disheartneing.

Also , a cow and a horse are like the same thing. Our culutre percieves cows as hamburger and horses as child hood pets, but many countries enjoy horse meat just as much as we like chicken or beef.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@MapleMoose: I don’t think good horses will get shipped out – but it helps regulate their prices. When people couldn’t sell bad horses, the market dropped out. Supply and demand. Someone else could probably explain it better than me :S

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