In meaty matters, the world’s current global shortage of food may have contributed to President Obama’s signing of recent legislation, lifting the ban on horse meat sales. This move is surprising to Americans because there are three animals they don’t play about, dogs, cats, and horses.
Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.
The President signed off on the slaughter of horses as part of the Congressional spending bill on November 18. However, there will be no oversight from the government until they can find over 3 million dollars to help the government agencies regulate horse killing.
Moreover, the U.S. Department of Agriculture would have to find the money in its existing budget, which is expected to see more cuts this year as Congress and the White House aim to trim federal spending.
Pro-slaughter profiteers say that the ban has only helped fund foreign horse disposal operations, taking away a potential American business profits in the lucrative horse meat markets in Europe and Asia. Additionally, according to middle-America speculators, there are many investors ready to open their wallets to begin the slaughter of old, used-up horses.
Huffington Post cites an enthusiastic state congressional supporter, Wyoming lawmaker Sue Wells, who claims the federal ban devastated “an entire sector of animal agriculture for purely sentimental and romantic notions.”
I wonder if she advocated against Michael Vick being sent to jail for killing dogs who were bred to fight, making them unfit to sale to regular dog lovers. You know, because, he technically didn’t stop the profitable, albeit illicit, American business of dog fighting, and employed his cousins — keeping jobs in America — and did what the Humane Society would have done but more humanely.
Vick clearly didn’t have any sentiments or romantic notions for dogs, which is what the Wyoming lawmaker is looking for in an investor, right?
What’s the difference? People eat horses as much as they eat dogs, which is practically never.
But I digress.
Federal lawmakers’ lifting of the ban on funding for horse meat inspections came about in part because of the recession, which struck just as slaughtering stopped. A federal report issued in June found that local animal welfare organizations reported a spike in investigations for horse neglect and abandonment since 2007. In Colorado, for example, data showed that investigations for horse neglect and abuse increased more than 60 percent – from 975 in 2005 to almost 1,600 in 2009.
Animal rights activists think it’s rational and more humane to put the animals to sleep, saving consumers from eating stressed meat from animals who are put through the industrial slaughter processors, which have little regard for life in general.
Sound-Off: Would you eat horse meat? Do you think Mr. Ed should be spared the butchering table? Or are you on board with the President, waiting to see if horse taste like chicken?