Horse slaughter bill proposed again?
Cavel International horse slaughterhouse permanently shut down in September, 2007 when a three judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled on the Illinois law banning horse slaughter for human comsumtion is constitutional.
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#1 Jan 23, 2010
The horse slaughter house needs to be opened back up..I raise reg. quarter horses and the horse market has hit rock bottom...What are you going to do next stop the slaughter of cattle and swine...and dont say a horse is a pet because I showed cattle and they were just like a horse. some of you need to get out of the city and off your high rocking chair and get to the country and see what life is all about before you cry out.
#2 Jan 24, 2010
Why do slaughter houses need to reopen? Wasn't 134,059 American horses slaughtered enough for you? Do you want more slaughter so you can continue to breed more than you can sell and get paid to dump them so you can breed more? Are you breeding your quarter horses for slaughter? Or do you raise your horses to sell for performance, racing, work, etc.? If so, then they are not food animals.
I'm sorry, but what cattle do you know that have won the KY Derby? I don't recall seeing cattle being raised for reining, as cutters or seeing mounted police riding cattle. What cattle are used in therapy or to help returning soldiers with head injuries regain their balance? If you are raising your QHs as non-food animals to sell, I'm assuming you are taking good care of them. That means wormers, ointments, Bute, etc. Are you aware that beginning in April, the EU will not accept horses that have received prohibited medications?
We know what life is about and it surely isn't slaughtering animals that are not food animals. Everything we own has lost value. Are you saying our homes, IRAs, cars, etc. have hit rock bottom because the slaughter plants are closed? You didnt expect horse values to be impervious to this economy, did you?
It's time the irresponsible breeders learn what the rest of the businesses in this economy understand, supply and demand. Keep producing more than you can sell and the prices will never increase.
#3 Jan 26, 2010
I breed what I sell, When the slaughter houses shut down the horse market hit bottom the economy did not drive it down and to let you know my cattle have won grand champion and the dixie national and I have sold champions for over 30,000 so yes I have seen cattle win the derby the cattle derby. I have raised horses for years and I raise with pride, No we dont eat horse meat here in the US but France and Germany eat it like we eat beef and pork. And who is to say what animal we are to eat. The only thing I can find in the bible that wwe are not to eat is swine. So yes I think the slaughter houses need to be opened back up and with in a year of opening you will see the horse market back where it should be...
#4 Feb 8, 2010
Greg, the prices didn't hit rock bottom when the plants closed down. That is nothing but anti-horse propaganda. The sale prices held steady until the end of 2008 when the economy started tanking.
There is an Asian market for dog and cat meat. Do you want to start slaughtering our dogs and cats for their market? It's no different with horses. They are not food animals in our country and we do not slaughter non-food animals. That is our culture. Nobody is saying other countries can't eat horse meat. What we are saying is that our horses don't belong on their plates anymore than our dogs belong on Asian plates.
The slaughter plants only slaughter the number of horses need to meet a demand, not the number of available horses. If you have been doing any research, you would know that horse meat consumption is down about 20%. We heard today that Italy is trying to ban the slaughter and sale of horse meat. Europeans are wise to the drug issues with our horses. Many of the plants are not at capacity so building more plants isn't going to solve the problem. If they're not slaughtering them now, they won't when another plant is opened. The Belgians have already walked away and no businessman with an ounce of intelligence is going to build a multi-million dollar plant with a declining market and pending legislation that could shut them down.
Address the cause of excess horse and you can fix the problem.
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