According to an Associated Press story, while unsuspecting Americans were being distracted by that whole unemployment/economy-going-to-shit thing, Congress and Obama sneakily lifted the 5-year ban on funding slaughterhouse inspections.
The ban, enacted in 2006, had effectively ended horse slaughter in the US- something animal rights activists spent years fighting for.
Now, with the ban lifted, slaughterhouses are free to re-open and begin butchering horses for human consumption. In the US.
Naturally, the bill Obama signed, to which this was attached, did not allocate any money to fund horse meat inspections, so not only will taxpayers be forced to stand by and watch these precious animals be brutally murdered, we’ll be forced to pay $3 - $5 million per YEAR to FUND it.
Proponents of horse slaughter (probably the same people who tortured and molested kittens when they were children) claim slaughterhouses will make sure sick or unwanted horses aren’t abandoned or mistreated. They’ll just be viciously, slowly and painfully murdered instead.
Instead of advocating responsibility in horse ownership – or, you know, life in general – we should totally just continue to support the idea that problems can be made to disappear cheaply. At the low, low cost of animal lives, several million dollars and our humanity.
My horse has given me 11+ years of companionship and love, and I owe it to him – despite the financial burden – to let him live out his life in peace and contentment.
Yes, owning a horse is expensive. Yes, you might have to make sacrifices in a tough economy. But NO, that does not justify murdering an innocent animal.
Go kill your own pets/companions, Congress, but leave our horses alone.