Now, that we have paused to point and laugh at our PSA pals, it’s time to get serious about a few things. Slaughterhouse Sue has poked her head out from under the bridge she occupies to post up some more articles. Seriously, she must spend nearly every waking moment endlessly searching online for support for her horse eating mission. The articles she has linked are not entirely accurate, but true to form, Ole Suey doesn’t let that bother her as long as she’s getting the word out in support of her dream of torturing and eating horses.
The first article comes out of San Antonio, TX. (http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Horse-slaughter-plants-looming-3741876.php). While it claims that an administrator for the agency responsible for inspections stated`the testing procedures should be validated and ready for use in November or by the end of 2012.’, it then went on to say that Al Almanza of FSIS wants to get started as soon as possible. Of course, what article about horse eating would be complete without a timely quote from Douchebag Duquette, momentarily let out of Suey’s dungeon to make an ass out of himself? He insists that the New Mexico and Missouri facilities are ready to go and they are considering Oklahoma as well. I guess the fact that Oklahoma bans the sale of horse meat for human consumption is just an inconvenience. He is quoted as saying`People want to know why it’s going so slow’. Well, Douchebag, maybe people are waiting for Slaughterhouse Sue and her buddies to actually OWN the facility in Missouri, retro fit it, and apply for business permits. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m thinking that the USDA is going to be somewhat pissed if they send their inspectors all ready to go to work and they find a locked door and tumbleweeds in the parking lot. It’s all not as cut and dried as Slaughterhouse Sue would have people believe and the article fails to mention a single thing about the pending Moran Amendment which will effectively wipe out slaughter again.
The next article that made Ole Suey’s panties wet was, strangely, from Teche Today. (http://www.techetoday.com/view/full_story/19605220/article-Eating-horses-a-solution-to-neglect-and-cruelty-?) It largely depends on the GAO report for its information, which
has been soundly debunked (http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/1866) and is not as widely accepted as the horse eating faction would like the general public to believe. Slaughterhouse Sue is quoted as saying that horse meat is 40% cheaper than beef. What she neglects to mention, or maybe she’s just too ignorant to realize, is the reason that horse meat may or may not be that much cheaper is because horses are not raised to be food. Should horses be raised specifically for that purpose, the cost to breed, raise and finish a horse for slaughter compared to a steer would be significantly higher. Horses actually have a very poor feed to pound conversion ratio. That means what people are likely eating is a horse that was not raised to be eaten and has likely been given any one of a number of banned substances. Lies of omission or just plain ignorance? Again, nobody mentions the Moran Amendment and nobody mentions that the same number of horses are being slaughtered now as there always was .
Given the glaring omissions in each article, I doubt that it’s time to panic, but neither can any anti-slaughter advocate afford to be complacent. Right now pressure needs to be kept on the government to get the budget passed so that inspections are not funded. That will keep the slaughter houses closed until anti-slaughter legislation is passed. It’s also important to educate people. Clearly, the writer of the Teche Today article is not aware of all the issues surrounding slaughter and perhaps they should be made aware as he did make an effort to do a balanced write-up. There are so many well-informed and articulate people speaking out against slaughter, that the time is now to get busy. Let the PSAs run around like the bunch of toothless hillbillies most of them are. We will continue to point, laugh and throw out shiny objects to distract them, while we ultimately work towards ending slaughter once and for all. Time to get busy, people!