Why is it every time I wrap up our week with an edition of Point and Laugh Friday, the PSAs ramp up the stupid for the next 48 hrs? At some point you would think it wasn’t even possible to get any more stupid or misinformed, but we haven’t even come close to it yet. So, we are about to rehash a few tired arguments for the millionth time because we can and because I’m irritated again. Apologies in advance and I suggest you wear protective head-gear for this blog; whether that be a tinfoil beanie, helmet or both.
Ok, it seems my Point and Laugh Friday hit a few nerves behind close doors and panties are not only in a bunch, they are chafing some butts in a big way. In an effort to make me stop pointing out the idiocy, the PSAs are going to attempt business as usual, which means that they are going to pontificate about slaughter. Yay! I love it when they remove all doubt as to how ignorant they all are. So let’s kick things off with the petulant pony, Mendy Tobiano hefting herself up on the podium to edumacate us all….
“Three years later we are still bitching about the issues in this article.
Will this ever end? Horses are livestock. As long as that’s the legal definition, slaughter of them is no different than a cow or hog. Now why is it the USDA cannot seem to get off their asses and send the inspectors in for the horses. Gosh, election years suck don’t they”
– This is what happens when you have tunnel vision and are completely ignorant to how things work. While horses may be considered to be `livestock’ by many and for legal terms, they are considered to be companion animals by the FDA. That means that horses are not raised for food consumption like a cow or hog. Stomp your feet all you want, that’s just they way it is right now. Also, as has been discussed in numerous media forums, the USDA had their budget cut by $9 million this year. To fund inspections for horses, which are not raised for human consumption and the majority of the population oppose, that would mean it would come at the expense of inspecting hogs, cattle or poultry. Since horses are also not considered to be a staple in the American diet as the other animals are, you are asking them to redirect funding that comes directly from the US taxpayer for inspections on something that will largely be for overseas consumption and profit. As Slaughterhouse Sue likes to say; It’s simple economics. Now, you can factor in the Moran Amendment that is on the table that would effectively wipe out slaughter again and NOBODY is going to put USDA inspectors in horse slaughter facilities until that is resolved. Get over it.
” Not only do they need to get up and get the slaughter houses going, they need to get the withdrawl times set for bute and other drugs which they are refusing to do because of the politics involved in horse slaughter. I would be willing to donate $ when I have it to gety this done!”
– This little gem comes from Montana’s former owner. She wants to donate money to get slaughter happening! Awesome! I wonder if that’s the best use of her welfare checks? Given how evil and stupid we know her to be, it’s not surprising she is still trying to make `Bute’ happen. It’s never going to.
“I agree that testing for withdrawal periods on meat products from horses known to have been buted needs to be done. The only thing we have is the results of sick people who were TREATED with bute not those who ate it…..There is a hugomongo difference between direct ingestion of something and eating something that had the substance given to it.”
– Maybe ole NT would like to step up and be the guinea pig for this testing? Or maybe she can volunteer some of her family? I guess the concept of second-hand smoke is over her flat head too?
“The funny thing is people actually use bute themselves. All medications have adverse effects, sometimes it bothers one person and not another. All medications have withdrawls. They need to get it done!”
– Yes and people also smoke meth and don’t die right away either, but that doesn’t mean it’s advisable to do it yourself. But this is coming from Montana’s Mommy again so we shouldn’t be surprised about the level of ignorance. Maybe she’ll sell some of her kids for those kinds of lab experiments when they age out of the WIC program and do her bit to make slaughter happen so those mini horses she adopted have a place to go when she inevitably screws them up.
“Yep—I had a friend who died from an aspirin allergy. But we don’t pull aspirin off the market…….I wonder if anyone would like to do some research for me on drugs that COMMONLY kill people or have horrendous side effects (like the Cialis mythical 4 hour erection) but are still on the market. Like kids who die from benadryl”
– Actually I think `somebody’s’ time would be better spent teaching NT to read with comprehension. Then maybe she can learn the difference between side effects and carcinogens. Maybe she can also learn the difference between testing for a performance level threshold and tissue residue. Or maybe we can just not bother and let keep handing her more rope to hang herself with because as annoying as this gets, it’s pretty damn funny too.
“Vets can give cattle bute extra label and there IS a withdrawal time for MEAT ( not milk) there cant be very much difference in elimination time for cattle vs. horses. However, I have tried to get info. from the USDA and FDA-both are extremely aggravating as they give run-around conversation and avoid straight answers, saying it is a very controversial subject.”
– No it is not approved for use in food producing animals. Period. No elimination time because it is BANNED. Why is this such a hard concept to grasp for these asstards? Seriously. It’s just not that hard. BANNED means BANNED.
“this is somethin most people don’t know , thier hasn’t been any complaints on horse meat since the early to mid 80’s , and happend twice is all , and the deal on the drug issue is that when kill the horses , every part is stamped , like the lungs , heart , liver , kidneys , these are hung racks , and checked in a time period in case thier is a type of drug that shows up , if so the meat was tanked , and not sold for human’s , at least that is how it used to be , and that is somethin that the anti’s don’t want anbody to know or they didn’t know that , that is what they did at Beltex”
– No asstard, not every carcass is tested. Yes, they are identified, but the testing is random to a degree. The on site CFIA or USDA inspector is supposed to identify likely candidates to test ie. horses with noticeable lameness, illness or anything that may suggest they had been medicated, but we all know that’s very hit and miss at best. Back when Beltex was operating they were only testing for Trichinosis. Canada has only been testing for banned meds for less than two years, so it’s pretty safe to say the US slaughter houses never tested for that stuff.
Given how profoundly stupid these people are, is it any wonder the USDA and FDA have made it so difficult for them to get through on the phone? I suggest that both agencies hire very cranky people (No, not me because I already have a job) to answer these calls. I probably shouldn’t even say anything and let these idiots continue to make fools of themselves as they charge around on their own being nuisances and never being taken seriously. How can you take somebody seriously that either cannot or will not grasp a simple concept like `Banned’? Now we have NT saying that maybe it’s banned for humans to use, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to eat something that has taken it. If this were true, I guess the whole contaminating the ground water with euthanized horses thing shouldn’t worry them either or killing rats with poison shouldn’t harm an animal that eats the rat? It seems there is nothing else to say, so I’m going to leave y’all with a little limerick that NT wrote. It pretty much says it all…
There once was a man who ate horse
His own mount for steak was his source
He did bute his pony
Since tainted meat is phony
And his liver is just fine, of course!
Last minute edit here: Looks like we have yet another horse carcass showing up in the food supply with Bute in it…Oops.