Well folks, it seems like Slaughterhouse Sue has finally found a YouTube video she finds worthy of sharing with everybody. It’s a fascinating piece on the unwanted horse issue. If you are ADD like I tend to be, you can watch the 7 minute version, or if you have a strong stomach for bullshit, you can wade right in and watch the hour version. In the interest of not boring the crap out of y’all and my own inherent laziness, I’ll recap the short version and leave you on your own for the longer one. They are sharing this little fictional piece far and wide and hoping to sway legislators with it. They even have a narrator with a faux British accent to make it seem more important. I guess they finally realized that the hick speak most of them engage in isn’t getting them all that far. Are you ready to be entertained?
Ok, remember this video is about UNWANTED horses. That part is important since they use pictures of Secretariat in their opening. There probably are very few horses that have been less unwanted so I’m really not getting the point of that. I’m also going to go right ahead and guess that the use of his image in a pro-slaughter video is not authorized given the stance of his former connections on the slaughter issue.
Surprisingly, the video openly acknowledges how repugnant that the majority of the population in the US find the idea of eating horse meat as well as the horse’s importance in our culture and development. They even use warm fuzzy pictures of children with their horses before it all heads south. The video talks about the $65 million export value of slaughtered horses prior to 2007, but neglects to mention that the large majority of that money went straight overseas with the carcasses. This video does not say where they get their stats from but make mention of the fact that non-profit shelters spent something like $50 million caring for unwanted horses in 2009 and that taxpayers are handing out `millions to care for unwanted horses’. Strangely, they don’t make any mention of how much it costs the taxpayer to fund USDA inspections on horse slaughter houses and how little they put back into the US economy. If you go to the Kaufman zoning link on the side bar you can see where Dallas Crown paid a grand total of $5 in taxes one year. Given the fact that most workers in slaughter houses are minimum wage and the problems it has caused hosting communities, horse slaughter actually COSTS the taxpayer. That is the real and well documented fact of the horse slaughter business.
Next they move onto the wild horse and burro population and that nearly half a billion dollars have been spent maintaining them. I have to admit I’m not as up to speed on the BLM issues as I should be. My focus has mainly been the domestic horse population, although I’m very anti-slaughter for any equid. My opinion on the wild horse issue is probably not a popular one, but I see most of the problems being human created. We stepped in and took out natural selection, now we have a mess on our hands. No, natural selection is not pretty at times, but it works. Sadly, it’s probably gone way too far for that to be viable by now so once again, humans screw up due to their own greed and the animals pay the price. Lovely. Naturally they blame the problem on animal rights advocates, when in fact it probably has more to do with the wild horses and other wildlife being displaced by humans and our greed. What city doesn’t have reports about some wild creature that has wandered into a yard and caused an uproar?
They pack a lot of propaganda into a short 7 minutes, I’ll give them that. They also do some extremely dodgy math predicting that by 2016 there will be something like one million unwanted horses. I guess that means that nobody will or has cut back on breeding and that not a single horse will die between now and then. Again, no source for their stats, but they sure sound impressive, do they not? They talk about the `enormous expense’ in transporting horses to Canada or Mexico for slaughter, but they don’t mention that’s not on the taxpayer or that in some cases, it will be even further for them to ship to Oregon if D-bag gets his way and opens his plant there. The video actually states that some unlucky horses have owners that can’t afford the cost of shipping to slaughter. Huh? Also kinda tired of hearing how things are so much less strict and humane in Canada. Pretty sure they operate under what would be the same guidelines and design that US slaughter houses have and would. Lies of omission again….They even give us this huge increase in horse abuse stat that is `verified’, but they neglect to say where it came from. In short, it’s a load of crap, but go ahead and watch it for yourself. Anybody with the intellect of a dull carrot will see right through their lies.
Ok, let’s talk about inconvenient truths. As we are all aware, PSAs tend to minimize the whole Bute issue surrounding horse meat and the fact that horses are not generally raised for human consumption on this side of the pond. Several of them have stepped up with stories about either consuming Bute themselves or knowing `oldtimers’ that have taken it all their lives. Some of them have even suggested that Bute is perfectly safe but only banned because nobody has bothered to do an FDA approved study on it yet. In fact, I believe Angela Marshall was even offering to fund such studies with her food stamps and welfare checks! Well, recent news out of Singapore is that somebody has died from ingesting Bute. (http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC121004-0000033/Woman-dies-after-taking-illegal-health-products). “In August this year, the patient consumed Flutulang, which her son bought in Indonesia. The HSA said she had assumed it was safe after a relative consumed it without any problems. Unknown to her, the product was tainted with phenylbutazone, which was responsible for a similar serious adverse reaction she suffered in 2006…….This time, the woman developed a similar life-threatening skin reaction and died” The article goes on to mention another woman falling ill after taking a product that contained dexamethasone aka azium, which is also a very common medication given to horses. It should be very interesting to see whether or not the PSAs acknowledge this at all or how they’ll spin it if they do. That’s the problem with their `facts’. They are very selective on what facts they give out and how they frame them. If you really want the truth, you’re best to seek it out yourself and do so with an open mind.