Since everybody is damn good and mad about the last post, I thought a little good news might pick your heads up. This is literally hot off the press thanks to The Equine Welfare Alliance. (http://myemail.constantcontact.com/2013-03-20-Press-Release–US-Horsemeat-Banned-in-EU.html?soid=1103281455502&aid=tF6tf1xapts). Yes, folks our toxic horse meat is actually banned in the European Union. This isn’t exactly a new development, but one that has come to light given the recent push to get slaughter houses in the US reopened.
Basically, the decision was made in 2011 when the USDA failed to comply with submitting a drug residue control program. The application for approval requires extensive reviews and audits and can take several years to complete. In a statement during an interview with Reuters, Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack was quoted as saying he hoped that Congress would come up with an alternative to horse slaughter (http://myemail.constantcontact.com/2013-03-20-Catching-up-on-News-and-some-LOL-.html?soid=1103281455502&aid=jjvOdGjSnZI). With the sequestration, our food supply is already facing a shortage of inspectors and adding horse meat to that mix will surely make matters even worse for our own food supply. Predictably, this little tidbit sent Suey into a rage…
“Unbelievable! Here it is National Ag Day and our so-called Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack comes out with most idiotic, uneducated, and anti-agriculture statement on horse processing imaginable. That is “Secretary of AGRICULTURE”, Mr. Vilsack, not “Secretary of the Humane Society of the United States/animal rights wacko nutjobs/Anti-Horse Industry Secretary”
News Flash, Mr. Vilsack – The needed market for meat horses entails a hell of a lot more than just old horses!
Okay, all of you farmers and ranchers and all of you horse people and organizations…get those flaming pens out, type those smoking letters…WE NEED A DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THAT WORKS FOR AGRICULTURE- – AND, THAT INCLUDED THE HORSE BUSINESS- – NOT AGAINST US, for Christ’s Sake, People!
I’m PISSED, and you should be, too!”
I love it when she gets her granny panties bunched up because she always inserts a hoof in her gaping maw. Notice this time she said that meat horses entail `a hell of a lot more than just old horses’. Yet, isn’t it the poor old and suffering horses they keep talking about to gain support and sympathy? I have a feeling Vilsack is in for a slapping the next time he runs into Suey…
So what does this all mean? It means we have some time, but this is far from over. Only today Mendy Tobiano did a premature victory dance and announced this :
It’s about damn time. No reason to transport out of the country. No more giving our profits to other countries. No more import taxes and tariffs. No more horses abandoned in hard working ranchers and farmers pastures, dumped in trailers, or let loose in our state parks. No more questionable slaughter methods but where we can control it. bout damn time.
Premature in that the ban on slaughter in Oklahoma is not yet lifted and none of the other proposed facilities have been granted inspections. Now, with this news from the EU come to light, it would appear their major market is not really there at all. Make no mistake, the majority of horse meat from Canada ships to the EU and that is exactly the market Slaughterhouse Suey and her acolytes want in on. Suey will stomp her hooves and attempt to get this ban on US horse meat lifted, but given the recent scandal with horse meat over there, it doesn’t look good that she will be able to expedite the process. Hopefully, by then we will be able to see all horse slaughter and transport for slaughter banned once and for all. That’s where the rest of you come in. Make the calls and show your support for H.R. 1094: Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013 (https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hr1094?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email)and also S. 541: A bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States (https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/s541). While you’re at it, make sure you let Governor Fallin in Oklahoma that she needs to listen to the majority Senate Bill 375 and House Bill 1999 which would lift the ban on slaughter in that state. Spread the word people….miles to go before we sleep….