As most of you are aware, some bad news came down the pike today. Mainly, the USDA has granted horse meat inspections to Valley Meats of Roswell, NM. Further, the word is they will be announcing next week that inspections will be also be granted in Iowa and Missouri. It is reported there are at least six applications for inspections on file with the USDA at this time. Not coincidentally, today was the deadline for the litigation that courts has set for the USDA to respond to pending litigation regarding their lack of inspections. (http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/USDA_Inspections.pdf). Nationwide, horse eaters are flicking their collective beans in eager anticipation of the mass execution and suffering of our equine friends. Like I said, it’s not good news, but it isn’t exactly a fait accompli just yet, so I thought we should take a closer look at what this all means.
From what I can understand, the USDA had their back to the wall on the issue. With the funding part of the current budget, they have no legal way of denying inspections for the time being. The statement from USDA spokesman, Courtney Rowe, was:
“Since Congress has not yet acted to ban horse slaughter inspection, FSIS is legally required to issue a grant of inspection today to Valley Meats in Roswell, N.M. for equine slaughter,” Rowe said. “The administration has requested Congress to reinstate the ban on horse slaughter. Until Congress acts, the department must continue to comply with current law.”
This is despite the fact that the House and Senate appropriations committees both have passed budget amendments to the 2014 USDA budget that will prohibit funding of horse meat inspections. If the USDA budget in the House and Senate receives a vote, it is expected to pass in both chambers. In addition, the Obama administration and Secretary Vilsak have requested horse meat inspections not be funded. This would effectively end slaughter in the US once again, but would not come into effect until the end of October which would still leave 3 to 4 months of slaughter on home soil. I have to question the business sense of anybody opening a slaughter-house for horses right now with this looming, but I’ve also never really understood the mindset of the slaughterphiles nor have I ever accused them of being all that intelligent. A prime example of this would be the gleeful press release from Slaughterhouse Sue and IEBA today. (http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=6oijm7dab&v=001jZ0SncZoWrM8uOlSl8V4SBsud4cTaC6j3w3oclxO-IyOL69TCBM_pDGK__J5b_DR_jQm9EyvJuoTenpzTzS5n-H6uvpM6iq99ksHsntqWJ7rMYJNNmE3lvKsbcck8v5sAixv_Liq9zkhlrPqpH-DdjzGsf-klyXkAuzhUOFW7MGSjiGB6mx4qVUwniYhXmRMBWJCnidY3HBofsEqibrRlLm4Pfq-7W9ARWUPpjbm5W2IyzbzG_qZwvIvW6l6QLMPj4cKNSzbrRfwq81wk67W6Mv1gFZ6pMe6w8FxQ0P-wBdSxVcgEOLvycn7Uco5iP3OG5sazjEBzmGsxKr3SJb0oph5cOPaarWtkn4kgat5ZATfzbs2cP84dPksVSrWXaAqbrsnezX3F6_yMOr9TyC7q0S_V2JdIIzvd1w2woAGuJzVMdSfkNWLGLPo63wG8U342TX-XNf1ysA%3D&id=preview). She basically does a victory dance at the prospect of killing all these horses with this rather exaggerated statement: “The majority of the overall equine industry and the horse people of America are celebrating today the announcement that the option of humane and responsible horse processing under federal oversight has finally been granted. ” Keep celebrating, Suey. This ain’t a done deal yet…
Now that we’ve heard the bad news, let’s shine a ray of hope on the situation. The HSUS was quite swift in addressing this news today and it would seem there will more than a few hurdles before slaughter happens. (http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2013/06/usda-horse-slaughter-suit-062813.html). The HSUS and Front Range Equine Rescue(http://www.frontrangeequinerescue.org/) plan to immediately file a lawsuit against the USDA to reverse this decision. Both groups had informed the USDA in the past that they planned aggressive legal action surrounding the unresolved environmental and food safety concerns with re-opening these plants. Slaughterhouse Suey and D-bag Duquette have always whined an sniffled about the anti-slaughter people’s deep pockets and I have a feeling they are about to see just how deep those pockets are.
Valley Meats won’t be opening for slaughter next week. They still have to receive a water discharge permit and there is some question about additional permits. The New Mexico Environmental Department is expected to hold a public hearing within the next 30 days in regards to the discharge permit. I suspect this meeting may be well attended by the anti slaughter side of things. Also, there is still no identification and traceability program in place that is in compliance with EU regulations and as far as we know, our toxic horse meat is still banned by all EU countries (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/now-for-some-good-news/) so I’m not entirely sure where they plan to offload all this toxic waste.
I’m going to leave some links at the end of this post with some additional information and contacts. Make the calls and make your voices heard by those who matter. We can go back and forth online with Slaughterhouse Suey all day, but realize she is a politician given to exaggeration and outright lying to prop up her weak position. In her release today she stated : “…the majority of people who are in the horse business, who actually make some part of their living by raising, training, or otherwise using horses for the benefit of themselves, their families, and communities, this welcome news is long in coming. Finally, we can look forward to a positive outcome where every horse has value, is treated humanely from birth to death. When their highest, best use is to be turned into food for a very willing and eager market, horse people generally agree that is best accomplished in small state-of-the-art facilities, such as Valley Meats, that are designed for the purpose, manned by trained professionals, under the watchful and rigorous inspection of the USDA – Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for both food safety and humane handling. IEBA members have instituted systems that go far beyond FSIS requirements to ensure that no contaminated cheval (horse meat) ever enters the food system, and that all horses are treated right at every point. “ How dare this horse hating cretin speak for the majority of the horse business? I am `industry’ and I certainly don’t remember there being any vote or mention of her being my spokesperson nor does the true majority of the industry. This is and never has been about the welfare of horses. This is strictly about money and eating animals not raised specifically for food is on par with eating roadkill. The real horse industry disgusted by this pustulous boil of a woman we can’t seem to rid ourselves of and maybe, just maybe things have finally come to a head and we can lance her once and for all. Let’s get busy, the clock is running down. To quote one of Suey’s most favorite ass barnacles, Douchebag Duquette, `Stay strong and stay the course’…..