Time to Step Up for Horses
Two days from now the House of Reprsentatives will begin to debate H.R. 503, called the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. The legislation is designed to put an end to a vile industry that long ago should have been put out of our misery. Last year, approximately 100,000 horses were brutally killed in this country-- filleted while they still were alive-- and then processed into meat at foul, polluting, dark, foreign-owned slaughterhouses. The meat then is shipped overseas for human consumption. Is that the sort of industry you want in this country? Is that the way you want to see horses treated? Think it doesn't say a lot about us as a people that we haven't already put a stop to this machinery of death?
As devoted readers of the Bench know, I am not a neutral observer on this one. I own two horses and I have recently become an outspoken advocate against horse slaughter. When I read the bogus, hysterical arguments against the pending legislation I think of the rationale that pervaded our experience in Vietnam. Then, we were told that we had to destroy villages in order to save them from the Viet Cong. Now, we are told, we have to brutally kill horses in order to save them from neglect. The argument was a fallacy in Vietnam and it is a fallacy now.
You don't need to be a lawyer or a lobbyist or even a horse enthusiast to decide where you stand on this one. Either you stand with the slaughterers or you stand with the horses. Either you continue to give these foreign-owned companies a free pass to kill our horses under indecent conditions or you decide enough is enough. What we would never permit to happen to our dogs and our cats is happening every day to our horses. Is that okay with you? All of you who wrote so passionately about Barbaro, the great Thoroughbred, and who sent him flowers and cards and candy; is horse slaughter okay with you?
Nothing in H.R. 503 precludes any horse owner from euthanizing his or her own sick or injured horse and the money our government currently spends subsidizing those grim companies -- two are in Texas one is in Illinois -- could be spent ensuring that the horses who aren't slaughtered are humanely treated. If you want to help the horses, go to this link and follow the instructions. It's time.
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