Our View: Horse slaughter on hold in Congress

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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:30 pm

There’s good news for people opposed to the slaughtering of horses on U.S. soil, including at a plant that might have opened as soon as next month in Roswell.

The U.S. Congress effectively reinstated a federal ban on horse slaughter by stopping funding for inspections of plants. Without inspectors, the horse slaughter cannot begin.

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  • Maggie Frazier posted at 8:31 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    chicorey Posts: 2

    The "truth" about the quantity of horses ruining the range is pro-slaughter hype.
    I agree completely with Steven Stapp - the quantity of cows turned out on the range far outnumber the horses - period. At this point in time I would be surprised if there were 20,000 wild horses & burros remaining free.
    At the moment the trailers are pulling out loaded with wild horses after a roundup - the cattle are being brought in. So how can the horses have destroyed the range if there's enough to graze cattle after they have been removed? Certainly says to me that the horses need a place where they CANT be removed - as in the 1971 Act!!! The sad thing is money & influence are on the side of the cattlemen & drillers & mine owners. The horses & burros advocates are gaining with every person who has become aware of the real truth about the roundups & slaughter.
    Any responsible horse owner realizes they are responsible for that horse's whole life & that means when the time comes - making the decision to humanely put the horse down. Not sending him down the road to slaughter so you can make a few bucks. Horse slaughter is NOT a humane end ever.

  • Steven Stapp posted at 6:24 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    smokeysdad Posts: 7

    I usually don't like to use the word 'LIE" but in this case...

    "In the complex environment of the West, the truth is that the horses are damaging the range and drinking wells dry."

    This is a complete LIE!

    "Some 75,000 horses are roaming over the Navajo Nation,"

    This is a complete LIE and the man who was quoted as having said this admitted later there is probably closer to 25,000. The Navajo Nation encompasses over 27,000 square miles.

    The BLM has no real census as to how many wild horses are still roaming public land. Their number estimates 36,000 while Individual observers, i.e. pro photographers and concerned citizens estimate closer to 17,000.

    We do know there are about 50,000 held in captivity costing the American Taxpayer's nearly $100,000,000.00 a year. The original lands set aside for the horses by Congress in 1971 was approximately 50,000,000 acres but has since been reduced by nearly half by politicians need to placate commercial interest.

    Now the public lands are also grazed by cattle and sheep which out number the wild horses and burros 100 to 1. How could any reasonably thinking person say that it's the horses doing all the damage?

    The original lands need to be restored to "horse range" status and exempted by Congress from the 'multiple use' policy. This would allow for the rescinding of grazing permits issued to welfare ranchers and allow room for the 50,000 to be re-released back to the wild which costs us nothing.

  • karen benzel posted at 9:59 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    criticofone Posts: 1

    I agree with Ms. Hawks and don't want my tax dollars used to round up wild horses and may millions of dollars to feed them hay in order that cattle ranchers can use the land for practically free. Take cattle out of the equation and all of a sudden, no issues.

  • Jade Hawks posted at 8:51 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    Jadeh49 Posts: 1

    The problem I have with this article is that over 80% of US Americans have made it clear they are against horse slaughter (besides the fact it's in direct conflict with the 1971 LAW passed by Congress to protect the wild mustangs, and we're still fighting the issue in newspapers, court, etc. Even New Mexico's AG has come out against slaughtering horses (wild or otherwise!). Why is this still being argued? I am ashamed of my government and the state governments that are controlled by ranchers. My tax dollars are paying for this - and I am against that as well as the slaughter of these horses. Is anyone in government listening?

  • Vicky Johnson posted at 5:22 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

    vickysecho Posts: 9

    Horses have lives worth living - what? The horses would be just fine if it weren't for the greed of man! Those trying to profit on slaughtering them - regardless of what they endure while living - slaughtering them certainly isn't what is best for the horses! We have laws for abuse cruelty and neglect. We can work on strengthening those. The people that will complain will be those that can't profit on 'acquiring' someone elses horse - they don't care about the horse - they want the money! Doesn't cost much to kill one - but they won't get 'paid'.... We don't want it, don't need it and it is absurd that unregulated animals are entering a human food chain at all.


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