DawnWatch: Horse slaughter halted in US — 3/30/07

March 31st, 2007 1:10 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Mar 30, 2007 7:20 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Horse slaughter halted in US — 3/30/07

There has been good news for horses this week. An editorial in the Friday March 30 Washington Times, a paper which has consistently taken a strong stand against horse-slaughter, is headed, “The horse is saved.” It opens with:

“It took a court order for Congress’ 2005 horse-slaughter ban to finally take effect. The last slaughtering facility closed its doors Thursday morning in DeKalb, Ill. after the U.S. District Court struck down a Department of Agriculture scheme designed from the start to circumvent the year-and-a-half-old legislation to outlaw the slaughtering of horses for human consumption. The whole episode shows the lengths to which federal regulators will go to disobey Congress if an agency stands to lose regulatory powers — or, in this case, a regulated constituency.”

It reminds us, “Congress stripped funding in November 2005 for USDA’s horsemeat-inspection activities. Without inspections, there’s no meat.” But, “In blatant disregard of congressional intent, the Agriculture Department devised a ‘fee-for-service’ scheme whereby the horsemeat industry, not taxpayers, would finance the inspections.” However, “The matter went to court, and finally this week the U.S. District Court threw out USDA’s attempt to get around Congress.”

The editorial ends by letting us know that the heading is premature. It says, “Pending in Congress currently are two bills (H.R. 503 and S. 311) to prohibit the transport of American horses across the border to Mexico for slaughter. These, too, should pass, or else we’ve simply averted our eyes without preventing the slaughter and abuse of the noble steed.

You can read the whole piece on line here.

You can find out more about the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and send letters to support it at http://tinyurl.com/35umx8.

The editorial opens the door for letters supporting the Act, and appreciative of the paper’s strong stance on its behalf, or letters on any aspect of the way human society treats members of other species. The Washington Times takes letters at http://www.washingtontimes.com/contact-us/.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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