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USDA Ready to Inspect Horse Slaughter By Year End

Equine inspections will be back on the menu at USDA by the end of the year, according to Al Almanza, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

On Saturday, Almanza told the Texas-based Southwest Meat Association, meeting in San Antonio, that USDA will be ready to inspect plants that slaughter horses for human consumption by the end of the year.

The San Antonio Express-News quoted Almanza as saying FSIS had two applications for equine inspection at slaughter plants that “wanted to get started as soon as possible.”

Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM and Unified Equine, which has sought locations in Missouri and Oklahoma, are probably the two applicants Almanza was referring to in his remarks.

USDA’s inspection services were prohibited for about five years from making any expenditures to inspect horses slaughtered for human consumption. President Obama and Congress lifted that prohibition in a budget deal made a year ago.

Unified Equine, headed by Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis, has not been able to acquire a closed beef processing plant at Rockville, MO as quickly as planned because the current owner does not have a clear title to the property due to ongoing litigation. Unified Equine now has plans for an Oklahoma plant.

It’s possible that before either group can get an inspected horsemeat slaughter operation up and running, Congress will reimpose the ban on USDA’s services. The U.S. House’s proposed budget already contains such a provision.

© Food Safety News
  • Jo-Claire Corcoran

    Did you just copy this from the TX newspaper? Or did you actually contact USDA to confirm this? That is what journalists are supposed to do, confirm the information to ascertain it’s validity

  • calico

    Problems with this :
    – the USDA is now allowed to inspect horse meat again. However, they were not given any additional funds to do so. This means either it cannot happen. Or if it does, the must pull an inspector out of a beef or chicken plant. Do you really the food you eat to NOT be inspected so that food for export to rich foreigners is?
    – there are a handful of people who are being paid by the horse meat corporations to run around and try to get a plant opened in the US. Trouble is every site they’ve tried has been met with fierce local opposition. I encourage anyone unsure about this to read the extensive information about a former processing plant in Kaufman Texas and what their former mayor, Paula Bacon, says. It’s a blight on the community.
    – the horses they plan to kill to make the meat are RIDING horses. These are race, show, and pleasure horses who were raised and cared for as riding horses. They’re given drugs throughout their lives that, although safe in an equine, are toxic to humans. Some of the drugs leave metabolites in the tissue for an indefinite amount of time. It’s illegal to give those drugs to a horse destined for slaughter. The EU also bans import of horsemeat made from horses given these drugs. EU has been largely unaware of how North American horses are processed, but they’re starting to wise up and phase in new regulations. Eventually it’ll be impossible to process riding horses for use in europe or canada for human consumption.
    http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org/prohibited-drugs.php

  • Gabriel Schwartz

    Aside from all the other issues of horse slaughter..why on earth are we going to allow the slaughter & inspections of an animal not purpose bred or raised into the human food chain. I for one as a consumer would never purchase meats that were sourced in this way.. horses accumulated randomly by kill buyers to fill a quota, horses with little or no known origin or medical /health history .. horses bred and raised for sport, pleasure, competition and work are not raised under food safety guidelines, regulations or protocols..If the beef,pork & poultry industry followed the same example, those markets would be negatively impacted in a huge way..FSIS allowing a non purpose raised animal into the food chain really raises concerns about the entire food safety system with many consumers..lose consumer trust=lose consumer $$$$$$$!

  • Diana B

    Such a waste of our tax dollars. Why should they inspect an adulterated food source bound for other countries, when there are not enough inspectors to keep our own food safe?

  • jennifer

    will the workload of current inspectors increase or will the usda have a larger budget? i do not feel that the safety of food consumed domestically should be compromised for a foreign product. nor should my tax dollars be spent to support a foreign product.

  • LNorman

    I’d like to know WHERE THE HECK IS THE MONEY FOR USDA INSPECTIONS GOING TO COME FROM? USDA IS ALREADY SPREAD TOO THIN TO PROTECT AMERICAN CONSUMERS. Did you not get the memo? 80% of AMERICANS ARE STRONGLY OPPOSED TO EQUINE SLAUGHTER! Last time I checked, 80% of the population is a MAJORITY. Americans will not stand for this predatory business.

  • Tami Hottes

    That will be the total end of our wild horses. Ken Salazar and the Heads of the BLM will be lining their pockets with even more death money than they do now….. I am ashamed of my country….

  • Elizabeth dana

    Dear Editor Flynn;
    Thank you for allowing comments to your article.
    I believe the Rep. Sue wallis has attempted several times to open a horse slaughter plant in several states such as Rockville MO and New Mexico. In case the local public was not informed that these former beef slaughter houses were closed down the USDA because of major violations of environmental waste hazards and cruelty to animals.
    In Addition pending litigation in the thousands of dollars and more of illegal business , tax evasion, fines and penaties are all in the Courts against the purported owners in Canada and Belgium.
    In addition Rep Sue Wallis from Wyoming was originally Vp of United Horsemen but had to reside our ethics charges she introduced laws that she would directly profit from. In addition there are charges of creating veiled corporation not even filed but held out as 503 C for fundraising for Horse Slaughter. Pending charges of Assault against Sue Wallis were reduced after Wallis prevented a person from attending a NV sumposium.
    United Horseman’s President David Duquette was directly quoted as anyone who opposed horse slaughter was a “Nazi” whic was a very barbaric statement to say the least and totally unprofessional by any standards.
    In addition besides an expenditure of taxpayers money to slaughter horses on American soil for toxix meat unfit for dog fod to be exported to China and Belgium’s is an economic disaster as our own food sources have had 13 food recalls. USDA inspectors can not currently know inspect our own, then why would we generous “Give” money to inspector of horsemeat?
    This stinks of a woman trying to hit it big and rich by promising jobs, money and wealth in the poorest regions of the west.
    Please review the history of Kaufman Texas Slaughter House and see what former Mayor Bacon tells of how the slaughter houses ruined the septic systems, crime rates increaded 40 percent, increased rattlesnakes, rats and vultures while the stench caused people to sell and move away leaving worthless houses.
    Thank you for allowing me to voice my ethic concerns, my enviorment concerns, my fincancial fiscal concerns and reporting horsement as illegl to be sold in the United States for any reason including unfit for dogfood. The toxins in the meat have been linked to cases of Leukemia in children.
    Respectfully submitted,

  • Janet Schultz

    Last I heard, there was no funding for inspections even though the budget item had been approved. And Mr. Almanza – who are you to confirm readiness to inspect? Let’s hear some details. What number of personnel and what are their expertise? And from what agency do you intend to employ? Will they be assigned specific plants and be subject to continuing education on the issues of stolen horses, fraudulent paperwork, drugs in the system etc. Or they going to be “yes” men as always standing off to the side laughing and joking with their buddies as the carcasses are swung onto trucks for shipment? I want to know how you plan to make anyone approving horsemeat for human consumption is going to do it. And I want to know this WELL before any horse is slaughtered on American soil.

  • Shirley Smith

    Why would we want to fund horse slaughter for foreign -owned facilities here in the USA or anywhere when there are so many more places for our tax dollars to go that are way more important than slaughtering our American horses for meat that Americans do not eat. 80% of the public have already spoken and said NO to Horse Slaughter period.

  • Elizabeth dana

    Dear Editor Flynn;
    Thank you for allowing comments to your article.
    I believe the Rep. Sue wallis has attempted several times to open a horse slaughter plant in several states such as Rockville MO and New Mexico. In case the local public was not informed that these former beef slaughter houses were closed down the USDA because of major violations of environmental waste hazards and cruelty to animals.
    In Addition pending litigation in the thousands of dollars and more of illegal business , tax evasion, fines and penaties are all in the Courts against the purported owners in Canada and Belgium.
    In addition Rep Sue Wallis from Wyoming was originally Vp of United Horsemen but had to reside our ethics charges she introduced laws that she would directly profit from. In addition there are charges of creating veiled corporation not even filed but held out as 503 C for fundraising for Horse Slaughter. Pending charges of Assault against Sue Wallis were reduced after Wallis prevented a person from attending a NV sumposium.
    United Horseman’s President David Duquette was directly quoted as anyone who opposed horse slaughter was a “Nazi” whic was a very barbaric statement to say the least and totally unprofessional by any standards.
    In addition besides an expenditure of taxpayers money to slaughter horses on American soil for toxix meat unfit for dog fod to be exported to China and Belgium’s is an economic disaster as our own food sources have had 13 food recalls. USDA inspectors can not currently know inspect our own, then why would we generous “Give” money to inspector of horsemeat?
    This stinks of a woman trying to hit it big and rich by promising jobs, money and wealth in the poorest regions of the west.
    Please review the history of Kaufman Texas Slaughter House and see what former Mayor Bacon tells of how the slaughter houses ruined the septic systems, crime rates increaded 40 percent, increased rattlesnakes, rats and vultures while the stench caused people to sell and move away leaving worthless houses.
    Thank you for allowing me to voice my ethic concerns, my enviorment concerns, my fincancial fiscal concerns and reporting horsement as illegl to be sold in the United States for any reason including unfit for dogfood. The toxins in the meat have been linked to cases of Leukemia in children.
    Respectfully submitted,

  • Elizabeth dana

    Dear Editor Flynn;
    Thank you for allowing comments to your article.
    I believe the Rep. Sue wallis has attempted several times to open a horse slaughter plant in several states such as Rockville MO and New Mexico. In case the local public was not informed that these former beef slaughter houses were closed down the USDA because of major violations of environmental waste hazards and cruelty to animals.
    In Addition pending litigation in the thousands of dollars and more of illegal business , tax evasion, fines and penaties are all in the Courts against the purported owners in Canada and Belgium.
    In addition Rep Sue Wallis from Wyoming was originally Vp of United Horsemen but had to reside our ethics charges she introduced laws that she would directly profit from. In addition there are charges of creating veiled corporation not even filed but held out as 503 C for fundraising for Horse Slaughter. Pending charges of Assault against Sue Wallis were reduced after Wallis prevented a person from attending a NV sumposium.
    United Horseman’s President David Duquette was directly quoted as anyone who opposed horse slaughter was a “Nazi” whic was a very barbaric statement to say the least and totally unprofessional by any standards.
    In addition besides an expenditure of taxpayers money to slaughter horses on American soil for toxix meat unfit for dog fod to be exported to China and Belgium’s is an economic disaster as our own food sources have had 13 food recalls. USDA inspectors can not currently know inspect our own, then why would we generous “Give” money to inspector of horsemeat?
    This stinks of a woman trying to hit it big and rich by promising jobs, money and wealth in the poorest regions of the west.
    Please review the history of Kaufman Texas Slaughter House and see what former Mayor Bacon tells of how the slaughter houses ruined the septic systems, crime rates increaded 40 percent, increased rattlesnakes, rats and vultures while the stench caused people to sell and move away leaving worthless houses.
    Thank you for allowing me to voice my ethic concerns, my enviorment concerns, my fincancial fiscal concerns and reporting horsement as illegl to be sold in the United States for any reason including unfit for dogfood. The toxins in the meat have been linked to cases of Leukemia in children.
    Respectfully submitted,

  • E. Hill

    These comments are disheartening. Have you all forgotten that we are in the United States where our personal freedom is suppose to be something we hold sacred? If a family from a culture where dogs were a food source chose to continue thier traditions would you condem them? Its called a free market system, let the market decide on its own merrit what will sell and what won’t. If you don’t want to send your horses to slaughter, don’t. But dont’ interfere with others rights to do what they deem nessecary with thier livestock.

  • It is not a “personal freedom” to commit animal cruelty or dump on foreign markets animals filled with harmful drugs and steroids. It is not “sacred” to be able to force terrified equines into kill boxes, allow them to be hit many times repeatedly with a captive bolt gun by untrained workers and then slaughtered many times while conscious. This after being hauled for hundreds if not thousands of miles, crammed into trucks, and arriving seriously injured, bleeding…All of this is documented in various GAO and USDA reports and countless private investigations. Slaughter of equines is not something that is “necessary” or dictated by a “free market”….Michael Vick learned the hard way you can’t do what you want with an animal, that ownership is not absolute and no matter how much of a “tradition” dog fighting, hog dog fighting or cock fighting are in some parts of the country, they are now for the most part felonies….Equine slaughter should go the way of those grisly practices. Also, as for the “free market”, live horses contribute substantially to our economy while horse slaughter brings economic and environmental devastation, driving out good businesses.
    And as for eating dogs, of course we would object. We don’t eat dogs either. And in those few cultures where that occurs, thousands of people there object to it and try to stop it. You may have seen the dramatic rescues by people in those countries of dogs they believe are on their way to markets…We have the “personal freedom” in this country to advocate for and protect other beings who share our planet from cruelty. Respect for our animal companions is our “culture” and “tradition”. Stop using buzzwords like the flag and freedom to justify doing what you want with equines. This is about profiting from animal cruelty, nothing more.

  • Janet Schultz

    We – because we are individual Americans – respect the traditional expressions of cultures of others when it does not involve cruelty, greed or gluttony. This includes human trafficking, killing of wildllife for body parts, finning, whaling, fur trades, grinding pre-birth children as youth tonics. You must draw the line. From what I have seen of the handling of dogs and cats gathered for harvesting and the actual harvest – the practice is heinous and cruel to the point of disgust. As is the slaughtering of horses and burros (beasts of burden and our companions). I agree with Laura Allen – your customs and practices mean nothing if it requires us to change an inherent value of compassion and kindness for animals who have shared our lives and worlds. Just because you may be cruel without accountability somewhere else does not mean you have the right to come to this country and do the same. This is America, despite the corporate and political influences. It is a society of people who are kind and work every day to educate and guide our world to a kinder frame of mind. You may join us – you are more than welcome. But do not try to make us restrain that goal.

  • Ryan Bradburn

    I’m grateful for the original article as well as the comments noted above. In particular, I thank E. Hill for what is apparently the solitary dissenting view among the rest of the comments.
    As for myself, I find the distinctions we make between food animals and non-food animals to be arbitrary at best. I hold no opposition to horse slaughter, and among the arguments listed here, see only the survey of American public opinion to be of any merit. Even that, though, is merely a single study, paid for by a biased source. These certainly do not negate the results, but do give cause for the results to be taken with a grain of salt.
    I also reviewed the link provided by calico (veterinary drugs in equines) as well as parts of a report by Jane Allin (http://www.horsefund.org/horse-slaughter-comes-to-town-part-1.php) that refer to the experiences of Paula Bacon in Kaufman, TX). The issues cited both in the comments above, as well as in the article by Allin do not represent reasons to disallow equine slaughter, in my opinion, though they may highlight significant concerns that would need to be adequately addressed by any establishment desiring to begin the slaughter of horses.
    The situations noted by Allin would be much easier to address in establishments that were not “grandfathered in” by operating for decades. The cases she cites were each operators who’d been at it for a long time and had developed a resistance to change. Any plant newly coming online would have to demonstrate its ability to meet sanitary operations and environmental requirements. Under the HACCP guidelines, these plants would need to address the use of drug residues just as do any other plants under FSIS inspection.
    Laura Allen chastised E. Hill for the use of “buzzwords”, but then played upon emotions in the same manner by citing “countless private investigations” documenting animal abuse. My own personal experiences tell me that these are rare and exceptional situations. That certainly does not excuse them, but to indict an industry based on “countless” instances is disingenuous.
    Gabriel Schwartz mentioned that horses are not “purpose bred or raised into the human food chain.” There are many creatures that are fished or wild-caught that are also not “purpose-bred.” By and large, meat is meat and flesh is flesh. As noted above, fears due to drug residues can be assuaged with adequate records and drug residue testing.
    There were a few mentions made of this being a waste of tax payer dollars in this time of economic strain. I don’t expect that any of these proposed facilities would be donating horses to other countries, which means they would be bringing money into our country. Considering both the supply and the demand for horse meat (consider that there were only a handful of small equine slaughter facilities when last we allowed it), I don’t expect that either would be of noteworthy economic flow on a national budget level, and the expenditures and gains would likely balance each other.
    Overall, this issue is highly emotionally charged. The difference between a food animal and an animal that is not food has always been odd to me. If you spend any time observing cattle, pigs, or chickens, you will come to find that they have distinct personalities just like horses, dogs, and cats. Does one species suffer more or less than another? I doubt it. If you choose not to partake of any animal meat, that’s a fine choice. But know that predation is an integral part of this world. Not only have humans consumed meat throughout historic and pre-historic times, but you will have your work cut out for you if you try to convince a lion to turn away from his carnivorous diet.
    Once again, thank you for your comments and sharing yourselves and your paradigms in this forum. And above all, thank you for your compassion.

  • E Hill

    Thank you Mr. Bradburn for being more articulate than I can aspire to be. And also thank you for approaching this topic in such a calm and reasonable matter.
    To try to articulate my point, perhaps a little better, and get the the crux of the issue, most people who make their living from agriculture do not seem to have the aversion to death (ie: slaughter) that people not living off the land do. Death is death and life is life. Death is inevitable. Animals do not spend hours contemplating how they are going to die. They live and die in the moment. Both the Bible and common sense tells us that we should be steward to our animals. This means treating them humanely – it does not mean that we should not benefit from them economically.
    If I could have one point understood and ask that everyone really think about this, people that live off the land, ag people, people who raise horse, cattle, dogs, chickens- any animal you can name- their ability to make a living and provide for thier families is suffering because of the actions of animal rights extremists. Furthermore, our abiltiy to care for our animals is being compromised because of the political actions of a zeolous few. I understand that this is very hard for some people to see but I ask you to please step back from your position on this issue and see that there are two sides to it. And the over side is not the ‘enemy’ to the animals.
    On a final note- the comments made by Ms. Hottes regarding BLM horses. According to the National Geographic Magazine ( I apologize for not having the issue information) our federal government spends $10,000 A DAY, that is A DAY -feeding corralled ‘wild’ horses. Is this practical? Our government is broke, I can think of so many different ways our nation could benefit from that money.
    Thank you and I hope we can respect each others opinions on this topic.

  • KAREN D. KLINEFELTER

    IF THEY WANT HORSE MEAT LET THE MURDERS SET UP COLLECTION CENTERS FOR THE PEOPLE WITH VERY SICK AND DISABLED ANIMALS . THEN WHEN THE MEAT IS SOLD 95% WOULD GO TO SAVE THE WILD HORSES GOOD FOOD AND WATER IN THE LEAN TIMES AND YEARLY HEALTH CARE. THE INSPECTORS WOULD BE PAID THE THE SICK PEOPLE THAT WANT THE MEAT. AND JUST TO SCREW WITH THE FAT CATS IN OUR GOV THEY WOULD HAVE TO DISCLOSE ANY AND ALL MONEYS THEY ACCEPT FROM ANY SORCES INCLUDING THE WAGE WE PAY THEM WHICH WOULD BE EQUAL TO THE WAGE OF ITS PEOPLE IN THEIR DISTRICTS.

  • Ann M. Marini, Ph.D., M.D.

    WOW, two clueless individuals about horse slaughter and food-producing animals in the United States.
    All food-producing animals in the United States require health certificates. All drugs that are given to food-producing animals can only be documented by licensed veterinarians in the health certificates. If any food-producing animal is given even one dose of phenylbutazone, the animal cannot enter the food chain. Horses, unlike wildlfe, are domesticated animals by humans. Unlike wildlife such as fish, humans use domesticated horses for performance, to race, to work and use in sports such as rodeos. All of these horses and even “ornament” horses in pastures develop injuries requiring a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent (NSAID). The most effective and cheapest NSAID on the market for horses is phenylbutazone. The Horse conducted a survey and asked horse owners what NSAID they would use for a musculoskeletal injury for their horses. The vast majority (over 90%) indicated that they used phenylbutazone (bute).
    Horses, unlike food-producing animals, do not require health certificates and are given drugs that are banned in food-producing animals. Our study showed that 18 Thoroughbred race horses sent to slaughter for human consumption were given phenylbutazone. It is very worrisome that 9,000 pounds of contaminated horse meat were sent overseas for people to eat.
    Phenylbutazone was on the market for human use in the early 50s and within three years, dangerous and deadly side effects began to appear in the scientific peer-review literature. Bone marrow suppression resulted in death in nearly everyone who developed these blood dyscrasias. Hypersensitivity reactions in the liver also resulted in death. Phenylbutazone is a carcinogen following work performed by the National Toxicology Program. No one knows the safe levels required NOT to cause cancer in humans.
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans phenylbutazone in all food-producing animals, including horses. Yet, we know that horses given this banned drug are being slaughtered for food.
    Pro-slaughter did not want a very cumbersome and high cost government program to track horses given drugs. I don’t want such a program either for the less than 2% of people who want to sent their horses to a cruel and horrific death.
    Just read what a leading USDA vet said about horse slaughter:
    Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia for the horse. “The captive bolt is not a proper instrument for the slaughter of equids, these animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected.”
    Regarding Paula Bacon, former Mayor of Kaufman, Texas, the location of Dallas Crown, one of the horse slaughter plants in the USA, she provided the entire list of environmental violations perpetrated by the horse slaughter plant. Horse blood was found in people’s toilet bowl and showers. The sewers backed up on many occasions. Birds of prey were continuing to circle the area behind the plant to feast on carcasses and the stink was unbearable. When former Mayor Bacon tried to collect the fines, the horse slaughter plant sued the town. The owners of the plant sued the town separately for each violation in court which almost bankrupted the town. Prospective businesses that met with former Mayor Bacon asked about the horse slaughter plant and when she said yes, that is the plant, these prospective businesses left town and never came back.
    Regarding bringing money into the US, tax records show that that the horse slaughter plant paid $5.00 in Federal taxes.
    Think that this is just people who don’t wish to change and “set in their ways.” Natural Valley in Canada slaughtered horses using a state-of-the-art facility. The tank containing the horse blood etc backed up and was overflowing. The plant was caught dumping horse blood into the local river and the lagoon behind the plant was contaminated with horse blood and parts. Photos of the area behind the plant showed piles and piles of internal organs on the ground ie kidneys, stomachs, intestines, livers……yummy eh?
    and jobs? Oh yeah, low paying jobs ie minimum wage for 10-40 workers leading to increased crime in the area where horse slaughter plants operate. No one needs those kind of jobs.
    Finally, I completely agree with Mr. Hill about the government wasting precious tax dollars in the millions by placing wild horses in long-term holding facilities. The best and least costly solution is to LEAVE OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS ON THE RANGE where they can live out their lives with their families and where they can live free and in the accordance with the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act. The government won’t need to spend one penny of our hard-earned tax dollars for the cruel roundups, short-term or long-term holding facilities.

  • A. Gray

    I’m just wondering what Texas is going to do in 2013 when the EU requires all American slaughter bound horses to have a full passport and medical history from the time they are six months old? Instead of puttering around trying to dump your unwanted horses in a kill pen why not work toward a solution like you are going to have to do next year anyhow? A lot of these so-called cowboys are so stuck in the old days they still think we live in a century where horses are a need instead of want. They won’t stop to think about marketing, simple supply and demand, and keep pumping out as many horses as such. Instead of cutting back and realizing that the less they produce the more their foals are worth. That’s why you have to pay $10,000 for a rare well bred horse but you can find registered Quarter Horse foals for next to nothing every where you turn.
    It’s more than personal property, it’s about people learning responsibility. It’s not ethical to ship animals that are not raised for their meat. They are filled with drugs that can have serious side effects. They are raised to be our companions animals and it is neglectful and downright barbaric to put them through the same process that animals who are raised from day one for their meat. Fact is horses now-a-days have more in common with our dogs than with out hamburger. We use them as a source of companionship and entertainment. We don’t throw them out in a field until they are aged enough to be barbecued. We do everything from trail ride to race to contest on them. When is the last time you did a barrel pattern on a Holstein? When is the last time your child took a lesson on a chicken?
    And before anyone starts in on animal equality I’d like to note that I am against all factory farming. If it can’t be done in a TRULY humane fashion it shouldn’t be done at all.

  • C. Adams

    Mustangs are not native to America and over population kills the land for other animals that are native. So they are in pens being fed by us thru the government.  But of course there are people who are against euthanasia or slaughter but my answer to that is– even if you have the excuse that you would adopt a horse but you dont live where you can — well – then send the government a check every month to pay for the feed and care of one of the mustangs until it dies. Then maybe people would use common sense!

  • IT IS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE THAT USDA PUBLIC FUNDING OF USDA EQUINE INSPECTIONS BE STRIPPED.  WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT FUNDING USDA EQUINE INSPECTIONS, FOR FOREIGN PROFIT AT THE U.S. TAXPAYERS’ EXPENSE.  WE THE PEOPLE ARE POINTING FINGERS, NAMING NAMES, AND VOTING FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL REPS WHO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE, NOT SOME FOREIGN MEGALOMANIAC.  IF THE AG APROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE STILL WANTS TO KEEP THEIR JOBS IN CONGRESS, THEY WILL ADHERE TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.  WE THE PEOPLE ARE NOT BUYING LUNCH FOR BELGIUM.  IT IS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE THAT U.S. HORSE SLAUGHTER BE PREVENTED IMMEDIATELY.  WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD YOUR ‘DOUBLE-DIPPING’ SCAM.  VOTERS, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION IN WHAT IS GOING ON IN CONGRESS.  WE HAVE OUR WEAPON: OUR VOICE AND OUR VOTE.  HOW WELL DOES THE AG. COMMITTEE LIKE THEIR JOBS IN D.C.?  WELL ENOUGH TO FOLLOW THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE?  ONLY BY REMINDING THEM WHO THEY WORK FOR, BY THANKING THEM FOR DOING OUR WILL.  PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND ALSO THE AG APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTE HEAD CHAIR (GOOGLE IT).  THANKS!

  • This is some progress….but we must watch closely as this is a repeat of past…they get slack as they think we forget….we will NEVER FORGET OUR EQUINE COMPANIONS!