In a horrific turn of events, information leaked out on Saturday that the USDA has approved the Valley Meat Company slaughterhouse in Roswell, NM, to kill horses in order to produce meat for human consumption; additional horse slaughterhouses in Missouri and Iowa are expected to be approved.
The review on Yelp of Valley / Pecos Valley Meat Company is very disturbing to read.
Under the George W. Bush administration this devastating practice was banned; the Obama administration has allowed it to return. In fact, Obama has made yet another one of his many “flip flop” empty campaign promises as he had assured the Humane Society that this ban would remain in place.
While horse meat is not supposed to able to be legally sold in the U.S., there is no law prohibiting it from being shipped to Mexico, re-labeled, and then shipped back to the U.S. for use as a meat filler.
As stated on Noel Sheppard on Newsbusters.org:
“For some background, the elimination of this ban was placed into an appropriations bill that passed the House and the Senate on November 17, and was signed by the President the following day. What Politico failed to inform its readers is that Obama in a presidential candidacy questionnaire from the Humane Society in 2007 promised to not end this ban.”
Several years ago, the fight in Texas to ensure the horse meat slaughterhouses were banned was brutal on both sides; however, sanity prevailed and the practice was banned which resulted in the shuttering of two facilities.
Readers may educate themselves on the true brutality of how horses are slaughtered by watching this video.
Too often, horse meat is considered a delicacy and, as such, older or sick horses were not the ones being senselessly killed; it frequently was well cared for horses that were beloved family pets and show horses that had been stolen and quickly sold at remote auction facilities.
As Mike Adams beautifully states in NaturalNews.com:
“Horse meat slaughterhouses were banned during the Bush administration, but under President Obama, the ban expired (in 2011), allowing horse meat slaughterhouses to restart operations. Obama says he wants Congress to ban horse meat slaughterhouses in the USA, but then again, Obama says a lot of things he doesn’t actually intend to make a reality (closing of Guantanamo, labeling GMOs, making health care free, reducing the budget deficit, etc.).”
The land which has become known as the United States of America was explored, and settled, in large part due to the amazing creatures known as horses. Everything from Lewis and Clark’s expedition West to the getting vital messages through via the Pony Express and everything in between would have never taken place had it not been for the equine partners to the settlement of America.
Contact your elected Senators and Representatives immediately through this link.
It is of paramount importance that all red-blooded Americans immediately – and consistently – contact their elected representatives in both the Senate and Congress to immediately take action and once again cease the barbaric practice of slaughtering horses.
The Humane Society’s FAQ’s on the reality of Horse Slaughter.
Taking action is the very least we, as a nation, can do for these magnificent horses who cannot speak for themselves and are so trusting of humans.