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Are We Losing Our Compassion?

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Last Edited: March 4, 2008, 1:51 pm

I realize when a factory is built it creates new jobs, but at what cost to our way of life?


In January a bill was introduced in the South Dakota legislature that would make a state-funded loan of up to $1 million available to anyone wishing to construct and open a horse slaughtering facility in the state.

To the best of my knowledge, no horse slaughtering facilities operate in the United States. Both Texas and Illinois shut down the remaining domestic plants in 2007 in response to strong public opposition to horse slaughter.

The opening of a plant in South Dakota or any state would be a giant step backwards for America and these beautiful, gentle animals we've grown up to love & respect as part of our heritage.

Write to or call your Congressperson and urge him/her to cosponsor and support speedy passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 311/H.R. 503).  This Federal Bill, which has enormous and growing Congressional and public support, will prohibit the slaughter of horses in the United States for human consumption, as well as their export for the same purpose. Its passage will nullify S.B. 170 or any similar legislation.

You can also call the U.S. Capitol (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator or Representative.

Thank you!



 

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Comments

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jarasanComment by jarasan - March 4, 2008, 3:39 pm
No. You are generalizing, projecting the ethics of a bill of some S.D. legislator on the rest of us. It is probably some local issue we don't understand fully up there in S.D.. I deplore the slaughter of anything, the word itself is ugly. I guess it means en masse euthanizing? Nevertheless, thanks for bringing this to our attention. I betcha the federal bill will pass, although I am for states legislating their own laws.

I think since they have to offer money up front, that is more of a true reflection on society, no one wants that horrible task of slaughtering horses. I wouldn't do it.
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Comment by pacattack05 - March 4, 2008, 9:16 pm
Stop complaining Justx. You can't complain about something if i can't.
I'm gonna watch all you folks who have no complaints so to speak. When you complain I'll jump on you.

I'm watching for bitching. It's like setting up a speed trap in 30 mph zone....lol

Ya'll can dish it out, but you can't take it.
3.
ThinkComment by Think - March 4, 2008, 10:11 pm
justx did you just get the same DDAL mailing that I did?
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justxploringComment by justxploring - March 5, 2008, 12:05 pm
I am sorry that I need to block Pac from my future blogs. I don't understand his comments, since they are totally unrelated to this subject. I also do not understand his animosity, but this is only an internet board and I can't sit here and try to analyze people. Thank you for understanding.

This is an important subject to me and I've always been civil in my blogs, letting everyone speak his or her mind, no matter how different the viewpoint, as long as we all treat each other with respect. Recently I received a few nice PMs from members asking me to keep posting in threads and in my blog. I guess after reading a few of these ridiculous comments, they felt I might decide to leave the board. I can't express how moved I was by the compliments and the support and want to express my gratitude.

The comment below sounds as if it written by a 10 year old. I honestly don't think it serves any purpose and, if it's supposed to be cute or funny, I just don't get it.

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justxploringComment by justxploring - March 5, 2008, 12:21 pm
No, I didn't, Think. I was reading about this in a publication from one of the animal rights charities I support. From what I can gather, the bill was defeated in SD but the Federal Bill will prohibit the domestic slaughter of horses for human consumption. We increased the number of horses shipped to other countries (like Mexico) for this purpose after the slaughterhouses in Texas closed. Here is more about the subject. I tried to find a site without a lot of shocking pictures, since many of these animals are dismembered while they are still conscious.

http://www.awionline.org/legislation/horse_slaughter/index.htm
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - March 5, 2008, 8:33 pm
Having worked in that type of industry for about 4 years I find it unbelievable that they were dismembered while they were concious.
As I have said in another post that federal inspectors are on duty for meat processing for human consumption.
That type of activity is prohibited in the in the meat industry for human consumption.

If these videos which I have not looked at and do not have the desire to do so were obtained they have the possibility of being obtained elsewhere other than a federally inspected facility.

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