Sue Wallis, aka “Slaughterhouse Sue,” may lose her seat as a Wyoming State Representative, but doubt she will shed too many tears over it. Wallis has carved out another career for herself — while she was supposed to be out representing her constituency — as a seller of horse meat.
“Slaughterhouse Sue is the Executive Director of a trade/lobbying ‘mutual benefit corporation’ called United Organizations of the Horse (UOH)”, points out Debbie Coffey in a blog post on the PPJ Gazette. She is also “working hard to get money for a [horse] slaughterhouse near Guernesey, Wyoming.”
Slaughterhouse Sue has many backers for her horse meat marketing plans says Coffey.
The UOH has an “Equine Assurance Program” which is supposedly about horse meat food safety.
A big problem with UOH’s “excess” and “unwanted” horse drivel is that UOH has taken financial contributions from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (www.bio.org). This is the huge, big bucks, powerful lobbying arm of animal cloning companies including ViaGen (which is actively cloning horses – genetic engineering companies including Monsanto, and pharmaceutical and chemical companies.
If UOH is so worried about unwanted horses and excess horses, why are they taking money from an organization lobbying for making MORE horses, and cloned ones at that? Does it make sense to develop ways to make artificial animals while killing off the natural ones?
Coffey adds the following list of supporters of Slaughterhouse Sue’s horse meat campaign.
About 249 associations have been throwing money at UOH, including Cattlemen’s Associations from about 23 states, livestock and stockmen associations, trucking associations, the U.S. Export Meat Federation and CropLife America (which represents members like Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Sygenta, etc.)
Of course, cloning animals for food is not new, and the UOH backers come as no surprise. On March 27, 2007, Dan Rather Reports aired a segment called, “Cooking with Clones.” (transcript)
In it, Rather states:
The FDA has asked farmers who have clones to voluntarily withhold their meat and milk from the market. But that moratorium is just that. Voluntary. It is quite possible you may already have poured a glass of milk from a cloned animal or cooked a Sunday roast of cloned meat without even knowing it.
Senator Barbara Mikulski was concerned enough about this to introduce legislation stating that food from a cloned animal or its progeny must be labeled as such at wholesale, retail and restaurant levels.
Coffey’s post brings us up to speed on this.
Skewed studies were used by the FDA when it made the decision that cloned animals were safe to eat: “Not Ready for Prime Time: FDA’s Flawed Approach to Assessing the Safety of Food from Animal Clones.” pdf
Coffey also tells us:
Beefmagazine.com ran an article this year with “talking points” for horse slaughter, stating that there are millions of people starving in the world, and asking “From a moral standpoint, can we afford to put any viable protein source off limits?” They mention the word “moral” but they don’t bring up any moral or safety issues about eating cloned horses (or cloned cattle).
Whether horse meat comes from horses not raised for food, full of drugs potentially carcinogenic to humans, or from cloned horses where we have no idea of the risks — apart from the inherent cruelty and abuse of horse slaughter — is it morally safe or ethical to market their meat?
1. Slaughterhouse Sue’s Big Fat Farce: Wyoming Faces Attack of the Horse Eaters, by Debbie Coffey, PPJ Gazette, November 1, 2010.
2. Cooking with Clones, by Dan Rather, Dan Rather Reports, March 27, 2007.