Black Beauty

Close up of a camera lens. By Premium Beat.

Hey there folks. This is such a great portrait I just had to share.

We know all about the ugliness that can go on here. So we need all the beauty we can get in order to survive this world intact.


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Why we call for an end to U.S. horse racing

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.

We call for an end to U.S. horse racing because it is past reforming. The horse has bolted.

Additionally, there appears to be no one in American horse racing genuinely interested in, or knowledgeable and capable of, reforming it. If we are wrong then show us who they are, what they purport to do and when they are going to start doing it.

In the meantime horse racing apologists, please do not trot out that piece of feeble legislation, The Horse Racing Integrity Act, as an example. It will not remedy the problems it is chiefly designed for in the long term. Once the drug authority comes in and sets it all up, it puts U.S. horse racing back in charge. The Horse Racing Integrity Act is a fox guarding the henhouse piece of legislation. It is a smoke and mirrors tactic designed to give the appearance of reform.

Then there is the breeding aspect of horse racing where all of this really begins.

Modern American racehorses are bred to breakdown, and as a result are constantly breaking down. They will continue to do so until the American racehorse has been bred to restore balance and durability. Trying to get and keep racehorses on the racecourse the way they are bred now is the major contributing factor for the drugging, doping and debilitating “therapies” practiced on them.

How about the tens of thousands of racehorses who are sent to a grisly and terrifying death by slaughter. What about them? And what about the persistent rumors of horse racing employed lobbyists buying off politicians in Washington DC to keep the SAFE Act banning horse slaughter from passing.

How does American horse racing stay in business? Gambling, baby, gambling. Oh, and let’s not forget those tasty millions of State governmental subsidies. Your tax dollars at work.

We conclude with this. The only way to protect racehorses from the cruel and fatal practices of American horse racing is to end horse racing. What else is there?

We didn’t invite ourselves to this day. Horse racing has brought us here.
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“The horse has bolted” is an English expression which means someone trying to prevent something from happening, but have done so too late to prevent damage from being done.

Calling everyone especially Republicans against horse slaughter

Horses held in a pen awaiting export for slaughter to Mexico. Photo by Kathy Milani for HSUS.

We are excited to announce our Fall version of March Against Horse Slaughter held last month was another huge success. We are still sifting through the mountain of information we gathered and totalling up the numbers on how many we reached (it’s in the many 1000s), what they had to say and why they felt that way. Brilliant!

Unresponsive Republicans

One trending item we were most surprised about regarding H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act) is how few Republican lawmakers have cosponsored it and how often this was mentioned. Republican lawmakers, your constituents are NOT happy.

Anti horse slaughter legislation has always had widely bipartisan support — supported by both Democrats and Republicans. It has never been a strictly Democratic or Republican issue.

The jaded among us have said their support was likely because Republican lawmakers knew previous bills had holds on them and were never going to make it, so could freely support a bill going nowhere and make themselves look good to constituents. This type of behavior is also what makes us disregard the “humane scorecard” so called. It’s easy to back animal friendly bills, making yourself look good along the way, when knowing they have no chance in Hades of success. But we digress!

While street teaming the H.R. 961 across the country, numerous people told us that they have been contacting their Representatives to cosponsor the SAFE Act and a huge amount of Republicans have ignored them, even the ones who have traditionally have backed previous anti horse slaughter bills.

If you look at the cosponsors for H.R. 961 there are indeed very few Republican cosponsors. It is mostly Democratic.

We need to find out why, and the best way is talk to them.

We are hiring extra lobbyists to visit Republican members of Congress who have cosponsored previous bills against horse slaughter but have not done so for this one, to find out what is going on.

Here’s how you can help with that.

CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

First, find out if your U.S. Representative has already cosponsored here.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/961/cosponsors

If they have not and happen to be Republican, please contact them and ask them to cosponsor this Bill, especially if they have cosponsored legislation like it in the past.

If they they have not cosponsored, regardless of their political party, please contact them again  — and ask them again.

Seen bleeding from the nose a filly awaits death along with her travelling companion. They died a brutal and terrifying death, thanks to horse racing. Source: DEADSPIN.
Seen bleeding from the nose a filly awaits death along with her travelling companion. They died a brutal and terrifying death, thanks to horse racing. Source: DEADSPIN.

MAKE THE CALL

The most effective way is to do this is by phone. When calling, you should ask to speak to the Aide working on HR. 961 — The SAFE Act.

When you get them on the phone tell them that this bill is highly important to you not just for the sake of the horses but also for food safety.

The U.S. should not be sending its horses to slaughter who have been given numerous drugs making their meat toxic for human consumption and a threat to human health, foreign or otherwise.

Ask that the Representative cosponsor H.R.961 at his or her earliest opportunity. If they have cosponsored previous anti horse slaughter bills but haven’t done so for this one, mention that, and state that it is very important that they cosponsor and vote “yes” on this one.

The Capitol Switchboard Number is (202) 224-3121.

EMAIL

The alternative is to email your U.S. Representative directly or use their online form.

Directory of Representatives
https://www.house.gov/representatives

Horses before the auction at Shipshewana. These were racing, riding, and show horses. But the slaughterhouse buyers were there to bid on the least expensive horses. Source: Animal Angels.
Horses before the auction at Shipshewana. These were racing, riding, and show horses. But the slaughterhouse buyers were there to bid on the least expensive horses. Source: Animal Angels.

IT’S PAST TIME

Time is of the essence. We need a massive push to get the cosponsors we need. It’s way past time we have accomplished this, and is becoming a matter of urgency considering what is going on in Washington at the moment. It is a big distraction. Let’t help Congress keep their eye on the ball on our issues.

HELP WITH A DONATION

Please make a donation of $5.00 or more to help us with the additional lobbying expenses we are taking on.

Those who fear a ban on horse slaughter — such as the racing industry who kills horses on the track and also sends them to be murdered for their meat off of it — are spending huge sums of money to defeat this bill. So are the Quarter Horse people, rodeo groups and millionaire horse sorers, to name a few. Together “we the people” have big money too.

COME TOGETHER

There’s also this. Constituent power is just as influential as money. Oh, yes it is. Perhaps even more so. Without your vote, lawmakers don’t get elected no matter how much money they raise or get paid off.

Let’s come together now and make those calls, and send those messages, to Congress that we want this thing done. In this Congress. We demand that horse slaughter is outlawed.

THANK YOU

We know we and the horses can count on you. We always have.

Thank you for following us and taking part on issues like this so critical to our horses’ safety, well being and happiness.

HELPFUL LINKS

•  Find Your Representative »
•  Directory of Representatives with contact links »
•  Make an online donation »

Who eats the most horse meat?

Ground horse meat. Source: TheTakeout.com.

Horse meat consumption was written about in 2017 more than any other in recent times. Trends have changed very little since then. One article in particular caught our attention. It’s by Brandon Gaille.

Gaille starts out with, “Although horse meat consumption is actually illegal in some countries, most notably the United States, it is a widely consumed product in other parts of the world and sometimes a primary part of a household’s diet.” [1]

To our knowledge it is not illegal nor has it ever been illegal to consume horse meat in America. Historically, there has been virtually zero demand.

It is, however, illegal to slaughter horses on American soil. The last three U.S. horse slaughterhouses — two in Texas and one in Illinois and all foreign owned — were shuttered in 2007. Texas and Illinois implemented laws that not only banned the slaughter of horses but also the selling, giving and possession of horse meat intended for human consumption. This, of course, did not stop the slaughter of American horses. Hundreds of thousands of American horses have been sent across its borders to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption ever since.

Gaille states that “The European Union is by far the largest consumer when it comes to horse meat” and “over 200,000 horses every year are slaughtered to create a meat supply in the European Union.” [2]

HORSE MEAT TABOO

Horse meat is considered taboo and not generally available in English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, the United States,[3] and English Canada. It is also taboo in Brazil, Israel, and among the Romani people and Jewish people the world over. Horse meat is not generally eaten in Spain, except in the north, but the country exports horses both as live animals and as slaughtered meat for the French and Italian markets.

HORSE MEAT EATERS

Horse meat is eaten in many countries, including Mexico, Belgium, Canada, Chili, Spain, Iceland, France, Russia, Kazakhstan and many Eastern European, South America, South East Asian, and Eastern countries such as China and Japan.[4]

China produces more horse meat than any other country in the world, creating nearly half of the world’s supply. Historically Russia has the biggest appetite for horseflesh.

Interestingly, Russia has recently committed to spending RUB180 million to subsidize the production of local horse meat. By 2020, Russia expects to increase their horse meat production capabilities by at least 50%.[5]

Italy eats almost the same exact amount of horse meat every year as Russia does and produces 50% of the horse meat that the European Union consumes every year.[6]

Belgium imports more than 44 million pounds of horse meat per year and most of that comes from North America, making them the largest per capita consumer.[7]

TOXIC AMERICAN HORSE MEAT

Considering the laundry list of prohibitive drugs routinely administered to American horses which bars their meat from entering the human food chain[8], is it ethical that the U.S. continues to send its horses to slaughter? Shouldn’t the U.S. outlaw the slaughter of its horses for human consumption?

AMERICANS — TAKE ACTION

If the SAFE Act (Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2019) or H.R.961 currently pending before the 116th U.S. Congress (2019-2020) becomes law it will ban the toxic U.S horse met from entering the human food chain.

As of this writing, The SAFE Act has 208 cosponsors. We need to reach 290 cosponsors to bypass Committee and move the bill for debate and vote in the House. See Consensus Calendar provision. We still have a lot of work to do. Your voice is necessary.

•  Go to our Contacting Congress page here on Tuesday’s Horse and take action. Please share this with friends and family and on social media.

THE HORSE FUND

•  Pending Legislation »
•  How to Have a Productive Call with Your Legislators’ Offices »
•  The Horse Fund’s PopVox Stakeholders’ Page »

RESOURCES

•  H.R. 961 on Congress.gov »
•  Banned_Drugs_and Slaughter_Horses_Report PDF, 4 pp (at 8 above)»

RELATED READING

•  Giddy up, horse meat is coming to Queens, Tuesday’s Horse, Sep 25, 2012
•  Horse meat trial shines light on key part of international fraud, Tuesday’s Horse, Jul 27, 2017
•  Drugs, racing and toxic horse meat, Tuesday’s Horse, Jun 19, 2019

See also 

Horse Meat Super Bowl Pizza sickens fans, Straight From the Horse’s Heart, Feb 3, 2010