USDA DEfunds Horse Slaughter Plant Inspections in 2014 Budget

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Breaking News From | Equine Welfare Alliance

Secretary Vilsack has added language to the FY14 budget submission to DEFUND HORSE INSPECTIONS. While this does not impact the current budget, it is a clear indication that the USDA recognizes the dangers to our food supply and exports into the foreign food supply if horse slaughter was to resume in the US.

This is the first time the USDA has actually included the defunding language in the budget request.

A huge thank you to Secretary Vilsack for backing up his recent statements by making food safety a top priority in addition to not wanting to spend tax dollars inspecting horse slaughter facilities.

Here is the language:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Appendix

Page 197 of Dept. of Agriculture Appendix

 

SEC. 725. None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to-(1) inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603); (2) inspect horses under section 903 of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104127); or (3) implement or enforce section 352.19 of title 9, Code of Federal Regulations.

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Send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack ~ Prevent Horse Slaughter

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Advocates Opposing Horse Slaughter… This is a fast, easy action to take for Our Horses.

CLICK HERE to send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining AWI and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.

Secretary Vilsack, while speaking with reporters earlier this week, called on Congress to come up with other ways for this country to handle aging horses than to slaughter them for meat for human consumption. Secretary Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, noted that in his home state horses work with inmates in prisons, and that this helps prisoners acquire job skills for when they rejoin society.

An additional factor that weighs heavily in favor of Secretary Vilsack’s call for humane alternatives is the federal government’s growing budgetary crisis. If the Department of Agriculture were to resume inspection of horse slaughter facilities—something it has not done for several years—the department would be forced to divert limited manpower and funding in order to finance the effort because Congress did not provide additional funding when it removed the annual prohibition on inspecting these facilities.  The timing could not be worse, given the current congressional emphasis on shrinking, not expanding, government expenditures.

“A recent national survey found that over 80 percent of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter and Secretary Vilsack is right in representing that position,” said Heyde. “AWI urges everyone who supports an end to horse slaughter in favor of more humane and responsible alternatives to write Secretary Vilsack and urge him to work with Congress on passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.”

Please share this AWI eAlert with family, friends and coworkers, and encourage them to write too. As always, thank you for your help; your action does make a difference!

Horse Slaughter Debate Not Over in Oklahoma

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Background | Tulsa World

Oklahoma lawmakers and Gov. Mary Fallin might have thought that quick passage of the horse slaughter bill would bring the controversy to an end. Instead, they probably just guaranteed that the controversy will continue to drag on, perhaps for years.
And the awful irony is we might have had to endure this dreadful experience, and the damage it’s done to our already lousy reputation, for naught   –  because there’s a good chance Oklahoma will never end up with a horse slaughterhouse. Let’s hope so, anyway.

But perhaps there might be at least one good outcome from this awful chapter in our legislative history: If Tulsa World readers follow through with their vows, lots of those lawmakers who supported horse slaughter and blithely ignored the wishes of voters might get booted out of office. (To learn how lawmakers voted go to http://www.tulsaworld.com/horsevote or http://www.tulsaworld.com/senatehorse.)

Several developments in recent years could mean there won’t be a slaughterhouse anywhere in the U.S. any time soon: pending federal legislation; stricter requirements for exported horse meat; persistent documentation issues, and a growing meat-fraud scandal.

And, there’s a growing movement across the country, articulated by the nation’s top agricultural official, to find a solution other than slaughter for managing the country’s horse population.

Just a few weeks ago, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called for developing a “third way” to deal with unwanted or unneeded horses.

Vilsack called on Congress to “come up with a better solution for handling unwanted horses than slaughtering the animals for meat for human consumption.”
Vilsack’s agency is reviewing five applications for slaughterhouses, including reportedly one from Oklahoma, although it is unclear if the Oklahoma application is still being pursued.

The secretary wasn’t specific about what he meant by a third option, but suggested as examples that these horses could be used in programs to help returning war veterans or prison inmates.

Apparently a number of federal lawmakers agree with his stance. Pending federal legislation would ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption and prohibit transporting them across the U.S. border to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses.

The measure, called the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, is in part a response to reports that horse meat has been found in food products in Europe and wrongly identified as beef.

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Russia to ban meat from most Canadian and Mexican suppliers

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New meat labels would specify where cows and pigs were born, raised and  slaughtered. Canada and Mexico claim it is protectionism and have filed  objections with World Trade Organization

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Background | Equine Welfare Alliance

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Russia plans to ban meat imports from most Canadian and Mexican suppliers from April 8 over concerns about the use of the feed additive ractopamine, Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary service (VPSS) said on Friday.

“More than 50 percent of Canadian companies will be excluded from the list of suppliers,” VPSS spokesman Alexei Alekseenko said.

Russia also plans to ban about 80 percent of Mexican meat importers from April 8, Interfax news agency reported earlier on Friday, citing the head of VPSS Sergei Dankvert.

Canada was the largest pork supplier to Russia and accounted for 25 percent of its imports in 2012, Sergei Yushin, head of Russia’s National Meat Association, told Reuters. About 5 percent of imported beef came to Russia from Mexico last year.

VPSS’s list of Canadian pork suppliers, published on its website http://www.fsvps.ru, includes about 88 companies, while the list for Mexico includes 20 names. A VPSS spokesman could not comment on whether these lists had been updated.

Used as a growth stimulant to make meat leaner, ractopamine is banned in some countries over concerns that residues could remain in the meat and cause health problems, despite scientific evidence indicating that it is safe.

Since December, Russia has only accepted meat from Canadian livestock that were never fed ractopamine – which was already a tiny portion of the cattle herd, said John Masswohl, director of government and international relations at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Now Russia will only accept meat from ractopamine-free animals that are processed in Canadian plants that do not also handle livestock that have been raised on the stimulant – and such plants do not exist in Canada, Masswohl said.

“You’re taking a very bad existing situation, which limits (beef) trade to almost nothing, and making it nothing.”

Cargill Ltd and JBS USA Holdings Inc, are the biggest beef packers in Canada.

“Our government is disappointed that despite our collaborative efforts, the Russian government is moving forward with this measure not rooted in science,” said Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, in an email statement to Reuters. “We continue to work aggressively with Canadian industry to restore their access into the important Russian market.”

Russia is a small, but fast-growing market for Canadian beef, worth about C$15 million ($14.7 million) in 2011. Russia is the third-largest market for Canadian pork, worth about C$500 million a year, said Jacques Pomerleau, executive director of Canada Pork International, a marketing promotion agency.

Click HERE for the Russian site on Mexico that specifically calls out horse meat.  Rosselkhoznadzor / Import. Export.Transit. Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.

New York Daily News

Meat labels will include where animal was born and slaughtered, irking Canada and Mexico.

If the feds get their way, meats on supermarket shelves will include some  unappetizing details, such as where the animal was slaughtered.

Find that stomach-turning?

Better get used to it: Labels on meat products sold in the U.S. could soon  read like a sad mini-biography of the ranch-raised beasts.

In a little-known regulatory action that has produced a storm of criticism,  the U.S. Department of Agriculture has moved to rework how meats are sold at  retailers, including grocery stores, are labeled. Under the Obama administration’s  plan, meats would have to include labels informing the consumer where the animal  was born, raised and slaughtered.

The USDA touts it as a thrust toward transparency that will benefit  consumers. But outraged critics, including Canada and Mexico — the leading beef  exporters to the U.S. — and retailers themselves, howl that the proposed rules  are thinly veiled protectionism.

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Mariah and Her Friends.

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Carson is Mariah’s Featured Friend this Month.

PLEASE Help get Carson on the calendar.     Please vote for Carson so he can be featured on the Furever Rescued Calendar!  Thank you! He is wearing the blue coat and this is the link.  You will need to “Like” the Page before you can vote.  http://woobox.com/upp68d/vote/for/255307

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MARIAH is an 8 year old mustang mare, she has been at the sanctuary since she was 11 months old. Captured in Nevada by the BLM when she was five months old, Mariah somehow  ” lost”  her mother during this BLM roundup. She spent 6 months with BLM, and was transported to 3 different facilities in 2 states during this time.

Mariah has deep emotional scars and joint damage (DOD), probably from a combination of being chased at least 12 miles by a BLM helicopter (according to their records) as a tiny baby and from being fed straight alfalfa, with no minerals added to balance the ration. I wrote an article about her which was published in 2004 by both Natural Horse magazine and The Horse’s Hoof. She is another example of a perfectly happy and healthy wild horse with permanent damage from BLM abuse and mismanagement.  Despite it all, and her small size, she is our alpha mare and still has quite a lot of spirit.

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USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Looking For Alternatives To Horse Slaughter.

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Advocates Opposing Horse Slaughter… This is a fast, easy action to take for Our Horses.

CLICK HERE to send an Automatic Letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining AWI and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.

Secretary Vilsack, while speaking with reporters earlier this week, called on Congress to come up with other ways for this country to handle aging horses than to slaughter them for meat for human consumption. Secretary Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa, noted that in his home state horses work with inmates in prisons, and that this helps prisoners acquire job skills for when they rejoin society.

An additional factor that weighs heavily in favor of Secretary Vilsack’s call for humane alternatives is the federal government’s growing budgetary crisis. If the Department of Agriculture were to resume inspection of horse slaughter facilities—something it has not done for several years—the department would be forced to divert limited manpower and funding in order to finance the effort because Congress did not provide additional funding when it removed the annual prohibition on inspecting these facilities.  The timing could not be worse, given the current congressional emphasis on shrinking, not expanding, government expenditures.

“A recent national survey found that over 80 percent of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter and Secretary Vilsack is right in representing that position,” said Heyde. “AWI urges everyone who supports an end to horse slaughter in favor of more humane and responsible alternatives to write Secretary Vilsack and urge him to work with Congress on passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.”

Please share this AWI eAlert with family, friends and coworkers, and encourage them to write too. As always, thank you for your help; your action does make a difference!

A Message to Horse Lovers ~ From a Kill Buyer

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Tim Sappington is the only paid employee of Valley Meats in Roswell, New Mexico ~ which currently has a pending application with the USDA to open a horse slaughter plant.

Click on this LINK for Tim’s Message to all Horse Lovers, and Animal Rights Activists.  WARNING:  The message is GRAPHIC.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES ~TAKE ACTION NOW.

Below you will find a list of phone numbers to call in Chavez County where the slaughter house is planning on opening.

Sheriff – Non-Emergency 575-624-7590 – Administration 575-624-6500

Janetta B. Hicks, District Attorney – Phone: (575)622-4121 – Email: 5thDA@da.state.nm.us

Chaves County Manager – Stanton L. Riggs, Esq. – Phone: 575-624-6602 – Email: sriggs@co.chaves.nm.us

The Office of Governor Susana Martinez – Phone (505) 476-2200 or web contact: http://tinyurl.com/4olx7lv

We don’t necessarily agree with everything that PETA and HSUS do, but they are the nations largest animal welfare organizations and do have armies of lawyers and followers:

PETA 757-622-7382, option 2 email: http://www.peta.org/about/contact-peta/email-form.aspx

The Humane Society of the United States – Phone: 202-452-1100 – email: http://www.humanesociety.org/forms/contact_us/contact_equine_protection.html

Please send this link to the Video to all above email contacts.  https://www.dropbox.com/s/9pqiuwdaqb9hahb/animal%20rights%20message.mp4

Please also send link to this Action Alert, so all Targets will have background information.  https://allhorsesgotoheaven.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/a-message-to-horse-lovers-from-a-kill-buyer/

 

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“I’ve eaten horse meat for years,” said Sappington, who slaughters the animals himself and keeps a meat locker stocked at his home near Roswell, New Mexico.”

BACKGROUND | BLOOMBERG NEWS

Tim Sappington is ready to buy horses for Valley Meat Co., which is seeking to open the first U.S. horse slaughterhouse since 2007. Right now he’s the only paid employee, and he puts his money where his mouth is. 

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

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Valley Meat could soon become the nation’s only horse-slaughterer and the first since 2007. It is located about 9 miles outside of Roswell, New Mexico, near dairy farms and a ranch that advertises itself as the home of a Kentucky Derby winner and other prize horses. 

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempt Even in a State that Venerates Ponies

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempt Even in a State that Venerates Ponies

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Health inspectors conduct a verification of the origin of meat in a supermarket in Besançon, France. While horsemeat itself is consumed in many nations, including China, Mexico, and Russia, its unacknowledged presence in U.K. meat set off an outcry in Europe earlier this year that devastated consumer demand for suddenly-suspect beef. Photographer: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images 

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

Horse-Slaughter Jobs Tempting Even in State that Celebrates Them

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In Roswell, New Mexico, a community of about 50,000 known for its science-fiction tourists drawn by the legend of a UFO crash in the 1940s, residents are interested in the up to 100 jobs the company says it may create. Photographer: Amanda Crawford/Bloomberg

Tim eats horse meat. And he likes it.

“I’ve eaten it for years,” said Sappington, who slaughters the animals himself and keeps a meat locker stocked at his home near Roswell, New Mexico.

Sappington and others see the plan to reopen the shuttered cattle facility about 8 miles outside Roswell, near a ranch that is home to a Kentucky Derby winner, as a chance to reclaim jobs now going to Mexico.

The idea of killing horses for food has generated heated opposition from animal-welfare advocates who say it is cruel and could introduce unhealthy meat into the food supply, and it has spurred legislation in Congress to keep it from happening.

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