I've waited for over a year to post my feelings about horse slaughter. Now that Montana is considering starting up a horse slaughter plant, once again on American soil, I have to speak out:
Please don't eat our horses! I know I have readers from Europe and Japan. Please help us! My horses are like my children! I cannot imagine them going to slaughter, strung up and bled out, and then being eaten by someone! I gave up eating RED MEAT because of them! I no longer eat red meat because every time I did, I gagged because I was thinking, "How did this animal die? Was it a horrible death? Did they suffer? What about my horses? Would they suffer this way?" So, I no longer eat red meat and I feel much healthier now! I no longer have headaches, fatigue (while digesting "dead cow"), and joint and muscle pain. RED MEAT IS NOT HEALTHY FOR YOU! There was just a news story about this last week! PLEASE, switch to a healthier, plant-based diet! Do it for yourself! Do it for YOUR FAMILY! But. please, DON'T EAT OUR HORSES! I'm including this post from American Herds that was posted this week. Eating American horses is NOT the solution! Oh, please!!! A plant based diet is MUCH more healthy than a meat based one! Especially when you consider all the drugs which we put into our horses! Wormers, antibiotics...would you want to eat those?
I made ALL of my horses a solemn promise: YOU WILL NOT GO TO AUCTION OR SLAUGHTER. I intend to hold up that promise. NO WAY. NO HOW. I saved them all. I have two mustangs myself! Here's the post from American Herds:
"The Mustang Brand"
The following text is a repost, and includes a few excerpts from the American Herds blog, dated Wednesday, March 25, 2009.
In December 2008, The Horse Industry Policy, a resolution submitted by Rep. Wallis to the states National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) was passed after a vote session from the members of state legislators from all 50 U.S. states. The main focus of the resolution is to urge Congress not to pass federal legislation that would prohibit horse slaughter in the U.S. or interfere in the transport or export of horses to slaughter.Prior to submitting her resolution of the Horse Industry Policy to the NCSL, Rep. Wallis first enlisted the aid of pro-slaughter state horse councils by asking them to provide letters showing their support for the return of horse slaughter in the U.S. These were then presented to the NCSL to substantiate the position that horse slaughter has broad based support in equine communities nationwide.While Wallis's plan for America's wild horses and burros is not revealed in the resolutions of The Horse Industry Policy, the first hint of what her intentions are behind the scenes begins to unfold with Wallis thanking the man she claimed was "instrumental" in getting the resolution passed, Conrad Burns. Burns, a lobbyist who promotes the horse slaughter industry, is a former U.S. Senator from Montana responsible for sneaking an 11th hour amendment into the 2004 Agriculture Appropriations bill without review or a vote by either the people or Congress that was quickly signed into law by President Bush. The Burns Rider, as it became known, gutted almost forty years of wild horse and burro protections and now mandated their “unconditional sale until all excess horses had been disposed of”, including authorizing their sale for slaughter.Hidden behind Wallis's Horse Industry Policy to slaughter America’s domestic horses is also several documents extolling the virtues of using the backlog of excess mustangs and burros in long-term holding to fed the worlds poor and hungry.Wallis pitches mustang meat patties in #9 of her talking points: “Remind them that 10 million people starve to death every year in this world…maybe our excess BLM wild horses could be put to much better use by providing high quality, nutritious animal protein, untainted by BSE-type disease concerns of other livestock to people who could never afford to buy it. Once again, Americans can use an abundant and sustainable resource to come to the aid of the poor and starving of the world.”Wallis’s Open Letter To Congress and State Legislators
Please, pass this information on or post it on your blog. The more people that realize that eating American horses is NOT the answer, the better! Thank you and God bless you for helping! And, on another personal note, I KNOW how hard Joe, of TB Friends, works. I've been to his place. I read his blog EVERY morning. I can feel the pain and heartache that Joe has when he writes about starving geldings or mares stuck in mud or families in dire straits. I also feel the heartache that Joe has when he visits feedlots and gets 1 horse from a truckload of over 30 going to slaughter. He has written about the eyes of the other horses begging him to save them, too. Horses are animals that have and feel EMOTIONS! Don't you think they realize that they are on a death truck, headed for disaster? They can smell fear. They know.
Here's the link to my MySpace, ANTI-SLAUGHTER website: http://www.myspace.com/deserthorses5