For Every Awful Gov't Action There is An Equally Awful Reaction, Horses Worst Hit!

-By Warner Todd Huston

There is a jester of a Chicago Alderman named Ed Burke who back in the early 1990s made local radio audiences laugh by his plaintive plea of “what about the horses” on the floor of Chicago’s City Hall. He was worried that horses in downtown Chicago’s carriage trade were somehow being mistreated and so he tried to pass all sorts of absurd new regulations in Chicago to help his equine buddies. His plea rings in my ears as I read this new story of the “unintended consequences” of federal regulations meant to save the horses that has only made their lives more miserable.

Since we became a country there have been businesses geared to dispatch and butcher ailing, broken down, or unwanted horses. These horse abattoirs may be remembered once upon a time as supplying some of the raw materials for glue factories. But they also supplied the meat for zoos, circuses and increasingly for meat markets overseas where consumption of horsemeat by humans does not carry the cultural shock that it might here in the United States.

But congress knew better, you see. Congress had become the ultimate horse whisperers and could read the horses minds to know that they felt abused by these evil slaughterhouses. And so, because congress is oh, so caring, that august body passed laws that materially harmed horse slaughterhouses in America. These rules eventually made such businesses close up and disappear in the USA.

It’s for the horses, ya know? And so, the actions of congress led to the end of the evil places and congress was confident that they helped horses everywhere avoid all that “suffering” caused by the trade in horse meat.

I’m feeling better already, aren’t you?

But wait. It seems that the end of horse slaughterhouses in America has not ended suffering for our equine citizens. In fact, there has been “unintended consequences” to these laws. Wouldn’t you know it, but the suffering of horses has actually increased instead of being alleviated.

The Government Accountability Office is now reporting that horses are suffering worse than ever due to the end of slaughterhouses here.

“Those horses are traveling farther to meet the same end in foreign slaughtering facilities where U.S. humane slaughtering protections do not apply,” GAO said in unusually blunt language that said that the horses are sometimes shipped in too-small containers for hundreds of miles, and that the inspection regime is too lax to help.

As Nebraska Republican Adrian Smith says, “ending horse processing has had a detrimental effect on both the economy and animal welfare. In light of this information, Congress should re-evaluate this misguided policy to allow responsible horse management which would create jobs, generate revenue and strengthen a struggling horse industry.”

The upshot is that congress killed American jobs, laid waste to an ages old industry, and caused more suffering to the very animals they thought they were helping. Typical. This story is an object lesson in the follies of do gooder government. This story just goes to show that when these lawmakers involving themselves in areas where they simply have neither any expertise nor display any common sense, they end up making matters worse in nearly every case. If this isn’t a perfect example of why our founders were right that that government which is a limited government is the best government.

Congress and these do gooder, animal “rights” wackos should left out to pasture and out of our hair.

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  • Whoever wrote this column should give himself the award pictured at the top. Wow. I don

  • In reply to vickitobin:

    I don't think you get it, dear animal rights wacko. I just don't care how many "healthy" horses are sent to meat markets. Not any more than I care if healthy cows, goats, or pigs are sent to markets.

    Humans come first.

    Period.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    We agree. Humans come first. So why aren

  • In reply to vickitobin:

    Toxic meat? Amusing conceit.

    I also love how I say "jobs were lost" and you say there weren't even as you admit that at least 200 were. I said jobs were lost. I was right. It's pretty simple, really.

    In any case, far more than 200 jobs were lost.

    As to your opinion of my writing... that would be another thing I could care less about.

    If you are all excited to have things written, get your own blog.

  • In reply to vickitobin:

    This is a usual pro-slaughter moran who still won't talk about the drug issue. Nothing new here!

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    You might want to put the joint down and pick up a dictionary. Moran [sic].

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    You must make friends wherever you go.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Just a typo, but I'm sure you're perfect in every way.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    (French) Cavel Inc., the last horse slaughterhouse in the US left 75K in unpaid fines for violations to the city water district of the city of DeKalk when they closed.
    Unpaid fines were also left for the same types of violations in the town of Kaufman, Tx., by Dallas Crown, Belgian owned horse slaughterhouse, for pollution of the town's water system with horse blood and tissue. Dallas Crown was also received numerous violations for hiring illegal aliens. Illegals are one of the few who are desperate enough to slaughter horses for a living. Most American's find it too repulsive.
    The Bible says not to eat the "solid-hooved" animal, and the equidae are the only "solid-hooved" animal in the world.
    The horse put you right where you're at.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    You are kidding with the Bible stuff... right?

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    TH,
    Through the Freedom of Information Act and three and a half years of waiting, the Animal Angels obtained a 900 page USDA document containing hundreds of transport to slaughter violations during the years the foreign owned US horse slaughterhouses were in operation. So to say that since the American tax payers have spoken and enforced lax laws that were being ignored causing the closer of these hell-hole slaughterhouses that NOW there is suffering, you must be kidding, go see for yourself, kaufmanzoning.net USDA violations.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    The haulers are still working, the auctions are still in business, the feedlots are still in operation and the kill buyers are still working so what other jobs were lost?

    Perhaps you didn't do the math or I should have been more specific, 30 legaljobs were lost. Not even a blip in the grand scheme of things.

  • In reply to vickitobin:

    Again, you are not paying attention. I said jobs were lost and you disagreed and THEN reported that jobs were lost. I didn't say millions were lost, I didn't say one was lost. I said jobs.

    Try again.

    Now, my guess is that if YOU were one of that 30 you claim were lost... well, gosh, you'd be upset, right?

    Still, you are wrong about the damage to the economy with "haulers" and "auctions." They have lost business. They will now have less money for their operations.

    You are not only responsible for literally taking food out of the mouths of foreigners, but also for Americans figuratively through job loss. All this for some ridiculous animal rights nut notion that horses are more important than people.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    You like most probably haven't heard of the war hero named Sgt. Reckless. Now had you been there and told the Marine Corps. that they should slaughter Sgt. Reckless, you would have been on the end of their bayonet. We don't want to become a 3rd world country here, and allowing one of our honored animals to be butchered for foreigners at our expense to appease the over-breeders is Un-American!
    Sgt. Reckless: A Great American Hero
    Posted on Jun 26, 2011 by Vivian Grant Here is a video about a warrior you may never have heard about.

    Sgt. Reckless was a Korean War veteran of a different kind. She was a Marine with the 5th Marines Recoilless Rifle Co. SSgt. Reckless was wounded twice in action and went through some of the toughest campaigns of that war.

    Reckless was an American icon at the time of the Korean War, but is, sadly, unknown today. There will never be another story like this one.

    http://www.theveteranssite.com/clickToGive/vet/article/Sgt-Reckless-Korean-War-Horse-Hero398&origin=VET_FACE_BLOG_ADGROUP_VetVid_Horses_CTG

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Next time you stop by, DO have a logical and pertinent point to impart. It makes it so much nicer for the readers.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    The Marine's ARE a bunch of "animal rights" "wacko's" Mr. Houston?

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    PF, aren't you a jewel. Who is next, dogs and cats???

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    Hopefully, liberals. Oh, you were SERIOUS?

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    If there is unwanted horses in the US then why did the USDA per their 2005 documents import 7,000 head of horses to Cavel Inc., for slaughter for the foreign human market. It's supply and demand!

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    The foreigners paid NO tariffs!

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    The EU just completed their tours of the Mexican slaughterhouse's where tainted horsemeat was discovered.

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    Our FDA places horses within the companion animal category and acknowledges that they recieve drugs that are harmful to humans.

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    BTW-Thanks for allowing this discussion.It is always interesting to hear different perspectives.

    Millions of jobs were lost. The jobs lost in the plants are no different than what happens in every other industry on a daily basis for decades. That is not a persuasive argument for bringing back plants to US soil.

    Again, US horses are not bred or raised as food animals. In our country, we humanely euthanize non-food animals, they aren

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    Oops, before you point out my typo, that should have been WHOSE not who's!

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    WTH,

    Nothing to say about the EU finding drug residue in US horsemeat, as well as falsified paperwork.

    Next you'll say that you don't care about the people eating the horsemeat.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Nothing to say? What's to say? Problems in an industry is not ipso facto proof that the industry should be banned. Your point is meaningless in the grater issue.

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    PF...now YOU need to get out the dictionary. "Grater"???

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    Yep. I missed an "e." Ooops.

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    There's are many Marine, Army, Navy, Air Force "animal rights wacko's" about Mr. Houston, one Marine recently brought back to the states a burro who had served with his division, it was a difficult task, but with the help of many "animal rights wacko's" including his commanders he was able to bring his pet home. You should be aware of who you might be calling a "animal rights wacko's", they might be someone like this young soldier who put his life on the line for all American's including the likes of you.
    Wacko's marines are bringing home dogs, kittens and other animals, what a bunch of "animal rights wacko's", right Mr. Houston? I would like for you to have to say what you feel about their animals and their faces.

  • In reply to kckellsbells:

    Oh excuse me Mr. Houston, typo, I meant, "to their faces".

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Spell my name right, too, will ya, goof ball?

  • In reply to publiusforum:

    Get a sophisticated lexicon!

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    I perfect Houston it's more fitting.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Let's see now, where was I, O yes! Sex education is what's needed on the pro side as they seem confused on how all this reproduction stuff happens, duh!

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Hope you'll comment about the drug residues found in US horses by the EU and the falsified paperwork coming from US kill buyers, since they're such good people as you've implied.
    Oh, Mr. Baker owner of Sugar Creek auctionyard, Ohio, has 162,000.00 in fines he refused to pay, they let it ride until they were forced to collect by taking it from him. Such up standing folk.
    Then there's Mr. Chavez #1 kill buyer, transporter from Ca. to Mx., he owes over 200,000.00 in fines and still hasn't paid any.
    Now if that were me I would be in jail. Special people pampered by special interest groups.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Watch out dogs, cats, pups, and kittens, you'll be next, as there's a market ya know, and no one cares that you'll have drugs in you.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Foreign owned industry who hires illegal aliens, ruins towns, air and water, taking our money back home laughing all the way kind of industry. Gee that's what I want in my country! O and I get to pay for it, how nice!
    Stop the over-breeding, stop the subsidies. Most horsemen and women take care of their own, and don't expect the American tax payers to carry them.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Young adults are living in a electronic world and most will never own a horse. Over-breeding is the problem. O and greed!

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Well Mr. Huston, I must go to work now, it's been fun, hope you have a happy life.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Mr. Houston:

    I see you have control, knowledge and humility issues...among other observations, I find you to be a pontificating, self-righteous bore that really doesn't master facts and specifically, this issue. Is this your attempt to be "Rush"-like?

    Love the phallic symbol for those you deem "not worthy". Frankly I think you should change your display name to, "Pubic Fallout".

    Just a question, with the Latin penchant....you some disgruntled "abogados" wanna-be?

    In conclusion, you have not addressed ONE point other than dictionary, grammar and shifting of topic or crude dismissal. Is that a revelation? You betcha'...because it would appear you don't know what the hell you are talking about. Suuuuprize...suuuuprize! And Gomer knows more about animals or animal-ag than you do. Remember that he was a Hollywood creation to boot.

    Let me close with the following points (and take your punctuation, spellin' proper-like and shove it where the Chicago sewage/sanitation flourishes): (1) sanctimonious; (2) pompous; (3) uninformed and sticks BOTH feet in mouth (you working for somebody in tight with Farm Bureau?) (4) rude; (5) unprofessional; and (6-my favorite) you are a bully on a blog playground.

    You remind me of the same mindset, ignorance (as in ignore) and over-aggrandizement that is required to send these animals to this horrific abuse, death peddling and no-bute certified horsemeat to humans in other countries.

    p.s. May be your sandbox, but everyone has to play nice (it's called civilized society). I'd like to know where the perp is that is supposed to be watching you. You neither inform your readers or provide added value. BTW...your parents know you are talking like this? Never mind....whatever the circumstance, this blog speaks for itself.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Goodness me! Seems the spoiled, unsupervised child in the sandbox posing as an adult also has problems with the Constitution and a small little thing called freedom of speech.

    Gee, Mr. Houston...FOS is a one way street in your fiefdom?

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    Forgot to add...you also appear to be a coward.

    Let's see if you have the guts to put this up.

    I doubt it.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    If the European folks who eat horse meat had ANY idea of the carcinogens in horse meat,they would NEVER eat the meat. Steroids, bute, even fly spray. If you look at the labels on these products, it plainly says "not for use in animals intended for human consumption". Personally, I hope all who eat horse meat come up with cancer. (Lord forgive me). Horses are companion animals and our country was built with the assistance of the horse.

  • In reply to mjwilson:

    PF,
    I bet you didn't know that the foreigners Belgian's made five million in 2000 and paid $5.00 in taxes! Boy I really want my tax money to support one of the richest governments in the world. Oh and the AQHA who supplies the slaughter pipeline, their "foal milling" costs the tax payers millions, now maybe you want to support them, and the foreigners, but I don't! Oh you probably didn't know that the American tax payers have saved 25 million dollars in tax money since the foreign owned horse slaughterhouses in the US closed in 2006. Now that's not too bad! Let's make the over-breeders stop what they're doing and support the responsible horse owners such as myself and millions like me.

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