Friends, not food


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So you may have heard the news. There are some weird politicians who are behaving like that villain in the Cartoon Olympics,  wringing their hands and cackling with glee because they’ve gotten horse slaughter legalized in the United States again.

I don’t get why they’re so cheerful about it. I suppose it would be one thing if a politician got up and somberly said, “The horses in this country are suffering from the bad economy and we are trying to provide an out for them that doesn’t include slowly starving to death in someone’s yard because the owners lost their jobs at the factory and can’t afford to feed them and can’t afford to euthanize them and nobody else wants them so at least they can be used for meat.”

(I used bad grammar because most politicians appear to have absolutely no education whatsoever.)

But they didn’t do that, did they. No, you have creepy quotes like this one from Representative Sue Wallis of Wyoming:

“I guarantee it will happen. The horse world is very motivated,” Wallis said. “We’ve really laid the groundwork … to make sure it’s done very, very well. Everyone in the horse world is so excited we may have an opportunity to turn the whole equine market around.”

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Wait, we’re excited? To send horses to slaughter? 

My goodness… Representative Wallis is right! This is amazing!

I feel like I won the lottery! Hurray! Now no one has to take responsibility for their animals and put them down humanely! Gosh I hope dogs and cats are next! 


It’s not the first time she got creepy… last year she said something about “killing horses” that made my blood run cold. To not even use the word “slaughter,” which at least implies that it’s a purposeful job with an end besides dead bodies, just implies a lack of humanity that I find disturbing. “Killing horses” sounds like a massacre.

It’s been pointed out that the legalization was a rider attached to a massive spending bill which funds the USDA and other government agencies, something that President Obama could not possibly veto. I have read some opinions that we should be cool and calm, that slaughterhouses are not going to pop up overnight, that there is still a lot of work to be done before these politicians get their way, but in the meantime, I say no.

Congress: It’s just a rider, these things happen, we’ll work it out in—

Me: NO.

Congress: It’s politics, we cut a deal here, they cut a deal there, just give us—

Me: NO.

Congress: We’ll fix it down the road, as soon as—

Me: NO.

Take it straight to the President. Here’s the petition. It needs TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND SIGNATURES.

MAKE IT HAPPEN.!/petition/ban-horse-slaughter/GnNH1pS4

Horses are friends, not food. And if you want to eat one, go look at the medicine cabinet in your tack room first. Go look at your grooming kit. Look at the jars of medication and tubes of wormer that say NOT FOR USE IN HORSES INTENDED FOR CONSUMPTION.

And then stop and think about how many horses in the United States are intended for consumption.

That’s right.




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8 responses to “Friends, not food

  1. Well said, as always, Natalie. Sue Wallis is an embarrassment to this country’s leadership. I can’t understand how she holds public office. I can only pray our other elected officials come to their senses and back the bills before them now that will prevent horse slaughter here in this country.

  2. lmel

    Here, here, Cheryl and Natalie. I cannot believe what a giant step backwards for the equine world this is. Let’s spread the word and stop this insanity.

  3. Deb in Michigan

    She speaks for herself, and maybe a dozen others. Her family breeds horses by the hundreds when they can sell them for meat. She has never been a horse lover, she is not a horse owner and does not deserve the title of spokesman for the horse community.

  4. Hi Natalie,
    I am not confident that a petition to our president will rise up to the level of his notice. If I had to guess, I’d place other priorities at the top of his “urgent” list, and with horses being such a luxury item for the super wealthy, as some might say, I just don’t see him as caring at all.

    The quote from Sue Wallis is just creepy.

    I hope if slaughter is brought back to the US, that a quicker method is developed.

    Sorry to sound all negative. This is just such a blow.

    • Listen, Susan. No one has less confidence in the American political system than me. NO ONE. But you have to do SOMETHING. You have to speak up. This is a quick, painless little process. An email address and a name. Everything counts.

  5. The method used to slaughter horses is absolutely abhorrent. They are not cattle nor hogs and should not be slaughtered the same way. I disagree with the method, and I disagree our friends and pets should be used as food in this country. I know what medications and drugs I’ve used in and on my own horses, substances that aren’t permitted in other food animals. Does the government actually believe a person who no longer wants a horse and is dumping it at auction is going to be HONEST about the drugs that have been administered to that horse? Oh, hell no.

    However, the problem still remains of the horses that are starving to death, the ones that have no where to go when their owners can’t take care of them any more or no longer want them, the ones that are abused, injured and forgotten. The problem with the exploding population of BLM horses continues to exist and the homes for them aren’t there, just as the homes and money for the excess horses aren’t there.

    What do we do about those problems? I’m not saying slaughter is the one and only answer, but what are other answers? I wish I could take more horses, but I know my limits and I’m at it right now. I wish the entire horse community would come together and develop a viable answer and be willing to foot the bill that comes with that answer. I wish the ignorant back yard breeders would JUST STOP breeding horses that no one wants, the ones that end up on the auction room floor and eventually, make their way to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. The answers are there, we just need to find them, on our own, as a horse-loving unit, instead of leaving it in the hands of our incompetent government.

  6. Jim Culpepper

    The EPA list of “Priority Pollutants” includes enough stuff used on horses to qualify most on track thoroughbreds as hazardous waste.

  7. Jim Culpepper

    I am a cowardly lion and hesitant to point out that methods presently used to control feral hogs and other “invasive aliens” will soon be required to manage mustang / feral horse herds on western range lands. Check out the Kaibab Plateau to see what is at stake. The genuine spanish mustang is an invaluable genepool and should be preserved even if by the most draconian measures against the common feral horse. Perhaps they should be declared an endangered big game animal and managed like the desert bighorn sheep etc.

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