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.”
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—
Congress: It’s politics, we cut a deal here, they cut a deal there, just give us—
Congress: We’ll fix it down the road, as soon as—
Take it straight to the President. Here’s the petition. It needs TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND SIGNATURES.
MAKE IT HAPPEN.
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.