It is amazing what you can learn on EQ Daily.
What does the slaughter of horses and the state of the federal budget have in common? Absolutely nothing! So what the p*ss was anything to do with horse slaughter doing in the spending bill signed by Obama in November?
Here’s the back story: opponents of horse slaughter in the U.S. pushed a measure through Congress cutting off funding for federal inspections of horse meat back in 2006. This “ban” pretty much spelled doom for the U.S. horse meat industry, and pretty much guaranteed horses a worse death through neglect or slaughter at non-regulated facilities outside of the country.
Now, the 5-year-old “ban” has been lifted by Congress, in legislation tucked away in the spending bill signed into law on Nov 18. No money has yet been allocated to the inspection of horse meat meant for human consumption.
Good to know republicans and democrats can agree on important issues, such as whether or not horses can be killed for food in the U.S.
Now, I was going to make smart-a** comments about animal rights wackos, horrible slaughterhouse practices, and whether or not I’d eat horse meat, but I decided a more important message would be to point this out as a great example of the kind of bullp*ss attached to legislation signed into law every day. I distinctly remember hearing about how important this bill was, so can anybody give me a good explanation as to why horse meat was even on the minds of lawmakers?
This is your time to put me in my place! Will it help fund the USDA through slaughterhouses paying for inspections? Well, will it? Huh? Huh? Out with it!
More likely is that
a big circle-jerk was held and some people who have lots of money and wanted to open up facilities to slaughter horses in the U.S. got their pocket ponies politicians to sneak the “lift” into the bill. By sneak, I mean put legislation in a bill where the greater good would be served by just letting it slip quietly by, as sad as it is.
Which makes me wonder how the “ban” got passed in 2006. Probably the same way. It is how most things, many of which you never hear of (unless you are directly affected) are signed into law.
I like to call these unrelated bits of legislation riding on important bills parasites. I don’t like them. It shows where our lawmaker’s minds really are in these tough (or any other) times; on whatever they can do to get re-elected and keep their tiny core-constituencies happy.