U.S. horse slaughtering okay'd by Obama, Congress

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Horse slaughter houses will again be opening in the United States, but the outcry from activists may not come as loudly as one would expect.

Horse slaughtering is again on the table in the United States.

Funding for inspection of horse slaughter houses was ended in 2006, which basically shut them down. This was done with the idea that more horse rescues would follow. However, that is unfortunately not what happened.

Patty Livingston, a horse rescuer in Bethlehem, GA, and president of the Georgia Equine Rescue League, spoke with 11Alive News in Atlanta about the controversial move of putting horse slaughterhouses back in business in the United States, supported by Congress and President Obama. The bill was sent to the president this month; he signed it on Nov. 18, allowing the slaughterhouses to get back to business in the U.S.

But, Livingston indicated that, horrible as it seems, it is the best of the options out there right now. "In 2006 I actually voted to shut them down, not knowing what that was going to mean for our horses," she said. The collapse of the economy led to more horse abuse, Livingston indicated, and abandonment has increased—as much as 60 percent in Colorado, she said, leading to rescue groups becoming overwhelmed and unable to deal with the problem of abandoned and abused horses in the United States.

Slaughter houses in Canada and Mexico have continued to demand horse meat since the U.S. slaughter houses shut down five years ago. So, many old and abandoned horses have been taken across the borders for slaughter—under less humane conditions, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) pointed out to 11Alive News.

"In those facilities, particularly in Mexico, the USDA has no jurisdiction and we don't know what kind of facilities they are, if the horses are treated humanely," Rep. Kingston said.

Rep. Kingston did vote to allow horse slaughter houses to reopen, as did various Congressmen from both sides of the political aisle, allowing the bill to be signed by President Obama.

Surprisingly, some horse rescuers, like Livingston, do support the move as the lesser of the evils.

"The cruelty that they endure now is ten times worse than they ever endured when we had slaughter houses in this country," Livingston explained to 11Alive News.

There are over 9 million horses in the United States today; just over one percent, approximately 125,000 are slaughtered each year.

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Submitted by MJmyAngel (not verified) on
ok so there are a lot of horses out their that need homes i know that! but people don't you get it? IF YOU CANT KEEP THE FREAKING HORSE THEN WHY DID YOU BUY IT? if you cannot take care of the horse then why did you buy it in the first place? if you cannot take care of the horse anymore then sell it and make some moo la off it! but do not send i to horse slaughter! OK how would you like it id you had a loving caring family and then all of a sudden, they sent you to a place that kills the horse right in front of the next one so the next horse knows whats coming! did you know that they kill mothers fathers mares stallions foals,babies geldings! they do not care they turn the dead horses into dog food ! OBAMA JUST BECAUSE YOU DO OT LIKE HORSES DOES NOT MEAN THAT OTHER PEOPLE DON'T!

Submitted by MJmyAngel (not verified) on
ok so there are a lot of horses out their that need homes i know that! but people don't you get it? IF YOU CANT KEEP THE FREAKING HORSE THEN WHY DID YOU BUY IT? if you cannot take care of the horse then why did you buy it in the first place? if you cannot take care of the horse anymore then sell it and make some moo la off it! but do not send i to horse slaughter! OK how would you like it id you had a loving caring family and then all of a sudden, they sent you to a place that kills the horse right in front of the next one so the next horse knows whats coming! did you know that they kill mothers fathers mares stallions foals,babies geldings! they do not care they turn the dead horses into dog food ! OBAMA JUST BECAUSE YOU DO OT LIKE HORSES DOES NOT MEAN THAT OTHER PEOPLE DON'T!

Submitted by MJmyAngel (not verified) on
ok so there are a lot of horses out their that need homes i know that! but people don't you get it? IF YOU CANT KEEP THE FREAKING HORSE THEN WHY DID YOU BUY IT? if you cannot take care of the horse then why did you buy it in the first place? if you cannot take care of the horse anymore then sell it and make some moo la off it! but do not send i to horse slaughter! OK how would you like it id you had a loving caring family and then all of a sudden, they sent you to a place that kills the horse right in front of the next one so the next horse knows whats coming! did you know that they kill mothers fathers mares stallions foals,babies geldings! they do not care they turn the dead horses into dog food ! OBAMA JUST BECAUSE YOU DO OT LIKE HORSES DOES NOT MEAN THAT OTHER PEOPLE DON'T!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
IF YOU CANNOT TAKE CARE OF THEM DOOOOOOONNNNN'TTTT GEEETTTT THHHEEEMMM!!! Have you no common sense. In this century, horses are not considered as "Livestock". They are to help us with our daily work and for stress relief. If that's all the feelings that you have for them then maybe you should buy cattle instead.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
shut up! i would take all those horses first of all ..... its way better than droppin them off at a slaughter house.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well guess what!!!! Who pays for the operation of the slaughter house?? YOUR TAX DOLLARS!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I love animals and own three horses. Good horses, not the ones produced by a back-yard breeded who does not care for his/her animals, and over produces poor animals. just look on Craigs list and see hundreds posted weekly that are old, lame, or young and un-touched. The oens nobody wants are now crammed in a truck and hauled to mexico or Canada. Not THAT is inhumane. If slaoghter is done here we can make sure they don't suffer and are put down in a humane way. If you love animals so much why not take in 50 or 60?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Are you nuts???? what is humane about the way animals are slaughtered in those horrible places!!! Humane???? are you kidding me???? Have you not viewed the video's that are available of those killing places??? STOP WITH THE HOLIER THAN THOU ATTITUDE THAT YOU KNOW BEST BECAUSE YOUR HEAD IS IN THE SAND!!! i DARE you to go to one of those hell holes and stand and watch for a day. Euthanize the horses if you must but don't you dare try to tell me its more humane to send them to slaughter...you are wrong wrong wrong

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