GUEST editorial

Jul 1, 2011
by WLJ

There is a thriving worldwide market for horse meat...but no one in the U.S. is able to start a horse meat businesses, create a single job, or help meet the consumer demand for an affordable, delicious, high quality protein source.

Why? Because of nonprof it professional animal rights fundraising machines (HSUS—Humane Society of the United States/PETA— People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, et al) that are anti-agriculture and anti-meat. These are groups who pay no taxes, generate no revenue, create no jobs— and worst of all, offer no solution for the thousands of unwanted, unusable, excess horses that are starving to death nationwide.

On June 15, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-WY, offered an amendment to the Ag Appropriations bill that would have allowed for a horse meat processor to pay the entire cost of having their facility and product inspected by the USDA. The amendment was ultimately withdrawn, in part because Rep. Jack Kingston, R-GA, chairman of the subcommittee, suggested that it would be better to wait so that the entire House could review the much anticipated Government Accountability Office Report on the effect of the plants closing. That report is due to be delivered to Congress on June 22.

Thriving world market for horse meat— U.S. shut out by radical activists—Why?

What a perfect solution!

Let the processors pay for their own inspection. Zero impact on the federal budget in terms of cost of inspection. Over 1,000 good jobs created practically overnight. And a quick, humane dispatch while still in good shape and healthy for thousands of horses that would otherwise become a burden on local governments draining already overburdened coffers—not to mention millions of pounds of high quality nutritious meat welcomed by a worldwide market.

Horse meat is 50 percent higher in protein, 40 percent lower in fat, high in iron, low in cholesterol, and has 18 times the Omega-3 fatty acids than beef. From a purely nutritional standpoint, it is better then either venison or bison. In Europe and Asia, it is made into baby food, and available everywhere. Gourmet restaurants in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia serve it with pride. Many would welcome its high nutrition and affordable cost if it was available in the U.S., especially some of the ethnic communities that are particularly fond of it such as the Tongans, the Mongolians and Hispanics.

A recent report on a trade website noted that Argentina has now become the largest exporter of horse meat in the world. Argentina’s horse meat sales total 23,880 tons from 150,000 horses. According to the Mexican government, 50 percent of their horse meat production is used domestically, the other 50 percent is exported, mostly to Europe. A recent report by the Canadian government showed 21 countries and amounts that their businesses have been able to benefit from exporting horse meat to other countries. The amount that is now being imported into the U.S., at a minimum, is business that could have benefitted our economy, our citizens, and our horse industry ... instead it has been exported, representing U.S. jobs lost, a loss to the U.S. economy, and a horrific increase in the suffering of horses and people.

All on the behest of a vocal few culturally arrogant antiagriculture animal rights activists who are making a very good living off of million dollar TV ads portraying weepy eyed kittens, threelegged dogs, and skinny horses for which they spend practically none of their millions to help a single dog or cat, let alone a horse (1/2 of 1 percent by their own reports). No wonder they have dozens of executives pulling down six-figure salaries, a stable of over forty full-time lawyers, and... not a single veterinarian.

Tells you something, doesn’t it?

Tell Congress to listen to the horse people. Listen to the people who work hard and make it their life’s work to take care of their livestock, and who hope to raise their children and their grandchildren in our beloved horseback culture. Without a break, and a restoration of a viable equine economy by restoring the market, the only people who will be able to afford a horse in their lives will be the extremely wealthy and privileged few.

We don’t want to live in that kind of country. Only those with a skewed and unnatural view of a vegan future crammed down the throats of every single American would want to. — United Organizations of the Horse