WHEN will it end? When will we stop shipping American horses thousands of miles across the borders for slaughter: with no food, water or rest on that final journey.
At the rate of 100,000 horses a year, I ask WHEN????? There are no answers other than horse slaughter plants in the USA will remain closed in 2015 and Mexico will suspend horse meat to EU in January, which will NOT close the plants entirely. See below.
Today’s news from Michael Markarian from HSUS:
“Congressional appropriators unveiled a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill last night, to continue funding the federal government for fiscal year 2015 and avoid a shutdown when the current budget expires tomorrow. There was no shortage of animal issues at stake in the giant package, including issues relating to Horse Slaughter.
The omnibus bill forbids spending by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on inspections at U.S. horse slaughter plants. The provision—which was approved by both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees – maintains the ban on domestic horse slaughter for human consumption. Coupled with the news that the European Commission plans to suspend export of horse meat from Mexico due to food safety concerns, there really is no rationale for not banning the horse slaughter trade.” See his full report.
My understanding is that the EU has not officially suspended exports of horse meat. The suspension still needs to be approved by a standing committee in January and is based on detailed conditions being met by slaughterhouses and killbuyers. See EU export conditions. Also, it is important to note that Mexico exports horses to many other countries not part of the EU. So it will not eliminate Mexico exports entirely.
I have sent several emails to the HSUS asking them the status of the SAFE Act. No response yet. SO all ERN has to go by is the tracking report by the government (show below). From this report things looks grim for the SAFE Act (1% of enacting). See Tracking.