Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I'D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida

( Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Arabic)

miniature horse foal with bird

I picked Arabic for my greeting today, because I want to talk about horses.
And Arabian horses are world-wide known.

I read an article today that has deeply disturbed me,
and I hope it will deeply disturb you.
That's right.
Deeply disturb you.

You can read the entire article here:

"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All thing connect."
- Chief Seattle

On November 18, US President Obama signed a bill that lifted the 5 year old law banning slaughterhouse horse meat inspections. 
What does that mean?
I never heard of it!
I bet you didn't either, as our Congress reps have pushed this through
 very quietly.
Why? I think because they know that we the people would be against it.

So okay, the govt. is saving money or what?
The lift of the ban means that slaughterhouse horses no longer have to be shipped to Mexico or Canada to die.
It will be cheaper now for the slaughterhouse owners.

Do you smell something rotten here? I sure do.
This will profit mainly the slaughterhouse owners.
Yep, it will provide jobs.
But at what ethical cost?

"Contempt for animal life leads to
contempt for human life."
- Edward Abbey
neglected and starved horse arrives at

Here  is some more info that your reps forgot to let you know:
Slaughter houses in the USA could be up and running in as little as 30 days.

Currently, there are no slaughterhouses in the US that butcher horses for human consumption.

Pro-slaughter activists are scrambling to get a plant going, possibly in Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska or Missouri. Eventually they could kill (‘process’) as many as 200,000 horses a year. The meat is then shipped mostly to Europe and Asia.

Lee Ruonavaara HonMent with Horse therapy for the Disabled

Eating horse meat is virtually unknown in the US at this time.
California and Illinois have banned the slaughter of horses for food. Other states have laws that tightly regulate the sale of horse meat.
Does your state?
Where were these lawmakers when the lift of the ban was being pushed through Congress?
Where were the representatives that have been voted to express MY opinion and convictions to Congress?  I answer phone surveys for public opinion. I have a listed number. No government organization ever asked me what I thought about the lifting of the ban of slaughter. Why?

Because it is yet another of Washington’s Big Secrets.
I think our reps knew that we would protest, and protest loudly against killing such a noble, intelligent animal for food. Food that we do not need. Our land is a land of plenty. Yes, we have starving people, and children living below the poverty level. We also have farmers that are PAID to let their crops go to waste. They are PAID to NOT grow crops in their fields.

Is anybody with reason listening out there?
Anybody that is not connected with the for-profit slaughterhouse special-interest lobbyists?

Are YOU able to spare 3 minutes to make a call to your Congress representatives and express an opinion?  Take 3 minutes and send your rep an e-mail?
I have had things that I wanted to tell my Senator and State Rep,
but have always had the excuse that I didn't know how to reach them, etc.
Well, today I am so upset that I went onto Google and found out how to contact them.
This is the place to find your senator, and all the contact info:

To find your Representative:

you must have your zip code + 4. If you don’t know what your +4 is, check out your bills or magazines. Most of them have it on their labels.
(I found my +4 on the mailing label from the Qwest.)

I do realize that different countries have different ideas about what is acceptable to eat,
and what is not.

I think that American history is so infused with the horse,
that it is almost impossible to separate the romance of the horse
and our American History, especially Western history.


Horses were used by our native Americans for hunting and travel.
In the Plains region, where I live, the many tribes that make up the Plains Indians used the horse for transportation, hunting and war within their nomadic  lives.


So, would Paul Revere be so famous if he walked to tell 'the British are coming'? 
Would we have had such a rapid development of the West
if the pioneers had to carry everything they needed?
Because horses would have been used for food...
not helpmates of the human race.
Paul Revere's Ride to rouse the Minutemen before the Battle of Lexington

Erica Flamand

Oh, I know I'm being silly now, so I will close.
Please consider this issue.
How you feel about it.
Why you feel that way.
What are the facts?
and then.....
Contact your Representative and Senator.
They really are supposed to be reps of what we think and what we want.
But they can't know that if we don't tell them!
vintage Annie Oakley poster

Please copy and paste this blog and send to all your family, friends and aquaintances.
You can also copy and paste this blog address to send.
being sad today at our lack of empathy and care for the animals that God has directed us to care for -

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