Jack Kingston and the return of horse meat plants

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is being credited as a player in a successful, bipartisan move to bring horse meat processing back to the United States. From The Oklahoman newspaper:

Horse slaughter plants have become legal again, after Congress quietly unbridled restrictions on processing horse meat. President Barack Obama signed the enabling bill on Nov. 18.

Entities already are considering opening plants in Oregon, and possibly Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri, slaughter plant proponent Sue Wallis said.

Between 120,000 to 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption per year, she estimates.

Kingston, a Savannah Republican, pointed to the economy:

“We wanted to allow horse slaughter again in America because of an unanticipated problem with horse neglect and abandonment,” he said.

Congress effectively put a halt to horse meat plants in the United States in 2006 by withholding federal funds for food inspectors. But Kingston told the Oklahoma newspaper that processing plants simply moved to Canada and Mexico.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Slip

November 28th, 2011
8:35 am

Makes you wonder about all the laws that pass under the radar and serve very narrow constituencies.

Keep doing this GOP

November 28th, 2011
8:37 am

Is this one of the GOP’s ideas about bringing jobs to Georgia?

Not 4 Me

November 28th, 2011
8:40 am

I will pass on eating the horses.

Rabbit

November 28th, 2011
8:40 am

Hope you had a joyful and reflective Thanksgiving. For all that slides sideways in the world, there is much more for which to give thanks. I am especially thankful to live in a country where we have the right of free press. Sometimes it’s biased and sometimes it’s shallow. Many times it is the best source of information from which to form our opinions.

Anga

November 28th, 2011
8:42 am

Now, all those abandoned cats, dogs and kids, will they be slaughtered and processed for human consumption, too? What a great solution for the problem. It could even solve world hunger.

Rick

November 28th, 2011
8:43 am

Uhm “Keep doing this GOP”. Did you not read the WHOLE article? It says a bipartisan move. If you aren’t sure what that long word means, it is BOTH parties.

Teddy Roosevelt

November 28th, 2011
8:46 am

Well gunga, did you ever wonder how many animals are out down every single day at the humane society? If they want to pay for it, I say that’s killing two birds with one stone, just don’t take my pup….

Teddy Roosevelt

November 28th, 2011
8:48 am

Excuse me, put down. Still wiping the sleep out of my eyes.

Karen

November 28th, 2011
8:50 am

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Mohandas Gandhi

Way to go Jack Kingston and all the people who neglect their animals because they are too lazy/ignorant to care for them properly.

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Steve

November 28th, 2011
8:51 am

I would never eat horse meat, but as long as this was regulated to where the animals are humanely euthanized, and horses weren’t bred for food, then I suppose it’s ok. I just worry that this would lead to breeding these animals for food. Ever spend any time with a horse? It’s a very intelligent creature. I find it hard enough to eat pork as pigs are more intelligent than dogs. We should be moving away from meat and more towards whole grains and vegetables in our diets anyhow.

Bama Fan

November 28th, 2011
8:52 am

Instead of trying to solve the problem of neglect and abandonment, let’s just kill and eat these beautiful and intelligent animals. I voted for Obama, but I’m very disappointed that he signed this.

Moby-Dick

November 28th, 2011
8:55 am

At least he’s not talking about harvesting blubber.

I will have fries with mine

November 28th, 2011
8:59 am

“Slow Cook…….Trigger!”

Bootnewt

November 28th, 2011
9:00 am

“Waiter….one large order of blackened horse patootie, well done.”

beehive

November 28th, 2011
9:04 am

This is a more humane way to put down old horses rather than abandoning them or letting them starve to death. It isn’t an easy decision. I had to put down one of my daughter’s mares a couple of weeks ago, and it was tough on all of us.

Here’s a link to a very interesting article on the issue – http://tinyurl.com/77×5mqd

Sugarmomma

November 28th, 2011
9:04 am

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Mr Ed

November 28th, 2011
9:04 am

Sugarmomma

November 28th, 2011
9:07 am

I am glad it passed. There are hundreds of thousands of horses that starve to death every year in this country because of neglect and people can no longer afford to feed them.

Mike

November 28th, 2011
9:12 am

People are irresponsible and neglect their horses. Then Kingston wants to play it off horse slaughter as helping the horses. Kingston should be ashamed of himself.

carlosgvv

November 28th, 2011
9:12 am

Not4Me – 8:40

Once these plants are up and running, this meat will show up everywhere and it won’t be necessarly labeled. So, get ready to become a vegetarian.

Jason O'Toole

November 28th, 2011
9:14 am

“This steak still has marks where the jockey hit it.” – Rodney Dangerfield

Its simple

November 28th, 2011
9:20 am

1. your lifestyle shouldn’t dictate on how others runs theirs. If you think its morally wrong to eat horse, fine, don’t do it. If you think its morally wrong to eat cow, fine don’t do it. But don’t tell me I can’t because of your morals. People don’t share the same beliefs and if it is within reason, like sunday alcohol sales or consumption of horse meat…then not a big deal

2. Horse is ate pretty much everywhere in the world but here. I can get it in Italy, Switzerland etc etc. Its not THAT big a stretch to have it here. So back to point 1, I believe its within reason

3. I won’t eat it, but I won’t be telling my neighbor he can’t.

4. Finally, the measure of a society isn’t how you treat its animals, Karen, that was coming from a vegan. It is how poor are your weakest links, how good do you raise and treat children, and by all measures USA has more in jail per capita than any other country in the world, I would say we aren’t doing good.

Horse Lover

November 28th, 2011
9:20 am

We needed these plants to reopen in the US. I work for a horse rescue and the number of horses being starved and neglected are off the charts. We cannot keep up. And the horses sent to the killers in Mexico were not treated well on the journey, and rarely survived the trip. Thank you Mr. Kingston for looking out for the horses.

Curzen

November 28th, 2011
9:23 am

Not too thrilled about getting neglected and abandoned horses in my sausage. Hope they start dedicated breeding.

abbers

November 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Beehive…we are not talking about “old” horses here. The majority are young and healthy. It is the overbreeding by organizations like the AQHA that feeds the market for horse meat. And there is NO such thing as humane slaughter…a total oxymoron if ever there was. When horse slaughter was legal before 2007, it was no more humane than what happens in Canada (Mexico yes as that is simply barbaric). Educate yourself and watch some of the footage in one of these so-called “humane” slaughter faciltities…it is VERY ugly stuff. It is the irresponsible individuals who fail to be accountable for their charges and the horrendous sport horse industries that have created this mess.

Edward

November 28th, 2011
9:25 am

One good thing about this is horse blood is used to make snake venum

Eric

November 28th, 2011
9:25 am

Hey…”Its Simple”…Common sense is not allowed in the forum. LEAVE NOW!!

cartoon

November 28th, 2011
9:26 am

I’ve heard of a horse whisperer. But a horse seasoner? How many ways are there to prepare horse? there’s coconut horse, fried horse, broiled horse, horse frickasee, horse stew, horse alexander, horse bernaise, bbq horse…….

sheepdawg

November 28th, 2011
9:26 am

idiots will keep electing their chief idiot……

Junie

November 28th, 2011
9:30 am

“It’s Simple,” I agree with you completely!

Crazy Robert

November 28th, 2011
9:31 am

Ethanol claims another victim.

The cost of feeding horses has climbed considerably over the years thanks in large part to more and more corn being used for that junk which doesn’t do anything but keep corporate farms well in the black. Too bad Jack and his bi-partisan buddies won’t put the same effort in getting rid of that form of corporate welfare as they apparently put into the horse slaughter issue. Oh yeah, horses don’t contribute to political campaigns, do they?

Also, I have 5 horse, one is well over 30 years old, and while they can seem intelligent at times, they can also seem quite stupid the next miinute. Wouldn’t subject them to slaughter for any amount of money. They are family too!!!

Now, I do have this crotchety old sister …. hahahahahaha

Please

November 28th, 2011
9:35 am

Wonder what sort of lobbying perks and gifts ole Jack got from the processing companies.

James

November 28th, 2011
9:36 am

Love some horse soup.

Cujo Bendi

November 28th, 2011
9:42 am

Not saying that I would be eating the stuff, but eating horse is quite common in Europe and other parts of the world.

Deep South

November 28th, 2011
9:43 am

Dare I say that this idea is full of horse manure? My slogan” Just Say Neigh !!!

Seriously – does anyone really think that there is a market for this in the US? Given that horses are seen as companions and as lifelong friends, how will the slaughterhouses and groceries sell this to the American public? Especially because for the last 20+ years, we (generally as a country) have protected horses. It’s not going to make anyone any money, and so I don’t see it being successful.

The other question I have – how did this escape PETA and the animal rights folks? How did it get passed into law with no-one knowing about it?

mike 'hussein' smith

November 28th, 2011
9:45 am

Sheepdawg: Just a reminder — Kingston was the chief idiot behind this. And BTW, all you UGA fans should seek out the nytimes Sunday story about how Bulldawg breeding is possibly destroying the species. A comparison of Sonny Seiler’s Ugas from over the years unveils a shocking evolution.

DD

November 28th, 2011
9:49 am

I’ve never heard of Mad Horse desese!

Lizzie'smom

November 28th, 2011
9:51 am

The horses going to slaughter are not the well-kept animals. They are the throw-aways, just like the dogs and cats that are euthanized daily around this country. It is unlikely they will be used for human consumption and will be treated no more humanely than cattle, hogs and chickens going to slaughter. If this country comes to the point of consuming horse meat, we will end up with commercial feed lots for horses, just as we have them for every other source of meat.

RPR

November 28th, 2011
9:53 am

The one thing that concerns me is the inevitable increase in black market horses, i.e. my horses being stolen and sold for meat. It has happened before in Georgia and other states. It will most likely happen again.

Cujo Bendi

November 28th, 2011
9:54 am

Try McDonald’s new Horse Mcnuggets. Or Arby’s new Horse fingers with Horsey sauce!

Cdog

November 28th, 2011
9:55 am

Omg. Horse meat is so freakkng good. Cant wait to sink my teeth into some of that

Bootnewt

November 28th, 2011
9:57 am

There’ll be plenty of horse-heads available for the off-Broadway production of “The Godfather: The Musical.”

Domino

November 28th, 2011
10:00 am

Help us Mr. Ed….We’re shakin in our “horseshoes” down here at the TallyHo Stables…

abbers

November 28th, 2011
10:01 am

Lizzie’smom..they are NOT the throw aways and mostly all are used for human consumption in Europe and Asia.

Deep South…the horse and animal advocates did know about this but it was achieved under cloak and dagger by three memembers of the house…disgusting that the US government would let this happen.

Diana

November 28th, 2011
10:09 am

Who is to say that these animals will have any more humane treatment in a slaughter house considering the inhumane treatment that many at corporate slaughter houses already receive?

Why does our government always decide to take an action that doesn’t really “solve a problem” rather than truly solve the problem? Why not actually hold people responsible for animal neglect and abandonment?

Dusty

November 28th, 2011
10:12 am

I don’t know. This just makes me want to jump and kick. Neighhhhh, as someone has already said.

Seems MEAN, but I see bunny rabbit meat in the stores and they are cute as a button. Eat no bunnies! Eat no ponies! Eat no fluffy lambkins! Eat no goats although they do conquer kudzu. Eat no butterflies.

OOOOoooo that makes my heart flutter. (Well, some people eat ants!)

DT

November 28th, 2011
10:13 am

I have a feeling this is a political move against bringing horse racing to Georgia….

Beenthere

November 28th, 2011
10:15 am

Common misconception #1 – Internet video’s are always the “real” truth. Seriously you don’t believe that your precious HSUS or PETA or any other AR group might have you know, loaded the dice perse? Just a thought. Someone skewing visual media to prove their point, hmmm where have I seen that before. Ever wondered why none of those videos have made it to your local news channel? Because they cannot be confirmed at all that they even came from this country, period.
Common misconception #2 – Kill buyers desperately want to buy your fat, beautiful show pony so he can haul it 1000 miles and serve it up to some European on a platter. Um, no, sorry, wrong again.When slaughter was running and horsemeat was offering .70 on the hoof you could get anywhere from 5-600 dollars at your local horse sale for a 1000 lb horse. Now do you think in your wildest dreams any idiot would sell a sound sane horse to Cavel for 700 bucks when he could turn around and in a day or three sell it for 1500 or more to a family looking for a nice first horse? Simple dollar bills folks.I worked in the auction houses. More for show horses and child broke. Typically kill buyers also have sale barns, they take a whole array of horses home. They sell good ones to the public, the bad ones (rank, mean, crippled etc) go to slaughter. This was the way it worked 10 years ago.
Common misconception #3 – People are abandoning and starving their horses because they just don’t care. No, that’s not true either, or should I say a very, very small percentage true. The general population that can’t feed their horses is doing so because they have (choose one) lost a job, lost a house, got hurt and can’t work, can’t give the horse away, recues won’t take the horse because they are full, AC’s won’t take the horse and the list goes on. Since the bottom fell out of the market, there is nowhere for the low end horses to go and therefore nowhere for the the rest of the hierarchy to go. Used to be a top flight show horse that couldn’t do it anymore would fall down the ranks until retiring as a trail horse for some little old lady or little girls first pony. Now little ol’ lady and little girls family own 5 that were turned loose by the neighbors, none of which are rideable and likely have some form of long term medical need.

Just giving a perspective from someone that has been to the auctions, worked in the sale houses and worked side by side with the “kill buyers”.

Beenthere

November 28th, 2011
10:16 am

That was supposed to say more money for show horses and child broke!