Just when you think Congress could not underachieve any worse, we get the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. My guess is this issue will tie legislators in knots whilst Iraq, et al. burns.
The House of Representatives is set to vote Sept. 7 on the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would ban the killing of horses for human consumption, especially in foreign markets. Animal-rights organizations are urging action from members and horse lovers, and a celebrity-supported rally will be held in Washington, D.C. However, some maintain that the bill could "shut down an industry that provides a practical public service: disposal of the remains of dead horses" and prevent farmers from selling their horses or even using nails in horseshoes. [More]I think this another one of those issues like ethanol that provides a distraction from the pressing problems currently facing our nation. By shaping campaign rhetoric around "saving horses" instead of trying to find a way to revitalize the middle levels of our economy, just to name one example, Congresshumans can appear caring without having to really risk making real decisions.
BTW, my friend and neighbor Don, who has merely 57 years in the horse business (standardbreds) and has cared for horses with compassion and professional skill, shakes his head in disbelief at this development. Maybe you have to bury a few horse carcasses before you de-anthropomorphize horses. They are not people with four legs.
Still, we seem to have no reticence telling other cultures what they should or should not eat. Willie Nelson, the noted moral philospoher, summed up the logical argument best perhaps: "It's just not right." And if there is one thing we seem to think we are good at it's deciding what is right.
Meanwhile, there are about a billion people in India who think we shouldn't eat cows. How come they are wrong?
Obviously numbers don't count.