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Horse Slaughter Laws Unbanned by Congress, You Could Soon Be Eating Horse Meat

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Horse MeatHorses can now be slaughtered for horse meat after a lift from a Congress ban that was first placed in 2006.  The $62 million-a-year slaughter industry could be running in as little as 30 to 90 days.  President Barack Obama signed the agriculture spending bill on November 18, 2011 which reversed the ban of horse slaughtering for meat. Horses are viewed as pets in the United States, so states have strict laws against consumption of the meat and slaughtering.  The horse slaughter ban could change that.

United States doesn’t have the market for human consumption of horse meat, but overseas like Europe, Asia, France and Japan it’s considered a delicacy. Although, the U.S. has been known to use horse meat to feed zoo animals because it’s a good source of protein.

The agriculture spending bill is thought to help the animals rather hurt them. The Government Accountability Office reported in June that “More horses were left abandoned when owners could no longer afford to keep them or use them for work; owners who wanted to sell their horses for slaughter were forced to have them shipped to Canada or Mexico, where slaughtering is legal; and horse prices became depressed in the United States.”

The GOA also reported that data shows that investigations in Colorado for horse neglect and abuse increased more than 60 percent, from 975 in 2005 to almost 1,600 in 2009. The U.S. Government Accountability Office also determined that about 138,000 horses were transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter in 2010, almost the same number that were killed in the U.S. before the ban. The U.S. has an estimated 9 million horses.

The Humane Society and other groups think a renewed interest in the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, will help ban the interstate transport and live export of horses for slaughter for human consumption. The Equine Welfare Alliance said in a report, “The GAO has a reputation for objective and thorough research and fair reporting. Every indication is that this standard was abandoned in the compilation of this report, and that the result is little short of a propaganda tool for horse slaughter interests.”

Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of The Humane Society of the United States, told the Associated Press in a statement, “If plants open up in Oklahoma or Nebraska, you’ll see controversy, litigation, legislative action and basically a very inhospitable environment to operate. Local opposition will emerge and you’ll have tremendous controversy over slaughtering Trigger and Mr. Ed. Euthanasia has always been an option, but if you acquire a horse, you should be a responsible owner and provide lifetime care.”

The founder of a nonprofit company, Horse Feathers Equine Rescue in Oklahoma said in a statement to CBS News, “A lot of the situations are due to the economy. People deciding to pay their mortgage or keep their horse.”

The USDA said Tuesday in a statement that as of right now there are no horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., but once one does open, they will conduct inspections and make sure they are following federal laws.

CNN reported on the law lifted to ban horse slaughter:

(WARNING! This Video contains some Graphic Content. Viewer Discretion is Advised!)

 

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  1. medleymeadows farm

    December 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Bible clearly states we are to eat only animals with cloven hooves…that being said very few people know or care. I understand that we cannot control what other people do. Abuse happens, that is true. But transporting the animals across the borders is so much more abuse for these beautiful animals. Where I live people who have lost there jobs have just turned the horses loose, you think a deer does a lot of damage, you should see what hitting a horse does to your car! I love my horses with all my heart, I would never let anything like this happen to my animals. This law makes it a responsibility of the owner how their animals are cared for. We have so many horse owners out there that should not be allowed to have animals! Lobby your congressman and try to make a difference, but something needs to be set in place for unwanted animals. ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF THEY ARE JOINED BY A MILLION ONE PERSONS, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT INSTEAD OF WINNING ON A CHAT PAGE.

  2. Cortlyn Mitchell

    December 13, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Do you live in America? cause the way your talking you sound like a towelhead. I eat beef because I raise it and I also eat deer and other wild game, but a horse is something I would never eat, I think noone should eat horses, I’m not a animal rights activist or anything like that, I own horses and I would never send them to slaughter just to eat up on someones dinner plate, I have the vet come out and put my horses down when they are to ill, or they are injured beyond recovery, and we bury them on our land, not send them to a slaughter house. I’m an American and I proud to be one, true Americans do not eat horse meat, they were put on the earth as athletes and workers, not as sombodys next meal.

  3. H. Rod Dawson III

    December 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Right. you’re suggesting violence against another human being, and I’m the disgrace to the human race. Never mind that you probably eat beef, or lamb or chicken, but think that there is something taboo about eating horse meat? That is hypocrisy and is likely based on your opinion that ‘horsies is cute’. Horses are eaten throughout much of the world, so just because it isn’t so in your part of the world, doesn’t make it true everywhere.

    My favorite part of your rebuttal is where you show that you don’t believe in freedom of speech and that you think that just because I expressed my opinion, I should have my head cut off. Are you perhaps a member of the Taliban. Because that’s what they do.

  4. H. Rod Dawson III

    December 3, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    This is great news, if you’ve never had french fries done is horse tallow, you’re missing out! The Europeans have it right, horse meat is delicious!

    Also this will put an end to horse owners staving their horses to death after they are ‘done’ with them or when they cant afford to feed them anymore, which has become endemic up here in horse country.

    • Cortlyn Mitchell

      December 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

      What the is wrong with you?! Horses are not meant to be eaten by people or slaughtered for anything else, they were put on this earth as pets, workers and Atheletes not as somones meal. I’ll put this the nicest possible way I can if you think horse slaughter is ok, then maybe someone should shoot you in the head, while they only knick you and have you strung up by your feet and have your throat slit then we’ll see if you think horse slaughter is ok. You should have your head cut off for saying those things. Your a disgrace to the human race!!!!!!!

  5. Luke Thomas

    December 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Obama is African. They are into bush meat.

  6. Anon

    December 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Not only am I against slaughter because it will always be inhumane no matter how many ‘regulations’ are put on it, what happens in these plants would not go on if people weren’t so blind. The problems (abuse/neglect) are only going to increase if you give people an outlet (and selling them to these people offers an incentive!). As someone whose life revolves around horses I can tell you this is not a good thing, it’s appalling, not only these things but….People do realize horse meat is toxic, right? Nearly every medicine a horse takes is labeled “not for use in animals for human consumption” and I know that people are not going to stop giving their horses these medicines… bute, for example, is given to horses quite often and is very toxic to humans

  7. Journey

    December 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

    This sucks. Go die.

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17-year old Boy in India has 232 Teeth Extracted

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232 Teeth Extracted

A 17-year old boy in India had 232 teeth extracted in a seven-hour long surgery.

Ashik Gavai sought medical help for swelling on the right side of his lower jaw, something he had been suffering from for 18 months. He travelled to the city from his village after local doctors failed to identify the cause of the problem.

He was finally referred to the city’s JJ hospital, where they found he was suffering from a condition known as complex odontoma, said head of dentistry Sunanda Dhivare-Palwankar.

A series of tests and examinations suggested a rare abnormal growth affecting the second molar on the lower right side of his jaw.

“Initially, it was not very clear what it could be and so we decided to go in for surgery,” said Dhivare-Palwankar. As the surgery progressed, the team had tiny teeth popping out of that abnormal molar, which was measuring around 3.5X2 cm, or the size of a large marble.

“We operated on Monday and it took us almost seven hours. We thought it may be a simple surgery but once we opened it there were multiple pearl-like teeth inside the jaw bone,” she said. “At the final count, we had a total of 232 small pearls, all independently developing as teeth, coming out of that lone molar.”

There was also another hard, rock-like formation inside the affected tooth in Ashik’s mouth which could not be removed by a dentist’s drill. “We had to resort to the age-old, now outdated, ‘chisel-mallet’ procedure to break down that hard formation as it was putting immense pressures on the jaw bone and surrounding healthy teeth,” she explained.

ENT surgeon Dr Vandana Thorawade said during the surgery, they ensured that the patient’s face symmetry did not change. “The bone around which the tumour was attached had become brittle and thin. That was the only complication. We could not let that bone break and so we slowly removed one tooth after another,” Thorawade added.

The dentist described the condition as a ‘developmental anomaly’, which had affected that particular molar at its formation stage in Ashik’s younger age, probably in the post-milk teeth years.

India doctors remove 232 teeth from boy’s mouth

A 17-year old boy in India had 232 teeth extracted in a seven-hour long surgery.

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Top 10 Conspiracy Stories For Monday October 6th, 2014

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Top 10 Conspiracy Stories Of The Day

There is always some crazy stuff hanging out there in the dark corners of the Internet. I use to always find it fascinating to look at the Inquirer or The Globe journals in the supermarket isle to see what crazy things people were trying to make people aware of. Sometimes I found that a few of those stories were the real thing. We’ve crawled into the corners of the Internet and plucked out the most popular links, stories and videos that people are talking about that are either shocking or conspiracy.

10. Passenger with Ebola symptoms removed from plane in Orlando – a passenger that was on flight 718 for Southwest Airlines on October 6th, 2014 was isolated and removed from the aircraft. The plane was flying from Houston to Orlando. The symptoms of the passenger fit the list of Ebola symptoms and protocol from the CDC were followed. The passenger had admitted they traveled to West Africa in the end of August 2014.

9. Doctor in Hazmat suit makes a point about Ebola and makes it CNN Broadcast – Dr. Gilbert Mobley wore a hazmat suit and strolled through the world’s busiest airport to make a point about Ebola. The Doctor is an Emergency Trauma physician from Springfield, MO. The Hazmat suit had written on the back of it, “The CDC is lying.” The Dr. claims airports are not screening passengers because he was only asked if he was bringing back tobacco or alcohol from Guatamala.

8. Eli Waller who died from enterovirus 68 went to bed with pink eye and died in his sleep – A 4 year old toddler was said to have went to bed with pink eye in a town 20 miles west of Atlantic City and died a few hours later. When the boy was rushed to the hospital they found his cause of death was Enterovirus 68 which is ravaging the United States in almost every single state. The pace at which the Enterovirus68 had moved is what has stunned doctors and parents.

7. ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Episode from 2010 Never Aired Again After Government Gag Order!! – Shared on the Facebook page of Ian McKinney is a video that shows an episode of ‘Conspiracy Theory’ that aired on November 12th, 2010. It was aired only once and never was never shown again. The post states, “This episode was aired ONCE and pulled by the federal government! Anyone notice how perfectly this is matching up with the current Ebola pandemic?! This is scary!Proof the government had this episode pulled: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2228186/microsoft-subnet/conspiracy-theory–with-teeth–government-allegedly-forced-trutv-to-yank-fema-camps.html

6. Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever syndrome in Venezuela kills ten – People are certain what killed these people but some suspect VHF (Venezuelan hemmorrhagic fever). The tests have not been completed but others feel it isn’t VHF. One doctor who attended the Medical Association of Aragua state to discuss the situation said, ““This is an emergency,” he said, “we do not know what we are facing and we need to know the causes in order to provide appropriate treatment, to prevent the collapse of the patient’s organs, and also to set up epidemiological surveillance.”

5. Swings being removed from School Districts to ensure safety of children – In Richland, Washington the Richland School District has made the decision to phase out swings out of it’s playground to reduce pressure from insurance companies, injuries from kids and reduce the 200,000 children that go to the emergency room a year. Swings are just too dangerous for American children in schools in 2014.

4. What was once a conspiracy theory has now been leaked as fact by places like the WSJ – The Fed’s “Stealth Bailout” of Foreign Banks Goes Mainstream – In June of 2011 ZeroHedge.com reported that, “The Fed’s $600 Billion Stealth Bailout of Foreign Banks Continues At The Expense of the Domestic Economy, Or Explaining Where All the QE2 Money Went.” Some called it the European bailout or foreign bank injections. The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hisenrath said: Fed Rate Policies Aid Foreign Banks: Lenders Pocket a Spread by Borrowing Cheaply, Parking Funds At Central Bank.

3. Goodbye Gun Control: The $1,200 Machine for 3D-Printing Guns Has Sold Out in 36 Hours – It seems that a man named Cody Wilson launched a CNC Milling Machine that was designed to 3d Print the aluminum body of an AR-15 Rifle at home with the click of a button with no skills or expertise to get the job done. The guns would have no regulation or serial numbers on them and the machine only costs $1,200 to print as many of the guns as you want. In the first 24 hours 175 of the machines were sold and continued to sell them until Cody Wilson cut off order due to demand.

2. Another Case of Ebola (the second one) has hit a hospital in Madrid, Spain – Another nurse who specialized at the Madrid hospital has been suspected to have been infected with the Ebola virus. The first nurse was confirmed earlier today and was placed in isolation after she treated a Spanish priest Manuel Gracia Viejo whom died on September 25th.

1. Cleaning Crews that were cleaning up vomit where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying at his apartment. The family had some Mr. Duncan had went outside and was vomiting everywhere spreading the contagious virus everywhere he went. The cleaning crew later was power washing the sidewalks to clean up the vomit but were wearing no protective clothing, gloves or masks. Here is a Twitter picture that was shared that revealed the unprotected mess:

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Video of Ghost walking outside of police station in New Mexico

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Ghost walking around police station in NM

You may not believe in ghosts and really, not many people do. However, when you see a ghost right before you eyes it makes you question what you’re seeing and just what if ghosts may be real. This was the case for a ghost that was caught on a CCTV camera outside a police station in Espanola, New Mexico.

The surveillance system is to catch criminals and make sure no one is vandelizing police vehicles or equipment but just the other night Karl Romero of Espanola Police Department saw something weird on the cameras. It was just like any average night late on a Saturday when Karl saw something moving across the cameras which he thought was some kind of bug, all of sudden he saw legs on the weird image moving around. Mr Romero told news stations, “At first I thought it was a podilla, a fly or a month, then I saw the legs and it was a human. But not a real human. No. A ghost.”

There were old cages that were used for transport that are locked down that a normal person can’t get get through, but somehow this human-like image moves in and out of them with ease as the ghostly shadow goes deeper in the police lot. The Detectives at the Espanola Department looked into the image and said there is no type of glitch or weird lighting that would have made the image appear.

As the news stations interviewed the shocked police employees they found out this wasn’t the only time ghosts were found around the station. Detective Romero told reporters, “A lot of officers have seen certain things. Some officers have felt someone breathing down their necks as they’re working in the briefing room.” People wanted to know if the police station was on an ancient burial ground and records show it’s not. Nonetheless the ghost stories in this town keep popping up and now the video of the ghost walking around outside this police station is proof for the people that may have doubted what cops were seeing.

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