There has been continuing coverage and comment on local humane issues in the media, and a satisfactory ending may be near for some of them. Nationally, however, there is an even bigger atrocity gnawing at the door: horse meat!
It has been held off for some time, but there are special interests that want it revived. This year was a close call. A federal budget item allotting money for the Department of Agriculture to provide necessary meat-inspectors was removed.
Without federal inspection, there could be no horses slaughtered in America. But they are trying again. A sly politician could quietly slip such an appropriation into the budget for next year.
It must be stopped immediately. The budget could come to a vote any day now. The only possible remedy would result from an outcry of ordinary Americans.
The iconic horse, so useful to us in our colonial and pioneering days and considered a friend now, could end up on a dinner plate. Picture that!
Is that what you want? Do a couple dozen or a hundred or so jobs and a trickle in the United States' economy justify it?
This is truly a repulsive business we don't need. Please go to the phone right now and call Rep. Vern Buchanan (local 941-747-9081) and also House Speaker John Boehner in Washington (202-225-6205). Tell the staff member who answers that you are a Manatee County, Florida, voter, and you implore the congressman or speaker not to allow horse slaughter in the U.S.
The budget must not have any item authorizing the Department of Agriculture to fund the meat inspectors, which would be required. Please look carefully and don't let it happen.
A thousand calls would make a good impression. Will you help?