The Progress of Animal Reform Blocked by GOP Leadership
It should come to no surprise that the advancement of animal reform was denied by House Republican leadership on June 18, 2013.
Their political statement “about animal welfare and their personal disregard for its universal value in our society,” demonstrated that the House has no regard for the well-being of animals and view them as economic opportunities in the waiting … regardless of the type of animal in question. Pete Sessions, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, denied the House the ability to debate three critical amendments:
- Stopping a debate that would pass a national agreement code to approve the welfare of egg-laying hens in barren battery cages (factory farming).
- American egg factory farms cram most of the country’s 280 million egg-laying hens into barren cages so small the birds can’t even spread their wings.
- 1999 the EU agreed a Directive on Laying Hens (1999/74/EC) that resulted in the banning of the most inhumane of systems, the barren battery cage.
- The barren battery cage was officially banned in the EU on January 01, 2012.
- Preventing the debate of the King amendment and its attack on states’ right to force other states to improve on factory farming state-wide.
- Preventing a debate that would end the shameful slaughter of healthy American horses for human consumption.
- If debated, the amendment may pass as it is applauded by National Animal Welfare Groups, veterinarians, and horse owners to protect their horses and the public.
- By preventing the amendment’s bipartisan legislation debate, the inhumane killing of American horses for human consumption would be allowed.
- Preventing the debate would allow horse transportation across the U.S. border for slaughter in Canada and Mexico.
- The debate is meant to crack down on horse soring, deliberately inflicting pain on hooves and legs of training and show horses (Tennessee walking horses, etc).
- By preventing the debate, these cruel practices would remain in action.
- Horse soring is when horse trainers apply painful, toxic chemicals to horse hoofs to enhance their gait for horse shows.
- Types of horse soring:
- Horse soring involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Caustic chemicals—blistering agents like mustard oil, diesel fuel, and kerosene—are applied to the horse’s limbs, causing extreme pain and suffering.
- A particularly egregious form of horse soring, known as pressure shoeing, involves cutting a horse’s hoof almost to the quick and tightly nailing on a shoe, or standing a horse for hours with the sensitive part of his soles on a block or other raised object. This causes excruciating pressure and pain whenever the horse puts weight on the hoof.
- This cruel act has been a common and widespread practice in the Tennessee walking horse show industry for decades. Today, judges continue to reward the artificial “Big Lick” gait, thus encouraging participants to sore their horses and allowing the cruel practice to persist.
- Horse breeds involved are the Tennessee walking horse, racking horses, and spotted saddle horses.
If everyone would put their best efforts into doing the good what God wished wished us to do, the world would be a much better place. Instead, evil exists because those with power refuse to surrender to good — instead surrendering to evil.
It is critical that animal advocates contact their lawmakers and urge them to defeat the Farm Bill, H.R. 1947. Next, we will be eating dog meat as China does now, one step up from horse meat. Once it is a law, it is in effect. Please do your part.