what can i say? and, i'm surprised at the democrats...doing so well in the polls, then to be dumb enough to fall for this emotional issue....especially at this time so close to elections.
Horse Slaughtering: The New Terrorism?
Congress hasn't done much this year, but few bills have stirred more passion than one to protect horses from being turned into horsemeat
By DOUGLAS WALLLER/WASHINGTON
Posted Thursday, Sep. 07, 2006
With all the other problems piling up — soaring energy costs, the war in Iraq, tens of millions of Americans with no health-care insurance, skyrocketing federal debt — Republicans were bound to get a kick in the rear when the only bill they considered this week on the House floor was one to look out for the welfare of horses. Democrats stampeded to complain. "I'm concerned about horses, but I'm much much more concerned about the American people," snapped House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. Others threatened to vote "neigh" just to get in a pun.
Few bills have stirred more passion, pro and con, than the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. It passed the House by a vote of 263-146 Thursday (with a large majority of Democrats supporting it, even though they griped that the chamber had more pressing matters
). Here's the issue: about 90,000 horses are sent each year to three plants in this country (two in Texas and one in Illinois, all foreign-owned), where they're slaughtered and the meat is shipped to restaurants in Europe and Asia.
"It's one of the most inhumane, brutal and shady practices going on in the United States today," complains Republican Rep. John Sweeney, who sponsored the measure to ban the sale and transport of horses to the slaughterhouses. Sweeney's congressional district includes the Saratoga Springs harness racing track.
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http://www.time.com/time/nation/article ... 72,00.html