Tennessee politics behind the scenes
Good! Tennessee needs jobs and the equine industry needs a slaughter horse market. If you stop at the horse sale today you had better lock your trailer or someone will put a horse in it!
Senator, I finally understand why it is tht you draw so much heat. Your representational presence of Knoxville is upsetting the national socialist agenda.
Get real people. Banning the Slaughter Houses has all but ruined the Horse Industry. People are left with no way out of the financial burden of horse ownership once the animal has become disabled. Regulations say you cannot bury a horse on your own property . . . so, what are people suppose to do with them? Every Rescue Organization you call is FULL, every Foster Home is FULL . . . can you not see the writing on the wall? How do the horses fend in the wild when a cougar runs one down for the dinner kill; do you think that being eaten alive is a fast death? It’s a natural food chain. Horses arn’t going to the slaughter houses for our dinner-table. If the meat goes overseas, who cares; if it goes for dog food, so what . . . it’s a food chain! Our Government does not support our horse fancy interests; it is up to each individual owner. With the economy the way it is, why should I be expected to spend what money I have to support my horse, when I need to feed myself? I don’t hear the same outcry for Cattle, Chickens, Pigs, Sheep, etc.; they are used as companion pets as well as any horse; but, reality is reality. The U.S. does not have to slaughter horses for human consumption; slaughter for carnivorous animal diets! There are far too many horses and not enough individual incomes to cover them and certainly no Grants. You cannot give a horse away these days; come-on get real people!!! Ban together and offer suggestions for a better way to get rid of the unwanted horses, if there is one; but, for right now, the Slaughter Houses are all we got.Despite the fact that horse meat is not widely consumed in Canada, over 90,000 horses a year are slaughtered for food there. Its high-protein, low-fat meat is still consumed in many parts of the world, including Italy, Japan and Brazil. The taboo of eating horse meat persists in most of North America, however, and the Canadian horse meat industry remains controversial. If horse meat isn't your thing, perhaps you would like camel (Egypt), whales (Norway) or monkeys (sub-Saharan Africa).
I have been very upset by recent pictures of some thirty horses rescued from a farm in East Knox County. I understand that a group called Horse Haven of Tennessee has taken the horses to Chilhowee Park to be nurtured back to health and then placed in good homes. They say the UT College of Veterinary Medicine is helping in this effort.The horses in the picture had been so badly neglected that they appeared to be little more than just skin and bones. Some were said to have been found dead, and some had gotten caught in fences, with no one there to free them.I wonder if it would be possible to pass some kind of law which would protect animals who are found in such conditions, so that they could be rescued right away. I understand that, in this case, the owner of these horses was given a warning, but that an entire year passed, with the animals out there suffering, before they could legally be rescued! The Bible says that God has given us responsibility over the animals on this earth. We need to do whatever is needed to prevent such suffering.I hope that any who are concerned about these horses and who would like to help will send donations to Horse Haven of Tennessee. Their website is www.horsehaventn.org.
You really shoud'a photoshopped Frank in there.
Representative Niceley is a man of integrity who is doing the best he can.Nobody wants slaughter houses for horses. Yet nobody wants to see old and sick horses starving to death and left to die.This is no laughing matter. You may be like those sick horses someday, with no one to care for you...
Yes, I agree Anonymous, Sen. Campfield should not make light of this matter by posting something so frivolous as that photo of Mr. Ed. Who would want to slaughter him?
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