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It was minus 2 when I got around to looking this morning. About a 25 mph wind out of the northwest. Got up to 4 above around noon, but still windy. Wind died down a little this afternoon. Cows seemed to appreciate their feed today! Talked to my buddy in Nebraska last night. Hope he comes up this weekend and we’ll go hang out at the cutting going on at the Stockshow. Also got friends from iowa coming in and should try to hook up with them at some point. It’s always somethin’! By the way, if your into the western lifestyle and know anything about buckaroo’s, go to buckarooguide.com and check it out. Pretty good spoof. They even stole a couple of my pictures. I don’t care as the site is a hoot! Be sure and check it out and share it with all you hip friends!
It was up in the 40’s this morning and when I looked awhile ago it was 8 and still dropping. Gramma is on her way home cause of the weather. Shoot, just when I was getting used to all the peace and quiet, too! 😉 Kass took the boys and went in to spend a few days at a friend house to babyset and help her out. Pretty quiet around here today. You’d a thought I would have got a lot done, wouldn’t you? If so, you would have been wrong! 🙂
Big day, 29 years ago. Cindy and I got married at 10 am. Doesn’t seem that long ago. Over the years, we have rarely spend this day apart. Doesn’t really matter if we do or not as we both know it is just a book mark or signpost on a long journey we haven’t finished yet. We’ve had to climb some steep hills scattered with rocks, but by and large, it’s been fun! Happy anniversary peetswee.
A neighbor is coming over mid morning and he will ride in with me to town. We will pick up Cindy and head down to Rapid for the Bronc riding. I’ve also got a gig tomorrow night, down there. Then I am supposed to meet a friend next weekend and other friends at some point also. I usually spend way too much time down there, but I guess it only comes once a year, so, what the hey! It’s supposed to be in the upper 30’s today and 40’s tomorrow and then headed back down. High of 1 above on Wednesday! Wonderful! As nice as the winter has been, I shouldn’t complain. If you see me at the stockshow , say Hi and let me know your reading all this brain clutter! 😉
- If this goes thru, it will just make more suffering for horses everywhere. If they don’t want horses to suffer at slaughter plants, pass a law that horses must be killed on premise. Don’t just deny them of a way to end their suffering when they are of no use or value to anyone any more. Once they are dead, it doesn’t matter what you do with them. They can’t feel anything then.
- If they have no value, too many people will let them suffer even more because they see no return on their money. Horse are not just pets. They are not just companion animals.
- We already pay huge amounts to care for and feed feral horses in feed lots across the country until they die of old age because of idiotic laws.
- Stupid, stupid, stupid!
- Bleeding heart idiots are causing more suffering and grief to God’s most noble animal.
- Measure would ban horse slaughter
- Push also aims to end access to foreign sites
- By James R. Carrolljcarroll@courier-journal.com
- The Courier-Journal
WASHINGTON — Buried deep within the government spending bill Congress passed last month is a provision that effectively bans horse slaughter in the United States.
The measure bars the U.S. Department of Agriculture from collecting fees to pay for horse meat inspections, without which slaughter can’t legally continue.
But if Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky has his way, it won’t be the last legislative effort to end a practice he and others consider inhumane.
Whitfield, R-1st District, and others are sponsoring legislation that would ban the transport, sale, purchase or donation of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption.
The idea would be to permanently prohibit the practice nationwide and also prevent horses from being taken to other countries for slaughter.
Whitfield said the legislation represents a final step that needs to be taken because horses are being transported eventually to be slaughtered beyond the U.S. border.
“The problem now is that people are moving more of the horses to Mexico, where the slaughter process is even worse than it was in the U.S,” he said.
With the closing of U.S. slaughterhouses, some equine groups are expressing concerns about a glut of unwanted horses as the cost of caring for them increases.
According to the USDA, more than 100,000 horses were slaughtered in the United States in 2006 — primarily for dinner tables in Asia and Europe.
Some agriculture organizations, like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, worry that banning horse slaughter is the first step in animal activists’ plans to outlaw the processing of other meat.
“This is a slippery slope,” said Colin Woodall, vice president and executive director of legislative affairs for the cattlemen’s group.
But in 2007 events pretty much all went in favor of horse slaughter opponents.
Court decisions last year shuttered the last three slaughter plants in the United States, one in Illinois and two in Texas.
The Senate Commerce Committee approved the slaughter ban bill last April.
In May, Illinois enacted its own horse slaughter ban. And in December, the spending bill with its USDA provision passed.
Plus, the political sensitivities of lawmakers in an election year bodes well for a permanent ban, said Nancy Perry, vice president of government affairs for the Humane Society of the United States, which supports the legislation.
Her group released a video report in September that it prepared on the horse slaughter industry in Mexico.
Whitfield is a primary co-sponsor of the bill to keep horses from being transported from the U.S. for slaughter, along with Rep. Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill.
Among the 189 other co-sponsors are Kentucky Reps. John Yarmuth, D-3rd District, Hal Rogers, R-5th District, and Ben Chandler, D-6th District, as well as Baron Hill, D-9th District, Indiana.
The bill has not yet had a House committee hearing, but Whitfield believes there will be one this year.
“I think something will be done,” he said. “There’s a need for the bill and a need for additional health and safety regulations related to horses being slaughtered for human consumption.”
The Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has 38 co-sponsors, including Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. That measure now awaits action by the full Senate.
“We all hold high, high hopes for 2008,” Perry said. “We are worlds apart from where we were a year ago.”
Still, some agriculture groups, allied with members of Congress, argue that opponents of horse slaughter are making an emotional appeal that does not solve what they see as a practical problem, dealing with unwanted horses.
“Those horses just don’t go away — something has to be done with them,” Woodall said.
He said the industry supports all means of saving unwanted horses, including rescues and adoptions. But too many horses remain, and “processing was one thing that was left that we thought was a viable management option.”
Officials with the Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner’s office said they do not see great numbers of neglected horses in the state, although factors like last year’s drought are a concern.
State Veterinarian Robert Stout said the Agriculture Department created a hay hotline — to help deal with shortages linked to extreme weather conditions last year — and is stressing that owners must be responsible for their horses’ care.
“The reports that we get, you know, aren’t any more elevated this year than they have (been) in the past,” said Rusty Ford, the equine programs manager for Stout’s office. “… We’re working diligently to avoid this from becoming a crisis situation.”
Woodall argues that horse slaughter will continue outside American jurisdiction, and “there’s nothing the U.S. government can do to stop that.”
In any case, he said there was no need for additional federal legislation now that the American slaughterhouses are closed.
Regulations already govern how horses are supposed to be treated in transit, Woodall said, adding that he doesn’t believe a transport ban will work.
“It would still happen,” he said. “All of a sudden, you might see more ‘horse shows’ in Mexico.”
Whitfield said he believes few people were involved in raising horses for slaughter.
And with the industry shuttered here, he said, “you will find fewer people breeding horses” for slaughter.
Reporter James R. Carroll can be reached at (202) 906-8141.
Reporter Gregory A. Hall contributed to this story.
6 pm update: Gramma went and seen him and say’s he’s a keeper! Pictures on this blog when we get them.
- UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Samuel Earl was born at about 7:30 am and weighed 6 pounds 6 oz and was about 20 inches long. Mom and son are doing fine his Dad told me!
- Chance called last night late to tell us he was taking Hope to the hospital. He called sometime early this morning to tell us they had broken the water and we were about to have another grandchild. (supposedly another grandson who will be named Samuel if you can trust these new fangled machines the doc’s use anymore) More updates as I recieve them. Oh, and the flu is getting better also. Cindy went in to work and I feel much better this morning.
I hate being sick. I think when I get older, if I get sick and stay that way, I will just go saddle a snorty colt and hope he bucks me off and breaks my neck! I hate being sick!
Snowy, windy, not real warm. Tho’ it is up to 21 so far. Kind of boring around here. 9 pm update! The flu has hit everyone in the house. I got it last so it’s bound to be the worst.
This is an old picture, but this is what it looks like around here, right now. Got up to 10 above today, so it never got quite as bad as they said it was going to. Kind of evens out things for all the times they said it was going to be nice and it wasn’t! I spoiled the cows and gave them more hay today. I don’t suppose when it warms back up they are going to want to go back to grazing. Oh well, I guess that’s why I’ve got hay for them. 🙂