Pop Quiz!

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain all have what one thing in common?

A. A fiery passion for a well-made biscotti

B. The uncanny ability to tie perfectly knotted friendship bracelets

C. A desire to ban horse meat for consumption and prohibit their export for slaughter

If you guessed C you got it right. Congratulations!

While perusing one my very favorite green blogs, I stumbled upon a post debating a bill that “amends the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.”

Basically here’s the deal: In the past 3 years the U.S government has pretty much banned the slaughter of horses and closed down the three primary slaughter houses associated with the trade. However, the bill wasn’t specific enough and now American horses are being brought to Mexico or Canada for butchering. The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act would end this mess entirely.

A myriad of senators and governors are co-sponsors of the bill, including all three of the remaining presidential candidates. And on the Hollywood side, both Robert Redford and Willie Nelson are supporting the cause.

Want to help stop this totally cruel and awful practice? The Humane Society Of The United States is asking supporters to sign a petition urging congress to pass the bill! So be presidential and walk, run or gallop over to the HSUS website and voice your thoughts! Free Mr. ED!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.ecorazzi.com michael

    I was going to go with A, until I saw B. In the end, I still got it wrong.

  • parrish

    Well I mean the candidates are good…but perfectly knotted friendship bracelets? I went to summer camp for like 8 years and I’ve never seen it done. We’re talking like Jesus territory here!

  • Paul V

    Barack Obama is a liar,,,

    To all
    Obama speech ,,,, Not sure if you caught Not only did Obama,,, Refuses to denounce him,, but even More,, He say in his own words,,,
    Barack Obama was in church when Jeremiah Wright,, was spewing Anti-American, Racist ism ,,,, Those were his own words,,, barack was there
    After going on keith Oberman ,Show obama said he would denounce that if he heard that language he would leave and not tolerate it , and denounce it
    After he went on MSNBC,, he went on FOX CNN ABC< all the news station saying he was never there,,, in his church when he said these things,,
    But Now today during his speech,,He states flat out Say’s HE was there,,, Last week Barack Obama Lied,, went on all the news stations, and Lied,,
    But your not reporting that,,,, You can rest assure,,, cnn ,,, Fox , ABC,,, Msnbc,, are getting more on this ,,, they will be reporting on this, and we will see
    If you chose to report, Obama Lying on tv,,, If this was Hilary clinton lying and caught lying on all the new station,,, you can be sure,, you would talk about it every hour
    people will be on your station debating this,,,, people analysing , if it is hilary clinton but it was not her it was Barack Obama, ,, it bad enought He lied, about being in church
    With Jeremiah Write, when he said these anti american ,,,,,and still refuse to denounce him…all the news agency want to do is speak on how good his speech was,
    Not that he lied,,, Last week on all the news agency ,, He was never there today in how own speech He say I was there,,,,should play all Obama videos from last week
    stating he was not there,,, or heard any of the anti-american Jeremiah Write, said in his churc then play his speech today saying he was there and he did hear him in church and refuse to denounce Jeremiah Write,,,

  • http://kwanzoo.com oakling

    I don’t take political advice from people who use commas instead of periods!

    The horse thing sounds good, but then I also read (in one of Jeffrey Steingarten’s books) that in countries where horses are raised for food (Holland?) they are treated much better than they are here. Are we going about this all wrong? On the other hand, it’s not like Americans are going to want to eat horse meat anytime soon.

  • John Holland

    I would like to clear up some confusion. The reason that the current laws closed domestic slaughter houses and left borders open (for shipping horses to Canada, Mexico and Japan)is that they were state laws in Texas and Illinois. State laws cannot interfere with international or even interstate commerce.

    There was an amendment passed to the 2006 Agriculture budget that removed funding for inspectors in slaughter houses in the US, but it was bypassed by a “pay for inspections’ program introduced as a work around by the USDA and that program is the subject of a suit that deemed it illegal at the lower and appeal level but is still being contested to the Supreme Court (last I heard).

    The anti-slaughter movement has been trying to get a federal ban passed for years. It is called the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (HR.503 / S.311). That is the bill being cosponsored by McCain, Clinton and Obama. It would close the borders but is being blocked in the Senate by none other than Senator Larry Craig (of Minneapolis men’s room fame).

    And as to slaughter having any saving, grace it has none. We have two beautiful horses from slaughter. One was saved by the rescue Another Chance for Horses at an auction where she had been bought by a kill buyer, and another that was actually on the kill floor when the Cavel plant was shut down and was saved by HSUS.

    Horse slaughter is America’s dirty little secret.

  • http://howinsaneisjohnmccain.blogspot.com How Insane Is John McCain?

    This is a great day for America’s horses.

  • kate

    Congress has not banned horse slaughter at all. The foreign plants located in Texas and Illinois were close via state actions, not federal actions. It it still legal to slaughter horses and their cousins (ponies, donkeys and mules) for human consumption in the United States. The bills oin the Senate and the House must be passed and then President Bush has to sign it into law. This legislation makes it illegal to slaughter a horse or their cousins for any purpose, including zoo food.

  • And?

    If horse meat is safe to eat and other parts of the horse are useful in other industries what makes slaughtering horses any differnet than slaughtering cattle?