Before I start this diatribe, I'd like to point out that (on January
6th, message 3836) I made a respectful request that we keep this very
mundane issue (the slaughter bill) away from this discussion group.
Much like religion when you open this can of worms, no one is going
to be happy.
My apologies to those I am about to disturb. I can't let HSUS get
free email publicity any longer without a response.
First off I would like everyone to be aware the HSUS does some really
good things. They rescued a lot of animals post-Katrina. They also
promote several agendas that are not within my value system. They
may or may not be within yours. Your values are your choice but
please be aware of an organizations goals - particularly, if you send
HSUS promotes a vegan lifestyle. It is the ultimate goal of the
organization. They do this through legislation aimed at eroding
legitimate agricultural practices. Many such animal rights groups
started by proposing resolutions to the American Veterinary Medical
Association's (AVMA) House of Delegates. These resolutions were an
attempt to get AVMA to denounce farming practices. AVMA reviewed
these practices and found them to be humane on a scientific basis, ie
AVMA refused to pass the resolutions.
Next, welfare groups requested bans of processes common in states.
These failed when legislators were confronted with the science behind
Finally, groups have concentrated on banning practices in states
where the species involved/the practice is not very common. The
Equine slaughter ban in California is a very good example.
California didn't have any equine slaughter plants when voters put
the ban in place. Thus there was no one to give the other side of
the issue. And trust me, as horrendous as the thought of someone
killing my 17 year old pony whom I have known since she was three
days old is, there is another side to the issue a side with
I for one do not want to see every aspect of my life dictated by the
legislature. I urge each of you who have an interest to take the
time to educate yourself about the issues. Read position papers from
both points of view. Don't blindly follow the press release on a
website. If you are going to give money to an animal rights/ animal
welfare organization, be aware of what their actual positions are
(Did you know that HSUS is against the use of spurs? Not abuse with
spurs, use of spurs.)
For those who would like to explore the actual slaughter regulations
for all species they are contained with in the #9 Code of Federal
Regulations. It is a weighty document since it contains almost all
federal statutes relating to animals. It is much more work to get
through than a press release, but it is fact. Parts of it are posted
on the web. I don't believe section with the slaughter regulations
is webbed any where, but a Google search will reveal locations where
you can get/buy a copy.
For those who would like to review the science pertaining to welfare
issues try http://pubmed.com
This search engine will give you abstracts from most of the biologic
journals published in English (or translated into). If you have
access to a University Library, AGRICOLA is another good search
engine for animal science journals.
My goal in this diatribe is not to sway you to my way of thinking,
but rather to encourage you to think and question on your own. If
you have educated yourself and decided on a stance contrary to mine,
that's great, at least you thought. If you would like to discuss my
view points off list, I would be delighted to share what I know and
how I reached my conclusions, but this is not the place.
As I have already taken up too much time on this very mundane
concern, I return you to your medieval buzz,
Nancy DT Reimers, DVM, MSpVM, Dip. ACPV