Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Jan. 11, 2007)
Wild horses Spirit of America
Horses are prey and their predators are human. Man remains the only real enemy to
the horse and because of this, somewhere, not so deeply buried in the horses
instincts, remains that memory. Primitive man 3,000 years ago observed horses as
food, as well, used the horse as a beast of burden.
|Photo by Rick Tremmel
|Horses have always been a
symbol of Americas free spirit. No other animal stirs such an
Horses still respond with an ancient flight from trouble response to humans. Bolt,
run and ask questions later. Perhaps it is this same lack of trust and this
inability to completely domesticate the horse that endears horses to us. The image
of horses running along a beach, prairie or pastoral field is one of pure freedom
Many people believe that the Spanish originally brought horses to North America.
What they dont realize is evidence of the first known horse on earth, the
Hyracotherium, or eohippus Dawn Horse survived to the end of the Eocene
epoch right here in North America. Approximately 8,000 years ago, Equus became
extinct in the New World and did not return until the Spanish brought horses back
to the Western Hemisphere in the 1400s. The reintroduced horses survived and became
abundant. But the wild horse of 2007 is in immense danger.
More than 100,000 horses have been slaughtered in the United States or
shipped for slaughter abroad this year. The Humane Society of the
Government agencies regularly issue permits to capture and slaughter wild horses
and burros in regions around the United States, while rescue organizations work
tirelessly to save them. Horse slaughter opponents will have to start from
scratch next Congressional session despite last-minute efforts asking for a Senate
vote on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, S. 1915. The 109th
Congressional session adjourned for the holidays on December 8, 2006 without taking
action on the bill. www.thehorse.com
In 2004 U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) slipped into the 3,300-page federal
budget a rider that opened the door to the slaughter of thousands of wild
I think what we should do is put some language in this thing that allows the
BLM to sell excess wild horses, Burns said. Id prefer to sell
em to whomever. Maybe some of them will end up going to slaughter.
Senator Conrad Burns, (4/30/04, Billings Gazette).
After it was discovered that the sales of horsemeat went up 41 percent the House
voted to reinstate the ban. Currently laws inadequately protect horses. The Courier
Journal of Louisville, Kentucky recently reported, There are only 27,000 wild
horses and 4,000 wild burros on government land in western states. Allowing the
sale of these animals could endanger the species. Other resources state that
there are less than 40,000 wild horses left in North America.
The American Humane Society issued this update: On January 25, 2004, a bill
was introduced by U.S. Representatives Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Ed Whitfield
(R-Ky.) that, if passed, would bring back the original ban on the sale and
slaughter of wild horses and burros put into place by over 30 years ago. This bill
would once again prevent wild horses and burros from being sold and slaughtered for
human consumption abroad, in countries such as Germany and Japan. Today horse meat
(and by products) is sold on the open market. With the recent beef scare the demand
for horse meat has increased in European countries.
Facts about horse slaughter:
There are only three slaughterhouses left in the U.S. two in Texas,
and one in Illinois.
All three slaughterhouses are owned by a Belgian company.
These three slaughterhouses kill more than 100,000 horses per year
100 percent of the horsemeat is sent to Europe and Japan for fine dining. In fact,
horsemeat is not sold in the U.S. and its illegal in some states to sell
horsemeat for human consumption.
In a letter from country singer Willie Nelson: Horses have always been a
symbol of Americas free spirit. No other animal stirs such an emotional
reaction. They have carried our leaders into battles, pulled our wagons into the
untamed West, and thrilled us through sport
no animal should be hauled
across the country under the unhealthy and cruel conditions slaughter-bound horses
face. Following their faithful service to humankind, our horses should not be
killed at one of the three foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the United States so
diners abroad can feast on their flesh
support the American Horse Slaughter
Prevention Act, S. 1915.
Help save our wild, natural heritage. Lets not allow the day to come when
horses lose their freedom to run wild and free. Preserve the heritage of the
equines ancestors and their predecessors of 25 million years ago. Horses are
symbols of America. With great concern and effort the eagle was saved and remains
on the increase in North America. With this same concern wild horses can be
protected, as well. Dont allow the Spirit of America to disappear
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