With the holidays and the beginning of the New Year I missed the passage of Rider 147:
“Congress finds and declares that wild free-roaming horses and burros are living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West,” states a congressional declaration dated Dec. 15, 1971.
Yet, in a surprising and highly protested move, Congress recently passed a bill that allows for the slaughter of the American wild mustang reportedly effective Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Republican Senator Conrad Burns of Montana introduced the one-page Rider #142 into the 3,000-page Federal Appropriations Bill HR 4848.
The rider changes the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971, splitting the once federally protected wild horses and burros into two categories, those over 10 years old and those that have been to a minimum of three unsuccessful adoptions. In accordance with the rider’s language, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is authorized to sell these animals to the highest bidder without regard for the buyer’s intentions.
The rider was reportedly passed without opportunity for public hearing or debate. President George W. Bush signed it Dec. 8.
According to Ray Field, director of the Wild Horse Foundation of Texas, the BLM has already approved a lump sale of over 8,300 wild horses and burros to a single buyer. Field said that the best price given at a sale barn or slaughter sale would be 10-12 cents per pound, which averages less than $100 per horse. The sold horses could then be transported to one of three U.S. slaughterhouses, two of which are in Texas, for processing and shipment to countries in Europe and Japan, where horsemeat is considered a delicacy.
That’s right, folks, the Cowboy President signed into law a rider authored by a Republican Senator that would allow our wild horses to be slaughtered and exported to…
European countries like Belgium and France, where folks think they taste good, and where their fat is considered an unparalleled medium in which to deep-fry potatoes.
Genuine French fries, fried in America’s national heritage – Freedom Fries indeed!