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From: TSS ()
Date: December 15, 2006 at 1:24 pm PST

THERE is more than one way to NOT skin a horse for human consumption, check out the countries that import USA horse, asses, mules and hinnies. ...TSS


U.S. Domestic Exports: 2006 and 2006 Year-to-Date, not Seasonally Adjusted

(FAS Value, in Thousands of Dollars)
(Units of Quantity: Kilogram)

January February March April May June July August September October Through October
Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value Quantity Value
.World 1,519,341 4,907 1,268,442 4,348 1,372,409 5,050 1,514,200 5,479 1,560,984 5,905 1,489,484 5,530 1,168,540 4,634 1,336,261 5,283 1,545,856 6,187 1,550,512 5,969 14,326,029 53,293
Bahamas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3,172 13 3,172 13
Belgium 514,682 1,663 423,153 1,567 421,801 1,577 492,214 1,701 474,540 1,819 368,193 1,465 345,090 1,341 387,310 1,527 467,983 1,749 547,184 2,027 4,442,150 16,436
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3,266 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3,266 8
France 322,415 1,193 271,298 979 360,007 1,442 318,967 1,250 312,561 1,291 308,091 1,208 232,340 950 252,711 1,044 337,251 1,334 309,326 1,236 3,024,967 11,926
Germany 70,086 263 53,329 190 37,848 140 48,030 173 32,607 120 37,625 136 44,035 161 31,264 105 63,478 225 59,195 202 477,497 1,714
Italy 6,428 21 6,080 17 6,790 25 4,440 12 6,007 16 7,853 21 24,949 55 0 0 0 0 18,000 36 80,547 204
Japan 113,403 277 48,450 164 81,191 237 58,071 191 143,268 436 45,736 153 92,561 272 112,129 394 87,703 248 126,059 327 908,571 2,698
Mexico 244,966 430 291,575 504 146,409 255 113,700 183 71,781 172 121,120 309 43,338 173 51,119 204 66,410 265 73,809 295 1,224,227 2,791
Netherlands Antilles 0 0 0 0 0 0 2,801 16 1,674 12 697 7 1,174 10 1,763 6 6,525 39 1,628 6 16,262 98
Russia 93,750 113 37,500 45 137,460 196 274,890 546 324,870 688 399,694 865 228,379 529 324,137 755 247,906 589 235,549 598 2,304,135 4,921
Switzerland 141,705 930 137,057 882 168,997 1,161 201,087 1,406 193,676 1,350 197,209 1,359 156,674 1,143 175,828 1,249 257,711 1,719 176,590 1,229 1,806,534 12,428
Taiwan 11,906 19 0 0 11,906 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10,889 19 0 0 34,701 56

Source: Foreign Trade Division, U.S. Census Bureau.
Prepared by the Office of Trade and Industry Information (OTII), International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.''exports''&p_endmth=''October''&p_table=ita.hs_mthytd_expdom_ts2006

Horse slaughter bill reaches trail’s end
By Elana Schor

The lobbying battle over banning horse slaughter for human consumption will move to the House floor this week as celebrity supporters square off against agricultural groups and members temporarily abandon election-year partisanship to consider the bill.

Consuming horsemeat is uncommon among Americans but remains an accepted practice overseas, creating a small market for three U.S.-based horse-slaughter plants. Reps. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) have secured a promise from GOP leaders for a Thursday vote on their plan to close those plants and halt government-sanctioned horse killing. But the bill has run into a surprising amount of opposition in a culture built on pony rides and cowboy movies.

Former Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas), now lobbying for a coalition of farm and veterinary groups seeking to bring down the bill, questioned why a bill banning horse slaughter merits floor time on one of the few legislative days remaining in the House’s crowded September session.

“A large number of members are surprised it’s coming to a vote,” Stenholm contended last week.

But the bill has broad support. Sweeney and Whitfield have joined with Democrats to round up more than 200 cosponsors after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sidestepped their amendment last year aimed at blocking funding for the slaughter plants.

Both factions have spent the August recess countering each other’s talking points, but the anti-slaughter contingent will benefit from an infusion of star power this week as actress Bo Derek, country legend Willie Nelson and Texas oil magnate T. Boone Pickens step up their promotion of the bill. Derek, Pickens and Nelson’s daughter are slated to appear at public rallies today.

“We’re making an all-out push,” Whitfield said in an interview. He acknowledged the strong opposition of Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who reported the bill unfavorably, but noted that the floor vote “demonstrate[s] that House leadership is willing to go against committee chairmen to bring a bill up that has never had an opportunity to see the light of day.”

In addition to Stenholm, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union and a host of state commodity groups have mobilized against the slaughter ban. The need to shelter and feed horses otherwise destined for processing would present an unnecessary fiscal burden, they argue, and horse owners who rely on government-inspected plants as a humane disposal method would be forced to resort to more cruel solutions if the bill passes.

“The problem comes in when the actual legislation isn’t given consideration aside from the emotional aspect,” said Goodlatte spokeswoman Alise Kowalski. “It doesn’t address the welfare of horses if they can’t be disposed of. This argument really is not about killing horses, it’s about what happens to horses after they are slaughtered.”

If a horse could be used for riding, farming or any other activity, “you would be selling it for a whole lot more than $200 to $300” to a slaughter plant, said Brent Gattis, a former Agriculture Committee deputy chief of staff who is lobbying against the measure alongside Stenholm.

Gattis also pointed to the bill as a possible precedent for banning slaughter of veal calves and other livestock, pointing to the role of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other controversial animal-activist groups.

But Chris Heyde, a Republican lobbyist for the Society for Animal Protection Legislation, noted that PETA has taken no position on the bill and scoffed at Stenholm’s argument that Congress should not legislate the morals of foreign horse-eating nations.

“That’s a hoot … to say, ‘Who are we to tell other cultures what they can and can’t do?’” Heyde said. “We’ve got a lot of hardworking Americans sitting in Iraq right now. Drugs and prostitution are legal in other parts of the world.”

The emotional and politically charged lobbying has spilled onto the Internet, where both sides have set up websites: pro-slaughter and anti-slaughter The pro-slaughter team’s site was hacked just before July’s Agriculture and Energy and Commerce Committee hearings on the bill, Stenholm said, directing visitors to anti-slaughter home pages.

Stenholm’s status as the Agriculture panel’s retired ranking member has made him a magnet for criticism from anti-slaughter lobbyists, who see him as aligned with Goodlatte.

“I think he’s just yukking it up over there with his old friends at the committee,” said one K Street Republican backing the bill, decrying exaggerated claims that the ban would leave “unwanted horses … running around the streets like cows in Calcutta.”

Agricultural industry opponents of the bill also have been contacting members during recess in a bid to convince enough cosponsors to defeat the bill. They believe they need to convince 52 supporters to vote against it, based on last year’s appropriations vote.

Yet Sweeney Deputy Chief of Staff Melissa Carlson said the USDA regulation that resulted from that legislative effort ended up bolstering the bill’s prospects, helping Sweeney convince GOP leaders that the department had achieved “an end run around Congress” and that the slaughter ban deserved a vote. Sweeney, an appropriator, ultimately voted against that agriculture appropriations bill in protest of how the USDA was going to implement his amendment.

Another famous horse-lover, Kinky Friedman, the freewheeling singer and novelist turned independent gubernatorial candidate in Texas, said he is watching the bill’s progress with interest.

“If they can do it, it’s going to be great,” Friedman said of the slaughter ban’s congressional backers. “I’ve got a lot more faith in what Texans can do.”

In fact, if the bill fails, Friedman plans to mount a vigorous state-level lobbying campaign to close the Lone Star State’s two horse-slaughter plants. Friedman has already enlisted three powerful allies in Nelson, Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall and TV star Larry Hagman, a coalition he dubbed the “Four Horsemen of Texas.”

“[The bill’s opponents’] motto is ‘from the stable to the table.’ Our motto is, ‘save a horse, ride a cowboy,’” Friedman quipped.


Dear Senator:

After five years of increasing public demand for an end to horse slaughter, you have an immediate opportunity to end this cruel practice. Veterinarian and Senator John Ensign (R-NV) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have introduced S. 1915 to prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption abroad. We ask you to support this bill, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

In August, a bipartisan House of Representatives voted overwhelming in favor (263-146) of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. This wide margin strongly reflects the will of the American people, despite last minute efforts by pro-horse slaughter organizations, who profit from this cruel industry, to derail the political process.

Horses have always been a symbol of America’s 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. In fact, horses such as Secretariat, Man O’ War and Citation are considered among the top 100 athletes of the 20th century. The famous story of Seabiscuit, a once “unwanted horse” turned great champion, was recently considered for an Oscar.

Yet regardless of their fame and notoriety, no animal should be hauled across the country under the unhealthy and cruel conditions slaughterbound 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.

We strongly support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and have rejected arguments from those who claim ending horse slaughter will be bad for horses. Don’t be misled; ending horse slaughter will be nothing but good for horses, and we are confident that once you consider the facts, you will agree.

We urge you to follow the recent vote by your colleagues in the House, as well as the outstanding leadership of Senator John Ensign and Senator Mary Landrieu on this issue, and to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, S. 1915. It’s not only about saving the lives of thousands of innocent horses; it’s about a better America.

On behalf of my friends, I thank you for your urgent consideration of the effort to end horse slaughter.


Ed Asner
Mrs. Gene Autry
Shane Barbi-Wahl
Sia Barbi
Barbara Bosson
Bruce Boxleitner
Jeff Bridges
Christie Brinkley
Keely and Pierce Brosnan
Kenny Chesney
Leonard Cohen
Rita Coolidge
Stewart Copeland
John Corbett
Alex Cord
Catherine Crier, Court TV
James Cromwell
Tony and Jill Curtis
Ellen DeGeneres
Ron Delsener - Ron Delsener Presents
Bo Derek
Clint Eastwood
Mike Epps
Will Estes
Shelley Fabares
Morgan Fairchild
Mike Farrell
Morgan Freeman
Kinky Friedman
Melissa Gilbert
Whoopi Goldberg
Jane Goodall, PhD.
Merv Griffin
Arlo Guthrie
Gene Hackman
Merle Haggard
Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio
Daryl Hannah
Tess Harper
Tippi Hedren
Mariel Hemingway
Laura Hillenbrand - author of Seabiscuit
Shooter Jennings
George Jones
Ashley Judd
Toby Keith
Eddie Kilroy, Program Director, "Willie's Place" XM 13
Carole King
Johnny Knoxville
Carson Kressley
Kris Kristofferson
Chief Arvol Looking Horse - 19th generation keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and holds the responsibility of spiritual leader among the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota People
George Lopez
Mrs. Roger (Mary) Miller
Steve Miller
Mary Tyler Moore
Sir Paul McCartney
Ali McGraw
Jesse & Joy McReynolds of Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys - Entertainer, Member of the Grand Ole Opry, Bluegrass Music legend
Connie Nelson - Outlaw Management
Willie Nelson
Olivia Newton-John
Tatjana Patitz
Alexandra Paul
The late Richard and Jennifer Lee Pryor
Bonnie Raitt
Carl Reiner
Keith Richards
Eric Roberts
Dale Robertson
Kid Rock
Theresa Russell
William Shatner
Nicollette Sheridan
Chris Shivers - two-time PBR World Champion
Paul Sorvino
Mira Sorvino
Loretta Swit
Bernie Taupin
Billy Bob Thornton
Rob Thomas
Marisol Thomas
John Trudell
Tanya Tucker
Shania Twain
Ken Wahl
Mike White – 1999 PRCA World Champion
Noah Wylie
Dwight Yoakam


MARCH 26, 2003

RE-Monitoring the occurrence of emerging forms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob

disease in the United States

Diagnosis and Reporting of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Singeltary, Sr et al. JAMA.2001; 285: 733-734.

[Docket No. 03-025IFA] FSIS Prohibition of the Use of Specified Risk
Materials for Human Food and Requirement for the Disposition of
Non-Ambulatory Disabled Cattle

[Docket No. FSIS-2006-0011] FSIS Harvard Risk Assessment of Bovine
Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)


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