Federal abattoir inspections condemned by lawmaker

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Mike Fitzpatrick
Mike Fitzpatrick

A Congressman from Pennsylvania has slammed the decision of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve federal inspections for a proposed horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico.

“I am deeply troubled by the USDA’s decision to allow an American company to resume the brutal and unnecessary practice of horse slaughter,” Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick was referring to the approval given to Valley Meat Co for its plant near Roswell. A second company has since been given approval.

The congressman said the USDA’s decision flew in the face of both his constituents and congressional opinion.

“Horse slaughter has been banned across the nation since 2006, and a reversal of that ban fails to address the safety and humane concerns of exporting horse meat for human consumption.

“As an animal rights advocate on Capitol Hill, I will do everything within my power to work with animal rights organizations and like-minded lawmakers to reverse this decision. This is a non-partisan issue. We can all agree: there is no place for horse slaughter in the US.”

The USDA has indicated in a statement that it has no choice but to grant approval for the federal inspections if all conditions were met.

Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the US House of Representatives.

He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district, and serves as the vice-chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

 

7 thoughts on “Federal abattoir inspections condemned by lawmaker

  • July 9, 2013 at 4:28 am
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    My hat is off to congressman Fitzpatrick! Thank you so much from my horses and me.

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  • July 9, 2013 at 4:45 am
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    Although the USDA claims they are following the law, and they are to a certain degree, they have every right to deny permitting a twice convicted felon. Why did they overlook this man’s shady past? Why would we ever give him lives of our horses to humanely(?) destroy when he was fined previously for abuses to cattle?

    It makes no sense. None what so ever!

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  • July 9, 2013 at 4:54 am
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    The majority of Americans agree with you Congressman Fitzpatrick. Why hasn’t President Obama put a stop to this? It was one of his many campaign promises to keep horse slaughter banned in this country. Please call your legislators and ask them to pass the SAFE Act to ensure that horse slaughter and the transport of horses for slaughter our of this country are banned now!

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  • July 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm
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    Thank-you so much Congressman Fitzpatrick! You are a wise man.

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  • July 10, 2013 at 5:35 am
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    Thank you Mr Fitzpatrick for your support and understanding heart.. We all need to fight hard to save and protect all horses…Strength in numbers…so wake up America….

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  • July 10, 2013 at 5:40 am
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    THANK YOU also from my horses and me too!!! I am disgusted with this and cannot for the life of me figure our WHY is this happening??? Because it feels to me that the USDA is playing with both sides they could of by law stopped this but you the excuse that they could not and now it is up to Congress… Always throwing the buck to others that’s what everyone has been doing from the get go….. PLEASE don’t do this….. Listen to the Majority of us STOP IT……………

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  • July 10, 2013 at 11:32 am
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    Wolves, coyotes killed by hundreds. wild horses removals on our public lands sped up
    To thousands each year since Obama has taken office. Now the agricultural gag policies so close to happening in the courts and horse slaughter plants
    Ready to open?! Doesnt Obama administration know how we treat our animals reflects on how we are as moral beings?! He must look the other way when it comes to animal rights and animal humaness decisions !

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