Readers Respond: Proposed Slaughter Incentive

More than 3,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Would you have supported the proposed South Dakota horse slaughter plant incentive?"

results of poll on South Dakota horse slaughter incentive

Results were as follows: 
  • No: 58.95% (1,841)
  • Yes: 41.05% (1,282)

You can read more about the proposal at South Dakota Legislators to Consider Horse Slaughter Plant Incentive and South Dakota Legislators Kill Slaughter Incentive Bill.

All comments submitted by poll respondents are listed below.

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  • Disgusting to think of destroying a horse. They are in our care and should be treated well not killed
  • I would like to know what other alternative there are for people that can't
  • It's all about money. Zoos and pet food plants could support new slaughter plant with incentives!
  • Absolutely! There has to be somewhere to take unwanted horses! It's better than leaving them starving
  • An ABSOLUTE waste of taxpayer money to fuel blood money for a few people. This is an abomination.
  • For the voter that said every state needs a slaughter plant...why are you even reading this news?
  • Its cruel, its wrong, its unnecessary!!
  • Absolutely not!!!
  • ASPCA cannot support them all. We need checks & balances
  • While slaughter is a vile end starvation/abuse/neglect are worse.
  • I am from SD, and I would have been appalled and ashamed if this legislation had passed.
  • Without plants there will be more and more abused animals as people tire of them/
  • Maybe when Gramma can't look after herself - we could send her to slaughter.
  • Horses are not raised for food or consumed in the US. They should not be slaughtered here.
  • There are just not enough places for unwanted horses.
  • Horses give so much, they should end their live in peace.
  • Closing the plants has killed the horse market! Breeders be careful what you breed
  • End the butchery, once and for all.
  • Horses are not for food!
  • Slaughter cows or buffalo instead
  • Slaughter is not the answer. If so, why not allow unwanted dogs & cats to be slaughtered for food?
  • I've been involved with horse for many years and I see there needs to be an inexpensive plan
  • Baby cows are just as cute as horses. Pigs are smarter than dogs. Unless I became a vegetarian...
  • Horses should NOT be slaughtered, period!
  • We need something. Horse slaughter IS a necessary evil in the horse industry.
  • I support a federal ban on horse slaughter period.
  • Starvation or slaughter - too many starve at the hands of their owners due to no alternative
  • Yes, with very careful guidelines about how the horses were transported to the plant and killed.
  • Just another ploy to make $$$$$$ off the slaughter of our horses!!!
  • We don't need a slaughterhouse. We need responsible breeders!
  • Why do we want to add another death house, when we are desperately trying to rid the kill houses we
  • The United States needs to step up to the plate and take proper care the excess horse population
  • There are many unwanted (some for good reasons) horses that need a place to go unfortunately
  • Killing them here is better than killing them in Mexico.
  • Slow down the back yard breeding, love the horses you have and they will certainly bring you love!
  • Better to have regulated humane slaughter than the export to who knows what inhumane treatment
  • It is so mean boo boo
  • I wouldn't support a slaughter, but a quick death is much better than dying of thirst and hunger.
  • Enough. Most people don't want this.
  • Horses are spirits of god; they deserve to live there lifes; not be butchered
  • It would help with the neglect and starving of our horses
  • After seeing what happened when US plants were closed, hopefully we learned our lesson.
  • Horsemeat is food for some people in the world, just as chicken and beef are a staple here.
  • Every state needs a slaughter plant
  • Many farmers can't afford maintaining old horses
  • Horses are pets, not protein. Slaughter is the easy way out for backyard breeders and racing.
  • Horse prices are ridiculously low - many breeders will go under
  • It is a necessary evil.
  • NO U.S. horses slaughter by foreign business for foreign eaters??
  • 90K unwanted horses a year what are we do with them rescues are full USDA regulation is needed
  • If there's no market value people will learn to control their breeding decisions more responsibly!!!!
  • It is an inhumane and frightening death for a horse to go through
  • This country was built on their backs. What a legacy (of murder) to leave our children!
  • Slaughter is about greed plain and simple; euthanize the old or sick, stop over breeding!!!!!
  • It is INSANE to not offer that option to those unable to afford euthanasia We ALL going to die......
  • No, for God's sake!
  • In America, we don't eat horses!
  • I feel that we need the slaughter kept in the US for humane reasons. Mexico is terrible on humane p
  • Slaughter is welfare for scum who can't make money legitimately with horses
  • A humane death is better than starving to death because the owner can't afford feed!
  • Without slaughter horses will starve and suffer
  • Horses are no different than any other livestock
  • Horses are flooding the market with nowhere to go. So they suffer.
  • The lack of slaughter plants is contributing to the extinction of the low-end horse market.
  • The supply is too many for the demand, doesn't help when 40000+ tb born a year
  • We need something to help with the problems that are only starting to surface.
  • Not only is the number increasing, look at the $$$$. Suffering long term is NOT the answer!
  • Regulated breeding practices should be implemented now to prevent overpopulation going to slaughter.
  • Some kids are going to get killed before we know it from horses that should have been killed.
  • Better than starving horses tied to trees and abandoned or death by machete in Mexico!
  • Banning horse slaughter in the US is going to kill the horse market.
  • Better to SD than Mexico, Regulate industry correctly and USDA and cruelty rules in effect." Regulate"
  • I would rather see them put to good use than to starve.
  • Not just a, but HELL NO!
  • How many "NO" voters have "adopted" the unwanted horses?
  • Better to have horses humanely killed then to have them suffer due to neglect /unregulated slaughter
  • It would help with people who are now, just dumping horses because they cannot afford hay or feed.
  • We have horses being abandoned here - we need a place for them to go
  • We stopped it in Illinois and Texas. What makes them think we would allow it elsewhere?
  • HR503/S311the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act!
  • Closing the US plants was short sighted. We need humane facilities with regulation, NOT MEXICO!
  • Absolutely NOT! Breeding should be curtailed, reduce unwanted horses.
  • We have seen the results of the bleeding hearts' campaign to eliminate horse slaughter. A rise in
  • Not only no, but hell no
  • It is either slaughter or starvation
  • Unless Pete is going to feed them all you better open the plants back up
  • Slaughterhouses promote abuse of our horses.
  • Thank the Lord it was voted down!!! That was a ridiculous idea!!
  • Keeping slaughter open in the U.S. allows us to regulate slaughter practices & humane treatment
  • Humane slaughterhouses are necessary
  • Never for human consumption
  • Ban all tranporting of horses for slaughter any where in the US
  • There has to be a place to send unusable horses
  • Greed!!!
  • We need slaughter plants that are humane
  • Horses are livestock and should be treated as such
  • The U.S., needs a humane way to slaughter horses.
  • We do not need to be slaughtering horses
  • Those of you against it must have never watched a horse really suffer.
  • People have totally forgotten most people who own horse are not millionaires like Toby Keith.
  • Need a place for folks to sell in a hurry. Too many rescues of poor/lame horses.
  • With out slaughter houses we will be over ran with a lot of unwanted horses and dis and injured hors
  • I vote yes even though I do not support all the animal rights stuff
  • Slaughter done in a humane manner is a necessary part of the equine industry
  • I believe in humane euthanasia when warranted, rescue and rehab otherwise
  • Horses deserve better than this!
  • This should not occur in the US at all.
  • No way in hell would I support that proposal. I'm anti slaughter!! We got rid of 3 of those holes!
  • Let the French eat cake - NOT our horses!!!
  • How many times do we have to say this? NO slaughter of our horses! Stop over breeding...
  • None needed except public awareness of the situation
  • Europe is hypocritical, banning Amer. beef (due to drugs) while importing Amer. horsemeat.
  • Because its sick, wrong, idiots that eat horse meat anyway!!
  • ABSOLUTELY I would have supported it! WE NEED IT!!
  • There needs to be an option for unwanted horses, old animals for people.
  • There will always be irresponsible breeders, much more humane death than starving.
  • The US needs to have a horse slaughter plant for the product that can be exported.
  • I had rather unwanted horses to go to slaughter that to starve to death
  • St least they would be slaughtered humanly, In Mexico they are not, living in Mid-Mo they still buy
  • That WAS INSANITY AT ITS BEST! SLAUGHTER AN AMERICAN ICON? IS THAT SICK OR JUST HOPELESSLY STUPID?
  • Closing down the slaughterhouses have all but RUNINED the horse industry.
  • Too many horses are suffering being hauled across the border. We have to stop this.
  • This is LUDICROUS! Those of us who love all horses have fought tirelessly to STOP ALL slaughter!
  • This is the use I do not ask a tree hugger to bury his car do not ask me to bury my equity thank you
  • Slaughter horses. Why would ANYONE do that?
  • People would begin breeding horse just for slaughter and not for pleasure.
  • We should have somewhere to go with unwanted horses besides Mexico
  • Horse slaughter will continue, they'll just go through Canada or Mexico. It can be regulated here.
  • Mixed feelings, as there are so many unwanted horses now. Seems more humane than letting them starve
  • Unfortunately not everyone will share the same opinion...realistically some animals are slaughtered.
  • HORSE SLAUGHTER IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE INDUSTRY,
  • Horse Slaughter for any reason is immoral and inhumane. We are to take care of equines, not kill
  • The time has come ban all transportation of America's horses to slaughter plants in Canada & Mexico
  • Farms that produce & discard underperforming horses should be held responsible
  • I think it is heartless. If you don't want your horse give it to someone who does. Send em to me!
  • I would rather see the horses slaughtered under USA control than starve to death or be abandoned.
  • There is no reason to hurt horses. I mean what have they done to u
  • We need a horse slaughter facility. Need I say " Mexico "?
  • I do not believe in killing horses/peoples pets. And I do not support provide other countries meat.
  • Or watch the dye in the fields of starvation
  • End horse slaughter now. Those stooges in SD
  • This is a horribly inhumane practice and needs to be stopped
  • How dare the state sponsor this disgusting idea?
  • Slaughtering wouldn't be necessary if people were more responsible about breeding their animals.
  • Thank God that the U.S. closed all Slaughter Plants. I am hoping Canada follows.
  • Our horses deserve to live and die with dignity!
  • Horses that are old, lame, blind and mean still need to go to slaughter
  • I once was against these, but due to the starving horses and higher feed prices, I now vote yes
  • No horse should die like that. NO HORSE.
  • The affects of the closings are being seen with more and more horses being abandoned.
  • It's a better quicker death then starving too death!!
  • A simple NO to slaughtering American horses.
  • There are appropriate cases for slaughter (I hate that word, try euthanasia).
  • Better humane slaughter in the US than torture in a truck and in a Mexican plant.
  • As the owner of 21 horses I say no to slaughter
  • DISGRACEFUL!!!
  • How about we just export our cats and dogs to China and let people there eat them???
  • Banning slaughter of horses is foolish and has contributed to the number of unwanted horses.
  • May the fools choke on the manure of the million unwanted unneeded horses glutting the market in this
  • It is better than being starved to death they are livestock should we stop cow slaughter also?
  • Are these people nuts? Boy, greed knows no bounds, does it!!!!
  • NO WOULD YOU SLAUGHTER YOUR DOG!!!!
  • Absolutely NOT! Stop killing our horses for export!!!!
  • Where will the old, sick, unwanted, and inscribable horses end up otherwise, who pays?
  • I SUPPORT THE BILL WITHOUT SLAUGHTER PLANT THE HORSE MARKET IS GOING GOING GONE.
  • it beats sending them to Mexico where they're savagely killing them slowly and horribly!
  • Those who support bill, Euthanasia & a hole in the ground is far more humane than a slaughterhouse!
  • HORSE SLAUGHTER IS INHUMANE AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPRD ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I think it's time to restrict irresponsible over-breeders by requiring a license to limit breeding.
  • This country needs at least one human horse slaughter plant
  • GET IT AWAY FROM MEXICO> AT LEAST IT IS BETTER THAN THE MEXICANS A NECESSARY EVIL
  • Money should be used to educate, not eradicate!
  • To many people horses are a business not just a furry pet that needs their retches protection.
  • Slaughter is an ugly but nessasary thing.
  • Too many horses being abandoned and starving because people do not know what to do with them.
  • We desperately need this option.
  • Much less cruel than a haul to Canada or Mexico. Would you rather be humanely killed or left to star
  • what are people to do with horses that get hurt , break a leg or to old to keep
  • We need a kill plant in the US..
  • Unfortunately, I am afraid that we are going to have more abandoned horses because there is no kill.
  • Hell no!
  • We spent all of that time trying to get the existing ones shut down-What the heck are these people t
  • America needs to evolve. Recognize equine slaughter as barbaric.
  • As long as the revenues say here in North
  • We need to breed fewer horses! Put them down at home!
  • Its time to leave this alone and get on with the care of the needy ones!!
  • i am against horse slaughter but really against how unregulated it will be if horses are shipped out
  • It is apparent this is a neccessary thing.
  • slaughter is better than abandonment and neglect
  • I think it is a shame that we dictate what other should not eat.
  • i live in sd theres no way i would support it
  • Horses deserve to live and be loved more than most people!!!!
  • Absolutely not! This throw away mentally in the US disgusts me!
  • we need horse slaughter and we need exports
  • If SD wants to legalize horse slaughter that's up to the but they shouldn't use tax dollars to do it
  • Only would support it if it would kill most of the junk raised there
  • Are Sosuth Dakotans %$#@!*& crazy? Or is it just their Department of Agriculture?
  • IF YOU THINK HORSE SLAUGHTER IS HUMANE, YOU HAVE BEEN LIED TO!!
  • horse slaughter is simply not acceptable!!!!!!!!!!
  • if we don't do something there are going to be loose horses everywhere
  • The industry needs slaughter plants to survive and thrive
  • 1/31/2008 7:35:58 PM
  • This is disgusting. When are people going to realize barbarian attitudes are no longer ok in the US?
  • 1/31/2008 7:34:07 PM
  • All unwanted horses must be supported & cared for by those who vote against slaughter
  • The way horses are killed for human consumption are cruel and unusually punishment
  • More and more horses are being rescued from so called rescues. Slaughter is necessary!!!
  • Slaughter is inhumane. Horse owners need 2 be held legally accountable 4 wellbeing of these animal
  • This is a difficult period of transition, the solution will be to decrease breeding not build more l
  • no ihate to think something so pretty being used for eatting or dog food.
  • More not fewer slaughter plants would mean less travel and less stress for the horse.
  • Far better than sending them to Mexico
  • Just take my word for it! Vote FOR H.R.503 and S311. Our horses don't deserve to die for foreigner
  • That is so bad !!!
  • Horses belong to the land. The Indians of South Dakota couldn't have wanted this for the horse.
  • heck no!!! slaughtering of horses so that some foreigners can it is just nasty
  • Slaughter is not a humane solution. If they must die, let it be euthanized by a vet.
  • NO way.. we closed the nasty,inhumane plants in Texas.
  • Hard as it is to believe... Slaughter is a necessary evil; and it beats Mexico/Ca
  • It is not just feeding the horses that is a problem ,but getting them trained is a problem also.
  • Much better to kill them here than ship to MX and Canada
  • Hey you pro-slaughter primitives. I AM a REAL horseperson and slaughter is WRONG!
  • Now that the slaughter plants have closed the horse market has been terrible.
  • We euthanize thousands of unwanted dogs and cats each year. This is better than years of neglect.
  • There is definite need for these facilities
  • Humane slaughter is better than starvation. Expecting all horse owners to be responsible is a joke.
  • Since the ones in TX closed down we are seeing so many starving horses in NM.
  • we have got to have slaughter plant in the US. there are horses out there that are of no good to any
  • We need to make exporting of horses to Mexico & Canada for slaugher illegal as well.
  • Humane slaughter is better than slow death by neglect
  • take every tree hugger 50 to feed for next 30 yrs
  • Definite need. Too many unwanted/useful horses.
  • By not slaughtering, horses will suffer horribly.
  • Although we don't eat horse meat in this country, the do in many parts of the world.
  • OLD SICK I don't think so
  • Transporting unwanted horses is the most inhumane part of slaughter.
  • We are seeing horses throughout the US being starved due to a lack of
  • we can't save them all and it is cruel to keep a horse in pain alive just to keep it alive.
  • We need an avenue for disposal of unwanted horses without Mexico's barbaric way becoming our answer.
  • This is barbaric... and we as Americans are better than this!
  • A much needed service for many reasons, injured , chronically lame, wild untrainable or dangerous ho
  • Slaughter is UNAmerican
  • Rather than watch them starve, from lack of food, care etc.
  • Give it a rest. The voice of the majority has spoken.
  • People who want to close the plants should have to buy the horses!
  • Sllaughter is NOT humane.
  • YES! Are the tree hugging LIBTARDS going to feed them? NOT!!!!!!!!!!
  • hell no
  • Horse slaughter is a necessary evil & should be governed by ACTUAL horse people who understand this.
  • When the rotting of old horse start, the people who voted for no slaughter in US, will wonder!
  • It's a far better alternative to sending them to Mexico.
  • We need to bring slaughter back into the US where it can be regulated!
  • This is needed in the equine industry. And I am a breeder of exceptional horses.
  • Those who want to get rid of U.S. slaugher houses should go see a Mexican one.
  • there is a big need for it
  • Unfortunately, that is necessary at this time.
  • There has to be a humane place to destroy horses vs starving at an adoption farm.
  • It took us years to get the other three slaughterhouses shut down. No way would I support another!
  • Why on earth build another when 3 exist & are closed?
  • I do not support the butchering of horses. There are other alternatives if people seek them out.
  • hell no
  • why would we open a new plant when we just shut three down?
  • It is vital to the horse industry that employs millions of us citizens dirently and indirectly
  • More concentration should be directed on controlling the number of horses bred annually instead.
  • Horses are the most noble animals on this earth and give everything they have to please their human
  • Any horse slaughter plant in the US needs clear cut rules,supervision and monitoring.
  • It is needed badly, just have better transporting laws
  • Wanted horses need a place to go
  • I would like to see all horse slaughter ended
  • Overloaded rescue facilities. Bettter slaughter than starve. They have a use that way.
  • yes ,there is a problem but,we are to blame and instead of sending them off,humanly euthinize,
  • Horse slaughter should be banned. horses are not raised like cattle, chickens, pigs etc.
  • Not completely opposed to slaughter but must be done HUMANELY!
  • 1/31/2008 12:12:23 PM
  • there is a NEED
  • Please God, no more slaughter horses in this country. Bad enough we export horses to be killed.
  • It is time to end the slaughter of our horses.
  • Its more humane than starving to death...Planet Green...Recycle
  • It's needed. Look at the problems created by closing the other plants.
  • Stop the irresponsible backyard breeding for God's sake!
  • LET'S BE DONE WITH THIS CRUELTY ALREADY!
  • Horses are livestock not lap dogs. I would rather see them slaughtered than STARVING TO DEATH!!!!!!!
  • There has to be a slaughter market for horses to help the industry.
  • While I believe having slaughter plats is good I opose govrnment funding
  • At least an unwanted horse could serve a useful purpose, instead of being starved to death!
  • Anyone who slaughters animals should also BE SLAUGHTERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The nation needs a place to dispose of excess horses in a human and useful manner.
  • It's inhumane to slaughter horses. Now that the U.
  • But NOT for human consumption and very strictly regulated. Too many are allowed to starve to death
  • Our American Horses are our backbone and should not be destroyed for human consumption
  • We need local US Equine slaughter plants! There is an excess of unwanted horses and the rescue oper
  • Horses are not considered consumable livestock in America!
  • Horses are BEYOND companion animals. We would not slaughter dogs and cats for consumption abroad!!!
  • What will happen to sick, old, non-usable horses? Already hearing horror stories about their plight
  • Humanely transported and taken care of until humanely slaughtered. They are livestock!
  • There must be a way to dispose of horses when they are no longer of any use to themselves.
  • HOrses are livestock. W/o slaughter no base $$$$
  • Once started that will turn into a bottomless pit seeking more and more horses to keep operating.
  • What are these people thinking of. Taking a horse for human consumption. This is just disgusting.
  • Better than letting horses be neglected or starved/abused
  • HELL NO!!! These slaughter plants are very inhumane, and there is no reason for them in America!!!
  • Favor slaughter over starvation/abandonment or misuse
  • God did not give life to horses to be killed and eaten.
  • My vet \ State University will euthanize and dispose a horse for 250.00, that's 1/2 month’s board
  • There needs to be an outlet for unwanted/unfit horses!!!
  • The US gov. is regressing in considering such a thing.
  • There needs to be somewhere for unwanted/unuseable lame horses to go
  • It is an OUTRAGE that those S.D. politicians climbed into the pockets of the meat buyers.
  • There are too many unwanted horses for the current system to take them all in.
  • Horseslaughter should be banned....period!!!!
  • Through history the horse has come to be a majestic icon, and companion animal. IT IS NOT FOOD.
  • 80% of Americans do not want our horses slaughtered period. Come on Congress VOTE
  • horses are livestock
  • Horses should be humanely euthanized, not shoved in trailers to die a horrible death.
  • Slaughter and over-breeding work hand-in-hand to keep each other going!
  • Horse slaughter is horrendous! It is very un-American and makes us look barbaric.
  • Our legendary horses deserve better than this!!!!
  • It is such a fine line w/ me. Guess it would depend on the condition of the animal.
  • our horse industry is in shambles since the plants closed
  • Let the bleeding hearts pay for the maintence on all the horses out there!!
  • This is the humane way to destroy unwanted horses not starving them!
  • We need horse slaughter in the industry.
  • w/o a meat market, sales and profit will remain low.
  • BARBARIC AND DISGUSTING - AMERICANS ARER SICKENED BY THIS!!!!!!!!!
  • Most certainly NOT!!! In this day and age there is no good reason at all for such a place!!!
  • There needs to be an option as long as it is regulated and humane
  • I own & breed horses.U don't discard of people when they r unwanted.All these animals have is us!!!
  • Stop horses starving, being turned loose, abused - OPEN THE PLANTS
  • Absolutely. There must be a humane outlet for the 100,000 unwanted horses every year!
  • Something needs to be done with the unwanted horses. Rescues are full!!!!!
  • Stolen horses are ending up in these plants.
  • Stop the slaughter of horses!!!
  • Unfortunately this IS a necessarty evil. I am sick of seeing horses starved for lack of a market
  • Unwanted horses are going to get slaughtered in the end.If you really cared,you would keep it in USA
  • Yes look at all the nags that have been truned loose this past year in parks cause they had no where
  • Horse Slaughter is a Neccessary evil and it is definitely needed!
  • How dare anyone try to perpetuate the evils of that industry?
  • unwanted and dangerous horses need to be slaughtered if wanted or necessary
  • I live in SD and would rather have a plant here than have the horses get BUTCHERED in Mexico!
  • Most a worse faith without
  • Only with STRICT TRANSPORT/HUMANE EUTHANASIA protocols
  • All the slaughter horses are going out of the country, unwanted horses are epidemic.
  • public money should not support French diets
  • only if the horses that are to be slaughtered are truly un serviceable and do not go to the french t
  • Your magazine is just disgusting which is why I don't subscribe to it.
  • There is more abuse/neglect since slaughter has been banned.
  • Sadly necessary fact of life for uncared for, unsound or unwanted animals.
  • the slaughter plants are much better than all the horses starving to death in pastures
  • horses are livestock not pets!!!!
  • Horse slaughter is an abomination.We do not eat horseflesh in the US nor should we transport our hor
  • THAT IS REALLY CRULE!! GIVE THE HORSES AWAY DONT SLAGHUATER THEM!!!!
  • Tremendous efforts were successful in closing U.S. Slaughterhouses,
  • There needs to be some type of relief for the unwanted animals, no different than dogs or cats.
  • We need to focus on prevention of shipping horses to Mexico/Canada. No US Horses for slaughter!
  • NO WAY!
  • Horse slaughter needs to end
  • There is a need for slaughter houses for equine. We need to open several throughout the US.
  • Horse slaughter is a necessary evil
  • Humane treatment in transit and prior to slaughter should be enforced instead of banning.
  • NO NO NO NO
  • no way. the frenbch can eat their own horses
  • Not only no, but HELL NO.
  • Absolutely not. In our country, horses have helped been our companions and helpmates. Eat them? NO!
  • Humane disposal of unwanted horses is better than starving or some other human inflicted suffering!
  • It is the right thing to do!
  • when I cant manage my horse I train it not send it out for slaughter!
  • Horse slaughter always ends up being cruel to the horse in one or more ways. END HORSE SLAUGHTER!!!
  • I feel that we need a slaughter house in every state.
  • Even the suggestion that there could be an incentive for horse slaughter is a revolting idea.
  • ppl that board out are not going to pay $$ everymonth, they will abandon them. that is more crewl.
  • The US needs a way to help manage the horse population. Horses are ultimately livestock.
  • start an Indian gambling casion if your state needs money
  • Horse slaughter is not humane euthanasia. Many are stolen or wake up during the "processing."
  • Horses are not food source animals!
  • Rescue shelters are already becoming overwhelmed. isn't a quick end better than long suffering?
  • Absolutely! Horses are LIVESTOCK. They are NOT my children, and they are NOT my husband. LIVESTOCK
  • AMERICANS DO NOT EAT HORSEMEAT - THIS CONCEPT IS TOTALLY UNAMERICAN & IMMORAL!!
  • Not just no, but HELL no
  • I don't believe we should provide horsemeat to foreign countries when we don't eat them here.
  • Horses are companion animals, devoted to humans like cats & dogs. Just be with horses to know!
  • horse slaughter is simply not acceptable!!!!!!!!!!
  • I don't think everything is for sale. I guess to the pro-slaughter folks, it is.
  • I don't believe in starvation or cruel, stabbing deaths (Mexico). Euthanasia soln is too hazardous!
  • I don't beleive in horses being sent to slaughter unnessarily BUT for the injured, sick, dying etc.
  • No it is cruel and barbaric.
  • Horse Slaugher is barbaric!
  • The owners of horses should have all options availiable to make the best decisions for the welfare
  • The bill was killed; get a clue Congressmen, the message is clear, and it's NO to horse slaughter
  • Horse slaughter is atrocious. Horses have been our comrades for centuries!
  • No, We Americans have already banned horse slaughter in this country.
  • There should be NO HORSE SLAUGHTER plants in the country ever again.
  • Will get economy back
  • I think it is stupid to ship income out of the country, or have to feed someone elses horse
  • we need to stop slaughtering horses either in the US or foreign countries
  • Most tree huggers do not understand. Most unwanted horses suffer so much pain and starvation.
  • Slaughter is better than abandonment and starvation.
  • Without it horses are abandoned to starve!!
  • I personally find it repulsive to eat horse meat, but what happens to all the unwanted & uncared for
  • STOP INDISCRIMATE BREEDING! END SLAUGHTER IN THIS COUNTRY!
  • This needs to stop.
  • Give theses unwanted , hurting, mistreated horses a place to go. I understand, some are not. But...
  • Ever heard of "humane euthanasia?" Do we "process" cats and dogs? NO!
  • Until there is a system i place to dispose of unwanted horses, then a slaughter plant is still neede
  • It is needed!
  • would 't have my old "useless" friend's last minutes be terrifying, no dignity
  • Hell No!
  • Its time to get back to reality
  • How can anyone sit at watch the horses starve? That's better than slaughter? Not in my view.
  • Horses are in fact livestock, not pets. It is important for their survival that they not be labeled
  • many horses will suffer worse if no slaughter
  • The slaughter of AMERICA's horses ends now!
  • Slaughter is kinder than horse dumping.
  • Horse Slaughter in America, is abominable period.
  • ABSOLUTLY NOT!!!
  • If done humanly, with no pain felt by the horses
  • In the United States, horses are not the next red meat!
  • There must be a place for ALL livestock to be slaughtered. I do not raise horses to end there but
  • It is inhumane
  • that is cruel and inhumane!!! YUCK!
  • This is ridiculous. We don't butcher dogs and cats for food. Horses are pets and family members.
  • now we have a glut of unwanted horses which has driven down reputable horse sales
  • Be responsible for your own horse; don't turn your back on your responsibility!
  • Overbreeding creates "unwanted" horses, not the closing of slaughter plants.
  • It is imperative that a facility is available that can be regulated in the US
  • Horses are still technically livestock and we can't treat them as pets
  • I think what SD was trying to do was right--even though the idea of it personally sickens my stomach
  • Horses are livestock and when they have no salvage value they become liabilities instead of assets.
  • It is very necessary
  • If we don’t do something now about the overwhelming number of horses, we are going to have wild ho
  • its better than letting them starve
  • As long as they regulate humane transport & kill regulations...Yes
  • Unfortunately, we need some way to pay people for unwanted horses.
  • dangerous precedent. Horses are pets.
  • I would much rather see unwanted horses feed a human, than suffer abuse, and starvation.
  • Why should we contaminate our earth and drinking water, when slaughter would make use of an animal?
  • YES! Where are all the unwanted horses going to go? Are the anti slaughter going to take them??
  • Horse slaughter is atrocious!
  • Too many inwanted, unsafe horses and who's going to take of them?
  • We can't sell horses, with slaughter plants closed people are giving them away or else starving them
  • Sending our horses to Mexico results in barbaric death.
  • horse slaughter is a nessary evil
  • It's an unfortunate necessity. Too many horses are suffering due to overpopulation/lack of resources
  • Horse slaughter is cruel and hideous. We owe our horses much better than this!!!
  • I would not support any bill to slaughter horses
  • Horse slaughter is not humane at all and should never be used as euthanisia. Ever.
  • Are slimy politicians and pro-slaughter leeches brain dead?
  • Do all of those who voted "No" have horses? Are they willing to adopt & care for all the unw
  • I BELIEVE IT IS NEEDED FOR SOME HORSES OR FOR PEOPLE WHO CANT CARE FOR THIER HORSES.
  • Horse slaughter is an abomination in our society, I don't care what the French want to eat
  • horse slaughter is needed in this country!
  • There needs to be an 'out' for people to go with their horses, plain and simple.
  • Horses are livestock; they are big, they die. We need slaughterhouses to dispose of them.
  • There needs to be an outlet for unmanageable animals, barring carcasses from laying around rotting.
  • I believe that we need some way of disposing unwanted, non useful animals.
  • CALL CONGRESS. WE WANT BILLS 311 AND HR503 PASSED NOW
  • Though I wouldn't send any horse of mine to slaughter, I do think it's a necessary evil.
  • Al a horse owner and lover, I realize the need for an outlet for the lowest end of the market.
  • I think the greed in this country has gone beyond the limits.....particularily in the political play
  • They closed existing ones; building another is dumb.
  • with proper guidelines, unwanted horses could be unthanized and processed instead of starving etc.
  • A very needed service
  • Slaughtering of horses is a necessary part of the equine industry.
  • USA just closed the last plant, what idiot decided to try and open another one?
  • I agree with the theory of no equine slauter but the reality just won't work
  • we need the "livestock" option back on the table
  • I'd support many!!! We need slaughter back to improve welfare!
  • It's time horse owners become responsible. Stop overbreeding!
  • That is not the solution. Better regulation in animal welfare laws will halt much of our problems.
  • Horses are livestock, there needs to be a slaughter industry for unwanted and unsafe animals.
  • We need a place to go with horse's and it make sense to recycle them. Its unfair to make them suffer
  • Unfortunately, it's a neccessary evil that the industry needs. Backyard and color breeders - STOP
  • Proximity of slaughter plants led to a marked increase in theft of horses from fields and paddocks
  • its a sick thing to eat our pet!!!!!
  • I know several people that supported ban that are now sorry it ever happened.
  • SD would be better then Mexico, till transportion out of country stopped.
  • NO, TO DO SO WOULD PLACE ONE MORE BLEMISH ON OUR NATION'S CHARACTER & ON OUR SOCIETY'S VALUE SYSTEM.
  • no & its been canceled
  • Necessary.
  • Humane horse slaughter is needed in the USA.
  • I don't support this b/c these facilities & the transporters, can't maintain humane practices.
  • It is a shameful, disgusting practice. A blight on American History. Responsibility is key.
  • Horse slaughter is not HUMANE euthanasia! If you want to euthanize a horse have a vet do it!
  • need humane treatment, but too many starving unwanted, + abandoned equines du to no slaughterhouses.
  • we need to address the problem;prudent breeding practices/accept responsibility of horse ownership
  • I think a slaughter plant for horses is much needed in the US where the practice can be done humane
  • slaughter as currently practised is inhumane and does not match my values as an American.
  • Providing there are restrictions around euthanasia methods, making them humane.
  • Transport and handling are cruel
  • People have no idea the harm they have caused when they banned slaughter
  • Slaughter plant closings was unrealistic and only exacerbated the unwanted horse problem
  • Closing all US slaughter plants has lowered the monetary value of ALL horses !!!
  • At one time I had thought about retiring in SD, because it's such a lovely state. Not now.
  • There is a huge need, demand for a slaughter plant. There are too many horses suffering from neglec
  • our regulations are more humane then the alturnative
  • Horse slaughter provides a floor a more humane end of life for horses now starved or neglected
  • What about the horrible deaths of horses exported to Mexico for slaughter? WE MUST STOP THIS.
  • We shouldn't worry aboutcontroling the horse population as much and worry about the human populatiio
  • Unfortunately we need horse slaughter take care of all the unwanted horses in this country.
  • With the understanding that the most humane methods possible were used, including distance of travel
  • Slaughter is wrong, no matter what. We need to protect our horses; we owe it to them.
  • No more slaughter. REAL horsepeople will euthanize.
  • Though would be better than going to Mexico
  • although it sounds bad , we need a venue to dispose of unwanted horses
  • The state should not be funding anything to do with a banned activity.
  • What is wrong with mankind?! For the love of God, why take steps backward, when we have moved forwar
  • Responsible breeding is the key in ending the increased number of unwanted horses-not slaughter!!
  • To opening of ANY new horse slaughter plants within the US is a step backwards.
  • Why are we trying to go backwards?
  • we just get the other plants closed and now we want to give an 'incentive' to open a new location!
  • Horse euthanized by lethal injection yield half a ton or more of toxic waste.
  • Open the slaughter plants! Don't sen
  • YOU PEOPLE NEED TO STOP OVER BREEDING PERIOD! STOP IT NOW!!!!!
  • for those saying NO, then what do you do with all the unwanted one?
  • I'm a vet student and believe we need to have a humane solution for the horse abundance.
  • absulutely no
  • If we dont have on outlet for all unwanted horses we'll have a huge problem with dumping, neglect
  • It is an unfortunate truth but we NEED a horse slaughter facility. Less cruel than Mexico.
  • I'd rather horses be slaughtered in the US than Mex or Can. This will insure more humane treatment.
  • Horse slaughter is necessary. Of course we could send all of the unwanted horses the staff at PETA!
  • We are creating more problems by banning horse slaughter than we are resolving
  • They deserve so much better
  • There has to be a place for the bad horses to go. We can't save them all!
  • Let them raise their own horses for slaughter if they want to eat them.
  • It is never going to stop; better here under supervision than the horrors in Mexico
  • build a new plant with humane killing method designed specifically for horses.
  • as long as the process is strictly managed
  • There is no way to insure humane treatment!
  • We do not raise our horses for slaughter. It is not our culture to eat or have our horses eaten.
  • Just shut down the otr 2, don't need horse meat, we have cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, & wild game.
  • what's worse, all these abandoned negleted unwanted horses. what about the dangerous or injured one
  • This is absolutly rediculousand would be a hugh step backwards for equines and humans.
  • Take notice of the many horses found emaciated in the past year.
  • How can they build a horse slaughter plant, when it has been outlawed in the U.S? its a travesty.
  • Ban all horse slaughter plants.
  • too many pets were stolen/lost because of slaughter. No More!
  • It's NOT "necessary", there are options! stop breeding PMU & mediocre horses, support rescues, adopt
  • The $1,000,000 should go to horse rescues and not to a horse slaughter houses.
  • Better this than have them starving at overrun rescue facilities.
  • WOULD LIKE IT TO BE MODELED AFTER BRITIANS SLAUGHTER PLANTS
  • I am a horse owner of 20+ years and recognize the unfortunate need for slaughter plants
  • which part of no more horse slaughter don`t they understand?
  • Horse slaughter should not be sanctioned in any state.
  • Slaughter is wrong and so is abuse/ people need to be more responsible
  • American horses are not bred & born to be butchered.
  • at least not at this time, the bill is too vague
  • As awful as it seems, this death is better than some alternatives
  • So called 'surplus' horses do not deserve to die becaus their owners are irresponsible.
  • Not only NO, but Hell NO
  • Humane death with dignity; veterinary euthanasia
  • This issue needs to be put to bed once and for all
  • Slaughter is a necessary evil
  • I think that slaughter is more humane than neglect. Stop greedy breeding!
  • Why should they use taxpayers money for this?
  • I would not want a cent of my money going toward building a horse slaughtering plant.
  • I have a friend from France who loves horses, under saddle and on the plate.
  • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Listen, folks, America has spoken. Don't you get it?
  • we should reopen the current plants and police the horses care in them.
  • Transporation and slaughter of our horses is barbaric. SD should study IL and TX. They banned it.
  • SORRY TO SAY BUT SLAUGHTER IS A NECESSITY FOR THE OVER ABUNDANCE OF UNWANTED HORSES AND THE HORSE TH
  • The idea that this vicious industry is going begging for state funds is an absoute disgrace!
  • We have got to stop this!!!
  • Slaughtering plants are necessary to humanly control the unwanted horse issue
  • Control ethical treatment and transportation of all livestock, do not ban slaughter!
  • This is a bill that will allow irresponsible horse owners one last way to make a lousy buck
  • What do I do with a 30 year old horse that we can not ride with feed so high and on land for him
  • Horses are our friends! WOuld you eat your friend for dinner?
  • Absolutely not!
  • There needs to be a way to take care of unwanted horses.
  • As this will help curb the onslot of horses being shipped to Europe.
  • Horses are not food animals.
  • Horse slaughter & associated atrocities should be banned, completely.
  • If by no i mean don't have slaughter plants for horses. I say no way.
  • Barbaric
  • A process fopr equines that ios definetly needed in the USA. Injured, old, and unwanted or horses th
  • Slaughter & transport to slaughter should be banned!
  • A Place to humanely dispose of unwanted horses, They're starving to death!
  • Slaughter is kinder than horse dumping & underfunded "rescues" near me.
  • This is well thought out and VERY needed
  • horse slaughter is appalling
  • No Way, all others have been shut down, so this one should never get started..
  • The diversion of public (taxpayer) funds for private corporate gain is WRONG, apart from moral issue
  • There needs to be a humane solution for unwanted horses.Starvation,turning loose in the wild are not
  • we need slaughter plants in the US.
  • Horse reproduction must be moderated!
  • Humane slaughter better than starvation
  • I think humane slaughter is a better solution than abandonment and starvation for unwanted horses.
  • plants in many states humane treatment less travel- better than neglect & starvation
  • Slaughter is not my personal choice - but there needs to be an alternative to abandonment
  • a bit archaic in their thinking???
  • As much as I hate the idea, reality dictates it. And controls over transport etc would be in place.
  • I would ever support such an incentive. The slaughtering of horses is wrong on every level.
  • The horse owners definately need horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. GO GUYS !!!!!!!
  • I believe that slaughter has its place, and I would rather see horses put down humanily here
  • this barbaric, inhumane practice needs to be banned nationwide.
  • You think hitting a deer does damage, wait till you hit a horse! we need it!!
  • Horse slaughter must be stopped. It is fraught with cruelty and
  • There has to be a place for horses to be humanely slaughtered.
  • Horse slaughter is over in the US and we are working to end it in Canada too.
  • Not all horses are good companion animals and there needs to be a way to economically put them down
  • Slaughter is far kinder than starving to death which is what they're doing now all over the nation!!
  • We eat cows, pigs, chickens, etc. What makes equine any different?
  • Why in the world did we go through closing all of these things, just to allow a new one to open??!!?
  • How could this even be considered! It's outrageous! No state should fund slaughter!
  • Ill concieved expense that will not solve any problems.
  • Enough is Enough End Slaughter and Transport NOW!!!
  • Civilization was raised on the back of a horse. They are not meat animals; we OWE them better!
  • It's absolutely disgusting. People should be responsible owners. Stop over breeding.
  • This is WRONG--
  • Only capitalistic, barbaric, soulless, bottom-feeders could support such an idea. NO NO NO kathy
  • What is the incentive? I haven't heard about any horse slaughter plant in SD
  • we need more slaughterhouses so these poor ceatures don't have to go on a long grueling trailerride
  • has anyone seen a horse die of starvation? Talk about cruel!
  • All slaughter of horses must be stopped
  • How many of these slaughter polls are you going to run!! America is AGAINST slaughter
  • No SLAUGHTER! it's time to pass HR503 and S.311
  • are you kidding??!!
  • If we can monitor humane treatment.
  • A quick death toward a useful purpose is far prefferrable to starvation and abuse.
  • This was a resoundingly bad idea. Glad SD heard our voices.
  • People that eat meat should watch the die and look into those eyes.
  • no double decker trailers for horses, ever.
  • the horse industry has created the problem the horse community is expected to absorb their overload
  • I don't like slaughter but sometimes it 's a necessary evil, better than starvation or abuse
  • We've already seen what happens with the houses closed. Hope this one will be owned by the US
  • everyone wants the cute babies, no one wants the untrained or geriatrics
  • Yes.Yes.Yes A sane move finally!
  • HORSES ARE NOT BRED HERE IN AMERICA TO BE EATEN !!!!! By ANYONE !!
  • this is frikkin crazy! we just got rid of these hell-holes....i thought!
  • Horse slaughter is insane!!!
  • Why would they consider it when people have fought so hard to shut down the others? It's barbaric!
  • We need to ban slaughter in the US as well as the export of horses to be slaughtered
  • Without federal laws in place to protect horses in transit/and on site this is an atrocity
  • Good for SD! Now the US Congress must pass the AHSPA.
  • SLAUGHTER IS A FACT OF LIFE AND MUCH KINDER IN AN AMERICAN SLAUGHTER HOUSE THAN IN 3RD WORLD MEXICO
  • horse slaughter is a necessity for the horse industry
  • Do people really believe that most horses going to slaughter are old and lame? They know better.
  • we need these plants reopened sad to say. no really thought things through the first time.
  • This is needed to prevent unwanted horses from a tortured life.
  • Has everyone forgotten about humane euthanasia by injection?
  • When money becomes more important than love, perhaps we'll open plants to slaughter excess people ..
  • Better here supervised than Mexico unsupervised.
  • Slaughter is a necessary evil
  • I don't support any kind of slaughter
  • Horses are NOT raised as food animals. They are fed chemicals known to be harmful to humans.
  • We have seen first hand the terrible results of stopping horse slaughter here in the US.
  • I'm OK with slaughter but not with government loans to businesses.
  • Barbaric: government sponsored murder of a noble animal that changed civilization.
  • horses slaughtered for non-human consumption are worse off.
  • why would we want to open anohter slaughter house in America when the goal is to stop horse slaughte
  • we set a DANGEROUS precedent by allowing this to happen to our pets. Dogs? Cats?
  • I have 3 horses now that were rescued from feedlot. I don't agree with horse slaughter forany reason
  • We need a humane slaughter plant in this country
  • It is a needed industry
  • Because horses are treated so awful once they cross the border
  • People need to take responsibility. No overbreeding of horses. No taxes to pay for this.
  • I dont believe the united states should ever slaughter horses as they are our pets.
  • we should be enacting laws to make horse owners more responsible. slaughter methods are inhumane
  • This is a despicable industry, with our horrors paying the price
  • People who support this should be Shot. S.D. is home of Mt Rushmore not Mt horsemore.
  • We desperately need some way to remove totally useless specimens from the general horse population.
  • No bank would give a loan or line of credit to construct a horse slaughter plant given the risk of t
  • other alternatives to slaughter need to be found. It is possible.
  • Horse slaughter is a real necessity, both fo rthe horses and the equine industry. There is no other
  • I vote no with the caveat that transport elsewhere for slaughter is outlawed.
  • Where is the message getting lost. We keep fighting against, voting against this horrible practice
  • NO WAY EVER
  • It is uncivilized and a horrible industry to have in the US, or anywhere for that matter.
  • safe & humane transport is used and a quick & painless system to take out the horse.
  • Only a fool would invest in or support this.
  • If a horse needs assistance in dying, humane euthanasia is the only moral option.
  • U.S. needs a plant. Horses now shipped to Mexico for slaughter die a death 10,000 times worse.
  • Another choice is passing a law making horses immortal!
  • I disagree with the slaughter of any healhy horse
  • if horse has no purpose or value it will be neglected, die slow death of starvation.
  • NO to SLAUGHTER! It is BARBARIC! Kathy
  • no slaughter plants means overabundance of stock at rescue facilities
  • If $ would be invested to create a safe drug for the "meat" to end the horses life, I would support
  • Horses are an American Icon....they are demesticated PETS not cows pet patties for Europe how sick
  • What a terrible business decision...
  • If you start a horse rescue facility, turn unable to afford feed, horses starve, jail for you.
  • Keep Slaughter in US it can be regulated/humaine here No slaughter here has led to starved/neglected
  • Absolutely not. We abolished slaughter in this country for a reason last year. THE PEOPLE SPOKE.
  • More horses are suffering and being abandoned after the ban went into effect.
  • americans do not want this bruta
  • the economy needs all of the equine slaughter plants
  • It's cruel and senseless!
  • unwanted horses & very low horse prices warrant slaughtering opportunities
  • Why not put the money into no-breeding education, instead? Or assistance with euthanasia?
  • Unwanted horses that are unadoptable should be humanely euthanized!
  • NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
  • I strongly feel slaugtering horses is horrible, inhumane, terrorizing and not euthanasia!
  • Would you rather have a quick captive bolt kill? Or stabbing them in the spine like in Mexico?
  • No,No, athousand times nooooo
  • hell no!
  • Isn't this illegal now? How disgusting!
  • Tax money should not fund this.
  • stop transport and inhumane killing of horses shipped to mexico and canada
  • Absurd!!
  • Of all of the animals that has helped mankinmd on EVERY level we seem to be hell bent to say Thank Y
  • We need to challenge people to feed and house unwanted horses to avoid slaughter
  • they shouldn't have horse slaughter in any country its down right inhumaine
  • I believe there is a need .
  • We need a place to put the unwanted horses. They just keep floating around from horse sale to sale.
  • yes, yes, yes!!!We need it!!
  • It is about time some rational thought comes about !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Banning horse slaughter in this country is long overdue~!!
  • If the slaughter were to be performed in a humane way, I might support it.
  • the bill's been defeated, so the question is moot - for now
  • slaughter is a necessary evil. just as you can't save the cats and dogs you can't save all horses
  • There has to be a better alternative for unwanted horses than to be starved,neglected,abandonded
  • we live 1/2 mile from SD. i don't think so!
  • Need to cull 'em? Can't sell 'em. What else are you going to do with 'em?
  • Don't reward those that torture and kill our horses!
  • By removing the easy way to disposing of the unwanted horses; perhaps they will stop breeding them.
  • We NEED slaughter!!!!!!!!!
  • I don't support horse slaughter under any circumstances
  • back yard breeders of horses and dogs and cats should be stopped and slaughter should be banned
  • horse slaughter-a national disgrace because people won't stop over breeding
  • unwanted horses have to go somewhere
  • We do not have slaughter houses for dogs or cats why is this acceptable for horses?
  • It is needed, much better here than in Mexico
  • Barbaric, plain and simple. Humans are more creative than this, let's lose the brain laziness.
  • who, is the bigger animal
  • If the animals are handled humanely.
  • I love horses but there has to be a place for sick and unwanted animals.
  • We need a better way to find homes for unwanted or neglected horses as well as retirement
  • Economic growth for the region.
  • How can we close plants and then waste money building one more to close!???
  • As long as solid legislation is put into effect to make sure that humane standards are met!
  • Horse slaughter is unethical.
  • Horses are special creatures and should not be slaughtered! no matter what!!!!
  • A quick death is better than an infirm horse being abandoned on the street or in a field.
  • Sd won't solve the problem of southern horses going to Mexico
  • But it must be a humane plant
  • People that think horses were put here on earth to be ate should be the ones to get butchered,
  • It bets staveing & being shipped to Mexico & Canada.
  • Stop overbreeding!
  • i think every state should have one
  • No more killing American horses for Janpanese dinner tables.
  • These money grabbers should also want to make money off killing cats and dogs for meat?
  • we need to have a reliable place to send the many unwanted animals rather than watch them starve
  • Horses are an American icon. They helped man settle the country. They can be a true friend to man.
  • stop slaughter in u.s. and prevent shipping to mexico and canada for slaughter...th
  • I think the slaughter of horses is immoral and reflects a total lack of understanding of the nature
  • open a new horse slaughter plant??? Never.
  • We must have a place for the unwanted horses. Sad, but true.
  • There must be SOME place for unwanted and/or rogue horses to go.
  • Why would anyone open another when three have been closed down due to protest?
  • We do not eat horse meat in the US. Horses should not be bred and then sent to slaughter!
  • Horse slaughter is not humane. The captive bolt does not cause instant death.
  • Slaughter plants are a necessary evil as long as there are
  • control our backyard breeding and neglect.
  • the majority of americans want horse slaughter ended in this country
  • No, Stop Killing Horses!
  • this is appalling that they want to do this, as we are working on the federal bills to stop slaughte
  • We need a HUMANE & REGULATED plant back in the states
  • Horses helped us settle these United States of America. NO Slaughter of these amazing creatures!
  • Too many horses are starving to death
  • knew this would never end. too much money in it for the greedy people
  • What happens to the 'unsuitable for anything horses/ponies'? This is not pretty, but better than st
  • They should be offering incentives for people to adopt rather than slaughter.
  • No way, euthanasia and responsible wonership, breeding, training, slaughter is not humane
  • we have to have a remedy for those "End of the road" horses
  • Only in the states can you regulate the safety and quick disposal.
  • END HORSE SLAUGHTER ALREADY !!!!
  • Are you kidding?! How SICK!
  • I love horses so I support slaughter. There are much crueler ways of dieing than humane slaughter.
  • unless can guarantee horse not stolen and process made "humane", i cannot support any slaughter
  • I don't agree with how they do it.. But it is better than starving them.
  • The should not happen at all.
  • something has to be done, there are two many horses being abandoned and starving.
  • Better this than starve
  • the slaughter of horses is brutal and cruel.
  • I agree that slaughter plants are needed, but not by tax monies
  • Would you eat your dog?
  • We have no "bottom" in the horse market in the U.S. Will establish price per pound at least
  • This is horrible and should be stopped
  • If we allow participate by allowing slaughter to occur in the US, we fall very short as civilized
  • It is very necesary
  • Our country as a whole is not prepared to deal with thousands of homeless and/or useless horses.
  • Absolutely NO!! Slaughter in any form is inhumane and cruel!!!! Stop this insanity!
  • I love horses but too many suffer miserable lives
  • Horse slaughter is torture these animals are not put down humanly,. Stop the slaughter Now! STS
  • Recycle them! Don't inject w/toxins & dump in landfills
  • Americans do not want to slaughter their horses!! The proof is in the numbers!!!
  • better than mexio
  • Next will be America's dogs ...the slippery slope .
  • The majority of Americans oppose horse slaughter. America is a democracy so the majority rules
  • People are abandoning and starving horses in record numbers. That is far more prolonged and cruel
  • Don't these idiot legislators know this is a dying business that Americans don't support
  • Thank God for some with brains!
  • I believe there is nothing wrong with the slaughter of horses, just as with beef, sheep, pigs, etc.
  • End all commercial equine slaughter, what next our dogs and cats cause there's a market for them?
  • We are worked so hard to get all three plants closed in the USA, why on Earth would we agree to this
  • No money should be given to attract any type of business, heck why not use the money for a rescue
  • There will never be a horse slaughter plant in this country again.
  • You don't eat the creatures that helped you become civilized. I do approve of human slaughter howeve
  • I would think that they reailized what the public thinks of this type of business.
  • There should be afederal ban against horse slaughter - this ban should also prohibit exportation
  • mexican slaughter plants are inhumane. Starving, abused, unwanted horses have increased
  • Bill was defeated.
  • Hey, I love horses too, but there MUST be a way to eliminate unwanted horses (HUMAINLY)!
  • NO!!! We are working to put an end to all horse slaughter in this country.
  • We just celebrated closing the Illinois plant. NO! I do not want another plant opening in SD.
  • Put $1 Million into caring for & making horses adoptable
  • Lets be realistic, dead is dead, why not humanly put to sleep
  • Horse slaughter and the transport outside of the US for slaughter should be banned
  • It is cruel and should not be allowed to take place; horses deserve lives too.
  • As long as it's humane, slaughter is a kinder end than slow starvation.
  • There will be no end to the horse suffering until we re-open a humane option for end of life.
  • tired of hearing the old, and sick go to slaughter, check whats going to Can, & Mex. to slaughter
  • I would support the bill only upon humane, supervised, strict USDA rules apply for slaughter in US.
  • The suffering of horses now being sent to Mexico must be stopped!
  • Not know, not ever, NEVER!!!!!
  • I say no, but have mixed feelings. If only backyard breeders would reconsider.
  • We need this!!
  • Horses are not medicated as food animals, therefore receive medications carcinogenic to people.
  • Think carefully about the ramifications before you vote!
  • we need one
  • A necessary evil, but must be closely regulated.
  • Even though I've voted no as I'm against horse slaughter 100%, I'm in two minds. Better than Mexico!
  • Horse slaughter is cruel and the people should be punished!
  • In plain and simple language, I support the end of slaughtering American horses. Period. The End.
  • Slaughter of horses is inhumane & a betrayal of trust- Our relationship w horses is based on trust
  • WHAT are they thinking? We the people have raised our voices AGAINST slaughtering our horses!
  • $outh Dakota'$ Horse $laughter plant - Who benefitS?
  • Totally Disgraceful
  • How disgusting!
  • Gov't incentives for this purpose are unconscionable
  • Only because slaughter in the U.S. would be a kinder fate than what horses are facing in Mexico.
  • NO, NO, NO, NO!!!
  • too many unwanted horses ...
  • I know that there is a problem with unwanted horses in the country, but slaughter houses? WTF?
  • ALL horse slaughter facilities should be banned in the US entirely! Horses are not bred here for of
  • there has to be a way to handle end of life issue with a horse besides neglect.
  • The other plants were finally closed. I think as horse owners we need to provide a humane end
  • I wish there were slaughter plants in every major city in every State and save horses the trip.
  • we should pay to humanely euthanzie horses. not send them off to slaughter here, canada or in mexico
  • We need it!
  • it must end now.
  • Have they lost their minds? Is SD that desperate for revenue?
  • State money/loans should be used for education not slaughter.
  • Absolutely!!! It is needed
  • I do not understand why we don't eat horse meat , other country's do .
  • shorter ride is better and control methods
  • There must be an alternative to moving horses over borders for slaughter, which is inevitable in man
  • better to kill quickly than starve inhumanely, as is happening now!
  • How utterly disgusting
  • stop backyard breeding, be responsible horse owners and this would not be an issue.
  • Disturbing abuse of power.
  • I am against the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
  • It certainly does not make me want to move my equine practice and family to South Dakota
  • Horses are being abandonded on roadsides and at sale barns locally; these need a place to go
  • Once again, euthanasia is overlooked as solution to unwanted horses.
  • Horse slaughter is cruel, horrific and barbaric. It is done for one purpose: GREED, GREED, GREED
  • I am an American...Need I say more I DO NOT EAT HORSE MEAT I ride them as well as love them.
  • Of course I don't want to see this or any other horse slaughterhouse in the United States!
  • Are you kidding me?
  • Please do not allow this cruel and heartless act occur in the USA -- it is a travesty to the horse
  • Eating our pets has never had a part in--and it does not now--the American ethnic.
  • Shame on the elected officials in SD for even considering this!
  • Horse Slaughter is an incredibly cruel, horrible practice that is not a humane way to die.
  • Let's undo the damage done last year! There are too many horses - and the industry - suffering.
  • Why would I do that? Our U.S. Senate enacted a 'National Day of the Horse' (S.Res. 452) 2004.
  • Horse slaughter is illegal by virtue of the HSA of 1958. The law has never been enforced!
  • With a federal ban finally be so close to getting passed - these people were crazy to suggest this!
  • Absoloutely not!
  • These monsters need to give it up!America wants these horse slaughter plants closed!Good Riddens!
  • Shame on the elected officials in SD for even considering this!
  • this plant will not be built.Moot issue
  • No matter how you put it, horse slaughter is NOT humane and should be banned forever!
  • HR 503 and SB 311, Horse Slaughter Prevention Act's are going to be passed in Congress.
  • Yes, If shipping, handling and killing were humanely done, under supervision 100% of the time
  • Keep em in the stable and off the table!
  • We should concentrate on humane slaughter legislation, not banning slaughter.
  • Horses are livestock. If you want to eat one, Bon Apetit
  • We need a humane way to dispose of horses. Just like pet dogs and cats.
  • Every state should be required to have a proccesing plant for the humane disposal of unwanted horses
  • stop breding them until the price goes up !
  • There is no drug withold time on horse meat; it is dangerous to eat.
  • Why not? Look at the way the horse economy is now!
  • thats horrible
  • Don't waste tax $ on what will be shut down soon anyway like the others!

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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