Horse Slaughter Incentives

Would you have supported the proposed South Dakota horse slaughter plant incentive?


Total votes cast: 3123

Comments & Write-in Answers

Disgusting to think of destroying a horse. They are in our care and should be treated well not kille

2/4/2008 10:33:19 PM

I would like to know what other alternative there are for people that can't afford their horses?

2/4/2008 9:11:06 PM

It's all about money. Zoos and pet food plants could support new slaughter plant with incentives!

2/4/2008 8:07:55 PM

Absolutely! There has to be somewhere to take unwanted horses! It's better than leaving them starv

2/4/2008 7:56:46 PM

An ABSOLUTE waste of tax payer money to fuel blood money for a few people. This is an abomination.

2/4/2008 7:40:50 PM

For the voter that said every state needs a slaughter plant...why are you even reading this news?

2/4/2008 4:31:44 PM

Its cruel, its wrong, its unneccessary!!

2/4/2008 2:48:01 PM

Absolutely not!!!

2/4/2008 2:14:02 PM

ASPCA cannot support them all. We need checks & balances

2/4/2008 1:26:31 PM

While slaughter is a vile end starvation/abuse/neglect are worse.

2/4/2008 1:18:26 PM

I am from SD, and I would have been appalled and ashamed if this legislation had passed.

2/4/2008 1:18:11 PM

Without plants there will be more and more abused animals as people tire of them/

2/4/2008 12:57:59 PM

Maybe when Gramma can't look after herself - we could send her to slaughter.

2/4/2008 12:18:13 PM

Horses are not raised for food or consumed in the US. They should not be slaughtered here.

2/4/2008 12:03:28 PM

There is just not enough places for unwanted horses.

2/4/2008 11:21:46 AM

Horses give so much, they should end their live in peace.

2/4/2008 11:02:29 AM

Closing the plants has killed the horse market ! Breeders be careful what you breed

2/4/2008 10:50:04 AM

End the butchery, once and for all.

2/4/2008 10:29:49 AM

Horses are not for food!

2/4/2008 9:41:53 AM

slaughter cows or buffalo instead

2/4/2008 9:27:14 AM

Slaughter is not the answer. If so, why not allow unwanted dogs & cats to be slaughtered for food?

2/4/2008 8:20:28 AM

I've been involved with horse for many years and I see there needs to be an inexpensive plan to disp

2/4/2008 12:27:55 AM

Baby cows are just as cute as horses. Pigs are smarter than dogs. Unless I became a vegetarian ...

2/4/2008 12:01:12 AM

horses should NOT be slaughtered, period!

2/3/2008 11:45:35 PM

we need something. horse slaughter IS a necessary evil in the horse industry.

2/3/2008 11:41:29 PM

I support a federal ban on horse slaughter period.

2/3/2008 11:33:06 PM

starvation or slaughter - too many starve at the hands of their owners due to no alternative

2/3/2008 10:47:36 PM

Yes, with very careful guidelines about how the horses were transported to the plant and killed.

2/3/2008 10:06:17 PM

just another ploy to make $$$$$$ off the slaughter of our horses!!!

2/3/2008 9:54:54 PM

We dont need a slaughter house. We need responsible breeders!

2/3/2008 9:22:04 PM

why do we want to add another death house, when we are desperately trying to rid the kill houses we

2/3/2008 9:07:45 PM

The United States needs to step up to the plate and take proper care the excess horse population

2/3/2008 8:44:27 PM

There are many unwanted (some for good reasons) horses that need a place to go unfortunately

2/3/2008 7:43:55 PM

Killing them here is better than killing them in Mexico.

2/3/2008 6:17:03 PM

Slow down the back yard breeding, love the horses you have and they will certainly bring you love!

2/3/2008 6:10:57 PM

Better to have regulated humane slaughter than the export to who knows what inhumane treatment

2/3/2008 6:06:36 PM

It is so mean boo boo

2/3/2008 5:12:23 PM

I wouldn't support a slaughter, but a quick death is much better than dying of thirst and hunger.

2/3/2008 3:19:06 PM

Enough. Most people don't want this.

2/3/2008 2:27:30 PM

Horses are spirts of god;they deserve to live there lifes;not be butchered

2/3/2008 2:15:48 PM

It would help with the neglect and starving of our horses

2/3/2008 1:49:54 PM

After seeing what happened when US plants were closed, hopefully we learned our lesson.

2/3/2008 1:06:57 PM

horse meat is food for some people in the world, just as chicken and beef are a staple here.

2/3/2008 9:20:39 AM

every state needs a slaughter plant

2/3/2008 8:41:29 AM

Many farmers can't afford maintaining old horses

2/3/2008 8:28:50 AM

Horses are pets, not protien. Slaughter is the easy way out for backyard breeders and racing.

2/3/2008 2:12:26 AM

horse prices are ridiculously low - many breeders will go under

2/2/2008 11:46:08 PM

It is a necessary evil.

2/2/2008 11:16:40 PM

NO U.S. horses slaughter by foreign business for foreign eaters ??

2/2/2008 10:34:43 PM

90K unwanted horses a year what are we do with them rescues are full USDA regulation is needed

2/2/2008 10:16:08 PM

If theres no market value people will learn to control their breeding decisions more responsibly!!!!

2/2/2008 9:42:40 PM

It is an inhumane and frightening death for a horse to go through

2/2/2008 9:42:15 PM

This country was built on their backs..what a legacy(of murder) to leave our children!

2/2/2008 8:32:14 PM

Slaughter is about greed plain and simple, euthanize the old or sick, stop over breeding!!!!!

2/2/2008 8:02:34 PM

It is INSANE to not offer that option to those unable to afford euthanizia We ALL gonna die......

2/2/2008 7:32:32 PM

no, for God's sake!

2/2/2008 6:59:31 PM

In America, we don't eat horses!

2/2/2008 6:15:30 PM

I feel that we need the slaughter kept in the US for humane reasons. Mexico is terrible on humane p

2/2/2008 5:57:05 PM

Slaughter is welfare for scum who can't make money legitimately with horses

2/2/2008 5:03:47 PM

a humane death is better than starving to death because the owner can't afford feed!

2/2/2008 4:58:36 PM

Without slaughter horses will starve and suffer

2/2/2008 4:50:01 PM

Horses are no different than any other livestock

2/2/2008 3:55:04 PM

Horses are flooding the market with nowhere to go. So they suffer.

2/2/2008 1:59:45 PM

The lack of slaughter plants is contributing to the extinction of the low-end horse market.

2/2/2008 1:48:35 PM

the supply is too many for the demand, doesnt help when 40000+ tb born a year

2/2/2008 1:25:34 PM

We need something to help with the problems that are only starting to surface.

2/2/2008 1:23:47 PM

Not only is the number increasing, look at the $$$$.. suffering long term is NOT the answer !

2/2/2008 1:23:08 PM

regulated breeding practices should be implemented now to prevent overpopulation going to slaughter.

2/2/2008 12:18:13 PM

some kids are going to get killed before we know it from horses that should have been killed.

2/2/2008 11:57:53 AM

Better than starving horses tied to trees and abandoned or death by machete in Mexico!

2/2/2008 11:16:51 AM

Banning horse slaughter in the US is going to kill the horse market.

2/2/2008 10:34:50 AM

Better to SD than Mexico,Regulate industry correctly and USDA and cruelty rules in effect."Regulate"

2/2/2008 9:37:50 AM

i would rather see them put to good use than to starve.

2/2/2008 9:27:34 AM

Not just no, but HELL NO!

2/2/2008 9:06:18 AM

How many "NO" voters have "adopted" the unwanted horses?

2/2/2008 8:36:17 AM

Better to have horses humanely killed then to have them suffer due to neglect /unregulated slaughter

2/2/2008 7:52:15 AM

It would help with people who are now, just dumping horses because they can not afford hay or feed.

2/2/2008 7:39:10 AM

we have horses being abandonded here - we need a place for them to go

2/2/2008 6:44:18 AM

We stopped it in Ilinois and Texas. What makes them think we would allow it elsewhere?!

2/2/2008 2:54:21 AM

HR503/S311the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act!

2/2/2008 2:04:52 AM

Closing the US plants was short sighted. We need humane facilities with regulation, NOT MEXICO!

2/2/2008 1:06:37 AM

Absolutely NOT! Breeding should be curtailed, reduce unwanted horses.

2/2/2008 12:09:53 AM

We have seen the results of the bleeding hearts' campaign to eliminate horse slaughter. A rise in

2/1/2008 11:19:55 PM

not only no, but hell no

2/1/2008 10:35:32 PM

It is either slaughter or starvation

2/1/2008 10:19:03 PM

Unless Pete is going to feed them all you better open the plants back up

2/1/2008 10:03:28 PM

slaughter houses promote abuse of our horses.

2/1/2008 9:48:09 PM

Thank the Lord it was voted down!!! That was a ridiculous idea!!

2/1/2008 9:35:26 PM

Keeping slaughter open in the U.S. allows us to regulate slaughter practices & humane treatment

2/1/2008 9:14:08 PM

humane slaughter houses are necessary

2/1/2008 9:07:13 PM

never for human consumption

2/1/2008 8:55:18 PM

Why does'nt the gover. ban all tranporting of horses for slaughter any where in the US

2/1/2008 8:50:33 PM

There has to be a place to send unuseable horses

2/1/2008 8:44:22 PM


2/1/2008 8:40:41 PM

we need slaughter plants that are humane

2/1/2008 8:20:27 PM

horses are livestock and should be treated as such

2/1/2008 7:15:59 PM

THe U.S., needs a humane way to slaughter horses.

2/1/2008 6:31:13 PM

We do not need to be slaughtering horses

2/1/2008 5:35:34 PM

Those of you against it, must have never watched a horse really suffer.

2/1/2008 5:29:37 PM

People have totally forgotten most people who own horse are not millionares like Toby Kieth.

2/1/2008 5:23:30 PM

Need a place for folks to sell in a hurry. Too many rescues of poor/lame horses.

2/1/2008 4:54:55 PM

with out slaughter houses we will be over ran with a lot of unwanted horses and dis and injured hors

2/1/2008 4:31:31 PM

I vote yes even though I do not support all the animal rights stuff

2/1/2008 4:12:32 PM

slaughter done in a humane manner is a necessary part of the equine industry

2/1/2008 3:38:25 PM

I believe in humane euthanasia when warranted, rescue and rehab otherwise

2/1/2008 3:18:43 PM

horses deserve better than this!

2/1/2008 3:11:42 PM

this should not occur in the US at all.

2/1/2008 2:41:17 PM

No way in hell would I support that proposal. I'm anti slaughter!! We got rid of 3 of those holes!

2/1/2008 2:28:30 PM

Let the French eat cake - NOT our horses!!!

2/1/2008 2:20:52 PM

How many times do we have to say this? NO slaughter of our horses! Stop overbreeding...

2/1/2008 1:45:46 PM

none needed except public awareness of the situation

2/1/2008 1:44:47 PM

Europe is hypocritical, banning Amer. beef (due to drugs) while importing Amer. horsemeat.

2/1/2008 1:25:47 PM

because its sick, wrong, idiots that eat horse meat anyway!!

2/1/2008 1:21:51 PM

ABSOLUTELY I would have supported it! WE NEED IT!!

2/1/2008 1:09:07 PM

there needs to be an option for unwanted horses, old animals for people.

2/1/2008 1:08:11 PM

There will always be irresponsible breeders, much more humane death than starving.

2/1/2008 12:59:01 PM

The US needs to have a horse slaughter plant for the product that can be exported.

2/1/2008 12:37:40 PM

I had rather unwanted horses to go to slaughter thatn to starve to death

2/1/2008 12:34:32 PM

St least they would be slaughtered humanly, In Mexico they are not, Living in Mid-Mo they still buy

2/1/2008 12:28:46 PM


2/1/2008 12:07:14 PM

Closing down the slaugher houses have all but RUNINED the horse industry.

2/1/2008 11:58:02 AM

Too many horses are suffering being hauled across the border. We have to stop this.

2/1/2008 11:41:52 AM

This is LUDICROUS! Those of us who love all horses have fought tirelessly to STOP ALL slaughter!

2/1/2008 11:41:29 AM

this is the usa i do not ask a tree hugger to bury his car do not ask me to bury my equity thank you

2/1/2008 11:39:41 AM

slaughter horses..Why would ANYONE do that ?

2/1/2008 11:16:38 AM

people would begin breeding horse just for slaughter and not for pleasure.

2/1/2008 11:03:14 AM

we should have somewhere to go with unwanted horses besides Mexico

2/1/2008 10:52:26 AM

Horse slaughter will continue, they'll just go through canada or Mexico. It can be regulated here.

2/1/2008 10:48:13 AM

Mixed feelings, as there are so many unwanted horses now. seems more humane than letting them starv

2/1/2008 10:47:32 AM

Unfort not everyone will share the same opinion...realisticly some aniamals are slaughtered.

2/1/2008 10:34:06 AM


2/1/2008 10:28:38 AM

Horse Slaughter for any reason is immoral and inhumane. We are to take care of equines, not kil.l

2/1/2008 10:25:25 AM

The time has come ban all transportation of America's horses to slaughter plants in Canada & Mexico

2/1/2008 10:24:44 AM

farms that produce & discard underperforming horses should be held responsible

2/1/2008 10:23:16 AM

I think it is heartless. If you dont want your horse give it to someone who does. Send em to me!

2/1/2008 10:17:34 AM

I would rather see the horses slaughtered under USA controll than starve to death or be abandoned.

2/1/2008 10:11:25 AM

There is no reason to hurt horses. i mean wut hav they done to u

2/1/2008 10:05:41 AM

We need a horse slaughter facility. Need I say " Mexico "?

2/1/2008 10:04:52 AM

I do not believe in killing horses/peoples pets. and I do not support provide other countries meat.

2/1/2008 10:03:24 AM

or watch the dye in the feilds of starvation

2/1/2008 10:03:16 AM

End horse slaughter now. Those stooges in SD

2/1/2008 9:55:18 AM

This is a horribly inhumane practice and needs to be stopped

2/1/2008 9:48:10 AM

How dare the state sponser this disgusting idea

2/1/2008 9:42:42 AM

Slaughtering wouldn't be necessary if people were more responsible about breeding their animals.

2/1/2008 9:35:05 AM

Thank God that the U.S. closed all Slaughter Plants. I am hoping Canada follows.

2/1/2008 9:15:44 AM

Our horses deserve to live and die with dignity!

2/1/2008 9:10:53 AM

Horses that are old, lame ,blind and mean still need to go to slaughter

2/1/2008 9:04:44 AM

I once was against these, but due to the starving horses and higher feed prices, I now vote yes

2/1/2008 9:04:22 AM

No horse should die like that. NO HORSE.

2/1/2008 8:57:48 AM

The affects of the closings are being seen with more and more hnorses being abandoned.

2/1/2008 8:49:40 AM

It's a better quicker death then starving too death!!

2/1/2008 8:33:45 AM

A simple NO to slaughtering American horses.

2/1/2008 8:23:26 AM

There are appropriate cases for slaughter ( I hate that word, try euthanasia).

2/1/2008 8:10:18 AM

Better humane slaughter in the US than torture in a truck and in a Mexican plant.

2/1/2008 7:33:50 AM

As the owner of 21 horses I say no to slaughter

2/1/2008 6:57:55 AM


2/1/2008 6:46:28 AM

how about we just export our cats and dogs to China and let people there eat them???

2/1/2008 6:34:53 AM

Banning slaughter of horses is foolish and has contributed to the number of unwanted horses.

2/1/2008 6:15:08 AM

may the fools choke on the manure of the million unwanted unneeded horses glutting the market in thi

2/1/2008 1:41:03 AM

it is better than being starved to death they are livestock should we stop cow slaughter also?

2/1/2008 1:11:47 AM

Are these people nuts?!!! Boy, greed knows no bounds, does it!!!!

2/1/2008 1:02:25 AM


2/1/2008 12:54:37 AM

Absolutely NOT! Stop killing our horses for export!!!!

2/1/2008 12:49:12 AM

where will the old, sick, unwanted, and incorrieable horses end up otherwise, who pays

2/1/2008 12:36:34 AM


2/1/2008 12:11:11 AM

it beats sending them to Mexico where they're savagely killing them slowly and horribly!

1/31/2008 11:48:59 PM

Those who support bill, Euthanasia & a hole in the ground is far more humane than a slaughter house!

1/31/2008 11:36:23 PM


1/31/2008 11:23:19 PM

I think it's time to restrict irresponsible over-breeders by requiring a license to limit breedding.

1/31/2008 11:22:07 PM

this country needs at least one human horse slaughter plant

1/31/2008 11:17:29 PM


1/31/2008 10:41:43 PM

money should be used to educate, not eradicate!

1/31/2008 10:39:47 PM

to many people horses are a buisiness not just a furry pet that needs their ritchous protection.

1/31/2008 10:35:15 PM

Slaughter is an ugly but nessasary thing.

1/31/2008 10:27:14 PM

Too many horses being abandoned and starving because people do not know what to do with them.

1/31/2008 10:24:21 PM

We desperately need this option.

1/31/2008 10:15:40 PM

Much less cruel than a haul to Canada or Mexico. Would you rather be humanely killed or left to star

1/31/2008 10:14:41 PM

what are people to do with horses that get hurt , break a leg or to old to keep

1/31/2008 10:09:29 PM

We need a kill plant in the US..

1/31/2008 9:45:33 PM

Unfortunately, I am afraid that we are going to have more abandoned horses because there is no kill.

1/31/2008 9:40:30 PM

Hell no!

1/31/2008 9:38:36 PM

We spent all of that time trying to get the existing ones shut down-What the heck are these people t

1/31/2008 9:35:44 PM

America needs to evolve. Recognize equine slaughter as barbaric.

1/31/2008 9:32:52 PM

As long as the revenues say here in North

1/31/2008 9:18:58 PM

We need to breed fewer horses! Put them down at home!

1/31/2008 9:02:29 PM

Its time to leave this alone and get on with the care of the needy ones!!

1/31/2008 8:58:02 PM

i am against horse slaughter but really against how unregulated it will be if horses are shipped out

1/31/2008 8:56:26 PM

It is apparent this is a neccessary thing.

1/31/2008 8:48:39 PM

slaughter is better than abandonment and neglect

1/31/2008 8:46:17 PM

I think it is a shame that we dictate what other should not eat.

1/31/2008 8:45:54 PM

i live in sd theres no way i would support it

1/31/2008 8:40:59 PM

Horses deserve to live and be loved more than most people!!!!

1/31/2008 8:27:54 PM

Absolutely not! This throw away mentally in the US disgusts me!

1/31/2008 8:24:35 PM

we need horse slaughter and we need exports

1/31/2008 8:15:13 PM

If SD wants to legalize horse slaughter that's up to the but they shouldn't use tax dollars to do it

1/31/2008 8:12:27 PM

Only would support it if it would kill most of the junk raised there

1/31/2008 8:03:13 PM

Are Sosuth Dakotans %$#@!*& crazy? Or is it just their Department of Agriculture?

1/31/2008 8:00:28 PM


1/31/2008 7:55:00 PM

horse slaughter is simply not acceptable!!!!!!!!!!

1/31/2008 7:53:20 PM

if we don't do something there are going to be loose horses everywhere

1/31/2008 7:51:34 PM

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

1/31/2008 7:25:41 PM

The way horses are killed for human consumption are cruel and unusually punishment

1/31/2008 7:22:53 PM

More and more horses are being rescued from so called rescues. Slaughter is necessary!!!

1/31/2008 7:22:35 PM

Slaughter is inhumane. Horse owners need 2 be held legally accountable 4 wellbeing of these animal

1/31/2008 7:15:40 PM

This is a difficult period of transition, the solution will be to decrease breeding not build more l

1/31/2008 7:11:18 PM

no ihate to think something so pretty being used for eatting or dog food.

1/31/2008 7:07:47 PM

More not fewer slaughter plants would mean less travel and less stress for the horse.

1/31/2008 6:56:11 PM

Far better than sending them to Mexico.

1/31/2008 6:44:04 PM

Just take my word for it! Vote FOR H.R.503 and S311. Our horses don't deserve to die for foreigner

1/31/2008 6:41:54 PM

That is so bad !!!

1/31/2008 6:35:21 PM

Horses belong to the land. The Indians of South Dakota couldn't have wanted this for the horse.

1/31/2008 6:35:13 PM

heck no!!! slaughtering of horses so that some foreigners can it is just nasty

1/31/2008 6:35:00 PM

Slaughter is not a humane solution. If they must die, let it be euthanized by a vet.

1/31/2008 6:34:41 PM

NO way.. we closed the nasty,inhumane plants in Texas.

1/31/2008 6:31:00 PM

Hard as it is to believe... Slaughter is a necessary evil; and it beats Mexico/Ca

1/31/2008 6:30:15 PM

It is not just feeding the horses that is a problem ,but getting them trained is a problem also.

1/31/2008 6:30:02 PM

Much better to kill them here than ship to MX and Canada

1/31/2008 6:28:09 PM

Hey you pro-slaughter primitives. I AM a REAL horseperson and slaughter is WRONG!

1/31/2008 6:27:37 PM

Now that the slaughter plants have closed the horse market has been terrible.

1/31/2008 6:23:21 PM

We euthanize thousands of unwanted dogs and cats each year. This is better than years of neglect.

1/31/2008 6:21:23 PM

There is definite need for these facilities

1/31/2008 6:21:03 PM

Humane slaughter is better than starvation. Expecting all horse owners to be responsible is a joke.

1/31/2008 6:09:05 PM

Since the ones in TX closed down we are seeing so many starving horses in NM.

1/31/2008 6:00:40 PM

we have got to have slaughter plant in the US. there are horses out there that are of no good to any

1/31/2008 5:58:57 PM

We need to make exporting of horses to Mexico & Canada for slaugher illegal as well.

1/31/2008 5:55:51 PM

Humane slaughter is better than slow death by neglect

1/31/2008 5:54:54 PM

take every tree hugger 50 to feed for next 30 yrs

1/31/2008 5:54:34 PM

Definite need. Too many unwanted/useful horses.

1/31/2008 5:54:15 PM

By not slaughtering, horses will suffer horribly.

1/31/2008 5:51:18 PM

Although we don't eat horse meat in this country, the do in many parts of the world.

1/31/2008 5:46:54 PM

OLD SICK I don't think so

1/31/2008 5:38:16 PM

Transporting unwanted horses is the most inhumane part of slaughter.

1/31/2008 5:28:37 PM

We are seeing horses throughout the US being starved due to a lack of place for them to go.

1/31/2008 5:26:39 PM

we can't save them all and it is cruel to keep a horse in pain alive just to keep it alive.

1/31/2008 5:17:44 PM

We need an avenue for disposal of unwanted horses without Mexico's barbaric way becoming our answer.

1/31/2008 5:14:09 PM

This is barbaric... and we as Americans are better than this!

1/31/2008 5:12:51 PM

A much needed service for many reasons, injured , chronically lame, wild untrainable or dangerous ho

1/31/2008 5:08:24 PM

Slaughter is UNAmerican

1/31/2008 4:34:07 PM

Rather than watch them starve, from lack of food, care etc.

1/31/2008 4:10:51 PM

Give it a rest. The voice of the majority has spoken.

1/31/2008 3:52:53 PM

People who want to close the plants should have to buy the horses!

1/31/2008 3:44:32 PM

Sllaughter is NOT humane.

1/31/2008 3:31:22 PM

YES! Are the tree hugging LIBTARDS going to feed them? NOT!!!!!!!!!!

1/31/2008 3:27:30 PM

hell no

1/31/2008 3:09:25 PM

Horse slaughter is a necessary evil & should be governed by ACTUAL horse people who understand this.

1/31/2008 2:53:15 PM

When the rotting of old horse start, the people who voted for no slaughter in US, will wonder!

1/31/2008 2:48:49 PM

It's a far better alternative to sending them to Mexico.

1/31/2008 2:44:06 PM

We need to bring slaughter back into the US where it can be regulated!

1/31/2008 2:41:41 PM

This is needed in the equine industry. And I am a breeder of exceptional horses.

1/31/2008 2:36:06 PM

Those who want to get rid of U.S. slaugher houses should go see a Mexican one.

1/31/2008 2:34:04 PM

there is a big need for it

1/31/2008 2:31:52 PM

Unfortunately, that is necessary at this time.

1/31/2008 2:28:51 PM

There has to be a humane place to destroy horses vs starving at an adoption farm.

1/31/2008 2:23:19 PM

It took us years to get the other three slaughterhouses shut down. No way would I support another!

1/31/2008 2:22:07 PM

Why on earth build another when 3 exist & are closed?

1/31/2008 2:17:04 PM

I do not support the butchering of horses. There are other alternatives if people seek them out.

1/31/2008 1:59:04 PM

hell no

1/31/2008 1:56:12 PM

why would we open a new plant when we just shut three down?

1/31/2008 1:53:44 PM

It is vital to the horse industry that employs millions of us citizens dirently and indirectly

1/31/2008 1:53:06 PM

More concentration should be directed on controlling the number of horses bred annually instead.

1/31/2008 1:27:21 PM

Horses are the most noble animals on this earth and give everything they have to please their human

1/31/2008 1:21:27 PM

Any horse slaughter plant in the US needs clear cut rules,supervision and monitoring.

1/31/2008 12:46:58 PM

It is needed badly, just have better transporting laws

1/31/2008 12:36:40 PM

Wanted horses need a place to go

1/31/2008 12:31:11 PM

I would like to see all horse slaughter ended

1/31/2008 12:27:32 PM

Overloaded rescue facilities. Bettter slaughter than starve. They have a use that way.

1/31/2008 12:19:40 PM

yes ,there is a problem but,we are to blame and instead of sending them off,humanly euthinize,

1/31/2008 12:19:30 PM

Horse slaughter should be banned. horses are not raised like cattle, chickens, pigs etc.

1/31/2008 12:19:07 PM

Not completely opposed to slaughter but must be done HUMANELY!

1/31/2008 12:12:23 PM

there is a NEED

1/31/2008 12:04:20 PM

Please God, no more slaughter horses in this country. Bad enough we export horses to be killed.

1/31/2008 11:53:02 AM

It is time to end the slaughter of our horses.

1/31/2008 11:46:37 AM

Its more humane than starving to death...Planet Green...Recycle

1/31/2008 11:46:02 AM

It's needed. Look at the problems created by closing the other plants.

1/31/2008 11:37:11 AM

Stop the irresponsible backyard breeding for God's sake!

1/31/2008 11:36:16 AM


1/31/2008 11:31:45 AM

Horses are livestock not lap dogs. I would rather see them slaughtered than STARVING TO DEATH!!!!!!!

1/31/2008 11:26:13 AM

There has to be a slaughter market for horses to help the industry.

1/31/2008 11:16:04 AM

While I believe having slaughter plats is good I opose govrnment funding

1/31/2008 11:08:18 AM

At least an unwanted horse could serve a useful purpose, instead of being starved to death!

1/31/2008 10:41:14 AM

Anyone who slaughters animals should also BE SLAUGHTERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1/31/2008 10:39:08 AM

The nation needs a place to dispose of excess horses in a human and useful manner.

1/31/2008 10:22:19 AM

It's inhumane to slaughter horses. Now that the U.

1/31/2008 10:16:05 AM

But NOT for human consumption and very strictly regulated. Too many are allowed to starve to death

1/31/2008 10:14:57 AM

Our American Horses are our backbone and should not be destroyed for human consumption

1/31/2008 10:13:04 AM

We need local US Equine slaughter plants! There is an excess of unwanted horses and the rescue oper

1/31/2008 10:12:23 AM

Horses are not considered consumable livestock in America!

1/31/2008 9:55:58 AM

Horses are BEYOND companion animals. We would not slaughter dogs and cats for consumption abroad!!!

1/31/2008 9:49:17 AM

What will happen to sick, old, non-usable horses? Already hearing horror stories about their plight

1/31/2008 9:41:54 AM

Humanely transported and taken care of until humanely slaughtered. They are livestock!

1/31/2008 9:41:04 AM

There must be a way to dispose of horses when they are no longer of any use to themselves.

1/31/2008 9:40:15 AM

HOrses are livestock. W/o slaughter no base $$$$

1/31/2008 9:37:00 AM

Once started that will turn into a bottomless pit seeking more and more horses to keep operating.

1/31/2008 9:21:34 AM

What are these people thinking of. Taking a horse for human consumption. This is just disgusting.

1/31/2008 9:15:04 AM

Better than letting horses be neglected or starved/abused

1/31/2008 9:13:39 AM

HELL NO!!! These slaughter plants are very inhumane, and there is no reason for them in America!!!

1/31/2008 9:09:15 AM

Favor slaughter over starvation/abandonment or misuse

1/31/2008 9:03:27 AM

God did not give life to horses to be killed and eaten.

1/31/2008 8:56:58 AM

My vet \ State University will euthanize and dispose a horse for 250.00, that's 1/2 month’s board

1/31/2008 8:26:12 AM

There needs to be an outlet for unwanted/unfit horses!!!

1/31/2008 7:52:39 AM

The US gov. is regressing in considering such a thing.

1/31/2008 7:05:07 AM

There needs to be somewhere for unwanted/unuseable lame horses to go

1/31/2008 6:39:17 AM

It is an OUTRAGE that those S.D. politicians climbed into the pockets of the meat buyers.

1/31/2008 5:24:41 AM

There are too many unwanted horses for the current system to take them all in.

1/31/2008 5:23:30 AM

Horseslaughter should be banned....period!!!!

1/31/2008 2:28:15 AM

Through history the horse has come to be a majestic icon, and companion animal. IT IS NOT FOOD.

1/31/2008 1:54:18 AM

80% of Americans do not want our horses slaughtered period. Come on Congress VOTE

1/31/2008 1:51:24 AM

horses are livestock

1/31/2008 12:10:05 AM

Horses should be humanely euthanized, not shoved in trailers to die a horrible death.

1/31/2008 12:08:49 AM

Slaughter and over-breeding work hand-in-hand to keep each other going!

1/31/2008 12:07:18 AM

Horse slaughter is horrendous! It is very un-American and makes us look barbaric.

1/31/2008 12:02:12 AM

Our legendary horses deserve better than this!!!!

1/31/2008 12:01:48 AM

It is such a fine line w/ me. Guess it would depend on the condition of the animal.

1/31/2008 12:00:57 AM

our horse industry is in shambles since the plants closed

1/30/2008 11:52:58 PM


1/30/2008 11:36:03 PM

Let the bleeding hearts pay for the maintence on all the horses out there!!

1/30/2008 11:12:12 PM

This is the humane way to destroy unwanted horses not starving them!

1/30/2008 10:48:20 PM

We need horse slaughter in the industry.

1/30/2008 10:43:45 PM

w/o a meat market, sales and profit will remain low.

1/30/2008 10:42:33 PM


1/30/2008 10:36:59 PM

Most certainly NOT!!! In this day and age there is no good reason at all for such a place!!!

1/30/2008 10:26:34 PM

There needs to be an option as long as it is regulated and humane

1/30/2008 10:19:48 PM

I own & breed horses.U don't discard of people when they r unwanted.All these animals have is us!!!

1/30/2008 10:13:12 PM

Stop horses starving, being turned loose, abused - OPEN THE PLANTS

1/30/2008 10:10:37 PM

Absolutely. There must be a humane outlet for the 100,000 unwanted horses every year!

1/30/2008 10:09:50 PM

Something needs to be done with the unwanted horses. Rescues are full!!!!!

1/30/2008 10:05:25 PM

Stolen horses are ending up in these plants.

1/30/2008 9:45:21 PM

Stop the slaughter of horses!!!

1/30/2008 9:44:40 PM

Unfortunately this IS a necessarty evil. I am sick of seeing horses starved for lack of a market

1/30/2008 9:42:24 PM

Unwanted horses are going to get slaughtered in the end.If you really cared,you would keep it in USA

1/30/2008 9:40:46 PM

Yes look at all the nags that have been truned loose this past year in parks cause they had no where

1/30/2008 9:38:28 PM

Horse Slaughter is a Neccessary evil and it is definitely needed!

1/30/2008 9:36:03 PM

How dare anyone try to perpetuate the evils of that industry?

1/30/2008 9:29:10 PM

unwanted and dangerous horses need to be slaughtered if wanted or necessary

1/30/2008 9:10:34 PM

I live in SD and would rather have a plant here than have the horses get BUTCHERED in Mexico!

1/30/2008 9:07:12 PM

Most a worse faith without

1/30/2008 9:07:00 PM


1/30/2008 9:03:19 PM

All the slaughter horses are going out of the country, unwanted horses are epidemic.

1/30/2008 9:01:49 PM

public money should not support French diets

1/30/2008 8:57:51 PM

only if the horses that are to be slaughtered are truly un serviceable and do not go to the french t

1/30/2008 8:57:12 PM

Your magazine is just disgusting which is why I don't subscribe to it.

1/30/2008 8:49:39 PM

There is more abuse/neglect since slaughter has been banned.

1/30/2008 8:43:52 PM

Sadly necessary fact of life for uncared for, unsound or unwanted animals.

1/30/2008 8:43:09 PM

the slaughter plants are much better than all the horses starving to death in pastures

1/30/2008 8:33:43 PM

horses are livestock not pets!!!!

1/30/2008 8:09:50 PM

Horse slaughter is an abomination.We do not eat horseflesh in the US nor should we transport our hor

1/30/2008 7:54:40 PM


1/30/2008 7:46:26 PM

Tremendous efforts were successful in closing U.S. Slaughterhouses,

1/30/2008 7:39:09 PM

There needs to be some type of relief for the unwanted animals, no different than dogs or cats.

1/30/2008 7:34:16 PM

We need to focus on prevention of shipping horses to Mexico/Canada. No US Horses for slaughter!

1/30/2008 7:29:59 PM


1/30/2008 7:25:31 PM

Horse slaughter needs to end

1/30/2008 7:18:53 PM

There is a need for slaughter houses for equine. We need to open several throughout the US.

1/30/2008 7:18:52 PM

horse slaughter is a necessary evil

1/30/2008 7:13:00 PM

Humane treatment in transit and prior to slaughter should be enforced instead of banning.

1/30/2008 7:00:27 PM


1/30/2008 6:56:12 PM

no way. the frenbch can eat their own horses

1/30/2008 6:50:38 PM

Not only no, but HELL NO.

1/30/2008 6:49:13 PM

Absolutely not. In our country, horses have helped been our companions and helpmates. Eat them? NO!

1/30/2008 6:36:55 PM

Humane disposal of unwanted horses is better than starving or some other human inflicted suffering!

1/30/2008 6:35:09 PM

It is the right thing to do!

1/30/2008 6:34:24 PM

when I cant manage my horse I train it not send it out for slaughter!

1/30/2008 6:32:24 PM

Horse slaughter always ends up being cruel to the horse in one or more ways. END HORSE SLAUGHTER!!!

1/30/2008 6:23:22 PM

I feel that we need a slaughter house in every state.

1/30/2008 6:19:36 PM

Even the suggestion that there could be an incentive for horse slaughter is a revolting idea.

1/30/2008 6:11:37 PM

ppl that board out are not going to pay $$ everymonth, they will abandon them. that is more crewl.

1/30/2008 6:08:40 PM

The US needs a way to help manage the horse population. Horses are ultimately livestock.

1/30/2008 6:07:33 PM

start an Indian gambling casion if your state needs money

1/30/2008 6:07:13 PM

Horse slaughter is not humane euthanasia. Many are stolen or wake up during the "processing."

1/30/2008 6:05:56 PM

Horses are not food source animals!

1/30/2008 6:02:52 PM

Rescue shelters are already becoming overwhelmed. isn't a quick end better than long suffering?

1/30/2008 6:01:29 PM


1/30/2008 6:01:18 PM

Absolutely! Horses are LIVESTOCK. They are NOT my children, and they are NOT my husband. LIVESTOCK

1/30/2008 5:58:04 PM


1/30/2008 5:57:06 PM

Not just no, but HELL no

1/30/2008 5:54:29 PM

I don't believe we should provide horsemeat to foreign countries when we don't eat them here.

1/30/2008 5:49:40 PM

Horses are companion animals, devoted to humans like cats & dogs. Just be with horses to know!

1/30/2008 5:49:37 PM

horse slaughter is simply not acceptable!!!!!!!!!!

1/30/2008 5:49:17 PM

Isn't there a better way to help SD citizens?

1/30/2008 5:48:43 PM

I don't think everything is for sale. I guess to the pro-slaughter folks, it is.

1/30/2008 5:45:22 PM

I don't believe in starvation or cruel, stabbing deaths (Mexico). Euthanasia soln is too hazardous!

1/30/2008 5:43:16 PM

I don't beleive in horses being sent to slaughter unnessarily BUT for the injured, sick, dying etc.

1/30/2008 5:40:03 PM

No it is cruel and barbaric.

1/30/2008 5:38:37 PM

Horse Slaugher is barbaric!

1/30/2008 5:34:31 PM

The owners of horses should have all options availiable to make the best decisions for the welfare

1/30/2008 5:30:37 PM

The bill was killed; get a clue Congressmen, the message is clear, and it’s NO to horse slaughter

1/30/2008 5:24:38 PM

Horse slaughter is atrocious. Horses have been our comrades for centuries!

1/30/2008 5:16:23 PM

No, We Americans have already banned horse slaughter in this country.

1/30/2008 5:14:45 PM

There should be NO HORSE SLAUGHTER plants in the country ever again.

1/30/2008 5:12:13 PM

Will get economy back

1/30/2008 5:09:36 PM

I think it is stupid to ship income out of the country, or have to feed someone elses horse

1/30/2008 5:08:59 PM

we need to stop slaughtering horses either in the US or foreign countries

1/30/2008 5:08:13 PM

Most tree huggers do not understand. Most unwanted horses suffer so much pain and starvation.

1/30/2008 5:07:55 PM

Slaughter is better than abandonment and starvation.

1/30/2008 5:06:03 PM

Without it horses are abandoned to starve!!

1/30/2008 4:48:36 PM

I personally find it repulsive to eat horse meat, but what happens to all the unwanted & uncared for

1/30/2008 4:47:31 PM


1/30/2008 4:46:42 PM

This needs to stop.

1/30/2008 4:44:46 PM

Give theses unwanted , hurting, mistreated horses a place to go. I understand, some are not. But...

1/30/2008 4:41:48 PM

Ever heard of "humane euthanasia?" Do we "process" cats and dogs? NO!

1/30/2008 4:32:08 PM

Until there is a system i place to dispose of unwanted horses, then a slaughter plant is still neede

1/30/2008 4:29:58 PM

It is needed!

1/30/2008 4:29:52 PM

would 't have my old "useless" friend's last minutes be terrifying, no dignity

1/30/2008 4:22:41 PM

Hell No!

1/30/2008 4:22:16 PM

Its time to get back to reality

1/30/2008 4:20:12 PM

How can anyone sit at watch the horses starve? That's better than slaughter? Not in my view.

1/30/2008 4:16:16 PM

Horses are in fact livestock, not pets. It is important for their survival that they not be labeled

1/30/2008 4:13:18 PM

many horses will suffer worse if no slaughter

1/30/2008 3:58:14 PM

The slaughter of AMERICA's horses ends now!

1/30/2008 3:55:58 PM

Slaughter is kinder than horse dumping.

1/30/2008 3:54:18 PM

Horse Slaughter in America, is abominable period.

1/30/2008 3:53:20 PM


1/30/2008 3:51:18 PM

If done humanly, with no pain felt by the horses

1/30/2008 3:51:15 PM

In the United States, horses are not the next red meat!

1/30/2008 3:37:34 PM

There must be a place for ALL livestock to be slaughtered. I do not raise horses to end there but

1/30/2008 3:35:28 PM

It is inhumane

1/30/2008 3:35:01 PM

that is cruel and inhumane!!! YUCK!

1/30/2008 3:31:14 PM

This is ridiculous. We don't butcher dogs and cats for food. Horses are pets and family members.

1/30/2008 3:30:51 PM

now we have a glut of unwanted horses which has driven down reputable horse sales

1/30/2008 3:28:36 PM

Be responsible for your own horse; don't turn your back on your responsibility!

1/30/2008 3:25:08 PM

Overbreeding creates "unwanted" horses, not the closing of slaughter plants.

1/30/2008 3:15:37 PM

It is imperative that a facility is available that can be regulated in the US

1/30/2008 3:12:14 PM

Horses are still technically livestock and we can't treat them as pets

1/30/2008 3:04:30 PM

I think what SD was trying to do was right--even though the idea of it personally sickens my stomach

1/30/2008 2:59:35 PM

Horses are livestock and when they have no salvage value they become liabilities instead of assets.

1/30/2008 2:46:04 PM

It is very necessary

1/30/2008 2:42:34 PM

If we don’t do something now about the overwhelming number of horses, we are going to have wild ho

1/30/2008 2:30:45 PM

its better than letting them starve

1/30/2008 2:25:29 PM

As long as they regulate humane transport & kill regulations...Yes

1/30/2008 2:24:28 PM

Unfortunately, we need some way to pay people for unwanted horses.

1/30/2008 2:16:44 PM

dangerous precedent. Horses are pets.

1/30/2008 2:13:42 PM

I would much rather see unwanted horses feed a human, than suffer abuse, and starvation.

1/30/2008 2:05:23 PM

Why should we contaminate our earth and drinking water, when slaughter would make use of an animal?

1/30/2008 1:59:29 PM

YES! Where are all the unwanted horses going to go? Are the anti slaughter going to take them??

1/30/2008 1:56:41 PM

Horse slaughter is atrocious!

1/30/2008 1:51:15 PM

Too many inwanted, unsafe horses and who's going to take of them?

1/30/2008 1:41:47 PM

We can't sell horses, with slaughter plants closed people are giving them away or else starving them

1/30/2008 1:35:54 PM

Sending our horses to Mexico results in barbaric death.

1/30/2008 1:33:49 PM

horse slaughter is a nessary evil

1/30/2008 1:28:34 PM

It's an unfortunate necessity. Too many horses are suffering due to overpopulation/lack of resources

1/30/2008 1:26:43 PM

Horse slaughter is cruel and hideous. We owe our horses much better than this!!!

1/30/2008 1:26:33 PM

I would not support any bill to slaughter horses

1/30/2008 1:24:57 PM

Horse slaughter is not humane at all and should never be used as euthanisia. Ever.

1/30/2008 1:20:25 PM

Are slimy politicians and pro-slaughter leeches brain dead?

1/30/2008 1:19:28 PM

Do all of those who voted "No" have horses? Are they willing to adopt & care for all the unw

1/30/2008 1:17:06 PM


1/30/2008 1:14:23 PM

Horse slaughter is an abomination in our society, I don't care what the French want to eat

1/30/2008 1:12:02 PM

horse slaughter is needed in this country!

1/30/2008 1:08:06 PM

There needs to be an 'out' for people to go with their horses, plain and simple.

1/30/2008 1:07:33 PM

Horses are livestock; they are big, they die. We need slaughterhouses to dispose of them.

1/30/2008 1:07:19 PM

There needs to be an outlet for unmanageable animals, barring carcasses from laying around rotting.

1/30/2008 1:07:01 PM

I believe that we need some way of disposing unwanted, non useful animals.

1/30/2008 1:04:52 PM


1/30/2008 12:51:47 PM

Though I wouldn't send any horse of mine to slaughter, I do think it's a necessary evil.

1/30/2008 12:48:10 PM

Al a horse owner and lover, I realize the need for an outlet for the lowest end of the market.

1/30/2008 12:44:39 PM

I think the greed in this country has gone beyond the limits.....particularily in the political play

1/30/2008 12:44:10 PM

They closed existing ones; building another is dumb.

1/30/2008 12:38:43 PM

with proper guidelines, unwanted horses could be unthanized and processed instead of starving etc.

1/30/2008 12:33:42 PM

A very needed service

1/30/2008 12:33:38 PM

Slaughtering of horses is a necessary part of the equine industry.

1/30/2008 12:32:12 PM

USA just closed the last plant, what idiot decided to try and open another one?

1/30/2008 12:28:49 PM

I agree with the theory of no equine slauter but the reality just won't work

1/30/2008 12:27:36 PM

we need the "livestock" option back on the table

1/30/2008 12:26:59 PM

I'd support many!!! We need slaughter back to improve welfare!

1/30/2008 12:25:43 PM

It's time horse owners become responsible. Stop overbreeding!

1/30/2008 12:14:48 PM

That is not the solution. Better regulation in animal welfare laws will halt much of our problems.

1/30/2008 12:10:21 PM

Horses are livestock, there needs to be a slaughter industry for unwanted and unsafe animals.

1/30/2008 12:00:57 PM

We need a place to go with horse's and it make sense to recycle them. Its unfair to make them suffer

1/30/2008 11:59:47 AM

Unfortunately, it's a neccessary evil that the industry needs. Backyard and color breeders - STOP

1/30/2008 11:58:21 AM

Proximity of slaughter plants led to a marked increase in theft of horses from fields and paddocks

1/30/2008 11:57:08 AM

its a sick thing to eat our pet!!!!!

1/30/2008 11:56:43 AM

I know several people that supported ban that are now sorry it ever happened.

1/30/2008 11:49:24 AM

SD would be better then Mexico, till transportion out of country stopped.

1/30/2008 11:46:23 AM


1/30/2008 11:45:22 AM

no & its been canceled

1/30/2008 11:43:47 AM


1/30/2008 11:42:25 AM

Humane horse slaughter is needed in the USA.

1/30/2008 11:40:30 AM

I don't support this b/c these facilities & the transporters, can't maintain humane practices.

1/30/2008 11:39:50 AM

It is a shameful, disgusting practice. A blight on American History. Responsibility is key.

1/30/2008 11:34:19 AM

Horse slaughter is not HUMANE euthanasia! If you want to euthanize a horse have a vet do it!

1/30/2008 11:33:17 AM

need humane treatment, but too many starving unwanted, + abandoned equines du to no slaughterhouses.

1/30/2008 11:31:03 AM

we need to address the problem;prudent breeding practices/accept responsibility of horse ownership

1/30/2008 11:26:26 AM

I think a slaughter plant for horses is much needed in the US where the practice can be done humane

1/30/2008 11:25:52 AM

slaughter as currently practised is inhumane and does not match my values as an American.

1/30/2008 11:21:08 AM

Providing there are restrictions around euthanasia methods, making them humane.

1/30/2008 11:16:30 AM

Transport and handling are cruel

1/30/2008 11:13:59 AM

People have no idea the harm they have caused when they banned slaughter

1/30/2008 11:11:23 AM

Slaughter plant closings was unrealistic and only exacerbated the unwanted horse problem

1/30/2008 11:11:19 AM

Closing all US slaughter plants has lowered the monetary value of ALL horses !!!

1/30/2008 11:06:34 AM

At one time I had thought about retiring in SD, because it's such a lovely state. Not now.

1/30/2008 11:05:00 AM

There is a huge need, demand for a slaughter plant. There are too many horses suffering from neglec

1/30/2008 11:04:49 AM

our regulations are more humane then the alturnative

1/30/2008 11:01:38 AM

Horse slaughter provides a floor a more humane end of life for horses now starved or neglected

1/30/2008 10:58:24 AM

What about the horrible deaths of horses exported to Mexico for slaughter? WE MUST STOP THIS.

1/30/2008 10:56:36 AM

We shouldn't worry aboutcontroling the horse population as much and worry about the human populatiio

1/30/2008 10:54:40 AM

Unfortunately we need horse slaughter take care of all the unwanted horses in this country.

1/30/2008 10:53:55 AM

With the understanding that the most humane methods possible were used, including distance of travel

1/30/2008 10:52:54 AM

Slaughter is wrong, no matter what. We need to protect our horses; we owe it to them.

1/30/2008 10:49:53 AM

No more slaughter. REAL horsepeople will euthanize.

1/30/2008 10:49:42 AM

Though would be better than going to Mexico

1/30/2008 10:46:20 AM

although it sounds bad , we need a venue to dispose of unwanted horses

1/30/2008 10:46:06 AM

The state should not be funding anything to do with a banned activity.

1/30/2008 10:42:47 AM

What is wrong with mankind?! For the love of God, why take steps backward, when we have moved forwar

1/30/2008 10:40:08 AM

Responsible breeding is the key in ending the increased number of unwanted horses-not slaughter!!

1/30/2008 10:38:38 AM

To opening of ANY new horse slaughter plants within the US is a step backwards.

1/30/2008 10:36:58 AM

Why are we trying to go backwards?

1/30/2008 10:35:45 AM

we just get the other plants closed and now we want to give an 'incentive' to open a new location!

1/30/2008 10:34:10 AM

Horse euthanized by lethal injection yield half a ton or more of toxic waste.

1/30/2008 10:32:09 AM

Open the slaughter plants! Don't sen

1/30/2008 10:29:20 AM


1/30/2008 10:28:32 AM

for those saying NO, then what do you do with all the unwanted one?

1/30/2008 10:21:26 AM

I'm a vet student and believe we need to have a humane solution for the horse abundance.

1/30/2008 10:04:57 AM

absulutely no

1/30/2008 10:04:55 AM

If we dont have on outlet for all unwanted horses we'll have a huge problem with dumping, neglect

1/30/2008 10:04:51 AM

It is an unfortunate truth but we NEED a horse slaughter facility. Less cruel than Mexico.

1/30/2008 10:02:05 AM

I'd rather horses be slaughtered in the US than Mex or Can. This will insure more humane treatment.

1/30/2008 10:00:20 AM

Horse slaughter is necessary. Of course we could send all of the unwanted horses the staff at PETA!

1/30/2008 9:58:47 AM

We are creating more problems by banning horse slaughter than we are resolving.

1/30/2008 9:56:08 AM

They deserve so much better

1/30/2008 9:52:47 AM

There has to be a place for the bad horses to go. We can't save them all!

1/30/2008 9:51:39 AM

Let them raise their own horses for slaughter if they want to eat them.

1/30/2008 9:50:32 AM

It is never going to stop; better here under supervision than the horrors in Mexico

1/30/2008 9:48:17 AM

build a new plant with humane killing method designed specifically for horses.

1/30/2008 9:47:26 AM

as long as the process is strictly managed

1/30/2008 9:43:56 AM

There is no way to insure humane treatment!

1/30/2008 9:42:18 AM

We do not raise our horses for slaughter. It is not our culture to eat or have our horses eaten.

1/30/2008 9:40:25 AM

Just shut down the otr 2, don't need horse meat, we have cows, pigs, chickens, lambs, & wild game.

1/30/2008 9:40:17 AM

what's worse, all these abandoned negleted unwanted horses. what about the dangerous or injured one

1/30/2008 9:40:06 AM

This is absolutly rediculousand would be a hugh step backwards for equines and humans.

1/30/2008 9:39:53 AM

Take notice of the many horses found emaciated in the past year.

1/30/2008 9:32:50 AM

How can they build a horse slaughter plant, when it has been outlawed in the U.S? its a travesty.

1/30/2008 9:26:18 AM

Ban all horse slaughter plants.

1/30/2008 9:24:51 AM

too many pets were stolen/lost because of slaughter. No More!

1/30/2008 9:24:25 AM

It's NOT "necessary", there are options! stop breeding PMU & mediocre horses, support rescues, adopt

1/30/2008 9:20:04 AM

The $1,000,000 should go to horse rescues and not to a horse slaughter houses.

1/30/2008 9:17:47 AM

Better this than have them starving at overrun rescue facilities.

1/30/2008 9:11:43 AM


1/30/2008 9:11:18 AM

I am a horse owner of 20+ years and recognize the unfortunate need for slaughter plants

1/30/2008 9:03:03 AM

which part of no more horse slaughter don`t they understand?

1/30/2008 9:01:08 AM

Horse slaughter should not be sanctioned in any state.

1/30/2008 8:59:26 AM

Slaughter is wrong and so is abuse/ people need to be more responsible

1/30/2008 8:53:43 AM

American horses are not bred & born to be butchered.

1/30/2008 8:48:56 AM

at least not at this time, the bill is too vague

1/30/2008 8:45:08 AM

As awful as it seems, this death is better than some alternatives

1/30/2008 8:43:06 AM

So called 'surplus' horses do not deserve to die becaus their owners are irresponsible.

1/30/2008 8:38:04 AM

Not only NO, but Hell NO

1/30/2008 8:35:32 AM

Humane death with dignity; veterinary euthanasia

1/30/2008 8:32:44 AM

This issue needs to be put to bed once and for all

1/30/2008 8:31:51 AM

wht is it???????

1/30/2008 8:26:23 AM

Slaughter is a necessary evil

1/30/2008 8:05:33 AM

I think that slaughter is more humane than neglect. Stop greedy breeding!

1/30/2008 8:05:27 AM

Why should they use taxpayers money for this?

1/30/2008 8:00:56 AM

I would not want a cent of my money going toward building a horse slaughtering plant.

1/30/2008 7:59:35 AM

I have a friend from France who loves horses, under saddle and on the plate.

1/30/2008 7:54:23 AM


1/30/2008 7:49:24 AM

Listen, folks, America has spoken. Don't you get it?

1/30/2008 7:45:11 AM

we should reopen the current plants and police the horses care in them.

1/30/2008 7:43:45 AM

Transporation and slaughter of our horses is barbaric. SD should study IL and TX. They banned it.

1/30/2008 7:39:20 AM


1/30/2008 7:27:32 AM

The idea that this vicious industry is going begging for state funds is an absoute disgrace!

1/30/2008 7:18:42 AM

We have got to stop this!!!

1/30/2008 7:15:37 AM

Slaughtering plants are necessary to humanly control the unwanted horse issue

1/30/2008 7:13:35 AM

Control ethical treatment and transportation of all livestock, do not ban slaughter!

1/30/2008 7:05:18 AM

This is a bill that will allow irresponsible horse owners one last way to make a lousy buck

1/30/2008 6:32:01 AM

What do I do with a 30 year old horse that we can not ride with feed so high and on land for him

1/30/2008 6:31:03 AM

Horses are our friends! WOuld you eat your friend for dinner?

1/30/2008 6:18:28 AM

Absolutely not!

1/30/2008 6:16:01 AM

There needs to be a way to take care of unwanted horses.

1/30/2008 6:07:31 AM

As this will help curb the onslot of horses being shipped to Europe.

1/30/2008 5:46:54 AM

Horses are not food animals.

1/30/2008 4:41:17 AM

Horse slaughter & associated atrocities should be banned, completely.

1/30/2008 4:21:32 AM

If by no i mean don't have slaughter plants for horses. I say no way.

1/30/2008 4:08:15 AM


1/30/2008 3:28:58 AM

A process fopr equines that ios definetly needed in the USA. Injured, old, and unwanted or horses th

1/30/2008 3:27:24 AM

Slaughter & transport to slaughter should be banned!

1/30/2008 3:04:58 AM

A Place to humanely dispose of unwanted horses, They're starving to death!

1/30/2008 2:32:24 AM

Slaughter is kinder than horse dumping & underfunded "rescues" near me.

1/30/2008 1:53:52 AM

This is well thought out and VERY needed

1/30/2008 1:49:24 AM

horse slaughter is appalling

1/30/2008 1:35:40 AM

No Way, all others have been shut down, so this one should never get started..

1/30/2008 1:23:27 AM

The diversion of public (taxpayer) funds for private corporate gain is WRONG, apart from moral issue

1/30/2008 1:19:17 AM

There needs to be a humane solution for unwanted horses.Starvation,turning loose in the wild are not

1/30/2008 1:17:56 AM

we need slaughter plants in the US.

1/30/2008 12:27:49 AM

Horse reproduction must be moderated!

1/30/2008 12:27:06 AM

Humane slaughter better than starvation

1/30/2008 12:23:56 AM

I think humane slaughter is a better solution than abandonment and starvation for unwanted horses.

1/30/2008 12:14:33 AM

plants in many states humane treatment less travel- better than neglect & starvation

1/30/2008 12:12:27 AM

Slaughter is not my personal choice - but there needs to be an alternative to abandonment

1/30/2008 12:06:31 AM

a bit archaic in their thinking???

1/30/2008 12:05:51 AM

As much as I hate the idea, reality dictates it. And controls over transport etc would be in place.

1/29/2008 11:52:00 PM

I would ever support such an incentive. The slaughtering of horses is wrong on every level.

1/29/2008 11:49:07 PM

The horse owners definately need horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. GO GUYS !!!!!!!

1/29/2008 11:46:29 PM

I believe that slaughter has its place, and I would rather see horses put down humanily here

1/29/2008 11:46:17 PM

this barbaric, inhumane practice needs to be banned nationwide.

1/29/2008 11:45:31 PM

You think hitting a deer does damage, wait till you hit a horse! we need it!!

1/29/2008 11:35:31 PM

Horse slaughter must be stopped. It is fraught with cruelty and

1/29/2008 11:28:29 PM

There has to be a place for horses to be humanely slaughtered.

1/29/2008 11:24:07 PM

Horse slaughter is over in the US and we are working to end it in Canada too.

1/29/2008 11:21:17 PM

Not all horses are good companion animals and there needs to be a way to economically put them down

1/29/2008 11:15:51 PM

Slaughter is far kinder than starving to death which is what they're doing now all over the nation!!

1/29/2008 11:12:14 PM

We eat cows, pigs, chickens, etc. What makes equine any different?

1/29/2008 11:07:43 PM

Why in the world did we go through closing all of these things, just to allow a new one to open??!!?

1/29/2008 11:06:06 PM

How could this even be considered! It's outrageous! No state should fund slaughter!

1/29/2008 11:04:55 PM

Ill concieved expense that will not solve any problems.

1/29/2008 11:03:45 PM

Enough is Enough End Slaughter and Transport NOW!!!

1/29/2008 10:59:14 PM

Civilization was raised on the back of a horse. They are not meat animals; we OWE them better!

1/29/2008 10:51:18 PM

It's absolutely disgusting. People should be responsible owners. Stop over breeding.

1/29/2008 10:46:20 PM

This is WRONG--

1/29/2008 10:45:54 PM

Only capitalistic, barbaric, soulless, bottom-feeders could support such an idea. NO NO NO kathy

1/29/2008 10:44:55 PM

What is the incentive? I haven't heard about any horse slaughter plant in SD

1/29/2008 10:44:05 PM

we need more slaughterhouses so these poor ceatures don't have to go on a long grueling trailerride

1/29/2008 10:40:56 PM

has anyone seen a horse die of starvation? Talk about cruel!

1/29/2008 10:38:20 PM

All slaughter of horses must be stopped

1/29/2008 10:36:04 PM

How many of these slaughter polls are you going to run!! America is AGAINST slaughter

1/29/2008 10:35:20 PM

No SLAUGHTER! it's time to pass HR503 and S.311

1/29/2008 10:32:35 PM

are you kidding??!!

1/29/2008 10:31:19 PM

If we can monitor humane treatment.

1/29/2008 10:29:55 PM

A quick death toward a useful purpose is far prefferrable to starvation and abuse.

1/29/2008 10:29:01 PM

This was a resoundingly bad idea. Glad SD heard our voices.

1/29/2008 10:28:08 PM

People that eat meat should watch the die and look into those eyes.

1/29/2008 10:27:55 PM

no double decker trailers for horses, ever.

1/29/2008 10:24:19 PM

the horse industry has created the problem the horse community is expected to absorb their overload

1/29/2008 10:23:36 PM

I don't like slaughter but sometimes it 's a necessary evil, better than starvation or abuse

1/29/2008 10:21:10 PM

We've already seen what happens with the houses closed. Hope this one will be owned by the US

1/29/2008 10:18:10 PM

everyone wants the cute babies, no one wants the untrained or geriatrics

1/29/2008 10:17:56 PM

Yes.Yes.Yes A sane move finally!

1/29/2008 10:05:32 PM


1/29/2008 10:01:34 PM

this is frikkin crazy! we just got rid of these hell-holes....i thought!

1/29/2008 9:56:50 PM

Horse slaughter is insane!!!

1/29/2008 9:53:33 PM

Why would they consider it when people have fought so hard to shut down the others? It's barbaric!

1/29/2008 9:50:17 PM

We need to ban slaughter in the US as well as the export of horses to be slaughtered

1/29/2008 9:47:37 PM

Without federal laws in place to protect horses in transit/and on site this is an atrocity

1/29/2008 9:45:38 PM

Good for SD! Now the US Congress must pass the AHSPA.

1/29/2008 9:45:33 PM


1/29/2008 9:42:43 PM

horse slaughter is a necessity for the horse industry

1/29/2008 9:41:28 PM

Do people really believe that most horses going to slaughter are old and lame? They know better.

1/29/2008 9:37:31 PM

we need these plants reopened sad to say. no really thought things through the first time.

1/29/2008 9:35:18 PM

This is needed to prevent unwanted horses from a tortured life.

1/29/2008 9:34:12 PM

Has everyone forgotten about humane euthanasia by injection?

1/29/2008 9:32:59 PM

When money becomes more important than love, perhaps we'll open plants to slaughter excess people ..

1/29/2008 9:32:09 PM

Better here supervised than Mexico unsupervised.

1/29/2008 9:26:40 PM

Slaughter is a necessary evil

1/29/2008 9:15:03 PM

I don't support any kind of slaughter

1/29/2008 9:12:35 PM

Horses are NOT raised as food animals. They are fed chemicals known to be harmful to humans.

1/29/2008 9:09:15 PM

We have seen first hand the terrible results of stopping horse slaughter here in the US.

1/29/2008 9:08:14 PM

I'm OK with slaughter but not with government loans to businesses.

1/29/2008 9:08:09 PM

Barbaric: government sponsored murder of a noble animal that changed civilization.

1/29/2008 9:06:38 PM

horses slaughtered for non-human consumption are worse off.

1/29/2008 9:02:52 PM

why would we want to open anohter slaughter house in America when the goal is to stop horse slaughte

1/29/2008 9:01:39 PM

we set a DANGEROUS precedent by allowing this to happen to our pets. Dogs? Cats?

1/29/2008 8:58:17 PM

I have 3 horses now that were rescued from feedlot. I don't agree with horse slaughter forany reason

1/29/2008 8:57:15 PM

We need a humane slaughter plant in this country

1/29/2008 8:56:41 PM

It is a needed industry

1/29/2008 8:56:14 PM

Because horses are treated so awful once they cross the border

1/29/2008 8:56:04 PM

People need to take responsibility. No overbreeding of horses. No taxes to pay for this.

1/29/2008 8:55:40 PM

I dont believe the united states should ever slaughter horses as they are our pets.

1/29/2008 8:49:16 PM

we should be enacting laws to make horse owners more responsible. slaughter methods are inhumane

1/29/2008 8:48:20 PM

This is a despicable industry, with our horrors paying the price.

1/29/2008 8:47:32 PM

People who support this should be Shot. S.D. is home of Mt Rushmore not Mt horsemore.

1/29/2008 8:45:54 PM

We desperately need some way to remove totally useless specimens from the general horse population.

1/29/2008 8:45:38 PM

No bank would give a loan or line of credit to construct a horse slaughter plant given the risk of t

1/29/2008 8:44:57 PM

other alternatives to slaughter need to be found. It is possible.

1/29/2008 8:43:54 PM

Horse slaughter is a real necessity, both fo rthe horses and the equine industry. There is no other

1/29/2008 8:42:41 PM

I vote no with the caveat that transport elsewhere for slaughter is outlawed.

1/29/2008 8:41:18 PM

Where is the message getting lost. We keep fighting against, voting against this horrible practice

1/29/2008 8:39:55 PM


1/29/2008 8:38:55 PM

It is uncivilized and a horrible industry to have in the US, or anywhere for that matter.

1/29/2008 8:38:40 PM

safe & humane transport is used and a quick & painless system to take out the horse.no human consump

1/29/2008 8:36:53 PM

Only a fool would invest in or support this.

1/29/2008 8:34:25 PM

If a horse needs assistance in dying, humane euthanasia is the only moral option.

1/29/2008 8:29:59 PM

U.S. needs a plant. Horses now shipped to Mexico for slaughter die a death 10,000 times worse.

1/29/2008 8:29:29 PM

Another choice is passing a law making horses immortal!

1/29/2008 8:28:12 PM

I disagree with the slaughter of any healhy horse

1/29/2008 8:27:46 PM

if horse has no purpose or value it will be neglected, die slow death of starvation.

1/29/2008 8:27:16 PM


1/29/2008 8:25:19 PM

no slaughter plants means overabundance of stock at rescue facilities

1/29/2008 8:24:34 PM

If $ would be invested to create a safe drug for the "meat" to end the horses life, I would support

1/29/2008 8:20:30 PM

Horses are an American Icon....they are demesticated PETS not cows pet patties for Europe how sick

1/29/2008 8:19:51 PM

What a terrible business decision...

1/29/2008 8:19:39 PM

If you start a horse rescue facility, turn unable to afford feed, horses starve, jail for you.

1/29/2008 8:17:58 PM

Keep Slaughter in US it can be regulated/humaine here No slaughter here has led to starved/neglected

1/29/2008 8:17:15 PM

Absolutely not. We abolished slaughter in this country for a reason last year. THE PEOPLE SPOKE.

1/29/2008 8:14:14 PM

More horses are suffering and being abandoned after the ban went into effect.

1/29/2008 8:12:25 PM

americans do not want this bruta

1/29/2008 8:12:17 PM

the economy needs all of the equine slaughter plants

1/29/2008 8:07:54 PM

It's cruel and senseless!

1/29/2008 8:07:44 PM

unwanted horses & very low horse prices warrant slaughtering opportunities

1/29/2008 8:02:02 PM

Why not put the money into no-breeding education, instead? Or assistance with euthanasia?

1/29/2008 7:59:41 PM

Unwanted horses that are unadoptable should be humanely euthanized!

1/29/2008 7:58:44 PM


1/29/2008 7:48:18 PM

I strongly feel slaugtering horses is horrible, inhumane, terrorizing and not euthanasia!

1/29/2008 7:47:38 PM

Would you rather have a quick captive bolt kill? Or stabbing them in the spine like in Mexico?

1/29/2008 7:46:46 PM

No,No, athousand times nooooo

1/29/2008 7:45:28 PM

hell no!

1/29/2008 7:44:58 PM

Isn't this illegal now? How disgusting!

1/29/2008 7:44:51 PM

Tax money should not fund this.

1/29/2008 7:44:08 PM

stop transport and inhumane killing of horses shipped to mexico and canada

1/29/2008 7:43:27 PM


1/29/2008 7:41:44 PM

Of all of the animals that has helped mankinmd on EVERY level we seem to be hell bent to say Thank Y

1/29/2008 7:36:09 PM

We need to challenge people to feed and house unwanted horses to avoid slaughter

1/29/2008 7:31:58 PM

they shouldn't have horse slaughter in any country its down right inhumaine

1/29/2008 7:29:29 PM

I believe there is a need .

1/29/2008 7:28:52 PM

We need a place to put the unwanted horses. They just keep floating around from horse sale to sale.

1/29/2008 7:28:21 PM

yes, yes, yes!!!We need it!!

1/29/2008 7:26:52 PM

It is about time some rational thought comes about !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1/29/2008 7:24:50 PM

Banning horse slaughter in this country is long overdue~!!

1/29/2008 7:24:05 PM

If the slaughter were to be performed in a humane way, I might support it.

1/29/2008 7:22:14 PM

the bill's been defeated, so the question is moot - for now.

1/29/2008 7:20:40 PM

slaughter is a necessary evil. just as you can't save the cats and dogs you can't save all horses

1/29/2008 7:20:00 PM

There has to be a better alternative for unwanted horses than to be starved,neglected,abandonded

1/29/2008 7:15:02 PM

we live 1/2 mile from SD. i don't think so!

1/29/2008 7:13:03 PM

Need to cull 'em? Can't sell 'em. What else are you going to do with 'em?

1/29/2008 7:11:00 PM

Don't reward those that torture and kill our horses!

1/29/2008 7:10:18 PM

By removing the easy way to disposing of the unwanted horses; perhaps they will stop breeding them.

1/29/2008 7:08:46 PM

We NEED slaughter!!!!!!!!!

1/29/2008 7:07:25 PM

I don't support horse slaughter under any circumstances

1/29/2008 7:05:17 PM

back yard breeders of horses and dogs and cats should be stopped and slaughter should be banned

1/29/2008 6:58:44 PM

horse slaughter-a national disgrace because people won't stop over breeding.

1/29/2008 6:58:27 PM

unwanted horses have to go somewhere

1/29/2008 6:57:28 PM

We do not have slaughter houses for dogs or cats why is this acceptable for horses?

1/29/2008 6:56:57 PM

It is needed, much better here than in Mexico

1/29/2008 6:55:16 PM

Barbaric, plain and simple. Humans are more creative than this, let's lose the brain laziness.

1/29/2008 6:55:07 PM

who, is the bigger animal

1/29/2008 6:51:30 PM

If the animals are handled humanely.

1/29/2008 6:50:41 PM

I love horses but there has to be a place for sick and unwanted animals.

1/29/2008 6:47:08 PM

We need a better way to find homes for unwanted or neglected horses as well as retirement

1/29/2008 6:46:31 PM

Economic growth for the region.

1/29/2008 6:45:50 PM

How can we close plants and then waste money building one more to close!???

1/29/2008 6:41:39 PM

As long as solid legislation is put into effect to make sure that humane standards are met!

1/29/2008 6:33:09 PM

Horse slaughter is unethical.

1/29/2008 6:32:22 PM

Horses are special creatures and should not be slaughtered! no matter what!!!!

1/29/2008 6:31:05 PM

A quick death is better than an infirm horse being abandoned on the street or in a field.

1/29/2008 6:28:51 PM

Sd won't solve the problem of southern horses going to Mexico

1/29/2008 6:27:10 PM

But it must be a humane plant

1/29/2008 6:26:00 PM

People that think horses were put here on earth to be ate should be the ones to get butchered,

1/29/2008 6:25:14 PM

It bets staveing & being shipped to Mexico & Canada.

1/29/2008 6:23:22 PM

Stop overbreeding!

1/29/2008 6:23:18 PM

i think every state should have one

1/29/2008 6:23:13 PM

No more killing American horses for Janpanese dinner tables.

1/29/2008 6:18:21 PM

These money grabbers should also want to make money off killing cats and dogs for meat?

1/29/2008 6:18:18 PM

we need to have a reliable place to send the many unwanted animals rather than watch them starve

1/29/2008 6:17:42 PM

Horses are an American icon. They helped man settle the country. They can be a true friend to man.

1/29/2008 6:17:02 PM

stop slaughter in u.s. and prevent shipping to mexico and canada for slaughter...th

1/29/2008 6:16:45 PM

I think the slaughter of horses is immoral and reflects a total lack of understanding of the nature

1/29/2008 6:15:38 PM

open a new horse slaughter plant??? Never.

1/29/2008 6:14:05 PM

We must have a place for the unwanted horses. Sad, but true.

1/29/2008 6:08:26 PM

There must be SOME place for unwanted and/or rogue horses to go.

1/29/2008 6:07:57 PM

Why would anyone open another when three have been closed down due to protest?

1/29/2008 6:07:49 PM

We do not eat horse meat in the US. Horses should not be bred and then sent to slaughter!

1/29/2008 6:01:22 PM

Horse slaughter is not humane. The captive bolt does not cause instant death.

1/29/2008 6:01:14 PM

Slaughter plants are a necessary evil as long as there are

1/29/2008 6:00:54 PM

control our backyard breeding and neglect.

1/29/2008 6:00:36 PM

the majority of americans want horse slaughter ended in this country

1/29/2008 5:58:23 PM

No, Stop Killing Horses!

1/29/2008 5:58:03 PM

this is appalling that they want to do this, as we are working on the federal bills to stop slaughte

1/29/2008 5:55:48 PM

We need a HUMANE & REGULATED plant back in the states

1/29/2008 5:54:56 PM

Horses helped us settle these United States of America. NO Slaughter of these amazing creatures!

1/29/2008 5:54:47 PM

Too many horses are starving to death

1/29/2008 5:53:18 PM

knew this would never end. too much money in it for the greedy people

1/29/2008 5:47:20 PM

What happens to the 'unsuitable for anything horses/ponies'? This is not pretty, but better than st

1/29/2008 5:45:05 PM

They should be offering incentives for people to adopt rather than slaughter.

1/29/2008 5:45:02 PM

No way, euthanasia and responsible wonership, breeding, training, slaughter is not humane

1/29/2008 5:44:09 PM

we have to have a remedy for those "End of the road" horses

1/29/2008 5:39:04 PM

Only in the states can you regulate the safety and quick disposal.

1/29/2008 5:38:57 PM


1/29/2008 5:38:08 PM

Are you kidding?! How SICK!

1/29/2008 5:37:31 PM

I love horses so I support slaughter. There are much crueler ways of dieing than humane slaughter.

1/29/2008 5:34:21 PM

unless can guarantee horse not stolen and process made "humane", i cannot support any slaughter hous

1/29/2008 5:34:06 PM

I don't agree with how they do it.. But it is better than starving them.

1/29/2008 5:33:14 PM

The should not happen at all.

1/29/2008 5:33:07 PM

something has to be done, there are two many horses being abandoned and starving.

1/29/2008 5:32:34 PM

Better this than starve

1/29/2008 5:32:22 PM

the slaughter of horses is brutal and cruel.

1/29/2008 5:30:52 PM

I agree that slaughter plants are needed, but not by tax monies

1/29/2008 5:30:26 PM

Would you eat your dog?

1/29/2008 5:29:20 PM

We have no "bottom" in the horse market in the U.S. Will establish price per pound at least

1/29/2008 5:27:48 PM

This is horrible and should be stopped

1/29/2008 5:27:40 PM

If we allow participate by allowing slaughter to occur in the US, we fall very short as civilized pe

1/29/2008 5:27:23 PM

It is very necesary

1/29/2008 5:26:48 PM

Our country as a whole is not prepared to deal with thousands of homeless and/or useless horses.

1/29/2008 5:26:33 PM

Absolutely NO!! Slaughter in any form is inhumane and cruel!!!! Stop this insanity!

1/29/2008 5:24:21 PM

I love horses but too many suffer miserable lives

1/29/2008 5:21:38 PM

Horse slaughter is torture these animals are not put down humanly,. Stop the slaughter Now! STS

1/29/2008 5:20:19 PM

Recycle them! Don't inject w/toxins & dump in landfills

1/29/2008 5:19:51 PM

Americans do not want to slaughter their horses!! The proof is in the numbers!!!

1/29/2008 5:19:20 PM

better than mexio

1/29/2008 5:18:33 PM

Next will be America's dogs ...the slippery slope .

1/29/2008 5:17:42 PM

The majority of Americans oppose horse slaughter. America is a democracy so the majority rules.

1/29/2008 5:15:44 PM

People are abandoning and starving horses in record numbers. That is far more prolonged and cruel

1/29/2008 5:13:54 PM

Don't these idiot legislators know this is a dying business that Americans don't support

1/29/2008 5:12:12 PM

Thank God for some with brains!

1/29/2008 5:12:06 PM

I believe there is nothing wrong with the slaughter of horses, just as with beef, sheep, pigs, etc.

1/29/2008 5:10:08 PM

End all commercial equine slaughter, what next our dogs and cats cause there's a market for them?

1/29/2008 5:09:49 PM

We are worked so hard to get all three plants closed in the USA, why on Earth would we agree to this

1/29/2008 5:09:04 PM

No money should be given to attract any type of business, heck why not use the money for a rescue

1/29/2008 5:08:23 PM

There will never be a horse slaughter plant in this country again.

1/29/2008 5:08:13 PM

You don't eat the creatures that helped you become civilized. I do approve of human slaughter howeve

1/29/2008 5:08:03 PM

I would think that they reailized what the public thinks of this type of business.

1/29/2008 5:07:48 PM

There should be afederal ban against horse slaughter - this ban should also prohibit exportation

1/29/2008 5:07:27 PM

mexican slaughter plants are inhumane. Starving, abused, unwanted horses have increased

1/29/2008 5:05:19 PM

Bill was defeated.

1/29/2008 5:04:43 PM

Hey, I love horses too, but there MUST be a way to eliminate unwanted horses (HUMAINLY)!

1/29/2008 5:04:38 PM

NO!!! We are working to put an end to all horse slaughter in this country.

1/29/2008 5:03:52 PM

We just celebrated closing the Illinois plant. NO! I do not want another plant opening in SD.

1/29/2008 5:03:28 PM

Put $1 Million into caring for & making horses adoptable

1/29/2008 5:01:54 PM

Lets be realistic, dead is dead, why not humanly put to sleep

1/29/2008 5:01:51 PM

Horse slaughter and the transport outside of the US for slaughter should be banned

1/29/2008 5:01:17 PM

It is cruel and should not be allowed to take place; horses deserve lives too.

1/29/2008 5:00:21 PM

As long as it's humane, slaughter is a kinder end than slow starvation.

1/29/2008 4:58:52 PM

There will be no end to the horse suffering until we re-open a humane option for end of life.

1/29/2008 4:57:13 PM

tired of hearing the old, and sick go to slaughter, check whats going to Can, & Mex. to slaughter

1/29/2008 4:55:30 PM

I would support the bill only upon humane, supervised, strict USDA rules apply for slaughter in US.

1/29/2008 4:54:39 PM

The suffering of horses now being sent to Mexico must be stopped!

1/29/2008 4:54:30 PM

Not know, not ever, NEVER!!!!!

1/29/2008 4:53:49 PM

I say no, but have mixed feelings. If only backyard breeders would reconsider.

1/29/2008 4:52:20 PM

We need this!!

1/29/2008 4:51:52 PM

It's a dead issue. The proposal did not pass. It's over.

1/29/2008 4:51:26 PM

Horses are not medicated as food animals, therefore receive medications carcinogenic to people.

1/29/2008 4:50:06 PM

Think carefully about the ramifications before you vote!

1/29/2008 4:49:41 PM

we need one

1/29/2008 4:48:26 PM

A necessary evil, but must be closely regulated.

1/29/2008 4:46:14 PM

Even though I've voted no as I'm against horse slaughter 100%, I'm in two minds. Better than Mexico!

1/29/2008 4:45:32 PM

Horse slaughter is cruel and the people should be punished!

1/29/2008 4:45:21 PM

In plain and simple language, I support the end of slaughtering American horses. Period. The End.

1/29/2008 4:45:07 PM

Slaughter of horses is inhumane & a betrayal of trust- Our relationship w horses is based on trust

1/29/2008 4:44:32 PM

WHAT are they thinking? We the people have raised our voices AGAINST slaughtering our horses!

1/29/2008 4:43:17 PM

$outh Dakota'$ Horse $laughter plant - Who benefitS?

1/29/2008 4:43:03 PM

Totally Disgraceful

1/29/2008 4:42:50 PM

How disgusting!

1/29/2008 4:40:16 PM

Gov't incentives for this purpose are unconscionable

1/29/2008 4:39:16 PM

Only because slaughter in the U.S. would be a kinder fate than what horses are facing in Mexico.

1/29/2008 4:36:59 PM

It has already failed the SD legislature.

1/29/2008 4:34:47 PM

NO, NO, NO, NO!!!

1/29/2008 4:32:36 PM

too many unwanted horses ...

1/29/2008 4:32:26 PM

I know that there is a problem with unwanted horses in the country, but slaughter houses? WTF?

1/29/2008 4:32:24 PM

ALL horse slaughter facilities should be banned in the US entirely! Horses are not bred here for of

1/29/2008 4:29:34 PM

there has to be a way to handle end of life issue with a horse besides neglect.

1/29/2008 4:27:43 PM

The other plants were finally closed. I think as horse owners we need to provide a humane end of li

1/29/2008 4:26:54 PM

I wish there were slaughter plants in every major city in every State and save horses the trip.

1/29/2008 4:25:58 PM

we should pay to humanely euthanzie horses. not send them off to slaughter here, canada or in mexico

1/29/2008 4:22:40 PM

We need it!

1/29/2008 4:22:27 PM

it must end now.

1/29/2008 4:22:06 PM

Have they lost their minds? Is SD that desperate for revenue?

1/29/2008 4:20:24 PM

State money/loans should be used for education not slaughter.

1/29/2008 4:20:21 PM

Absolutely!!! It is needed

1/29/2008 4:20:08 PM

I do not understand why we don't eat horse meat , other country's do .

1/29/2008 4:18:52 PM

shorter ride is better and control methods

1/29/2008 4:17:53 PM

There must be an alternative to moving horses over borders for slaughter, which is inevitable in man

1/29/2008 4:14:45 PM

It was struck down this morning. At least most SD politicians weren't fooled by THEM!

1/29/2008 4:12:00 PM

better to kill quickly than starve inhumanely, as is happening now!

1/29/2008 4:10:45 PM

How utterly disgusting

1/29/2008 4:08:45 PM

stop backyard breeding, be responsible horse owners and this would not be an issue.

1/29/2008 4:08:29 PM

Disturbing abuse of power.

1/29/2008 4:07:00 PM

I am against the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

1/29/2008 3:59:53 PM

It certainly does not make me want to move my equine practice and family to South Dakota

1/29/2008 3:57:22 PM

Horses are being abandonded on roadsides and at sale barns locally; these need a place to go

1/29/2008 3:56:18 PM

Once again, euthanasia is overlooked as solution to unwanted horses.

1/29/2008 3:55:37 PM

WHAT the F&%$#@! what are they thinking?

1/29/2008 3:55:32 PM

Horse slaughter is cruel, horrific and barbaric. It is done for one purpose: GREED, GREED, GREED

1/29/2008 3:53:50 PM

I am an American...Need I say more I DO NOT EAT HORSE MEAT I ride them as well as love them.

1/29/2008 3:53:27 PM

Of course I don't want to see this or any other horse slaughterhouse in the United States!

1/29/2008 3:52:01 PM

Are you kidding me?

1/29/2008 3:51:52 PM

Please do not allow this cruel and heartless act occur in the USA -- it is a travesty to the horse

1/29/2008 3:51:40 PM

Eating our pets has never had a part in--and it does not now--the American ethnic.

1/29/2008 3:51:26 PM

Shame on the elected officials in SD for even considering this!

1/29/2008 3:46:36 PM

Horse Slaughter is an incredibly cruel, horrible practice that is not a humane way to die.

1/29/2008 3:45:09 PM

Let's undo the damage done last year! There are too many horses - and the industry - suffering.

1/29/2008 3:44:04 PM

Why would I do that? Our U.S. Senate enacted a 'National Day of the Horse' (S.Res. 452) 2004.

1/29/2008 3:43:58 PM

Horse slaughter is illegal by virtue of the HSA of 1958. The law has never been enforced!

1/29/2008 3:43:00 PM

With a federal ban finally be so close to getting passed - these people were crazy to suggest this!

1/29/2008 3:38:42 PM

Absoloutely not!

1/29/2008 3:37:36 PM

These monsters need to give it up!America wants these horse slaughter plants closed!Good Riddens!

1/29/2008 3:31:56 PM

Shame on the elected officials in SD for even considering this!

1/29/2008 3:18:48 PM

this plant will not be built.Moot issue

1/29/2008 3:18:33 PM

No matter how you put it, horse slaughter is NOT humane and should be banned forever!

1/29/2008 2:59:14 PM

HR 503 and SB 311, Horse Slaughter Prevention Act's are going to be passed in Congress.

1/29/2008 2:52:50 PM

Yes, If shipping, handling and killing were humanely done, under supervision 100% of the time

1/29/2008 1:17:56 PM

Keep em in the stable and off the table!

1/29/2008 12:53:24 PM

We should concentrate on humane slaughter legislation, not banning slaughter.

1/29/2008 12:28:14 PM

Horses are livestock. If you want to eat one, Bon Apetit

1/29/2008 12:00:18 PM

We need a humane way to dispose of horses. Just like pet dogs and cats.

1/29/2008 11:36:10 AM

Every state should be required to have a proccesing plant for the humane disposal of unwanted horses

1/29/2008 11:20:15 AM

stop breding them until the price goes up !

1/29/2008 10:43:15 AM

There is no drug withold time on horse meat; it is dangerous to eat.

1/29/2008 9:47:25 AM

Why not? Look at the way the horse economy is now!

1/29/2008 8:54:02 AM

thats horrible

1/29/2008 8:51:40 AM

Don't waste tax $ on what will be shut down soon anyway like the others!

1/29/2008 8:25:47 AM