In 2011, the GAO concluded in a report that horses were running wild en masse across the American West, often suffering painful deaths of starvation due to overpopulation. The cited cause was the current ban on horse processing, which prevents the USDA from funding inspectors to approve facilities which process horse meat. To respond to this situation, Congress re-instituted funding for horse processing in 2012. However, that did not sit well with HSUS fan, Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.
Vilsack is a known associate of the Humane Society of the United States, a radical animal rights group which engages in extreme anti-agriculture lobbying while raising funds from those who believe it is running shelters for dogs and cats. When Vilsack’s wife ran for Congress in Iowa against Rep. Steve King, HSUS dumped nearly three quarters of a million dollars into her unsuccessful 2012 campaign. Now Secretary Vilsack is paying back the favor by obstructing Congress’ call for renewed horse processing, a key HSUS agenda item.
USDA released a memo this month stating that they would like to find a “third way” for addressing the rampant horse population. They failed, however, to specify exactly what that third way would be, or when we might see it put into effect.
Once again, Obama administration officials are siding with radical activist groups over the American people, just as they do with energy, education, the environment, and a whole host of other issues. On May 9th, Vilsack is set to appear before the Senate to explain his actions. Let’s hope that our Senators will get answers.