Subject: FW: Letter to the Editor, Revised
Date: Wed, Dec 3, 2003, 8:42 PM
Letters to Editor
Cavel Takes 'Risk' by Mark Bieganski
Mayor Sparrow's statement that he, "doesn't see any difference
between slaughtering pigs, cattle, chickens OR HORSES" and
Rep. Wirsing's statement that it "Doesn't feel good to slaughter
horses, but we are a meat consuming country" makes me wonder
what country those two boys have been living in?
The difference Mayor Sparrow is that swine, cattle and poultry
are considered 'food animals' in this country, production based
and raised for
food and fiber. Horses on the other hand are considered a domesticated
animal raised for pleasure and sport and are not eaten.
Have Mayor Sparrows or Rep. Wirsing ever eaten in an American restaurant
or bought groceries in an American supermarket before? Why, I ask?
Have they never tumbled to the fact that horse meat is never listed
on menus nor sold in the meats section?
Do their sentiments also represent their willingness to rescind
the state tax revenues generated on all horse sales, feed and related
Illinois because horses are considered 'luxury' animals, not food
animals? I suspect NOT!
Cultural reality check Mayor Sparrow and Rep. Wirsing....Americans
do not slaughter or eat domesticated animals, i.e. pet and companion
It is a cultural thing...and all existing polls to date across
the country reflect that Americans want our horses protected against
slaughtered for the French and Belgian dinner plates.
Cathleen Doyle, founder
"Keep America's horses in the stable and off the table!"
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