EWA Press Release Feb 3, 2012 – ASPCA Poll

 February 3, 2012

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contacts:

 John Holland
540-268-5693
john@equinewelfarealliance.org

 Vicki Tobin
630.961.9292
vicki@equinewelfarealliance.org

Poll finds big Ag horse slaughter promotion has backfired

Chicago (EWA) – A poll conducted in January by Lake Research Partners for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) found that 80% of Americans are strongly opposed to horse slaughter. The highly respected research group based its survey on 1,008 voters giving the results a 3% margin of error. The poll found opposition was consistent across all sectors, including horse owners.

 The findings are all the more remarkable given the huge media effort that was mounted by the horse slaughter lobby following the closing of U.S.based horse slaughter plants in 2007.

While the effort appeared to have worked on Congress, causing them to restore funding for horse slaughter inspections, it had the opposite effect on voter opinion. A similar poll performed a decade earlier indicates that opposition to horse slaughter has increased by almost 10%.

 The slaughter lobby, supported by some of the most powerful agriculture groups in the country including the Farm Bureau, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Pork Producers Council (PPC), the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Quarter Horse Association has engaged some of the top lobbying and PR firms in Washington in a concerted effort to push back against what they saw as a victory for “animal rights” supporters.

 EWA’s John Holland explains “The horse slaughter issue has unfortunately become part of a much larger battle between big agriculture and animal welfare advocates. Big agriculture has decided to protect itself with an aggressive in-your-face strategy designed to preemptively crush its opponents, real and imagined.”

The promotion of horse slaughter is just one of the proxy battles being waged by the Ag giants. In July of 2011, the NCBA and the PPC opposed a plan already agreed to by the United Egg Producers (UEP) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to replace existing battery cages with equally efficient environments that create better living conditions for laying hens. The move showed a willingness to attack even other animal agriculture associations who appeared to be bending toward better humane standards.

 Perhaps the most bizarre example of this aggressive strategy is SB 610 introduced into the Virginia Legislature this year by State Senator Dick Black. The bill called for working dogs to be reclassified as livestock, effectively removing their humane protection as companion animals. Following an avalanche of criticism, Black announced he was pulling the bill and admitting that he had introduced it “to aid the agriculture and farming community at their request.” He went on to mention the Farm Bureau and the Agribusiness Council by name.

 “This newest poll should serve as a warning to politicians who have yielded to big Ag bullying” says EWA’s Vick Tobin, “Voters are not with you on the horse slaughter issue.”

The Equine Welfare Alliance is a dues-free 501c4, umbrella organization with over 220 member organizations and hundreds of individual members worldwide in 18 countries. The organization focuses its efforts on the welfare of all equines and the preservation of wild equids.

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7 comments

  1. How is 1008 voters 80% of the American Voters??? It may be 80% of Americans POLLED, but the USA population in the 2011 consensus was over 311 MILLION. 80% of that is over 200 MILLION. What they have is about 2.7% of the US citizens voting, and with a +/- 3% margin of error, that could mean LESS than 0% or up to almost 6%, which either way does not illustrate a damn thing!!!! If you are going to publish a poll, and claim the stats support something, do your research. It’s things like this that makes the Anti slaughter contingents look like emotional idiots.

  2. LINDA BADHAM · ·

    THE USA HAS CERTAINLY GONE DOWN THE PAN ! A COUNTRY I LOVE TO VISIT BUT NOT ANYMORE. A TOTAL DISGRACE TO HORSES, WOLVES, DOGS, DEER, BEARS AND THE REST OF THE POOR ANIMALS THEY WANT TO KILL ! SICKENING AND SO CRUEL AND DISRESPECTFUL !

    1. Sadly, Linda, humans disrespecting animals happens in every country on this planet. There needs to be a global mindshift for people to realize that animals deserve our respect and compassion.

      1. linda badham · ·

        MAYBE SO BUT IN MY COUNTRY THE LAWS ARE IN FORCE AND WE DON’T STAND FOR CRUELTY WHAT SO EVER. WE DO NOT TOLERATE ANY KILLING AND WE PROTEST AND MARCH THROUGH THE STREETS , SIT OUTSIDE THE EMBASSY’S AND DON’T GIVE UP UNTIL THE TV CAMERAS ARE THERE AND OUR VOICES ARE HEARD. I’M NOT SAYING THERE ISN’T CRUELTY BECAUSE THERE IS BUT , WE NEVER GIVE UP!

  3. Danielle O'Brehan · ·

    That is a plus – way ahead of what is currently done in Quebec!

    Bravo! Hopeful this will spill into our country – especially in overlooked places like La Petite Nation in the Outaouais, Quebec. Shameful, indeed!

    d

    1. Danielle O'Brehan · ·

      Oups! I was strictly speaking about the voters opposed to horse slaughter. This is a big black hole in rural Quebec – an oxymoron of sorts – given that Quebec refused to eat their horses during the Conquest in the 18th Century.

      There is progress ahead – thanks to dedicated individuals. Thanks again.

  4. working dogs declared as livestock?! what the heck is wrong with people; dogs, cats, and horses are vital to our happiness, health, and often times even our safety.

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