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Missouri lawmakers say yes to horse slaughterhouses but no to honoring Lewis and Clark's dog

April 1, 2010 |  3:55 pm

MisterEd_S1 It may be the Show-Me state but Missouri representatives apparently saw too much email from activist Brenda Shoss and the group Kinship Circle.

The animal activists were responsible for hundreds of emails, the Associated Press reports, that urged the lawmakers to vote against a bill that would pave the way for horse slaughterhouses to open in the state.

"The bill would seek to bypass the ban on using federal funds for horse meat inspection by allowing state officials to collect fees and pass them on to the U.S. Department of Agriculture," The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote. "There are no horse slaughter plants in the U.S., but the meat is considered a delicacy in some countries." Supporters of the bill claim that the meat would come from horses that were abused or neglected.

Because the activist emails were so plentiful and from all around the world it was hard for the representatives from either side of the aisle to determine how many were actually constituents. There was also the issue of weeding through the email, a process that took some reps hours, and made them feel vengeful toward the activists.

Some reps created rules in their email accounts that redirected any message with the word "horse" back at Shoss's email address. "It's so fun to piss you wackos off," Rep. Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany) wrote to an activist through a private email account. "You're lucky I even acknowledge your existence. It's so much fun to taunt people like you -- ha! Tell me, is it truly liberating to be so incredibly clueless?"

Shoss said that she got prank calls from people who made neighing sounds and she also received a phone call from someone who sang the theme song from the classic TV show, "Mr. Ed." To add insult to injury, the Mizzo House passed the slaughterhouse bill today.

Dogs didn't have much better luck with the Missouri legislature today. A bill was proposed to honor a Newfoundland dog named Seaman who traveled with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The idea was to make the Newfoundland the state dog, which would be the 27th official state symbol.

But because the Newfoundland originates in Canada and since Seaman may have never actually visited Missouri, the bill was shot down today 84-67.

-- Tony Pierce

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Photo: The DVD box cover of Season One of the "Mr. Ed" show. Credit: The Shout Factory

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