Charlie Stenholm is an ex-U.S. Representative from Texas and horse slaughter and meat packing lobbyist. Stenholm represented the Texas 17th District in the House of Representatives for 13 terms, from 1979 to 2005.
(From Wikipedia) "...his main interests were in agriculture and budget matters. For six years, he was ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. He worked very closely with the committee's chairman, Republican Larry Combest of the neighboring 19th District (and himself a farmer), to shepherd the 2002 Farm Bill through Congress."
"Both USDA and the European Union regulate horsemeat stringently, and the U.S. processing plants kept horses for withdrawal periods depending on the drugs (if any) that had been administered to them. The plants also performed constant residue testing in their holding pens, and if a harmful substance was detected the entire lot would be condemned." (The Hill, 6/14/2011)
"Horses are expensive to maintain, and can cost $500 to $2,000 to euthanize by lethal injection and bury - assuming you can find a place that is willing to dispose of a 1,500 pound animal filled with drugs." (The Hill, 6/14/2011)
"The animal rights activist who opposes horse slaughter ... would never admit that animals are property... Many of these people anoint themselves as self-appointed experts in the fields of animal husbandry and economics in order to scare the public with dirty picture shows and unsubstantiated numbers... Make no mistake, this is a multimillion dollar fundraising enterprise aimed at the elimination of animal owner’s rights." (North Platte Telegraph, 2/24/2011)
"In reality, (a contribution to an animal welfare organization) goes to feed public relations jockeys, on expense accounts, in ivory towers, in small towns like New York and Washington. In towns like these, $3,999 (according to their own 2009 tax returns) to “rescue” one animal, either doesn’t seem extravagant or it buys a lot of vegan lunches at five-star restaurants while talking to your advertising executive." (North Platte Telegraph, 2/24/2011)