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WY Horse Slaughter Article Missed the Point

Source: Wyoming‘s Star Tribune

Horse slaughter is horribly abusive and cannot be made humane for horses”

Editor:

Horses awaiting sale at Sugarcreek Livestock Auction ~ photo by Alex Brown

Horses awaiting sale at Sugarcreek Livestock Auction ~ photo by Alex Brown

I was very disappointed by your recent article about prospective horse slaughter plants opening in Wyoming (“Prospective Wyoming horse slaughterhouse investors watch national scene,” March 31). This article failed to address the inhumane nature of horse slaughter and serious food safety risks associated with the consumption of horse meat.

Horse slaughter is horribly abusive and cannot be made humane for horses. During transport to slaughter, horses are crowded on trucks without food, water, or rest for up to 24 hours and often sustain severe injuries or even die during transport. In fact, a Government Accounting Office report recommended banning the export of American horses for slaughter. Additionally, the slaughtering process itself is also very inhumane. Horses are skittish by nature and cannot be stunned properly. As a result, some horses are still alive during slaughter. When horse slaughter plants operated in the U.S., the USDA reported horrific cruelty, including eyeballs hanging by a thread of skin and broken bones.

The article also failed to mention that if horse slaughter returns to U.S. soil, there is a serious public health risk. Unlike animals raised for food, horses are not raised for human consumption in the U.S., and they receive hundreds of drugs over the course of their lives that can be toxic to humans if ingested. For example, Phenylbutazone (“horse aspirin”) is a drug commonly given to horses that is also a known carcinogen in humans. Worse yet, there is no system in the U.S. to track what drugs a horse has received to ensure the meat is safe for human consumption. Horse slaughter proponents have already publicly stated that they plan to market horse meat within the U.S., making this a real threat to the American public.

Horse slaughter is bad for people and bad for horses. Considering that 80 percent of the American public opposes horse slaughter, Wyoming should not become known as a state that slaughters horses. The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, House Resolution 1094/Senate File 541 will put an end to horse slaughter. Please call our two U.S. Senators and our U.S. Representative urging co-sponsorship of this important legislation.

PATRICIA FAZIO, Cody

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9 replies »

  1. Patricia, I am from Massachusetts and am going to Cody at the end of May… I would like to meet you and get an insiders view of what is going with the wild horses there… I am a horse warrior too… Can you contact me?
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  2. The Chicago Sunday Tribune Newspaper did as well.

    They missed the point!

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/horse-slaughter

    Jennifer Samartano

    Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

    Children Matter…Get Involved!

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    From: Straight from the Horse’s Heart [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 05:38 To: Jennifer Samartano Subject: [New post] WY Horse Slaughter Article Missed the Point

    R.T. Fitch posted: “Source: Wyoming’s Star Tribune “Horse slaughter is horribly abusive and cannot be made humane for horses” Editor: I was very disappointed by your recent article about prospective horse slaughter plants opening in Wyoming (“Prospective Wyoming”

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  3. Great article. please cotact me at melissamaser1619@gmail.com. I live in Rock Springs,WY. and am a wild horse advocate looking for other advocates to join forces with against the removal of our herds and slaughter plants in the state of Wyoming , as well as other states.

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