Tag: Government Accountability Office

Evidence to Prove GAO report FRAUDULENT

July 31, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: John Holland, President, Equine Welfare Alliance 540.268.5693 john@equinewelfarealliance.org Laura Allen, Executive Director, Animal Law Coalition 425.419.7301 lauraallen@animallawcoalition.com EWA and ALC produce evidence showing GAO Horse Welfare report was fraudulent EWA (Chicago) – The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and the Animal Law […]

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Horse Slaughter Ban Proposed in Snohomish County WA

By Laura Allen of Animal Law Coalition Anywhere You Can Ban Predatory Horse Slaughter is a Very Good Thing! A proposed ordinance, 12-106 has been introduced in Snohomish County, Washington, to ban the slaughter of horses and other equines for human consumption. The proposed ordinance, introduced by County Council member Dave […]

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Pro-Horse/Anti-Slaughter Testimony – Texas Senate Committee

First, please note that I am not an ANIMAL RIGHTS RADICAL. I fully support the meat industry and work closely with any number of ranchers on equine welfare issues. While my organization is committed to the humane treatment of equine, the subject before this committee is about money, the dollars made from selling horses for slaughter – nothing more, nothing less.

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New USDA Transportation Regulations for Slaughter-Bound Horses Applauded

The Humane Society of the United States praises the U.S. Department of Agriculture for closing a gaping loophole that previously allowed the horse slaughter industry to escape oversight and transport horses in inhumane conditions. Many horses bound for slaughter have ended up in dangerous double-decker trailers if the shippers exploited the loophole and simply made a stop between the auction block and the slaughter plant.

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GAO Follows Horse Slaughter Lobby Down the Rabbit Hole

Chicago (EWA) – The long awaited Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on horse welfare fell far short of the respectable reporting we have come to expect from the GAO, even raising questions as to the agency’s credibility.

The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) and Animal Law Coalition (ALC) have issued an exhaustive analysis and executive summary, demonstrating the embarrassing and shocking lack of evidence for GAO’s findings.

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Animal’s Angels Investigate Known Texas Horse Slaughter Buyer

Animals’ Angels observed the collecting station of known slaughter buyer Garry Morris. There were approx. 40 horses in the pen area. One pen held a severely emaciated red roan Appaloosa, which was probably less than 3 years old. The horse, which was a BCS 1.5 on the Henneke chart, was obviously sick, since thick, purulent discharge was dripping from his mouth and nostrils. There also was discharge from the eyes and he had a dry cough, all symptoms of a severe strangles infection. The horse shared the same pen with numerous other horses, a few minis and an approx. 8 month old foal. Investigators never saw the horse move, he was standing very still with his head low.

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The Way Forward on Horse Welfare

The Government Accountability Office released a new report yesterday, “Horse Welfare: Action Needed to Address Unintended Consequences from Cessation of Domestic Slaughter,” and some proponents of horse slaughter are using it as a rallying cry to re-open equine abattoirs on American soil. But the GAO report is a lot more nuanced than the horse slaughterindustry suggests, and the report provides some good insights into better policy solutions for horse welfare. And it confirms what we have long known: that shipping horses long distances in double-decker trailers and killing them for food exports isn’t good for the horses.

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