ROBERT REDFORD CALLS FOR A BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER

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images-4CHATHAM, NY, April 22, 2013 – On the cusp of the 2013 Annual American Equine Summit hosted by the New York-based national equine protection organization Equine Advocates, the call to ban horse slaughter permanently has received much needed support from Robert Redford.

Actor, director, environmentalist and founder of the Sundance Festival, Redford wrote aletter to Equine Advocates President Susan Wagner to support the unequivocal stance that horse slaughter must be banned in the US.  “Horses are acquired for slaughter without disclosure and often through fraud and misrepresentation.  The entire slaughter process is cruel, inhumane and perpetuates abuse and neglect without consequences, in addition to condoning a violation of our nation’s cruelty laws,” said Redford.  “As Americans, we have the right to oppose both the return of horse slaughter to the US and the transport of our wild and domestic equines to other countries for the purpose of slaughter.”

Redford joins a bilateral effort to reverse the advance of horse slaughter through public opinion and safety concerns, and legislation on both state and federal levels.

New York has become the latest state to push for a ban on horse slaughter with Senate Bill S.4615 and Assembly Bill A.3905.  New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who will deliver the Keynote Address at the Summit, joined State Senator Kathy Marchione in co-sponsoring the bill at a press conference last week.  If passed, New York State would join California, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas in prohibiting it.

The Obama administration’s proposed 2014 budget includes a proposal to essentially prevent equines from being slaughtered in the US by defunding FDA inspections.  The recent bipartisan introduction of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would also prohibit the transport, export or import of horses intended for slaughter or horsemeat, leading the issue closer to the solution most Americans demand: Ban it.

“We applaud Robert Redford for his powerful, meaningful and profound words on behalf of America, at a time when over 80% of our citizens oppose horse slaughter,” said Wagner.  “Beyond the sheer brutality of 127the practice, horse slaughter will enable dangerous FDA-banned drugs found in horsemeat to potentially threaten the US food supply if cross contamination occurs with other meat, like what’s happening across Europe.  Horses are not bred for food and should be removed from the food chain.”

Experts, government officials and others will convene at Equine Advocates Rescue & Sanctuary in Chatham, NY Saturday, April 27 – Sunday, April 28 for the 2013 Annual American Equine Summit.  For a full list of speakers, visit:http://www.equineadvocates.org/EquinesBlog/?p=765. Follow Summit News #AES2013.

Founded in 1996, Equine Advocates Inc. is a national non-profit equine protection organization whose mission is to rescue, protect and prevent the abuse of equines — especially through banning the slaughter of American horses — through education, investigation, rescue operations and public education. Info@equineadvocates.org, @equineadvocates.org or 518-245-1599 for more information.

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
16 Comments
  • Elizabeth de Vries

    This is barbaric. Millions of other animals are already slaughtered and lives their lives in inhume, reprehensible conditions. Now horses! NO.

    April 22, 2013
    • Elizabeth de Vries

      This is no way to deal with the “problem”. Who identified this as a problem anyway. Who put human beings in God’s position of maintaining other animal populations?

      April 22, 2013
      • Daryl

        Not one of us on earth is God, but we need to help him, due to others who have taken on the job. We need to target government and put pressure Start at the top.

        April 22, 2013
  • LNorman

    I love Robert Redford but he needs to address his letters to lawmakers and not the choir.

    April 22, 2013
  • Ranching Cowgirl

    Thank you Mr Redford!
    This Cowgirls hat is off to you!

    April 22, 2013
  • Christi

    Hurrah for Redford, speaking out loud and strong! We need our other “celebrities” to join him. I keep wondering why they have a comment here and there.

    April 22, 2013
  • Great article. I hope Mr.Redford will have a postive input on the decision of bannining and importing/exporting the majestic horses of the world for food.

    April 22, 2013
    • Daryl

      Peggy we need to stop the slaughter of horses that have been taken from their land so cattle can eat. Held in jail(pens) no grass , no shade, no shelter, day in and day out then thinned out and sent to slaughter, these animals should never of been rounded up in the first place. BLM is part of the government and has caused a lot of problems for the horses they are not the answer to help them at this point. They are a very big problem as to why the horses are where they are now, and the sale of the horses to kill buyers, deaths at the holding pens.

      April 22, 2013
  • Sue

    This is wonderful. All “my” heroes, Redford, Willie N., and Jerry support a ban on slaughter. Real Men love horses.

    April 22, 2013
  • Daryl

    Mr. Redford from the bottoom of my heart I Thank you for standing up for the wild horses, they have had a bum rap for a while now, you may make the difference of more Americans getting on the band wagon and helping these beautiful animals,these animals can’t speak for them selves, so we as the publuc have to do it for them. Again for all of them and many of us we so thank you.

    April 22, 2013
  • Arlene

    Thank You and Bravo Mr. Redford !!!!!!

    April 22, 2013
  • Jade

    Perhaps having more “names” step up and be vocal about this will help turn the tide. But then again, when 80% of the population are against it, and 90% are for gun control – and our legislatures ignore us…..

    April 22, 2013
    • Daryl

      Government is at the top of the chain.

      April 22, 2013
  • Judy Diabo

    Thank you, thank you, thank you so very much, Mr. Redford. We need more people in your position to step up and do the same. Forever grateful!

    April 22, 2013
  • susie sansbury

    I wish he could have said these words in person at a press conference on national tv. The media would arrive in GROVES to hear what Mr. Robert Redgrave has to say. He is a man of great intelligence, AND he has scruples! We are so fortunate that he with us. And I’m sure we will be hearing even more from him. With all my heart, I thank you, Mr. Redford.

    April 23, 2013
  • Marilyn

    Thank you Mr Redford for speaking for those who have no voices! Horses have had a huge role in the development of this country and the least we as humans can do is offer them protection from such a horrible and ignoble end!

    April 23, 2013