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The Disreputable Trade in Horse Meat 

Wayne Pacelle

The fight to stop horse slaughter does indeed need to be taken to where people are consuming horses as meat. Even when “pro-horse meat” countries attempt to stop American horses from being sold there…somehow US horses wind up on their store shelves and dinner tables. American horses are not raised to be meat. We cannot say this enough. Our horses often are given Bute and other drugs harmful to humans…even years after their injection. Canada, Mexico…any country that slaughters and processes our horses should be held responsible for feeding a harmful product to the world. ~ HfH

From: HSUS A Humane Nation Blog
By: Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle

Wayne Pacelle of HSUS

In 2013, there were three horse slaughter plants set to open in the United States, and it took determined efforts in the federal courts and in the Congress to prevent them from opening. They’re shuttered at least through the fall, and we hope to extend that prohibition indefinitely.

But while we’ve won that battle on U.S. soil, we are far from winning the global war over horse slaughter. There are still well more than 100,000 American horses being slaughtered per year – it’s just that they are being exported live to Canada and Mexico, where they’re slaughtered and then exported to Europe and Japan. There are also hundreds of thousands of horses slaughtered in China, Europe, and South America to meet global demand for their meat. When you add it all up, it’s a dirty, inhumane global business, feeding consumers who have no compunction about eating horses or who are simply unaware of the inhumane treatment these creatures endure.

Today I am in Brussels, with Humane Society International’s EU director Jo Swabe and VP Kitty Block. We’ll be speaking with European authorities about a range of issues, including horse slaughter.

Remember that the EU, for food safety reasons, bans imports of U.S. produced animal products because of reckless animal management practices – bathing dead chickens in chlorine to try to disinfect them and kill off pathogens and injecting pigs with ractopamine and cattle with hormones in order to promote fast growth.

But horses are loaded up with more than 100 substances not suited for human consumption, primarily because, knowing that horses are not raised for meat, pleasure riders, show riders, racing trainers, and others inject them with a variety of substances for inflammation issues, disease prevention, and other purposes.

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