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Washington, DC (May 22, 2014) - The Animal Welfare Institute commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving the Fiscal Year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which included an amendment defunding federally required inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States. The amendment, sponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and identical to an amendment they offered before the Senate Appropriations Committee last year, was approved by a bipartisan roll call vote of 18-12. "The tone on Capitol Hill regarding horse slaughter has changed over the last year," said Chris Heyde, AWI's deputy director of government and legal affairs. "While support for ending horse slaughter has always been strong, many more legislators now realize horse slaughter has run its course. Currently, no horse slaughter plants are attempting to open; AWI and other animal protection organizations have entered into a partnership with the Navajo Nation to ensure their horses do not go to slaughter; and humane end-of-life alternatives are being explored across the country. Now is the time to end horse slaughter for good and focus on positive equine welfare initiatives." While continuation of this annual defund amendment is critical to ensure no horse slaughter plants can open in the United States, AWI's ultimate goal when it first brought this issue to the attention of Congress, has been passage of a federal bill to permanently ban the slaughter of horses in the country while ensuring they are not exported to other countries for slaughter. Please be sure to contact your legislators urging support and swift passage for the SAFE Act to halt the slaughter of American horses. The Animal Welfare Institute (www.awionline.org) is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere-in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and other important animal protection news. For More Information: Chris Heyde, (202) 446-2142, chris@awionline.org

SANTA FE-The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife today announced it has formalized an agreement with the Navajo Nation to develop a comprehensive and humane program to manage the thousands of free-roaming horses on the reservation. The ultimate goal of the agreement is to develop alternatives to transporting the horses to slaughter facilities. Former New Mexico Governor and Foundation co-founder Bill Richardson negotiated the agreement with Navajo President Ben Shelly. "This historic agreement is a great first step in our efforts to not only protect these horses, but to find humane and long-term solutions that are in the best interest of the Navajo people and their land," Governor Richardson said. "I commend President Shelly for his commitment to this issue, and we look forward to getting right to work." "Working together to resolve challenges is our approach as we work with Governor Richardson and his Foundation. They will give us funding and find more resources to reverse the population of feral horses," President Shelly said. "We will continue to treat these animals humanely and implement the best solutions to our rangeland issues. "We thank Governor Richardson and the Foundation for working with the Navajo Nation in this most important effort." The two men have initialed the agreement, allowing work to begin, and hope to hold a formal signing ceremony with all involved parties in the near future. "I also want to thank the country's top animal protection groups that have agreed to partner with us on this important project," Governor Richardson added. "Their dedication and expertise will be critical to the success of our efforts." Those partners include: Return to Freedom Wild Horse Preservation, ASPCA, Humane Society of United States, Animal Welfare Institute, and Animal Protection of New Mexico. The Foundation and its partners are currently working with representatives of the Navajo Nation on developing the first phase of the equine management program, which may eventually include adoptions, triages, veterinarian services and sanctuaries. They are also working to identify possible funding sources for these activities. Meanwhile, the Navajo Nation has agreed to immediately make every effort to only deal with those horse buyers that offer humane alternatives to the transportation of horses to slaughter facilities. "Return to Freedom salutes Governor Richardson for his leadership and applauds Navajo President Shelley for his commitment to collaborate on alternatives to horse slaughter while we work together on long-term solutions for horses on Navajo lands," said Neda DeMayo President of Return to Freedom, a wild horse preservation and education organization. "Since 1999, Return to Freedom has pioneered educational programs and minimally invasive wild horse management solutions that have been applied both on sanctuaries and on western rangelands. We stand ready to help." "The ASPCA applauds former Governor Richardson and Navajo President Shelly for their joint efforts to protect the free-roaming horses on Navajo land from being sent to slaughter," said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. "Horses have been central to the ASPCA's mission since our founding in 1866. Through our experience providing funding and training sources to equine rescues and sanctuaries around the country, we look forward to lending our support at this critical juncture to those ready and willing to offer a humane alternative to slaughter." "The HSUS welcomes the opportunity to work with The Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife and the Navajo Nation to implement long-term, humane and sustainable solutions for managing the Navajo Nation's horse population," said Stephanie Boyles Griffin, The HSUS' senior director of Innovative Wildlife Management. "The HSUS is a leader in the research and development of non-lethal wildlife management technologies and is currently conducting wild horse fertility control research projects, including one in the Jarita Mesa Wild Horse Territory in New Mexico. The Navajo Nation's efforts to create humane horse management programs will serve as a model for other tribes and will be a source of pride for the entire tribe for years to come." "We are grateful for the opportunity to join with Governor Richardson in working with the Navajo Nation and the Navajo people on what will be an unprecedented endeavor to save wild horses from being removed from their habitat and slaughtered," said Chris Heyde, deputy director of Government and Legal Affairs for the Animal Welfare Institute. "The horse is central to the culture of the Dine' and we know the people have great reverence for their wellbeing and conservation. With time and cooperation, this project will succeed and be an example for the proper management of all wild and free-roaming horses throughout the West." "Horses help to remind us of the things all New Mexicans care about: our land, our people, and all the animals that enrich our lives and make our state unique and wonderful. We're grateful for the opportunity to work with the Navajo people to help preserve this honorable heritage," said Lisa Jennings, Executive Director of Animal Protection of New Mexico. About the Foundation to Protect NM Wildlife: Governor Richardson and actor, director and conservationist Robert Redford founded the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife in 2013. Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to stop the slaughter of horses and seek out alternative and humane solutions to deal with the country's wild horse population. Alarie Ray-Garcia

This is an excellent investigative report from Global TV's 16x9 team on tainted horsemeat from Canada. The majority of horses slaughtered in Canada are imported from the U.S., so this is an important American report as well. The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition hopes our American partners in our fight to end horse slaughter can use this in their efforts to bring the SAFE Act into law. Our Canadian partners are asked to also share this report far and wide.  The CHDC will be sending out an Action Alert early this week, to request supporters to ask the CFIA to answer to the proof of the fraudulent and weak traceability system in place that is supposed to protect consumers from eating tainted horsemeat. Banned veterinary drugs found in horse meat Shelley Grainger

  Washington, DC (January 14, 2014) – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the U.S. Congress for wisely reinstating the annual ban on the slaughtering of  horses in its Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Act released late last night. The language, identical to what had been in effect every year since 2006—but removed last year—prevents the U.S. Department of Agriculture from expending funds to place inspectors in horse slaughter facilitates; such inspectors are required by federal law for the plants to operate in interstate commerce. Having this language in effect for the fiscal year ensures no horse slaughter facilities can open in the United States as Congress works to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which would place a permanent ban on horse slaughter in this country and prevent our horses from being exported to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. “For the first time since AWI began the national campaign to end horse slaughter in 2001, I feel this action by Congress signals the end of horse slaughter in the United States,” said Chris Heyde, deputy director of government and legal affairs for AWI. “As we were talking to members of Congress about this important language, it was clear that support for an end to horse slaughter is growing and defense of this brutal and predatory industry is diminishing. Everyone now wants a permanent solution to shutting this industry down, and that is why we are committed to getting the SAFE Act passed.” The language defunding horse slaughter inspections this fiscal year was sponsored by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and the late Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) and overwhelmingly approved by a voice in the House Appropriations Committee in early 2014. Soon after, identical language was offered by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) during the Senate Appropriations Committee markup and also approved by a voice vote. Congress is expected to vote on passage of the Omnibus Appropriations bill in the next few days before a temporary spending measure is set to expire. President Obama has already said he will sign the measure once it arrives on his desk. “The debate over the reopening of U.S.-based horse slaughter plants has been settled for the time being,” noted Heyde. “Now it is critical that everyone turn their attention to passage of the SAFE Act. Without the SAFE Act, sponsored by Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Jim Moran (D-VA) in the House and Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the Senate, we could see the resumption of horse slaughter in the United States during the next fiscal year.” The omnibus bill contains language that will end the possibility of proposed horse slaughter plants opening in New Mexico and Missouri. The last three plants were closed in 2007 under state laws, and Congress had defunded required inspections which made it impossible for them to open in other states until 2011. In 2011, the GAO produced a report claiming that these closures had caused a dramatic increase in the rate of abuse and neglect. This report was used by members of a small conference subcommittee to justify stripping the defunding language that had been placed in the 2012 House Agriculture budget but not in the Senate version. The GAO report was later discovered by EWA to have been falsified. The new defunding language contains not only defunding, but also a stipulation that funding not be restored until and unless the Food and Drug Administration makes a determination that meat from American horses can be made safe to enter the food supply. The FDA regulates which drugs are safe in meat animals as well as their withdrawal times. The FDA currently categorizes horses as companion (non-food) animals. Such a determination would most probably require a reduction in the drugs available to treat horses and an increase in the required tracking of such treatments as is currently done with meat animals. Defunding language was passed by both the House and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees in 2013 with super majorities, but neither budget reached the floor for a full vote. Last week with key support from Vice President Biden and congressional leaders, the defunding language was put into the omnibus bill. "Victoria McCullough was the one who made this happen." explains EWA President John Holland, "It was the fact that Victoria, an accomplished international equestrian and CEO of Chesapeake Petroleum, was spending her own fortune without regard for any personal gain that I believe gave her the credibility to accomplish this." In a conversation with EWA, McCullough asked that her gratitude go out to the many friends of horses in government who helped her, including VP Biden, Frank Biden, State Senator Joseph Abruzzo, Sen. Tom Harkin (IA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (FL), Rep. Tom Rooney (FL), Senator Mikulski (MD), Senator Mark Kirk (IL), Senator Dick Durbin (IL), Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Jessica Feingold-Lieberson and many others. The success of this effort surprised many in Washington, since this budget has uncharacteristically little in the way of riders. Separate legislation will be needed to be passed to stop the export of US horses to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Submitted by the Equine Welfare Alliance                            

CHICAGO, (EWA) - Missouri, one of four states where horse slaughter plants were planned, is no longer on that list. On January 4, 2014, the Rains Natural Meats Company quietly filed a motion to dismiss their appeal with the Missouri Environmental Department, which had issued the Company a discharge permit that excluded equines. The move leaves only Valley Meats in New Mexico still fighting to open a plant. The battle in Missouri started in Mountain Grove in early 2012 where it was immediately opposed by citizens organized by attorney Cynthia McPherson and other community leaders. The effort, led by Sue Wallis, next targeted a shuttered slaughter plant near Rockville, MO. In Rockville, despite early support from some town leaders, the effort also amounted to nothing. Finally, the announcement was made that the Rains Natural Meats in Gallatin would be slaughtering horses. In 2013 they received a permit from the USDA for the required meat inspections, leading to almost constant speculation as to when the plant would open. Now it appears they too have dropped their attempt in light of intense local resistance and the fact that Congress may once again defund the required inspections. "Missouri has been spared a most unpleasant, unprofitable and debasing experience" said EWA's president John Holland, and we all have many people to thank. "We are particularly grateful to Front Range Equine Rescue and HSUS for their incredible legal battle to defeat this attempt to bring back horse slaughter." Holland also extended particular thanks to the influential Busch family, who built the Anheuser-Busch brewing company that has become known for ads featuring its remarkable Clydesdale horses. Andrew, Billy, Adolphus and Peter, used their extensive political and business connections to help turn the state away from becoming the first in seven years to slaughter horses. The Equine Welfare Alliance (EWA) is a dues-free 501c4, umbrella organization with over 310 member organizations, the Southern Cherokee Government and over 1,100 individual members worldwide in 22 countries. The organization focuses its efforts on the welfare of all equines and the preservation of wild equids. www.equinewelfarealliance.org Equine Welfare Alliance  

A special press conference to address the horse slaughter and wild equine protection issues will be held at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm on opening day of the third International Equine Conference.   Lexington, Kentucky (EWA) - The Third Annual International Equine Conference, hosted by the Equine Welfare Alliance will be held September 27 - 29 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. On the opening day of the conference, Friday September 27, horse welfare organizations will come together to hold a special press conference to provide expert information on equine welfare to the media and advocates that cannot attend the full conference. Michael Blowen, owner and founder of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, will open the press conference. Participating in the press conference will be key individuals from The Equine Welfare Alliance, Respect4Horses, the Cloud Foundation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation, Wild Horses of the Abaco's and the Humane Society of the United States. The press conference will cover the potential re-opening of horse slaughter plants in America, BLM’s mismanagement of America’s wild horses and burros, horse tripping, the over breeding of horses and other current issues pertaining to equine welfare.    Where: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm 1841 Paynes Depot Road Georgetown, KY 502.863.1775 When: Friday, September 27, 2013 from 11:00a to 12:00p All press, media and public are welcome to attend the Press conference. Refreshments will be served.  Please be seated at 11:00a. After the Press Conference, the three day International Equine conference will continue with a tour of Three Chimneys farm in Midway, Kentucky, Old Friends Farm and a meet and greet reception at 7:00p at The Kentucky Horse Park. On Saturday, presentations will commence and will end on Sunday. The soon to be released documentary “America’s Wild Horses” will also be previewed at the International Equine Conference. For the agenda, list of presenters, additional information or to register, please visit www.equinewelfarealliance.org.  The Equine Welfare Alliance is a dues free, all volunteer 501(c)(4) umbrella organization representing over 300 member organizations and over 1,000 individual members worldwide in 21 countries. EWA and its members are involved in a grass roots effort dedicated to ending the slaughter of American Horses and the preservation and protection of our Wild Horses & Burros on public lands. www.equinewelfarealliance.org Respect4Horses is a horse welfare organization whose goals include providing information and documentation to educate the public, the media and legislators in order to promote changes in legislation in regards to current horse welfare issues such as horse slaughter and the roundups of our last remaining wild horses and burros. www.respect4horses.com   Wild Horse Freedom Federation is a registered, Texas non-profit corporation with federal 501(c)(3) status.  WHFF puts people between America’s wild equids and extinction through targeted litigation against governmental agencies whose documented agendas include the eradication of wild horse and burros from public, federal and state lands.  www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org The Cloud Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of wild horses and burros on our western public lands with a focus on Cloud's herd in the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana. www.thecloudfoundation.org Old Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we hope to raise awareness of all equines in need.  www.oldfriendsequine.org/ The Wild Horses of Abaco organization is dedicated to saving the Wild Horses of Abaco, the world’s most endangered breed with only one mare, Nunki, remaining. Abaco is the northernmost of the larger Bahama Islands located of the southeast Florida coast of the United States. http://arkwild.org/blog/ The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty – on the Web at  humanesociety.org. Equine Welfare Alliance Simone Netherlands, Respect4Horses 928.925.7212 simone@respect4Horses.com   John Holland, Equine Welfare Alliance 540.268.5693 john@equinewelfarealliance.org

Hi, my name is John Holland, and I am a data-holic. I usually spend my day furtively downloading statistics and information; analyzing it, graphing it, correlating it and trying to glean insights into the true workings of the horse world. But today is different. Today, I was inspired to opine by a thing of great rarity in our struggle; a well researched article. It appeared in the Saint Louis Post Dispatch titled Horse slaughterhouse plans stalled in Missouri and it convinced me we are winning this struggle, at least for the moment. No, the article did not contain a new revelation about the outcome of a court case, or the result of a vote. It contained something even more telling: It documented Sue Wallis slipping beyond the gravitational pull of reality and into an alternate universe of anti-logic, where up is down and dark is light.  Sue begins the interview with her now familiar claim that she chose Missouri because, “If you draw a 500-mile circle from western Missouri you encapsulate 30 percent of the horse herd in the U.S.” After musing over the concept of the US horse population constituting a single “herd”, I began wondered where she got this statistic. You see, Sue and I share different forms of compulsion. I am a compulsive fact checker while Sue is a compulsive fact creator. So I ran the numbers and the result I got was 23.6% of the US horse population being within 500 miles (as the crow flies) of western Missouri. This means Sue’s exaggeration coefficient for this statement is 27% (i). This modest exaggeration would prove to be her perigee with reality before she would slingshot past it and off into the abyss of deep space. After describing the law suit that had resulted in the Cole County judge’s directive to the Department of Natural Resources to hold off on issuing Rains the discharge permit, the story returned to the interview with Sue. “The horse industry has been decimated,” Wallis said. “We have worthless horses being turned out and abandoned.” As I read this, I again felt compelled to calibrate Wallis’ definition of decimation. The original term came from quaint custom of the Roman army by which they would execute every tenth soldier of a disgraced unit so as to improve morale. Was every tenth horse in America being abandoned? The only state I could find that keeps abandonment data is New Mexico. During my research, they provided me with a very detailed list of all the estray horses they had picked up since 2006. Last year they picked up exactly 124 horses. Given the estimated 147,181 horses in New Mexico, this means that the abandonment rate is 0.06% or one horse in every 1,186. Since decimation would be one in ten (10%), Sue’s exaggeration coefficient had suddenly rocketed from 27% to 16,666%. Parroting the discredited 2011 GAO report, Wallis went on to say “People take care of animals that have value. It’s when they don’t that they neglect them.” This was the conjecture used to excuse why the GAO studied horse prices instead of actually studying neglect as it had been assigned to do. It is, of course, utter nonsense. Few household pets have any monetary value, yet most people take good care of them. It gets better. “Every breed registry is down 70 percent since 2007. Fewer colts are being born,” Wallis said. Apparently Wallis has data I have not seen; data showing among other things that only the birth rate of colts is in decline. Is there some strange gender asymmetry going on here? Or is it possible that the Executive Director of the International Equine Business Association, the expert of CNN interviews and countless articles does not know that colts are males and the proper term would have been foals? As for “every breed registry being off 70% since 2007”, Sue’s exaggeration coefficient is pretty substantial. According to the Jockey Club, thoroughbred foal registrations are off 34.5%, not 70%. Some breeds appear to have been almost unaffected, but the AQHA’s annual report does show about a 49% reduction in foal registrations from its peak in 2007. The pattern with Quarter Horses is a familiar one for those of us who have been around the horse world for a few decades. Breeds come into favor, resulting in indiscriminant breeding spurred on by the greed of their breed registry. Then the bubble bursts. Just before the decline began, the then executive vice president of the AQHA, Bill Brewer, gave an impassioned speech at their annual convention urging more breeding so there would be “enough good horses in the future”. A great breed has been degraded in the process. Quarter Horses now commonly suffer from a wide range of maladies such as GBED, HERDA, HYPP, and Navicular. The most common complaint of owners is that they “bred the feet off them.” This could explain why AQHA membership is down 18.6% since 2007. I wondered to myself, would Sue suggest killing off a bunch of their remaining members as a solution to the decline? Sue continues, “That’s 70 percent less feed being sold, 70 percent fewer jobs, 70 percent fewer veterinarians.” Apparently Sue believes that a short term drop in foal (excuse me colt) births means that the whole horse population suddenly drops by the same percentage. Despite Sue’s best efforts, horses do often live well into their 20s and beyond, meaning that recent foal crops would represent only a few percent of the population. With a nearly 50% decrease in foals, the population of registered quarter horses dropped from 3,218,113 in 2007 to 2,978,776 in 2012 according to the AQHA annual reports, a decline of just 7.4%. Here Sue gets an exaggeration coefficient of 945%. But at this point her thinking turns to what I will call anti-logic, because if it came into contact with rational thought the two would annihilate each other with a thunderous clap, probably decapitating their host. She is proclaiming that all of this devastation is because we have too few horses as a direct result of not killing enough of them! This would be laughable if 2012 had not seen more US horses slaughtered than any year since 1994! One survival strategy of prey animals is to synchronize their birthing so as to overwhelm their predators. Sue has adopted this strategy with her spontaneously created facts. She spews so many at one time that at least a few have a good chance to get past us unchallenged. At this point in the interview, Sue seems to sense her interviewer is not buying her nonsense. So she throws her hyperbole engine into warp drive, saying “This has wrecked communities — all because of the elitist snooty arrogance of this bunch of people telling us what’s culturally acceptable to eat.” The community of Boggy Bottom, the neighborhood behind the Dallas Crown slaughter house, was truly devastated by the pollution, stench and crime caused by the plant. I witnessed it firsthand. But where is Sue’s example of a community devastated by a lack of slaughter? Apparently with anti-logic you automatically get an anti-logic twin to Boggy Bottom, at least in the brain of Sue Wallis. It is impossible for me to calculate the exaggeration factor for this statement because, since there is no truth at all to be exaggerated, it would require dividing by zero. I think I now fully understand Einstein’s quote about only the universe and human stupidity being infinite. Yet the second half of the outburst is the most interesting of all. Sue had apparently learned that the influential Busch brothers (former owners of Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch) had thrown their considerable weight into the battle on the side of the horses. Victoria McCullough had sent them a link to our report How the GAO deceived Congress, and Victoria said she thinks the outrage at this government deceit had caused them to weigh in. Lately there has been an avalanche of high profile support for ending horse slaughter completely. In the government sector; President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Vilsack have all come out against horse slaughter. At the state level, New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez, former governor Bill Richardson, Attorney General Gary King and others have spoken up for the horses. Celebrities such as the incredibly influential Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg have also taken a stand. But most aggravating of all for Sue are the “snooty, arrogant billionaires”. This is because Sue knows that the money from big agriculture was the only advantage she had in this battle. Internationally known equestrian Victoria McCullough and her “snooty arrogant” friends, are serving to balance the scales by using their resources to multiply the impact of the tireless grass roots work of thousands of horse lovers and animal welfare organizations. This combination may well bring Slaughterhouse Sue crashing back to reality. (i) How does a 6.4% error become an exaggeration factor of 27%? Use this formula ((30-23.6)*100)/23.6), or ask your friendly local nerd. John Holland Equine Welfare Alliance

The Equine Welfare Alliance has learned from multiple sources that the USDA will announce a grant of horse meat inspections to the Valley Meats Company in Roswell, NM tomorrow.

An estimated 30 horses died in a truck fire on I-81 in Lisle, PA Monday night. According to police the truck was driven by Clarence Phelps of Watertown, but the owner of the horses was kill buyer Bruce Rotz.

American actor and environmentalist Robert Redford has come out strongly against the slaughter of America's wild and domestic horses, which also includes our wonderful harness racing breed.

Congress could once again ban the use of federal funds to inspect horse slaughter plants in the United States if it follows the lead of the White House-a move that is strongly supported by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and The Humane Society of the United States.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Alberto Martin breeds horses, raising them on two farms, one of them here on the outskirts of Madrid. But even as a third-generation breeder, nothing in his experience had prepared him for times like these. Over the last two years, Mr. Martin says he has been forced to sell 50 of his 70 beloved mares for about $400 each. That is all the slaughterhouse would pay.

USDA data for the first quarter of 2013 indicates a precipitous drop in the number of horses going from the US to Mexico for slaughter.

Serious flaws in Canada's food inspection industry are putting people's lives at risk, especially when it comes to horses (including the harness racing breed) that are destined for the food chain.

The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining the Animal Welfare Institute and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.

The Animal Welfare Institute applauds Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for joining the Animal Welfare Institute and the majority of Americans who feel there are better, more humane, more responsible options for horses nearing the end of their lives or their careers than being slaughtered for meat.

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