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The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Animal Welfare Institute, The Humane Society of the United States, veterinarian Dr. Nick Dodman and 17-year-old equestrian Brittany Wallace will join U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Reps.

Meatballs have been withdrawn from stores throughout Europe as the international horse meat scare, which could include former harness racing horses, takes another turn - but shops in Canada and the USA are apparently not affected.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture statistics, the slaughter of US horses, which includes the harness racing beast, soared by 32% in 2012 to over 176,000, a twenty year high.

Ever wondered if the mince pie or beef burger you just had for lunch was a former harness racing horse you backed in years or months gone by? Can't blame you for thinking that in recent times after international meat company Tesco admitted its value range of spaghetti bolognese contained more than 60% horsemeat.

The Homes for Horses Coalition, a resource and representative voice of the nation's horse rescue and sanctuary community, announced the appointment of Cindy Gendron as the program's new coordinator.

In December 2011, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) released Pasture to Plate, another investigative report documenting inhumane horse slaughter, this time at Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation in Quebec, Canada. It is the fourth investigative report on horse slaughter plants in Canada that the CHDC has released since 2008.

'Stop Slaughtering Us' is the slogan on a billboard that has appeared in both Ottawa and Calgary earlier this year. Now the billboard's message is attracting the attention of motorists and passersby in Port Coquitlam, B.C., on busy Lougheed Highway.

Footage taken of Alberta horses, some which could be former harness racing competitors, being shipped live to Japan for slaughter shows that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is violating their own standards set forth in the Health of Animals Regulations.

US horses are no longer being accepted by Canadian horse slaughter plants, according to multiple sources. The Shipshewana auction in Indiana confirmed reports that they have discontinued loose (slaughter) horse sales for an indefinite period of time. This also includes the harness racing breed.

Canada's federal government and national livestock producer organizations have created the Canadian Livestock Identification Agency. Equine Canada was responsible for developing an equine-specific program (CanEQUID) to satisfy federal government requirements for identification and traceability for equines, and was represented on the Board of Directors.

Twenty years and hundreds of horses later, Maryland based rescue Horse Lovers United is still going strong. 'We've helped hundreds of horses have a new life after harness racing,' HLU president Lorraine Truitt said.

On July 9, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to an Ohio feedlot operator who sells horses for slaughter. The man was duly reprimanded for selling a drug-tainted thoroughbred horse to a Canadian slaughterhouse.

In Canada's vast Prairie provinces lie hundreds of feedlots, many of which hold thousands of horses destined for slaughter.

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends Senator Kay Hagen (D-NC) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) for introducing S. 3448, the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act.

Registration is now open for the 2012 International Equine Conference (IEC) to be held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The language to disallow funding for inspections, originally passed into law in 2005 with bipartisan support, has effectively halted horse slaughter operations on American soil for years - that is, until late last year when three legislators quietly removed it from the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations bill behind closed doors during the reconciliation process.

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