U.S. Horses Deserve Lasting Protection

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Matthew Bershadker as published in the Huffington Post

“During those long-distance trips, horses are treated as if they’re already dead, kept in crowded containers and denied adequate food, water, and rest…”

photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Last year, the federal appropriations bill for 2015 renewed a ban on the use of tax dollars for inspections of horse slaughterhouses, keeping the vile horse slaughter industry from operating anywhere in America… for a time.

This September, that ban expires, putting horse slaughter facilities once again in a position to potentially reemerge in America, and putting the burden on Congress to reinstate its temporary halt.

But while renewing the ban every year stops slaughterhouses from opening on U.S. soil, it cannot prevent American horses — approximately 150,000 every year — from being legally trucked to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada.

Even when horse slaughter plants were allowed…

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Navajo Nation eyes agreement reining in the slaughter of wild horses

Tuesday's Horse

Navajo wild mare and foal. ScenicAperture.com. Navajo wild mare and foal. ScenicAperture.com.

Report via Reuters »

By LAURA ZUCKERMAN

The first effort of its kind to prevent wild horses roaming the Navajo Nation in the U.S. Southwest from being sent to slaughter in Mexico has gained the preliminary approval of tribal leaders, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said on Thursday.

Under a draft agreement that still must be reviewed by the tribe, a foundation established by Richardson and actor Robert Redford would provide funds and expertise to the Navajo Nation to halt reservation roundups that have seen thousands of wild horses shipped to slaughterhouses in Mexico.

The impact of intensive grazing by wild horses in a high-desert reservation that spans roughly 27 square miles (70 sq km) of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah has been compounded by drought and led to competition with livestock for sparse vegetation, said Rick Abasta, spokesman for Navajo Nation…

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