Sunday, June 1, 2008

Off-topic, of interest

Horse slaughter is a grisly and inhumane business, and your federal lawmakers need to hear from you in 2008 if this extreme cruelty of inhumane export and slaughter is to end. A cable sports show (Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, #134) takes a look at issues of export and slaughter of thoroughbred race horses for profit. Tune in to HBO2 for "Slaughter of Thoroughbreds," being re-aired on Monday, June 2. Check air times here.
Read "Saving Horses, One Thoroughbred at a Time" (New York Times, May 17, 2008) "They are young. So why not find them new jobs?" says Laurie Condurso-Lane, horse rescuer. She speaks of trying to outbid the kill buyers, one horse at a time. But the rescuers can't save all the horses. Advocates say about 15% of horses sent to slaughter are racehorses who didn't live up to expectations. Some have labeled these horses "stable to table," a grisly reference to the horse meat industry.
Take Action: Ask your federal lawmakers to support HR 503/S. 311, which would
both end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption and prohibit their export for slaughter in other countries. Carriage horses, race horses, and all other horses would be protected by this measure.
Photo: B.J. left, and Fishy, fast friends. Credit: Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times

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