Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Horses face death over the border

Newsweek had this first earlier this year, but the New York Times outlines the tragic fate of unwanted horses in this country this week:
Amid pressure from animal rights groups, horse slaughter virtually ended in the United States last year, as courts upheld state laws banning it in Texas and Illinois, home to the nation’s last three horse slaughterhouses.
But there have been unintended consequences, including more grueling travel for tens of thousands of horses now being sent to slaughter in Canada and Mexico, where, animal advocates say, they sometimes face more gruesome deaths.