Horse slaughter is an issue that really gets people going and it is back in the news yet again.
Our friends over at Veterinarians for Equine Welfare (http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org) have issued a press release yesterday with some very interesting detective work. Here is a portion of the Press Release –
“The AVMA is part of a coalition misleadingly called the Horse Welfare Coalition,” stated veterinarian Dr. Nena Winand, another founding member of VEW who went to Washington, DC. “The coalition isn’t about horse welfare, not a single welfare organization is involved. It’s about making money at the expense of our horses and its members include many agribusiness trade industry groups like the American Meat Institute and the Kansas Pork Association. In fact, the coalition’s associated website, commonhorsesense.com, was originally purchased by a lawyer for two of the domestic horse slaughter plants and counts among its spokespeople Charlie Stenholm, former Member of Congress and current lobbyist for the slaughterhouses. While the AVMA and others decry the export of American horses to Mexico for slaughter they are partnering with the very companies that are actively buying and shipping horses to Mexican slaughter plants.”
Very politically scathing comments with conspiracy theory undertones. If true this really damages the reputation of the Horse Welfare Coalition and also the AVMAs position of being unbiased and only looking out for the welfare of the horse. You can read the rest of the press release on their website at —> http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org/vew_on_hill.php
My position for the record is that I feel horse slaughter methods be changed and if not then abolished; however if abolished, the unwanted horses that may occur need to be taken care of, which is why I support the Unwanted Horse Coalition – http://www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org/