Legal Posturing Leads to More Horse Suffering
Jul 23, 2013
The wheels of the legal process grind slowly on the issue of resumption of horse processing. Meanwhile thousands of unwanted horses are either being abandoned and left to starve to death or shipped to Mexico or Canada for slaughter under less than humane conditions. HSUS continues to throw up legal roadblocks to keep horse processing plants in the U.S. from opening. State and federal agencies seem to look for ways to delay the process while hoping Congress will change its mind again and prohibit horse processing. It seems even when the government says yes it means no. While lawyers argue, activists propagandize and politicians do nothing, horses continue to suffer and die. Last year more than 166,000 U.S. horses were trucked to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. More are slowly starving to death. Now the Yakama Indian nation has intervened in the lawsuit because of the negative consequences of an overpopulation of horses. Ironically they are supporting a reluctant USDA in this suit. Secretary Vilsack has expressed his displeasure with the resumption of horse processing and hopes Congress will move to keep it shut down. Supposedly those opposing horse processing want what's best for horses. Based on the results so far, they have a strange way of showing it. The money spent on legal fees would be much better spent on feed and shelters. As that seems unlikely, regulated processing provides a much better end of life option than what currently exists.