Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Legislation to permanently ban horse slaughter in the United States has been introduced by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators. The proposed bill would also ban the transportation of horses for slaughter. Congress effectively ended all horse slaughter in the country about ten years ago, but the General Accounting Office (GAO) reported that horse welfare suffered as a result.

The new bill―Save America's Forgotten Equines (SAFE)―is sponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island. Senator Whitehouse, for one, is certainly knowledgeable about equine issues. His father, Charles, a former ambassador, served as Master of the Orange County Hounds (VA) after retiring from foreign service.

While the bill is crafted to save horses' lives, the real question is will it solve the underlying problem of unwanted horses? Or will those horses’ lives become even more tragic because humane euthanasia is denied? Without funding as a part of this or any such bill, I'm afraid so.

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# Denya Massey 2021-09-29 10:36
No matter how horrid or how well intentioned other countries (Canada and Mexico) might be, the idea of shipping the 'discarded horses' - the old, lame, sick, rogues - thousands of miles in all weather - heat, cold, rain, snow - packed into some kind of cheap transport including delays, only to meet the SAME FATE that the US could provide without all that trauma and anguish, seems despicable. Only the PETA's of the world and the misguided could support this.... horse owners know better, and do support & care what's best for these less fortunate horses.
# Judith Wilson 2021-09-30 09:53
Amen! Readers - please write to your senators and tell them NOT to support this proposed legislation!
# georgia van fossen 2021-09-30 11:09
# Joan Harvey Poskey 2021-09-30 11:38
the last paragraph is spot on
# Guest 2021-09-30 13:37
There must be a humane solution to the unwanted horse situation. Life is often much more cruel than death which needs to be humanely administered.

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