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Questions horse slaughter plant in Iowa

July 24, 2013

-Letter to the Editor: Iowa has become ground zero in the national debate on horse slaughter, now that the USDA has cleared a horse slaughter plant to begin butchering horses here....

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Jul-31-13 4:20 PM

Glad you brought this up Ms. Morrow. The question on what caused the decline of the horse industry. To hear you and others who want to kill horses, the cause for their abuse and lack of adequate care is becausde they are protected from slaughter on American soil. Well, listening to someone's opinion who speaks from a dark place does nothing to reach intelligent resolution of problems. The real problem is the high price of hay. As a matter of fact, abuse of horses declined once slaughter was banned in the U.S. Why? One can only surmise that it was due to the fact that people who abuse and overbreed horses and want others to pay their feed bills, board bills and vet bills went elsewhere for their welfare. Maybe on to puppy mills?

Once slaughter is banned through passage and signature of the SAFE Act, all American horses will be safe and those who would abuse them will be weeded out.

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Aug-02-13 12:39 PM

You are really bringing misery on that Iowa town, you have no idea. Talk to the mayors that have had them in their towns and the horrors caused, the stains on their souls from animal abuse to toxic waster. If that plant opens it will be shut down quickly with passage of the SAFE Act. Why would anyone want to do this when it has been proven that meat from horses is toxic to both man and animal and US horse meat is already banned by the EU?? 80% of the American public want this stopped. I ask anyone who is pro slaughter to go to one plant and watch how these animals are treated and die and then come back with a pro slaughter vote. There are 2 ways to euthanize a horse, (1) by lethal injections from a vet, or (2) a bullet in the head. You can't slit their throats, although they try, and you can't stab and beat them to death, but they try that as well. Many are vivisected alive. Is this really what you want?

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