A New York charity, looking to end horse slaughter once and for all, is seeking to raise 100,000 signatures on an appeal to the White House.
Equine Advocates, a horse sanctuary based in Chatham, N.Y. launched a signature drive last week in an effort to gain enough signatures by Election Day to convince the current administration to intercede on behalf of the estimated 150,000 horses shipped to Mexico and Canada every year for slaughter.
Stating that mounting scientific evidence, published in top scientific journal Elsevier, as well as in the mainstream press, indicates horse meat is tainting “beef products” sold in countries like such as Great Britain, Susan Wagner of Equine Advocates says the issue of horse slaughter is about more than ending the brutality of horse slaughter. It’s about food safety, she says.
“At no other time in history has a presidential administration had so much information” that horse meat, which is commonly treated with medications and not recommended for human consumption, is possibly in the food chain, Wagner says. Citing the 2013 horse meat scandal in Europe, in which food advertised as beef products was in fact horse meat, Wagner says the best way to prevent horse meat from entering the food chain is to stop American horses from shipping to slaughter in Mexico and Canada. “I think we can stop this if we can stop the live transport of equines over our borders,” she says.
Buoyed by the 4,000 signatures already raised, Wagner and Equine Advocates supporters are meeting this week to enlist the aid of celebrities. They are hopeful that given Vice President Joe Biden’s historic support of anti-horse slaughter efforts, a petition at this juncture in history might stand a chance bringing about an executive order to end the shipment of horses to slaughter.
“Horse slaughter is a garbage disposal for (some) irresponsible people in the horse industry,” Wagner says. “We don’t consume horse meat in this country, and yet we ship it to other countries, even though horses are not bred for consumption. They’re bred to be sporting, recreational and companion animals.” To sign the petition, please click the link on Equine Advocates.com: https://www.equineadvocates.org/