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- Horse slaughter will benefit only foreign-owned corporations who profit by catering to overseas specialty markets. Horse slaughter plants are not clean/green enterprises. They are an economic and environmental nightmare: polluting local water supplies, lowering property values and filling the air with a foul stench. Five years after the closure of a horse slaughter plant in Kaufman, Texas, the community is still trying to recover from the damage that the plant caused.
- Americans do not raise horses for food or eat horse meat--in fact, horse meat poses a serious health risk to those who consume it. Since horses are not raised for food, they are routinely given drugs (bute, dewormer, fly spray, etc.) that the FDA prohibits for food animals because of their toxicity to humans. Because horses come from random sources, tracing their veterinary history--including medications they've been provided--is impossible.
- Horse slaughter is not humane and it is not euthanasia. Many of the horses sent to slaughter would have gone to good homes or sanctuaries had they not fallen into the hands of "kill buyers" whose high bids prevented these humane options. Before the last U.S. horse slaughterhouses closed in 2007, USDA investigative documents revealed routine brutality at these facilities. Those same horrific practices will resume if horse slaughter plants reopen on U.S. soil.
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