GAO: Closure of U.S. abattoirs has negatively affected equine welfare

06/23/2011 | Billings Gazette (Mont.)

A federal ban shuttering horse-slaughter plants in the U.S. has not reduced the number of horses shipped to slaughter; rather, it has resulted in greater incidence of inhumane treatment of horses that are instead shipped large distances to be killed in Canada or Mexico, where there deaths are not always done in an appropriate fashion, says the Government Accountability Office, which interviewed 17 state veterinarians and other experts as part of a 62-page report released Wednesday. "Clearly the cessation of domestic slaughter has had unintended consequences," the report says.

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