Horse slaughter debate continues

10/24/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A recent study by the federal government found that the 2006 federal ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. resulted in horses being slaughtered in Canada and Mexico. Some states are trying to re-institute horse slaughter in the U.S., noting that it offers a humane way for unwanted horses to be killed while boosting local economies, but opponents blame the current economic downturn for the uptick in abandoned horses. AVMA supports allowing horse slaughter, and Dr. Whitney Miller, an AVMA lobbyist, noted that the issue's divisiveness may lead to inaction.

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