Greetings Animal Lovers,
I wanted to take the time and dedicate a post to raise awareness on an issue that I think needs a boost of attention. The slaughter of horses for human consumption is an ongoing problem that often goes under the radar. Many people don't realize that although horses are not consumed in the U.S., they are still gathered and shipped to other parts of the continent (such as Canada) to be slaughtered and consumed. I took a trip to Tallahassee this weekend and saw two separate trailer carriers, both full of horses touching nose on end. I didn't at the moment, but right now I'm contemplating whether I witnessed roughly fifty horses on their 'trip up the road'.
A recent post on the ASPCA blog site announced that Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey has recently signed A.2023/S into law. The article reads, "Not only does it prevent a horse slaughter plant from opening in the Garden State, it also prohibits the use of state roads to transport live horses intended for slaughter elsewhere!" This is excellent news, and I think it's about time for all states to start recognizing this often overlooked issue. Not all states have signed the law, but one by one they're slowly but surely coming around. It's important to realize that we have to stop the transport of soon-to-be-slaughtered horses as a country. If only certain states enforce the law there will still be routes available to take, which will still enable the issue to persist. Think about it.