It became clear to this writer earlier in the afternoon that here it is, Dec. 16, and the poignant issue of horse slaughter has come up again in a shameful, serious, sad way. Shameful because it was only on Friday, Dec. 13 - on the very day Americans were honoring as the Day of the Horse - that the judge in the federal appeals court chose to lift the ban on domestic horse slaughter. Serious because the judge has given clear signal to a couple of horse slaughterhouses permitting them to commence the horse butchery in the United States, which by the way, the greater majority of Americans oppose. And sad because the animal welfare groups have not even had their day in court on their appeals; perhaps some construe this lifted ban on horse slaughter skewed to prejudicial rationale.
In any case, it seems to the writer that horses will pay the price with their lives.
On one hand, we honor and acknowledge the horses’ importance as a servant and status as a companion animal, and on the other hand, a horse is denigrated to livestock.
Dec. 13, 2013 is a miserable day for the horse. It will be remembered not as a day of Honor of the Horse. Instead, it is a day of condemnation of countless horses, none of which deserve death by slaughter.
The writer has compiled a list of horse slaughter-based articles authored during 2013. There are also many more articles for 2012 that are available but they are not listed. All of these articles were written to keep readers aware of the touchy subject of horse slaughter and its hotspots in the U.S.
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- Editorial comments by Heidi Rucki about domestic horse slaughter - Dec. 15
- Federal appeals court lifts injunction against U.S. horse slaughter - Dec. 14
- Editorial: The plight of horses that go to slaughter - Nov. 20
- Britain's Princess Anne has sort of stepped in it this time - Nov. 16
- U.S. horse slaughter is the pawn in emergency injunction - Nov. 5
- Horse slaughter in Oklahoma becomes effective - Nov. 1
- Horse slaughter gets the OK from Judge Armijo - Nov. 2
- Horse slaughter law goes into effect in Oklahoma - Oct. 29
- Valley Meat Company continues fight for horse slaughterhouse - Oct. 27
- Let’s eat horse meat? - Sept. 12
- Judge orders bond posted in horse slaughter case - Aug. 17
- Thoughts about horse slaughter – short version - Aug. 15
- Bond set for rescue groups in horse slaughter dispute - Aug. 9
- The horse slaughter plant in Oklahoma is uncertain - Aug. 7
- Temporary repriev on horse slaughter in Iowa and New Mexico - Aug. 3
- Horses condemned to slaughter suffer before the butchering begins - May 1
- Speaker chat on Imagine That radio regarding horse slaughter in the U.S. - May 14
- Join the discussion about horse slaughter on Imagine That radio - May 14
- A New Mexico resident speaks out against horse slaughter - April 29
- Horse lovers and humane people unite against horse slaughter injustices - April 30
- Horses are increasingly headed to the slaughterhouse in Spain - April 11
- The race for horse slaughter in the U.S. continues - April 11
- Fallin's achilles heel might be Oklahoma's horse slaughter bill - April 7
- Attention animal lovers against torture and horse slaughter - March 28
- Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin to approve horse slaughter - March 26
- The prize is the first horse slaughterhouse and the money is big - March 23
- Five applications under consideration for horse slaughter facilities in U.S. - March 20
- Horse slaughter approved by Oklahoma committee - March 20
- Brutal horse butchering in Russian slaughterhouse caught on video - March 21
- Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks about unwanted horses - March 22
- Horse killing sparks shock, outrage, activism, concern - March 22
- USDA has no choice but to permit horse slaughter - March 18
- Shady business going on at horse auction - March 18
- Lawmakers and animal groups join forces behind SAFE act of 2013 - March 14
- Processing of Valley Meat's app to slaughter our horses in New Mexico almost a done deal - March 14
- Some facts about horse slaughter - March 10
- The USDA may approve a horse slaughterhouse in New Mexico - March 10
- Take away some lessons from the meat scandal in Europe - March 2
- The prospect of a horse slaughterhouse in Oklahoma gains ground - Feb. 24
- The USDA says our American store shelves have no mislabeled meat - Feb. 25
- Horsemeat scandal arrests include Aintree Racecourse contractor - Feb. 17
- Oklahoma legislator seeks to legalize horse slaughter - Feb. 13
- Outrage over cruel and illegal practices at horse slaughterhouse - Feb. 1
- Renewed accusations that wild horses have gone to slaughter - Jan. 28
- Racehorses are living, breathing, walking pharmacies - Jan. 14
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