My little dismembered pony
What was your reaction to what The Guardian calls “the biggest food fraud of the 21st century,” in which beef products were adulterated with horse meat in Europe? The scandal involved “drug and horse smuggling.” Stateside, Congress voted to end the slaughter of horses in 2007, but the animals—including wild horses—were still being shipped to Mexico and Canada to be killed for diners overseas, including France. But now, slaughter's back on the table. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says, “Horses are routinely given medications … that are toxic to humans and are expressly forbidden by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in animals intended for human consumption.” And, “Because horses' instinctual flight response makes them ill-suited for stunning, they often endure repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during their dismemberment.” Tell your representatives to prohibit this practice by supporting the Safeguard American Food Exports Act at http://tinyurl.com/StopSlaughter.