Thursday, December 30, 2010

Equine Rescue Group Publicly Challenges Horse Eaters

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Accredited Rescue takes Facts to the Streets

GLENVILLE, PA (Angel Acres) – With the US press awash with misinformation regarding the plight of the American horse, Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue is stepping up to educate the public about horse slaughter via a billboard & internet campaign. Two billboards are up in Baltimore that display 2 horses with the statement, “Stop Killing Us” and a new website has been launched.

Jo Deibel, Founder and Director of Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, says, “We are not a huge rescue and our funds are limited, but we felt this is something we must do as there is not enough information available to the non horse owning public about what is happening to our nation’s homeless horses. From the beginning we have felt that the only way to stop American horses from being shipped to Canada and Mexico, where they face a horrific trip to a brutal and an inhumane slaughter, is raising awareness throughout the United States. Our mission is to educate the non-horse owning public about the risk our American horses face.”

The effort is timely considering the upcoming Horse Slaughter convention to be held in Las Vegas next week which touts a speaker list that reads like a “Who’s Who” in horse butchering including the Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Bob Abbey.

“Only when our country’s horse and animal lovers loudly raise their voices in concert, in protest of the atrocities inflicted upon our American Icon; the horse, will our legislators finally pass the bills that in one form or another have languished in governmental committee for over 8 years. Horse slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia; it is a shame and outrage,” Deibel said.

Although the last three, foreign owned, horse slaughter plants in the United States were shuttered in 2007 as many if not more U.S. horses are inhumanly transported across US borders to be butchered as food for wealth foreigners. It has been documented that not only over bred domestic horses fall victim to this crime but publicly owned and federally protected wild horses have also made this tortuous trip. A BLM contractor, David Cattoor, who pleaded guilty to just this sort of crime will be a guest speaker at next week’s SlaughterFest along with his boss Bob Abbey and hosted by Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis, now under investigation for fraud and ethics violations.

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