July 10, 2011Horse welfare groups are rallying to help their Mexican counterparts force the end to what they describe as blatant cruelty and abuse at a long-standing slaughter auction.
A still from the video below about San Bernabe.
The response to date includes a 5000-signature petition that was delivered to the Mexican embassy in Washington on June 27.
A Youtube video appeal was released on July 3, revealing the treatment of some horses at the auction.
San Bernabe is said to be the largest such unregulated facility in Mexico.
It has been in operation for 70 years and, according to the Equine Welfare Alliance, an umbrella group for horse welfare groups, is well known for the abusive treatment of animals in violation of several federal regulations.
The alliance says American horse owners should be concerned because US horses are sent to the facility.
It added that US horses were being sent to Mexican slaughter facilities long before the US plants closed.
Between the years 1989-2006, 775,474 US horses were exported for slaughter to Canada, Mexico and Japan.
As long as horse slaughter exists, US horses are in jeopardy of being sent to this and other facilities, the alliance says.
The alliance, along with the Animal Protection Association of Mexico, the Animal Law Coalition, Animals' Angels, APASDEM, Animal Recovery Mission, Commission for San Bernabe Market and Anti-Fur Society called for global support to join us in an appeal to shut the doors of San Bernabe forever.
"We are appealing to all members of the US Congress to prevent American horses from enduring the fate awaiting them at San Bernabe by swiftly passing federal legislation (S. 1176) to prohibit horse slaughter in the US and export over our borders."
A petition seeking its closure can be found here here.