Front Range Equine Rescue, HSUSand others had filed suit against the USDA and their arguments were deemed valid by a Federal Judge on August 2nd, 2013.
HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle issued this statement: “We’ve won a temporary but life-saving reprieve for horses, and it’s good news indeed that the kill boxes in New Mexico and Iowa will be empty of horses in the weeks ahead. “<
“We’ve won a significant victory for the horses and we look forward to fighting on to end the slaughter of America’s horses once and for all.” stated Hilary Wood, plaintiff and President of Front Range Equine Rescue.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)