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Mon Mar 11, 2019, 10:06 PM

From show horse to food source: Abandoned Florida horses sent to slaughter

Posted: 9:23 PM, Mar 11, 2019 Updated: 37 minutes ago
By: Michael Paluska

“This phenomenon in Florida doesn’t happen anywhere else because there’s not this many horses concentrated anywhere else in the United States,” said Morgan Silver, executive director of the Horse Protection Association of Florida.

About 100,000 horses, including retired show and racing horses, are sent to the slaughter pipeline through Mexico and Canada each year – killed and shipped to the European Union for human consumption, according to the U.S. Humane Society.

In all, an estimated 1.9 million American horses have been shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter since 2001 and there is no U.S. law to stop the practice.

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, is co-sponsoring federal legislation to ban the export of American horses for slaughter.


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