It is time for Europeans, who are so strong on farm animal welfare and animal testing, to show more ethical and scientific consistency when it comes to horse slaughter standards, the head of the Humane Society of the United States says.
Chief executive Wayne Pacelle, who is in Europe to speak with European officials on a range of issues, including horse slaughter, said: “Only when that happens will we be honoring the role that horses have played in helping people all throughout the world.
“To treat them like a cheap commodity results not only in inhumane treatment, but also a disdainful disregard for their historical role in transport, commerce, recreation, and other functions that have been fundamental to the development of modern society,” Pacelle wrote in his blog, A Humane Nation.
Pacelle said the “global war” over horse slaughter was far from won, even though plants remained shuttered in the US.
“There are still more than 100,000 American horses being slaughtered per year – it’s just that they are being exported live to Canada and Mexico, where they’re slaughtered and then exported to Europe and Japan.
“There are also hundreds of thousands of horses slaughtered in China, Europe, and South America to meet global demand for their meat.
“When you add it all up, it’s a dirty, inhumane global business, feeding consumers who have no compunction about eating horses or who are simply unaware of the inhumane treatment these creatures endure.”