The animal rights group Peta says it has uncovered evidence involving the alleged use of fraudulent veterinary health forms for horses being hauled across state lines in the United States.
The group says one of its undercover investigators has documented evidence of what it describes as serious violations involving apparent fraudulent use of the forms.
The horses in question were transported across state lines from Iowa into Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Twice last year, the investigator rode along with a “kill buyer” — someone who purchases horses and transports them to slaughterhouses or feedlots — as he moved horses he had purchased in Iowa through Missouri and Kansas to feedlots and transfer points in Oklahoma and Texas.
The kill buyer was caught on tape admitting that the veterinary forms he carried “certifying” that the horses in his trailer were free of deadly equine infectious anemia (EIA) — a potentially fatal viral disease with no known cure or preventive vaccine — were actually those of other horses, not those of the horses on board his truck.
He is reported to have said that his veterinarian had taught him how to falsify the EIA forms.
Peta said the Texas Animal Health Commission and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry had been made aware of the situation, but “officials have taken no action”.
Peta president Ingrid Newkirk was critical of the agencies’ inaction. “While agencies look the other way, kill buyers like this one are still transporting horses today.”