Veterinary Group Opposes New Slaughter Legislation
by: Pat Raia July 30 2008,
U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings on new anti-slaughter legislation will begin July 31, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has gone on record opposing the bill. In a written statement (posted in its entirety below), the AAEP rejected H.R. 6598--the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008--because it eliminates what is "currently a necessary end-of life-option" for unwanted horses.
"We oppose H.R. 6598 not because the AAEP believes that sending a horse to a processing plant is the best option for reducing the unwanted horse population," the statement said, "but because it does not help address the long-term care and funding that will be necessary to help the tens of thousands of horses that will be affected by the ban." Read More
Some have accused the agriculture community of only wanting horse slaughter so that we can get filthy rich from the sale of these horses. That is simply not the truth. In fact, the AAEP members would probably make more money from the ban, but they realize what is best for the welfare of the animals and have made that the priority.