Update on horse slaughterhouse reopening in your area
By Patrick Preston KATU News and KATU.com Staff
Story Published: Dec 1, 2011 at 7:06 AM PST
SCIO, Ore. - A change in the law has opened the door for horse slaughterhouses to reopen in the United States.
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Two weeks ago Congress passed a bill allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume inspections of horse slaughterhouses. It opens the door for American horses to be slaughtered and sold to the French and Japanese who eat horse meat.
Ranchers say it's going to help stop horse neglect and abuse but animal activists say butchering a horse is still inhumane.
Wayne Geiger, director of the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, is opposed to the change in law. He helps horses like Speedy who suffered from starvation and neglect.
A year ago Speedy was 200 pounds underweight and battling pneumonia. Today, he's a playful, fun-loving horse with a bright future. So imagine what Geiger thinks of slaughtering Speedy and serving him as food for humans.