Slaughter of horses

The ban on killing horses in the US has expired. Will Congress re-enact it? Salon explores the bloodbath. Horses do not go willingly to their deaths.

The legions of horses that are purchased at auctions and elsewhere are now shipped across the borders to Mexico and Canada, often in trucks that are overcrowded, to an end that no animal deserves. The shipment of horses to foreign slaughterhouses is one argument used by those who want to reopen the plants in the United States. “Let’s keep it local,” they say, invoking a strange form of patriotism. “We have regulations, and things aren’t so bad.”