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PETA Supports Lift On Horse Slaughter Ban

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Earlier this month the President and Congress essentially ended a ban on horse slaughtering in the United States. The move's been met with some controversy, but many more people are applauding it, including PETA.

When Congress cut funding for USDA inspections for the nation's three horse slaughter facilities back in 2006, it pretty much put that industry out of business. Five years later, most everyone agrees the idea back-fired and did more harm, than good.

"What we saw were horses, often aging or unwanted horses, being shipped long distances to Mexico and Canada, for horse slaughter markets there," said Tom Womack, with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

And Womack said aging horses in Tennessee that weren't shipped over the borders were left in very bad conditions on farms across the state. Some were even dumped onto state owned land to roam free.

The animal rights group PETA supports the re-introduction of horse slaughter facilities in this country. According to a spokeswoman it's the lesser of two evils. She claimed transporting the horses to other countries can be in-humane.

We want to avoid that, those trips are horrible for those animals. Often times they're denied food and water, the don't get any rest, they don't have any time to stretch their legs, so to speak, during that trip and we want to avoid putting them through that," said Lindsay Wrajt

PETA wants to see a ban on slaughter here in the U-S and a ban on the export of horses to other countries. There's a bill in congress, right now, that would do just that.

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