The head of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has fired another broadside at the horse slaughter industry, saying it is driven by ruthlessness and profit.
President and chief executive Wayne Pacelle, writing in his blog, A Humane Nation, declared: “When your business is horse slaughter, you don’t attract many fans.
“It’s a transactional business, with ruthlessness and profit driving the enterprise.
“The people who work with you aren’t idealists or even hobbyists, but hired guns – people who lobby or file lawsuits or send out press releases, and don’t much care who they work for or what kind of suffering they enable.
“They don’t admit that they have contempt or disregard for our society’s standards against animal cruelty, but they do their best to cloak their cruelty behind some high-minded purpose.
“On the other hand, when you want to promote the protection of animals, you can attract some extraordinary allies – people who speak up against cruelty as a matter of principle, and do so for no material gain.”
Pacelle praised actor, director, and philanthropist Robert Redford and former New Mexico Governor and US Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson for their support of a lawsuit to block horse slaughter plants from resuming operations.
The plaintiffs, including the HSUS, are seeking an injunction at the August 3 hearing, which occurs just two days before plants in New Mexico and Iowa hope to commence operations.
“Redford and Richardson aren’t the only ones coming to the aid of horses,” Pacelle said.
“Also joining the case is New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, who has established a record of untiring opposition to animal cruelty during his tenure as the state’s chief law enforcement official.”
Pacelle said horse slaughter had no place in New Mexico, Iowa, or anywhere else in North America.
“Eighty percent of Americans support a ban on horse slaughter. We owe horses more than to treat them as a cheap, throw-away commodity, and to slaughter them as a matter of convenience and profit. If you have a horse, you should be a responsible owner, and handle the animal with care and a sense of stewardship.
“The international horse slaughter industry is an inhumane, predatory one. Ultimately, Congress must ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption, and the sale of live horses to our North American neighbors for similar purposes.”
Pacelle urged the public to contact their senators and representatives to to ask them to co-sponsor legislation to shut the door on the horse slaughter trade.