There is great opposition for the slaughtering of horses for food consumption. A New Mexico company is slated to be the first to slaughter horses for human consumption in the U.S. since 2007 after federal authorities agreed to issue a permit required for its operation. Animal-welfare advocates in the U.S. are not content with the approval of killing horses for food. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it is “dismayed” by the USDA decision. “Horse slaughter is inherently cruel,” the organization said in a statement.
Farmers and ranchers believe it is necessary to dispose of unwanted animals. How are horses unwanted? People use horses for different reasons and their meat has not typically been eaten by most Americans. Horses are companions,used for horseback riding and adored by children. Sadly, if there is a demand of horse meat in America these horses will be used for meals.
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