Barbaro May Be Saved by Publicity...
Many Injured Horses Still Sent to SlaughterhousesEven Thoroughbreds With Relatively Minor Injuries Sometimes End Up in the Meat Grinder
By LESLIE YERANSIAN, ABC News
"Tens of thousands of thoroughbred horses are sent to slaughterhouses each year after suffering from injuries far less serious than Barbaro's fractured ankle, according to the Humane Society.
About 15 percent of the slaughtered horses are thoroughbreds, and many end up as meat for human consumption in other countries, including France, Belgium, Holland, Japan and Italy...
"...She said even if horses weren't sent to a slaughterhouse, owners could be unwittingly sending their horse to an abusive environment.
'Make sure you know where your horse is going,' she said. 'Sometimes people think they're giving their horse to a nonprofit, but that 'nonprofit' is really just posing and they turn the horse around at an auction for 27 cents a pound. That's the going rate now, so they end up getting $300 of the horse.' [READ MORE...]
With the attention being paid to horse slaughter these days, this blog writer hopes Barbaro will be spared such a horrible fate.