The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Willie Nelson Voices Disgust at Horse Slaughter

Willie Nelson and US say “no way” to horse slaughter

"WASHINGTON- Texan Willie Nelson is speaking out in defense of a symbol of the American West, the remaining stock of roaming wild horses. Country singer Nelson is the latest to join an effort to ban the slaughter of horses in the U.S. for consumption of their meat abroad. The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Sept. 7 on a bill aimed at ending horse slaughter.

'If you've ever been around horses a lot, especially wild horses, you know they are part of the American heritage. I don't think its right that we kill them and eat them,' Nelson said in a telephone interview Tuesday to the Washington Post.

'It's like eating cats or dogs,' said Jerry Finch, president of Habitat for Horses, which rescues abused horses. 'We just don't do it in this country.'

But they do in Europe and Japan, he said. Finch estimates 400 horses in the United States are slaughtered every day, specifically to provide horse meat for consumption abroad.

Polls shows about 80 percent of Americans are horrified at the idea of eating horsemeat, and are against the slaughtering of horses for food..."


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