Horse Slaughter in the Midst of Horse Racing

10/30/04

In a strong show of support and solidarity for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, Lone Star Park and Breeders’ Cup Limited provided horse protection groups with a table “trackside” during the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships held in Grand Prairie, Texas.

HAHS worked with representatives from The National Horse Protection Coalition, The Fund for Horses, Texas Humane Legislative Network, C.A.N.T.E.R., American Horse Defense Fund and Just Say Whoa to raise awareness about the issue.
Most of the people who stopped by our booth had no idea that American horses were being slaughtered right down the road from the racetrack at Beltex and Dallas Crown.

Under a banner that said “Remember Ferdinand,” booth representatives accepted donations for hats and pins on behalf of this former Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year who was sold to Japan and eventually slaughtered for human consumption.

We are touched by the women and men who made a donation to our cause, but were so overcome with emotion they were unable to speak to us.

The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act was introduced in February 2003 by United States Representative John Sweeney (R-New York). The bill was co-sponsored by more than half of the U.S. House of Representatives, and a companion bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this year.