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Re: RC: Horses at the Killer Auction

Just got Newsweek magazine yesterday in the mail. they have a small section about how the demand for horsemeat is going up due to the problems with Beef in Europe.  They had a picture of a horse. Stated that the price per pound is going up.   They expect more horse slaughter, and express concern about mustangs.   If you are real involved in this issue, it may be good timing for a letter to the editor.   Beth

>From: ""
>To: ""
>Subject: RC: Horses at the Killer Auction
>Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 12:16:44 -0700
>Susan Vuturo
>We are so excited! A writer with a magazine called "Backstretch"
>has contacted the President of our local equine rescue
>organization to discuss writing an article on Thoroughbreds
>possibly being run through the local "killer" sale in Louisville,
>Kentucky. She said her boss was adamantly opposed to an article
>of this type because "there is no way Thoroughbreds are being run
>through a killer sale -- and ESPECIALLY not Thoroughbreds from
>Churchill Downs!" Well, my friend fell down laughing at this
>statement! She sees all kinds of Thoroughbreds that came
>directly from Churchill Downs, with pulled manes, sleek and
>shiny, with lip tatoos, and aluminum plates on their feet. Oh,
>they also have bowed tendons, bucked shins, etc. as well. Most
>of these injuries are not life-threatening, merely career-
>threatening, but the owners/trainers do not want to spend the
>time or money to rehabilitate them. What an opportunity to let
>the public see what happens to a lot of really nice Thoroughbreds
>who cannot race any more! The naive reporter wants to interview
>the killer buyers and take some pictures. My friend told her the
>buyers would probably not want to give interviews, and that there
>are signs posted everywhere "NO CAMERAS", but the reporter says
>she still wants to try.
>I'm sure it's not a coincidence that it is nearly Derby time here
>in Louisville!
>Anyway, please -- no flames. I realize everyone doesn't feel the
>same way about the killer sales. Everyone to their own opinion.
>However, we are really glad we may have an opportunity to expose
>some very cruel and unnecessary behaviors at this sale! For
>those of you who are so inclined, please say a prayer and keep
>your fingers crossed this reporter's boss will let her print this
>PS; The reporter was put in touch with our Rescue group by the
>president of Rerun -- an organization that places used-up
>thoroughbreds from the track.
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