Urge Texas to Investigate Horse-Meat Buyer!

UPDATE: Shortly after the results of PETA's investigation were released, the Texas Animal Health Commission reported that it is "investigating allegations" regarding the veterinary health forms. Keep the pressure on Texas officials, and sign this petition now!

In May 2012, a PETA investigator rode on a truck with a "kill," or meat, buyer as he transported 27 horses from Oklahoma City to a feedlot in Morton, Texas. The buyer had picked up the horses that morning from a crowded sales barn in Iowa, where disease can easily spread. While on the transporter, PETA's investigator discovered that the kill buyer did not have proper equine infectious anemia (EIA) test forms for the horses as required by state law. He revealed that he uses invalid EIA test forms and also stated that a veterinarian had taught him how to forge such documents.

EIA is a potentially deadly disease that is spread from horse to horse by biting insects such as horseflies. There is no known cure and no preventive vaccine, making it even more important to test horses for the disease. PETA immediately contacted the Texas Animal Health Commission, alerting them to the fact that a horse dealer was planning to unload dozens of potentially sick horses at a crowded feedlot, where they could infect hundreds of other horses. Despite having been told exactly when the transporter would be arriving at the feedlot, no action was taken and the kill buyer apparently continues to transport slaughter-bound horses with invalid paperwork.

This apparent flagrant disregard for the law is one more reason why horse slaughter should be illegal. The 27 horses aboard the dealer's truck are just some of the tens of thousands of American horses who are killed each year for their flesh.

If you are a citizen of Texas, please contact Texas Animal Health Commission officials. Let them know that kill buyers are not above the law, and urge them to investigate the transporter for shipping horses without valid EIA test forms.


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