Horse rescue group says “whoa”

The attorney for Front Range Equine Rescue says the organization is parallel partners with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in trying to stop horse processing in the U.S.

Bruce Wagman with Schiff Hardin LLP in San Francisco says both groups are co-plaintiffs in the federal litigation, “I’ll play all the cards in the deck so there’s many, many ways in which horse slaughter might get stopped.”

The plaintiffs are appealing the recent federal ruling that lifted an injunction on federal inspection of horse slaughter facilities.

And Wagman says there are ongoing efforts at the state levels in New Mexico and Missouri to stop two plants from starting horse slaughter, “The issue is whether or not these plants should be given waste water discharge permits for their slaughter operations.”  He says prohibited substances in horses would end up in waste water if slaughter is not stopped and would become a health hazard.

Wagman says Front Range Equine Rescue makes funds available to help horse owners humanely euthanize their horses. Established in 1997, he tells Brownfield, the Colorado group is “dedicated to rescuing abandoned horses and preventing abuse and horse slaughter.”

Interview with Bruce Wagman (10:00 mp3)

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