They were called Lacey and Squirt, two professional rodeo horses and beloved pets. But they ended up sold for meat on someone’s dinner plate overseas. In a landmark case, a suspect has been charged with delivering at least one of them to slaughter.
Following our series of reports, Golden Gate Fields has launched a landmark new program to make sure retired racehorses avoid an all too common fate: ending up on someone’s dinner plate.
The USDA said it will increase inspections of imported beef, in the midst of a horsemeat scandal in Europe. So far, none of the tainted products have made it to the United States. But the scandal is renewing efforts to ban American horse slaughter.
A Bay Area race track is investigating why one of its thoroughbreds ended up on the auction block, where horses are at risk of being sent to slaughter.
California horses are supposed to be protected by law from slaughter for human consumption. Yet many still end up in the slaughter pipeline, including thoroughbreds. That’s why some race tracks are taking protective action.
Americans don’t eat horsemeat, but we do export horses for slaughter. Most end up on dining tables in Europe and China. While California is one of the few states that bans the exports, some activists have said the ban isn’t working.