With today's fight to end horse slaughter, I just learned new news that there is a black market in Florida for horse meat. There are people steeling horses from owners and butchering them in fields, on the side of the road and even in their own stalls where the horses are kept by their owners. This is happening at night and authorities still haven't made any arrests. They are saying that they can't prove if it is being done by the horse's owners or by poachers. This is the most horrifying thing I have ever heard of and these people (poachers) have to be stopped!! Please help me by spreading the word and maybe if we all come together, we can put a stop to this from happening ever again. Please visit this site to read and view the slideshow on what's happening to these racehorses and privately owned horses. I have to warn you that the slide show does have some graphic seens, but I watched it anyway. It has given me this fire inside to put a stop to this!!! I plan on calling President Barack Obama and informing him of this activity. I WILL DO ANYTHING TO SEE THIS TREATMENT AND BUTCHERING OF HORSES COME TO AN END ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!
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This is what the news posted about these findings:
These Lucky Horses were saved in a raid of a slaughter house in Miami
FROM RACE HORSE TO MAIN COURSE
Horses are being poached and slaughtered for their meat on the black market
By JEFF BURNSIDE and TODD WRIGHT
The story sounds like the summary of a bad horror flick. Dozens of horses disappearing in the dead of night only to be found stripped of skin and meat on a roadside. Other horses are discovered butchered in their stables by mortified owners.
But the culprit isn't some half-wolf, half-man abomination that preys on thoroughbreds during the full moon.
They are poachers from Miami's black market who sell the horses' meat, which is a popular delicacy among new arrivals from other countries to the area. The horse meat can go for as much as $20 per pound and based on the number of bloody horse remains and meat-stripped carcasses found on the side of dirt roads and in stables across Miami-Dade, harvesting horses for meat is a lucrative business.
The sale of horse meat for human consumption is illegal in the U.S., but that hasn't stopped the meat from being in high demand by natives of the Caribbean, Cuba and other European countries who crave horse cuisine.
Some U.S. cattle ranchers have worked around the law by exporting horses to Mexico or Canada, where killing horses for dinner is legal.
Fostering some of the boom in slaughterhouses has been the horse-racing industry and some owners of race horses. Some discard a horse after it's out-lived its racing life or is injured. They are usually sold to the first person who offers a few bucks for the animal, as was the case for Freedom's Flight, a horse rescued during a raid at a Miami area slaughterhouse.
"Freedom's Flight would have definitely ended up on someone's plate. Absolutely. And we've seen it too many times," said Richard Cuoto, who volunteers for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Freedom's Flight's blood line includes Secretariat and Seattle Slew, two of the greatest thoroughbreds of all-time. But his wealthy owner, Herman Heinlein, gave the horse to a handler after it broke a leg in a race at Gulfstream Park. The handler, Marian Brill, sold Freedom's Flight for $500, but refuses to say to whom. Police believe Freedom's Flight eventually ended up at a pony ride show before he wound up at the slaughterhouse.
"I've already told you, I can't and I won't," she said in an interview with NBC6.
Freedom's Flight's saga and salvation is the exception to the rule, animal rights advocates said. Other race horses have had a less than ceremonial retirement.
The real horror may be that no arrests have been made in the deaths. Authorities claim it would be hard to charge someone with a crime because it's difficult to tell if a horse found butchered on the side of the road was killed by a poacher or an owner.
This was the end of the story! Now my question is, "Even if it was the owner that did it, shouldn't they be arrested as well?" Miami police can't just say, "we don't know who did, therefore there's nothing we can do about it." BULL SHIT!! They need to start trying harder to catch these people!! And if the people of Miami Florida start making noise to these police and demand them to do something more, believe me, they will have no choice but to do something! So everyone in Florida and around the Country, PLEASE LET'S MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD!!!!
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