Horse-Meat Buyer Admits to Transporting Horses Illegally

UPDATE: On the day that the results of PETA’s investigation were released, Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Reese said that his state is investigating and that details of our investigation have been passed on to the state’s attorney general. The Texas Animal Health Commission also reported that it is “investigating allegations” regarding the veterinary health forms. Keep the pressure on officials. Sign this petition now!

In January 2012 and May 2012, a PETA investigator rode with a “kill buyer” as he transported 27 horses —most of whom had been purchased from a crowded sales barn, where disease can easily spread—to feedlots in Oklahoma and Texas. While on the transporter, PETA’s investigator discovered that the 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 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 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) and the Texas Animal Health Commission, alerting them to the fact that a horse dealer is apparently trucking potentially sick horses into their states and unloading them at feedlots and transfer stations, where they could infect hundreds of other horses. It appears that no action has been taken and that the dealer continues to transport slaughter-bound and companion horses with what he admits is invalid paperwork.

This apparent flagrant disregard for the law is one more reason why horse slaughter should be illegal. The horses aboard the kill buyer’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 resident of Oklahoma, please click here to contact the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. If you are a citizen of Texas, please click here to contact the Texas Animal Health Commission. If you are not a resident of either state, please sign the petition below. Your signature will be sent to officials in Oklahoma and Texas.


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