Now that Congress has rescinded its ban on funding horse meat inspections – paving the way for horse meat processing plants to open once again in the United States – the issue of horse slaughter has reemerged as a hot-button issue. At the Paulick Report and elsewhere, a vigorous debate is underway as the Thoroughbred industry grapples with this difficult subject.
Three Chimneys Farm, for one, reports that it has received numerous emails, phone calls and social media posts regarding its policies. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, Three Chimneys has posted its protocol on Facebook. An excerpt:
“If a horse that Three Chimneys bred or owned during any portion of its life is found to be in an at-risk situation, we will take care of getting it into a safe situation, no questions asked. The broodmares on the farm retire here once their breeding days are behind them, as do our stallions when they retire from stud duty (even horses like Silver Charm, who started his stallion career at Three Chimneys before moving to Japan – he'll be brought back to Three Chimneys to enjoy his retirement). We also keep an eye out for horses by our stallions (that we are not listed as the breeder for) who end up in jeopardy and help to get them out of their adverse situations and into safer circumstances.”
Click here to read the entire post and view the many comments made in response.
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