I don’t know about you, but we have seen PeTA quoted in various articles that it is better for the U.S. to slaughter horses on home soil than to send horses across the border for it.
In particular is this quote from Ingrid Newkirk in the Christian Science Monitor:
In an interview with the Monitor, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk said the US should never have banned domestic horse slaughter – a stance that has put the organization at odds with other mainstream animal rights groups, like the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
“It’s quite an unpopular position we’ve taken,” Ms. Newkirk says. “There was a rush to pass a bill that said you can’t slaughter them anymore in the United States. But the reason we didn’t support it, which sets us almost alone, is the amount of suffering that it created exceeded the amount of suffering it was designed to stop.
Our first reaction to seeing PeTA quoted this way was whoa, what’s going on here? The pro horse slaughter movement, who normally mentions PeTA only to ridicule them, have jumped all over quotes like this one saying hey look, even the extremist animal rights’ group PeTA supports a return horse slaughter on U.S. soil.
PeTA have addressed this in a post entitled Horse Slaughter: Setting the Record Straight AGAIN!
It states, in part:
Television news pieces airing today are advertised in such a way as to again misrepresent our stance on horse slaughter—just as some legislators also seem to have been misusing and misstating our position.
Let’s set the record straight once more, shall we? Please cut and paste this to your computer so you can forward it to anyone who gets it wrong. Thank you.
To be crystal clear: While PETA is appalled at the transport of horses to foreign destinations, which increases their stress and susceptibility to sickness and injury, and believes that the previous congressional action that ended the slaughter of horses in the U.S. was inadequate to address the problem of unwanted and abandoned horses, PETA does not support a reopening of horse-slaughtering operations.
Which is it?
Jade Marin, a volunteer for the Int’l Fund for Horses and a former PeTA supporter, takes this view:
I think PeTA has become so addicted to headline grabbing, that they make outlandish statements like Newkirk’s, then do a reversal to get even more attention.
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