The New York Times film critic NICOLAS RAPOLD reviews “Saving America’s Horses: A Nation Betrayed“, a documentary by Katia Louise about the slaughter of U.S. horses.
While Rapold concludes it is a mishmash of a documentary “emotionally and visually tough to watch”, what he did take away from the film is this:
When horses are of no use to us, or they roam public lands desired by cattle ranchers, they are, we learn, brutally shipped to slaughterhouses, mistreated and killed. “Saving America’s Horses” details the horrors and the corrupt and negligent practices surrounding the slaughter of over 100,000 horses a year. Special censure is reserved for the federal Bureau of Land Management’s apparent brief against mustangs (aka wild horses) and the dismantling in 2004 of a protective 1971 government act.
We are grateful for Mr. Rapold’s review and the fact that hundreds of thousands more will learn about the existence and evils of horse slaughter.