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Resource ID: #18945
Subject: Animals
Source: WISH-TV (Indianapolis)
Date: 2001-04-30



A WISH-TV undercover investigation reports on how horses are auctioned and slaughtered in Indiana. The horse meat is then sold in Europe at a good price, which has been skyrocketing after the mad cow, and the hoof and mouth diseases ravaged the beef industry. The majority of the horses sold to kill buyers are still ridable and in good shape but go to slaughterhouses "because the money 's right," WISH-TV reports. Another major finding is that many of the animals are "full of drugs that clearly state on the label "not intended for human consumption." A hidden-camera segment reveals that when the horses are loaded into double-deck trailers, and forced to kneel in pain for days before they get to the place to be butchered. The reporters examine the laws that forbid kill auctions in other states, and look at the possible legislative developments in Indiana.

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