Thanks (I think) to PTP for talking about this story in his April Fool's blog entry. The only problem is this is no April Fool's joke. The Toronto Star had a story about a horse name Backstreet Bully and how he was sent to a slaughterhouse for purposes of being turned into horse meat for human consumption. How his last owner owned him for 24 hours and signed an Equine Inspection Document (EID) fraudulently claiming the horse was drug-free for six months before being presented for slaughter, which he wasn't. How the owner falsely claimed he owned the horse for six months on the EID because "everyone else does it". How he claims his "only mistake" was that he left a halter which would identify the horse on it. That was his one mistake?
But pro-slaughter people claim there are strong enough controls in place to make sure horses unfit don't make it to the food chain; I guess as long as you ignore fraud it may be true. Just remember Canada gets most of its horses to slaughter from the United States This is why the Federal government must once and for all ban the exporting of horses for slaughter. It is time the government doesn't allow any horse owner the easy way out when it comes to end of life decisions. It is time to 'man up'. You own the horse and can't adopt it out? Do the right thing; no one should be able to have the cheap way out.
I don't know what bothers me more, slaughtering horses or how some people will do anything to make a dollar including deliberately lying about a horses health; most likely selling tainted meat for human consumption.