PETA is not actively involved in ending horse slaughter. They are not running any campaigns, ads or member campaigns. There are no print mailings, no press and have not organized any efforts on horse slaughter. Nada. My understanding (though not confirmed) was that HSUS cut a deal with them to stay out of the horse slaughter issue. If so, that was a smart move because they would do more harm than good although they were responsible for shutting down the largest horse slaughter house in the US – AmFram (?) but that was many years before the organized efforts to end horse slaughter began.
The only thing I’ve seen from PETA was the Japan video which was worthless. A very small number of our horses go to Japan – 192 last year. IMO, the video did not expose anything. It was a Disney movie compared to the US, Mexico and Canada plants. A rescue is connected with the folks in Japan and when their stud duty is over, they contact him and he brings the horses home. If anything, it did more harm in possibly ruining a good relationship with Japan on bringing the horses home.
I’m by no means defending PETA. They are too over the top and are viewed as “crazies”. But to blame PETA for the efforts underway is not correct. They have not been involved in anything - at least the last 5 years that I've been involved.
Last edited by vicki9; 04-22-2010 at 04:53 PM.