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September 18, 2012

The HSUS Condemns Unnecessary Killing of Mules for American Museum of Agriculture Exhibit

The Humane Society of the United States condemns the killing and stuffing of two mules for a new exhibit in the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas.

“The killing and stuffing of animals solely for museum exhibits is frivolous and unnecessary,” said Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “These two mules apparently served their owner well for decades, and should have had the opportunity to be re-homed and live out the rest of their lives at a sanctuary.”

The mules were apparently purchased from what is known as a ‘killer buyer’ who ships healthy horses – often obtained at auctions outbidding horse rescue groups -- to Mexico and Canada for slaughter so their meat can be exported to countries that consider horse meat a delicacy.

Horse slaughter has been illegal in Texas since 1949 and these animals play a large role in American history and Texas history and are time honored companions. According to a recent survey, 80 percent of Americans strongly disagree with the slaughter of horses for human consumption and 81 percent of Texans feel the same.

Currently, the U.S. Congress is considering the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, S. 1176/H.R. 2966, which would ban the slaughter of horses (including export for slaughter in other countries). The bill currently has 165 cosponsors in the U.S. House and 26 in the U.S. Senate.  

Media Contact: Niki Ianni: 301-548-7793; nianni@humanesociety.org

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