Actor and director Robert Redford is taking a stand to close horse slaughterhouses across the U.S. and protect horses from mistreatment and death. As a first step, the Sting star is joining forces with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson to form the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife; this foundation, in turn, will partner with the Humane Society of the United States to back a lawsuit preventing the opening of a New Mexico horse slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse, currently scheduled to open on August 13th, would be the final destination of retired racehorses, injured farm animals and unwanted older horses, many of which were treated with drugs that the FDA prohibits for human consumption. The horse meat would then be shipped overseas for use in both human and animal foods.
Robert Redford, who has long been involved with environmental causes, was very disturbed by the news that horse slaughterhouses would reopen in the U.S. for the first time in six years. He believes that “[h]orse slaughter has no place in our culture. It is cruel, inhumane, and perpetuates abuse and neglect of these beloved animals.”
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