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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 2, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Slaughterhouse to open unless Congress reinstates ban

Smart, sensitive alternative needed to prevent horse overpopulation

What we need now are some common sense and compassionate policies in order to control wild horse populations [“N.M. horse slaughter plant to open soon,” seattletimes.com, April 30]. Experts in the field agree that the practice of slaughtering horses is not the appropriate answer for pet overpopulation.

For example, the University of Toledo reports a wild horse birth-control measure that is extremely effective. Further, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated that the department “needs to be more creative” regarding the horse overpopulation problem.

Katherine Pfeifle, Lynnwood

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