Wayne Pacelle and Charles Stenholm on Equine Care and Slaughter
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Welcome to E/The Environmental Magazine"s first streaming audio debate. This face-off between Wayne Pacelle, chief operating officer of the Humane Society of the U.S., and Charles Stenholm, a former Democratic congressman from Texas and current lobbyist for the horse slaughter industry (as a senior policy advisor at Olsson, Frank and Weeda) was recorded live on WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut March 14, 2006.
If you"ve been following it, you"ll know that the fight over America"s three remaining horse slaughterhouses (in Texas and Illinois) has developed into back-and-forth high-stakes brinksmanship, featuring name calling, Congressional action, outraged city halls and last-minute judicial rulings. There are three horse slaughter plants in the U.S. (read the complete story here) that export their meat to Europe, where it is considered a delicacy. The plants" status remains uncertain as Congress prepares to take up a bill that would ban horse slaughtering for food in the U.S.
The debaters are, respectively, the leader of the largest humane group opposing horse slaughter and the industry"s chief lobbyist: