Thirty horses on way to slaughter die in New York trailer fire

Tue May 7, 2013 4:38pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Thirty horses being taken to slaughter in Canada were burned alive when the tractor-trailer transporting them caught fire on an upstate New York highway, state police said on Tuesday.

The horses were on their way to a rendering plant in Quebec on Monday evening when the incident occurred on Interstate 81 near the town of Lisle, about 55 miles south of Syracuse, police said.

Driver Clarence Phelps, 56, told police he noticed flames coming from the passenger side of the vehicle. He pulled over and tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire which, police said, may have been caused by a fuel tank malfunction.

Police were still investigating, but said on Tuesday no laws regarding the transportation of animals appeared to have been broken.

Each year, roughly 130,000 horses are estimated to be shipped out of the United States to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. Horse slaughter was banned in the U.S. in 2006, but an effort is underway to resume the practice in U.S. meat-packing companies.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Gunna Dickson)

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sharksrule wrote:
I am furious! This has to end! This is a common occurance when slaughter re-opens, these trailers are not checked and kept up to date and these horses are packed in so tight, which I thought that already in many states was against animal welfare transport conditions laws anyways. We have to put our foot down! This is ALL our horses should have to endure, a man shoots one on video to taunt people, horses dead in accident on the way to slaughter, horses turned out to die by killer buyers when rejected at Mexico plant, and then this trailer fire no survivors, trust me a killer buyer is NOT a survivor-I bet he did not try to get the horses out!

May 07, 2013 10:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Debbiedlt wrote:
Yeah I just can’t even imagine oh my god it just makes me sick, I mean WHY did he not get those horses out of there first thing NO WAY that trailer went up THAT fast he could of got them OUT,,,, What in the world is the matter with mankind, everything we touch we kill and destroy, we need to stop this corrupt horse slaughter once and for all, why in gods name would be go backwards in time KNOWING WHAT slaughter did here before, ARE we that stupid or the corrupt ones that GREEDY, for themselves…. SICK SICK WORLD we live in…

May 11, 2013 4:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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