Cruelty to Animals Roundup

´╗┐Cruelty to Animals Roundup

HELENA Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Friday let a controversial bill encouraging the construction of a horseslaughtering plant in Montana become law without his signature.

“The governor made his opinion on this bill known; the Legislature did the same,” said Schweitzer’s spokeswoman, Sarah Elliott. “No action was taken, and the bill has now become law.”

In an amendatory veto, Schweitzer asked lawmakers to strip the bill’s provisions giving the horse slaughter industry special protections by eliminating the right of citizens to file environmental appeals over projects

Both the House and Senate rejected Schweitzer’s suggested amendments by large margins.

Also, the cruelty continues in threeday eventing as another equine athlete died last month negotiating the ridiculously difficult course:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) A veteran horse died while competing at the Rolex Kentucky ThreeDay Event. A news release said Kingpin, ridden by Mike Winter, fell Saturday while negotiating Fence 10 and died at the scene.

Shame on all riders, coaches and league officials who sanction the production of courses made purposefully dangerous for horses and riders alike. At least the riders go into the sport knowing and accepting the dangers. Horses are just trying their hearts out for owners. Shame, too, on NBC for broadcasting Rolex later this month.

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