As if the topic of horse slaughter wasn't already unappetizing enough, during Wednesday's Horses on the Hill Day, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., detailed a recent accident in which 30 horses were trapped in a tractor-trailer fire and killed on their way to a Canadian slaughterhouse.
"Thirty animals burned alive, in America, in New York, on a highway, in front of children and human beings -- why?" she railed. "Because someone can be engaged in this kind of unregulated, discouraging, disgusting business and we have had enough."
Landrieu and her cohorts, which included Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., sportscaster Bonnie-Jill Laflin and "Hot in Cleveland" star Wendie Malick, are pressing other lawmakers to get behind the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which would ban American horses from being exported for slaughter and not permit horse slaughter to resume in the United States.
"If anyone has ever spent just 20 seconds looking at the way horses are slaughtered I think they'd be absolutely appalled," Malick told Yeas & Nays. "Horse are not stunned easily, they end up usually being dismembered while they are still conscious."