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January 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM

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Horse slaughter banned in Snohomish County

Honor the majestic creatures
The Seattle Times article “Snohomish County Council bans slaughter of horses for food” [NWWednesday, Dec. 19] was interesting, yet I felt like it didn't really tell the whole story.

The quotes in the article left me with no respect for Jack Field, Wayne Lindahl and everyone else who is involved in that cruel industry. One comment that really ticked me off was Field's comment that decision makers should not allow "emotion to cloud science and good judgment on this issue. You mention horses and people think of these great majestic animals with their mane and tail blowing in the wind.”

Yes, people do think of majestic creatures when they think of horses because that’s what horses are. But no one involved in the horse-slaughter industry has given the horses any of the respect they deserve. Field mentions that these majestic creatures are different from the horses that are slaughtered, but those horses are majestic, too.

—Isabel Martinez, Seattle

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