Miami Horse Meat

Another Horse Slaughtered for Meat in Miami
Another horse was found mutilated and killed over the weekend in Southwest Miami-Dade, apparently the latest victim of amateur butchers only interested in the animal's meat. The horse was found tied to a tree and dismembered along 212th Ave., the latest in over a dozen horse killings in the area in the past few months.

"It's horrible. It's really frustrating to see something that has been going on for some time," said Oscar Martinez, who owns a farm nearby where the latest horse was found. "They have been killing horses all over this area."

Martinez said he thinks the crime happened Saturday night, and that the killers were likely scared off by a car before they were able to collect all the meat. The horse was found Sunday. "They do it at night. When they see a light coming, they just run away. This horse, they were not able to slaughter him completely," Martinez said.

Officials believe the meat is then sold on the black market, where it can go for as much as $20 per pound. The sale of horse meat is illegal in the U.S. [...]

Aja hasn't lost any horses yet, though she said she lives in constant fear that her horses will be next. "Everytime we come to our farm, we're scared that we're going to be missing an animal and we're going to find him dead at a corner, slaughtered to pieces with the buzzards flying overhead," Aja said.

Also: "Rescued" Dolphin Killed By Hungry Sharks

Tuesday was supposed to be a day of celebration for biologists and Dunham, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. There was picture taking and camera crews to record the release of the dolphin into the wild. But the special moment turned into a stunning tragedy moments later after the dolphin was attacked by sharks just hours after he was released into the ocean in west Florida.

Dunham, a juvenile male dolphin, was released Tuesday morning after eight months in rehab recovering from pneumonia. Dunham didn't get a chance to enjoy his new found strength and freedom very long. Jeni Hatter, spokeswoman for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, said the dolphin was attacked twice by at least two different sharks. Experts were nearby were monitoring the dolphin with a VHF radio transmitter at the time of the attack.

Hatter said experts rushed to the dolphin and euthanized him because of the life-threatening injuries. She added that he wouldn't been able to recover.

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10 Responses:

  1. allartburns says:

    I had horse bacon in Japan. I wouldn't order it intentionally, but I can see why people like it, especially if you like boar or wild pig.

  2. g_na says:

    I'll see your rescued marine mammal and raise you one.

    We rescued and rehabilitated this California sea lion a few years back. When it was time for the animal's release it was put on a boat and taken to the Farallones; whale watchers on the boats always enjoy seeing the releases. The boat arrives out there, they open the door to the carrier, and the animal jumps into the water...only to be immediately gobbled up by a great white shark, much to the dismay of the people on board.

    Nature is cruel.

  3. editer says:

    Heroic PETA commandos kill 49, save rabbit

    On Tuesday, PETA officials supervised the rabbit's release back into the wild where, within minutes, it was chased down, torn to pieces and fully devoured by a fox.

    Despite the extreme cruelty of the fox attack, PETA officials have no plans to take action against the animal. "Foxes are lovable furry forest friends," PETA president Joy MacInnis said. "Not like the hairless, human, animal-hating scum who so richly deserve to get their skulls smashed in with the back end of an automatic weapon."

  4. lafinjack says:

    The sale of horse meat is illegal in the U.S.

    I was unaware that horses were cuter than cows.

    But the special moment turned into a stunning tragedy moments later after the dolphin was attacked by sharks just hours after he was released into the ocean in west Florida.

    I know a moment is a pretty vague slice of time, but someone really needs to work on their narrative skills.

    • ironwrought says:

      The article is incorrect. The sale of horse meat is not illegal in the US.

    • I was unaware that horses were cuter than cows.

      I think for domesticated animals, we actually have special consideration for the working animals, which we then define as cute. Looking at the animals we don't generally eat in the US: horses provide transportation, dogs guard and hunt, cats suppress vermin.