1/11: Horses Worldwide Dead, Broke

In Great Britain earlier this week, the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals stumbled upon a veritable horse death camp—"dead horses everywhere," according to one rescuer, with 32 bodies "as well as emaciated survivors, many covered in excrement, mud, scrapes and cuts at Spindles farm, at Hyde Heath, near Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Three more had to be shot because of their condition." It gets worse!

Back here in the US, bans on horse slaughter in the last states still practicing that gruesome deed were upheld by multiple court decisions. Which means now we just auction them to Canada and Mexico, where they may be killed in even more painful and cruel ways (the ones that aren't sold are just shot by their owners).

Oh, and "Vienna's renowned Spanish Riding School—famed for its white Lipizzaner stallions and their elegant strutting and sprightly dancing—is on the verge of bankruptcy, officials warned Friday."

It's really a bad day to be an 11-year-old girl.

Famed Vienna Stables Nearly Bankrupt [NYT]
Horses Spared in U.S. Face Death Across the Border [NYT]
Man charged as 111 surviving animals moved [Guardian]