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At a time when so many horses are being sent to slaughter, who are the two men who have filed an antitrust lawsuit against the American Quarter Horse Association to force it to allow cloned horses to be registered?

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Dr. Gregg Veneklasen and Jason Abraham

Rancher Jason Abraham of Canadian, Texas, and Amarillo veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen, who owns the Timber Creek Veterinary Hospital in Canyon, Texas, aren’t just a couple of cowboys, they’re both major partners with animal cloning company ViaGen.

Here is a shocking fact:

“ViaGen Inc. has had a field office in Canada since 2007. When the United States closed the doors to their equine slaughterhouses, the company moved north to Canada, as the cloning process requires equine ovaries (a by-product of slaughter horses).

To take advantage of the Fort Macleod, Alberta horse processing plant, ViaGen Inc. created their cloning laboratory, in nearby Lethbridge. Mares sent to slaughter at this plant are used in the cloning process for their ovaries and oocytes (unfertilized eggs). Their cells are then used by the company’s lab to host the DNA from the animal intended to be cloned. The Canadian slaughter horse market provides a continual supply of eggs to be used for Viagen, Inc.” (Jan/Feb 2012 Western Horse Review.com)

Bouvry Exports in Fort MacLeod, Alberta is the largest horse slaughterhouse in North America.  In 2010, the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition made a complaint after a secretly recorded video was sent to them showing horses at the Fort Macleod slaughterhouse being shot and then hoisted away by their legs while still fully consciousAnimals Angels has also done an investigation of this slaughterhouse.  Many of these slaughtered horses may have included our wild horses. More