Paula Bacon receives prestigious award for her work to end horse slaughter in Texas and the United States
SACRAMENTO, CA (September 5, 2007) – United Animal Nations (UAN), a national animal protection organization, today issued its prestigious Animals’ Choice Award to Paula Bacon, former mayor of Kaufman, Texas, for her work to end horse slaughter in her town and the nation.
UAN presents the Animals’ Choice Award annually to an individual who advocates for animals beyond the scope of his or her profession. Mayor from 2003 to May 2007, Bacon has been an outspoken opponent of the horse slaughterhouse located in Kaufman, which has faced numerous violations and citizen complaints in 27 years of operation.
When she became mayor, Bacon fought hard to rid the town of the slaughterhouse and spoke out for Boggy Bottom, a predominantly African-American neighborhood near the slaughterhouse, whose residents’ pleas for relief had long been ignored.
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UAN president and CEO Nicole Forsyth said that Bacon demonstrates an exceptional devotion to animal welfare and to her community’s well-being.
“Paula has recognized for a long time that both animals and her town’s residents are being exploited by the foreign-owned slaughterhouse in Kaufman,” said Forsyth. “Her attention to this issue has put the image of horse slaughter in front of not only residents of Kaufmann, but of the whole country.”
“I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award, especially as horses are being threatened in so many ways,” Forsyth added.
Americans do not eat horsemeat, but it is considered a delicacy in Europe and
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