LOS ANGELES, May 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles based Synergetic Distribution is pleased to announce the release of the award-winning film, "From the Kill Pen," now available on multiple platforms, including Amazon Video, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play.
Fact-driven and without gratuitous violence, "From the Kill Pen" exposes the widespread overbreeding and clandestine meat distribution cycle which has allowed tainted horsemeat to enter the human food chain - activity which has been operating under the radar for years.
"Most Americans are completely unaware that horse slaughter is not illegal in this country; approximately 150,000 American horses are still rounded up each year and shipped to Canada and Mexico to be killed and their carcasses sold to international meat distributors," says director Sharon Boeckle.
Horse slaughter is currently not illegal in the United States. Current language in the federal budget prohibits funds from providing required inspections at horse slaughter facilities, though, and this prohibition has kept horse slaughter on American soil at bay since 2007. But horse advocates across the nation are growing concerned that the current administration may choose to overturn that in the next federal budget, scheduled for review in the coming months.
"In making this film, Sila Productions has performed an invaluable service to equines and those who love them… By seeing the truth, people will finally be able to judge from a position of knowledge," says John Holland, President of the Equine Welfare Alliance.
"From the Kill Pen" includes in-depth interviews with some of the nation's leading experts on the subject, including: Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico; Keith Dane of the Humane Society; Journalist Vickery Eckhoff; and Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Patrick Meehan, co-sponsors of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which if passed would install a permanent ban not only on horse slaughter in the United States, but also the shipping of American horses elsewhere for slaughter.
"We applaud this hard-hitting, passionate, and revealing expose," says Sonja Meadows of Animals Angels. "From the Kill Pen is a compelling, intelligent documentary that clearly exposes and lays bare the stark realities behind horse slaughter... it's a must see film."
""From the Kill Pen" is the 'Blackfish' for America's horses," says Jane Blais of the Safe Food Safe Horses Coalition, the coalition currently fighting for the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 113.)
The film's release coincides with the upcoming annual federal budget renewal process set to commence soon. The hope is that the film will raise awareness and inform the public on the issue before it's too late.
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