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Blood in the Streets, Part II
Alright, folks, this will be the second-to-last post about horse blood. Promise.
As I mentioned in the last follow-up to our show about horse slaughter, I'd made some calls looking into the case of the now-closed rendering plant in Kaufman, Texas. Among the statements I was hoping to fact-check were these, from the Humane Society of Oregon's Scott Beckstead:
Business refused to come to Kaufman not just because of the unclean and unhealthy conditions there, but also because people found it so distasteful that the town very quickly took on a very negative stigma.
I thought that Lee Ayers, the executive director of the Kaufman Economic Development Corporation, and a longtime member of Kaufman's Chamber of Commerce, would be a good person to run this by. So I left him a voicemail, reading the above sentence. He called back, leaving a message of his own, and called the whole thing "BS." In the most genial way possible. Here's his voicemail (mp3), which he said I could post on our site.
The last piece of the puzzle is Paula Bacon, the ex-mayor of Kaufman. She and I are still playing phone tag. Once we talk, I promise you'll never hear another word about horse blood from me!
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