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Albany, NY – You undoubtedly know that shelters that take in dogs and cats are filled to bursting and funding for their care is tight. But did you know that as the cost of keeping horses goes up, more of them are being abandoned...and so far the answer being proposed is increasing the number of slaughterhouses? Equine veterinarians are beginning to call for a second look at slaughterhouse bans as an alternative they call "humane." Jerry Bilinski is an equine vet and a former official with the NY racing association. He outlines the issue.

4:41 Bilinksi

Chris Dodge is on the other side of the issue. She runs HORSE Rescue and Sanctuary in western NY.

4:21 Dodge

And Kathy Stevens runs Catskill Animal Sanctuary. She's the author of Where the Blind Horse Sings.

4:14 Stevens

Want to find out more about the issue? Habitatforhorses.org has a page where they try to present arguments on both sides.

Coming up...some new players in the expanding news world...and Manisha Thakor looks at being held hostage by your home.

If you missed part of our show, you can find us online at wamc.org or call 1-800-323-9262 to order a CD - you'll need to know the program number. This week's show is #1032. (11:34)

Newspapers are struggling to survive and many blame the Internet. But the web is also opening the door to expanded coverage. Two new players are GroundReport and Women'sENews. Women's enews uses its staff and freelancers all over the globe.

6:00 Rita Henley Jensen

Another new source of information is GroundReport. Begun by Rachel Stern, it's a new model - using four thousand international contributors with a staff of expert editors.

1:41 Rachel Stern

Check out womensenews.org and groundreport.com.

And finally, finances expert Manisha Thakor has some thoughts on how to keep home sweet home from become a millstone.

3:27 Thakor Home Hostage

Manisha Thakor is the co-author of "On My Own Two Feet." Find out more at onmyowntwofeet.com.