Stopping Innocent Horse Slaughter
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Horse sale barns should be more humane and not kill innocent horses for money, glue or meat that they serve in schools. A lot of horses that haven't even had a chance to live are being killed because they are sick, injured or old.
Activerain.com states ¨In 1999 there were a total of 5.32 million horses in the United States, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Current estimates place that figure at around 6.5 million in 2002. At 5.32 million, the 56,600 slaughtered in the US in 2001 represent ONE PERCENT of the current population. The amount slaughtered in 2002, 56,600, is down from 130,000 in 1996 and 345,000 in 1990, according to the United States Animal Health Association. Those horses have been absorbed into the current population.” Many people think that slaughtering is helpful to keep the population of horses down and make money off of meat, it is very inhumane to kill horses who haven't even had a chance.
"The entire process including the slaughter auction, the method of transportation, the feedlots, the slaughter plants...everything up to and including their death is inhumane. The horses stand in line smelling the blood, sensing the terror. They are electrocuted or speared into the ‘kill box’ where they shake violently, falling, unable to stand from fear. They are repeatedly bludgeoned with the "captive deadbolt" gun which drives a four-inch spike into their skull, rendering the horse not dead but unconscious. Alive and many times still conscious, the horse is then shackled, hoisted, throats slit, bled and dismembered. It is man's ultimate betrayal to the horse. A hidden-camera videotape taken at Beltex by the Humane Society of the United States in 1994 shows animals writhing and shuddering well after the stun gun is applied. In July 1991, they were unloading one of the double-decker trucks. A horse got his leg caught in the side of the truck so the driver pulled the rig up and and the horse's leg popped off. The horse was still living, and it was shaking. Another employee popped it on the head and we hung it up and split it open. ... sometimes we would kill near 390, 370 a day. Each double-decker might have up to 100 horses on it. We would pull off the dead ones with chains. Ones that were down on the truck, we would drag them off with chains and maybe put them in a pen or we might drag them with an automatic chain to the knock box. Sometimes we would use an electric shocker to try to make them stand. To get them into the knockbox, you have to shock them ... sometimes run them up the [anus] with the shocker. ... When we killed a pregnant mare, we would take the guts out and I would take the bag out and open it and cut the cord and put it in the trash and sometimes the baby would still be living, and its heart would be beating, but we would put it in the trash can.¨ With that said, there is a lot of abuse going on in the horse world that doesn't need to happen.
Killing horses could possibly endangered them. “Horses, if not sent to slaughter, would be either absorbed into the industry or euthanized. In 1999 there were a total of 5.32 million horses in the United States, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Current estimates place that figure at around 6.5 million in 2002. At 5.32 million, the 56,600 slaughtered in the US in 2001 represent ONE PERCENT of the current population. The amount slaughtered in 2002, 56,600, is down from 130,000 in 1996 and 345,000 in 1990, according to the United States Animal Health Association. Those horses have been absorbed into the current population. While only sick, old and injured horses are sent to slaughter, the injured could be sent to the vet to be healed, the old could die a happy life at a very nice barn, and the sick could try to be healed but if not they could be put to sleep but not butchered to death! That is very mean to kill a horse, even if it only has a day or 2 of life left, it could die peacefully and not be slaughtered.
Killing horses that haven't done anything are being punished because people want to make money and they want to make glue therefore, all horse sale/slaughter barns should be shut down. Let's give innocent horses the chance to live!
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