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Re: “Foes of horse slaughter cheer Congressional victory

As a lifelong rider, competitor and horse farm owner, I see this as a simple issue. Horses don't deserve to spend the last several days of their lives enduring the exceptional cruelty of the horse slaughter pipeline.

I really wish slaughter pushers would take off their rose-colored glasses and learn what actually happens to horses in the slaughter pipeline. This is not like cattle slaughter. Every single undercover investigation has shown rampant abuse starting at auction (where slaughterbound horses are whipped, prodded and beaten with sticks and pipes), crowded together and denied food, water or medical attention when desperately needed. Then transport - take a look at the USDA FOIA request of the US plants and see all the horses with eye gouged /beaten (to prevent fighting during transport), necks broken, limbs crushed or torn off and DOAs. Whether plants are in US and/or Mexico and Canada, horses routinely endure 24 to 40 hour trips crowded together without food, water or rest, and in all weather conditions. That's the reality when the market can only support a handful of plants in North America, unlike cattle, who rarely travel more than a few hours to get to a plant (and who are far more calm in transport).

Then we have the kill process. A state-of-the-art, brand new Temple Grandin-designed horse slaughter plant showed a whopping 60% failure rate of humane stunning in undercover footage. Which meant a terrifying end where most horses required repeated stunning and some were exaguinated while still alive.

We Americans are not savages. Horse slaughter is a brutal, predatory, unnecessary business that we should never welcome to our shores.

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Posted by Horse Trainer on 06/21/2012 at 10:45 AM

 

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