HORSE SLAUGHTER:

AMERICA'S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET


The links and information below provide excellent background and supportive data that explains why our congressional leaders should support the The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Senate Bill S.1176 and House Bill H.R. 2966

This video is a recent report by Houston reporter Brad Woodard.  He has reported on the horse slaughter industry for years and in this report he reveals facts indicating that U.S. slaughter houses were no more humane than Mexican or Canadian horse slaughter houses.  In particular, there are photographs from the USDA included in the video which were obtained by Animal's Angels under the Freedom Of Information Act:

http://www.khou.com/video/index.html?nvid=315146

Freedom Of Information Act:  Clear evidence released December 4, 2008 from the USDA that U.S. horse slaughter was inhumane even though it was supervised by USDA inspectors:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/12/prweb1704434.htm  

Julie Caramente, the animal cruelty investigator who obtained the FOIA documents and pictures states "Thirty-six months after making a Freedom of Information Request of the U.S.D.A. regarding violations of the 'Commercial Transportation of Equines to Slaughter Act' at the horse slaughter plant in Fort Worth, I received the documents. Nothing could have prepared me for their content. The 906-page FOIA includes almost 500 separate photographs of severe and alarming cruelty at the plant during part of 2005. I am an exceptionally seasoned investigator but was unprepared for the very extreme level of inhumane treatment of these animals on U.S. soil."

http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/foiaphotos.html


This video shows what was occurring as of the middle 2007:

 http://www.khou.com/topstories/stories/khou060831_cd_horses10.551a315c.html


This video shows current export practice since the United States slaughter houses have closed:

http://www.hsus.org/video_clips/horse_slaughter_cruelty.html

http://www.cbc.ca/national/blog/special_feature/no_country_for_horses/no_country_for_horses.html


These videos (part 1 & 2) are from a June 2008 Real Sports HBO report:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04mvw6tTHrs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSboR03WnjI&NR=1

 

Strong talking points:

http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/horsemeat/AAHSTalkingPoints.pdf

 

Excellent Article with Strong Statistical Analysis:

http://www.animallawcoalition.com/horse-slaughter/article/541

 

A White Paper by The Veterinarian's For Equine Welfare:

http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org/pdf/TRF_WhitePaper.pdf

 

June 17, 2008 Press release from Animal Law Coalition refuting the unwanted horse theory:

http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/horsemeat/AnimalLawCoalitionRelease061808.htm

 

Good, general sites:

http://www.hsus.org/legislation_laws/citizen_lobbyist_center/help_end_horse_slaughter.html#Common_Myths

http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/horsemeat/

http://www.StopHorseSlaughter.com


Info about transport:

http://www.grandin.com/references/horse.transport.html

http://equineprotectionnetwork.com/slaughter/transport.htm

http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org/transport_slaughter.php


Watch this video about transport - the video link is to the right after you open the page:

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pets_related_news_and_events/missouri_accident_horse_slaughter.html


Why horse meat is a dangerous food product:

 http://www.youtube.com/user/GAIAforanimalrights#p/u/0/DyaF65cPqQU

http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org/medications.php

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/01/27/155523.aspx


TRUE / FALSE QUIZ ABOUT HORSE SLAUGHTER

1) True or False: According to the USDA funded Temple Grandin study, 92.3% of horses exported for slaughter are healthy.

2) True or False: According to a recent poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, over 70% of Americans want horse slaughter stopped.

3) True or False: The average cost of having a horse humanely euthanized and safe disposal of the carcass is approximately $225.

4) True or False: There were no problems with "unwanted horses" when 244,000 fewer horses were slaughtered in 2004 than in 1990.

5) True or False: Over 800,000 horses die annually from causes other than horse slaughter and are either buried or rendered with no negative environmental affects.

6) True or False: According to the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare, horse slaughter "is a brutal and predatory business that promotes cruelty and neglect and which claimed the lives of more than 100,000 American horses in 2007."

 7) True or False: Neglect and abuse cases have not increased since the closure of the US horse slaughter plants in early part 2007.

8) True or False: According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS), during the 2002-2004 closure of the only horse slaughter plant in their region abuse cases decreased.

9) True or False: Since California banned horse slaughter in 1998 there has been no rise in abuse and neglect and horse theft has dropped by over 84%.

10) True or False:  Horse slaughter causes irresponsible breeding practices resulting in abuse and neglect because it provides a "dumping ground" for irresponsible breeders and a "throw away" mentality in general.

(the answer to each question is true)

AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY

Horse Slaughter Facts:

  • According to the USDA, 92.3% of American horses exported for slaughter are healthy.
  • Legally, up to 10% of horses could be butchered alive when the US plants were open.
  • Legally, foals over 6 mos. old may be exported for slaughter.
  • Legally, horses trucked to slaughter may go for over 24 hours without food or water.
  • Neglect and abuse cases have not increased since US slaughter plants closed in 2007.
  • Over 800,000 US horses die annually from causes other than slaughter and are either buried or rendered in the US with no negative environmental effects.
  • Since California banned horse slaughter in 1998, horse theft has dropped by over 84%.
  • According to the Veterinarians for Equine Welfare, horse slaughter "is a brutal and predatory business."
  • The average cost of having a horse humanely euthanized and safe carcass disposal is approximately $225 which is less than two months worth of average horse care costs.
  • According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture & the Hooved Animal Society, abuse cases decreased in their region during their 2002-2004 slaughter plant closure

A LETTER TO OUR LEADERS

Although I have owned horses for thirty years, only recently did I learn of the cruelty surrounding the practice of horse slaughter. In my naive mind, I assumed that horses were safely transported to a facility where they were gently euthanized before being processed. However, the truth of the matter irreparably stole a piece of my soul.

In particular, I discovered that horses, donkeys, mules, ponies, and drafts are cruelly packed together and transported for days on end, in cramped and dangerous double decker cattle trailers with no food, water, or rest. Those pregnant, old, blind, and injured are no exception. This type of trailer was designed for cows and smaller livestock, not horses. No respectable horse owner would ever transport in this type of trailer because of almost certain injury.

Horses that survive this agonizing and terrifying trip are rewarded with continued cruelty until the very end. This assumes that the end comes quickly which rarely occurs in this flight animal. When horses hear, see, and smell the blood and terror of others, they attempt to flee at all costs. They blindly attempt to flee just as we would in a situation of certain death. It is amusing for pro-slaughter folks to say that the horses do not know what is happening. Ask any out-fitter who hunts with horses and pack animals. It takes a great deal of training and desensitization for horses, donkeys, or mules to learn to carry dead elk, bear, moose, or deer. They are afraid of the smell of blood - they are flight animals and the smell of blood terrifies them.

Through the strength of the horse, our country has grown strong and into the super power it is today. However, to show our gratitude, we send our horses to slaughter when they have out-lived their usefulness to us. As if slaughter is not enough, some horses, who are not rendered unconscious, are strung up by one leg and butchered alive. This is the thanks horses get for entertaining us in races and shows, giving our children their first pony ride, representing us in the Olympics, carrying our police officers and border patrol officers into dangerous situations, plowing Amish fields, providing Amish transportation, providing therapy to those with developmental & physical limitations, and pulling our carriages for tourist purposes and special events. Few who saw Kennedy's funeral will ever forget the team of black horses that pulled his casket to its final resting place.

It is time that horse owners be held accountable for responsible ownership and breeding. There is absolutely no incentive for responsible behavior at this time because owners have a financial incentive for irresponsibility. That is, owners get paid by slaughter industry meat buyers when they no longer want their horses. Thus, owners have no need to worry about over-breeding, responsible care, and humane euthanasia. Irresponsible owners currently have the easy and lucrative incentive of selling their animals to a meat buyer for horse slaughter. Why are we allowing the slaughter of companion animals? After all, we do not round up all of the stray dogs and cats in our country for foreigners to eat, so why are we allowing this practice with horses?

Consequently, ENDRS is asking you to support The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Senate Bill S.1176 and House Bill H.R. 2966 which will end this horrid practice.

Sincerely and with great hope,

Eagle's Nest Draft Rehab & Sanctuary