Facts about Horse Slaughter
It is a deceptive inhumane practice.
Many horses are treated poorly prior to slaughter and the process causes horses to suffer horrific and bloody deaths. Horses are hit in the head multiple times with a captive bolt only to be stunned and wake up soon after while being bled out. A good percentage are dismembered while fully conscious.
The majority of slaughtered horses are not sick or starving but in good health.
When slaughter was present in the United States horse theft was a huge problem. Many slaughtered horses were stolen from their homes and sold for their meat. Horse theft has been reduced by discontinuing horse slaughter in the United States.
Breeders can profit from horse slaughter as a means to get rid of horses they no longer want.
These horses are not fit for human or animal consumption due to years of vaccines and medications.
It promotes irresponsible companion pet ownership and increases cases of horse neglect and abuse.
Well over 100,000 US horses are shipped out of the country either to Mexico or Canada for horse slaughter each year.
There are auctions in the United States that kill buyers attend to buy horses for their meat and ship these horses off to foreign countries.
Some auctions price horses by the pound.
Horses are shipped long hours crammed together in a trailer. Horses fight and get injured, even killed. There is nothing humane about shipping these horses.
Some buyers label themselves as trainers and look for free or cheap horses only to ship these horses to slaughter for a profit.
Many riding school horses and summer camp horses are sent to slaughter when they are no longer needed or useful. Often parents and children involved in riding these horses are lied to about the fate of these horses.
Horses have proven to be therapeutic and offer healing to an array of disorders.
We owe our freedom to horses as they have fought besides us in the worst of wars and provided food for our families. In the United States of America horses deserve to be treated as companion animals. They have earned it.