The nightmare of slaughterhouses for horses in this country came to an end back in 2005. Sadly, horses still continue to be transported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter, where the meat is then shipped overseas as a delicacy.
Advocates for horses have been fighting horse slaughter for decades. The inherent cruelty in the transport and the slaughter process itself is beyond comprehension. No living being should ever have to endure what these horses do.
There is a huge misconception by the uniformed public that it’s just the old and infirm horses that are slaughtered. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Young horses, foals, pregnant mares and even former thoroughbred racehorses are loaded up for the horrible journey to an even more horrible death.
Over the years, the organization Animals’ Angels has submitted requests under the Freedom of Information Act. They have received documents that provide undeniable evidence of the horrors of horse slaughter while it was still active here in the US. The mere thought of those innocent lives having to suffer such horrors tears at the hearts of advocates everywhere.
To bring this atrocity back to this country simply cannot happen. The fight still rages on to end American horses from having to endure transport and slaughter at all, but there are those in government who want to see it brought back here, claiming it would be more “humane”. There is nothing remotely humane about anything connected with horse slaughter.
There is a currently a special conference committee in Congress that is debating the Agriculture Appropriations bill. Included in this debate is whether or not to resume funding for slaughterhouse inspections. If passed, horse slaughter plants will reopen in this country.
Your voices are needed to tell the Conference Committee Chair, Sen. Herbert Kohl this cannot happen here again. At the link given below you can find the phone number to call and the list of the committee members. If your state representative is part of this committee, then please contact that person as well as the committee chairperson listed.
Please remember that it’s essential to be courteous and polite in your communications with these members, since negativity will cause far more harm than good.
If you can view the pictures provided here, which are just a tiny sample of the ones obtained under the Animals Angels FOI investigations, you’ll see exactly what the future holds for our horses if slaughter plants are brought back here. The pictures are sickeningly graphic, so view them with caution. But once you see the truth, you’ll understand why this is so important.
The horses need our voices in so many ways to stop the wild mustang gathers, the long-distance transport and to stop horse slaughter from taking place in the US ever again.
Click here for more information and for the contact information for the special committee.
Click here for an in-depth listing of links regarding horse slaughter issues.
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