|Published: 5:11 PM, 11/23/2012
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
By LOIS HAMILTON
As you might know or not know, the president signed a
bill some time ago that Congress sent him to allow this country to have
slaughterhouses for horses. There is also a bill that we want passed known as
the "American Horses Slaughter Prevention Act," which would
specifically "prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering,
possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be
slaughtered for human consumption." We cannot let our horses be processed
as food; we must fight this tooth and nail!
There were nearly 100,000 American horses being cruelly
trucked to Canada and Mexico for torturous slaughter this year. That works out
to be more than 2,000 horses per week and nearly 300 per day. Many are draft
horses because they are bigger and provide more meat and sell for more money.
Even racehorses that don't win enough races are slaughtered. So they deserve to
be murdered because they cannot run fast enough? After butchering, the meat
will be served on dinner tables in Europe and Japan-some sliced thin and
actually eaten raw. I know this is a lucrative business, but animal abuse is
illegal! I will tell you I don't think, very strongly, that slaughterhouses
will ever open here and our horses will never be slaughtered for human consumption
in the near future!
In Canada, the "captive bolt" method is used.
The bolt is supposed to render the horse senseless but have a high failure rate
so repeated strikes are made. Can you imagine how much agony the horse goes
through? The sickening results can be shredding of the eye-socket and the
skull. More horrible pain and torture for the horse.
I cannot tell you how this whole process hurts me; I love
horses, all horses. My eyes keep watering. Why does the government allow all
this to happen? No horse is safe.
Many horse rescue organizations send me information on
how they rescue horses from auction that the government rounds up. They cannot
buy all of them so the "killing men" get the rest for slaughter. Some
of these groups rescue horses that need medical attention, which they get. They
all have to eat, some groups have 100 or more horses that also need shelter.
Can you imagine how much all that costs? More than you think. I know how
expensive my two are, how do they manage? When I can, I will send $20 or $30 to
three rescue groups, how I wish it could be lots more. I constantly sign
petitions for legislation against horse slaughter and human consumption. I know
it all takes money, now in the western states they have very little hay due to
a drought. The cost of hay is astronomic if you can find any. If anyone can
help me help them, please call 423-625-1231.
As always, if you see or suspect an animal, any animal,
of being mistreated or abandoned, please call Robert Brannon at 423-613-4004.
Thank you very much.
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