Horse Slaughter: Right or Not

Horse Slaughter: Right or Not
Is horse slaughter a thing that should be done or not? That is the big question in the United States. Americans do not eat horse meat; however, people in Europe and other countries do. There are many pros and cons to both sides of this topic. There are many people who do not think that is right to send a “pet” to a slaughter house; others think it is perfectly fine. Attorneys and legislatures are being forced to deal with this issue on both state and national basis’s, there are arguments that are made for both sides that are very truthful (“Pro and Con Arguments: Slaughter”). For many years, horses have served humans in many different ways (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). There are three foreign-owned slaughterhouses in the United States that are killing horses for human consumption (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). “About 90,000 horses (mostly racehorses, work horses, or pets) were slaughtered in this country in 2005” (“Horse Protection”). Horses mainly sent to slaughter are: show horses, racehorses, wild horses, family horses, etc. (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). Many more were shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Horses are slaughtered for human consumption in Europe and Asia. In these countries, horse meat is considered a delicacy (“Horse Protection”). “The horsemeat trade is hidden from most Americans and the industry wants to keep it that way” (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). “Supporters of the practice refer to horse slaughter as “humane euthanasia”” (“Horse Protection”). Those who think that horse slaughter is “humane euthanasia” are very mistaken; horse slaughter is not humane at all (“Horse Protection”). The improper use of stunning equipment results in the horses remaining conscious during their own slaughter (“Horse Protection”). Most of the people that bring the horses into the slaughterhouses are called middlemen, or killer-buyers (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). “Killer-buyers purchase as many horses as possible at livestock auctions around the country and haul them to the plant to be butchered.” (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). A lot of the horses that are sold at these auctions are by irresponsible owners seeking an easy way to dispose of animals that they no longer want; however, others have caring owners who have cosigned that have no clue what the fate awaiting their animal is (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”).
Each year, hundreds of horses are stolen. These horse thieves make money quickly by unloading illegally obtained horses to killer-buyers and slaughterhouses (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). “Slaughterhouses typically kill and process horses within 24 hours, thus making it impossible to race and recover animals in time” (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). The Bureau of Land Management, which is responsible for the protection of wild horses, must sell “excess” horses at livestock auctions (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). As a result of this thousand of horses will be removed from their home and sold for slaughter (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). “The conditions that horses are hauled in are appalling, they are usually hauled for more than 24 hours, without rest, water or good, in trailers that provide little protection from weather extremes” (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). Once the horses get to the slaughterhouse, the suffering continues; the horses are left packed tightly in trailers for hours, downed animals are unable to rise, every horse is pulled off forcibly when it is time for them to be unloaded, they are beat and poked by electric rods as they are shoved through the facility and into the kill box (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). Many of the horses that are sold to slaughter have been abused and neglected (“Betraying Our Equine Ally”). Although many people think that abused and neglected horses best place to go is to the slaughter house that is not always so, there could always be someone out there who would take the horse in and love it and take care of, but people just want to take the easy route out most of the time.
“The two facilities in Texas shut down after the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a 1949 Texas law that prohibits the sale of horsemeat” (“End Horse Slaughter Permanently”). The state of Illinois also enacted a ban on hose slaughter, which caused the Cavel International to shut down (“End Horse Slaughter Permanently”). “With all three of the slaughter plants in the U.S. closed, passage of a permanent slaughter ban to prohibit American Horses from being trucked over the border for slaughter is crucial (“End Horse Slaughter Permanently”). There should be people patrolling the border to insure that no American horses are being trucked across it. “Horses are still being crowded into trucks, and enduring hours without food, water and rest and driven to Mexico and Canada for slaughter” (“End Horse Slaughter Permanently”). “The American Horse Slaughter Protection Act closes this loophole and prevents the exportation of American Horses to slaughter plants in foreign countries; it also ensures that horse slaughter is permanently banned in the United States” (“End Horse Slaughter Permanently”). The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Ac will prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption, as well as the trade of horseflesh and live horses for human consumption (“End Horse Slaughter Permanently”). After horses are killed their flesh is shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption (“End Horse Slaughter Permanently”).
Many believe that it is okay to send an old, decrypted horse that there is no use for anymore to the slaughter house, which is true. However, when people steel horses and take them to slaughter just to get money for them now that is just wrong. Also the other wrong is just sending a horse to slaughter that you can’t take care of anymore, because even though you can’t take care of the horse doesn’t mean that someone else won’t be able to. However, it is good to be open minded and see the usefulness and truth in both sides of this issue.
There are many pros and cons to Horse Slaughter. Some think that Horse Slaughter is done humanely, however it is actually done inhumanely (“Pro and Con Argument: Slaughter”). “Undercover films have been made in order to show the actual slaughter process. It is a very graphic series.” (“Pro and Con Argument: Slaughter”). Most of the pet horses, workhorses, etc that are sold are purchased under false pretences; most of the time, the seller is unaware of what is going to happen to the horse, because the horses are bought by middlemen (“Pro and Con Argument: Slaughter”). An argument usually presented by those in favor of slaughter is that only sick, old and injured horses are sent to slaughter (“Pro and Con Argument: Slaughter”). However, if anyone knew the truth they would know that that is not the truth at all. More than just sick, old and injured horses are sent to the slaughter houses, and most of the people that take them there are just taking them there for the money that they will get out of it. One of the issues that pertains to horse slaughter is that there is no place for all of the horses, which is true. If the horse population continues to grow, where are all of the horses going to go, there will be less and less pasture room for all of the horses. Also, the people that are against horse slaughter should be against the slaughter of all other animals also, because it is just as inhumane (“Pro and Con Argument: Slaughter”).
Although your best friend may find horse slaughter inhumane and wrong doesn’t mean you have to. Both sides have many convincing and true facts. However keep in mind, you would send your dog or cat to a slaughter house would you? There are always places that are looking for older horses to help with things, such as therapeutic riding programs and lots of other clinics where horses are used to help people overcome their weaknesses. Now you can see that the slaughter house is not always the best place to send a horse.

Works Cited
“Betraying Our Equine Ally.” Animals in Agriculture: Animal Welfare Institute. 28 Feb 2008 .
“End Horse Slaughter Permanently.” The Human Society of the United States. 28 Feb 2008 .
“Horse Protection.” Doris Day Animal League. 28 Feb 2008 .
“Pro and Con Arguments: Slaughter.” Habitat for Horses: Your Equine Protection Organization. 28 Feb 2008 .

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