Please help Ban the Slaughter of Horses in the United States by supporting the SAFE Act.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi
The following link will take you to an HSUS website where you can endorse a letter to your congressmen asking them to support this legislation which will not only ban the barbaric industry of Horse Slaughter but will stop the transport of thousand of beautiful, healthy horses to Mexico for Slaughter.
Protect Our Nation’s Horses and Food Safety Reputation https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5933&s_src=sh_facebook_tyA5933#.UUCr91v_xTs.facebook
Horse slaughter is inhumane. Horses, flight animals, cannot be slaughtered in an industrial setting in a humane way. Horse slaughter is NOT euthanasia. It is one of the most insidious and barbaric cruelties inflicted on animals by humans. The entire process of slaughter is inhumane from the transport to the final dreadful end. When bolts are shot into a horses head it doesn’t result in immediate death but rather a dreadful lingering death. Some horses are still alive when they are hung by one leg and butchering begins.
2. Horse slaughter is not good for the economy as illustrated by 30 years of documented evidence. Not only is it not good for the economy, it contributes to violent crime, it decreases property values, and it causes massive pollution of the environment and of the community in which it is located. Horse slaughter draws violent people – and the impact on the personalities of people working in horse slaughter has been documented:
Horse slaughter plants do create jobs but not the kind of jobs that any one would want. They pay minimum wage and warp the minds of people required to do this hideous task.
Horse Slaughter is a filthy and inhumane business. It does not contribute in any positive way to our economy or our nation. Just read what Mayor Paula Bacon wrote about horse slaughter in Texas:
Five million dollars in federal funding was spent annually to support three foreign-owned horse slaughter plants: Dallas Crown, Beltex in Fort Worth and Cavel in DeKalb, Illinois,” claims Bacon. “When Dallas Crown’s tax records came to light in the city’s legal struggle, we found they’d paid only $5 in federal taxes on a gross income of over $12 million. They liked to say they were good corporate citizens. But it is my belief they were more like corporate thugs.
(Texas Mayor Paula Bacon Kicks Some Horse Slaughter Tail http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2012/01/10/texas-mayor-paula-bacon-kicks-some-tail/
3, Horse slaughter is not the answer to horse over population either in our state or in the country. Most horses sold for slaughter are healthy and usable. The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed a study done by Dr. Temple Grandin, which found that 92.3% of slaughter bound horses are perfectly healthy. Instead of slaughter being a solution for “unwanted” horses, it creates a secondary market that enables irresponsible breeding.The problems of overpopulation are created by those who breed irresponsibly, take lucrative tax breaks and then dispose of those who don’t make it on the show circuit or the racetrack in the slaughter pipeline.
Horse Slaughter is NOT Euthanasia it is the opposite. Old and sick horses can be humanely euthanized as any revered animal deserves. Most horses shipped to Mexico for slaughter are young healthy horses.
4. Horses, contrary to some beliefs are not livestock. This nation, this state, indeed civilization itself has been built with the sweat and blood of these wonderful creatures. Horses know when they are going to slaughter, they smell the blood of their families and they rely on instinct to try and escape death, even as human beings would do. Horses are sentient beings, they respect and take care of their families, and much to the chagrin of many – they can live entirely without us. Horses in the wild do fine on their own. However, what other creature can be plucked from the wild and made a companion, a help mate, a family member and a pet all at the same time. There are none.
In 1971 congress unanimously passed the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act to protect wild horses and although it’s purpose has been severely eroded by greed over the years the intent was clear. All our horses should be protected under law.
Horse Slaughter issues are varied and complicated. For the past few weeks I have done nothing but research and write about these issues and in the days to come I hope to address several of these in this blog.