Please Stop the Cruelty

Apr 1, 2012 by

Please Stop the Cruelty

What we do not know exists, we cannot change. But, once we have information, we can embark on the journey to change.

This is why we are bringing an issue to your attention that may not be comfortable, but is an ugly truth. We all have the power to do something about it.

Every year over 4 million horses around the globe are sent for slaughter under conditions and in ways that are unarguably barbaric.

The Humane Society International aggressively seeks to amend this situation.

Most people are horrified to learn that all kinds of horses meet this fate.  Successful retired race horses, unsuccessful racehorses, lame or ill horses, pets, and foals, even previously well cared for riding horses, carriage horses, children’s ponies and wild horses —if they are caught —are inhumanely transported and slaughtered. Their meat and flesh of some are shipped to places like Europe and Asia for human consumption, pet food and other sundry products (i.e., sausage casings, gummy candies, lipstick, crayons, soap, lard, Jell-o, gel in canned and packed meats, etc.)  Others are used as “byproducts” for the production of the drug Premarin.

Even famous horses may end up in these horrific slaughterhouse situations, contrary to their original owners intentions. For instance, it is now believed that Ferdinand the beloved winner of the 1986 Kentucky Derby and the winner of the 1987 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year was bought under questionable pretenses and exported for slaughter to Japan, most likely for pet food.

Horse owners are often unaware of the pain, fear, and suffering their animals endure before being slaughtered, starting with transport, often over long distances without food, water or rest, in trucks where they are easily injured.

Purchased by slaughterhouse middlemen at auction the majority of these horses are young, healthy animals who could go on to lead productive lives with loving owners.

In all truth, due to their sensitive nature and flight response, there is no humane way to slaughter horses for food. Slaughterhouse conditions are extremely frightening for horses. In what are consider the more “humane” slaughterhouses the horses are stunned, often still conscious and immobile when they are left to be sliced and bleed to death. While in the “less humane” slaughterhouses they are stabbed in the neck, paralyzed and then fully slaughtered.

The Humane Society International is working to change this situation and bring awareness to this situation around the globe. Please take the time to review what you can do to help.

1 Comment

  1. Adele Schiller

    Dear Brooke:

    This article makes me very sad. Thank you for bringing these inhumane practices to the attention of your Moments Count readers, here. Horses and all other animals should be treated with respect and kindness. It is obviously never OK to engage in the kinds of inexcusable treatments you recount here, and I am hopeful that now that we know about this, we can make it our business to do something about it! I for one will begin looking into ways I can do just that.

    Thank you again for enlightening those of us who did not know that this disgusting circumstance was a reality, and not just a horror story without substance. Horses, and all living creatures, should always be treated in humane and responsible ways.

    I will repost this to my FB wall, and encourage others to do so, as well…the more people who know about these practices, the better chance we have of making change happen.


    Adele Schiller