Animal Cruelty blog
What is horse slaughtering? Horse Slaughtering refers mainly to the killing and eventually processing of horses for human production, consumption, etc. The last three known U.S. slaughterhouses were in Illinois and Texas. All three of these facilities were foreign-owned and eventually shut down/closed in 2007. These places killed and processed over 90,000 horses for human consumption, mainly shipping the meat overseas. Some laws/bills are now put in place to try and prohibit killing and selling of horses and horse meat for human production and consumption.
Horse’s that are bound for slaughtering are treated very inhumane. Most of them are usually shipped for over 24 hours in over populated trucks. Most of the time, these horses are shipped without food or water. Horse Slaughtering is NOT humane euthanasia. The procedure’s used to eliminate these horses almost never are quick and painless deaths. Sometimes horses can even remain conscious during dismemberment of their bodies.
Most of the time, slaughterhouses are/were not “green” or clean enterprises. These places have been shown to be very economically draining and environmentally damaging to the communities involved in them. These issues were so damaging that the states that have had experience hosting horse slaughtering facilities don’t want them back. Illinois, Texas, and other states made laws that particularly ban selling, giving, and owning horse meat that is intended for human consumption. Still, about 150,000 American horses are taken over the border to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada. Luckily in April of 2015, congress introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE), which was put in place to attempt and prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption and ban their export abroad.
In my opinion, anyone in their right mind wouldn’t want to eat horse meat, but there's still people who do. I feel this situation is similar to how we feel about eating dog meat. We view horses and dogs as pets, work animals, etc. However, some countries don’t find a problem with it, in fact, some countries view horse and dog meat as a delicacy. I am glad that the put the SAFE act into play to try and prohibit the killing and selling of horses for human consumption. All in all, in my opinion, horses shouldn’t be killed for human consumption.
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 - Blog Post 5