Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Every Five Minutes an American wild horse is slaughtered for Human consumption

" America 's horses are being beaten and dragged across the border into Mexico and Canada so that they can be inhumanely slaughtered for food.” Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., January 2010

“We need the tonic of wildness." Henry David Thoreau

In 2009 alone some 31,584 wild horses were sent to Mexico for slaughter and an additional 31,140 were transported to Canada to slaughter houses there.

In 2007 the last year the US allowed horses to be slaughtered domestically 29,761 wild horses were slaughtered for food, but an additional 45,609, were shipped to Mexico and slaughtered there, and to Canada for slaughter another 45,828

In 1989 slaughter houses in the US inhumanely slaughtered more than 348,000 wild horses and close to the same number in 1990.

During the period beginning in 1989 through 2007 the last year horses were slaughtered legally in the US we killed more than 2,434,373 horses, during 2006 and through this date in 2010 the slaughter houses of Mexico and Canada have taken over this cruel and inhumane destruction of America’s beautiful creatures, which they purchase from the BLM or state auctions, transport to their home country and slaughter these animals for food.

Congress and the Horse disgrace

On March 26, 2009 the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act was introduced in congress, it still has not passed Why?

On January 26 2010 At a press conference, representatives from The Humane Society of the United States, members of Congress, celebrities, and representatives from agriculture and the horse industry showed their support of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503/S. 727), the federal bill stalled in congress which would prohibit the trafficking in horses for slaughter for human consumption in the United States and the export of horses for this purpose.

The group also called attention to the Bureau of Land Management's cruel and unnecessary wild horse roundups, calling on BLM to place a moratorium on these roundups until it has a plan in place for contraception and release or adoption of these horses.

While there are currently no operational horse slaughter plants in the United States , tens of thousands of healthy, young American horses are still being trucked thousands of miles without food, water or rest to plants across the border into Mexico and Canada . Former show horses, race horses, lesson ponies, even wild horses and heavily pregnant mares—meet this fate!

There is no humane way to slaughter horses for human consumption!

Horse slaughter is cruel, and is by no means humane: Horses suffer immensely while being transported in cramped carriers to foreign slaughterhouses, and, when they arrive, meet a grisly death unfit for these loyal and noble creatures.

Animals are the most defenseless creatures of out time, all need our support.