Photo Of The Week 1/30/2012


Photo from Album:  WE DON’T EAT OUR HORSES

This week’s featured anti-slaughter photo is available for downloading and sharing by anyone.

The truth is that we never have raised horses as a food animal in this country. Drugs routinely given to horses contaminate the meat for human consumption anyway, regardless of their “livestock” designation. The number of “unwanted” horses does not drive the slaughter industry ~ greed, overbreeding, and irresponsibility drive this gruesome practice! Providing the option of slaughter, and US government subsidy to horse breeders, provide no incentive for a decrease in supply (new birth) for an industry that makes money from the disposal of a life as if it were trash. Horses experience excruciating pain, suffering, and horrifying treatment at the hands of humans who have no respect for another living creature. They cannot be incapacitated and rendered unconscious prior to slaughter as other food animals can – and every method employed fails to address these differences.  

Without the contributions of the horse, there is no doubt our own quality of life would be significantly degraded. This is how we thank them?

For More Information, See Animals’ Angels

Help the Foals of the Nurse Mare Industry

It’s sad to think that one life means so much more than another. There is a hidden chilling story behind the business of breeding, especially in the mass market of thoroughbreds bred for the racetrack.

CLICK  HERE to read more about the Dilemma of the Nurse Mare Foals.

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3 thoughts on “Photo Of The Week 1/30/2012

  1. Get real people. Banning the Slaughter Houses has all but ruined the Horse Industry. People are left with no way out of the financial burden of horse ownership once the animal has become disabled. Regulations say you cannot bury a horse on your own property . . . so, what are people suppose to do with them? Every Rescue Organization you call is FULL, every Foster Home is FULL . . . can you not see the writing on the wall? How do the horses fend in the wild when a cougar runs one down for the dinner kill; do you think that being eaten alive is a fast death? It’s a natural food chain. Horses aren’t going to the slaughter houses for our dinner-table. If the meat goes overseas, who cares; if it goes for dog food, so what . . . it’s a food chain! Our Government does not support our horse fancy interests; it is up to each individual owner. I don’t hear the same outcry for Cattle, Chickens, Pigs, Sheep, etc.; they are used as companion pets as well as any horse; but, reality is reality. The U.S. does not have to slaughter horses for human consumption; slaughter for carnivorous animal diets or dog and cat food! There are far too many horses and not enough individual incomes to cover them and certainly no Grants. You cannot give a horse away these days; come-on get real people!!! Ban together and offer suggestions for a better way to get rid of the unwanted horses, if there is one; but, for right now, the Slaughter Houses are all we got.

  2. None of us prefer the sentencing to death or slaughter of any animal, regardless of the species; but, the reality of it all, is that we need horse slaughter houses as a practical alternative and solution to govern the horse population. Public Laws forbid burying a horse on your own property these days because of possible contamination of water sources and supplies; so, what’s the practical alternative or solution? I agree that the need of unnecessary suffering needs to be resolved in all slaughter houses, regardless of species . . . cow, pig, chicken, etc. As for horse meat for human consumption, if it is untainted and USDA inspected, it is an excellent source of meat protein and an alternative to beef, pork, poultry, and other human-grade meat sources. If that is too hard for the U.S. human meat industry to consider, use horse meat for carnivorous animal food diets, just as other animal sources are used. The horse industry has crashed since the close of horse slaughter houses, and reopening of the horse slaughter houses is the only resolution to the over population of horses in the U.S. Do you really think that hunter’s get the shot exactly right for an instant kill every time, or slashing the throats of cows and pigs is a quick death, or wringing the necks or cutting-off the heads of chickens is instantaneous demise? Sit-back and give serious thought to all animal slaughter solutions, not just that of horses; if you’re going to sympathize with one species of animal, sympathize with them all; but the end result and reality-check has been the same for thousands of years of animal slaughter for human and animal consumption. Citizens within the U.S. need to ban together and offer better solutions to the overall humane slaughter of animals for whatever the meat by-product use is and not the concentration of one species.

  3. Despite the fact that horse meat is not widely consumed in Canada, over 90,000 horses a year are slaughtered for food there. Its high-protein, low-fat meat is still consumed in many parts of the world, including Italy, Japan and Brazil. The taboo of eating horse meat persists in most of North America, however, and the Canadian horse meat industry remains controversial. If horse meat isn’t your thing, perhaps you would like camel (Egypt), whales (Norway) or monkeys (sub-Saharan Africa).

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