Slaughter is not humane euthanasia. It is animal cruelty. Horses’ instinctual flight response makes them ill-suited for stunning, so they often endure repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during their dismemberment. The same stunning methods used at former U.S. plants would be used again. U.S. government documents indicate there were cruelties at the former U.S. plants. Part of responsible horse ownership is providing a humane end for a horse through euthanasia, not slaughter.
From Pasture to Plate
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BACKGROUND | DEFEND HORSES CANADA
Those of us who have examined the video have been shocked and sickened by what we’ve viewed. We consulted Dr. Nicholas Dodman, an expert in animal behaviour and anesthesiology at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dodman had this to say: “…my final conclusion, after reviewing 150-plus horse slaughters in this series of videos, is that the process was terrifying for most of the horses and, in many cases, horribly inhumane. The inhumane treatment of horses at Les Viandes de la Petite Nation must be stopped immediately.”
The evidence is clear: it is impossible, even in well-designed, conscientiously-managed, assembly-line conditions, to humanely slaughter horses. As Dr. Dodman states, “…many head shy or apprehensive horses…presented the operator of the captive bolt gun with a moving target.”
Photo Courtesy of ASPCA
Horses give their hearts to us. They helped us settle this country, carried us into battle, and continue to work hard for us every day. It is a betrayal to sell them to foreign butchers.
Slaughter is not humane euthanasia. It is animal cruelty.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
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~ May The Horses Be ~