36 HOURS TO HELL For The Horses ~Send your Email to the Committee

Breaking Investigation: Horses’ 36-Hour Journey to Slaughter Exposed

 
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Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.

This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile,36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.

This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.

PETA investigators found ex-racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, packed inside a “kill pen” in Kalona, Iowa. By the time investigators saved him, Royale With Speed had been purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from a harrowing ride to slaughter. He was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes were swollen and later burst with pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. Following weeks of intensive care, Royale with Speed fully recovered. He was purchased by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels and then adopted by a PETA patron in New Mexico. He will lead a wonderful life.

Royale With Speed was saved from the slaughterhouse, where he would have faced a terrifying death. Undercover video footage taken inside the Québec facility revealed that at least 40 percent of the horses were still conscious after receiving a captive-bolt shot to the head. One horse suffered through an agonizing 11 shots before finally collapsing. In another instance, a worker was taped waving good-bye mockingly to a dying horse. In February, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency temporarily closed the slaughterhouse, but the plant resumed operations just days later and is now attempting to use rifles in place of captive-bolt guns, even though they have been shown to be a cruel and ineffective way to stun horses. Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS – NM Horse Slaughterhouse

“A recent poll shows at least 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter. Valley Meats and any other horse slaughterhouses must be stopped, and the USDA and FDA must see the danger and illegality of producing horse meat from American horses. FRER calls on all concerned citizens and groups, in and out of New Mexico, to support its efforts by contacting state, local and federal officials and voicing your strong objection to the resumption of this horrific practice in America.”

Eatin’ Horses is Just Wrong. Horse Slaughter a Fraud on the Public.

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 BACKGROUND | ANIMAL LAW COALITION

Commercial horse slaughter for human consumption is once again legal in the U.S. Already, Belgian based Chevidico is lurking as its stooges, Wyoming state Rep. Sue Wallis and Dave Duquette make unwelcome forays into communities around the country, trying to jumpstart new horse slaughter ventures. This despite that most Americans, 80%, according to a 2012 Lake Research Partners poll, oppose horse slaughter for human consumption.

The past is prologue, and anyone who thinks this may be good for your town or county, should take a look at the experience of communities where these facilities were located before they were closed in 2007.

Horse slaughter does not benefit communities. Instead this grisly practice takes resources, leaving waste and odors, pollution, and debts that leave communities struggling to absorb tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines and other costs.

The profitability of this sordid practice depends on animal cruelty. It is a horrific, brutal process.

When the 3 U.S. based slaughter houses were in operation, profits were siphoned off by their foreign owners. In 2004 Dallas Crown, Inc., for example, which operated a horse slaughter facility in Kaufman, Texas until 2007, paid $5 in federal income tax on $12 million in sales.  Dallas Crown, Inc. was owned by Chevidico. In the preceding 5 years Dallas Crown’s federal income tax was .3% or 1/3 of 1% of gross revenues or sales.  Dallas Crown paid no sales tax because its products, horse meat, are sold and consumed in foreign countries. Former Kaufman mayor, Paula Bacon, explains, “My community did not benefit. We paid.”    

In 1986 the Kaufman, Texas mayor and city council were forced to allow the horse slaughter house to re-open after a period of extremely egregious violations. The facility had been in operation since the late 70’s and from the beginning had caused problems both environmentally and economically.  The then mayor,  was quoted as saying, “Quite frankly, we don’t want you here….That plant has never made a dime for this city and it never will.”  The city administrator agreed, calling them “a lousy part of the community“. (The Kaufman Herald, January 23, 1986).

Reports from Kaufman city workers over the years about complaints they received or conditions they saw, are descriptive:

 “blood flowing east and west in the ditches from [Dallas Crown’s] plant,”
[containers conveyed]“uncovered and leaking liquids,’
 
decaying meat [which] provides a foul odor and is an attraction for vermin and carrion,”
 
 “significant foul odors during the daily monitoring of the area,”
 
“Dallas Crown continually neglects to perform within the standards required of them.”
It has been over 45 days [it had been 59 days] and no apparent cleanup has occurred,”
In correspondence to Dallas Crown: “Your system has not improved and subsequently it has gotten a lot worse,”
 
“Words cannot express the seriousness” of recent violations and the “adverse effects on the wastewater treatment plant,” and

from a September 2003 letter to Dallas Crown not long before a 600 gallon blood spill at the facility: “Please be sure trailers are secured before leaving your premises to prevent spills“, noting also “bones and blood laying in front of the facility,” and problems with bones and [horse] parts in neighboring yards and the attraction of “dogs and other animals.”

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