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


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


Photo Of The Week 2/7/2012

Photo from Album | WE DON’T EAT OUR HORSES

Would you feed your family a nice Pot Roast made from freshly slaughtered horse meat with potatoes, onions and carrots, that also contains Tolazoline Hydrochloride, Ketoprofen, Xylazine Hydrochloride, Hyaluronate Sodium, Phenylbutazone, Omeprazole, Ivermectin, Acepromazine Maleate, and Boldenone Undecylenate?

Would you send tainted horse meat to other countries, for other families to feed their hungry children – considering the ever increasing demand for protein to feed increasing human populations? (So say the Slaughter Enthusiasts – did they ever hear of beans and rice?)   Would that be Ethical/Moral behaviour?


Tissue levels of phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone are highest in kidney. In one study, high levels were also found in liver, lung and heart whereas the lowest levels were found in muscle (gluteus and biceps) and tendon (Lees et al., 1987). Since the elimination of PBZ follows exponential decay, traces of PBZ will remain as a contaminant of horsemeat in previously treated horses for a very long and as yet undetermined period of time. Oxyphenbutazone has NSAID properties and at one time was thought to be less toxic than PBZ.

However, oxyphenbutazone also has serious adverse effects in humans including those of producing aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, leucopenia, pancytopenia, and hemolytic anemia (Chaplin, 1986). The mortality rate of PBZ- and oxyphenbutazone-induced aplastic anemia was 94% and 71%, respectively (Benjamin et al., 1981; Böttiger and Westerhom, 1973; Cameron et al., 1966; Chaplin, 1986; Deaths due to butazolidin, 1952; Dunn, 1972; Etess and Jacobson, 1953; Hale and DeGruchy, 1960). Overall, the data suggest that the risk for the development of the lethal adverse effects in humans by PBZ and oxyphenbutazone are not always dose dependent indicating an idiosyncratic effect. In addition to its well-known bone marrow suppression effects, PBZ is also associated with a hypersensitivity reaction in the liver which can cause death (Benjamin and Ishak,1981).Taken together, it is clear why phenylbutazone is currently unavailable for human use in the United States and is banned in animals destined for human consumption.  (Editor’s comment:  Would you even feed this stuff to your dogs?)  CLICK  HERE  to read more about the toxins contained in Horse Flesh for Human Consumption.


BACKGROUND FROM |  VETERINARIANS FOR EQUINE WELFARE  discussing Drugs prohibited for use in horses intended for human consumption.