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What is the Kill Pen?
 

 

Warning. Photos below may be graphic or contain graphic content. Please be aware, but there is no way to go about this subject in a happy manner.

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This is what we are trying to stop.

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The kill pen is where unwanted horses (ALL ages [including foals], breeds, colors, genders, temperments.)  go and get autioned to people for around $100-$300 each. These people slaughter the horses for a small ammount of profit. Most of these horses could have made the best companion for any one willing to care for them, but they weren't given a chance. Slaughter is a horrible thing where horses are trailored, (scared and abused) to a slaughter house and put into a "kill box" where they are bludgeoned in the head and then have a chain wrapped around their hind hoof where then they are dragged and hung along the ceiling where their throats are slit and according to most veternarians, they are still lightly consious until they either bleed to death or have their bodies dismembered. This is a horrible situation where we are going to save as many horses from as possible. And it can be only done by donations or people that perticipate in the fundraiser. Please help us save as many horses as possible.

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This arcticle has been taken from The Reservoir, a Quabbin Student Newspaper, and was written by Loryn Walker.
 
"The statistics are overwhelming, and they don't lie. Four million is the number of horses that have been slaughtered in the u.s. since 1980. 100,000 is the number of horses annually slaughtered in the U.S. and Canadian plants. 65,976 is the number of horses killed in the U.S. alone last year, and those were the only U.S.D.A recorded slaughters. Last, four is the number of slaughtering and packing plants in the U.S.
 
The information provided is disgusting. America, the founder of the ASPCA, MSPCA, and several other animal abuse prevention organizations, is allowing the inhumane treatment of these horses to continue. Almost 93 Percent of horses that find their fate at the slaughter house were in serviceable condition. California has so gar been the first and only state to ban horse slaughter.
 
The slaughter houses that stand in the U.S. are located in Delkab, Illinois; Kaufman, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; and North Platte, Nebraska. It takes only these four establishments to cause pain and suffering to thousands of equines every day, of every week, of every year. Yet, no one has stopped them.
 
Many horses start their journey of horror at an auction house . This is a place where people can sell their horses for a quick buck. They don't usually know who is buying their horse, where it's going to go and what kind of care it will be given. If they did, it might stop them from ever send ing another horse to auction. The meat buyers, who are the middlemen for the slughter houses, will bid on the largest or heaviest horses. Horsemeat can sell for up to $20 per pound, more thatn filet mignon. This is why The horse slaughter businesses has such an allure to some people. From the auction house horses are crammed into a trailer, usually a cattle trailer and sometimes a dangerous double decker trailer. These trailers are not made for equines and during the frightening trip, Many die, and even more suffer from excruciating injuries. They remain on this trailer for hours, some times days without food, water and with little room to move and breathe. When they are finally released from their "cells" the horses that are still alive are lined up to be killed. They are fourced in narrow shoots, one behind the other to wait to be pushed into the kill box. Then the horse's true pain begins. A machine, when it works properly, sends a nail type peice of metal and an electric shock into the horses skull. This is meant to render them unconsious so they can be killed, however, over use, misuse, and lack of upkeep of the equiptment all cause it to malfunction frequently. This means that when the horses are finally executed, they are still consious. Even then, The shot does not make them unconscious; it just stuns them. When they are stunned, the kill box's side door is opened and a chain is wrapped around the horses hind ankle. A machine is then started which winches the horse, upsidedown, to the cieling. The worker then slits the horse's throuat and it bleeds out. Many horses can feel this happening. All the while the horses waiting to be killed can hear and smell the death and terror of the horses infront of them