This arcticle has been taken from The Reservoir, a Quabbin Student Newspaper, and was written by
"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