Animal Rights Activists

Thanks to People Like Steve Hindi, Pat Vinet & Animal

Rights Moonbats, Horses Are Suffering A Far Worse Fate

I am sure that the members of the horse species are just thrilled with their new found fate. Now that Animal Rights Moonbats like Steve Hindi, Pat Vinet, most of Hollywood Actors and Actresses along with organizations like Clarion Hotels who pull their sponsorships from High School Rodeo, horses are now suffering a fate far worse than anyone here in the United States can imagine. The last slaughterhouses for horses in the United States were closed a couple of months ago due to pressure in the United States House and Senate by uneducated people who do not own horses nor care for them.

Since people like Hindi and Vinet believe that horses are smart, intelligent and have feelings, I have to ask any of them or their SHARK/PETA friends what horses must be "FEELING" now based on the fate that the Animal Right's Moonbats have served up for them.

Just a side note - My horses will never, never, never, never suffer this fate.

Here is a great big love from the horses to Hindi, Vinet and Company for "helping" horses to suffer a fate worse than one can image... I am sure that they are indebted to all of you forever:

Here are articles below on what is now taking place since those slaughterhouses were closed - PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE DETAILS IN THESE ARTICLES ARE VERY VERY GRAPHIC:

Here is the full article:

U.S. Horse Slaughter Ban Leaves Equines Facing Gruesome End in Mexico
Cherry Brieser-Stout
October 24, 2007

The recent publishing in two Texas newspapers of grim descriptions and graphic photos of U.S. horses being stabbed in the spine and paralyzed in Mexican slaughterhouses may serve as a reality check for the American public and courts that forced the closure of the last U.S. horse processing plants in Illinois and Texas.

Published on the front pages of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News on Sunday, Sept. 30, the nearly identical articles reported that nearly 30,000 U.S. horses will be shipped to slaughterhouses in Mexico this year, a 370% increase from this time last year.

The accounts tell how horses sent to a plant in Ciudad Juarez were stabbed repeatedly in the back with a small utility knife until the animals are paralyzed. The horses are then hoisted into the air so their throats may be slit, allowing them to bleed to death. While the Juarez plant has captive bolt guns (similar to those used in U.S. plants), they are often inoperable or used by individuals with poor training.

Lisa Sandberg with the Express News, visited the plant and gives this eye account, "The knife wielders have to be nimble, with good aim, if they want to sever the spinal cord with a single blow. The man on duty one recent day had atrocious aim, with horses enduring as many as 13 jabs to the back before collapsing."

An in-depth horse slaughter cover story in the May 2007 issue of Prairie Farmer included a warning from animal scientist Temple Grandin that shutting down the U.S. horse slaughter industry would send more horses to Mexcio where slaughter procedures are inhumane.

Grandin calls the "puntilla" technique employed in Mexico as "horrific beyond belief" and "one of the absolute worst ways to kill an animal."

"No one disputes that slaughter-bound horses have it far worse today than they did before….," in the words of Lisa Sandberg.

A federal appeals court ruling forced the Cavel International Inc. plant at DeKalb to close early this fall.

Another Article:

Horse slaughters taking place on the border

Web Posted: 10/02/2007 03:20 AM CDT

Lisa Sandberg
Austin Bureau

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico — The American mare swung her head frantically when the door shut to the kill box, trapping her inside. A worker jabbed her in the back with a small knife — seven, eight, nine times.

Eyes wild, she lowered her head and raised it as the blade punctured her body around the withers, again and again.

At the 10th jab, she fell to the floor of this Mexican slaughterhouse, bloodied and paralyzed, but not yet dead.

She would lay there a good two minutes before being hoisted from a chained rear leg so her throat could be slit and she could bleed to death.

The primitive procedure at the Ciudad Juárez plant now is the fate of thousands of exported U.S. horses since court rulings closed horse slaughter operations in the United States.

The roan mare was one of nearly 30,000 American horses shipped to Mexican processing plants so far this year, a 369 percent increase from the number recorded this time last year.

By the time she and her unlucky peers were led into this city-owned plant, they typically had traveled in packed trucks 700 miles or more, say the American traders who ship them there.

The lucky ones arrive dead. Many of the others come in "fractured, battered and bruised," said José Cuellar, the plant's veterinarian.

No one disputes that slaughter-bound horses have it far worse today than before U.S. courts, upholding state bans, ended horse slaughter at two plants in Texas earlier this year and at the nation's single remaining one in Illinois on Sept. 21.

Animal welfare advocates who lobbied to end horse slaughter in the United States gambled that Congress would pass legislation by next year barring horses from being exported for slaughter and prohibiting their slaughter in states that don't already ban it.

But the fate of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act is uncertain.

"I think (the odds of the ban passing are) 50-50 this session," said U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., a leading opponent of horse slaughter who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. HR 503 passed the House last year but a companion bill died in the Senate. The legislation has been reintroduced this year.

John Holland, a horse slaughter opponent from Virginia, likens the fight to warfare: attack the industry from all sides and deprive it of profits, while pressing Congress for a federal law banning horse exports.

"The federal ban is the name of the game, and everybody in the anti-slaughter community knows it," he said.

More than 100,000 U.S. horses were slaughtered last year for overseas dinner plates, according to government figures. There have been 15,000 fewer American horses slaughtered this year compared to the same period last year, even counting the jump in the number being shipped to Mexico and Canada, Holland said.

"It made it better for (the) horses who are not being slaughtered, but it made it worse for those who are. No doubt about it," Holland said. "If you told me we'd never get the federal ban, would I have worked hard to get the plants shut while horses are exported? No."

The issue of horse slaughter has emerged as one of the most contentious U.S. debates regarding animals.

Lower in fat than beef and sweeter, too, horsemeat is considered a delicacy in places like France, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and Russia.

Laurent Mailhet, a third-generation butcher in Lunel, France, insists horsemeat is tastier than beef, and for good reason.

"The horse is an animal that selects its food," avoiding certain grasses. Cattle, he said, are less discriminating.

In Mexico, horsemeat is perceived as inferior to beef, selling for about 30 percent less — and it's sometimes sold as beef to unsuspecting customers.

It never gained much of a U.S. following, though it's legal in states other than Texas, California, Oklahoma and Illinois. The Harvard Faculty Club reportedly offered horse steaks for decades but removed them from its menu in the late 1970s.

Opponents argue that domestic horses shouldn't be used to satisfy foreign palates. Horses played a special role in U.S. history, they say, helping conquer the West, providing the sinews of early commerce and serving as majestic friends — but not food animals.

"Horses have helped us settle this country, they've been our primary means of transportation, they've served us in battle and carried our mail, entertained us and been our companions. They've been so much to us, but the one thing they haven't been is dinner," said Michael Markarian, executive vice president of the Humane Society of the United States.

Though millions of cats and dogs wind up euthanized each year, Markarian notes, "the answer has never been to send them for slaughter to countries where they would be considered food animals."

Proponents of horse slaughter say they, too, have the horses' best interests at heart. Banning it, they say, will result each year in the abandonment of tens of thousands of unwanted horses.

The salvage market

To avoid a trip to the slaughterhouse, a horse needs to carry itself well at auction. Paraded into the sale yard before a crowd, horses have about a minute to demonstrate that they're broken in, tame, physically fit and not too old.
Traders known as "killer buyers" flock to auction houses such as the monthly horse sale in Stephenville, scooping up horses and ponies that are crippled, blind, don't ride well or are just plain unwanted. They stand inside the sale yard, surveying each animal, ready to bid as little as $60 for a so-called "salvage market" horse.

Mike McBarron is one of about a dozen killer buyers in Texas who supply horse slaughterhouses.

Fifteen of the 21 horses he snapped up in Stephenville the first Friday of September failed to convince him they had some quality more valuable than the 20 to 30 cents a pound they would command at slaughter.

"Every one of them is either cripple or crazy or don't ride at all," McBarron said, surveying his herd.

McBarron, 36, has been trading horses since he dropped out of the ninth grade and makes more money selling saddle horses not bound for slaughter. He knows he has no celebrities rooting for him, no Bo Dereks or Willie Nelsons writing to Congress on his behalf. (Both are in the opposing camp).

He knows many are contemptuous of traders who can flip a horse without giving it much more than a glance, who assess sentient creatures in dollars and cents.

But McBarron insists he's providing a kind of service, saving unwanted horses from abandonment by saving owners the expense of euthanizing them.

"I promise you, if there was anybody in America other than the packinghouses that wanted to buy 'em, I'd gladly sell 'em," he said.

The ban on horse slaughter in Texas hit killer buyers hard. McBarron, who lives in Kaufman, site of one of the plants, said it costs him about $100 to send a horse to Mexico, leaving his profit at $20 to $50 per horse.

Animal welfare advocates reject the argument that owners would abandon horses if they no longer could sell them for slaughter. They say killer buyers often outbid others for horses that otherwise might end up on someone's ranch.

"They create a market," said Holland, the slaughter opponent from Virginia.

Markarian said horse slaughter peaked in the 1980s, when as many as 350,000 horses were killed annually for their meat. The gradual closure of plants didn't lead to thousands of horses running wild or dying in their pastures, he said.

Steven Long can't fathom selling a horse for slaughter. Last year, his ailing 20-year-old Dillon told him in subtle ways it was time, so he and his wife paid $250 to put him down.

"The last thing he saw in life was my face looking into his eyes. I stroked his face," he said.

A dignified death was the least they could do for a loyal riding buddy, said the Houston resident, who edits a magazine called Texas Horse Talk. He's appalled others don't treat their animals with the same respect.

"That's darn sure pretty cold for someone to send their horse to slaughter so they can profit or recover their costs," he said.

Under a metal roof in Stephenville, in the warm air long after midnight, time was running out for McBarron's newly purchased herd.
At 10 a.m., they would be put in a cattle truck and shipped 565 miles to El Paso. Transferred to another truck for a short haul across the border, they would then be put on a Mexican truck — and become Mexican horses subject to Mexico's regulations, said one U.S. Department of Agriculture official.

Perhaps they'd stay in Juárez, or maybe they'd be shipped to one of the two large plants in Zacatecas, 700 or so miles to the south.

About a quarter of the nearly 400 horses auctioned at Stephenville this month were sold for slaughter. Some might have won a few ribbons and been somebody's pet. Some may have spent their lives tied to a tree.

But when the trucks arrived, they would all share the same fate.

Not all horses screech while being stabbed in the back. But horses tend to stir, making the task of killing them a challenge.

The Juárez plant has a couple of captive bolt guns, but they're inoperable about half the time — and when they work, poor training can make their use almost as chaotic as the knives, said Cuellar, the plant's vet.

The knife wielders have to be nimble, with good aim, to paralyze a horse with a single blow to the spinal cord. The man on duty one recent day had atrocious aim, with horses enduring as many as 13 jabs to the back before collapsing.

The brutality left the plant's director, Luis Terrazas Muñoz, apologetic. But he can't shut the plant down just because the guns aren't working, he said.

Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, has researched ways to reduce stress on slaughter animals and has designed meat plant facilities that process about half all U.S. cattle. She called the "puntilla" technique employed in Juárez and at plants throughout Mexico "horrific beyond belief."

Repeated jabs to the spinal cord, she said, would not kill the horse, at least not right away. A clean jab to the spinal cord, which is difficult to do, dulls sensation in the body but not the head. "The horse would likely experience being hoisted up and it's probably going to experience being bled. It would likely experience 30 seconds to a minute of absolute terror," Grandin said.

Horses were slaughtered at U.S. plants with a bullet to the forehead from captive bolt guns. Grandin maintains that death came quickly and painlessly. Some animal welfare advocates disagree, however, and say a horses' quick movements and narrow forehead left some needing to be shot multiple times before they went down.

The Juárez plant also processes cattle, but on different days per Mexican law. The puntilla method is used on both animals in older slaughterhouses throughout Mexico, Terrazas said.

Not all exported horses endure such a grim death.

Newer plants are supposed to use captive bolt guns, but Terrazas said he was uncertain whether the new regulations were being followed.

The plants in Zacatecas serve the European market, which bars the importation of meat from animals that have not been stunned prior to being bled.

"The use of a pole-axe, hammer or puntilla is prohibited by the Convention. Furthermore, large animals must neither be suspended nor have their movements restricted before being stunned" the European Convention's slaughter law states.

In Canada, horses at two large plants in Quebec and Alberta, are killed with a .22-caliber shot to the head, said the plants' owner, Claude Bouvry.

More than 18,000 horses were exported to Canada through June this year, a 26 percent rise over the same period last year. Those numbers are likely to rise, at least in the short term, given the ruling last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ending horse slaughter in Illinois.

For the time being, American horses will continue to be shipped by American traders to foreign-owned plants and butchered. Their meat will continue to make their way into small shops like Dennise Reta's El Lucero in downtown Juárez, where customers can buy anything from cutlets to steaks to ground meat.

Another Article:

Closing slaughterhouses means US horses are inhumanely killed in Mexico

By Stephanie Hebert

October 22, 2007 | Americans have a soft spot in their hearts for horses. This was especially evident last year following the tragic injury during the Preakness to the horse, Barbaro. Barbaro became national news as we all rooted for his recovery from a life threatening fracture to his right hind leg. People sent cards and well wishes to the New Bolton Center where Dr. Dean Richardson and his staff tried frantically to save Barbaro's life. The New Bolton Center set up a web site dedicated to Barbaro that was updated weekly so people could follow his progress through recovery. And Barbaro made national news again last January when the fight to save his life was over.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain," owner Roy Jackson said, "It was the right decision: it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him, then it would be time."

This is not the first horse to pull at the nation's heartstrings. Seabiscuit, another race horse, pulled the country together and gave the American people hope during the Great Depression. People flocked to the train stations if they knew Seabiscuit was due to arrive just to catch a glimpse of the knobby-kneed bay horse. The American people identified with Seabiscuit because his career was rocky from the start to the finish, he epitomized the plight of the American people during the depression, and they loved him for it.

On Sept. 21 the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided to uphold the decision to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. This decision closed the last slaughter plant in the U.S. that was slaughtering horses for human consumption.

"This was the final chapter in our successful efforts to close down the last remaining horse slaughterhouse in the United States," said Illinois state senator John Cullerton.

The American public cheered when the slaughter plants closed. The horse community's hearts sank when the last plant was closed.

Closing the slaughter plants in the U.S. didn't stop horses from being slaughtered, it just moved the carnage out of country to Mexico and Canada. Unfortunately once the horse crosses the border the USDA no longer has control over what happens to the horse. At least when horses where slaughtered in the U.S. the USDA could regulate the conditions the horses were slaughtered under, including transportation to the slaughter plants, and the method of slaughter.

When horses were slaughtered in the U.S. it was done so by a captive bolt gun. A captive bolt gun is deemed an acceptable method of slaughter by the, U.S. Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter statute. This law says "…in the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut."

A captive bolt gun has a steel bolt that is powered by compressed air or a blank cartridge. When fired into the head of the animal the skull is fractured and the brain is damaged beyond repair. Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University who has researched the slaughter industry and ways to reduce stress on slaughter animals, maintains that death came quickly and painlessly with a captive bolt gun.

Unfortunately, in Mexico horses are slaughtered using the puntilla technique. The idea behind the puntilla technique is that the spinal cord gets severed with a knife, hopefully in a single blow. A recent article by Lisa Sandberg of the Houston Chronicle told the grim reality that horses slaughtered in Mexico have to sustain multiple blows before the spinal cord is severed.

"Repeated jabs to the spinal cord would not kill the horse, at least not right away. Jabs to the spinal cord would just render it a quadriplegic. A clean jab to the spinal cord, which is difficult to do, would dull sensation in the body but not in the head," said Grandin in Sandberg's article.

Luis Terraza Munoz, director of a slaughter plant in Juarez, Mexico said, "It's like watching someone with an ice pick."

The gruesome tale Sandberg told showed us that once the horse is paralyzed it is left on the killing floor for about two minutes, before it is hoisted up by its back leg, and then its throat is cut in order for the blood to drain out. According to Grandin in Sandbergs' article, the horses would likely still be aware of being hoisted up and aware of being bled out at least for a short period of time before they lost consciousness due to lack of blood.

Last week 1,191 horses were sent to slaughter in Mexico, according the USDA market news U.S.-to-Mexico weekly livestock export summary. So far this year the U.S. has sent 36,156 horse to slaughter in Mexico, compared to 9,111 total sent last year.

The horse slaughter protection act which was vehemently debated by many in the horse community does nothing to stop horses from be transported to slaughter in other countries. It only prevents horses from being transported to slaughter in the U.S.. The American Quarter Horse Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, to name a few, were all against the bill for the reason that the wording was vague and they felt that it wouldn't protect our equine constituents.

Douglas Corey, a doctor of veterinary medicine and president-elect of the American Association of Equine Practitioners said in his testimony to Congress: "The way this bill is written will negatively impact the welfare of horses and it offers no solution to the problem of unwanted horses. In addition, we feel strongly that, if passed, this bill will not stop the slaughter of horses.".

Sandberg's article has renewed the stir in the animal rights community to amend the horse slaughter protection act which is now in place and isn't working as it was originally thought it would work. The amendment would prohibit the export of American horses across borders for slaughter and it would prohibit any resumption of domestic horse slaughter in the U.S.

The amendment is in the hands of the Senate and the House of Representatives. As of the 110th Session they had not made a decision on the amendment yet.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, one of the chief sponsors of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, said at a news conference addressing the slaughtering of horses in Mexico, "Now America's horses are being beaten and dragged across the border into Mexico and Canada so that they can be inhumanely slaughtered for food. I will continue to fight in Congress to end this brutal practice and ensure that American horses will no longer be savagely slaughtered for human consumption."

The horse represents the free unbridled spirit of the American people. They are strong, majestic creatures that have been a part of the American landscape whether that is in a pasture in the Kentucky blue grass or running wild across the Nevada desert. They have carried us through history and helped us to tame the West. Now, when they have become more of a pet then something we need out of necessity, we have let them down. We have forsaken a spiritual bond that we share. Even people who don't own horses share this bond, as was seen with Barbaro or Seabiscuit.

It is because of this bond that decisions were made to try to stop the practice of horse slaughter, but instead we have opened the door for our friends to walk down a path much more treacherous. It is up to us to close that door and again reinstate that the horse lives itsr life with dignity and is able to die with honor instead of shame.





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