So.... What is going on? Keep up with what is happening through our forum click to joinAC4H AntiSlaughter group
For Immediate Release - Horse Slaughter to resume in US- click here.
Do grey horses go to slaughter? Look at the pictures of the plants and what is there waiting to be slaughtered to answer that question. Unfortunately, none of these horses survived the slaughter plant. Click the picture of the grey tagged horse below who shipped to slaughter in fall 2011 to see the other grey horses at the plants in various stages of the process to learn the truth.
Click the picture of the grey tagged horse to see the other grey horses at the plants in various stages of the process to learn the truth about grey's.
Update June 16, 2011:
By a vote of 215-200, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2112, the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill.
Rep. Jim Moran's amendment made in committee remained intact in the final version.
Under Rep. Moran's amendment, inspections required for horses bound for slaughter for human consumption will remain de-funded as they have been since 2006. This means if the House version becomes law, commercial horse slaughter for human consumption will remain illegal.
Also see our media page for the latest news http://www.ac4h.com/AC4HMedia.htm
Natural Valley Slaughter interview with Howling Ridge Radio- what don't they slaughter? Hear it from the inside! http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:b9DaVPd-FIIJ:manesandtailsorganization.org/radio.htm+howling+ridge+radio+natural+valley&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com
Then click on
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
~ Guest: Henry Skjerven of the defunct
Valley Canadian Horse
Click here: The fallacy of horse slaughter
State regulations shut down the US Slaughter plants. However, American horses have always been and still are exported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter for human consumption. Now the pro slaughter side is attempting to reopen slaughter houses in the USA! State by state..... it all started in ND read more details below.
On March 30, 2010 the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition released its latest investigative reports on two of Canada's largest horse slaughter plants, Bouvry Exports in Alberta and Richelieu Meats in Quebec:
Chambers of Carnage - A Sweeping Undercover Investigation of Canada's Leading Equine Slaughterhouses
Video cameras captured footage at both facilities in late February 2010. What is happening to our horses in these plants is horrible beyond words. The footage is difficult to view as they contain images of horses meeting their end at the barrel of a gun. Those fortunate enough to go down quickly are spared the suffering of many that do not meet their end so quickly or painlessly. If you find it hard to watch the footage, there are also footage indexes that you can read instead.
From World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) "The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is appalled by evidence of grossly inhumane slaughter of horses taking place in Canada. We have been sent video footage that is stated to have been taken recently in Bouvry Exports Calgary Ltd slaughterhouse in Fort Macleod, Alberta and Viande Richelieu Inc./Richelieu Meat Inc. slaughterhouse in Massueville, Quebec.
It is clear that neither the facilities nor the behaviour of the personnel shown are suited to the humane slaughter of horses, and that extreme suffering results for many individual animals. Problems include failure to restrain each animal's head properly before shooting, shooting from too great a distance, shooting in the wrong part of the head or body, failure to follow up with an immediate second shot in animals that were not killed by the first, hoisting apparently conscious animals, and - in the case of the Richelieu plant - cruel handling and treatment of the horses, including excessive whipping and overuse of an electric prod as well as an apparent callous disregard for the animals' suffering. An additional cause of very major concern is the presence of what appear to be either plant supervisors or inspectors who observe the employees' actions and yet do nothing."
From Nicholas H. Dodman, D.V.M., one of the world's most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists, a founding member of Veterinarians for Equine Welfare and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Professor “Noise, blood and suffering is what you get at the Bouvry equine slaughter plant: Horses kicking after they have been shot, sinking down and rising up; sometimes periods of struggling or paddling before a second or third shot has to be administered. This atrocity goes against all veterinary guidelines for humane euthanasia. Terror and suffering is the rule at this equine house of horrors ... and all in the name of the gourmet meat market.”
From Alberta Veterinarian Dr. Debi Zimmermann "I conclude that the wary and flighty nature of the horse, coupled with the poorly designed kill plant systems currently in place at Bouvry Exports and Viande Richelieu, results in unacceptable levels of suffering endured by horses (both in number of horses and degree of suffering), and poses inherent dangers to plant personnel. The shooters are seldom able to adhere to the required protocols for euthanasia by firearm, due to a combination of horse and human factors."
The CHDC asks you to take action and let the CFIA know that this suffering will not be accepted! Horses cannot be humanely killed in an assembly-line fashion. This evidence makes it abundantly clear. All of the footage compilations from Bouvry and Richelieu have been uploaded onto YouTube here: www.youtube.com/twylafrancois
WARNING: Very graphic but enlightening on horse slaughter in Canada.
Bouvry Part I of III: http://www.youtube.
Bouvry Part II of III: http://www.youtube.
Bouvry Part III of III: http://www.youtube.
Richelieu Part I of III: http://www.youtube.
Richelieu Part II of III: http://www.youtube.
Richelieu Part III of III: http://www.youtube.
Photo Slideshow: http://www.youtube.
Photo Slides on Flickr: http://www.flickr.
Pending Legislation - you can type in the word "equine" for information pertaining to horses. PA's Electronic Bill Room - http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/session.cfm
The state measures were prompted by a resolution submitted into the National Conference of State Legislatures' (NCSL) Agriculture and Energy Committee in December 2008 by Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis and then South Dakota State Rep. Dave Sigdestad. The NCSL is a bipartisan organization that advocates for state governments interests before Congress and other federal agencies. The resolution encourages legislators in rural states to promote horse processing on the basis of generating jobs and addressing the issues of the "unwanted horses:.
Twelve state legislatures are now considering measures to express their support of or actively encourage the reestablishment of U.S. horse processing plants.
Working on defining horses as Livestock:Sponsored by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Delano), HF797 would clarify that raising equines for riding, driving, competition, racing, recreation, sale or as breeding stock, is an agricultural pursuit and they should be considered as livestock for the purpose of financial transactions. Approved by the House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee, it awaits action by the full House. The definition change could impact the disposal of dead horses and whether they would be covered under federal animal cruelty laws. Rep. Dave Olin (DFL-Thief River Falls) said the Animal Humane Society had issues with the bill’s language and successfully amended it deleting the phrase, “Horses may be used for meat, hides, and animal by-products. The bill’s companion, SF755, sponsored by Sen. Amy Koch (R-Buffalo), awaits action by the Senate Taxes Committee. For information on these bills and others, log onto www.house.mn.
Please visit the program's resource page and pass the link along to everyone you know who might be interested.
~~The latest on the anti slaughter issue....
This is the 111th Congress and it will run through December of 2010.
To contact your
First Bill introduced in 2009:
Representatives Kirk (R-IL) and Cohen (D-TN) introduced, H.R. 305, the Horse Transportation Safety Act, to ban the use of double decker trailers for all horse transport.
Double decker trailers were not designed for horses. There have been numerous accidents resulting in injury and death of horses.
HR.305, the double decker trailer ban.
You can reach your Representative and ask for their support through the Capitol
Switchboard at 202-224-3121
Pennsylvania signed HB 1139 into law on June 25th 2001 which bans double deckers for transport of horses.
http://www.equineprotectionnetwork.com/transport/transportindex.htm - current information regarding Double Deckers thank you EPN.
Rebuttal by John Holland to"Frequently
asked questions about unwanted horses and the AVMA's policy on horse slaughter"
~~Equine Slaughter Statistics
USDA - NASS Horses slaughtered in the USA http://www.nass.usda.gov/QuickStats/index2.jsp - USA slaughter houses were closed in 2008 due to state regulations. However, horses have always been exported to Mexico and Canada for slaughter.
Note- With a growing number of slaughter houses in Canada and Mexico more USA horses are being slaughtered now than when the US slaughterhouses were open.
Export of USA horses to Mexico Statistics -http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/al_ls635.txt
Weekly Imports from Canada (by region):
~~Reports, studies and information
The Truth About Abandoned Horses
Report-Deleting the Fiction: Abandoned Horses-Dec 23, 2007, Report-Deleting the Fiction: Abandoned Horses, Part 2-March 2008 and Report-Deleting the Fiction: Short Paper-Feb,2008-
Veterinarians For Equine Welfare http://www.vetsforequinewelfare.org/
Washington DC pictures March 08 - American's Against Horse Slaughter
Please help end the inhumane slaughter of America's horses for overseas human
Review of 2008 ~
AC4H on HBO
investigates horse slaughter -http://www.hbo.com/realsports/stories/2008/episode.134.s1.html.
Few casual horse racing fans are aware that
many former racing horses are slaughtered for profit. When a thoroughbred race
horse reaches the end of its career or is simply no longer profitable on the
track, it is often taken directly to auction and sold for meat. Because horse
slaughter is no longer practiced in this country, these thoroughbreds are now
being shipped by "killer buyers" to slaughterhouses abroad, which are frequently
less regulated and less humane than former U.S. slaughterhouses. Correspondent
Bernard Goldberg, who recently won the 2008 Sports Emmy(r) for Outstanding
Sports Journalism for his 2007 REAL SPORTS story on the NFL concussion crisis,
traces the disturbing journey many of these young and healthy horses take from
the track, to auctions, to slaughterhouses, and finally to the plates of
European and Japanese diners who pay top dollar for the delicacy.
Christy Co-Founder AC4H interviewing with Matt from Inside Edition
Inside Edition interview airing 11-26-07 click here to see exclusive pictures and watch the interview on photo bucket.
Video by Laura YouTube - The Journey Of The Inside Edition Horses
We have also heard that now that the USA slaughter houses are closed that
there are more horses than ever being abandoned or starved. As I just stated
when a followup team actually investigated the reports of abandonment there was
actually no proof... or it happened when slaughter houses in the USA were open
so basically it has nothing to do with the USA slaughter houses shutting down.
Just a quick reminder the USA horses are still going to Canada in higher numbers
to date than when the USA slaughter houses were open and running... so pro
-slaughter side... if you are reporting starvation don't try to link it to the
USA houses being closed... first they don't slaughter skinny horses - no value
and 2nd once again let me drive the point home... to date there is a higher
number of USA horses being exported (we have
always exported) for slaughter than when the USA
slaughter houses were over.... THERE IS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN SLAUGHTER AND
STARVATION OR ABANDONMENT.
THERE WILL BE NO "UNWANTED HORSE" CRISIS!
Slaughter in no way helps with unwanted horses. In my white paper prove there is no relationship:
Another good paper is: http://www.trfinc.org/news/TRF_WhitePaper.pdf
Each horse in America is the responsibility of its current owner. The only thing that is going to change is that those owners will not have the option of abandoning their horses to this cruel fate for a few pieces of silver. As rescuers (and yes I rescue too), it is not our responsibility to save every horse an owner wants to get rid of. It is there responsibility. Abandoning their horses or neglecting them are not legal options.
Many horses are sent to slaughter because it is marginally lest costly than treating them right. For example, a string of camp ponies can be replaced each season slightly more cheaply than it can be wintered over. The same goes for other horses. If a race horse has an injury that keeps it from racing for a few months, it is often sold to slaughter, etc, etc. It is all about money folks! It is also about whether horses are nothing more than property that can be discarded at will.
Finally, horse slaughter rewards bad behavior. When you reward bad behavior you just get more bad behavior and a sense of entitlement on the part of the abusers.
By: John Holland November 5rd, 2006
Also see our link What do we rescue them from?