Racehorse Royale With Speed, the grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, was purchased by a meat buyer and was hours away from being sent to slaughter when PETA investigators saved him.
Royale With Speed was found in a crowded "kill pen" at a livestock auction in Kalona, Iowa, where hundreds of panicked horses, including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses, were packed into waiting pens for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold.
Royale With Speed was severely exhausted and running a fever, and his lymph nodes had burst and were oozing pus—yet he was still scheduled to be killed for human consumption. After weeks of intensive care, Royale With Speed has fully recovered and has been adopted by animal advocate and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels.
Tens of thousands of American horses are still being killed for their flesh, only now they're forced to endure journeys of hundreds of additional miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. A PETA investigator persuaded a horse meat buyer to let her ride on a trailer bound for a slaughterhouse in Québec while other investigators followed close behind. The investigators documented how the horses suffered for 36 hours without any food, a drop of water, or even a chance to get off the trailer and stretch their legs before finally arriving at the slaughterhouse.
At the slaughterhouse, horses face a terrifying and gruesome death. Undercover video footage taken inside the same 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 goodbye mockingly to a dying horse.
If you are an American citizen, please voice your support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would prevent U.S. horses from being transported to slaughterhouses, effectively ending the slaughter of U.S. horses for food. The bill is currently sitting in committees in Congress and may fall through the cracks if we don't act fast. Tell them that you support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011! CLICK HERE.