Posted: September 22, 2012 by R.T. Fitch By Caroline Bleakley, of KLAS NEWS NOW Las Vegas
“92 percent of all horses slaughtered are healthy horses in the prime of their life”
John Holland, of the Equine Welfare Alliance speaks as several pro-horse organizations are in the Las Vegas valley for their international conference.
LAS VEGAS – Equine advocates meeting in Las Vegas say a dinner plate is no place for a horse to end up.
Several pro-horse organizations are in the valley for their international conference to strategize their opposition to the planned re-opening of American slaughterhouses for horses. An obscure provision in a law, approved last year, opens the window to new American slaughterhouses which would process horse meat for overseas markets. Opponents say it’s a cold-blooded business decision.
“Some 92 percent of all horses slaughtered are healthy horses in the prime of their life. The amount of horses slaughtered is determined by the demand for horse meat abroad and by the contracts the killer-buyers have to fulfill, not by any amount of unwanted horses. They pretend to actually care about horse welfare. They pretend to care about the welfare of the horse industry. But make no mistake, they care only about the welfare of the horse meat industry,” said Someone.
Pro-slaughter forces have claimed that slaughterhouses are a way to humanely control unwanted horses.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)