“They don’t really care for these animals that much. It’s just a dollar sign to them…”
Healthy horses waiting to be slaughtered back when Kaufman’s Dallas Crown horse slaughterhouse was in operation ~ photo courtesy of Kaufmanzoning.net
(KAUFMAN, Tex.) In east Texas, horses are a part of the way of life.
“My daughter barrell races, my son ropes, said Felisha Cotton, who lives with her family on a ranch in rural Henderson County, Texas, about an hour southeast of Dallas. “My husband has roped. He’s roped his entire adult life.”
For Cotton and her family, horses are almost part of the family.
“I just enjoy them,” she said. “I’d have 100 of them if I could.”
While revered by many, others value horses for different reasons. Some horses will end up on the dinner table.
“They’re trucked down to Mexico and they’ll be slaughtered for human consumption.”
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.)