Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Miami Illegal Horse Slaughter

Animal Rescue Unit

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the bronzed glittery world of south beach is a horror for animals unlike anything else in this country. I'm referring to the C-9 Basin located just 15 minutes outside the city of Miami.  Hidden in the out skirts of Miami's walls are upwards of 200+/-  illegal slaughter operations. These farms are some of the most horrible places you could ever imagine. Horses, cows, pigs, chickens, sheep and goats. There are no limits to the cruelty. They even house 100's of puppy kennels for side of the road puppy sales... illegal and down right disgusting. These butchers get their hands on horses from local ads , from unsuspecting owners, auctions, and direct from the race track.  Pony handlers have been documented selling race horses DIRECTLY to illegal slaughter farms.
(Photo Courtesy South FL SPCA)
They slaughter the horses and dump the remains on the sides of roads in     the area. On any given day you can open a trash bag on the side of the road in the C-9 area and it will most likely contain animal remains along with a 50% chance  of horse remains. Horse meat on the black market goes for between $10-40 a lb. It is seen as a medical cure for aids, diabetes, cancer, healthy child birth etc. When in all reality, it causes all those things! Toxicology reports have established that horse meat contains unhealthy amounts of carcinogenic drugs such as Phenylbutazone.This drug is more commonly known as " Bute" and is given for the same purpose, and as often as Aspirin.It is banned for use in any animal intended for human consumption. It causes serious and lethal adverse effects in human. The known carcinogen even in very small doses can cause bone marrow suppression, cancer, birth defects and early Alzheimer disease. 
                          Horse meat for sale... would you eat ANY meat sold like this?
                                                          (Photo Courtesy South FL SPCA)            How can they get away with it, you might ask? The C-9 Basin is mainly a wetlands area with a buffer zone to the protected Florida Everglades. These farms are breaking  multiple laws including the following.. Animal Cruelty, Slaughtering without a license, Operating a Business without a licenses, Food Safety, Sanitary Nuisance, Environmental codes, Zoning Codes, Building codes, Neighborhood Compliance’s Codes, Land Squatting, Feeding Garbage to Animals Without a License, and  now they are also breaking a new law, slaughtering a horse.  You can drive down any given road in that area and see advertising for these farms.              
(Photo Courtesy South FL SPCA)What these farms are doing environmentally is a disaster.  The properties have blood collecting in unlined pools, dumped in reservoirs and poured in ground wells. This is certainly having an effect on the areas ground water, as well as the city's water reservoir. The buildings , the drains, the electric power,  everything on these properties is not permitted. The properties should basically be swamp or fields... not terror filled torture farms.

 ( This is a picture of a carcass of a horse. 2 young men broke all of her legs, slit her neck, cut off her meat, and set her one fire WHILE she was alive for ALL of it! Her helpless foal watched his mother burn alive)
                                                   (Photo Courtesy South FL SPCA)The butchers use anything from knives, axes, hammers, flame throwers,and their own fists to kill these animals. There is no mercy, these animals are butchered alive, right before the other animals eyes. 
 Where are the local officals? That's a very good question. Ask them. Due to recent press, they have started to step in, but this has been going on for 30-40 years?? Where were they then?  Police officals have been quoted saying that the C-9 is an area they wouldn't want to go...  hundreds of thousands of lives could have been saved had they stepped in faster.
(Photo Courtesy South FL SPCA)Unfortunately, a lot of this meat is entering some restaurants in the Miami area. Farm owners pick up  the leftovers and scraps and use it as food for the animals and in return sell the restaurants meat at a cheaper rate!!

 Call, Write , Fax Miami's Official's to put and END to the slaughter!

Write to Governor Crist!
  • Telephone:
    • Citizen Services Hotline: * (850) 488-4441*
    • Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: * (850) 488-7146* [Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time]
  • Fax: (850) 487-0801
  • For individuals with hearing loss or speech disability:
    1-850-922-7795 (TTY)
    711 (Florida Telecommunication Relay)
  • Mailing Address
    • Office of Governor Charlie Crist
      State of Florida
      PL-05 The Capitol
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
  • Delivery Address
    • Office of Governor Charlie Crist
      State of Florida
      The Capitol
      400 S. Monroe St.
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

            Make them put and End to the Pain!

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