Footage has been released of the grisly goings-on at numerous slaughter plants in Mexico, Canada, Russia and other countries featuring horses being converted into human dinner entrees. The cruelty, suffering and brutality to which these condemned creatures are subjected boggles the mind. Such scenes conjure up the imagry of hell.
Horror deliberately imposed upon innocent animals prompts the simple question “why.” Causing the brutal deaths of horses that have trusted and served man is vile enough to consider, but it is also the ultimate betrayal. Consider therefore why horses are also beaten, kicked, brutalized, tortured, and more often butchered fully conscious, still awake, alive and able to feel. Humans treat terrorists and mass murderers and baby killers with kid gloves – death sentences are carried out after the condemned is not able to feel the killing needle prick – yet slaughter animals get hacked up alive. It simply cannot be morally or humanely justified!
By the very nature of the meat trade, day-to-day activities are secretive. Obviously, few Americans are aware of what befalls animals in the food chain. Besides, who really wants to consider the source – the real source – of a fine steak or a scrumptious hamburger. The horse meat crisis in Europe became an international scandal because people were cheated by dishonest labels, and not because they were eating horse. As horse lovers, the mere fact that horses are killed and then are being added into our foods, against our wills, should prompt our outrage, too.
The indoctrination of getting horse meat into stores, on dinner menus and as part of the food chain is all around us, even on Top Chef. Apathy and turning away from harsh reality and letting someone else battle this mess won’t save our horses anymore. It takes concerted effort. At least in the United States, we must work the horse slaughter problem.
This is a call to action – phone the senators and representatives whom we have elected to serve us – make them accountable. We are their constituents and it is their duty to listen to us. Our majority feels as we do based on numerous polls. Please take action. Bombard them with our earnest pleas for our horses.
It must be done now. Fight to ban horse slaughter.
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