Everyone is acting like it is just a simple method of humane euthanasia...... Its not. The horses must endure up to 24 hours in a cattle trailer. Some of the horses fall over in there and are trampled on and killed. They arrive at the slaughterhouse and listen to the other horses scream in terror as they are taken into the kill box. They smell the blood and death. They are then take into the kill box. Only 60% of horses get stunned on the first try when a stun gun (" The most Humane Method") is used on them. Oftentimes they are shot again and again because they are unrestrained and ALL feel severe pain and agony during this proccess
I don't understand why the US/Canada has such trouble maintaining the regulated standards. We have both knackeries and two slaughterhouses here in Australia, and all process horses. Why do none of the propaganda videos come out of Australia? Does that mean that we do it right and it actually is quite a humane process? We don't have double deckers. There is a vet on site at all plants during daylight hours and if a horse comes off a truck injured, they are put down or euthanized where they lay and only then moved for processing.
Because we have horse slaughter we don't have the glut of unuseable horses that you guys do. At auctions, it really is only the broken, the badly conformed, or the untrained that go to the meat man. Prices for meat horses are generally $500 or higher.
Oh, also contrary to your beliefs, horses other than those perfect little purebreeds are actually worth something and we don't need to go around cutting them up and eating them just because they aren't freaken "pure". They can plow feilds, too. They can jump, too. They can do dressage and cutting and reining and parrelli and barrels..... But you wouldn't know that because you don't give them a chance. You think its nicer for us to just send them to a butcher, shoot them, slaughter them, and send them accross seas. Makes perfect sense!
You need to read posts without your pretty rose colured glasses on. Anebel made no mention of these mutt horses being 'inferior' - Though they generally are. Of course they can still do most things, but thery can't do most things as well as a horse who was purpose bred for that job. Then you get the horses so badly bred that they end up with conformational issues that prevent them from doing normal activities.
Condemning a horse to starvation and neglect because being shot offends your sensibilites is horrific - Even if pain is felt, it is only for a split second. A horse starving to death is in pain, constantly, for days while it's body shuts down one organ at a time. I can't respect anyone who would wish that fate upon anything, personally.