Originally Posted by bubba13
The method of slaughter that was used in the US was the penetrating captive bolt gun, which is considered the most humane method of euthanasia--even more than the shot given by vets. It is instantly fatal in something like 98% of cases. Yes, sometimes there are mistakes, and horses suffer. But this is the exception, not the norm.
In Canada, they shoot the horses. Same deal. Instant and humane.
In Mexico, some plants use the bolt gun, but some sever the spinal cord--probably the video you were talking about, but I can't view it on this computer. Once they do reach the spinal cord, the horse is paralyzed and cannot breathe....but is still conscious and able to feel pain as it is yanked upside down and bled out.
Guess where American horses are going to be slaughtered? Mexico!
The video you are referring to is from Mexico and they are
using the penetrating captive bolt gun. However, they are ignoring the most critical aspect of the "humanity" of this device: the restraint of the animal
. The horses seen are simply being forced into the kill chamber and the shot is applied while they maintain free movement within the chamber. For that reason, most of the horses require two and three shots from the gun in order to induce unconciousness. In one case I watched, the horse was shot in the shoulder before it was properly stunned.
purpose of the penetrating captive bolt gun is to render horses unconcious before exsanguination (bleeding out) and to administer a shot to the shoulder would result in immense pain. It is meant to be applied to a restrained
animal in the forehead. By restraining the animal, you can ensure that the gun be placed firmly on the head and fired so that immediate unconciousness is achieved through a swelling of brain mass. Sadly these horses were not afforded restraint. For that reason many of them undergo multiple shots from the gun before they become unconcious.
It is important to note that the penetrating bolt gun is not intended as the primary means of euthanasia. It is simply intended to stun.