"I am not sure of the restraint used on horses here in Australia - I do not know if it is the same as the US and they just use the cattle bay, however I have a feeling I read somewhere that they don't."
That's exactly right.. I was just writing another thing, and when I was done I saw your post. The study below states that a captive bolt can be affective, but proper placement is critical, and for proper placement you have to have restraints and they aren't used in mexican or canadian plants.
And I want to say, I am VERY hardcore about ending slaughter of american horses!
Sooo sorry to post AGAIN, but I just found a great study that I think is important for people to know. I hope people that read this thread will definitely check the following links even if you don't look at the others!!
This is part of a study done about slaughter (link is below)
"The penetrating captive bolt followed by immediate exsanguination (bleeding out) has been the preferred method of achieving insensibility of equines in American slaughterhouses since the early 1980’s. The mode of action of a penetrating captive bolt gun is concussion and trauma to the brain. This requires that it be held firmly against the surface of the head over the intended site. Because placement and positioning of the projectile is critical, some degree of restraint is required for proper use of this device.
While the destruction of brain tissue with the penetrating captive bolt may be sufficient to result in death, operators are strongly advised to ensure death by exsanguination."
"It is important to note that in the foreign owned equine slaughterhouses operating in the United States, no form of restraint is used when the equine is in the kill chute or ‘knock box’ waiting for the penetrating captive bolt to be applied. In some instances, it takes several attempts to effectively apply the penetrating captive bolt the equine, if this is achieved at all. The use of the penetrating captive bolt is in violation of 7 U.S.C.A. § 1902 (a) of the Humane Slaughter Act as this methodology requires more than one blow and is inefficient at rendering equines immediately insensible."
"Use of the captive bolt causes extreme pain.
In a study conducted at Hanover University, EEG and ECG recordings were taken on all animals to measure the condition of the brain and heart during the course of slaughter and stunning. EEG readings showed that although the animals were apparently unconscious soon after stunning with the penetrating captive bolt, they were experiencing severe pain immediately after stunning."
"Horses regain consciousness approximately 30 seconds after the captive bolt is applied.
Due to the inherent differences in skull structures of bovines and equines, each species reacts to the captive bolt differently. THE BRAIN OF AN EQUINE IS FURTHER BACK IN THE SKULL COMPARED TO A BOVINE. The equines regain consciousness and are not insensible to pain shortly after they are shackled and hoisted. Therefore, they are very much aware of being butchered alive."
This study claims that a stun gun will
work with the use of restraints, but restraints are not used to keep the horse still. USE OF THE 'PENETRATING CAPTIVE BOLT'
And this study claims that the captive bolt gun is EXTREMELY painful to all animals. Why Islamic method of Slaughtering animals is better? A scientific reason