did you know that in many places they use knives to sever the spinal cord by plunging it into their neck repeatedly until they are paralyzed and even then they can still feel when they are hung up side down and then bleed out. And in others they use a captive bolt gun, which sounds like a better way but its not. This is use on cows and other livestock, where the brains are place more forward in the skull. Where the horses brains are set back, so that the bolt don't go far enough in. And when cows are slaughtered this way their heads are held in place, while horses are not. So they can move their head around avoiding the gun and can be hit with the bolt several times before actually being knocked unconscious. And did you know that once a horse is hit with one they are supposed to be bleed out immediately because they can regain conscious in 30 seconds. Does this sound like the right way to deal with this?
You have been watching WAY too much PETA propaganda.
Stabbing, etc. happens in the unregulated
plants that exist outside of the US - Where the horses are now going because
of the closure of the US plants.
If plants are re-opened in the US, they will be heavily regulated, and things like that won't happen without heavy penalties to the offender.
Commonly used for cattle and other livestock. The bolt is fired through the forehead causing massive disruption of the cerebral cortex
. In cattle this merely stuns the animal, and death must be brought about by pithing
. Horses are killed outright by the captive bolt, making pithing or exsanguination unnecessary.
When properly used, the penetrating captive bolt gun produces immediate brain tissue destruction that kills the animal. Captive bolts are powered by gunpowder, thus the selection of the cartridge strength should be appropriate for the size of the animal (adult vs. foal) and this varies among manufacturers. The penetrating captive bolt gun should be placed very firmly against the skull at the same location (see diagram, right) previously described for gunshot. Horses must be adequately restrained to e nsure proper placement of the captive bolt.
"I would equate captive bolt with gunshot and consider both as humanely superior to lethal injection when performed properly. The public's perception of lethal injection as being the only humane procedure parlays to the standards of the veterinary profession in this country--we simply do not teach instanteous lethal trauma. "I do not randomly shoot my patients, but select gunshot for those where lethal injection is cardiovascularly inappropriate as a means of euthanasia or when horses and handlers are placed at risk by the less efficacious lethal injection."--Doug Byars, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVECC
"Captive bolt in the hands of an experienced person is completely humane because the horse is immediately rendered unconscious. It has the same effect as a gunshot when placed properly. I believe that it is more humane than chemical injection for two reasons. If you watch horses that are euthanized with an injection, many of them experience a period of bewilderment or confusion just before they lose conscienceness. There is no doubt that they are aware that something strange is occurring. Second, many of the horses following chemical injection do not die quickly and require a second or third dose. With gunshot or captive bolt, the horses is rendered unconscious immediately.
"I have visited one of the slaughter plants in Texas and stood next to the person using the captive bolt to euthanize the horses. The horses walked into the stun box without fear or nervousness. The captive bolt was trigger activated and the horses were euthanized immediately. I'm not sure where people get the notion that the horses are repeatedly bludgeoned. USDA veterinarians are in the slaughter plants to ensure that the horses are handled and euthanized properly. I examined a number of skulls with them and found that the placement of the captive bolt strike was exactly in the right place every time. "The AVMA panel on euthanasia examined all of the humane alternatives for euthanizing horses before publishing their recommendations. AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) has reviewed their guidelines and agree with them completely."--Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT H
"Since we arrived before the plants started processing, we were aware of the entire routine, including the use of the captive bolt. I must admit to being overwhelmed at the accuracy of the operators. They never failed to connect with the correct site, and the horses dropped instantly, with no complications. If you inspected the heads later, the lesions were in precisely the same spots.
"I practiced veterinary medicine from 1956 until recently, and I administered lethal doses of barbiturates for euthanasia countless times. This technique is much slower than captive bolt euthanasia, and frequently required additional injections.
"I had clients who would prefer a quicker method. On several occasions I used a pistol to euthanize horses. Aside from the danger of gunshot to bystanders (or administrators), the results are infinitely better with the pistol than with barbiturates. "Also, I don't buy the 'fear and apprehension' problems that the activists claim. There is no wild-eyed anticipation or screaming when the environment is managed correctly."--Woody Asbury, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM.