Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Western NSW, Australia
I was never unaware of what happened to the horses that didn't make it (once I was old enough to think about it, that is), but I never imagined it would be so inhumane. A shotgun is a great tool when used properly, and a clean shot will kill the animal instantly. But with the horses unrestrained, it would be easy to miss and cause excess amounts of pain.
Slaughter is a necessary evil for pretty much every animal in the world, but there is a right way and a wrong way. Those videos show the wrong way. I'm pretty sure that there are people out there that use the right way, and they all need to follow in that example. Almost anything would be better than this - the 'stun gun' method would probably be the only viable one considering that many of them are using for consumption by either humans or animals.
And doing it in front of the other horses... That's just horrible. I could almost forgive this treatment if the horse was separated completely from the rest of the herd.
Like muumi mentioned though, it's not just thoroughbreds that face things like this. You've got your Standardbreds, of course, and then there's greyhounds. I don't know about in America, but a lot of failed Australian greyhounds find themselves left on train tracks. How's that for a way to go. I honestly wish that they would develop a gas chamber idea or something of the sort that could be used on all animals. A cheaper option to the 'green dream' that the breeders wouldn't be so reluctant to use. Even if it was just enough to sedate them, to knock them out...
Eugh. I'm all annoyed and upset now.