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post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Slaughter Question

I have a question about horse slaughter. While the horse is waiting to be slaughtered, does anyone know the kind of conditions that they live in? I'm going to generally assume it's not a luxurious stable with rolling pastures and top quality grain, but I would like to know exactly what kinds of conditions these horses have to endure.

Please only state the facts, and not just "Horse slaughter is mean! The horses are beaten and stabbed and shot!" Because that's not what I'm looking for.

P.S.- I'm not against slaughter, I just think that it should be done in a more humane way, after seeing a few factual websites and videos (none of which explained the conditions that the horses were kept in.)
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 11:45 AM
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I am not sure what you are asking.

Do you mean what are the conditions in the holding pens at the slaughter house?

Or are you asking about horses that are bred for slaughter, how are they kept while they are raised?
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 06:17 PM
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I believe the holding pens are pretty much like the cattle pens. A whole bunch of animals crammed in until they're filed in to be butchered.

I also heard somewhere that a lot are sent to feedlots to be fattened before slaughter...?

I'm also not against slaughter and apposed the closing down of US plants. I do agree that animals should be treated more humanely (thats ALL animals) and that the industry should be MUCH better regulated. Those 'free range' eggs you pay so much for? The chickens have some perches and are stuffed by the thousands into huge warehouses. Thats 'free range'. I buy true, brown, free-ranged eggs for a buck a dozen.

The slaughter industry wants to make a profit. Each animal produces profit. So the more animals you can stuff into a double decker or into a pen, the bigger profit you achieve. The quicker you slaughter these animals, the quicker the profit.
This is why we have issues with mad cow, E-Coli, and horror stories of frozen pigs in double decker trucks. The workers are told to go FASTER FASTER FASTER and so corners are cut and the animals face the consequences. IF they survive their pumped full of god knows what to grow FASTER FASTER FASTER. Then their pushed through as quickly as possible in order to make that oh-so-fast profit.

Also, those videos where the animals kick and jerk? Their brain dead, those are death spasms. It always annoys me to hear people complain about how the animal is still aware after being punched through the head with a huge steel bolt. Let me repeat, a huge steel bolt that penetrated the skull and punctured the frontal area of the brain.
And I quote, from Dr. Grandin: "A captive bolt stunning gun kills the animal and reduces it instantly unconscious without causing pain."

Good sites to check out:
CHAPTER 7: Slaughter of livestock
Temple Grandin's Web Page

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 06:25 PM
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Normally, I don't like to talk about slaughter, and I especially don't like to see one of my favorite animals being slaughtered, but....I am not completly against it. It does keep the population down, though I do agree that it should be done in a more humane way definetly, but God put animals on the earth for us to eat,right? Nothing against vegetarians or anything,and I would never eat a horse unless my life depended on it....but it is kinda the cycle of life sort of thing. Just my opinion....
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 07:15 PM
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Unfortunately horses are a large animal that is constantly bred & not used for food around here as cattle, pigs (and pretty much every other livestock animal) are, which results in a huge overpopulation. So i am not against slaughter, although id hate to think of knowingly sending a horse to slaughter. Every slaughter house may be different though, especially in other parts of the countries.
Around here most do keep them in holding pens like cattle & they are regularly fed (what good is killing a skrawny horse for meat?$$) I spoke with one man at an auction who works for a company, buying horses at sale, & he said that some are even kept in pasture (especially those who are pregnant/ have foals). And that some people will actually raise the foal & sell it for a profit (not all companies, though!).
They also go by weight when they're buying at auction. One guy at our gymkhana swears that no meat buyer would pay $600 for a horse, but i know for a fact that some would, if the horse was big enough.
At one auction, a big, muscly (gorgeous) QH gelding came through the ring & sold for around $575. There was NO WAY anyone but a meat buyer took him because he had broke his leg that day in the holding pens & it was pretty much dangling by a piece of skin when he came through the ring. So sad.

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