What CHDC Found
Pasture to Plate gives a tiny glimmer of hope, stating “that some of the workers, and the shooter in particular, seem to have been provided with training on horse behaviour…” That is small comfort in an overall horrifying report. Page after page cites examples such as these:
An ironic counterpoint to CHDC’s revelations about conditions in Canadian horse slaughterhouses is an editorial that appeared on December 4th in the Texas Star-Telegram. Apparently nine states have passed resolutions calling for the return of horse slaughtering facilities. The opinion piece reports:
Since the ban, the GAO also reported, there has been a dramatic increase in reports of horse neglect, a trend expected to get even worse in this down economy. The American Quarter Horse Association had argued in 2006 that processing of unwanted horses was “a necessary aspect of the equine industry, because it provides a humane euthanasia alternative for horses that might otherwise continue a life of discomfort and pain, or inadequate care or abandonment.”
No Longer Needed, Then What?
The horses are ridden, raced or worked until they are no longer useful or wanted. Then they are sent off to the slaughterhouse, with owners hoping to recoup a bit of the cost by selling them as meat. Once desirable assets, the horses are simply live carcasses, a burden to be fed and cared for.
Animals discarded as thoughtlessly as last year’s cell phones are an indictment of our ethical and moral standards. Animal welfare organizations and animal advocates do their best to draw attention to their plight, but until we embrace the need to treat our fellow creatures with respect, stories like the ones filmed by CHDC will continue.
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