Please take a minute and use your voice to help horses escape the abuse & terror of commercial horse slaughter:
I am Karin Hauenstein and I have ridden from Lompoc to Los Angeles on 3 horses, a Thoroughbred, a Quarter Horse and an American Mustang on my mission to End Commercial Horse Slaughter. Please join me to abolish this cruel, unnecessary, poisonous industry by contacting your U.S. Federal Legislative Representatives and making comments against commercial horse slaughter online TODAY! The animal that we built the World on thanks you!
S T A T E M E N T
There is a reason why good hunters, for centuries, do not eat bad kills. For consumption purposes, any head-shot made prior to accurate shot on vital organs is considered bad practice, producing high levels of adrenaline and cortisol tainting the flesh. Ironically, this is the same reason why, in the years before the advent of commercial methods, both the Jewish and Muslim religious practiced only the most humane form of slaughtering animals for human consumption, and those animals have never included the horse (or any equine.) Subsequently, Kosher and Halal methods cannot be performed humanely by machines in commercial settings.
The levels of Adrenaline and Cortisol produced by the equine species are far higher than those produced in any other animal. It is proven and generally known that adrenaline and cortisol consumption by humans causes Colorectal (as well as other forms of) Cancer, especially if the tainted meat (i.e. low-quality, processed or fast-food beef) is eaten regularly with a diet void of green leafy vegetables. It is beyond comprehension why the few real proponents of Commercial Horse Slaughter believe they can continue to pull the wool over the eyes of consumers and the public with regard to widespread ineffective kill methods and promote an industry in clear violation of the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958.
Regardless of the way any large animal is fed and raised prior to being killed for human consumption, the one very significant act that most affects quality of harvested meat is the kill-method used. In commercial settings, this is the head-shot (with a shotgun for horses) or captive-bolt “stunning” (for both horses and cattle.) When any horse or other equine is traumatized with a shot to the head, their very strong and extremely efficient autonomic endocrine system delivers all the adrenaline and cortisol available within the animal throughout the flesh. This is evidenced often by the very visible pulsing of the horse’s body post-shot.
Riders who are experienced with the American Thoroughbred horse, historically one of the most slaughtered breeds in North America, know intimately of what I am describing. These horses are bred specifically for increased adrenaline production and performance. When you are mounted on a Thoroughbred whose autonomic endocrine system is triggered by fear due to what they see or hear, you can suddenly and with extreme force be flying through the air on an animal weighing in excess of 1200 pounds, as if you were a fly mounted on a gazelle.
It is no secret that the Cattlemen’s Associations, and all of the professional associations affected by their prolific and extremely substantial lobby, support Commercial Horse Slaughter and may even view it as their next “new” meat market. Since facts about adrenaline and cortisol production in cattle are such a threatening subject to the Cattlemen’s Associations, they have been aggressively suppressing the risk to consumers as “dark cutting” is responsible for their largest financial losses each year.
We find this very significant question unanswered by all authorities still today: Why is there no monitoring or testing mandated by law to protect consumers that applies to commercially slaughtered horse meat, as there is for commercially slaughtered beef? I believe the truthful answer is: because none of the meat would ever pass minimal standards and be scientifically determined “safe for human consumption.”
The Commercial Horse Slaughter Industry has always been rogue, operating with little regulation in North America and primarily for sale in foreign markets at delicacy prices. Not only is commercial slaughter the worst possible end-of-life experience for horses, who are subjected to torturous treatment and conditions along the entire slaughter pipeline, but the meat itself is toxic. When profitability for a few is the only reason supporting the suffering of large numbers of exploited animals and exposed humans, it is time for justice, reason and legal protections to make a stand.
We are only a few verifiable chain-of-custody toxicology reports and a published study (on samples from Canada) away from the legal precedence needed to put all Commercial Horse Slaughter facilities where they belong: out-of-business for good.
Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM and former Head Slaughter Inspector/Trainer for the USDA endorses the above statement and also the following, from his testimony to U.S. Congress in 2008:
The U.S. House and Senate will be approving the Federal Agriculture Appropriations for next fiscal year sometime soon. They will be considering removing the Moran Amendment, which currently protects horses from slaughter on U.S. soil from the language included in the appropriations bill. The members of the House and Senate need to be reminded that the USDA should not be approving any horse meat for human consumption when it violates the regulations placed upon slaughtered meats for safety and quality. They need to be reminded that the fact still remains: There is no possible way to slaughter an equine humanely in a commercial environment. The pulsing of the animal post-shot is physical/visual proof of bad kills which place consumers at risk.
Mission: END COMMERCIAL HORSE SLAUGHTER IN THE U.S.
Impact: Inconceivable actually, but the SUFFERING of the equines and the ADRENALINE/CORTISOL NOT CONSUMED by people has serious beneficial results for the health of so many living beings.
What we need and what you get: We seek to start a foundation that will protect and maintain rescued horses, providing them as individual therapy animals for abused and neglected children to receive counseling on. We will be locating in urban centers across the Nation.
Other ways you can help: Become an anti-horse slaughter advocate! CALL YOUR SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOUSE. Inform your family and friends in other states and encourage them to call, asking the legislators to SUPPORT THE SAFE ACT! (S 541/HR 1094)
LET’S LIGHT UP THE PHONE LINES IN WASHINGTON D.C. (202)224-3121 We can accomplish this together NOW! and then use any donations to help horses, children and the rest of us increase quality of life in the U.S. through providing desperately needed, effective services to abused and neglected children.
Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA Inspector, told Congress in 2008: “The captive bolt used to slaughter horses is simply not effective. These animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected.”
(202)224-3121 — CALL TODAY AND ENCOURAGE OUR FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES TO PROTECT OUR NATION’S HORSES FROM THIS CRUEL, POISONOUS AND UNNECESSARY “INDUSTRY.”
The USDA is required by law to cull “dark cutting” beef and this prevents the distribution of high levels of adrenaline and cortisol in commercially slaughtered meat which contains serious health risks to consumers. Why is the USDA FSIS not required to test commercially slaughtered horse meat? Not only does it contain levels of adrenaline and cortisol far higher than found in beef, but there are substances/medications found in most horses which are prohibited for use in food animals. Bovines and equines are completely different species, especially when considering the commercial slaughter process and product.
You cannot restrain the head of a horse to correctly apply the pneumatic captive-bolt gun apparatus to their forehead. The gun has a pressure-release trigger and use of it on horses requires multiple shots to render them senseless. Some skulls from slaughtered horses recovered at rendering plants have 4 or 5, and sometimes up to 20 or more, holes in them. The specific fact that equines commonly have to be struck multiple times with the captive-bolt, or shotgun, is what makes commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. a clear violation of the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958.
Horses cannot be slaughtered humanely in commercial settings because of the nature of their extremely sensitive fight/flight responses, their keen herd mentality and their physiological responses. There is no way to disguise the horse’s imminent death in an unfamiliar commercial environment. Horses have a sense of smell more sensitive than dogs’. They hear, smell, see, feel and taste death. They do not trust the strange handlers and often FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES!
The proponents and profiteers of this issue are great at spreading misinformation and sensationalism, they are great at marketing and spin, they are great at trying to hide the facts of this issue. Aside from them being able to build a fully contained facility where nobody but them sees in or hears in, we will not rest until they are COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT! (The board of directors and financial records of their sham nonprofits also.)
The public needs to be informed and this “industry” needs to be exposed for what it truly is: a few people making A LOT of money off A LOT of suffering by A LOT of animals.
“IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A TORTURED ANIMAL, EAT A TORTURED ANIMAL.”
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