What can you do about the horrific conditions and brutal treatment equines are subjected to and tainted horsemeat that results from the heinous and corrupt horse slaughter industry? Copy & paste entire letter right from this Safe Act Note below onto email you are composing. Save. Click on the links below to find your politician name and insert their email address. Fill in the blanks below. Hit Send and you are done!
Please review the growing list of H.R. 1942 SAFE ACT supporters here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th… …Find your State’s Representative and two Senators and request or thank them for their support of H.R. 1942 SAFE ACT. Find ALL contacts by clicking here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/me… Find House of Representative contacts by clicking here: http://www.house.gov/representative… and prepare your letter copy/paste:
“Dear _____________________, My name is ____________________. As a registered voter in the state of ____________________, I would like to thank you for standing along side of the growing list of your peers that support H.R. 1942 SAFE ACT legislation; https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th… that will help provide the strongest level of support to insure better controls on food safety in American imports and exports; as well as humane treatment of animals. Passing of H.R. 1942 SAFE ACT would make it 1)illegal for the transport of equines for slaughter for the purpose of consumption and 2)would help insure that food originating from the United States is safer, by preventing exports of any and all horsemeat.
Passing of this important legislation can also help segue toward more consistently enforced, currently funded food safety and humane regulations that should be enforced for species of farm livestock that are raised for the express purpose of human consumption in American and foreign food supplies. Thank you for supporting H.R. 1942 Safe Act legislation and for supporting more severe penalties for animal cruelty in your state as you can. Read more about Safe Act Legislation here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele… . Follow progression of the SAFE Act (HR 1942) here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bi…
In closing, I request that you read and forward on the information below that further explains the gravity of this important issue. Thank you for your time and assistance.
“Excerpts from The Silent Echoes In the Feedlots~ Horse Slaughter. By Kimberly Sheppard, Published October 21, 2015:
“Documented numbers of equines from the United States that perished to slaughter in Canada, Mexico exceeded 146,000 in 2014 and already exceeds 90,000 ytd for 2015. Reference: http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/…… These numbers include equines that are lost to the live animal export trade where they are shipped in giant crates that are fork lifted onto large ships for long journeys with limited or no food or water; only to be slaughtered for markets in foreign countries upon their arrival.
Among the tens of thousands of American equines that perish are from racing and breeding industries, retired carriage, camp or trail string horses, rodeo horses, farm work and logging horses, lab horses, PMU(Pregnant Mare Urine) horses and their foals; as well as America’s wild and free roaming horses. Commonly used equine vaccines, fly spray insecticide, wormer, bute, tranquilizer or other chemicals banned for use in animals for human consumption have been given to these animals. That is what is in horse meat being shipped off to foreign countries by virtue of what the horse has been exposed to in its life.
Only a small percentage of the >140,000 annually slaughtered American equines have *not been exposed to these chemicals (BANNED for use in food animals, while others have a 6 month residual period by law). They are all victims of the slaughter industry and the kill buyers that profit from their suffering by contributing a never ending supply of livestock that yields drug and medication tainted meat into food exports originating in the United States need to be exposed. Reference: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/me…
As horrific as the horse slaughter process itself actually is, the untold suffering many horses, ponies, mules and burros go through from point of sale and transport to feedlots; or then to slaughter is astounding. Year around, including in the fall before winter and in the spring, countless equines are dumped at auctions and lots, often thin and undernourished from ravages of winter and not enough groceries. Every Spring and Summer, young foals can be seen with their dams (mothers, mares) at auctions all over the United States.
When mares are purchased by kill buyers at auctions, the foals are often left behind and orphaned. Some perish due to stress, scours and dehydration because they have been separated from their dams who they depended on for nutritional and emotional sustenance. Others are clubbed or shot and killed as they are considered by many in the business to be of no value. The fortunate tiny innocents make their way into the hands of 501c3 rescues who depend solely on donations; or private individuals who nurse them back to health. Those that survive may eventually be offered for adoption. Because so many mares and foals are dumped at auctions every year, there are too many for these rescuers to save them all.
While ponies or smaller horses generally are not accepted for slaughter due to weight, they along with senior equines, as well as injured, foundered or sick animals suffer in the disease ridden feedlots. They often compete for food and water; causing their conditions to worsen.
Because of these crowded, stressful conditions and lower immunity; horses of all ages, including stallions, geldings, mares, younger horses, burros, ponies and donkeys are also exposed to and often contract contagious viruses and respiratory illness. They commonly suffer from fever, colic, fungal, parasitic or bacterial skin infections from the wounds they have endured; but receive no veterinary care. Stallions may be gelded in unsanitary conditions or are sometimes abandoned as they will not be accepted at slaughter plants.
A small percentage of these animals are rescued by purchasing them from kill buyers, often for hundreds of dollars more than they paid for them. Once removed from feed lots, these animals must be quarantined from other livestock for 21-30 days and often require antibiotics for contagious respiratory illnesses they were exposed to at the feed lots. Many need veterinary or hoof care due to injuries during transport, in the feedlot or from neglect, abuse or founder they may have endured in their previous lives.
For those left behind, whose illnesses or injuries cause them to weaken to a point that they are suspected to collapse in trailers to or be rejected by the slaughter plant; they are sometimes destroyed or abandoned by kill buyers in remote areas or enclosed lots because they then are of no monetary value whatsoever to them. Some of these locations are hours away from any town or city, or there is no rescue intervention or assistance for them; and they are left to die of starvation and dehydration.
Mass graves have been found where animals who suffered before their deaths have been buried; while skeletal remains of animals have also been found right where they dropped in the feedlot among live animals in various stages of suffering. Those who endured hunger, thirst, complications from injuries or fever from their illnesses and needed help the most never received a kind human hand or the mercy of euthanasia in their last days.
For those that leave the kill buyer feedlots and ship toward the slaughter processing plants: The animals are loaded on carrier trailers or large crowded tractor semi trailers, where they will not receive food or water and remain in the cramped, crowded trailers for the duration of the journey; and many become injured. Regardless of whether they are hauled in bitter, freezing wet cold or blistering heat toward slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico, there is no place to unload for rest, food or water until they reach the holding lot for inspection before crossing the border on the last leg of their journey to be slaughtered. Many laws are commonly broken with each load of equines that suffer immensely during the transport to slaughter process. Reference: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues…
1)DOT and USDA Laws are often broken by driving too many hours. CDL drivers hauling slaughter bound animals too long without resting themselves have caused serious highway accidents, maiming/killing people and animals they are hauling. 2)Regardless of country horses are slaughtered in, horses are not provided rest, food and water at required intervals that are set forth in the Transport to Slaughter Act because places to unload may be miles from the main transport to slaughter routes (and they cost MONEY and TIME) or they simply do not exist on the roads the haulers travel. The majority of equines hauled in and outside of the United States travel hundreds of miles in crowded trailers (year around) for anywhere from 16, 24 or more hours without food, water or rest. This violates United States “Transport to Slaughter” Laws. 3)All equines crossing state lines should also have accompanying documentation that can include Health Certifications and Coggins Papers (negative test results for Equine Infectious Anemia, a disease transferred by mosquitos) Reference: www.eqgroup.com/Library/coggins.htm (that would be based on individually drawn blood testing for each equine) and general health inspections.
Requirements vary by state; however there is often no place to unload the animals to even cross check the paperwork for positive identification. This is why it is not possible for State Patrols or any other inspectors to check any documentation whatsoever against a crowded trailer load of loose horses, who also may not have distinguishing markings, going across state lines (over 100,000 annually) in transport trailers. This is why these laws are commonly not enforced. For more information on publicly available information pertaining to documented violations and slaughter issues, Reference: http://www.animalsangels.org/media-… http://www.kaufmanzoning.net/horsem…
The fate of these weary and sometimes sick and injured souls is now sealed because their ownership has been transferred to the slaughter plants and they can no longer be helped. Equines with a Canadian slaughter plant destination ship from the Killbuyer lot many hours straight across the border; being unloaded only for a few hours for inspection. For those animals shipping to Mexico: Upon arrival at the crowded Export Pens closer to the border, they are only unloaded long enough to meet the regulations; where again, they are forced to compete for food, water and shelter, if it exists. They are then reloaded in less that 10 hours to cross the border to Mexico toward their destiny at the processing plants; ending their journey to the unthinkable brutality surrounding their suffering and death that awaits them.
Regardless of how well regulated equine slaughter processes are, there is no way to make the slaughtering of equines humane; nor was there when it was legal in the US for the purpose of human consumption. No designs or processes have changed; the processes merely moved across the border into Mexico. As with slaughter plants in Canada, once the equines are unloaded into small lots, they will be herded into the plant, following one after another; with no way to turn back or escape as they are prodded forward to the kill box and slaughter area.
Unlike with other species of livestock, often several attempts (multiple bone shattering strikes) are required to render equines unconscious; resulting in immense suffering of each animal prior to its slaughter and death. When a horse is in this extreme fear state, not only do they have explosive strength; but their head continually moves with a range of motion during the multiple captive bolt or 22 type fire arm shots used to render them unconscious. Multiple head injuries occur before the strike that finally renders them unconscious. This is due to the anatomy of a long neck and strong flight instinct in an equine; who’s head is a moving target as he desperately tries to flee and avoid the excruciating blows to his skull.
It is important to note that the captive bolt device nor 22 type firearm bullets are used to actually kill the equine because during the slaughter process, the heart MUST be pumping in order to bleed out of the animal’s tissues prior to slaughtering them. As many as 4 minutes have been documented that a horse was conscious during & after these injuries to render him unconscious. Film has shown a horse flailing on its side in the kill box after regaining consciousness in excruciating pain from the horrific skull injuries it had already experienced.
Once the chains are applied to the back legs of the animal now on its side in the kill box and the throat is slit; the horse then goes down the production line (now unconscious) hanging upside down by the hind legs. This animals is behind the horses he saw and heard screaming before him, as he smelled their blood before his own death experience.
For different reasons, pregnant mares have been accepted into the slaughterhouse and are slit in the abdomen when they are vivisected; and close to full term foals have been photographed hitting the slaughter house floor. They don’t survive the trauma; and are piled with waste from the slaughter process.
Clearly, despite any pro horse slaughter argument, there is and can be NO humane horse slaughter in the United States or abroad. In addition to the humane issues already discussed, the captive bolt and 22 type fire arm shots were also used in the United States when slaughterhouses for the purpose of human consumption were operational in the United States. In the past, regardless of what authorities witnessed during planned European Union ( EU ) inspections, documented unplanned investigations revealed the harsh reality that brutal activities in these commercial horse slaughter plants that process many animals are heinous and inhumane, regardless of the country the plant was in.
Note: Because of the January 2015 ban of horsemeat from slaughter plants in Mexico going to Europe, Canada has sometimes been flooded with hundreds of equines headed for slaughter every week this year, because the kill buyers get a higher by the pound price. However, equines going into Mexico and South American countries are still slaughtered with the meat going to South American countries and others including Japan; where the EU(European Union) doesn’t regulate that commodity. And the handling and slaughter methods are very brutal. Reference: http://www.animalsangels.org/invest…
Additionally experts are against humans (regardless of the country) eating meat tainted with chemicals that cause health problems including cancer. It is important to note that discussions are looming to potentially open slaughter plants in the United States again. With this, there will be new international implications that will be revealed; with regard to shipping United States horse meat overseas that is tainted with medications (due to its very source). Because the sources of equines for slaughter plants will not change, morally there are repercussions for our nation to knowingly ship off tainted meat from any species.
Chemical and biological warfare itself is designed on the very premise of harmful agents entering the human body. Yet thousands of pounds of horse meat that originated in the United States is purchased at grocery stores and served to school children and people in institutions. They are served this tainted meat in European countries including France, Belgium, Japan and South American countries.
What about USDA statutes and inspections? There has always been complacency with regard to enforcing regulations and enforcing prosecution for USDA violations to begin with. The humanity and morals that a society has can be seen in how it treats its animals. This is a heinous industry that is no way justified by any Animal Welfare or Slaughter Animal Laws in the United States.
NOTE: The atrocities animals of many species endure at *illegal slaughter facilities that are periodically discovered and disbanded are too many to be mentioned. Please read more here: http://www.local10.com/news/loxahat… http://www.animalrecoverymission.org/……
Also we are losing a precious part of our American Heritage~ Mustangs (Wild Horses and Burros) have been slaughtered and exterminated now for over a century. At the turn of the 20th century, over a million roamed our landscape. Now there are less than 30,000 in the Wild. Tens of thousands of Wild and Free Roaming Horses, mules and burros on federal lands and in state forests/parks have been brutally rounded up and separated from their family bands, destroyed or gone to holding facilities where they are incarcerated for months or years. Many have gone into the slaughter pipeline and kill pens at an alarming rate. Unwelcome on lands that were intended as safe haven in the Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burros Act of 1971, they need US to be their voice. Reference: http://www.unr.edu/nwhp/bios/women/… …Overview of The Free-Roaming Wild Horse and Burros Act of 1971 Public Law 92-195 (includes Burns Amendment information). By Mary Brown Reference: http://wildhorseeducation.org/burns…
In addition to OPPOSING Horse Slaughter of all equines by SUPPORTNG H.R. 1942 SAFE ACT, please also lobby toward repealing the Burns Amendment Reference: https://www.change.org/p/repeal-the… … and OPPOSE H.R.3172 & S.1845 WILD HORSE OVERSIGHT ACT. Reference S.1845 here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th… … This Legislation (introduced in July, 2015 and should be OPPOSED), would put every single Wild, Captured, Free Roaming, Blm, non Blm (Bureau of Land Management) or “Feral” Equine (all 80,000) of them in the *VERY SAME* predicament that the FORT POLK AND PEASON RIDGE LOGGING AREA HORSES(Louisiana), THE SALT RIVER WILD HORSES(Arizona)…PLACITAS WILD HORSES(New Mexico), WEST DOUGLAS, PICEANCE-EAST DOUGLAS HERD(Colorado), VIRGINIA RANGE HORSES, HEBER HERD, Wild Burro herds and others currently face. Therefore, WE do not want individual states or pro slaughter Indian Tribes to control what happens to our Wild or Free Roaming Horses. It is extremely doubtful that individual states will budget money for holding facilities or adoptions. It is more likely they will destroy them, allow them to be removed or use them as a revenue generating commodity and sell them for slaughter. This and the inhumane methods used in the slaughtering of equines is why the H.R. 3172 and S.1845 legislation should be OPPOSED.”
*You can also forward this information to the media by simply addressing them with a few of your personal comments about the brutality and unavoidable food safety concerns regarding horse slaughter and American horsemeat and forward
“Excerpts from The Silent Echoes In the Feedlots~Horse Slaughter” in its entirety.
Written by Kimberly Sheppard October 26, 2105