Friday, January 2, 2009

HBO investigation: Race horse slaughter

I discovered these videos via a URL on Fugly Horse of the Day: part one and two of an HBO segment on race horse slaughter.

The video is about how prevalent it is in the race industry to sell horses to kill buyers when the horses stop performing as well. There are a series of shots in the first video of what goes on in a slaughter house; the images aren't gory, but it is kind of sad to see the horse struggling as the employee repeatedly shoots it with a captive bolt.

I am glad there aren't any more horse slaughter houses open in the United States, but obviously that doesn't stop kill buyers from shipping horses over the border. Part of the problem is obviously the existence of slaughter houses, which are kind of like dying in a concentration camp as opposed to dying in your own bed — but the real problem is the fact that the practice is considered acceptable in the first place.

It's sad that certain factions of the horse industry view these beautiful animals as nothing more than cash cows to be killed when they stop making their owners money.



At January 17, 2009 at 9:47 PM, Blogger Laughing Orca Ranch said...

That first video made me cry. So sad the tortures that befall horses in slaughter houses :(


At January 19, 2009 at 4:26 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I did too, Lisa. :o(


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