FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HORSE SLAUGHTER
How many horses are
slaughtered in the
According to the USDA, the two slaughter plants in
What types of horses are being slaughtered? Aren’t these old, sick horses?
According to 2001 field studies conducted by
Isn’t the transport of horses to slaughter regulated by the federal government?
Yes, and it is currently legal to transport horses in low clearance double-decker cattle trailers; legal to transport horses more than 24 hours without food, water or rest; and legal to transport horses without separating the stallions from the mares and foals. Approximately 30% of horses are injured from fighting and transportation.
How are horses killed at the slaughter plant?
According to federal law, horses must be rendered unconscious prior to slaughter, usually by captive bolt. However, some are improperly stunned, even with repeated blows, and are still conscious when shackled, hoisted by a rear leg, and cut across the throat. The USDA specifies that 10% live vivisection is acceptable! With their long necks and aversion to anything approaching their foreheads, many horses require multiple strikes.
If horses aren’t slaughtered, where will all the unwanted horses go?
The annual number of horses slaughtered in the
Won’t banning horse slaughter mean more cases of horse abuse and neglect?
No. In fact, both the
Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture
reported that following the burning of the only slaughter plant in the region,
abuse cases quit rising and went down between 2002 and 2003.
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