From Stud to Steak
The issues surrounding horse slaughter
One quick piece of meat
The Stigma that surrounds horse meat:
We are all well aware that that hamburger from Wendy's, or that order of chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-a was an animal that was up walking around, breathing, and eating at one point. We've come to accept this. What about a horse though. I doubt the first thing that comes to mind is a tasty stew or a succulent dish from your favorite restaurant. Americans in the U.S have never raised horses for meat (not that they couldn't be) but thats not their purpose for us, and it never has been.
A horse of a different kind...
One Expensive Steak...
Kentucky Derby winner and Eclipse Horse of the year was sold to Japan in 1994 as a stud, only to be sent to slaughter in 2002.
Phantom on Tour
famous race horse saved from the kill pen before the horses were loaded on a trailer and sent to slaughter.
A thousand more for this one...
This emaciated thoroughbred was saved from slaughter by a rescuer. What's his name? No body knows, because he never made it big.
Phantom on Tour
Have an issue? Take some meds!
These drugs leave residues in our meat and that are harmful to us, and whether we like it or not, the racing industry is a shady business and those young horses are pumped full of drugs. There is also the innocent horse owners who worm their horse like when I give my horse her de-wormer every two months, I continue to make her more toxic. On her Ivermectin label it reads: Not intended for horses meant for human consumption.
I'm assuming a responsible breeder in the racing industry worms all his horses... This basically means that we are shipping tainted horses to be made into meat that isn't safe for human consumption. Yum, yum.
The Slaughter Process
The horses that are bought are transported in Double-Decker stock trailers from the auctions to be shipped to other countries or to the slaughter facilities. These trips can take hours without providing food or water to the horses. They arrived tired, hungry, and dehydrated.
(*Disclaimer: The pictures below are from horse slaughtering facilities around the world. Due to the nature of this project, some of the pictures are slightly graphic. Look away if your squeamish)