There will always be animal welfare groups, advocates and horse loving citizens diligently working to bring a complete end to horse slaughter.
FORMAL AND INFORMAL POLLS
and nationwide polls show that the greater part of the American
population is strongly opposed to horse slaughter. Some examples
Liz Ross, federal policy adviser to the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C., testifying before a Congressional Subcommittee, states:
"Dozens of horses were already in the kill-pens destined for slaughter. Of those horses that went through the auction ring I was able to purchase three, all of whom undoubtedly would have otherwise gone to slaughter. One was in such bad shape that she should have never been brought through the ring and we had her euthanized on the spot. The other two were placed at an equine rescue facility in New Jersey where they still live today.
pure animal suffering and terror I witnessed that day at New Holland
was . . . fundamentally disturbing as was everything I subsequently
learned about the horse slaughter industry.
"Horse slaughter has never been considered by veterinary professionals to be a form of euthanasia. Congress and the general public must hear from veterinarians that horse slaughter is not and should not be equated with humane euthanasia. Rather, the slaughtering of horses is a brutal and predatory business . . . . One need only observe horse slaughter to see that it is a far cry from genuine humane euthanasia."
of the carnage that takes place inside Canadian horse slaughter
plants is well documented.
"It is clear that neither the facilities nor the behavior of the personnel shown are suited to the humane slaughter of horses, and that extreme suffering results for many individual animals. Problems include failure to restrain each animal's head properly before shooting, shooting from too great a distance, shooting in the wrong part of the head or body, failure to follow up with an immediate second shot in animals that were not killed by the first, hoisting apparently conscious animals, and - in the case of the Richelieu plant - cruel handling and treatment of the horses, including excessive whipping and overuse of an electric prod as well as an apparent callous disregard for the animals' suffering. An additional cause of very major concern is the presence of what appear to be either plant supervisors or inspectors who observe the employees' actions and yet do nothing."
blood and suffering is what you get at the Bouvry equine slaughter
plant: Horses kicking after they have been shot, sinking down and
rising up; sometimes periods of struggling or paddling before a
second or third shot has to be administered. This atrocity goes
against all veterinary guidelines for humane euthanasia.
GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER
Laura Allen of the Animal Law Coalition states:
"Horse slaughter is nothing more than abuse and it is being inflicted upon an animal that has never historically been considered a food animal, but rather a working partner and friend to man. An animal used primarily for pleasure, work, recreation and sport. The lies of the horse slaughterers can’t stand up to the graphic footage of the realities."
Take for example these recent events:
Attorney Cynthia MacPherson and local citizens basically ran Unified Equine out of town when the group attempted to bring a horse slaughter plant to the Mountain Grove area of Missouri, protesting against it at local organizational meetings, at one point booing the banker when he tried to speak. Area horse lovers also created a Facebook page, Missourians Against Horse Slaughter, and launched an online nationwide petition at Change.org that had 14,258 signatures as of this writing.
Additionally, in a letter to Unified Equine's attorney of record MacPherson challenged the way the organization solicited investors for the project, risking $6M of taxpayer dollars if they failed. The letter went viral within minutes. The response of the local community was swift and effective. Although they denied it, Unified Equine was forced to look for another location for their horse slaughter facility.
 Equine Advocates; Horse slaughter an American disgrace, an American shame; http://tinyurl.com/75lx4t8 ; 2000.
 Press Release; ASPCA Research Confirms Americans Strongly Oppose Slaughter of Horses for Human Consumption; http://www.aspca.org/Pressroom/press-releases/020112 ; Feb. 1, 2012.
 Allen, Laura; Animal Law Coalition; Hearing excerpts, American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act; http://tiny.cc/y6r6b ; Jun. 24, 2009.
 Testimony in Support of H.R. 6958, Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008; http://www.horsefund.org/resources/Dodman_Testimony_HR6598_080731.pdf ; Jul. 31, 2008.
 CHDC; http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/ChambersofCarnage.html ; Mar. 2010.
 CHDC; Canadian Slaughterhouse Horrors; http://tiny.cc/clhtx ; May 7, 2010.
 Allen, Laura; Animal Law Coalition; Native Americans Proved Not to be Proponents of Horse Slaughter; http://tiny.cc/zw02m ; Jul. 26, 2009.
 Johnson, Wes; The News-Leader; Horse slaughter facility plan draws protest in Mountain Grove ; http://tinyurl.com/7epbno2 ; Mar. 7, 2012.
 Cynthia MacPherson letter to Dan Erdel; http://tinyurl.com/87npmlx ; pdf, 13 pp; Mar. 12, 2012.