racehorses are retired to pastures when they stop winning races or become
injured—usually when they're still very young and often not even physically
mature—because owners don't want to pay for a horse who doesn't bring in any
money. Since the last horse slaughterhouse in the U.S. closed several years
ago, tens of thousands of horses have been shipped to slaughterhouses in
Canada, Mexico, or Japan, where they are turned into dog food and glue. Their flesh
is also exported to countries such as France and Japan, where it is considered
horses who are sent to those facilities endure days of terrifying transport
crammed together in decrepit trailers without water or food. Horses are subject
to the same slaughtering method as cows, but since horses are generally not accustomed
to being herded, once together, they tend to thrash about in order to avoid
being shot by the captive-bolt gun, which is supposed to render them
unconscious before their throats are cut.
Thoroughbred racehorse Coming Home, the granddaughter of Kentucky
Derby winner Unbridled and the cousin of the doomed
Derby entrant Eight
Belles, was bought by a "meat buyer" at a livestock auction
for $200 and was hours from being trucked to a slaughterhouse when a PETA
investigator rescued her.
While Coming Home will have
a real—and permanent—home on a PETA member's farm, where she will never again
have to fear for her life, other horses are not as lucky and need your help!
contact your senator(s)
today to support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011, which would
prevent U.S. horses from being sold, shipped, or transferred to slaughterhouses,
effectively ending the practice of slaughtering American horses.
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.