Why There So Many Horses Going To Slaughter:

Most people agree to shut down the horse slaughter industry several things need to happen:
- Stop the over breeding for show/race horses highly registered horses
- Stop using horses to produce horomone treatment therapy
- Tax breeders
- Make people be responsible for putting down their own animals
- Stop horse slaughter in the USA and ban shipping horses to slaughter outside of the USA

  1. Stop the over breeding for show/race horses highly registered horses (HRH):
    Extreme cruel practice by the horse racing industry:
  • An HRH stud impregnates a HRH mare.
  • The foal from the HRH mare is removed from the mare.
  • The HRH foal is placed on a "nurse mare" (NM).
  • The NM is able to give milk because SHE also had a foal.
  • The NM's own foal is killed or sent to slaughter for food consumption often being sent to Japan sold as "horse veal", or sometimes the NH's foal is just left to die from starvation.
  • The NM cares for the HRH foal until she is no longer needed
  • Once the NM is no longer needed for that foal she is either sold, auctioned, killed or sent to slaughter and occasionally rebred to be reused as another NM.
  • What happened to the original HRH mare? She is impregnated yet again - restarting cycle or sold to slaughter (often times pregnant).
  • Since when horses are sold by the pound when sold for meat ranchers benefit from having mares pregnant when they are sold for meat. Foals tilt the weight scales giving the seller more money.
  • What happens to the unborn foal?
    • The pregnant mare is "bolted" (usually unsuccessfully the first or second times) using a bolt gun to stun the horses brain functions. This makes it so that the blood is still pumping when they bleed the mare out.
      *This would NOT immediately kill the unborn foal.
    • What does happen to the unborn foal?

HOW to stop the over breeding?
~ Make it so that the breeders are heavily taxed for breeding.
~ Make it so that the breeders are responsible for putting down the horses themselves.
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  1. Stop using mare's urine for hormone replacement therapy:
    Another EXTREMELY cruel, unregulated for animal cruelity industry. Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry making Premarin and the new drug, Aprela (by Pfizer, the number 1 largest pharmaceutical company in the US): This industry collects conjugated estrogens that are isolated from pregnant mares' urine. A mare needs to be impregnated because of the hormones that produce that are collected. This industry has been in business since the 1940's:
  • 6 months of the year mares are pastured and ANNUALLY inseminated.
  • At about the 3 month mark of pregnancy the mare is placed into a stall for urine collection. Mares are placed into extremely narrow stalls made of pipes. They cannot lie down, cannot take a step or move side to side. - Water is restricted to the horses to produce concentrated amounts of the hormone.
  • A container is placed under the tail to collect urine. Between limited movement and the unsanitary situation of the collection container many die from infections and respiratory. A lot of horses die from pneumonia.
  • What happened to the foal? Some get absorbed back into the urine collection industry. At about 20-24 months (as soon as they are able to conceive) they are impregnated. Some get sold but most go to slaughter (very much like what happens in the HRH situation). Some foals are sent live to Japan for consumption.
  • What happened to the original HRH mare? She is impregnated yet again - restarting cycle or sold to slaughter (often times pregnant).
  • Since when horses are sold by the pound when sold for meat ranchers benefit from having mares pregnant when they are sold for meat. Foals tilt the weight scales giving the seller more money.
  • What happens to the unborn foal?
    • The pregnant mare is "bolted" (usually unsuccessfully the first or second times) using a bolt gun to stun the horses brain functions. This makes it so that the blood is still pumping when they bleed the mare out.
      *This would NOT immediately kill the unborn foal.
    • What does happen to the unborn foal?

Even though Premarin is decreasing in popularity, Aprela (the NEW drug) is the process of trying to get approval by the FDA. Being that the pharmaceutical industry has a tight grip on laws it could happen. If they get approval AND if horse slaughter becomes legal in the US, the industry will likely become larger than ever.
*Read on Premarin on Wikipedia and premarin.org and the NEW Aprela article in the Wall Street Journal online for more info.

The Humane Society has a great video featuring the Ducess Horse Sanctuary located in Oregon who gives santuary to many of the Premarin mares. It explains much of what I am trying to explain here: (For sensitive people - stop at 1:32 and start again at 1:40) [View the Premarin mare video here]

HOW to stop the use of horses farmed for pharmaceuticals?
~ Become informed about this horrific abuse and choose an alternative hormone therapy.
~ Boycott using hormone therapy using mare's urine - ask your doctor what is in the drug.
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A NOTE About Auction Horses & Selling A Horse Inexpensively:

This non-violent auction video shows just how it looks at every auction. Often times beautiful, healthy horses are sold for low prices (most go to the meat buyers).

Outside of the old and sick horses that people take to auction there are many great, healthy ones too. People do not realize their beloved horse may easily be purchased by the Kill Buyers at an auction house. At the auction houses Kill Buyers will pay up to $200-$300 per horse depending upon its weight. I know this because I used to attend auctions and saw how the kill buyers worked. There are typically two types of Kill Buyers (food consumption (that get shipped Canada) and the meat food for whatever else (shipped to Mexico). The Kill Buyers are not the enemy. It is their job to purchase as many horses as they can get. They send them off to the feedlot and kill pen owners where the horses are put into holding pens waiting transport that eventually take them on to the slaughter houses.

Kill Buyers are waiting for cheap horses to be advertised. If you are trying to sell a horse inexpensively or for free in the paper, off of craigslist.com or by other advertising means chances are you will be selling to a Kill Buyer. Please take special precautions in interviewing the potential buyers.