The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Friday, February 11, 2005

Organizations Call Out for Help

Foals, Yearlings and Mares Bound For Slaughter Need Help; National Group Protects Equines Young and Old from Slaughter...national news release from the Foal Rescue Foundation
"WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today many of healthy horses, yearlings and foals will begin their journey to one of the three equine slaughterhouses where they will meet with a cruel and heinous death. Many people are still not aware horses are slaughtered in the US and have no idea of the cruelty involved.

Horses are sensitive, intelligent and compassionate creatures...They should not be crammed into trailers, denied food and water for long periods of time. They should not be unloaded at slaughterhouses with whips and electric prods into kill chutes. The captive bolt gun shot repeatedly into their flailing heads bring "screams" from their bodies never heard before by humane animal caregivers. Not to mention the ones that are NOT rendered unconscious and are awake as their throat is being slit, the vivisection beginning while they still breathe and their hides skinned from their body while they hang shackled form their hind legs...

...Over 50,000 horses are slaughtered each year; good horses, yearlings and foals are heinously slaughtered, enduring hours sometimes days of tortuous conditions so that they may be shipped overseas for human consumption. The slaughterhouses are in Texas and Illinois and all are foreign-owned companies.

...It is only through publicity that people can become aware of the fate of these poor unwanted animals and realize that there are people who care and are doing something about it. It is only through donations of money, time, goods and services that relocation and placement can work. It is heart-wrenching when there are 10 and you only have the funds for 5, those eyes looking at you begging for their life, the mothers and foals wondering why they are being ripped apart when their life together has just begun. As the mares are hauled away, their hearts broken, their bodies flailing in despair at the loss of their baby and there they are in the back of a truck without food or water on their way to the slaughterhouse unaware that as horrible as their life seems right is about to get worse. The foals stay behind, crying for their mothers, wondering who will take care of them, who will love them, how will they live... "

More links:
  • International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (check out the links at the bottom of the page for historical information about the fight to save these animals)
  • International Fund for Horses (good up-to-date information about taking action through Congress)


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