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Horse slaughters have Miami-area owners on edge

 
Joker
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Horse slaughters have Miami-area owners on edge
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...but animal rights advocates believe the meat is being sold on the black market to people from other countries where horse is a delicacy....

People are out of work and are hungry!!!! DUH!!
Obama will have us eating dogs soon.
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Re: Horse slaughters have Miami-area owners on edge
nvestigators have discovered animals with slit throats and slashed tendons. Some have been stabbed to the heart, and some might have been butchered alive. The meat is often harvested in unsanitary conditions - on the sides of roads, in dirty barns, with tools that might not be clean - but Couto says some people are still willing to pay $7 to $20 a pound.

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... that is REALLY SICK!!! ...
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... what people groups butcher animals ALIVE?!?!? ...
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Obama will have us eating dogs soon.

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Don't laugh or joke about this. There are many cultures that to eat what we call domesticated animals.

We had a Vietnamese neighbor that brought a casserole to a party and everyone loved it. My wife asked for the recipe and she got sick ... the meat was "puppy".
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This is really heartbreaking.

Up here there was a guy who could no longer tend to his horse, so he skinned it alive to remove his brand, which would identify him as abandoning the horse. The guy could have called any of a number of horse sanctuary or rescues, or any humane society, and handed the horse over. But instead, owners are turning the horses loose to fend for themselves, but before they do, they are removing any identifying marks that can be traced back to them (chips, brands, etc).

Horses are being starved to death, left loose to be hit by cars and trucks, tied to fences to die of starvation and dehydration. Sick horses are being starved or just allowed to waste away in their own diseases...because people can't afford veterinary care or even the cost of euthanasia for them.

Yet we have back yard breeders that are rabidly breeding for that next "one in a million", and are breeding for stupid reasons such as to get a specific color (if its the wrong color, they just breed again, and send the unwanted to sale barn to be sold for meat).

There is nowhere to send sick, dead, dying, unwanted horses. They are sold at a price at the auctions or sale barns, then shipped in horrendous conditions, beaten within an inch of their lives, made to stand starving and without water in the deadening heat down in Tx and Mexico for days on end awaiting transfer of drivers, all the while standing knee/hock high in their own excrement. In a trailer that is only meant to haul 4 horses, there might be 6 or 7. In a livestock trailer meant to haul cattle going to slaughter, they ship horses the same way, with 40-70 in a single shipment. 16 and 17 hand high horse (from ground to withers) are forced to stand in 5'6" trailers with no room to move.

The average weight for a quarter horse is 1000 lbs. Figuring the usable weight is equal to 75% of the total, that's 750 lbs per horse that goes to market. They stand to gain $7-20 per lb. Even at the bottom end, at $7/lb, that's a total of $5250 in their pocket, EACH HORSE. Now these meat buyers go to several auctions per trip. They might pick up 10 horses at one, 20 at another, picking them up for anywhere between $1 to $1500 per head. Most times, they pick them up for under $500 each. An average trip of 30 horses will cost them about $30,000 (includes ALL expenses, even paperwork and tests), and figuring on more modest side of 700 lbs meat per horse x 30 horses @ $12/lb they PROFIT $222,000!!!

This is frickin ridiculous!

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