Meet Cowboy and Legacy. Two geldings rescued from a kill-pen in Texas.
These wonderful horses will be living out the rest of their days at the Cedarcide Animal Rescue in Dallas, where they’ll receive all of the love they can handle.
For these two, it was a happy ending indeed. Unfortunately for thousands of others it is not such a happy ending. It is our goal to not only rescue animals in need but to bring awareness to many of their sufferings in hopes to promote change.
Did you know: This year over 100,000 American horses will be slaughtered for human consumption. The USDA has said that 92% of the horses are young, healthy and could have been be re-homed. Ponies, show horses, racehorses, kids horses and wild horses alike are being dragged, beaten and crammed into over-packed trailers without food or water for often days at a time. This may seem shocking — but it is happening every day, and people should know.
What is a kill-pen?
A kill pen is a holding facility for slaughter-bound horses. Nursing mothers, stallions, sick and old horses are all housed together and some are not given adequate food or water. Most horses are treated inhumanely from the moment they arrive.
What is a kill-buyer?
A kill-buyer is an individual who acquires horses with the intent to sell to slaughterhouses. They act as a middle-man between horse owners and slaughterhouses.
How does a kill-buyer acquire horses?
Most horses are bought at auction but buyers have also been known to buy from individuals — some who do not know who they are selling to.
Why do horses end up at kill-pens?
Every horse has a different story but many kill-pen horses were discarded because of no fault of their own. Owners get bored, financial circumstances change, veterinary care is needed or sometimes it’s simply irresponsibility.
Here’s a few facts about horse slaughter
FACT: In 2007 the last US slaughterhouse was closed. This has only increased the amount of horses shipped from the United States to neighboring countries — Canada and Mexico in particular.
FACT: Horse meat is not safe for human consumption. Because most horses were previously pets, they’ve likely been given chemicals that are not safe for humans to ingest. De-wormers, vaccines, performance enhancing drugs, etc.
FACT: The transport of the horses is nearly as inhumane as the death itself. Horses are crammed into small spaces, often cattle trailers, which are too short and don’t allow a horse to raise its head. They are given no food or water and often have to sit in the trailers for over 24 hours in extreme weather conditions. Some horses will not survive the ride to slaughter.
FACT: Horse slaughter is violent and sometimes drawn out. Methods used to kill the horse can vary but it is never done humanely. Most horses are stabbed in the neck until the spinal cord is severed and they become paralyzed. Then they are either left to bleed out or in some cases they begin dismembering the horse before it dies.
- What can you do to help?
-Spread Awareness-Donate or Volunteer at a Rescue Organization
– Adopt or Foster a slaughter-bound horse
-Petition legislators to enable the SAFE Act (More info below)
- Other resources: