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Horse Slaughter Essay

1162 words - 5 pages

People are curious. Its our human nature. Have you ever been curious about the meat you eat? Where it comes from, how it was killed, and is it safe to eat? In America we eat beef, pork, and poultry for the average everyday consumption. What about other countries, or other parts of the world? What do they eat? Your beloved pet, your furry companion, your best friend. Maybe your horse, perhaps. What is this horse slaughter that people are speaking of? Should it be legal? Yes. It should be legal with limits. It is most likely that anyone you ask about horse slaughter will have an opinion. Some strongly believe it is cruel, and inhumane, some believe it is for a good cause, or helping the world. Others just don’t know their facts, or don’t care either way. “ Horse slaughter is the practice of killing and butchering horses for human consumption or animal foods manufacturing” ( Jeras, 1).

A question often thought about is whether or not horse slaughter is humane. If you ask many people, they will say no. Why isn’t it humane?
Here is a couple of things to know. Usually the conditions are unsanitary, and infected with disease. The horses could have injuries from minor to major from the ride to the slaughter house, or from entering the slaughter house. The horses could even have had injuries or health issues before loading into the trailer to begin with. It is definitely questionable as to whether anyone checks up on updated health check ups on the horses purchased in kill pens or any horse purchased by a kill buyer. Horse slaughter could be done in a way that is helping the world, but at the same time it could be humane. Banning the “stun bolt” , which is an instrument made to kill cattle when used on the head is a huge start. The stun bolt often fails when used on the horse because the head of the horse, and the head of a cow are different. A horses head is stronger, and makes it less likely to end in a quick, simple death and more likely to end in injuries, and suffering before death.
As you are reading this piece of information it is likely that many other questions are boggling your mind. One of those questions probably sounds kind of like this.
“ Is the consumption of horse meat humane?” It has been believed to be either, but there is only one answer. In America, alongside the daily lives of humans, horses are commonly recognized as pets or companions. This means like dogs and cats, they are allowed medicine for treatments and other such events. Due to this, horse meat has been argued to be toxic and unsafe for consumption. In research, there are more reviews to this question that come out as negative, saying that it is very unsafe to consume horse meat.
To those of you who were just a little too curious, or those who possibly did a little too much research, the ones who have seen the videos about horse slaughter and what happens, you know, the ones that show everything, do you just cringe at the question, “ How is horse slaughter done”?...

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