Every year, tens of thousands of American horses are killed for their flesh. Worse still, they are forced to endure journeys of hundreds of miles in cramped trucks—often in extreme weather without food or a drop of water—before reaching slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is a cruel industry that has been hidden from sight—until now.
This spring, PETA investigators rode with and followed a transporter from a meat buyer’s property in Iowa to the Les Viandes de la Petite Nation Inc. slaughterhouse in Québec. U.S. law permits horses to be hauled for 28 hours and sometimes longer without being off-loaded. PETA’s investigator witnessed how the 33 horses aboard the transporter endured a 1,100-mile, 36-hour journey in subfreezing conditions and were never given food, water, or a chance to unload.
This long, grueling ride is only a small part of the torment that many tired, injured horses endure. Panicked horses—including thoroughbreds, standardbreds, quarter horses, and draft horses—are crowded inside “kill pens” at livestock auctions across the country. At an auction in Iowa, horses waited for hours before they were corralled toward the auction ring, weighed, and finally sold. The heavy hydraulic gates used to separate the horses as they entered the auction area frequently slammed shut on their heads and necks—just one more ordeal in the long and traumatic journey to their deaths.
Urge your senator to oppose this bill today!
House Bill (H.B.) 1860—which could stop vital undercover work that exposes routine, often violent, and criminal abuse of animals in the factory-farming industry—has just been passed by the Missouri House of Representatives and will now be considered by the Senate. If it becomes law, the bill would make it a crime to record video of or photograph a farm without the farm owner’s consent. This legislation is a desperate attempt by agriculture industry giants to prevent consumers from learning the truth about the miserable lives and gruesome deaths of animals on factory farms.
Past undercover investigations of factory farms, such as those conducted by PETA, have revealed that pigs were beaten with metal gate rods and spraypainted in the face, that sadistic employees stomped on and hurled turkeys, that animals were sexually abused, that dairy farmers repeatedly kicked and electro-shocked cows who were in too much pain to stand up, and much, much more. Footage from investigations is crucial in helping prosecutors across the country enforce anti-cruelty statutes. This bill is designed to shroud factory farming in secrecy and shield criminals from accountability under the law.
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