WARNING: Graphic image.
When we first came across this story, we ignored it not wanting to be part of the sensationalism. On further reflection, we decided to go ahead and post about this story. There is a lesson to be learned here.
Yes, it is disgusting for a teenager to post an image of a horse being bled out in a New Zealand horse slaughter plant in a sick attempt to grab attention for himself. And to be sure, it is scary that the boy boasted he had carried out the gruesome act himself.
What is nonsensical is that his father, who runs the facility, has disowned his son for it.
An article in the New Zealand Herald reports:
The picture was taken at No Moore Hassell Pet Food facility in Levin.
Director Doug Hassell insisted his estranged son didn’t kill the horse and said he wanted nothing more to do with him.
“We have a pet food slaughter facility and Ethan comes down here now and again,” Hassell said.
“What we had was a horse that was shot and bled and we were doing a bleed-out.
“While it was bleeding out, he was there taking photos and now he’s tried to make himself look a hotshot.”
Furious Hassell said Ethan wouldn’t be welcome back.
The image generated a flood of complaints on McLean’s Facebook page on Thursday. Within hours he removed it.
So, let’s get this straight. The father slaughters horses for a living, is angry when his son takes a picture of a horse being bled out at his plant, further outraged that the boy takes credit for the brutal proceedings, and throws him out and tells him not to come back?
Is it not rampant hypocrisy for a man to set this type of example — slaughtering horses for a living — then appalled when his son pulls this kind of prank?
Perhaps the father is angry because his son has exposed his grisly business to the public. Or do they care about such things in New Zealand?
What this distasteful story clearly demonstrates is what sort of effect exposure to horse slaughter can have on the human psyche. Any community considering operating a horse slaughter plant in their area: Beware.
” . . . the type of work undertaken in slaughterhouses contributes to the social disruption observed.”
” . . . the correlation between dismembering animals and victimization of less powerful human groups such as women and children is clear and bears itself out in increased domestic violence in communities surrounding slaughterhouses.
Hopefully this is the beginning and end of horse cruelty for this young man, in fact or fiction. But one wonders what the future bodes for him. Is he sorry, or is he relishing the notoriety, and some day carry out something much worse.
What about Facebook? What sort of message are they sending out? Why are Facebook allowing brutal animal cruelty images like this on their social media website? They obviously know about it. Although the boy had taken the image down, Facebook provided the image to the New Zealand Herald for use in this story.
Perhaps this story was little more than an April Fool’s joke, but the ideas in it are relevant all the same.
Source: Teenager’s sick joke falls flat (Warning: graphic image); by Russell Blackstock and Edward Rooney; New Zealand Herald; 1 April 2012