It is a sorry, shameless business when cutthroat owners send their horses to slaughter because they feel they are no longer economically viable. Reports state that the reason this is taking place is a portion of revenue from the slots that helps keep horse racing going in Canada is to be taken away from the industry next year by the government.
The video below tells the story of a group of Standardbred mares in Canada who have served out their days from racing to breeding, generating revenue for their owner all along the way. Their reward: the slaughterhouse. How often does this take place, slots fiasco or not?
I personally am not moved by the human tears of those doing the owner’s dirty work. I instead reserve my compassion for the horses with their sweet, trusting faces who were sent to a brutal and horrifying early death, when one last small investment — although still tragic — would have ended their lives peacefully. But the owner made his wishes clear: “Sell them for meat.”
You cannot tell me none of these horses have received banned medications that prohibits their meat from entering the human food chain. Yet the slaughterhouses of Canada will take them and ship their potentially toxic meat to Europe for human consumption.
This is one of many stories just like this, whether the horses come from Canada or the United States. Notwithstanding the immorality of killing horses for their meat, how much proof does the EC need that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are consistently failing in their policies and the slaughterhouses of Canada breaking the law?
Shut them down. Now. Nothing else will do.