Canadian and United States Governments
Prime Minister Jean Chretien
President George Bush
Canadian Dept. of Agriculture
United States Dept. of Agriculture

Foreign owned slaughterhouses in Canada and the United States kills approximately 100,000 American bred horses annually including the wild horses of our plains. The horse meat is NOT being used in dog food or to feed starving masses. Rather, it is an up to $20/lb delicacy enjoyed by humans in Japan and Europe. A pound of horse meat usually sells for more than a pound of filet mignon!

Humans are the ones who domesticated the wild horses. Ever since then, horses have stood beside us in time of war, carried us across the country, plowed our fields, gave us a job, helped give chronically ill children hope, and the disabled enjoyment, remain loyal at all times to their human companions.

Horses, an integral part of North America's heritage and culture, are favored animals, just like cats and dogs. They were needed for the survival of all people from all walks of life on this and every other continent on this planet. Canadians and Americans do not eat horses, BUT other cultures do and have for centuries. The killing of horses will never be stopped. All we can do as horse lovers is try to stop the inhumane way it is done.

The way horses are slaughtered is cruel and inhumane. They are cattle prodded out to be shot in the head with a nail gun, sending fragments of skull into its brain. The horse is often still alive as it is hung by its hooves and throat slit, so it can breathe its last breath. There are good and bad facilities. It is the bad ones individually that have to be gone after. We need to check on the regulations for each area, province to province and state to state. Each has its own regulations.We also need to research the facilities that do, do horses and make sure that all the basics are there, ie shelter, food, and water.

We need to be checking on what is allowed in our own area and actually report any wrong doings we see. People still do not like to call the Human Society or whoever is in their area when they see abuse situations as they think nothing will get done. If it is reported whether on private small farms or larger facilities, fairs, horse shows, actions etc. Their lives would be made considerably better.

We also have to have harsher penalties for those hauling improperly. They ride cramped in a trailer, sometimes an illegal double-decker, for days at a time without food or water. And regulations on the way they are treated be put into place and inforced. We need to check on the regulations for each area, province to province and state to state. Each has its own regulations. But that only works if the appropriate regulations are in place and ARE inforced.

We need to be checking on what is allowed in our own area and actually report any wrong doings we see. People still do not like to call the Human Society or whoever is in their area when they see abuse situations as they think nothing will get done. If it is reported whether on private small farms or larger facilities, fairs, horse shows, actions etc. Their lives would be made considerably better.

We need our governments to pass laws to stop the way our prescious ones are treated. Please SIGN this petition and also sent letters to your own representatives to force some action on behalf of our loved ones. Also check all the links on main page and in the text for any information you need to know. Strengthening and enforcing the laws would be benefit to all.

Humans are the ones who domesticated the wild horses. Ever since then, horses have stood beside us in time of war, carried us across the country, plowed our fields, gave us a job, helped give chronically ill children hope, and the disabled enjoyment, and remain loyal at all times to their human companions.



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