Directed by Michael Kastenbaum,
Short 6:26 USA
Every year, more than 100,000 of our beloved companion horses are trucked to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. Their meat is then shipped overseas for human consumption. Conditions inside Mexican horse slaughterhouses are appalling. Puntilla, the practice of paralyzing an animal prior to slaughter by severing the spinal cord, is common. Horses may remain conscious as they are shackled, hoisted, bled, and butchered. Often, horses have been treated with drugs that are prohibited by the FDA for use in animals intended for human consumption. Thus, not only is the slaughter of horses inhumane, but it also poses a health hazard to those who consume horse meat.