In Canada, current laws allow horses to be transported for up to 36 hours without food, water, or rest. Horses are also treated poorly; they are routinely kicked, poked, and prodded. Botched slaughter attempts also represent a horrific reality of this industry. Individuals who use bolt guns often fail to pinpoint the exact spot necessary to put the horse down, resulting in subjecting the horse to prolonged suffering. This senseless slaughter of horses is driven by the high demand for the meat in some European and Asian countries. These healthy horses once roamed the plains or were loyal companion or service animals. We owe these horses our love and loyalty, not cruel slaughter for profit.
About the Author: Bev Stayart remains a staunch advocate of ending animal cruelty. Working with other organizations to save baby seals and wolves, she focuses on backing legislation that will change government policies, both in the United States and abroad. Bev Stayart supports the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, a bill that would put an end to the exportation of horses for slaughter in Mexico and Canada.