We believe that every animal deserves respect and the right to live without fear. By bringing awareness to inhumane practices in the meat and dairy industries and the abundance of unwanted horses being live-shipped to slaughter, we hope to encourage plant-based alternatives and advocacy on behalf of those who’ voices are often ignored.
In the United States alone, almost 100 percent of farm animals come from industrial “breeding mills”, or CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation), where individuals are seen as inventory of product instead of living beings. Cows, pigs, and chickens are packed into confined spaces where they are unable to move or even turn around and languish in misery inside warehouses until they are slaughtered. Laying hens do not fare much better. They are locked inside wire cages without room to spread their wings or padding to shield their lower bodies from the bare wire. In all cases, the lack of movement, unnatural environments, and no access to fresh air and sunlight causes severe physical and mental distress to the animals. The end to their existence is just as unkind.
EQUINE MEAT TRADE
It is illegal in the U.S. to slaughter horses for human consumption, but not illegal to send American-bred horses to other countries as a food source. This obscure trade can be lucrative. According to Humane Society of the United States, over 100,000 horses are live shipped to slaughter each year. The USDA documented that 92.3% of horses sent to slaughter are in good condition and otherwise would have been able to live out productive lives if they had a home. As commodities, horses are crammed into trucks where they suffer without food and water during transport for 24 hours or more, then are subjected to a terrifying and painful death. There is currently no law in place to ban this practice so until one is enacted by U.S. Congress, every horse in America is a target for the people who supply the market.