• The Humane Society makes several points about the practices of Horse Slaughter and Horse Racing
  • There are problems with the horse racing industry
    • Racehorses are overmedicated with both legal and illegal enhancements
    • HSUS proposes a ban on all performance enhancing drugs and drug tests for winning horses
    • Horses begin racing when their bones are not fully developed, causing problems later in life
    • Whips are overused on the racetrack (they are used in an inhumane manner)
  • Horse slaughter as a practice is inhumane and potentially harmful to humans
    • 100,000 American horses, including racehorses, are slaughtered each year
    • They are transported inhumanely– in trailers that are too full and without access to food or water
    • The “vast majority” of the American horses that are sent to slaughter are treated with medications and substances that “known to be dangerous to humans, untested on humans or specifically prohibited for use in animals raised for human consumption.”
    • There is not a system to track the administration of these medications
    • It is difficult to accurately stun horses in the slaughterhouse because of their fight-or-flight response–because of the way slaughterhouses operate, the horses are slaughtered in a way that is not humane
    • “Slaughter is a brutal and terrifying end for horses, not a humane end to life.”

HSUS. “HSUS Position Relating to Equine Protection.” The Humane Society of the United States, 2016. http://www.humanesociety.org. Accessed 7 October 2016.

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