Dr. Debi Zimmermann B.Sc (Zoology), D.V.M. describes "The numerous acts of willful abuse are also of grave concern in the treatment of these sentient and non-aggressive animals." Henry Melvyn Richardson, DVM, "Bouvry and Richelieu are causing extreme pain and suffering to the horses in their facilities." Dr. Mary Richardson, DVM concludes "As a veterinarian who has worked in the animal welfare field for twenty years, I feel confident that the footage from the Bouvry plant shows levels of suffering that are unacceptable."
The sad truth is the facts about how extremely cruel and barbaric horse slaughter is just didn't come out in 2010, but has been made public for years. In 2007 the San Antonio News-Express released a horrifying video that resulted from their investigation of horse slaughter in Juarez Mexico. In 2008 FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) records and close to 500 gruesome photographs taken by the USDA were released to Animals' Angels and depicted in a KHOU article and video Thousands of US Horses Slaughtered in Mexico for Food. Hundreds of articles and videos have appeared in US newspapers, online and on television over the years, but still today American horses are being slaughtered in Canada and Mexico for human consumption overseas.
A must read: Equine Welfare Alliance - Position Paper Submission to the GAO of the USA
I am proud to be an American except for when
I hear another American say, "horse slaughter is a necessary evil."