“To create suffering without recognizing it – this is the essence of unconscious living; this is being totally in the grip of the ego.” Elkhart Tolle
Horses are one of the most exploited animal, and therefore one of the most abused animals, much of it being torture. Vegans believe, and rightfully so, that riding horses is a form of slavery. In a perfect world, horses would be free to pursue their own lives without human interference. Horses are herd animals, which naturally associate with large numbers of other horses, graze in meadows, trot great distances, play, and court. Domestication has certainly not benefited horses, as they’ve long been exploited as beasts of burden and are kept constantly constrained and only allowed to move about at the will of others. Horses have to be broken before they’ll tolerate any of these things. After this they are only allowed to do what their human master allows. If horses were happy serving us in any capacity, why wouldn’t they have allowed it to happen in the first place? Exploiting horses, and saying “they like it” encourages the view that it’s ok that humans exploit animals. Or that it’s ok that we have the final word over how they live and die.
Horses are primarily enslaved for work, sport, recreation and entertainment. Horses are also tortured then slaughtered for their meat. After horses are broken, they seem to accept whatever burden is put on them ungrudgingly. This “co-operation” and calmness is often taken as a sign of vulnerability and is exploited by the owners.
Horses exploited for sport; steeple chasing, horse racing, multi-day events, horse wrestling, cross country, jumping, barrel racing, rodeos, harness racing, blood sports/hunting. Horses are among the principle victims of exploitation in human sporting activities. They are frequently injured and die in horse races, especially races over hurdles such as the infamous British ‘Grand National’; they are also blinkered and whipped to make them run faster, or the Riverside Suicide Race, where horse often die from the nearly 400 foot steep grade of the suicide hill, the riders trying to make it down and through a river. It is unconvincing to claim that the animals can enjoy being subjected to this. Horses are also enslaved and forced to take part in the dangerous contact sport of polo in which collisions and a hard, fast-moving puck pose serious danger to the animals who, unlike their riders, have no choice in whether they take part.
Enslaved to do our work; carrying loads, pulling everything from chariots to carriages full of fat humans, maimed and killed during our wars, transportation, herding, mining operations, etc. Horses have been exploited for human purposes and profit since the beginning of time, and we need to take an honest look at the disconnect between society’s horror over eating horses and its tacit approval of exploiting them in so many other ways.
Carriages; Even though horses tend to be skittish and sensitive, they are still forced to provide carriage rides on busy city streets and, at this time of year, in shopping mall parking lots for seasonal promotions. Fighting crowds, dodging traffic and trying not to slip on icy streets while hauling oversized loads day after day takes a toll. Accidents have occurred in nearly every location where carriage rides are allowed and many horses have died. But as long as people pay to ride, horses will continue to be worked until they can’t take another step. Many of the horses who end up in slaughterhouses used to pull carriages, but are now too worn out to continue. Urban centers including New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charleston, St Augustine and other cities in the U.S. and around the world are no places for horse drawn carriages. The film Blinders exposes the truth.
Horses exploited and used as slaves in the entertainment industry; circuses, horse racing, rodeos, horse diving,TV and movies, carnivals, on display at schools. All forms of entertainment that exploit non-human animals should be banned; animals, like us, can feel fear, stress, exhaustion, and pain. The horseracing and rodeo industries are equally culpable for sending horses to their deaths. As many as 20,000 horses were slaughtered in Japan in 2008, partly because of over breeding of thoroughbreds in the U.S., where racehorses are exploited as disposable commodities. Tens of thousands of foals are produced each year for the greedy racing industry, but there is no plan for what to do with them when their racing days are over. Even horseracing stars can end up in a slaughterhouse. Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand was sold to a Japanese breeder and a few years later, when they were done with him, he was sold to slaughter. Movie and Television Sets, where animals are used as involuntary “props” to sell products and services, and to boost the profits of studios and production companies. In addition to all the problems associated with keeping wild animals in captivity, animals used in filming have been mistreated, injured, or even killed on set. and in shopping malls and schools where they are put on public display. Using animals in entertainment brutalizes society towards animals and nature. And what for? Purely for the entertainment of we arrogant exploitative humans.
Horses haven’t been slaughtered in the United States for the last five years. But Congress recently restored funding for U.S. inspectors to oversee horse slaughter, paving the way for horses to be killed and butchered here in the U.S. once again. More rules on how to kill horses “humanely” doesn’t help horses—it prolongs their suffering. And they will continue to suffer as long as the industries that breed horses for profit keep exploiting these animals for our “enjoyment”
When horse slaughter was banned in the U.S. in 2006, it didn’t stop horse killings. Mercenary ranchers who make their living from horse flesh simply jam horses into undersized trucks and haul them for hundreds—sometimes thousands—of miles to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. Horses often arrive at the slaughterhouse with gashed foreheads, broken bones, compound fractures, eye infections and other injuries. They meet their end with a bolt gun, an often slow and agonizing death caused by the carelessness of workers who fire poorly aimed bolt after bolt until the animal finally dies. They are then bled out and skinned, usually in full view of other terrified horses.
Anyone who cares about animals should condemn horse slaughter altogether and call for an absolute ban on both the export of live horses and slaughter in the U.S. One doesn’t work without the other. Animals are not novelties; they have their own needs, interests, and rights — including the right to engage in their natural behaviors in their natural environment. We are committed to using every tool at our disposal, from lobbying to lawsuits to grassroots organizing, to end the cruel exploitation of animals for human amusement and profit.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
– Organize a protest at an location where horses are exploited….we can help!
– Serious animal rights groups protest important issues with strong actions and sustained campaigns. For information about how you can become involved in your area contact EmptyAllCages2000@gmail.com
– Become vegan. If people stop using and eating animal, others stop killing animals for profit. Period. Get your free vegan starter kit! (click on learn more)
– If eating horse flesh appalls you, so should the industries that provide the bodies. People can make a real difference by staying away from the racetrack, shunning carriage rides and steering clear of the rodeo and the circus. Order you free Take Action for Horses Pack!