International joint statements address horse slaughter, rabies in dogs

Horses being transported for slaughter

I have never understood why an organization formed and devoted to the health and welfare of animals can stand by statements such as this, which is simply a repeat of the same statement they issued 20 years ago. Such absolute garbage like, “…transporting horses destined for slaughter over long distances can negatively impact their health and welfare.” So they are concerned about the negative impact on the horse’s health while it’s going to slaughter? Seriously? I would think that slaughter has more of a negative impact on a horse’s health.

According to the AVMA, the answer is to bring slaughter back to the good ol’ USA, says this prestigious organization. There is no answer to the question about why it didn’t work the first time, so why would anyone expect it to work now? The horse slaughter industry is still controlled by the same heartless, soulless and mentally incompetent creeps who answer only to the call of the almighty dollar.

It should also be pointed out that the AVMA, to which your vet belongs and pays dues, is not only supporting an activity which is illegal in the US, but also ignores the fact that the Health Ministers in the EU have BANNED horsemeat imported from the United States because of the medication injected by these same AVMA vets! 

How can they promote horse slaughter? Look at the money trail, the dribble of pieces of silver leading right back to the meat industry, the creator of every lie ever told by those who make money off the blood of dead horses. Where is the voice of the veterinarians who supposedly care so much about horses? Is the AVMA really so strong that they can silence even a whimper of protest? 

Sadly, it appears so.

Jerry Finch

From: The American Veterinary Medical Association

Horses being transported for slaughter

Horses being transported for slaughter

The AVMA has adopted a joint statement on horse slaughter with the Canadian and Mexican veterinary associations and a joint statement on rabies in dogs with the Canadian VMA and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.

The organizations approved the statements at various meetings in late 2014.

Currently, there is no horse slaughter in the United States, but U.S. horses are transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter. The joint position by the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican veterinary associations focuses on humane handling and transportation of horses and recognizes that transporting horses destined for slaughter over long distances can negatively impact their health and welfare.

The position states: “Consumption of horsemeat by humans is a cultural and personal choice; the veterinarian’s primary focus is on the health and welfare of the horse throughout its life. That said, our veterinary associations believe the humane slaughter of horses is preferable to a life in discomfort and pain, inadequate care, or abandonment.”

The position concludes: “Horses destined for slaughter should be handled and transported to the processing facility in a humane manner. Use of local slaughter facilities is preferred to avoid welfare risks (e.g., physical and mental stress, injury) associated with long-distance travel. Horses should be humanely slaughtered consistent with the requirements of the country in which the horses are being processed.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
12 Comments
  • “That said, our veterinary associations believe the humane slaughter of horses is preferable to a life in discomfort and pain, inadequate care, or abandonment.”

    …Except, there is no such thing as humane horse slaughter. Also, as proven time and again, those horses that are sick, old, or thin, are not the horses the slaughter house wants. They want young, fit, healthy, fleshy horses. I think our vets need a serious kick up the backside, and they can get in line right behind our pro-slaughter Government.

    February 26, 2015
  • Callie Durling

    Dr. Bonnie Beaver, then President of the AVMA suborned Perjury in 2006 when she testified before a Congressional Committee. She stated that the Captive Bolt ‘kills the horses’ and we all know that is false. Please see:

    http://www.manesandtailsorganization.org/newsletter_fall_2006.html

    The Vets are not all the same and there is another part of the AVNA that do not support Horse slaughter. We don’t hear from them as they are rendered silent by the President of the AVMA. Nothing ever changes with these people.

    February 26, 2015
  • arlene

    There is no question Horse Slaughter is balbaric, totally inhumane, disgusting and most of all , how can any human being disgrace the Treasure of America this way or any way, it is a cop out to all reason………The horses are a greatest gift ever given to mankind, their beauty is unparalelled by any other , their service is undeniable, not all angels have wings…………… How can anyone who truly knows about them ever ever harm them ??????? use your heads people……

    February 26, 2015
  • Barbara

    The regular members of AVMA do not make the decisions, the Board does and there is no vote It is IOM influenced by Farm Bureau and big ag. like the Cattlemen’s Assoc. Yes, follow the money.
    Several years ago the past president of the AVMA own father sold horses to slaughter.

    February 26, 2015
  • Zig Pope

    The AVMA backing slaughter is akin to the AMA backing child abuse.

    We all need to be asking our vets if they back horse slaughter.

    February 26, 2015
  • Judy's michaels

    The AVMA must have close ties to the AQHA and other breed associations which are happy to supply horses for slaughter in their quest for that one “perfect” horse.
    Additionally, I don’t see any EU ban on horsemeat from the USA — even through Mexico. The numbers are NOT reflecting any significant decline!

    February 26, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      No, in practice there is apparently no decline. We still need more data though but so far everything remains business-as-usual.

      February 26, 2015
  • Daniel Cordero

    Nearly three months have passed since the announcement of the EU ban and so far the pro-slaughter AVMA remained silent. They needed to holler something to keep their big-bucks agribusiness masters happy and thus, they came up with this “statement” which is nothing but a farrago of non-sensical claims collected over seventeen years of lies, spin and misrepresentation. However, they didn’t feel the confidence of past years so, this time, they brought with themselves their Canadian and Mexican pals to add some weight to the thing, lest the wind ends up blowing it away like a dried-up road apple.

    To begin with, the ban was imposed simply because the meat is not fit for human consumption, period. Of course, not a single word about this little fact is mentioned in the “joint statement”. Guess it is OK for AVMA and their pals to poison people, as long as money keep flowing to their lobby biz.

    Second, they come up with such asinine remarks such as «”our veterinary associations believe the humane slaughter of horses is preferable to a life in discomfort and pain, inadequate care, or abandonment”». This is funny, taking into account these organizations have done absolutely nothing to prevent said discomfort, pain and neglection when slaughter was within the US. None that is was different when it was in Texas and Illinois. Literally, it is the same process, same people, same companies, same abuse and same torture… the only difference is that such remarkable characters like Bill Richardson or the Stanley brothes save some dollars in fuel and get back home in time to watch the game.

    Then they offer us this beaut: «”Horses should be slaughtered consistent with the requirements of the country in which the horses are being processed”». Only AVMA could have possibly come up with such a brilliant utterance. As empty as it could be, this is the same as saying it is OK to beat spouse / children in some countries because their “”regulations”” permit so. Good job AVMA!

    And to crown it up they carry on with the best of all: «”transporting horses destined for slaughter over long distances can negatively impact their health and welfare»”. Wow! Really? This is specially ironic taking into account there is twice as much distance from Washington or California to Illinois or from Penn to Alberta than from Texas to Fresnillo, Mexico. In fact it would be funny, if it weren’t so incredibly sad.

    AVMA showed one more time it is a multiple-purpose K-street organization. They can spew nonsense at the same time they can stick one foot in their mouth. Frankly, if this is all AVMA has to offer it would have been better for them not to say anything at all. They ought to quit selling K-street smoke by misusing the good reputation of vets.

    February 26, 2015
  • Tim Parmly

    The AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) also uphold horse slaughter. Use the same old line about slaughter being better than old, sick and abused horses. All is true, follow the money.

    February 27, 2015
  • MS

    Clearly, there’s a faction out there — the heartless, soulless and mentally incompetent creeps who answer only to the call of the almighty dollar — who don’t give a damn about horses, whether living or otherwise. WE MUST KEEP FIGHTING THIS FACTION … Even though there is no horse slaughter in the U.S., it bothers me tremendously that horses are transported outside of the country for the purpose of slaughter — this horror should NOT be allowed! At every turn, any petition, any bill, any law that helps horses, gets my attention … MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE ….

    February 27, 2015
  • Bonnie Qagner

    And I bet these asshats cannot walk & chew gum at the same time either.. Nothing like
    round & round we go . where? nobody knows!!!
    Yah , really , so horse slaughter needs to be human?? WTH?

    February 28, 2015
  • Bonnie Qagner

    humane?

    February 28, 2015