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.
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.”