Meet Cowboy and Legacy. Two geldings rescued from a kill-pen in Texas.
These wonderful horses will be living out the rest of their days at the Cedarcide Animal Rescue in Dallas, where they'll receive all the love they can handle.
For these two, it was a happy ending indeed. Unfortunately, thousands of others will not be so lucky. It's our goal at Cedarcide to not only rescue animals in need, but to bring awareness to these animals sufferings in hopes to promote change.
Did you know?
This year over 100,000 American horses will be slaughtered for human consumption. The USDA has said that 92% of the horses are young, healthy and could have been be re-homed. Ponies, show horses, racehorses, kids horses and wild horses alike are being dragged, beaten and crammed into over-packed trailers without food or water for days at a time. This may seem shocking—but it's happening every day.
What is a kill-pen?
A kill pen is a holding facility for slaughter-bound horses. Nursing mothers, stallions, sick and old horses are all housed together and some are not given adequate food or water. Most horses are treated inhumanely from the moment they arrive.
What is a kill-buyer?
A kill-buyer is an individual who acquires horses with the intent to sell them to slaughterhouses.
How does a kill-buyer acquire horses?
Most horses are bought at livestock auctions but buyers have also been known to buy from individuals—some of whom don't know who they're selling to.
Why do horses end up at kill-pens?
Every horse has a different story, but many kill-pen horses were discarded due to no fault of their own. Owners get bored, financial circumstances change, veterinary care is needed or sometimes it's simple irresponsibility.
Here’s a few facts about horse slaughter
FACT: In 2007 the last US slaughterhouse was closed. This has only increased the amount of horses shipped from the United States to neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico in particular.
FACT: Horse meat is not safe for human consumption. Because most horses were previously pets, they've likely been given chemicals that are not safe for humans to ingest. De-wormers, vaccines, performance enhancing drugs, etc.
FACT: The transport of horses is nearly as inhumane as the death itself. Horses are crammed into small spaces, often cattle trailers, which are too short and don’t allow a horse to raise its head. They are given no food or water and often have to sit in the trailers for over 24 hours in extreme weather conditions. Some horses will not survive the ride to slaughter.
What can you do to help?
-Adopt or Foster a slaughter-bound horse
-Petition legislators to enable the SAFE Act (More info below)