Our animals here at M&M Acres come to us from situations of unwant, neglect and abuse. We work with local rescues, the Hooved Animal Humane Society and kill pen rescue networks to remove animals from these circumstances. Our goal is to regain trust, train the untrained and prepare these animals for their forever homes.
Many of our horsesare rescued from kill pens. Every year, more than 100,000 American horses are shipped to Mexico and Canada to be brutally slaughtered for their meat. This meat is sent to other countries, mostly in Europe, for consumption. In 2007, the last three U.S. horse slaughterhouses were closed. Many people, including many of M&M Acres' staff, voted for these slaughterhouses to be closed. Sadly, we didn't entirely understand the ramifications of our actions. Horses are still slaughtered for meat. Yet without the facilities here in America to do so, we ship them to countries that do not abide by animal cruelty laws. This allows the horses to be killed barbarically, in a manner that would disturb most Americans.
How do horses get to this point? Horses are expensive to maintain. When a horse owner falls on hard times, there are often few options for the disposal of that horse. Due to human irresponsibility, there will always be more horses than homes for them, which makes them difficult to sell. An owner can take their horse to an auction. At these auctions, the horses can be sold to a 'kill buyer.' A kill buyer is hired by a company to procure a certain amount of horse meat. Just like beef or pork, horse meat has a price per pound.
Once the kill buyer is in possession of the horse, the horse is sent to a 'kill pen' where she is crowded together with many other horses in a small area. While not all kill pens are the same, many mistreat their animals and keep them in squalid conditions. Due to the horses being kept in large groups, they have to fight for food and disease runs rampant. The lack of medical attention means that wounds and illness are often fatal.
When the slaughter truck arrives, as many horses as possible are crammed into the truck. Pregnant mares often deliver on these trucks, but of course, the foal does not survive. A foal under the age of six months cannot be slaughtered, so if a foal cannot pass for that age, it is shot prior to the mare being loaded. There are no slaughterhouses in the U.S. due to a recent law passing, so the horses on the slaughter trucks might spend days inside with no food, water or temperature control while they are hauled to Mexico or Canada. M&M Acres is affiliated with many kill pens and rescues in the southern U.S. Our horses are bailed out directly from the pens, meaning we must outbid the kill buyers and pay more than the price-per-pound. We also work with rescues, sometimes teaming up with kind kill pen employees that are trying to make a difference and keep as many horses off the slaughter trucks as possible.
In January 2017, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act was presented to the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would ban the export of horses abroad for the purpose of slaughtering for human consumption. To help end this unimaginable fate of these amazing animals, please visit: http://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/horse-slaughter
Unfortunately, horse slaughter will never end. However, we do the best we can with each horse we save. To that horse, hopefully, we have made all the difference in the world - a chance.
More horses coming soon!
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