July 14, 2012 by shedrowconfessions
One of the most contentious issues for many animal welfare advocates is what happens after a horse is hit with a penetrating captive bolt or bullet. The PSAs will tell you that the horse is basically brain-dead as soon as the bolt or bullet hits them, while anti-slaughter people have some real concerns. It is a major issue because it speaks to the whole pain and suffering issue. If we are to believe Slaughterhouse Sue and her tribe of the uninformed, horses sent to slaughter spend their days relaxing in bucolic surroundings with ample food and care.
When their time comes to end their days on this earthly plane, they are gently ushered into a pristine room and are rendered senseless before they know what is going on. They are handled all the way through by caring and compassionate people and they likely have harp music playing softly in the background throughout the process.
There is no dispute that they are bled out aka exsanguinated while they are still technically alive, but the PSAs will say the horses will not be `aware’. Other than the blood and gore aspect, it almost sounds like a fairy tale. It reminds me of the parent that tells their child that the family dog went to live on a distant relative’s farm when they actually had it put to sleep. They will tell you what they think you need to hear so you’ll be ok with it. Unfortunately for Suey, animal welfare advocates are not children and are well aware that the picture she paints is anything but the truth.