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Graphic Video Leads to Petition Against Horse Slaughter in Russia

By Ernest Dempsey as published in the Digital Journal ~ forward by R.T. Fitch

“I am no spring chicken and have experienced, witnessed and been forced to embrace death on far too many occasions than I care to count.  But the torture and cruelty that Horse Slaughter visits upon one of the most intelligent and gentle creatures on this planet makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.  This video has started a movement but I cannot watch it; it’s beyond my ability to process, but THIS is what Oklahoma legislators want, THIS is what lights up the likes of Dave Duquette and Sue Wallis and THIS is what may come to visit New Mexico in the near future…but THIS is what we can never allow to return to THIS country, EVER!!!” ~ R.T.

Do NOT Watch This Video if You Are Tender of Spirit, PLEASE!

Warning: Extremely Graphic Video content. Viewer’s discretion strongly advised. Please Do Not watch the video if you are sensitive to scenes of violence or torture.

After a video showing violent killing of horses in a Russian slaughterhouse was posted to YouTube last month, an online petition has been launched to ask for stopping the cruelty.

The video, posted on February 26, bears the title “Russian Race Horses Brutally Slaughtered for Sausage” and comes with the warning of having very graphic content. The video description reads: “The world needs to see the extreme brutality horses are suffering in Russia.”

Horses in the video are shown hammered on their heads repeatedly with sledgehammers inside the slaughterhouse as they drag themselves about the place.

“This is the most inhuman act I have ever witnessed,” reads the petition letter on Change.org, addressed to the Delegation of the European Union to Russia. “Every horse slaughterhouse I’ve seen has been violently abusive and this is beyond comprehension.”

The petition has received close to 9800 signatures to date and aims at getting over 10, 000 more to reach its goal of 20, 000 signatures in support of the cause. Earlier this month, Seattle Pi published a story about animal rights advocates’ condemnation of the recent legislature in Oklahoma that would allow the slaughter of horses for human consumption.

As noted by the Activist Post, producing horse meat has legally remained banned in the US since 2007, though early this month it was reported that USDA was set to allow horse slaughter in the US, starting with a New Mexico horse slaughterhouse in the next few months.

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    • I didn’t even try to watch. I can’t get the visions of the ones I have watched out of my head as it is. I cannot stand it. My mind always goes back to 1991 in Dallas when three of my friends’ horses were taken right our of their stalls in our boarding stable. One was in the stall next to mine, and one was just across the barn isle. It was pure luck they didn’t take my beloved horse too. I will never get over the shock of that day.

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  1. This is the reality of horse slaughter, even with a captive bolt gun where the horse is bludgeoned again and again and again.

    This violence and cruelty is the stuff that floats the horse-eater’s boat.

    They love it!

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    • I can’t comprehend the mind of these individuals…..being a horse owner I feel blessed to have experienced the true connection of a horse….this video is something my whole existence can’t even process.

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  2. I can no longer watch any of these video’s. I can only imagine what is on them. I already can’t sleep at night, and this just makes me sick. Please someone help these poor horses.

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    • It is our compassion that drives us, it is our anger at these atrocities that gives us our strength while the darkside is motivated by greed, corruption and blood lust.

      We will win but we need to act and we need to act NOW!

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      • Oh believe me, i have been acting big time with a renewed energy. We cannot let this happen again in our country.

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  3. That was the worst thing I have ever seen! I nearly vomited after seeing only a few seconds and it brought tears to my eyes to think of what those poor horses had to suffer while being terrified and torchered those people are not right in the head! This needs to be stopped!

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  4. What kind of ‘people’ do they get to work in these places – we are an evil, disgusting, cowardly species. Instead of doing the honorable and right thing, we take advantage of those who cannot speak or fight back – we’ve even done it to our own kind. I don’t think I can watch this, the very words turn my stomach and stop my heart. Again, I’ll say humans really ___. I hope karma gets us good one day.

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  5. I’m sick! Barely watched 10 seconds. We must win this battle in the USA and crush the business in other countries. My heart aches..

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  6. Pictures are worth 1000 words. Our legislators should be forced to watch these slaughterhouse videos ….maybe then it wouldn’t be an uphill battle to get them to ban & repudiate this inhumane & barbic business.

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  7. Thank you for another informative article and I also cannot watch the video.

    I am betting pro slaughterers are thinking this only happens outside our borders. Animal Angels undercover work proves that even with USDA inspections there is rampant cruelty to horses before and during the process. There is no reason to open a slaugter house in America or allow our horses to cross the borders as the EU is barring the import of unpassported equines for meat the summer of 2013. I watched the video of elected government officials and he ignorance they showed made me think that my 11 year old daughter would have done a better job of researching the subject.

    The sponsor of the House measure, Rep. Skye McNiel, said the bill would allow a horse slaughtering plant to open in the state and provide a humane option for unwanted, aging horses. The Bristow Republican said the sale of horse meat for consumption in the United States would still be banned, but that it could be sent overseas. Most anybody that has done very little research knows that young healthy horses are sought after for their meat and many emaciated or otherwise neglected horses are just used for fillers on the truck and most arent excepted for processing.

    Why dont legislators enforce cruelty laws and prosecute? This surely must have something to do with the warehoused BLM mustangs located in OK..our national treasures nothing but the main course of a foriegnor?

    http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs161/1101655399670/archive/1112369906906.html

    http://www.animalsangels.org/the-issues/horse-slaughter/foia-requests/359-beltex-foia.html

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    • It has everything to do with the wild horses that the BLM has taken off the range. If they really wanted to control herd size like they say, they could do it through birth control on the mares and/or gelding some of the stallions. They want the horses gone immediately so that their cattle rancher and mining company buddies can use OUR public land and pay them off. As usual, greed wins out over humanity. And that smarmy blonde lady from Oklahoma can say she voted the way she did to “save horses from cruelty”, but I would love to force her to watch this clip for about 7 hours straight, then show it to her children and tell them their mommy voted for this to happen.

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      • You are so right Jennifer…Make Ms.Blonde from Ok watch it for hours and her children…

        and the BLM behaviors aren’t about birth control your right ….. it’s about extinction over GREED….

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  8. This is just cruel an this needs to be stopped!!!!! I as a animal lover just breaks my heart to see such cruelty how would they like to be treated that way??

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  9. This video hammers it home, literally. One of those makes had an axe and was using the maul side of it to beat that horse to death. Personally, i think that anybody who supports horse slaughter should be removed from society because they are dangerous, not fit to live among the decent people here. This includes our congressional reps who support this horror. There isn’t enough money in the world that can support the violent deaths of the horses.

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  10. OMG !! could only make it through the first 4 mins, it tears me up to view this horror, my thoughts are with the horse always and their horror to have to endure this Inhumane terror, i feel what they feel , and I will do everything in my power to help them…………..What doesnt kill me only makes me stronger !!!!!!!!! The Greed that pocesses these people is unfathomable ……………. The agony the horse is put through is Criminal !!!!!!!

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  11. This is the most sickening horse slaughter bunch of killers. These monsters are sick and the poor horses are suffering. We live in a very cruel world. I hope that the animal welcome groups are able to put a stop to this brutal crime of horse killing. These beautiful horses do not deserve this treatment.

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  12. Needs to be stop shouldn’t not be done in this matters takes to long just like 7 shots and not dead theses haulers buyers and hammermen need a dose of a hammer &etc to them!!!

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  13. I just have a question. How do these workers expect these horses to go anywhere if they keep hitting the horses in the head? I’m sorry after suffering a minor head injury from my car accident in 2007 this makes no sense.

    I wonder what these people are like at home? After working under conditions like this I’d be afraid for my own safety in their presence.

    This is as gruesome as the videos that Kudo puts up on occasion. That hellhole needs to be shutdown if not for the cruelty just exposed but how about unsanitary conditions.

    These buttholes should just use a simple gun. It’s a lot faster and a whole lot less painful for the animal.

    Who authorized this? They need to be hammered a few times…

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  14. This is truly appalling. I couldn’t watch the video just reading the description was enough for me.
    I don’t think Russia have any animal protection laws this is just horrifying.

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  15. Oh Sweet Jesus! I pray this horribleness is stopped Now!

    my heart breaks why do they torture!
    why must they kill them like this?
    why not just a bullet in the head there is no earthly reason to kill any animal in such a cruel manner

    these horses and hundreds and hundreds more do not deserve such a horrible way to die

    this is slaughter plan and simple and I wish I could do the same to those doing it

    They even laughed at the horses poor cries sick sick people I refuse to call them human they are not
    If I had of been able to catch them in person doing such cruelty I would have shot them then and there
    This has to be stopped I don;t care which country it is being done in

    please please help stop this

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    • (Im)pure evil – but who else could they get to do this horrible thing anyway? Only mentally ill or mentally defective people in some way. Someone should put fear of God into them. Hell exists right here on earth, in so many ways. How could it be worse in some mythical place.

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  16. The people that eat horses are the ones that are fueling these sickening acts of violence against horses. This video needs to be viewed by everyone that believes horse slaughter is humane. I do not see anything humane about horse slaughter only abuse, pain and suffering beyond words. Tears come to my eyes for these poor horses.

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  17. I couldn’t watch more than a few seconds, but I saw the conditions, I couldn’t see how many horses were in that place but there were many, more than several. There was also a lot of blood and body parts, it wasn’t even sanitary. I would imagine that some of the horsemeat that ended up labeled as beef came from places like this. Horrible and inhumane.

    I believe that when we allow ourselves, or members of our society to behave this way toward other species, we lower our standards and become less humane even to other humans. We need to stop this as quickly as possible, not just to save the horses, but to save ourselves.

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  18. People who do this need to be hammered on their head..this is an outrage..I can’t watch the video maybe I will..I know it is superbad…I am so sick of people being abusive toward animals. time to stop this and really lower the boom on folks who hurt animals. Horses and other animals DO NOTHING to deserve this. this makes me angry and sad at the same time. Enough with animal abuse! It’s not wacky to want to help animals. There is no defense or there is no defending this abuse..has this stopped in Russia? I really hope so…

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  19. I think any lawmaker about to vote `NO’ to the SAFE Act should be made to watch these types of videos. If you believe this is so humane and the `answer’ to save the equine industry, then it shouldn’t bother you. You will never see Slaughterhouse Sue or D-bag Duquette showing videos like this or any at all. They dispute these are even real, which is ridiculous. If dogs or cats were killed like this in shelters there would be a major public outcry. Why don’t horses get the same consideration? Or any animal for that matter?

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    • People who think these videos are fake are crazy. It’s time to stop this abuse no matter what. People who still want to go ahead with slaughter are sick in the head. Really. All animals deserve respect and love

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    • Those who voted no to the safe act also have no heart or mortal values. I doubt that these videos would even affect them. They would explain them away using animal rights actions as an excuse. They make false claims about the authenticity of the videos and you can Betty that they are the same lawmakers who are pushing for a gag order on factory farming abusers and violations. They would say that these are Russians and that it isn’t that way in America. Remember, they are already claiming that horse slaughter is more regulated here and is humane euthanasia…the lies are really eating me alive.. Let’s just phish harder to get the federal ban passed so that these atrocities don’t happen here and so that our food stays safe to eat.

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      • It’s not even so much about food safety for me as it is just out and out barbaric and wrong. If they allow horse slaughter over here, I’ll not ever put meat of unknown origin on my plate again. I’m not a huge red meat eater at the best of times, but it will end there. I’m not the only one that thinks like this yet the dumbass cattlemen can’t seem to get it through their heads they are hurting their own industry by backing this.

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      • All they care about is $. And we will slaughter our horses so that other countries can eat them..shame..I don’t want our horses or any horses on a dinner plate

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  20. I know I may come off as hypcritical when I don’t want animal abuse but made the statement that those who abuse animals should be hammered in the head. Sorry about that. I was just upset and angry. This kind of stuff should not be happening. No animal should go through this and it makes me mad that anyone would think animal abuse is okay.

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  21. Well, many have already said what makes me truly ill.

    It is bad enough the suffering of these animals, BUT THE HUMANS THAT DO THIS HAVE GOT TO BE SOCIOPATHS!!!!!!!

    Now, $uey and Doink will say….”See, that’s why we need to do it here!”

    Problem is, what happened here is not far from this horrific cruelty in Russia and my guess is that it has happened here. And why is a foal, pregnant mare, blind or crippled equine trampled in a cattle truck any different than what is happening in Russia. Don’t think Romania, et al are different.

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    • I watched the first a few mins that seemed like hours, and i am still trying to recover , I have been ill all day from it !!!! It tears me to shredds that their are people that would do this , I think you spelled it wrong they are psychopaths who are so ill that they should by all means be committed to a facility for the criminally insane !!!!!!

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      • Exactly what kind of people want to even work in a slaughterhouse? You job is killing animals all day…and some are okay with that? Slaugherhouses just produce more sick people…

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      • Thank You Maureen, Question is what kind of mind could ever be ok with this, much less be involved in this complete horror??????????>?

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      • It would have to be a sick mind..I mean normal people would not look forward to killing animals 8 hours every day

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      • Maureen:

        Depends on how you slaughter the animal and the above video is part of the worst, cruelest and most disrespectful way I could imagine….video out of Canada, Mexico and the former US plants is just as disgusting; as was the maltreatment and abuse of dairy cattle in Chino, CA.

        I thank the Lord every day that I did it with a vet and my horse’s head in my arms, with a family member that knew how hard it would be to do alone…..in fact the vet said, “you sure you want to be here?” I told him it was MY JOB to be there and respect my horse. He deserved dignity and was a marvelous spirit.

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  22. Didn’t watch – the description was more than enough. Laid awake last night thinking about the mare & foal in the kill pens (the FOIA that EWA had on their site). Luckily didn’t see the picture at the end. Just breaks my heart thinking about whats done to these animals. Unfortunately, all of us aren’t the ones who really need to see this! The ignoramuses in Oklahoma & Washington certainly do.

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    • I watched it and it is sad..I shouldn’t have..enough with barbaric and horrible people…Yes those in Oklahoma and New Mexico and Washington need to see this and get real and not hide behind we are doing the best thing for the unwanted horses..No they are wanted and slaughter is not helping them out….

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      • There is and has never been and never will be a Humane Horse Slaughter, there is and has never been or will ever be a reason for Horse Slaughter !!!! It is and will always be a BLOOD LUST and Clearly a Demented Greed……………………………………

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      • Well I am not fooled..I know that they will not do it more humanely in Oklahoma or New Mexico or anywhere in the U.S…yes there will be abuses and animal rights will be in there with video cameras and yes there will be abuse on the video and I will be sad but not surprised..and it’s wrong to punish those who are whistleblowers on the abuse.

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  23. Oh My God! Oh my God! What is wrong with the sick bastards? Shouldn’t have but did because I want to know… bu am disgusted… enraged and many emotions I cannot even describe…I watched and I am shaking and screaming in anger and will have nightmares of this sick world therest of my life I want nothing to do with humanity if it can o such brutal sick thngs to defenseless animals in such a horrific way. I thought the orst and have been an advocate against slaughter houses but I nver ever that it was even worse than suspected or have seen before on tapes. This is more horrific than anything one can imagine… Why why why? I am so upset. I have horses and havealwys loved horses. Wat i the possible reason for this hellish method of killing and beating and slaug? No words to define it no way can ever get past this… I am so angry hurt and crying… I am shaking…all over…. as i am praying to God please please put a stop to this… I am sick to my stomach…Please please pease God help these animals and stop these sick people in their tracks and sick minds they have of brutality and abuse there is no excuse no reason why this shold ever be acceptible or not punished for doing this… Just as crimes against people are becoming increasing and animals too… IT IS TRULY A HELLISH WORLD…

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    • Dear Gussie, I too watched not all of it , but enough to engage every emotion i have, I even barfed, I have been trying to help these defenseless beauties for 12 yrs………………..The Horror and terror they have had to endure is devastatingly cruel……………These people are demented and obviously know nothing but Greed………………………….our Mustangs have been there for us always…………………. There is nothing that will stop me from doing everything I can to help them and return them to the Land that belongs to them and them alone ……………………

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  24. Over three years ago I sent a load of CD’s which I had copied from the films taken secretly at the plant in Canada, Bouvrys, to at least 30 of the Senators in DC trying to show them what was happening to US horses in Canada. I got one response back telling me that he would not support the last bill because he considered that would be taking away the right of a horse owner to dispose of their property as they see fit. Then when I found out that this senator was given over $300,000 from the various organizations such as the racing industry etc, that pretty much exposed these people for what they are. Like I have said before it’s the US Senate that has blocked every bill that has been introduced for several years, and they will block S.541 too.

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    • It’s been done in the House too. These sell-outs are everywhere, all through our government. They don’t know or care about the “welfare” of our horses or anything else except $$$$. Anyone who was truly concerned about horse welfare could be persuaded to change their mind upon seeing all that we have to condemn the practice. IF they really cared.

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  25. This is brutality on an unimaginable scale, against peaceful, beautiful animals. Such barbaric behaviour against animals cannot…must not…be allowed to go on anywhere. I am distraught that anyone, anywhere can allow such horror.

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  26. not only am I going to comment how cruel and inhumane this so called “euthanasia” is and the people need to be dealt with. But this is the society we are creating. They are actively cheering and communicating who will get the next whack. THIS NEEDS TO STOP

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  27. Without Tony Zadel this would have been kept in the dark.Florida illegal slaughter farms are also brutally slaughtering animals horses are a prime target of monsters here in the State.Nothing is being done.Richard is doing everything in his power to expose it and the criminals are getting a slap on the hand.Its now said many of the Cuban restaurants in Florida are serving horse.The law means nothing here.Now another found dismembered.
    http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/305472/250/Butchered-horse-carcass-found-on-Hillsborough-road

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  28. I know that you all are bsolutely disgusted at this and you should be, but please understand this happens to billions of farm animals and even domesticated animals like dogs and cats every year! The only reason why this is happening is because we continue to be a big supporter of the meat industry even though it doesn’t match our core values! We can do so much to stop this by going on a plant based, vegan, vegetarian diet. We can only change ourselves and inform others of the truth. Remember if we don’t eat meat, saluter houses don’t exist for us, they only exists for meat-eaters. Please consider. Thanks to all for reading.

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  29. Salty tears fell as my heart sank deeply. As a Russian, specifically a Cossack, this video is more than a tragedy. It is a direct, home-grown attack on our history, culture and spirit. The horse is a beautiful, intelligent and symbolic animal and, for over a millennium, contributed well to Russia’s society and media. In fact, there is a statue in St. Petersburg, where the horse represents Russia (our country is shaped like one), stomping Lucifer (represented by a dragon) in turn ridden by Tsar Peter the Great.

    I love horses, as they are our friends and even teachers. I believe they communicate with God and have healing powers. They are no-nonsense beings with hearts more precious than gold, and evil human nature is the virus, or rather the dragon, that needs to get stomped and forever stay that way. Furthermore, horses, to opine, are an incarnation of the Russian soul and character. «Different body, same soul,» a regional saying goes. Thus, we humans should watch out! Completely heartless, greedy and dishonest fools, the Russians in the video are basically killing their own kind.

    Horse slaughter is a sin and must end worldwide. We will fight the good fight and WIN.

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