We are generally a throw-away society, but killing spent race horses should not be part of this unworthy mentality. Nature's Child and all others like her deserve better.
When it comes to naming our animal friends - I think whoever
named this Australian horse - Nature's Child was quite
original. But reading about her life today made me realize
that originality was their only gift, They exploited her
cruelly as do sadly so many people who own animals.
I "met" her this week on Facebook, and her story ended
tragically as do the lives of so many racing horses who no
longer win races. This was the excellent introductory caption
under her picture:
"There was no happy retirement for race-winning thoroughbred
Nature's Child. After a racing career that won tens of thousands
of dollars for her owners, her last moments were spent in fear
and terror at Laverton Knackery- just a stone's throw from
Australia's most famous racetrack. No horse deserves to die
Anyone who is all embracing of God's creation would have to
agree that no horse deserves to be mistreated or die this way.
And though her story on Facebook happened at the Laverton Knackery
(slaughterhouse) in Australia, I believe that wherever horses
are slaughtered, t hey also suffer terribly. How cruelly I would
imagine depends on the slaughterhouse, but slaughtering in
general is always very traumatic for the horses because of
their large size.
The description of Nature Child's death is graphically described
by an un-named author at this post:
"Nature's Child was shot in the head in front of her equine
companion who had fearfully rushed into the 'killing box' behind
his friend. While still alive, she was dragged by a tractor
onto the slaughter room floor where a worker proceeded to
slit her throat and cut off her tail. In another paddock, a
brown stallion stands tall but looks ill. He is shot in the
head-a shot that by law should render the horse dead or at
least immediately unconscious-it does not. He is hooked up
to a tractor by one leg and dragged 60 meters, across gravel
and concrete, into the slaughter room, where he is shot for a
Other cruelty is inflicted many times as well to these innocent
creatures whose only "crime" is that they no longer are bringing
in money for their greedy owners. Had they an ounce of compassion,
they would have turned them out to pasture to end their lives
in the same retirement we all seek after years in the work force.
At this knackery, investigaters saw other types of cruelty-horses
being beaten with pieces of poly pipe. Some animals were
transported while injured. Foals, small horses, and mares were
kept in un-shaded yards. Sick and injured horses were left
Whether Australia's horse slaughterhouses are uniquely cruel is
probably not the case. Our poor horses have been sent to Canada
and Mexico for slaughter, and we've been told that the slaughtering
practices in these countries is horrendous- especially in Mexico.
Many of us are opposed to the BLM's round-ups of our wild horses.
I read that about 74,000 of them have been rounded up during the
past few years- probably under both the Bush and Obama
Obama's appointee to Secretary of Interior -Ken Kalazar, a rancher,
was a huge mistake in our opinion. Under his watch the cruel
helicopter round-ups continued unabated. Thankfully, Salazar is
retiring. I hope that Obama does better this time, and his
appointee is a person of compassion who cares about our wild
horses, animals, and the environment in general.
Many of the rounded up wild horses ended up in auction where most
were probably snapped up by the "meat" men who sent them to the
slaughterhouses of Canada and Mexico in tight tractor trailers
where the horses were crowded together and suffered greatly in
transit. Of course, their final destination would be horrifying
If you don't subscribe to our horses being slaughtered -know that
the threat of a slaughterhouse being started in New Mexico is very
real. But two Senators - Landrieu (D) and Graham (R) have
introduced a bill - the SAFE ACT (Safeguard American Food Exports)
Which I understand will prevent the re-opening of horse
slaughterhouses in the US. Europe has recently realized that our
horses injected with many drugs are not good table fare.
I hope that the animal groups will soon have us signing petitions to
send to our congresspeople to co-sponsor and support this SAFE ACT
bill. Otherwise, we should take the initiative ourselves, and write
or e-mail them if we believe that our horses should be protected
against the fate and suffering of all too many horses like Nature's
For anyone interested in seeing a video put out by the people
who brought Nature's Child story to Facebook, there is one there
which can be accessed. No, I didn't view it. Reading about
Nature Child's suffering was enough for me.