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article imageGraphic video leads to petition against horse slaughter in Russia

By Ernest Dempsey     Mar 17, 2013 in World
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.
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.
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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