Filling the Mammoth Need for War Veterans: The numbers are alarming and not acceptable to Battin Farms Equine and Soldier Sanctuary. They are committed to making a different in the alarming suicide rates in Veterans. Providing counseling and horse and animal therapy has proven highly successful in helping Veterans.
In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Some sources suggest that this rate may be undercounting suicides.
The need is great for war Veterans in need of mental help. There are many different organizations trying to fill this great need, but more organizations are needed.
According to the Military Times, This story was originally published July 7, 2016, at 6:03 a.m. EST.
Roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide nationwide, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs — a figure that dispels the often quoted, but problematic, “22 a day” estimate yet solidifies the disturbing mental health crisis the number implied.
In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9 percent of the U.S. population.
About 70 percent of veterans who took their own lives were not regular users of VA services.
The new data, being released publicly today, is the most comprehensive suicide study ever conducted by the department.
According to the Veteran’s Affair Department and Wounded Warriors Homes, Over 540,000 Veterans Have Been Diagnosed With PTSD aka known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Filling the Huge Need for Abused and Neglected Horses: According to the USDA, the three horse slaughter plants remaining in the US (two in Texas and one in Illinois) killed over 94,000 horses in 2005 for human consumption. An additional twenty thousand horses were transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter.
Due to vast overbreeding of horses, we have a surplus and good, sound horses have become “Throw Aways”. Perfectly sound, young, good horses are senselessly slaughtered. In addition, the transport and treatment of these horses is heinous.
According to the Horses for Life Foundation, American horse meat is unsafe for human consumption. Because horses are not raised as food animals in this country, they are given medications and other toxic substances that are expressly forbidden for use in animals intended for human consumption. There is currently no system in place to trace the drug histories of American horses.
Horse slaughter is inherently cruel and inhumane. Because horses' instinctual flight response makes them ill-suited for stunning, they often endure repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during their dismemberment. The scarcity of horse slaughter plants for this small, low-demand industry means that horses are trucked long distances without food,water or rest. Many are injured or die in transit.
A 2012 national poll revealed that 80% of Americans favor a ban on horse slaughter and recognize that we have a responsibility to protect these intelligent, sensitive animals from being butchered.
From HorseFund.org: “Undercover footage from inside horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. demonstrated how horrific these plants were. Many horses were conscious when they were shackled and hoisted by a rear leg to have their throats cut. Employees whipped horses in the face. Mares were allowed to give birth on the kill floors.” HorseFund.org
“Horses mostly commonly slaughtered are ones taken to livestock auctions where they also suffer in horrific conditions. They are homeless horses, unsuccessful racehorses, horses who are lame or require expensive veterinary care to return them to fitness for work or competition, mares who produce below par breeding industry standards, and foals cast off by the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry, which produces the estrogen-replacement drug Premarin®. The majority of U.S. horses going to slaughter are Quarter Horses, as many as 7 out of 10. The remainder are mostly Thoroughbreds.” HorseFund.org
“Euthanasia means a painless death. Horse slaughter involves striking a horse several times with a “captive bolt”. Despite being struck by the captive bolt, sometimes the horses are not properly stunned, but rather remain conscious, requiring several blows before they are rendered unconscious. Many Canadian slaughter plants use gunshots instead of the captive bolt system, and often fire several rounds while the horses scream in agony before they are finally stunned in preparation for slaughter. USDA workers have attested to the fact that horses often remain conscious during butchering. In addition, they often suffer intense abuse during shipment. Killer buyers have been known to gouge a horse’s eye out if he is kicking in the trailer to give him something else to think about. New York State I-87 should not be a direct pipeline for horses being trucked to Canada for the cruel act of slaughter.” New York State Humane Society
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It is true that some ex-racehorses are sold or given away to people who hope to give the horses a much better life. The reality is that this only represents a very small percentage of the total number. This is because generally, the racehorse is physically and psychologically damaged and is difficult to re-train and often very unpredictable.
Research conducted by CPR at Echuca Saleyards and Pakenham Saleyards indicates that between 75% and 85% of all racehorses (Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds) are bought by known kill buyers.
Ex-racehorses are also extremely cheap to purchase which means they can also be cheaply replaced. It is not uncommon for ex-racehorses to return to the saleyard only to be eventually bought by a kill buyer. http://www.horseracingkills.com/features/18000-horseskilled-every-year/