It’s happened again! Another horse was found chopped apart for its meat early Sunday morning in Homestead, Florida, according to Richard Couto, founder of the Animal Recovery Mission.
The horse was discovered off of a dirt road in the vicinity of Southwest 187th Avenue and 180th Street; an area known to be a well trampled section for thieves looking for horses to slaughter with the sole intention of selling the meat for great profits. According to the Animal Recovery Mission Facebook page, Couto arrived earlier in the day, shortly after investigators had combed the area. The head, legs and internal organs of the yet unidentified horse, had been scattered about the area – even the horse’s skin had been removed.
Examining the horse’s teeth, he was estimated to be approximately eight-years-old and had been stabbed in the chest by his abusers.
“The animal was certainly tortured and butchered alive,” Couto stated emphasizing the horse suffered a long, torturous death.
Florida has increased penalties for anyone proven to be guilty of horse slaughter – criminals face fines up to $3,500 and one to five years in prison.
The butchers who killed the horse believe the meat can cure different physical ailments in humans including curing diseases to making men more sexually potent. The meat is sold anywhere from $4.50 a pound up to $40 on the black market. The last horse slaughterhouse in the United States closed years ago, however approximately 130,000 American horses are slaughtered each year in Canada and Mexico. The horses come from owners who decide they no longer want their horses because they can no longer race, no longer plow, they are old, cost too much and the list goes on. Nonetheless these magnificent animals, many times once loved and cared for, endure inhumane travel in trucks, are led out in lines to the slaughter plants and watch and hear the horses in front of them mercilessly slaughtered.
Miami-Dade Police has instituted an investigation.
Warning: Graphic video (Photos courtesy of Richard Couto)
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