A group of protestors gathered together at a prearranged meeting point near Westwold in Canada and proceeded to KML Meat Processors with signs of protest on Saturday, October 19, 2013. They are seeking to spread the word to residents and neighbors that KML was granted a license to slaughter horses since August. This makes KML one of five horse slaughter facilities in Canada, and the only one in British Columbia.
The protest was held to inform everyone in this community that horses are being killed practically in their backyard and neighborhoods. That they intend to continue their efforts was confirmed by an organizer of the protest on Saturday.
A sampling of the signs read, “Stop Killing Horses For Foreign Pallets” and “Horses Are Companion Animals” and “Stop Slaughter.” All of the protestors conducted themselves peacefully. RCMP were at the site to ensure the safety of everyone during the protest. The slaughterhouse was closed, but a few local ranchers were on hand to provided opposition.
Jacquie Sharpe isn’t sure if she will attend other protests like this one. She runs a Facebook Page called “Protest Westwold Horse Slaughter Plant” in order to provide information about horse slaughter.
This protest isn’t against this particular slaughterhouse other than if people do not want this happening in their area, we’d like them to shut it down.
Harold Hough spoke out strongly in opposition of the protestors. He believes that horse slaughter is necessary. Hough knows the horses being killed at KLM are not local animals. Nor does he know how the horses are killed, but he says that the slaughter is regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Said Hough, “It’s not a hillbilly operation.” He considers horses, like cattle, as a commodity industry.
The protesters strongly disagreed with Hough. They say that horses are in a kill box built for cattle. There they are killed with a bolt gun or a rifle. But, unlike cattle, horses know exactly what is going on.
Belinda Lyall said,
There’s no way it can ever be humane, just due to the nature of the horse and the sheer terror they experience.
Others joined the protest to learn what is happening, why it’s happening, how can killing horses be stopped - All agree that it does not matter why or where it occurs, horses should not be killed to become food.
This statement by a protestor said it all. “I do not believe in horse slaughter period,” she said emphatically.
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