I have not read all the posts.
I dont have a problem with the gunshot. I have a issue with the motive. To kill something because you can..doesn't make it right. I find that people with this mind set are the ones we read about in papers. One should never "feel ok" about killing something. And I am pro- slaughter.
ANIMAL emotions...animals have emotion too...you know they do.
slipping and breaking legs....here is the video. Don't beleive me??? WATCH IT for yourself. WARNING >> EXTREMELY HORRIBLY GRAPHIC AND HORRIBLE
I don't have issue with humane slaughter...I don't like it but I'm not on the totally anti slaughter brigade.
It's usually pretty low. And the benefits are pretty bad too. The additional shame is that it's a very physically dangerous job.
In areas where there are few job prospects, I suppose they can be good jobs, but from my little bit of googling, looks like you're earning 14K a year to start, maybe. High end 28K but that's not differentiating the different types of jobs (managers vs. kill box vs. cutters)
Here's a job listing for a poultry plant:
For $11/hr, you must hang live chickens on a line super-fast in a smelly, uncomfortable, damp, dangerous environment full of bird poop. For $8.50 an hour you can stand 8 hrs straight deboning, lifting heavy things, moving super fast around very sharp equipment, etc.
I can't imagine any of those jobs are particularly lucrative, but I've also been around some pretty depressed areas where jobs like these might be some of the best you'll find. :/ I don't think most people working in those environments hate themselves - it's just a job to most people, I think.
I watched until the dark grey sat up and looked at the guy who clubbed him.
Seriously? Are they that backwards that they use clubs? My god I have absolutely no words for that. That defies reason, Pro slaughter people could never think that is acceptable. I can't think of any reason why they would choose to slaughter horses in that manner, not to mention the FILTH in that place. Seriously? Not even for pet food. AGH..
I ain't gonna watch it either. I would never get it out of my mind. Never.
Where there is an audience, there is you tube. Don't watch, don't allow "the count" (of those who have watched) to go up.
Moving on to the next COTH thread.
The people who operate the plant are not creepy sociopaths. They are neighbors who get paid to do a job.
They deserve to get paid more than they do.
Unfortunately, Americans don't want to pay what they should for their food. They want everything cheap cheap cheap, and they want it RIGHT NOW. 24/7/365, even though they'll throw half of it in the trash.
I don't have a problem with someone shooting a horse to euthanize it. I do have a problem with asshats shooting animals to score some sort of political point.
For the record - he shot the horse properly and the horse died instantly. I would rather someone with his skills be doing that job properly, in this country, rather than shipping our horses over our borders. Unfortunately, that idiot shot himself in the foot because even a pro slaughter advocate must acknowledge that the video did more harm than good.
I'm confused how do we know the video is what it claims to be ? Not purposefully staged to create this type of "pro-slaughter" people are monsters mentality?
Certainly wouldn't be the first time...people with agendas do some irrational things.
As per the horse in the video since we know nothing about it or its background I can only say the death was quick and seemingly without pain or fear. I can only hope for the same.
The video is gone and so is the guy's FB page...
Oh, nevermind DDBeliever posted the unedited version. What an idiot and what a waste of life. That horse was cute and looked like a nice, healthy animal.
All I can say is I sure as heck would rather have a clean kill like that, Bang and down, than that Horrific horror movie Russian Video..
I tell you I amy never get that out of my head. That I wish was fake, because all the American Videos that were floating while not good look like cartoons compared to that.
If you Zabasearch Tim Sappington in New Mexico you come up with a real person...address and phone number and all.
I mean the guy might be a total loose cannon tool bag ...who knows it all certainly seems fuzzy and full of speculation.
VALLEY MEAT COMPANY, LLC – For further information contact A. Blair Dunn, Esq. at
VALLEY MEAT STATEMENT REGARDGING TIM SAPPINGTON
Valley Meat Co. does confirm that Mr. Sappington does work doing maintenance for Valley. We have seen the video showing Mr. Sappington euthanizing a horse for slaughter which we understood he did as was his legal right for his own consumption and in which he did complete the processing for consumption. We agree that his comments were regrettably crass, not
contributing anything to this dialogue so we do not condone his statements, but he was within his lawful rights to slaughter and butcher a horse and he was not acting as an employee of the company in that action. The emotion of the situation is what is most troubling especially since the opposition is now resorting to terrorist tactics by calling in bomb threats and death threats
against our families. And while Mr. Sappington's personal comments are inappropriate they pale in comparison to threatening to bomb people and kill their families. We respectfully request that the media and the public remember that we are discussing the processing of horses as livestock
and no animal is worth threatening or ending a person's life.
This is how 'charming' someone who simply performs 'maintenance' at the place is.... can't imagine how 'nice' the guys on the line are.
And Valley Meats, if you're receiving threats, it's cause this POS had to voice his opinion in this manner. Valley has their employee Tim Sappington to blame for any bad press.
I sincerely apologize to those who find my post disturbing. I wrote it because I am so terribly sick and tired of people who have not witnessed the process telling themselves and others that slaughter is "humane euthanasia". If I called a vet to euthanize my horse I sure as heck wouldn't expect them to come with a captive bolt gun, a hoist and a knife.