In the United States there are two ways that horses are turned into meat. One is for horses to be euthanized by a veterinarian, or die of natural causes; after which the owner can arrange for the carcass to be rendered into animal feed. Little or no monetary compensation is gained by the owner unless the horse was insured. The second way horses are turned into food is the typical slaughterhouse procedure. Many animals are herded into the "kill chute", they are stunned with a blast of carbon dioxide into their brain, and then their throats are slit. The horses are bought at auction or privately from the owner for as much as $1000. All horsemeat that is edible for humans is the product of a horse slaughtered in a slaughter house.
For as long as there have been horse slaughterhouses in the United States, they have been an issue of controversy (Associated Press State and Local Wire, 8/7/01). Currently, only two slaughterhouses that produce horse meat intended...
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