A couple of bites on a juicy hamburger along with crunchy fries and then a long sip of soda to wash the food down the throat -- very tempting, right? How would you feel if I told you that your hamburger contains horse meat? It is not entirely impossible for something like that to happen. The fact of the matter is that it is a regular phenomenon and horses are being slaughtered every day for human consumption in certain parts of the world.
Thus, chance of you eating a “horse burger” cannot be ruled out. Jillian Michaels of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has recently saved a famous horse from becoming hamburger meat in a Canadian slaughterhouse.
This particular horse, Royale With Speed, had his glorious time on the race track for years while he earned hundreds and thousands of dollars for his owner. Even his grandfather, Secretariat, was a renowned Triple Crown winner. Royale With Speed is thus no ordinary horse and yet he was worth only $350.00 to the slaughterhouse guys after his potentiality as a race-horse was over.
Investigators from PETA witnessed the ailing horse with a fever of 103.7 degrees Fahrenheit being sold to be taken out on a 500 miles’ journey to a slaughterhouse in Quebec, Canada. Jillian was the right person, at the right place and at the right moment to change the fate of Royale With Speed; instead of becoming hamburger meat, he is now lolling on the grass and romping with his new friend at his new home. She bought the horse, paid for his transportation to her ranch and arranged accommodation for him.
After several weeks of intensive care, Royale With Speed was fully recovered and he is a happy horse now; moreover, he has been given a new name, Gray Man, probably to erase the sad memories of the ordeal he went through. Good for Gray Man and good for Jillian Michaels -- the rescued and the rescuer, God bless them both.
This is but the story of one lucky horse who was saved from being a hamburger. What about the other hundreds of racing horses that have lost their strength and have become ill? Most of them are likely to end up in a slaughterhouse and be killed mercilessly.
These horses were celebrities at their peak; as their utility fades away, their owners care very little about them. These are the horses that made fortunes for their owners and at the end of their career, there is no retirement plan for them; they are sent to be killed. What a cruel world!
What Jillian Michaels and her organization, PETA, are doing for these animals is remarkably an act of kindness and virtue. Especially when it comes to horses, our feelings are very touchy. A horse is not just a regular domestic animal; it is a rather a friend who is loyal and reliable. We should raise our voices against cruelty to horses; raise our voices against cruelty to all domestic animals that we take as pets. They give us company, entertain us and extend unconditional love for our families. How could we be so cruel to them?