They are led to the pneumatic “captive bolt” gun containing their final destiny. The shooter will try and take aim as best as he can, trying to hit the panicked and thrashing animal in the forehead (between and slightly above the eyes) the object is not to actually kill, but only to stun the animal but more often than not the bolt will not actually hit it’s intended mark, and must be brutally slammed into the skull again before the horse goes down.
As the horse falls (after a sickening to watch reflexive pain jump) from the induced shock of having the bolt penetrate it’s brain, it drops, this once magnificent animal, knowing it has been mortally wounded and must escape, goes to the only defence it knows against this unknown foe- flight.
It gallops at full speed toward the safe pastures of youth, to a time when a human hand held treats not death. But now, helplessly lying on it’s side on the blood and urine splattered floor of the slaughter house, it’s once fast and elegant legs just thrash helplessly in the air, the beat of its fleet hooves only a distant memory.
The slaughterhouse workers seeing this once powerful and majestic animal in it’s last gallop of death callously cheer it on. The noise is deafening – the smell even worse, the horse has been urinating all over itself since being led unwillingly into this horror, the smell of acrid urine manure and blood-all mixed together makes the senses reel.
If the animal is lucky it dies quickly to be hoisted up it’s carotid artery cut and allowed to hang there till it bleeds to death- most foreign horsemeat buyers prefer there “biftec de cheval” processed this way.
The horse above has a captive bolt hole in its cheek! It is still alive waiting to be processed.
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