I insist that the animal is tranquilizer before given the "blue needle", and be it a horse, dog or cat, I hold the animal. Every animal spirit has thanked me for sending them home gently and with compassion.
This morning, I googled equine euthanasia practices and came up with www.aaep.org and was appalled to read that one of their approved methods was: "gunshot to the brain". I went NUTS and sent them an email to remove that method immediately. Here is a copy of the email:
I was reading your euthanasia guidelines and was appalled with the acceptable method of "gunshot to the brain". ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??? DO YOU KNOW HOW PAINFUL THIS IS?? HOW CRUEL AND INHUMANE!
You need to delete that method. It is so painful....a sick horse needs to leave this earth in love and with kindness - I know because I rescue horses and have had to euthanize 8 of the last 30 years. And every time, their spirit has come back to thank me for my love and compassion. ANIMALS ARE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SENTIENT BEINGS, JUST LIKE HUMANS, AND HUMANS NEED TO WAKE UP TO THAT FACT. ANIMALS ARE MORE SENTIENT THAN PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE INTUITIVE - THEY THINK, FEEL, ACT, REASON AND LOVE. IN FACT, ANIMALS HAVE MORE EMOTIONAL DEPTH THAN HUMANS!!!
You people supporting "gunshot to the brain" are making a BIG mistake - spiritually speaking!
You need to treat animals the way you want to be treated. Is that how you want to leave this earth? By having someone blow out your brains??? DISGUSTING!! INHUMANE !! REVOLTING!! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!
I'm proud to be an animal advocate; I love all my animals unconditionally and rescue mentally, emotionally and physically abused horses, dogs, cats - and whatever animal comes my way.
Dear Friends, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to delete "gunshot to the brain" as an acceptable method of equine euthanasia.
THANK YOU SO MUCH....and every horse saved from this method thanks you!!!