The above video is Part 1 of the series Horses: Sports, Culture and Slaughter.
Equine advocate Alex Brown has created a new free online video series to give an overview on the controversial issue of horse slaughter in the US.
The three-part series presents a comprehensive overview of the topic, aiming to get viewers up to speed with all the issues related to horse slaughter in the United States.
The 55-minute video series is titled Horses: Sports, Culture and Slaughter. Brown said he produced a video instead of a book because he recognised how difficult it was to encourage an audience to buy a book, “and even then, you don’t know whether it is read”.
“My goal is to get this content out there; I figured a free resource, that the audience can watch, might be the way to go.”
Brown has focused on the issue of horse slaughter for eight years. He has not only written about the subject, but has frequented many of the “kill auctions” and other venues related to the issue; much of this content is also featured in the series. He says the goal of the series is purely educational, and has presented it in an unbiased manner.
“I wanted to create a resource that anyone could watch and from which they can learn. Some of the discourse that deals with this divisive issue is either biased to the point of view of the publisher / writer, or is so visually horrifying that no one wants to watch. I deliberately stayed away from the gory stuff. Now I just hope people watch, and it creates discussion.”
Brown has been a horseman his entire life, galloping horses for many top racehorse trainers for many years. He is also the author of the horse racing biography, Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy.
The first part of the series outlines the current state of horse slaughter, the horse’s role in history, horse cultures, and sport. The second looks at working horses, breeding, and wild horses, and history and arguments over slaughter. The final video in the series discusses how the slaughter system works, with case studies, and interaction with the government.