Many thanks to Stephanie Vessely, as only her words could help me move forward, through the fog, toward understanding this very hard lesson.
This week I came across the below video. It follows Tim Sappington, a former employee of the Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico, as he shoots and kills a horse.
I found it through one of the animal activists I follow on Facebook. If you choose to watch it, know that it’s graphic and contains profanity.
If you don’t want to watch it, here’s a description of the video from the Albuquerque Journal:
“In a 51-second video posted to YouTube, Sappington leads a brown horse by a rope to a spot in a dirt road next to a trailer. After briefly stroking the horse’s nose and then its neck, he says, “All you animal activists, (expletive) you,” pulls a handgun from its holster, places it against the horse’s forehead and fires a single shot.
The horse appears to leap involuntarily into the air, its legs curling beneath it…
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