Target: T.C. Thorstenson, Owner of the “Hogs N’ Horses” Restaurant
Goal: Stop forcing live buffalo and steer into cruel displays for the sake of advertising
The “Hogs N’ Horses” restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona has a long history of unsafely displaying live animals to advertise its restaurant. Buffalo and steer are perched atop trailers where there movement is extremely limited and where they are in constant danger of falling and injuring themselves. Despite having a buffalo die from falling off the trailer, the restaurant has continued to exhibit animals in this manner with no remorse or consequence.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reports that Hogs N’ Horses routinely exhibits livestock “on top of a metal trailer outside the restaurant, where the animal can reportedly only access water by traversing a dangerously steep ramp.” As of July 2014, the restaurant is showcasing a steer, which both PETA and news publications like “Sonoran News” suspect is the same steer that fell and broke its leg in previous days. Sonoran News further indicates that despite public outcries against this inhumane treatment, local law enforcement cannot criminally charge the restaurant. Because these animals are technically livestock and not domesticated pets, the same animal cruelty laws do not apply in Arizona.
Forcing animals to stand on display is slavery regardless of the species. These steer and buffalo are made to endure the hot summer weather on metal constructions where they face the possibility of death via dehydration, fatigue, or falling. This is not a hypothetical situation; it has already happened multiple times and must be stopped from happening again.
Sign the petition below to demand that the Hogs N’ Horses restaurant treat these animals with the same virtue and respect as they would dogs and cats. Make the owner realize that even though these animals are technically livestock, they can still suffer and causing them pain is still animal cruelty.
Dear Mr. Thorstenson,
I am shocked to hear about your restaurant’s incessant and brutal exhibitions of live steer and buffalo. Despite reports of animals falling from their displays and sustaining injury—and in one instance, death—you continue this cruel, inhumane form of advertisement.
Steer and buffalo, while livestock, are still animals that can feel pain and suffer. Reports from news publications and animal rights groups indicate that you are limiting the mobility of these creatures and perching them on metal trailers during hot summer weather. Not only are they in danger of dehydration, fatigue, and falling, but they experience stress and anxiety in similar ways that humans do when physically confined.
Chances are you wouldn’t subject cats, dogs, or other domesticated creatures to this forceful act. So why put these innocent animals through this kind of torment? Even slaughterhouses that routinely kill livestock for human sustenance must abide by regulations that spare animals from unnecessary agony. Buffalo and steer are no different and deserve every bit of respect and proper treatment as other animals.
I urge you and your employees to cease your display of buffalo and steer and discourage similar acts in the future. Just because we consume these animals doesn’t mean we need to needlessly torture them as well.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Alan R Walker via Wikimedia Commons