Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wide Open North Dakota, USA
I recently wrote two papers for school about horse slaughter. One was an argument paper for humane horse slaughter that took a basis with equine psychology advice and some great ideas from Temple Grandin, and the other paper was about the new proposed bill to ban horse slaughter. In my research I found ONE thing that forces us to slaughter horses: non-selective, unnecessary, and long-term unplanned breeding. There are so many unwanted horses already that it is RIDICULOUS. Why on earth would I contribute is my thought. Yes Hunny is a fantastic horse, and I think she would throw me a wonderful foal, especially with her disposition, but she isn't registered, I cannot find out who her parents are, and while she has an amazing fox trot, there is something wrong where she forgets to step or she doesn't move her leg fast enough and she sometimes trips because her back leg will stumble.
It irritates the snot out of me when people breed just because they love their horse. If the breeding is well thought out, their horse is conformationally perfect, has a good attitude, comes from a recognizable line of horses, and has a job, I am fine with breeding. But breeding for the sake of breeding (as in back yard breeders who just want to make a buck) NEEDS to be stopped. The only way to do that is through education. Britain has succeeded in this. I found some information on how the UK deals with horse slaughter and it really is humane, very structured, and a meticulous process. The UK only has 3 slaughterhouses that deal with only a few thousand horses/year. Yearly, the US is exporting about 100,000 horses for slaughter in Canada and Mexico. That is crazy. With carefully selected breeding plans, campaigns to educate every horse person, maybe a breeding permit before horses are bred, and requirements for horses bred to be registered, maybe we could cut back on the number of unwanted horses. The value of horses would rise, and the number sent to slaughter would drop. Sounds like a good deal to me!
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