Originally Posted by Livvyx
That was so rude. I don't know if all Americans think horses are better off slaughtered than saved, but we certainly don't think so in England.
Saying ALL Americans and speaking for ALL Englishmen is kind of, um, naive don't you think?
We all have differing opinions. However, the point Alex was trying to make is that, if sent to slaughter, the horse is killed and released of pain. It's over for them. If they are "rescued" by someone who doesn't know what they are doing, they suffer for long periods of time and THEN die. Not glamorous.
I do not believe Alex was saying this is true of ALL rescues. When done properly, the vet bills taken into account and the proper care given, rescue is a beautiful thing. Of course. But when done flippantly, or without proper thought given to the COSTS, these "rescues" can do a LOT more harm than good.
In the future, try not to think of it as an All or Nothing situation. There are varying degrees of rescues, how good they are or how bad they are. Just like everything else in this world. Rarely ever is there black and white.