Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Manitoba, Canada
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I couldnt agree with Foxhunter more.
I found out recently there are horses being shipped out of my city's airport for slaughter. Started a big argument with the horse community here. Not mainly because they were being shipped for meat, most of us here accept slaughter by now because we understand what issues there would be without it. We were upset because they were young foals being shipped to Japan and it wasnt being regulated. The horses were put into shipping crates that didnt meet regulations. They were being overcrowded. Once in Japan they would just sit in a pen till they were fat and then sold mostly as Sashimi. Some people didnt believe me when I first went public about it on my facebook. They couldnt believe someone one pay for a horse to be flown overseas. But really, they buy the horse for a couple hundred, pay the shipping fees and then once its slaughtered its worth around $20,000 Canadian. They way they treat them during the transport and slaughter process is what bothers me, not the fact that they are being a meal for a person. These poor horses are crowded into shipping containers that don't even give them enough head room and space to turn around meanwhile the trip is a minimum of 24 hours and they have no food or water the entire time.
This doesnt only happen at the Winnipeg airport, I bet it goes on at every single large airport. I know for sure it does in Calgary as that's is where most of the video footage is from.
If you want to try to change something, gather up some protestors and go down to the airports voicing your opinions. Instead of ignoring that cute little crossbred foal, inform the people by an email what they have done by bringing another foal into the world without major reason. Same goes if you see a stallion listed for stud who is crossbred, has bad breeding or who has not proven himself at all in anything.
That is where you start to end slaughter, not by just hoping it goes away. Currently without it, Im sure there would be 100,000s of horses neglected and abused left without food and water on a regular basis. Remember how hard of a year this past one was with the hay shortage?? Well think of how hard it would have been to be feeding a few extra 1000 horses...