Originally Posted by Elana
Now here is a question.. Jalter would like the City to change its regulations and enforce them. OK. How does Jalter expect the city to pay for this enforcement and who will have the authority to enforce? What will be the punishment for non compliance? Who will invoke the punishment for non compliance? How will the more stringent rules be interpreted?
Raise the stall rent to pay for the enforcement sounds like an answer.. until you investigate the competition (cannot over price the stable rent).
Another thought.. IF the city is convinced that closing the facility is in their best interest, what happens to the horses? In the current market I bet more than a few end up at a slaughterhouse. Is that more humane than what they are exposed to in this facility?
I am not saying it is a great place. I am saying that while you are outraged and emotional about this.. you need to set all that aside and get your facts and be able to answer these questions (and others I have posed).
Why am I asking this stuff? Been involved in trying to get a couple of animal abusers brought to justice. It ain't as easy as it would seem.
They already pay people to sit on their butts and pretend to do their jobs. May be they can use the same people, but they'll them to address the problems if they want to keep their jobs. Just simple things, like call the owner and tell them that their horse's shelter is a hazard, and they need to fix it. They have the right to evict any of them, so even if they threaten that, people may straighten up.
Also, raising the rent probably won't hurt them. This is the only stable for 200 miles, there is no competition. I have talked to a few rescues, between them all, they have room for about 65 horses. There are about 55 horses in the stables. So if it were shut down, then there are places for the horses to go if the owners couldn't sell them.
And I never said it would be easy. That's probably why no one else has even tried to get anything done. Easy or not, things need to change.