Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
MN, I don't think we can have an equine slaughter discussion without bringing up other food animals. After all, they're part and parcel of the whole 'NIMBY' mindset of so many folks.
If they don't see how the animals are raised and everything's done behind the scenes, then they can convince themselves that it's only horses who need to be treated humanely. They can eat their chicken nuggets, drink their milkshakes, and chow down on burgers and steaks without a twinge of thought about how that animal was raised and got on their plates.
I'm for the ethical and humane treatment of all animals, regardless of whether they're destined for food or not. I don't believe in 'animal rights', but you can bet your bottom dollar I sincerely believe and will fight for every animal being cared for properly before they meet their ultimate fate.
Everything dies, whether it's by natural causes, chemical euthanasia, or a bolt to the head. How that animal is treated during its lifetime is what I'm concerned with, not how it gets dead.